December 29, 2009

Moxie Fab Week

I am so excited that Cath from Moxie Fab World chose this card for her Tuesday Trigger this week.  The image that I used as the Trigger for this card can be seen here:  Moxie Fab World.   We love the ocean so I am always thrilled for opportunities to use my Spellbinders die templates like the Shells (which are on sale) and of course my Classic Squares Lg and Classic Scalloped Squares Lg Nestabilities. This was a fun project - I hope you can play too.
2009 has been a very busy year filled with experiences and memories of some of my most interesting life-journeys.  I hope that the journey you take in 2010 is a path filled with goodness, creativity and that is is memorable one.
Happy 2010
Hugs
Kazan

December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas & a joyous Happy Holidays
from me to you
This taggie is based of the Sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You using stamps from Starving Artistamps. We are giving away two RAKS in the spirit of the Holidays - all you have to do is leave us a comment at  2S4Y and you could win.
I hope this Holiday Season is a blessed one and that you are able to spend it with those  you hold most dear.
Hugs Kazan 

December 7, 2009

g.c.d Studios makes me feel Merry

I was so excited when the mailman arrived with the latest g.c.d Studio's holiday collection: Christmas Sleigh. Oh my gosh you guys this range is sooooo beautiful. It was so hard to decide what to use for my cards for 2 Sketches 4 You this week - you see g.c.d Studio's is sponsoring this collection to one lucky winner. The 2S4Y DT all made two different cards from this collection so there is tons of inspiration for your holiday crafting needs. Remember if you have already made your Holiday cards then this range is perfect to scrap those Christmas memories! I am sure you are going to love it as much as I do.
Here is my second card from the g.c.d Studio's Christmas Sleigh Collection:
Hope your week has started off bright and fresh. See you back in a few days.
Hugs
Kazan

December 2, 2009

O Holy Night

 It is not often that I get to play at 2 Sketches 4 You so this week when Laura popped her cute sketch up I grabbed the opportunity to use my Starving Artistamps too.  This stamp set is called O Holy Night and 2 Sketches 4 You is showcasing special offers from Starving Artistamps and a cool prize to Card of the Week -  so play along if you can.
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Goodies used on this card are: Spellbinders ™ Labels  8, Fancy Tags, Starving Artistamps: O Holy Night & Sentiments Christmas Nativity.  And of course my beloved Copics!
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My Mom arrived in Denver yesterday from South Africa for a super long visit.  We have a ton outtings planned including a trip to St. George Utah next week....I guess the busy season is officially underway!
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Wishing you a warm & cozy day
Hugs
Kazan

November 28, 2009

Moxie Fab Old Country

I love vintage so I was super excited to use some of my V-stash for the latest challenge on Moxie Fab World.  Cath posted some super images featuring Christmas in the Old Country to serve as inspiration for our projects. On this card I used paper music paper purchased at the Paris Flea Market here in Colorado. The darling cherub is from a vintage store at the Stamp Exo in Colorado Springs.  I love all of the labels from Spellbinders - on this card I used the fabulous Labels 5 for the sentiment tag.  Other embellishments are from K&Company.
I will be spending quite a bit of time on projects over the next few days but right now we are just about to do some Holiday decorations around the house - taking advantage of the glorious weather we are experiencing for this time of year. 
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Hope your day is a good one!
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:) Kazan

November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving & Spellbinders Black Friday Giveaway

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Happy Thanksgiving
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Here's wishing you all a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by those you hold most dear
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Spellbinders Black Friday Giveaway
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In honor of Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, they are giving away 12 sets of Nesties™! You can win a set of Nesties™ by commenting on the Black Friday Blog Posts, once every 6 hours, starting at 12:00am Eastern Standard Time, November 27, 2009. They will give away 3 sets every 6 hours in the time slots as follows:
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  • 12:00-5:59 am EST: Ultra Early Bird Give-Away
  • 6:00-11:59 am EST: Early Bird Give-Away
  • 12:00-5:59 pm EST: Sleepin’ In Special
  • 6:00-12:00 midnight EST: Gettin’ Back from the Mall Specials
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Enter by posting a comment, on November 27, on the Spellbinders™ Blog
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Spellbinders™ will draw three prize winner names from Random.org for each time slot. Each individual winner will receive one new Nesties™ set as announced, retail value of $80. A total of 12 winners will be announced on November 27-28, 2009. The total retail value of all prizes is $960.00
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November 23, 2009

JustRite & RAK Winner

I was so excited to play with JustRite stamps this week - they are sponsoring 2 Sketches 4 You - because they have totally inspired me to get started with my Holiday cards....I reeeaallly want to get them out the first week in December which I know may be major wishful thinking on my part. We are also home this week for Thanksgiving. If you are one of the 34 million travelers be safe and enjoy this amazing time with your loved ones.
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Random.org picked lucky number 13 as the winner of my RAK. Congrats to: Connie, who had this to say:
Blogger connie said...

