Friday, February 27, 2015

Minted Stationery

Hi everyone!  So, I was asked my Minted to review their products for you all and it came at the perfect time.  I have been looking for some new stationery.  Yes, I know I could make my own cards and such, but sometimes it is nice to have a little stash of things ready to go.....So....

I love the Minted's stationery is so on trend this season.  So many gorgeous watercolors and of course lots of foil!  I truly can't decide.
So, I popped over to their blog, did you know they had a blog? hoping for a bit of inspiration...and oh did I find it.  The blog is filled with simple and fun DIY projects I am dying to try, so off I was distracted with pinning.  (don't forget to check out my pinterest boards).

Well, I think I am going to go with the above staionery...and I am totally going to have to get busy with my pin boards.  lol  That little popcorn box filled with all those goodies would be perfect for Ainsley's birthday party.

Be sure and check out all the goodies over on the Minted site, as well as their blog.  Oh, and if you are in the market for wedding invitations....goodness...have they got the most amazing selection.  Maybe once I figure out my new stationery, I should start on a vow renewal.  Only a few more years until our 25th...and at the rate I am moving.  lol


Disclosure: I was contacted by Minted and asked to review their site and products in return for a site credit. All opinions are my own honest thoughts and are not in any way influenced by my acceptance of the site credit.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Little Birdhouse - Sizzix

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Today I wanted to share with you a little house I made with a few Sizzix dies that I was sent from Sizzix after CHA.  
I made this house out the ScoreBoards XL Canister die and the Scoreboards XL Cupcake Stand.  I began by die cutting the necessary pieces from the Little Sizzles 6x13" white MatBoard.  The MatBoard gives the final project a great weight and is sturdy enough to stand up to quite a bit of abuse. You need two of the box sides and two of the stands to complete the project.  I did not use the canister top nor the banners.
After cutting the matboard I die cut the same pieces from my patterened paper.  I needed to make four of the cupcake stand pieces to cover all the sides, front and back.  I placed once cutting pad under my die, then my die, my paper and finally the additional cutting pad.  This allowed me to ensure that I was cutting exactly the pieces I needed in the colors I wanted.
I adhered the papers to the MatBoard with a strong adhesive.
To assemble my canister I began by creating the folds needed and applied a strong adhesive on the edges.
To add the stand to the canister I placed more adhesive along the top of the stand...
And simply added the canister on top.
To embellish my little house I used diecuts from the Kitchen Labels set that I embellished with a bit of glitter.
Finally I added a few flowers from my stash as well as a drawer knob that I had left from another project.
I am very pleased with this sweet little house and look forward to adding it to my collection.



Items Used:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Powder Blue and Teal
Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die Canister
Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die Cupcake Stand & Pennant
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7 PK Labels, Kitchen
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board Pack
Sizzix Cutting Pads, Extended
Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer- Thin Dies
Patterened Papers - Crate Paper Random
Flowers -

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pillow Box Talk

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday.  I hope you had a great weekend.  Not too much going on here....Same ol' Same ol'.

Today I wanted to share with you this cute little box I made...I received the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool at the Fave Crafts party back during CHA as well as the cute little Stripes, Dots and Hearts stamps from Ann Butler (I still have more fun quilt stamps to play with...HOORAY ME!) .  You know how they say "two great things that go great together?".  Yep...As soon as I unboxed and got organized I couldn't wait to make this sweet little box.

Of course I had to use some Core'dinations Cardstock for my box...the weight is just perfect.  Then I stamped with a combination of different diestress inks with the different paterns....Layered everything up, and added a little tag I had diecut a while back and a big flower....done!
And of course, I added the tag upside down....sigh.  Oh well...still super cute (IMHO).  lol 

Have a great day!


Items used: 
Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool
Coredinations Cardstock
Ann Butler Designs Stamps
Paper Trey Ink Dies
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Prima Leaves
Unknown Flower

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pinterest Plan Key Rack

Hi eveyrone!  Happy Friday!   I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend.  Me?  Not much.

Well, back in January I told you that I was planning on tackling my Pinterest boards...trying to actually create some of the things I have pinned.  Well, I don't know about you, but in my house we are forever losing keys...or finding keys and not knowing what they go to?  Anyway, please tell me I am not alone.

Well, I have had this "Hotel Key Rack" on my pinterest boards for a while and thought I would tackle it.

Well, looking at this now, mine isn't quite as cute...I probably should have gone back and looked where they placed the hooks...oh well....wonder how hard it would be to move them?  hee hee

Was this project successful?  Yeah, I guess so...I may try and move things around a bit to get them to fit a little better...planning better for the key placement and all.  The Key Rack was pretty easy to make.  I was able to find most of the supplies around the house.  

Thanks for stopping by.  And come see me on can see the link over there ------->


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Changes - Bloom Girl

hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Today I wanted to share with you a scrapbook page I made recently...Yep, I actually made a scrapbook page with my scrapbook supplies.  lol  I don't know when I stopped scrapping and started doing more off the page projects and minis...but I am happy.

I dug into the stash and found this super fun older mulberry paper from Prima.  I think at one time I had every sheet they made....I actually probably still have them, I mean, they are made into projects so they are still here...right?

