kate kennedy

crate paper heart day collection

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It may not even be Thanksgiving yet but the new Valentine’s Day collections are already starting to roll in! Up first is the Crate Paper Heart Day collection!!!

It is soooo stinkin’ cute! There are some really great papers and embellishments that can be used all year around and definitely some that are Valentine’s specific.

I tend to not go for collections or products with cutesy imagery …. lovey dovey collections are the exception to that rule.

This collections has the most adorable heart shaped strawberries, I swoon! And can we talk about the cacti … emoji puffy hearts … and sickly sweet cupcakes? Let’s take a look at these too cute for words products.

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Here is an overview of the papers but I wanted to point out a couple of my all time favorites.

My Love: This paper is adorable on both sides (all the more reason to order 2) I just love the irregular dot pattern over the blush hearts. The B side is the most adorable cactus pattern ever.

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Sweethearts: This fringe paper is soo cute. I love that it gives the look of dimension without adding any bulk to your projects.

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Lovely: This has to be my favorite! It is very reminiscent of a Studio Calico paper I received in a kit that I just couldn’t get enough of. I love the fresh take on a stripe by adding the dot pattern.

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And my favorite embellishments have to be the puffy stickers and the 12×12 chipboard.

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So much cuteness!!! Please check out the video below showing the products in much more detail. The product images below are affiliate links and I greatly appreciate the clicks 🙂 Just click on the image and shop away! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

*** www.simonsaysstamp.com has a $5.00 off coupon code HARVEST good thru November 27, 2016.


youtube video hop 2016

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Hey guys! I am super excited to share with you today a really cool little adventure. I am participating in a fabulous YouTube Hop hosted by the lovely and talented Jenn Gallacher. Some of you made have heard of her or seen her videos, if not you should totally check her out. There are also some great other crafty girls participating, and I have to say, I am super honored to be in such awesome company, these are some rockstar life documenters.

Below is a list of all the videos to hop along to, make sure to check them all out, leave a little love, and subscribe so you don’t miss any of their videos!

Kate Kennedy

Cathie Rigby

Jennie McGarvey

Tonya Gibbs

Becki Adams 

Jen Gallacher

Céline Navarro 

Here is the layout I created for the hop and the video will be below as well as links to the supplies used! I hope y’all have a great time hopping along and enjoy the videos. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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DIY Valentine’s Day Banner

Valentine’s Day is such a fun festive holiday, and one that is full of sweet DIY projects. As a paper crafter I am always looking to use my supplies in different ways. For this banner and the decorative straws I am using some of my steel dies, felt, and twine to create cute projects.

The great thing about these projects is that you most likely have the supplies on hand, and if not you can always trace and image and hand cut it. You can also substitute the felt with pattern paper and that would be really fun as well.

Here is what you will need:

Red Felt

White Felt

Pink Felt

Alphabet Die Set (Quinn’s ABC Lawn Fawn)

Heart Shaped Die (American Crafts Dear Lizzy)

Glue Gun

Bakers Twine

Sizzix Big Shot

To create the banner start by die cutting all your shapes and letters.

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I like to use a grid mat to make sure I get the correct spacing between hearts when adding the twine. I have a found a glue gun works best for adhering the hearts to the twine.

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I had a few extra hearts to I thought it would be super cute to add them to some paper straws. I just love how they turned out. I hope you have enjoyed this quick and simple Valentine’s projects and can’t wait to see what you are creating this month.

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DIY holiday Gift Wrap & Home decor

One of my most favorite things about the holidays is fun DIY projects. This includes everything from home decor to custom gift wrap. I never realized how super simple (and inexpensive) it is to stamp on regular postal kraft paper and turn it into something beautiful. For this box, I used a layered wreath stamp set. I find that stamps set like this one make the gift wrap look very finished and professional. They are several different companies that make layered stamp sets both for the holidays and all year around. I would recommend using pigment ink when stamping on kraft paper because it sits on top of the paper and doesn’t soak into the paper like dye ink, I have found in my experience that the colors stay more vibrant and true. I especially like the pigment inks from Avery Elle and Colorbox Pigment Petals. I have also used some StazOn to stamp on a simple white gift bag and Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink to stamp on a kraft bag. Make sure to watch the video below to see just how I created these projects.

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Next up are some 2 minute pillow boxes perfect for gift cards. Simply pick your favorite pattern paper, run through your die cutting machine, and add some simple embellishment. For these I used a Lawn Fawn die, Sizzix Big Shot, and paper from American Crafts.

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Lastly, I wanted a fun canvas to add to our mantel this year and decided to make it using a cut file and the Silhouette Cameo. I picked two images and paired them together then cut using some gold foil card stock. I also cut the images from vinyl and preferred those results and would recommend that instead of card stock because you don’t have to add glue to vinyl! Huge bonus! 🙂 Once adhered to a plain 12×12 canvas, you end up with this adorable addition to your holiday home decor.

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I hope you have enjoyed a look at some of my holiday projects. There is a video and links to some of the products used below. Thanks so much for stopping by!