Polka Dotted Bliss - Guest Post - Tutorial

Happy Wednesday, Friends!  

I'm so excited this morning.... today is a great day!   
  On a daily basis I come in contact with many lovely, creative, inspiring people.  
I've met some in person,  some *online* via my Created by Donna K Facebook page and some only through blogs that I follow.  These friends are part of my day and I feel fortunate to have found so many amazing people with creativity as the commonality.  They are part of what makes today ... and every day ... a GREAT day. 

Enough "about me" and on to today's post....

Polka Dotted BLISS

I'm happy to introduce the lady behind the scenes at My Polka Dotted Bliss.  

The lady I frequently "stalk" on Facebook at Polka Dotted Bliss.

The lady who operates this amazing ETSY shop chocked full of sweet paper goodness!  

AND.... it's her birthday... Happy Birthday, Kimberly!  

Thank you, Kimberly,  for sharing your love for creating wonderful memories with us. 
Be sure to pay her a visit... you'll be inspired, I promise. 

Easy Peasy Cardstock Scrapbook

I'm too excited the lovely Ms. DonnaK asked me to share with you on her blog today.  Just the other day, one of my scrappy friends on FB asked "What do you do with your cardstock scraps?" If you share my love affair with paper, you probably have a ton of leftovers that you are hoarding (I mean saving) or you might be throwing it away...well, have I got the project for you! Pull out those scraps, your sewing machine or needle and thread...today, we’re going to stitch a little scrapbook!


Stuff You need

- Cardstock scraps (In any size)
- Paper cutter
- Needle & Thread
- Paper Piercer
- Piercing Mat
- Sewing Machine (Optional)

1st, gather your scraps, they can be all be solid color but I like to add heavier patterned paper too.  Next, decide on the size of your book’s cover  If you want a 6 x 6  inch book like mine, trim your cardstock to 6 x 12 inches and fold in half.    Then gather the rest of your cardstock scraps, cut them into rectangles (different sizes work well!) and fold them in half. 

Stack your cardstock pieces up, careful to match up the folds.  Machine or hand-stitch the spine of your book to hold it all together.  If you're stitching by hand, that's where the paper piercer comes in...you will need to pierce your holes before you sew, because the layers of cardstock can be quite thick!  **And if you're stitching on cardstock for the first time, you will need a larger needle, like an embroidery needle.

Too easy, right?  Now, the fun part...add your scrapbook paper, photos and accents.  Here's one I made for my daughter's Colombian teaching assistant...how can she forget her stay with us in North Carolina with this little number...too cute, right?  As I mentioned earlier, go ahead and mix up the page sizes, I think it makes the book fun and funky!

With Valentine's Day coming, these also make great gifts...and a fabulous way to use up some of that cardstock stash!
Thanks DonnaK for letting me stop by, you're the best!  {{Hugs}}
Warm Regards,

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Friends with Flair ~ Unity Stamp Company

Hey Hey... it's Friday {night}  and on this cold and icy North Carolina Friday night I decided to work on another Friends with Flair project.  Last week was the first time I participated in that fun little adventure and guess what..... my comment was randomly selected to win a prize!  Hot Diggity!  First timers luck, huh?!   Well..... I'm tickled about it.  

I had such fun with FwF looking at everyone's masterpieces last week that I decided to play along this week too.    You can find more info on this challenge on the Unity Stamp Company site.  Check it out and get inspired...seriously!

And... here she is:

Yes, more coloring... I am determined to master this method. 
 I have a long way to go, so please be patient with me.

As I have grown in my card making I have started lining the inside { of some } of my cards with coordinating papers.   I think it just makes a hand made card even more special. 

On this project I used:
I used the Copic Pens shown above.
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Gumball Green for the base of the Card by StampinUp!
K & Company Designer paper from the 
12 X 12 Pack called "Road Trip"
Ribbon and Brad are by Recollections 
And.... the stamps are from the 
Unity Stamp Company Kit of the Month {Dec. 2011 }
"Filled with Love"

Thanks for stopping by.  
Your comments are welcome and appreciated!
Be happy and warm...
~Donna K


Staying ahead of the Card Game

Hello friends!

As we hit the third week of January I am on a roll with my card making challenge for 2013.  Keeping fingers crossed that it lasts all year long.  I've created several birthday cards (and even mailed them) and then I came across this beautiful little stamp that I purchased over the holidays.  She is precious... no doubt about it. 

She has given me plenty of practice in the coloring department as well!  I'm posting her in several colors for your viewing enjoyment. *that's a joke incase you were wondering*  But seriously,  I did make 5 versions of this card of these this week!  Fun Fun... and....here she is:   


The stamp is Unity "Face the Sunshine".
{{This card is linked to Unity Stamp Co ~ FWF
Be sure to stop by there and see all of the creations!}}
The papers are a mixture of Stampin Up! & MME.  
The pens are Copic and the ink is Tuxedo Black Memento.

Thanks for taking a peek today...

Be happy and smile!

~ Donna K

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My 2013 Creative Challenge

I didn't start out my new year with a bunch of resolutions 
that are way too challenging to keep.  

I started out simple...

1. Work on my fitness.

2. Work on finishing memory books for my 3 kids who are the loves of my life.

 3. Create cards and send them out every month.... that's the hard one, right?!

My problem over the past few years as I dove deeper into my hobby was that I was spending way too much time on the retail side of my hobby and not nearly enough time on the personal side.  This year that has changed and I am a much calmer, happier artist already.  

Here is what I created today in preparation for upcoming birthdays.  

I got this little goodie box from a sweet friend and it was chock full of Webster's Pages sweetness. 

Thank you, my partner in creative crime, Paula @Scrap Your World for starting my year out just right.  

I'm pretty pleased with these cards and I hope that the recipients will be as well. 

Lots of layers, ribbons,  chunky buttons, brads and a doily 
make this the perfect combo of shabby and chic.  

Thank you for taking time to stop by my blog today.  
I hope your New Year has started out just as you planned!

Be Happy.

~Donna K