Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Put on your Party Shoes!!!

And join us for the 2nd Birthday Bash at Scrap-Friendzy starting TOMORROW, October 1st!!

While the F-U-N lasts all month, the Blog Hop Fun starts October 1st (tomorrow) and goes through Saturday, October 10th. 

Each day, stop by the Scrap-Friendzy blog and see which Design Team Member is the Blog Hop Hostess with the Mostest that Day.  Stop by their blog, check out their Neat-O Scrappy Challenge and leave them a comment.  If you leave a comment each day, YOU will be entered 10 times for a chance to W-I-N some SUPER Scrappy Goodies!!!
How Easy-Peazy is that?!

And heck, you know how crazy-crafty some scrappy ladies can get - some of the Design Team might just get Birthday Bash crazy and offer their own RAK for celebrating during the blog hop too!  You definitely DON'T want to miss that!!!

Come join the F-U-N, we'd love to have you!!
Happy Craftin'!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Good Friend Challenge Week of Sept. 28

So, what's your challenge this week??

This week I really need to get back to doing layouts - trying to catch up on all our scrapbooks!!  I also need to finish our halloween cards and start working on some scrappy Christmas Projects.
So - my challenge this week -
FINISH at least 1 Layout
FINISH Halloween Cards for the kids
FINISH at least 1 Scrappy Christmas Project
Wrap up Design Team Projects for October
And keep knitting slippers (yep, more Christmas Projects).

What are you girls up to?
Hugs & Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

And the Winner is...

The winner for my Blog Candy is

Jean said...
Congrats Min! I LOVE your cards - you are so talented. I signed up to follow you (wasn't sure if I was already). Will go post on my blog as well.
We should see if we could get together some time!
Thanks for a chance to win.

Congratulations Jean (if you want to e-mail me your address, I'll get your goodies in the mail this week).  Thank you everyone who played along - I've had such a great time checking out your blogs!!  You are ALL some very talented ladies!!!  Stay tuned - I've been saving up some fun things for a little Christmas Candy too!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sweet Baby

It seems like it's been FOREVER since I've done a layout.  I'm not quite sure why - I have a crazy amount of photos and memories to be scrapped (don't we all).  I think it's been more of a case of missing mojo.  DOH!  I hate when that happens.
You can click the photos for larger images. :)
In anycase, today I decided when I walked by our fridge and saw this super cute photo of my cousin's baby, I was going to do a layout.  And a layout I did!  How absolutely adorable did this turn out?

Printed papers & Embellies - (Bird, Flowers, Journal Tag, Frame) - Garden Roses Digi-paper pack from Lettering Delights (I sized everything and then printed it out on cardstock & scrapped the 'ole school way :)
Paper - Core-dinations - Black, green, white & pink
Cricut - Accent Essentials (scallop), Home Decor (scallop), Lyrical Letters (title), Mini Monograms (scallop circle)
Cuttlebug - Script Texture Embossing folder
Miscellaneous - Lots of fussy cutting, Pearls, Pop-dots, Brown Paint, Baby rub-on, border punch

Don't miss your chance until midnight tonight to enter to win my Blog Candy!

Hope you're having a great weekend!
Happy Craftin'!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Too cute Note Card

How cute did this little ditty turn out? I love leaving little notes around the house for my hubby and that's what this one was.  It's something we've done since we started dating.  I love finding a little note from Glen someplace unexpected.  It always makes me smile!  So, I thought this would give him a little grin.

Patterned Paper - Doodle Bug paper from my stash
Cardstock - Green CS and some Core-dinations Orange from my stash basket
Technique -   Magic Colored Pencil
Cricut - All Mixed Up Card for 'WOO-HOO'
Image - This was one that a friend sent me, so I have no idea who it's buy, but isn't it just an adorable little kitty?  (This is how one of our furbabies wakes us up on Saturday mornings when it's good food day).
Punch - MS
Miscellaneous Doodling (Can I tell you, I'm really enjoying doodling?!) :)

This was a Bonus Challenge for September over at Scrap-Friendzy - the challenge provided was to make a little note card to leave around for someone special, in a lunch box, desk drawer or brief case.
If you haven't had a chance to visit Scrap-Friendzy, you'll want to stop by and join the FUN.  We're getting ready to start celebrating Scrap-Friendzy's 2nd Birthday beginning October 1 with some great girlfriendz, great inspiration, awesome challenges and FUN!
Happy Friday & Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September MCPT Challenge

What a great image Aprile provided us with this month.  Absolutely love the little Changito stamps and this one is no exception.  And even better yet, it gave me a reason to open the new From My Kitchen cart.  Aren't the little whisks just too cute?!