It is really amazing how quickly Ainsley has changed this last year.  She is growing up way too fast if you ask me...but...what cha gonna do?  She is a teen afterall.

I stamped one of Jamie Dougherty's lovely Bloom Girls onto Core'dinations Velum and the colored one of them with water color pencils to create a soft look.

I finished embellishing my layout with a few Prima flowers and a Prima resist canvas alphabet.  I really have been enjoying going through the stash and using things up.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Create - Clear Scraps

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you one of the beautiful Expressions Clear Word Titles from Clear Scraps.  This one is Create.
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With just a few sheets of paper from an older Pink Paislee 6x6 paper pad, my trusty sanding tools and a few floral embellishments I was quickly able to create this home decor piece which is now proudly displayed in my craft room.
Create_expressions_nancy keslin_clear scraps
I always like to add my papers under the clear acrylic as I feel it adds extra depth.  And, it makes adding the embellishments so much easier...if I need to move something later I don't have to worry about tearing my paper.  hee hee  Plus, I feel it is eaiser to sand the paper when it is behind the acrylic....maybe that's just me?
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Oh, and see those rhinestone flowers?  I made those with my trusty Sizzix and and a Buckle Boutique Rhinestone Sticker Sheet.  I love bling, and I love how easily the Sizzix cuts through the Buckle Boutique sheets and mixed with some lovely Prima Flowers........

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Me & U and SVG Cuts

Hi everyone!  Happy almost Valentines Day!  I hope you spend this weekend devoted to love with those you love and care for.

Today I wanted to stop by and share this little box I made using a cut from SVGCuts.  It is from the Vintage Valentines Kit...and I just love it.  I of course made the box itself from Core'dinations Cardstock.  The 110lb is the perfect weight for home decor and boxes....I inked the sides of the box to have them coordinate with the older Fancy Pants papers I found in the stash.  Of course, I couldn't resist adding a layer of rhinestone stickers from The Buckle Boutique as well as a few flowers from my stash.

Happy Valentines Day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Photo Mobile

Hey everyone!   Hope you are having a great day.  Today I wanted to share with you a project I have up over on the Core'dinations blog.  This fun photo mobile.  There are complete instructions and a supply list over be sure and check it out.  I know it looks like a lot of work, but it is really quite simple.  Just a few simple techniques is all that is needed.

Be sure and check it out....

Monday, February 9, 2015

Get Well Gift Box

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!  Wanted to swing buy and let you know that I had a post go live over the weekend on Core'dinations.....

I don't know about you, but I have many friends and family members who have been feeling under the weather this cold and flu I came up with this Get Well Soon Box full of goodies to help them feel better.

Be sure and check it out...


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tiny Mixable Mini

Today Mixable Mini

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you the cutest little Mixable Mini.  You know I love the mixables line from Clear Scraps, and this new Tiny Mixable Mini (3 1/2 x 5) just makes me so happy.
Today_mini_album_clear scraps_nancy keslin_final
I used lots of beautiful Kaisercraft papers and embellishments to complete this album.
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The size is just perfect for Instagram photos or my little Instax camera prints.
Today_mini_album_clear scraps_nancy keslin_kaisercraft_page 2
 With still plenty of room for journaling, bits and pieces, and beautiful embellies. 
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 Just a few sheets of 6x6 paper and I was done.  So quick and easy.
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Paper Lantern - Core'Dinations

Hey Everyone!  Hope you are having a great  well....trying to get caught up and share a few of the tutorials I have done for Core'dinations.

You may remember seeing me post a sneak of this back in December that was on the Core'dinations blog.  I really love this lantern and have since made a more spring version, but I wanted to share the tutorial here as well.  To make it more spring like....why not add some book paper?  pinks and blues?  flowers instead of snowflakes?  butterflies?  let your creativity take flight.

Winter Paper Lantern Supplies:
lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_supplies
Step 1:  Begin by cutting snowflakes and flowers from both the Whitewash cardstock (I chose blue for the snowflakes and red for the poinsettas) and vellum.  I used a combination of electronic and manual dies to create my cuts.  I love the wintery feel the Whitewash cardstock created.
lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_cutsStep 2:  To add additional texture and color, emboss the red Whitewash poinsettias with the snowflake embossing folder.  After embossing, use your Sand-it Gadget to reveal the pattern, and the Dust Buddy to remove any excess paper dust.
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Step 3:  Layer the red poinsettias with the vellum poinsettias to soften the look and adhere with Zip Dry to the paper lantern in a curved pattern.  Spacing the flowers out to fill the space.  I made nine flowers in two sizes for my 12" lantern.  Remember that if you plan on using an incandescent light bulb in the lantern do not use hot glue, the glue will heat and your items may fall off.  Zip Dry will continue to hold even when the lantern heats up.
lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_poinsettiasStep 4:  Add snowflakes in and around the poinsettias for additional color and texture, producing a gentle curve along the lantern.
lantern_coredinations_nancy keslin_snowAllow the glue to completely dry before hanging.  I used a battery operated candle light inside of my lantern, and it looks lovely during both day and night.