Congrats! I haven't started making cards yet either. I am only making for Family and close friends since I am new to card making. This magazine would really help me out! thanks for a chance to win.

November 17, 2009 7:42 AM

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Please email me your addy Ms. Connie so I can get your magazine out to you.
Have a good one & a Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Hugs
K

November 16, 2009

A RAK

If  you are out and about pick up a copy or two of the special issues that Scrapbook Trends has out. They are jam packed with gorgeous creations and super inspiration for the upcoming card making events in your life...(I have not started yet..have you?).  I have a set of cards in each one of these and would love to give away an issue of Holidays to a reader on my blog.  Stop on by and say hello.  I will randomly select a winner on Sunday :)
Have a great week
Hugs Kazan

November 12, 2009

BBTB is too Tweet :)

Once again it was great to work with my Expression to design a card for Bitten by the Bug.  This week the whole DT worked with this darling little bird cut from the Story Book Cartridge.  I kept it very simple just layering paper and ribbon on a clear acrylic base.  Everyone else did such a gorgeous job with this design  (om-goodness this cut can be used for a 100 different occasions) - take a peek at what they did at BBTB.
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I am playing catch up over the next two weeks.  I am predicting a very busy Holiday season so I need to try and stay on top of things..hopefully I can get my Christmas cards made AND some teacher goodies too - Okay that might be seriously wishful thinking but I will try - stranger things have happened...
Have a great rest of your week
Hugs
K

November 10, 2009

Creative Cuts & More Mega Blog Hop

Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Album

I am super excited to share with you today my FIRST Mini Album - eva!  This album is part of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop which features the Apron Holiday Treats Recipe Kit.  There are 24 designers showcasing wonderful pages and yummy Holiday Treat recipes.

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As part of the celebration CC&M will be having a great sale. For the next six days, they will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, it is only for six days – this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code during checkout:

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As a continuing part of the celebration CC&M will of course give away great gifts. Each day they will give away one kit. Here is the twist – go through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to Die Cut Diva and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit.  This challenge is also a great recipe swap - SUPER!

I decided to make super easy  truffles because they are reeeeaally good and easy to make.

Simply Sensational Truffles

By Bakers

Ingredients:

2.5 (20 squares) Bakers semi-sweet chocolates

1 pkg (8 oz) Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Chopped Nuts for Decoration

Melt 8 chocolate squares. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy.  Blend in melted chocolate.  Refrigerate until firm.  Shape 36 balls (make them smaller because this is a super rich desert). Place on wax paper covered baking sheet.  Melt remaining chocolate.  Use fork to dip truffles; return to baking sheet. Decorate with nuts and refrigerate 1 hour.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  For more details on this gorgeously cute Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Album kit take a look here: CC&M .  Now I am sure you are ready to see what Rachel Hope Baird has made and remember if you get lost along the way you can always catch up with all the designers at Die Cut Diva.

Have a great Tuesday

Hugs

Kazan

November 9, 2009

DRS Designs & CC&M Blog Hop

The sponsor this week at 2 Sketches 4 You is DRS Designs.  They have such an amazing selection of stamps and wait until you see what our new Design team did with them!  Oh boy I want them all!  We would love to see you play along at 2 Sketches 4 You and stand an opportunity to win a Gift certificate from DRS Designs.  We also have a new feature on 2 Sketches where we feature bloggers we love.  This week Katherine is our fab blogger :)
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Creative Cuts & More starts their amazing Blog Hop today - I have something to share tomorrow...but for now take a look at the amazing goodies on display for today at Creative Cuts & More.
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Happy Monday
:) Kazan

November 4, 2009

Halloween Pictures to share...

Halloween this year was picture perfect in Colorado.  There was plenty of snow on the ground yet the evening was chilly but not cold.  Everyone in our friend's neighborhood did such a wonderful job decorating and of course it was so delightful to see little ones dashing from door to door getting their treats as the sun was setting over the Rockies in the distance.  Ashton was a Cattleheart Butterfly and Alex was a Fairy Princess. Our friends dressed their little ones as the adorable Bo Peep with her Lambie (she was way to cute to be a Sheep!).
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Thank you everyone for all my B/day wishes both here and on facebook.  I had a awesome day - and am still celebrating ;)  Your sweet & thoughtful wishes made my day even more special.
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Hugs
Kazan

October 26, 2009

PPP :)