Image - Changito Image & Sentiment
Technique:  Magic Colored Pencil
Papers - The prints have been in my stash for WAY TOO LONG - they're Making Memories, Pink cardstock is Core-dinations, Green, Yellow and Black were scraps
Cricut - From My Kitchen - Whisk cut at 2"
Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots
Miscellaneous - Stickles  on the cake & apron
Sketch - Mojo Monday, Week #103 (9/7/09)
Off to work on a few Layouts - I have White Trash Bash photos that are calling my name........
Thanks again Aprile for another great image.  I had a blast with this and know exactly who this is going to be sent to!
Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Good Friend Challenge Week #7 Creativity

Another great week for the Good Friend Challenge!  I think we've all had a wonderful time with these weekly challenges.  It's always nice to have some crafty girlfriends to help get you motivated!!!
Rhonda made some awesome cards this week to add to her stash!  I love the simplicity of these cards.  They are the perfect sympathy cards!

Here was the quick one I put together - I really love the small embossing folders!!

I had fully intended to get into my studio yesterday but between the 're-organizing' bug that bit me and the nice weather we had yesterday it was a bit tough to get down there.  However, all creativity was not lost.  I have 20+ pair of felted slippers to make for Christmas gifts this year and recently wrapped up pair number 3 this weekend.  I'll have to post a photo of all of them once I get them all finished.  Needless to say my knitting needles will be going at a high rate of speed for the next few months!  Whew!
We've got rainy, cloudy & ewwww, sticky weather today, so I'm definitely headed to my studio tonight to work on a few Scrap-Friendzy challenges!
Happy Craftin'! 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

White Trash Birthday Bash

So, this is pretty much were all my creative energy went yesterday - our friends were having their 2nd Annual White Trash Bash, so Glen and I both needed costumes to 'fit in'.  This fat suit and pink polka dotted dress has more miles on it than we ever thought possible.  So much for my hairapy yesterday, huh? 
Here's just one of the photos from last night.  We took a few more you can check out on our family blog here

I'll be back later with some real creativity. ;-)
Figured a good chuckle was in order this morning.
Happy Craftin'!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!
I had to make this cute little Pirate card for my nephew to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Didn't it turn out cute?  You've got to LOVE the Dustin Pike Designs.

Technique:  Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Images:  Dustin Pike
Sentiment Outside & Inside - MS Publisher
Stickles & Pop-dots
Thanks for stopping by today!  We enjoyed watching U of M win in college football today, so it was a good day!  Now we're hoping good ole' Michigan State pulls it out and wins over Notre Dame.  Tonight we're head to our friends 'white trash' birthday bash tonight.  I'm sure I'll have photos to share as hubby and I I'm sure will look pretty funny.
Happy Craftin' & Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!!
AaargH - Captin' Min :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Foto Friday

It's Foto Friday at Scrap-Friendzy.  Jean always takes the most amazing photos, and as a fun challenge, each Friday, she gives us a 'new' way to take some photographs. 
Last week it was using the Macro setting on our cameras -
These were a few of my photos from last week:
Front porch flowers
The last of our Roma tomatoes that may never turn red with this crazy weather!
The purple of the yellow & purple Front porch flowers
This week the challenge is 'Sweet Treats'.  Take a photo of something 'sweet'.  Hmmmm, sounded like the perfect reason to make some Chocolate Chip Cookies (and I needed something to take to a party tomorrow).  Can you say YUMM-O!?
Well, off to give Glen a run for his money in Tiger Woods Golf. :)
Hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Craftin'!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Simple is Best!

