Monday, November 24, 2014

Good Morning Monday!!
It's Thanksgiving week so I thought I would share one last Fall card for Prickley Pear. Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year. The weather gets cooler, the trees turn and the warm, cozy blankets come out of the closets. The colors of Autumn are rich and beautiful and this card shows them off well. 
This card is simple, yet elegant, with a beautiful sentiment.
Prickley Pear has really great inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and you can see them Here.
Have a wonderful day today and a fabulous Thanksgiving!!
Rene'
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Helloooo!!
It's Thanksgiving in 5 days. Can you believe it? It seems like once Thanksgiving comes then Christmas is upon us. (Then the New Year, and then...life just keeps going on.... Bah Humbug!!!  ��)
 
Really, I am in the Holiday mood �� and really looking forward to celebrating this year. I am trying very hard to stay present for each day and to enjoy every moment that each day brings - the good, the bad and the ugly that life offers.  For if it were not for the dark, how can I truly appreciate the light.
 
Life has been good these days and a lot less "complicated" than it has been in the past years.  For this I give God the glory, for He is good, really good!! I don't think I could have made it through the tough years if it were not for my faith. He has carried me through some of the worst days and has brought some light back into life. Thank you Jesus!!
And... He is the Reason for the Season!
I hope that each of you will take time to live in the present and enjoy each day, not worrying about what tomorrow holds, or what the past has brought - just be content in the now.
That is a true gift of life.
I have a Two Paper Diva's card to share with you. I made this card and included it in one of my classes. For some strange reason ..I am really liking jingle bells and when I saw this stamp that the Diva's made, I knew I would have to have it. 
I used the new Bo Bunny line called Candy Cane Lane. The colors are not traditional Christmas colors, but nevertheless, I love them, and perfect for the jungle bell stamp.
I stamped the image three times on three different colors. I then cut the gray bells out individually and glued them to the pink stamped image, curling up the ends to create dimension.
I used the stamp called Jingle All The Way.
As I said earlier, this card is part of the Shabby Pocket card class that is next week. Here are some more pictures of the class.





 
 Have a wonderful day!!!
Rene'
 


Monday, November 17, 2014

Brrrrrr!! Baby it's cold outside!!
Good Morning Monday!
Here with another Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration.
I just can't get enough of these cute vintage stamps. I want ALL of them!
I've been waiting a long tome to use this cutie... so here you go!
Isn't he just adorable??
And I just love the little birdie sitting atop the lantern.
Prickley Pear has an awesome selection of Holiday and Seasonal stamps that are great for your Christmas cards. Check them out Here.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay warm and cozy!!
Rene' 
 



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Good Morning!
I'm really getting in the Holiday spirit and looking forward to getting the Christmas decorations out. But, I will wait until after Thanksgiving to do so. In the past when decorations are out too soon, it seems that by the time Christmas actually arrives I'm tired of them and ready to put it all away.
So, I will wait...
This morning I have a Christmas card to share with you that I made for Two Paper Diva's.
The image is just so sweet and vintage-y and a perfect size!!
For the Santa, I stamped the image twice and cut one of them out. The one I cut out I colored the hat and Santa's face with a copic markers, added some white fluff to the trim and glitter to the beard, and then adhered the cut out Santa to the other Santa image using pop dots.  I added some crocheted trim, glittered poinsettia's and some bling to dress the card up a bit.
Turned out pretty sweet!
For this card I used Ho Ho Ho , and Mason Jar Accessories - 2
The Diva's are keeping super busy these days and have lots of wonderful things happening over there.
Go check them out Here!!
Have a wonderful day!!
end'
 
 
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

I just wanted to update everyone on upcoming classes.
 
First up is Christmas tags: $25.00
 
      - B's Boutique on Saturday Nov. 15th at 10am and 1pm
      - Cyndy's house in Gardner on Sunday Nov. 16th at 1pm
      - Peggy's house on Wednesday Nov. 19th at 1pm
 
 
Next up is Shabby Pocket with cards and tags  $25.00
 
     - B's Boutique on Tuesday Nov. 25th at 1pm and 4:30pm
     - Mel's house in Gardner on Sunday Nov. 30th at 1pm
 
No class yet for Peggy's house. If you are interested in taking it at Peggy's - let me know and I will talk with Peggy to set a date.
 