I love Regina's printable stamps - she is the awesome owner & creator of the beautiful images at The Cutting Cafe. This week The Cutting Cafe is sponsoring the sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You. I chose the wording from the printable set called Autumn Days and made this Fall home decor project. I figured I could make something like this for every holiday and swap them out! Next up Christmas...watch this space :P
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We still have a few more days left for our 2S4Y Design Team Call. Details are on the blog.
Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome Monday.
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Hugs
Kazan

October 16, 2009

Tattered Angels Blog Relay

Spellbinders teamed up with Tattered Angels to bring you a Blog Relay extraordinaire.  Some of the Spellbinders Design team have made projects using Spellbinders Die-Templates and Tattered Angels Products.  Holly Simoni has a beautiful layout on her blog which you can see at Wild Wyoming Girl.   Next up after me is Karen Taylor who will be revealing her project on Oct 20th, so be sure to bookmark that on your calendar - her work is fabulous.
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For this project I used the Spellbinders Die-Template S7-051, Holiday Lights Border Grand.  I love how versatile Spellbinders products are - Holiday lights are not just for the Holidays: This Dress Form was inspired by my love for Fashion and Project Runway!
Here is a summary of how I put this look together:
1. Using Tattered Angels divine Glimmer Mist products gently spray even layers onto 12x12 white cardstock.  I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Sand (61130), Candy Apple Red (02752) and Haunted Shadow (61180).  The combination of the three colors created this rosy pink effect with a glimmer of gold - yum!
2. Cut cardstock into 2.5 wide strips.  Run the die-template and sandwich plates through your Wizard.  I cut several strips to complete the skirt.  Starting from the bottom work your way around the torso by adhering strips with adhesive. 
3.  I wanted the bodice to match the skirt so I simply dipped my paint brush into the Glimmer Mist and painted the bodice directly onto the torso. I used all 3 colors and layered them, one on top of the other to complete the look.
4. Finish by lining the neckline with sparkly gems and tying a shimmering bow around the waist.
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I hope that I have managed to inspire you to use some of your own products in a different & unique way.   Please let me know if you post something on your own blogs - I would love to stop by.  Have a fantastic weekend.   See you all Monday.
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Take care
Kazan

October 15, 2009

Bitten by the Bug Monster & Tattered Angels Sneak

This week I was super excited to participate with the other Designers from Bitten by the Bug in the Paper Dolls Monster Challenge.  It is such a darling little cut and fits in perfectly with the Halloween favors I got for Alex's school.  You can see the gorgeous little monsters that the other designers created at Bitten by the Bug
Spellbinders and Tattered Angels are taking part in a blog relay and this is my sneak peak for you.  I will do my full reveal of my project on Saturday.  Can I just say that Glimmer Mist is a fantastic product which I can certainly get slightly addicted too *wink*!
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Have a fantastic easy slide into the weekend
Hugs
Kazan

October 12, 2009

It's all good - it's JustRite :)

It's no secret that I loooove JustRite Stamps so I am super happy to share THIS little Holiday project with you all today. JustRite is sponsoring 2 Sketches 4 You this week and this is my take on my sketch. I really enjoy taking a product and giving it a touch of fancy with ribbon, paper, stamps and some Spellbinders....can you tell I am thinking gifties for the Holidays already :)
JustRite is giving away a $100 gift certificate to the lucky winner of Card of the Week so head on over to 2 Sketches 4 You and play - you have until Midnight Saturday!
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Have a fantastic week - I have more to post so stop on by Wednesday for some Bitten by the Bug inspiration.
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Hugs
Kazan

October 2, 2009

2S4Y World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop

Welcome to
World Card Making Day and the 2 Sketches 4 You Blog Hop
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Each one of the 2S4Y Designers drew inspiration from the special sketch created specifically for this event at 2 Sketches 4 You. As Designers we all worked with a different sponsor to bring you mega inspiration and of course Prizes to be won. Just by leaving a comment on each Designers Blog you will be eligible to win a particular sponsors prize. I was fortunate to work with the amazing Christmas Treasures Borders & Centers from JustRite Stamps.
At JustRite Stamps you will find a whole range of stamping products including Monogram Stamps, self-inking stampers, Fonts and much more - personalizing my own sentiments using the JustRite stampers and Font sets is a personal favorite of mine. JustRite has a beautiful gallery for further inspiration and right now you can check out their SUPER SALE for deep discounts on select products.
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Blog Hop Giveaway
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I am giving away this amazing collection of JustRite products on my blog. All you have to do to WIN this entire collection is leave me a comment here by Midnight (MST) and I will randomly select the lucky winner. All winners will be announced tomorrow, Sunday Oct 4, on 2 Sketches 4 You
After you have left me a comment you will be ready to see what the other Designers have created with their Sponsors and of course you will be ready to see what else you can win..sooo here is the list of Designers participating:
Kazan
Don't forget to play along with the sketch we created for World Cardmaking Day on 2 Sketches 4 You. We are giving away a Guest Designer spot on our team to one random winner!
Thanks so much for all your sweet comments - good luck
Hugs
Kazan