HAPPY SURVIVOR THURSDAY!!!  Yep, today's the day the new season of Survivor kicks off.  Glen and I have been hooked for years and so the journey begins! 
Tonight at 8 - you know where we'll be!
It was my turn this week to post a Bonus Challenge over at Scrap-Friendzy.  In my opinion, there's nothing like a SIMPLE challenge that turns out looking like a million bucks!  The challenge was to not spend a lot of time or resources and make a SIMPLE card.
So, how's this for simple?
 I'm so pleased with the way it turned out.  This card took me about 10 minutes to create and that includes pushing aside 'jaba' the cat (insert funny jaba the hut sound effect Glen makes when we refer to Jaba the Cat) while he was on my desk attempting to 'assist' me with the ribbon. 
Papers - Core-dinations Whitewashed paper (teal) and Black Cardstock
Cuttlebug - Forever Friends Embossing Folder (Reverse embossed)
Diamond Stickles & Purple Ribbon
I also distressed the whitewashed part a bit so more of the teal would show through.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you're having a great week!
Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Halloween is my absolutely favorite holiday neck and neck with Christmas.  I love the fun, the costumes and decorating.  I love making Halloween cards and this year I was asked by the owner of Live Laugh Love Scrap to put together a Halloween Chipboard Album for a Class in October.   
So, here it is - a little BOO! album.  Sorry the photos are so tiny, but click on them and you can get a much better look.
Paper - Cardstock from my stash
Cricut - Design Studio, Cuttin' Up, George & Paper Dolls
Cuttlebug - D-vine Swirls & Swiss Dots
Stickles, Stickles & more Stickles (Lime Green, Gunmetal & Frayed Burlap)
MS Drippy Goo Punch & MS sentiment/comment Stamps (a few years old)
Ribbon from my stash
And of course - GOOGLEY EYES!! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all your support and comments.  I always love hearing from everyone!
Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Have you ever...

used an ad from the paper to create something?  Scrappy Inspiration through shopping?  The other day I was paging through the Target site and this bedding set that caught my eye.
This isn't anything that we would use to decorate with (our bedroom is tropical - Yellow & Orange) - we're not pink and black kind of decorators, but I can so see a girly girl using this bedding.  
The colors, textures and patterns inspired me to create this card.
If you're looking for a place to find more inspiration - stop over to the Scrap-Friendzy site here and check out the awesome challenges the design team has posted so far - you've still got 1/2 the month to be inspired and compete for the 'Girlfriend' of the month.
Thanks again for stopping by!
Happy Craftin'!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Good Friend Challenge Week #7

This week's challenge was from Shelly - we were either supposed to do a prototype of our Christmas Cards, or a holiday card that we might use.  I did a bit of creating on a Christmas Card prototype this week.  I'm still tinkering with it a bit - because we usually send out 100+ Christmas cards I try & make them unique, but still relatively simple to produce in the large quantities.  It involves some fun paper, a little bit of cutting, maybe some stampin' and a bit of magic for the holiday!
Stay tuned for the final product in a mailbox near you in December.  :)
The challenge for this week - I'm still trying to stock up my card stash - of course, last weekend I needed 2 sympathy cards and had NONE.  DOH! 
So, your challenge this week - Adding to your STASH
Items to use:  Cuttlebug Embossing folders or SOME sort of embossing & Paper scraps. 
Scraps you say?  I'm not sure about you, but I have a 12x12 bin just FULL of paper scraps!!  So, dig thru that scrappy box you have and see what wonderful paper scraps you can find!!  
You can make whatever themed card you wish - using any materials or embellishments you'd like.  And if you really want to increase your stash and find you LOVE the card you create, make a few more.  :)
Can't wait to see what you girls come up with!
Happy Monday & Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunny Sunflower

This little number was made in honor of my mom's birthday this past Friday, September 11th.
When I was little, we used to go to Minesota Fabrics (before the JoAnn and Michaels of the world existed).  My mom used to wheel the cart up to this gimundous (yep, that's a word in our house) bin filled with buttons.  Buttons of all shape, color and size.  She would find a button and my mission would be to find the other buttons that matched the button my mom found.  I'm sure many hours were spent over my childhood looking for matching buttons.
So, it seemed appropriate to include buttons on my mom's birthday card.  It's a moment in my childhood that I remember like it was yesterday and I'm sure my mom remembers too.
Card was cut using the Cricut & Design Studio - George and Stretch your Imagination
Buttons were ALL from my button box (the button box that my mom gave me, of course).
Papers are scrappy papers in Deep Meri-Gold, Brown & White from my stash
Ink - Chestnut Roan - Colorbox
Hope you're having a Sunny Shiney Sunday!
Happy Craftin'!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Birthday Calories Don't Count!!!