 Next up is the Holiday Glittered House $32.00
 


 
      - Peggy's house on Monday Nov. 24th at 10am
      - B's Boutique on Thursday Dec. 4th at 10am, 1pm and 4pm
 
No class yet in Gardner. If you are interested in taking this class in Gardner, let me know and I will talk with Mel as she said she would like to do it.
 
Thank you everyone!  I truly appreciate all your support and enthusiasm with my classes. I love what I do and it gives me joy to share with you.
Have a great evening,
Rene'

Good Morning! Happy Monday to you all.
Is everyone here in the KC area ready for some cold weather? Because, it's about to get cold here!! I am not ready for winter yet... ugh!!
But, the cold weather means that Christmas is around the corner so I want to share a Christmas card I made for Prickley Pear
I know I've said this before, and I will say again...I really love the vintage stamps from Prickley Pear.
I saw this stamp and fell in love. It is just ever so sweet!!
I enjoy making these step cards. They are easy to make and just a little different than the traditional card shape, with some added depth
Please go check out Prickley Pear Here, and check out their Monday Morning Inspiration Here.
Have a fabulous Monday!
Thanks for stopping by,
Rene'
 
 
 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Good Morning!
I'm here with some Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration for you.
This pumpkin stamp is so beautiful - love the wheat and dandelion designs!
This card is simple with little embellishments and sometimes that is good. (I know... unusual for me, but sometimes I like it.)
Head on over to Prickley Pear Blog and check out some other inspiration and then go Shop Prickley Pear and pick out some wonderful product!
Here's hoping you have a wonderful week!
Thanks for stopping by.
Rene'
 
 


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Another busy week behind us and a busy one coming up!
It sure did get chilly this weekend and pretty soon there will be snow on the ground and we will be celebrating the Holidays.
So, in preparation for the Holiday Season, I have some classes scheduled for this month.
The first one up is Christmas Tags.

This class is scheduled for Sat. Nov. 15th at 10am and 1pm at B's Boutique in Shawnee, and another one for Sunday Nov. 16th at 1pm at Cyndy's house in Gardner. Cost is $24.
 
Next up is Shabby Christmas Pocket with Cards and Tags
 Scheduled for Tuesday Nov. 25th at B's Boutique at 1pm and 4pm, and also in Gardner - Sunday Nov. 30th at 1pm at Mel's house. Cost is $25.
More pictures to come soon.
I also have completed a Christmas glittered house. No times have been scheduled yet. I just wanted to share pictures. I will update with date and times asap!

I really had fun making this house and hope you will consider taking the class.
It would make a wonderful Christmas gift!!
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by!
Rene'
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Morning!
It's a new week and there is a lot on my "to do" list. But, before I move on to that list... how about a little Prickley Pear Inspiration?
 
Can I just say I'm loving the stamps from Prickley Pear!!
For this tag I embossed the trees with green glitter embossing powder and then cut them out. A little gold ribbon (yes, I know... always ribbon!!),a couple jingle bells, a few bling stars and some Warm Winter Wishes.
I don't know about you, but I think I'm getting into the Holiday spirit. 
Head on over to Prickley Pear and check out the other wonderful stamps that they have to offer.
While you are there, be sure to visit their blog to see more inspiration.
Have a fabulous week!
Thanks for stopping by.
Rene'
 
 
 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

How 'bout them ROYALS!!!
It's been so much fun watching the Boys in Blue and the entire Kansas City area get pumped  up. It is so exhilarating and the air is full of excitement everywhere you go!!
Today I want to share with you a card I made for Two Paper Diva's. Next week we celebrate Halloween, so how about a cute mason jar Halloween card??
Ww
I had so much fun making this, I think because I really like mason jars and could just create with them all day long. I've seen lots of mason jar cards and several with "straws" sticking out of them.
So I wanted to make one using bats.  I embossed the bats on cardstock, cut them out and glued the bats on the end of paper "straws".  So much fun!!
I used the stamp set called Happy Halloween.
The Diva's have been very busy these days and I can't wait to share some of my creations in the near future using their new stamps.
Be sure and check out what the Diva's have to offer right HERE.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful weekend and lets cheer on those ROYALS!!
Rene'
 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Good morning Monday!!
 