September 29, 2009

Sneak Preview for World Cardmaking Day

This is the card I made for this week's sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You. The sponsor this week is one of our favs: Sakura of America. I used Sakura Glaze pens to color the cake - I had a funky wedding theme in mind ;) Sakura of America is giving away divine Souffle Pens in colors perfect for Halloween so hop on over to 2S4Y, we would love you to join us :)
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World Cardmaking Day
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2 Sketches 4 You is excited to be participating in World Cardmaking Day on October 3.
We would love you to join us on that day for a 2S4Y Blog Hop. There will be tons of inspiration, awesome cards to be admired and of course PRIZES to be won!
...for teasers we can expect to see goodies from the following Companies:
  • The Cutting Cafe
  • Creative Cuts & More
  • JustRite Stamps
  • Scor-it
  • Sakura of America
  • Starving Artistamps
  • Stampbord
  • Sassy Studio Designs
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We hope to see you all this Saturday at 2S4Y for World Card Making Day - it is going to be amazingly fun!
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Hugs
Kazan

September 23, 2009

Creative Cuts & More

Denver went from Summer to full blown Winter with snow in one day.  Whatever happened to Fall?  Well it seems that the weather people are suggesting that by the weekend we will return to our more typical Fall weather which makes me VERY happy for 2 reasons: 
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  • Fall happens to be my favourite time of year and I love to bake, decorate and do all things Fallish.  So if that was it - 24 hours!  I am SO not going to be happy ;)
  • Kev's entire family will be here this weekend for a huge family reunion and we are hosting a huge dinner at our house on Saturday so I was seriously hoping for some milder to warmer weather so we can be outside!
Staying true to my word about loving Fall, I got busy creating a Fall card and gift box using Laura's fun sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You AND I used the amazing product from Creative Cuts & More who happen to be sponsoring this week *wink*.  Head on over to see 2S4Y to see the amazing work of the Team - they ROCKED this one - and also enter to stand a chance of winning your own Creative Cuts & More goodies.
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I am off to do some organising - wish me luck will ya :)
Hugs
K

September 17, 2009

JustRite 2 Day MEGA Blog Hop

Day 2 of the JustRite MEGA Font Blog Hop
Thanks to everyone that stopped by yesterday and left me such sweet comments. Today is the 2nd day of the blog hop. Mega more inspiration to use those JustRite Fonts. To find details about the hop, the JustRite Sale and how to WIN some JustRite Candy please read my post. Remember to leave me a comment if you have not done so already :) I reaaaallly hope my blog is selected to host one of the 6 winners! Here is your link list for today's designers:
JustRite Fonts Mega 2 Day Blog Hop
Welcome to Day 1 of the JustRite Fonts Mega Blog Hop. On this Hop you will find a host of inspiration from crafters around the globe. Our assignment for this Hop was to make a project using the fabulously versatile JustRite Fonts. For this Halloween Treat Bag & Card I used the following font sets from the JustRite collection:
On the Treat Bag I used alternate fonts styles to make up the words in the poem and for the card I used the JustRite Vertical Stamping Block for the 'Boo' sentiment. I also used the fabulous Fancy Tags Die Template (S4-235) from Spellbinders to make that divine swirly fancy tag on the card.
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JustRite Font Sale
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JustRite is celebrating their Mega Font Hop in style with a
Take 30% off all JustRite font sets and the Horizontal and eritical Font Stampers.
Sale begins Sept 17th and ends Sept 24th
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Mystery Blog Candy Giveaway
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Now for some fun - there is Mystery Blog Candy being given away during the Two Day Just Rite Font Blog Hop!!! Why is it a Mystery?.....well there will be 3 blog candy giveaways on each day and you can only win by leaving a comment on the right blog! The real surprise is you won't know which blog has the candy.....even I don't know if my Blog holds the candy! So as you visit each of the 54 designers over the two day event take time to leave a comment.....who knows, the lucky winner may be you on my blog!!!!! You have until Sunday at noon to leave a comment for your chance to win. Then check back at the JustRite Blog on Sunday evening to find out who won!!!! Here are the names of the Designers participating in today's Hop
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I will post a list tomorrow of the Day 2 Hop Designers. You are going to be amazed at all the wonderful talent. Have fun & Good luck!
Hugs
Kazan