A word of wisdom to remember the next time you celebrate a birthday!  
We have a bunch of September birthdays - my dear friends Amy and Sue, my mom and Aunt Mary.  So, when it comes to birthdays, it always involves some sort of yummy celebratory goodie.
So, of course, to celebrate a birthday - you've got to do it in yummy style!
This is a stamp set I picked up in the spring at Archivers - It hadn't seen ink until this week.  I couldn't post these cute little cards until I gave them to Amy & Sue today. 
Plus, this was a perfect card for the Scrap-Friendzy challenge Cheryl gave us.  It was a  bonus challenge - make a Brightly Colored Card.
If you haven't checked out the Scrap-Friendzy challenges for this month, come on over and join us.  You won't be sorry!! :o)  Click here and stop by for a visit.
Didn't they turn out cute? (You can click on the image to get a better look at it).
Image/Sentiment - Stampendous
Paper - American Crafts (from my stash)
Ink - Black Starzon and Pumpkin Spice (Stampin' Up)
 Hand Doodling & Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Stickles - Fruit Punch & Diamond
On the Inside I used Cuttlebug embossing folders: D'vine Swirl & Swiss Dots
Thanks for stopping by today!!
Hope you're having a terrific weekend!  We sure are here - our Michigan Wolverines beat Notre Dame this afternoon - so needless to say everyone in our house is hoarse from hootin' & hollerin'.  Gonna be a quiet Sunday watching NFL football.
Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Wishing a wonderful birthday to my dear friend Amy!
Have a great day!!
Hugs - Min (and Glen too)

Monday, September 7, 2009

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Happy Monday!  Today was the kind of Monday I like - one that I got to spend at home, enjoying the day.  I've got a list of felted slippers that need making for Christmas, so I was able to work on a pair while I enjoyed the time on the deck.  I've knitted 2 pair in the last 2 weeks.  It's never too early to start on Christmas projects! :o)  I've been working on several paper projects also - a chipboard album for a class at Live Laugh Love Scrap in October, Cards and some Design Team projects.  Right now I'm listening to it rain and contemplating an early night (nothing better than falling asleep to the rain!)
In any case, two of the cards I did today were Sympathy cards for a family who lost their mother/grandmother.  A wonderfully special lady who lived 101 years and would have celebrated 102 in November.  She was a woman I never met, but she was kind enough a few years ago after my mother in law asked me to knit her a foo-fa-la scarf.  In return she knitted Glen and I the most beautiful yellow blanket.  Certainly a woman who touched many lives in her time here.  
These two cards are for her son with whom she lived and her granddaughter who is a family friend.  Simple but heartfelt. 
Cuttlebug - Friends Forever Combo Embossing/Die
Paper - Purple, Navy and White Cardstock
Sentiment - computer generated
Miscellaneous - Diamond Stickles
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you haven't already entered yourself for my Blog Candy - stop here and enter for your chance to be my Anniversary Winner!
Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Mish-Mash Weekend

I'd hoped to be a bit more productive yesterday (in my studio), but my mom & dad came out for the day.  Last year at the end of September, my mom and I spent the weekend making Peach Freezer Jam.  Of the 50 jars we made last year, I only had 5 left to gift or use.  So, yesterday Glen and dad spent the day watching the Michigan teams (Michigan & Michigan State) kick off and WIN their first football games of the season.  My mom and I made a quick trip to the local Yarn Store (she had a 20% birthday coupon to use - can't let one of those go unused!!) and then came back and started the Jam production.  14 pounds of peaches, 5 quarts of strawberries and 5 pints of raspberries we ended up with over 70 jars of freezer jam!!
Peach, Strawberry and Raspberry Peach.  Can you say YUMMO?!
And with Good Jam, I wanted to post the great cards that we did this week for Week #5 of our Good Friend Card Challenge.  The Challenge this week was 'Any Shape Card you'd like'.
The girls came up with fabulous cards - and it really did make us think OUTSIDE the box.  How fun!
Here's Rhonda's - Love the butterfly shape and texture.  Adorable!!!
Shelly's Card - Who wouldn't love to get this little holiday beauty in the mail??  You can check out the other photos and details (it's a gift card holder) on Shelly's Blog HERE.
And here's mine - A little fishing bag for one of the fishing kind of men in our family for his birthday.  The card was cut using design studio and a fishing 'bag' I designed.  The Buckle was cut from Fabulous Finds out of textured muted gold paper I found in my scrappy box.  The Fish were from Paper Dolls (I think....) and the hook they're hanging off of is actually an ornament hook from Joys of the Season.  The bag was textured with a cuttlebug embossing folder and then inked with Chestnut Roan ink.
Check out Shelly's blog for Week # 6 Good Friend Challenge.  Gearing up for the holidays!!
Have a great rest of your holiday weekend - ENJOY!
Happy Craftin'!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Friday!