Here for another Prickley Pear Inspiration Monday!
I'm really loving all the fabulous Prickley Pear stamps that I have. They are just so retro and vintagy?
I don't believe that is even a word, but I'm still using it.  Besides I've seen other people use it so that must make it ok.
For this card I used a stamp set called Pumpkin and Snowman.  Such an adorable stamp set. 
I stamped this little guy on some fall paper, cut him out and popped him off the front of this card.
D041 Scallop Circle Nesting Die Set.
Very simple and sweet.
You can find this guy here and you can also see what other Prickle Pear inspiration there is here.
Hope you have a wonder week ahead. Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Thanks for stopping by.
Rene'
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Good Morning!
I had such a wonderful time at a scrapbooking retreat this past weekend.  Great food, fabulous friends, beautiful scenery, a fun Christmas mini album, lots of laughs, being absolutely silly, and wonderful memories...all made this weekend!!
Can't wait to go again!!
This morning I want to share a fabulous fall card for Prickley Pear.
The days here in KC are getting shorter, cooler, and the leaves are starting to turn their beautiful autumn colors.  I can actually smell the scent of fall in the air. (not sure if that is possible, but I sure thought I did)
It's time to take my little pumpkins (Seth and Silas) to the pumpkin patch to pick out their favorite pumpkins and get the fall decorations out.
I thought I'd get even more in the spirit of fall and make this Autumn Blessings card.
Hop on over to Prickley Pear and check out their other autumn and Halloween stamps.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!!!
Rene'

Monday, October 6, 2014

Good Morning!
 
What a wonderful weekend it was.  Only problem was it went by too fast.  It seems that when you have a lot to do the time passes by quickly.  Maybe it's just me getting older! I think I need a clone so I can just go play more often. 
It has been an exciting weekend with the Kansas City Royals in the playoffs!  The weather was just perfect, and to top it off I got to spend some time with the kids and grandbabies!!
 
I got some awesome news to share with you....I've known for a little while, but I can finally make it public!
I have been asked to continue to design for Prickley Pear for another term.
I was truly honored that they wanted me to continue on their design team!! I must be doing something right - YIPEEEEE!!!
So with that being said...
I want to share a little crafty project I made for Monday Inspiration.
I have been in a gift bag mood lately, and so I decided to make some Halloween treat bags.
These sweet little bags were so much fun to make, and the small stamps that Prickley Pear make work just perfectly on the tags that adorn them. 
Head on over to Prickley Pear and check out all the wonderful goodies they have to offer. And, be sure to check out their Blog to see what the other design team members made.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Enjoy your day!!
Rene'
 
 
 
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Good Morning
Two Paper Diva's has so many new- really wonderful stamps in their new release..... and lots more in the making!! Can't wait to get them in and share!!
When I saw this cute little spooky boo guy, I knew I needed to have him.  I was so anxious to use him, that I made this card before the stamp was actually released, and I had to wait to post him.
See?? Told ya!!
Love Love Love him!!
This stamp is called "BOO".
Go and check out all the new stamps they have Here.
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good Morning
I want to share card I made for Two Paper Divas. 
I used their new fence stamp and stamped it on brown paper and cut it out.  The birdhouse is from the Celebrate Summer stamp, where I stamped the birdhouse on different colored paper, cut out the pieces and pieced it together.  I also used the Fall is in the Air stamp set for the pumpkins, gourd and leaves.
The fence stamp is a new release and it should now be available for purchase
here. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Rene'

