Baby Girl Blog Hop for Lesley Croghan

How exciting!! My friend Lesley Croghan is expecting a baby girl very soon and Lori Turner has organized an amazing blog hop for her! Even better, we’ve all sent our actual cards to Lori who packaged them up for Lesley to open today…right now!!!

I “met” Lesley several years ago when she was starting up The Card Concept. Wow, what an amazing talent she has, not only for stamping, but for developing fabulous challenges! Plus, she’s an all around sweetheart too! A little over a year ago Lesley introduced me to Wendy at SugarPea Designs and I became her Blog Writer/DT Coordinator and also part of her design team. What an absolute dream company to work for! I’ll forever be thankful to Lesley for the opportunities she has presented me with!

I hope that Lesley and Corey enjoy every minute with their beautiful new baby girl when she arrives, and I know she is one lucky little girl already!

Lesley, I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the love being showered on you today! Enjoy 🙂

Power & Spark Challenge ~ Winter Blooms

Hi friends 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made to play along with the Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge, Winter Blooms:

I have to admit, at first creating a Christmas card in mid-January seemed a bit strange, but I knew the Hollyberries set would fit the challenge and they were just calling out to be colored so I couldn’t resist! I used Copics of course: G40, G43, G46, G85, R21, R27, R39. Looks like I’ll be ahead of the game for next year’s cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

25 Days of Christmas Tags


Hi there 🙂 I’m so excited to be joining the fun for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags that Tracey hosts! SugarPea Designs is a sponsor today and I couldn’t resist playing along! I went for a non-Christmas Christmas tag…haha does that even make sense? I had the idea to create a jar of cookie ingredients and make a tag to go along with it using the adorable Whisky Business set. I have to say, I wish my jar looked as neat as some of the perfectly layered jars you see on Pinterest! To do that I recommend you don’t tip your jar sideways to tie your bow like I did lol!!! My tag base is a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle SugarCut, and the sentiment is on a Stitched Flag SugarCut.

Guess what else?!? There are many, many sponsors and lots of prizes up for grabs, so head on over to Tracey’s blog and join in on the fun!


SugarPea Designs Sketch #52


Hey there! It’s time for a new sketch challenge at SugarPea Designs! Here’s this week’s sketch:

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I can’t get enough of the Caffeine Addict and Espresso Yourself sets…it seems like every week I look at the sketch and instantly want to use one of these sets!! Lol. I also used the Zig Zag Stitched Circles, Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles, and Stitched Flags on this card.

I hope you’ll make time to join us this week! Sorry it’s a short and sweet post today, but my internet is out, I’m using my phone as a mobile hotspot and I’m almost out of data! Eeep!

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge

012116-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 For today’s card I’m playing along with the sketch challenge on the MFT Stamps blog. Here’s the sketch:264

I used the Birdie Brown Sweet Birthday Wishes set from MFT Stamps, and I colored the cupcake with my Red Berry Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker, then added a little Spectrum Noir DR4 and DR6 for a little darker shading. The cupcake wrapper was colored with Spectrum Noir markers in TN4, TN6 and TN8. I hope you can see the shimmer in this close up:


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find some time to get crafty this week 🙂

Flourishes Challenge Card

10615-ksylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 I am a huge fan of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but I have to admit it’s a relief to have it all over and successful and be back in my stamp room! There’s a turkey dinner in the oven, Jeff is watching the Patriots’ game and I am coloring until my heart’s content…life is good 🙂

For today’s card I am using a Flourishes set called Winter Berries. This set is in my Christmas collection of stamps, but I am so over Christmas cards now, I decided to turn it into a “friendship” wreath card and turn the winter berries into blueberries.

Flourishes is going to be re-opening and I couldn’t be happier! They’re having a facebook challenge today for a chance to win their new release. Oh yeah, I’m playing along for that chance!

I colored my wreath with the following Copics: YG93, YG95, YG97, B93, B95, B99, outlined in a little Y21.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find some time to do what makes you happiest today!

Santa Happy Holidays Box


Hi stamping friends 🙂 December is here and it’s time to share a fun project that can make a quick gift for so many people that you want to give a little something this holiday season. The kids can even help make these as teacher gifts! DSC_0077


Here are the supplies you’ll need:

Start with a piece of Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock measuring 3-3/4″ x 8-3/4″. Score it on the first line on the BOX LID side of the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion:


Cut small slits on the score lines as shown and assemble box bottom using very strong double sided tape


Next create the outer portion of the box using another piece of Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock, measuring 7-7/8″ x 8-1/8″, score on line 4 & 5 (on the BOX BASE side), then flip the cardstock and score on lines 4&5 on the other side of the cardstock, still using the BOX side of the tool as shown: box5

Wrap the outer portion of the box over the box and adhere with red liner tape.