Whew, did you ever think we'd make it to Friday?! I'm not sure about you but I sure do look forward to the long weekends!!
This is a quick little diddy I put together last night - I've been working on Design Team projects that I can't share quite yet in addition to a BOO album for a class at Live Laugh Love Scrap in October. BUSY BUSY! Can't wait to share some of the neat projects with you!
Cute, isn't it?
Image - Cuttlebug baby embossed carriage w/postcard die cut.
Papers - All from my stash - Green is Bazzill, Blue is cardstock, baby feet papers - paper I've had forever
Miscellaneous - Buttons, Embroidery Floss & Ribbon
Well, off to the store - my folks are coming to visit tomorrow. My mom and I will be making Freezer Jam again this year while the 'boys' watch the kick off of college football. Hopefully our Jam making isn't nearly as ADD filled as it was last year. :o)
Needless to say, I can't wait to fill the freezer with this yummy jam.
Wishing you a wonderfully enjoyable holiday weekend!!
Happy Craftin'!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Happy Blogoversary to Me & You - Blog Candy

Wow, it doesn't seem like I've been doing this for a whole 365 days! How time flies!! I've had so much fun hearing from old friends & new, family and other bloggers since I started Kaymin Kreations 1 year ago!
And to celebrate regulars who stop by (I'm so blessed for your faithfulness and LOVE hearing from you!!), followers and new crafters alike, I want to give you a chance to win some Blog Candy!!!
So, with Halloween right around the corner and the fact that it's my FAVORITE holiday - here's a LITTLE BIT of what you're 'playing' for:
A handful of BLING BLING & BLING
Fun Halloween stickers any ghost or gouhl would love
Assorted Halloween Ribbon
FUN Halloweeney Stamps for your little Goblins
Bazzill Halloweeney Borders in black, white and orange
Halloweeney Buttons
Halloweeney Paper (You can NEVER have too much paper)
And more extras too since the box isn't nearly full enough, but I'll leave those items as a surprise for the Winner!!! :o)
Yummy, huh?
Wanna chance to win?
Here's what do:
* Leave me a comment on this post, only one per person please.
* Follow Kaymin Kreations at the right of the page.

* Post a link about the blog candy on your blog where I can see it, please leave me a link to your
blog - I'd love to visit and follow YOUR blog
* If your posting a comment here as anonymous or don't have a blog, please leave me a name or e-mail address so I have something to
go by when I post the winner just in case it's YOU! :)
And that's it!
I will close the drawing on Saturday, September 26 at midnight EST and post the winner Sunday, September 27. I will ship anywhere and I will pick up the cost of shipping, so everyone can play along!! I will be using to draw the winner.
Good luck and thanks to everyone who has made the last year of blogging so much fun!
Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Better Late than Never, right?

So, I'd fully intended to post this last night, but never made it into my studio to even finish it. But, the good news - this round of organization is finished! WOO HOO!!

Now back to our regularly scheduled studio time! Boy did I miss my studio!!

This little cutie is my take on the August MCPT Image that Aprile on the Cricut Messageboard hosts (better late than never, right?). Isn't this just the cutest little image? Reminds me of a photo my mom had taken of my dad and myself when I was maybe 6 with our line of ducks following us down the driveway to the pond for a swim.

Isn't it funny things that trigger memories? My mom and I were just talking about this over the weekend.

Image: Hedge & Ducklings
I did some serious 'pop'dotting' and layering of these cute little ducks (they're stacked 4 high).
Papers: All scraps from my scrappy bin (yep, STILL trying to make a dent in the scrappy paper stash!)
Cricut: Barn cut at Real Dial Size 3.5" from New Every Day Paper Dolls cart (LOVE IT!)
Miscellaneous: Pop-dots, Stickles, Seed Beads, Glue
Hope you've had a super great day! Heck, it's Hump Day so we're 1/2 way to a nice LONG holiday weekend!!
Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for some super exciting news!!!
Here's a involves a celebration! :))))
Happy Craftin'!

Thank you Kelly!

A quick Thank You to Kelly who was too kind to think of me when handing out Blog Awards.
If you've never been to Kelly's blog - check it out here - she makes some awesome cards and has inspired me more times than I can count!
Thanks again Kelly!
I didn't make it into my studio last night, but you'll be happy to know the closet and storage organization & purging is officially done, so I'm headed back to the studio tonight!!
WOO HOO!! Can you say Happy Dance?
Happy Craftin'!