Guest Design,Krumspring

Krumspring Stamps 1 Year Anniversary Blog Hop

Hey there! Welcome to my stop for the Krumspring Stamps 1 Year Anniversary Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Mayline’s blog, but if you started here or got a little lost, there’s a full list of the blog hop participants at the bottom of the post.


Congratulations Maria on your 1 Year Anniversary! The first year flew by so fast, and I still remember the day I followed Maria’s instagram, in awe of her bright colors and use of triangles in all her cards before she even started her stamp shop. The triangles started it all, and look at how much it has grown. So incredible. And I’m so excited to be celebrating this milestone with her!

As part of this anniversary release, there are 8 new stamp sets available right now in the Krumpsring shop. There are cute koalas, more triangle designs, coffee, flowers, and so much more! The full release is amazing, but one stamp set especially caught my attention and it’s the one I used  in my card today, called Bloom. This giant branch with flowers is a coloring dream!

It most definitely deserves the certain of attention of the card, so I knew I had to pour my time into coloring it beautifully. I love opting for watercolor when it comes to flowers. I first heat embossed the floral image in gold. Then, I took out my Schmincke watercolor set and worked my way through each petal of the flower. If you look closely, I layered it with hues of pink, orange, and yellow.

After that was done, I did something I never personally done before and that is, fussy cut a negative. I’ve done this with coordinating dies before, but I realized I never fussy cut one before! I first cut out a panel of Natural card stock. Then I stamped the floral image onto the card so I knew where to fussy cut out the flower. Once that was done, I heat embossed my sentiment in gold along the edge.

Finally, I adhered the cut panel aligned against the flower and card edge with foam tape to finish the card.


Before you head on over to the next stop, I have giveaway details for you! Win a 10$ gift certificate to! Leave a comment on each step on the way of the hop for 16 chances to win a 10 $ gift certificate OR the grand prize – which is a Prize Packet containing lots of Krumspring Stamps! Giveaway ends August 23 at 12 pm Central European Time. Winners will be announced on Krumspring Blog on August 23.

Hope you enjoy my stop and head on over to Amy’s blog next!


Blog Hop List

Vera Rhuhay
Michelle Short
Amy Yang
Tina Krauer
Niki Bee
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Anna Kossakovskaya
Kathy Racoosin
Amy Lee
Natalie Elphinstone
Mayline Jung
Keeway Tsao <— You are here!
Amy Kolling
Birka Reinitz
Dana Gong

giveaway & winners

Altenew New Day Blog Hop Winner

Hi everyone! Just dropping in today to announce the winner from the Altenew New Day Card Kit Blog Hop. Thank you all for leaving all the lovely comments. I enjoy reading every one of them!

Our random winner from my post is…

Congratulations Becca! You are the winner for a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew. Be sure to contact us at by 9/30/2017 with the subject line Altenew New Day Card Kit Blog Hop Winner from Keeway’s Blog to claim your award!

Again, thanks all for dropping by!


Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Beautiful Berries Autumn & Sunflower Harvest

Hello! I’m so excited to begin sharing my Papertrey Ink August release cards with you. As you may already know, the full August Release is now live and available in store. I have couple cards to share with you, one featuring this month’s Beautiful Berries: Autumn set and also Sunflower Harvest set. Both incredibly beautiful!

The Beautiful Berries set features this gorgeous branch. It is a multi-step stamp set so all the various pieces is another layer stamp. I took advantage of how it was designed to add ombre stamping. I personally like to use a sponge dauber to add the darker shades into my stamped images to avoid harsh lines. I’ve also seen great results with inking it up with the stamp pad and gently dabbing off some of the ink either with your finger or a paper towel. Multiple ways!

Give how beautiful this image is, I don’t want to take too much at tention away with it, so I created this warm soft blended background with watercolors. I gave it movement in the direction the branches were going to hang over my sentiment, which I stamped with True Black ink as soon as the paint dried.

Lastly, I used some foam squares to help me assemble the branches and some extra pieces onto my card right above my sentiment.



Next up, I featured the stamp set Sunflower Harvest. It is also a multi-step stamp set with each individual portion of the flower another layer. I used the same technique to ink up my images and a sponge dauber to add some additional shades and interest to the colors.

I die cut one large sunflower and 2 medium sunflowers, and a few leaves. There are 3 sizes in the set. Then I stamped all the images. Once that was done, I heat embossed my sentiment right in the middle of my large flower with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

With images this large, I’ve already covered majority of my card, so I did not want to add too much to the background. So ink blended Ocean Tides from bottom up and Hawaiian Shores from top to bottom, and then added a touch of Hawaiian Shores splatter. I chose not to die cut my stems, but rather stamp directly onto the background with Prairie Grass Ink.