Using a piece of black cardstock measuring 1-1/2″ x 8-1/4″, score on lines 4&5 on the BOX BASE side of the tool, flip and score on lines 4&5 again. It is the same exact scoring as you just did with the red cardstock.


Wrap around the outer box and adhere with red liner tape. box7

Here’s what the back of the box will look like:box8

Next using a strip of White Pearl Shimmering Cardstock 2″ wide, punch a 1-3/8″ square. I find using a strip is much easier than cutting the square the size you want and trying to center the punch perfectly! Once the square is punched out, simply cut the sides so that the outer square measures 2″. This square can be covered in liquid glue and glitter if desired, then adhered to the black strip.box9For the chocolates, print the words “happy holidays” and three symbols of your choice onto Avery 5160 address labels or equivalent as shown, and wrap each chocolate in a letter or symbol:

You can use different combinations of words to customize your project. box4

For the tag, simply print the sentiment of your choice onto white cardstock and cut out or use a die, then tie to the belt buckle with silver cord.
DSC_0077Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed today’s project!


Thanksgiving Favors

thanksgiving-favors-kerin-sHi stamping friends 🙂 For today’s project I have made favors for Thanksgiving. Each mini pillow box is filled with two Andes mints and two Dove peppermint bark chocolates. I thought you’d like know that so you can get an idea of just how small they are.

I used random fall colored designer paper with a pillow box die. The leaves are from the Crafter’s Companion set called Enchanted Doorway from the Sheena A Little Bit Magical collection, and they were stamped on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock, then colored with Spectrum Aqua markers, water and a watercolor brush in Gold, Orange and Crimson.

This just may be the earliest I’ve ever had my Thanksgiving favors made! I hope the rest of the preparations go as smoothly! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Crafty Card Gallery Fall Themed Blog Hop


crafty-card-gallery-blog-hoWelcome to the Crafty Card Gallery Fall themed blog hop! Thanks so much for joining us!

We have 9 very talented card makers who have each designed a fall themed card.

If you’ve never done a hop before, it’s a group of bloggers that have joined together. You hop from blog to blog using the links in each post.

Be sure to visit each of the blogs and comment on the posts and follow their blogs. Some of the bloggers are giving away prizes – so you want to be sure to comment so you can be eligible to win.

You should have arrived from Jennifer Restivo’s blog

If you didn’t, please go back to the start so you can do the whole hop:

Your next stop in the hop is: Tonya Tratham

Here’s the full list in case you get lost:

Jennifer Restivo

Kerin Sylvester (that’s me!)

Tonya Tratham

Shawnee Penkacik

Francine Clouden

Thia Gielow

Carla Blake

Beth McGee

Christina Sedor

For my fall themed card I used a long time favorite called Lovely as a Tree from Stampin’ Up!. I paired it with some DSP called Harvest Plaid by Echo Park Paper. I colored my leaves with Copics and fussy cut them to mount on Very Vanilla card stock. I added a little linen thread around my sentiment for a more rustic look.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m sure you’ll love the rest of the hop!

Your Next Stamp {Sketch Challenge #19}


DSC_0097Hey stamping friends! Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge over on the Your Next Stamp blog. I love the fun & fresh designs from Your Next Stamp, so today I’m using their set called Sweet & Cool. I think this card will be perfect for the next summer birthday we celebrate!

I found some DSP I bought last summer from the Hello Again collection from Carta Bella. It has a neat textured effect and I thought the dots and color variation would be perfect for my popsicles. I colored my popsicles with the following Copics: RV10, RV11, RV13, RV17, YR000, YR00, YR01, YR02. The enamel dots are from  the Simon Says Stamp store.

I’m contemplating a big move…bringing my stamp room back up to the extra room upstairs. There is a lot of planning to be done before I can act on it, but getting the okay from my hubby was the biggest obstacle. He spent countless hours creating my basement stamp room, but one: I’m not a huge fan of being in the basement by myself, and two: there are daddy long legs down here in the summer! Time to go through the stash I’ve accumulated over the last 10 years of stamping and see if I can slim it down a bit! If anyone has got any tips for me or has seen cool stamp rooms I should check out online, please let me know! I’ll be looking for all the best ideas to create a space I’ll love.

Thanks for stopping by today!