And finally, the most fun part (to me at least), is the final assembly. With an idea in mind, I adhered all the pieces to the background in order of back to front. I used thin foam squares for those that laid in the back, and thicker foam squares for the ones in the front, to vary to depth and avoid any bumpy overlapping.

Hope you enjoy today’s projects and see you tomorrow for Papertrey Ink August Release projects!




My Favorite Things

MFT August Release Replay

It’s time for the My Favorite Things August Release Replay! Since every release each month is so big, I like to reach for some sets that I have shared a project on, so today I will be showcasing the In Bloom and Big Birthday Wishes stamp sets!

The In Bloom set create these cute, whimsical looking florals that are just so fun to play with. I stamped these up easily with various inks including Bubblegum, Coral Crush, Peach Bellini, Poppy, Grapesicle, Grape Jelly, and Cactus. I then die cut them out of Die-namics In Bloom. I love the new Smart Align system that MFT invented to help me align my die cuts easily! You should definitely check out the video if you haven’t seen it already.

Once I had all my images ready and cut, I played around with them to get the arrangement I liked best. I decided on using them to frame my sentiment. So, I heat embossed this beautiful sentiment from Big Birthday Wishes in silver on to smooth white card stock. Then, I used Tumbled Glass distress ink to add some light shading around the sentiment. That way, I hint of light blue will show under the flowers.

I wanted to add a touch of gingham pattern behind the flowers as well so I die cut curved stitched edges with Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges out of a pink colored pattern from  Tiny Check Paper Pack. Once that was set, I assembled the everything together with lots of foam tape and foam squares to get the extra dimensions in my bouquet.

It’s such a sweet card, don’t you think? I really love this sentiment and it’s great to send for any occasion!

Thanks for joining me today! For more inspirational works from participating design team members, be sure to check out the MFT Blog.



Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Hey Stacks

Hey there! I am joining in for the Papertrey Ink Release Day 5 to feature this fun, new sentiment set called Hey Stacks! This set features a variety of sentiments in different heights that allow for interesting stacking customizations. The stripes in the set pairs with the heights of these sentiments and give you great building blocks to design your card! Think legos with sentiments!

I’m going to share my cards in order of my creative process. Whenever I receive a new product, my first step is to create something in the way it was originally designed, in this case, stacking! I picked out 6 different ink colors to work with: Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores, Winter Wisteria and Blueberry Sky. They are all bright rainbow colors, and I stamped them in such order as well. I varied the sizes of the sentiment I picked out to use and I also varied the way I wanted to stamp them, some directly with the ink color, some in black ontop of the stripes, and some just plain stripes. This added to the spontaneous look of the stacks!

Once I finished stamping those, it’s time frame what I just did. I could have definitely left it as is and kept it CAS, but I thought it would a fun interest to bring some more stripes into the design. I reached for my Bitty Big: True Black striped paper and cut a thin and thick trip of it to add to the left and right side of my sentiment. I chose to have the stripes be horizontal to not only match the direction of my sentiments but also to draw attention towards it as well.

I adhered the pattern paper with foam tape to have some dimention to the card. Now I have the perfect masculine card to send to a friend!

The next idea I had in mind was use these sentiments to create a background for an image. I chose two sentiments from the set that had different heights, using one at a time to create several lines of a sentiment like a marquee. You could use however many sentiments you want, but I decided to work with two, and alternated colors for each one. So, I drew some straight pencil guidelines first, then stamped my sentiments in Spring Moss and Aqua Mist inks onto Limeade Ice card stock.

Then, I picked an image that was just within the height of my sentiments, and not large enough to block all the hard work I just put in! I stamped the sunflower from the new Sunflower Harvest set. The flower is stamped in Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry and Honey Nut inks and die cut with the coordinated dies. I then stamped my main sentiment in True Black directly onto the flower. Of course my sentiment is way larger than the flower, so in the spot I planned to adhere my flower, I stamped the same sentiment again right onto my background.

I aligned my sunflower onto the sentiment and adhered it with foam tape so that I have some dimension, but still a full readable sentiment! As a final touch, I decided to use a thin sharpie marker and draw some stitched lines above and below my rows of sentiments.

One more card to go! So far in the first two cards, we’ve had very straight horizontal and vertical lines, so I wanted to change things up a bit. This time around, I used some washi tape to mask of diagonal lines across my card so that I can blend in some diagonal stripes! For my stripes, I used Hibiscus Brust, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores and Winter Wisteria. And once I finished blending my stripes, I used a ruler and thin black marker to add some additional lines.

Next, I stamped the sentiments, the large ‘hey there’ above my black line and the follow-up sentiment below the line in the same diagonal direction. With Blueberry Sky ink, I stamped 3 stars to the left of my ‘hey there’.

Lastly, I trimmed my stamped panel down by 0.25″ and adhered it onto a white A2 base card with foam tape.

Hope you enjoy today’s feature post and look forward to seeing you back here for more August Release posts starting August 16th!