Monday, September 29, 2014

Goodmorning!
Can you believe September is almost over??  Very soon... cooler weather will be upon us, the leaves will be changing colors, and the little spooks will be out haunting the neighborhoods.
Then.... Christmas will be upon us and the new year will come.  I just want time to slow down.  The days just fly by, going faster and faster.  I need to remember to live in the moment and enjoy each hour, each day to the fullest.
Today I want to share a card I made for Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration. This stamp is another one of their new releases called Reindeer Kisses. 
For this card I used GG0199 Reindeer Kisses Red Rubber Stamp.   I also used D041 Scallop Circle Nesting Die Set but it is a bit hard to see behind the cream circle, but you can see it peeking out from behind.  The sentiment  'PEACE' is from JJ0089 Word Christmas Tree , where I masked off the rest of the words on the tree and then punched out the word 'peace'.  Sometimes you have to think outside the box to get something you want.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!!
Rene'
 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Good morning!!
What a crazy busy week I had last week.  I spent many, many hours preparing for classes.  And I glad to say that all is done and ready to go for the next three classes.  You won't believe how happy I am!!
Now I get to start preparing for the next class. 
Today a group of gals met at Melissa's house to do the sweet Halloween Banner.  It was so much fun and I have to say that I really miss those girls.  And I want to thank Mel for hosting us all so graciously in her home. 
Now, for a card for Prickle Pear....
This Cat Lady stamp is from their new release. They had some really wonderful  stamps in this release and we will be sharing them with you over the next few weeks.
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful week!
Rene'
 
 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Good morning!
 
I've got a card to share with you that I made for Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration. I know it's a bit early for a Christmas card, but I was anxious to play with this stamp.
Gold is really popular right now, so I thought what better way to join the trend than to use gold embossing powder.  It works perfectly with this beautiful stamp from Prickley Pears new release. This card is clean and simple, especially compared to my usual style. Sometimes clean and simple is nice (and quick��)!! 
I used non-traditional colors on this card - pink and gold.
But, isn't it really sweet??
I added some pearls and rhinestones to "decorate" the tree, and I added gold embossing to the button.
You can check out the other design team members creations Here.
Have a wonderful Monday!!
Rene'
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Good morning!
I hope you have had a fabulous weekend.
The weather here in Kansas City was just wonderful.  The air-conditioner has been turned off, the attic fan is on and the air is kinda chilly. Can you believe that?!!
I hope everyone enjoyed Prickle Pears blog hop.  Lots of wonderful new products released.
Today the winners of the hop will be announced - so be sure to tune in to see if you are one of the lucky winners.
Today I have another card to share with you.
Halloween is just around the corner and there is no better time to start making some cards to send out to your favorite peeps.
Go and check out all the new products that they have to offer Here.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy the beautiful weather!!
Rene'
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Good Morning!
Welcome to day three and final day of the Prickley Pear blog hop!!
 If you are following the hop, then you should be coming to me from Barb's Blog.  If you want to follow along and need to start from the beginning, then go Here.  Be sure to go to each and every blog participating in the hop and leave a comment.  The more entries you make the better opportunity you have to win one of the prizes below.  The winners will be randomly drawn on September 7th and announced on Monday September 8th. 
 

   
Here is my creation for the blog hop. I used HH0165 Petronella Pumpkin and CLR029A Bats Set 2 Clear Stamp Set combined with some Graphic45 papers. Isn't Petronella adorable?  I just love the vintage feel of her and have seen many similar images from old postcards and cards.
 
Your next stop will be Angie's Blog
Be sure to leave a comment below and on all the other blogs for your chance to win.  If you want to start from the beginning of the hop - from the first day - you can go to Monday's post on Prickley Pears blog and start.
Also, be sure to check out all the other products that Prickley Pear has to offer.... Here.
Enjoy the rest of the hop today. 
Rene'
 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grab Life by the Handlebars!
 
That's what I'm gonna do! 
I'm going to take charge and get some direction in my life!  At least for today!  ��
I've got a card that I made for Two Paper Diva's to share with you today.  This cute little bike is from their new release.  They have so many new wonderful stamps in this release - you really should go check them out Here
 
 
I love how this card turned out - so sweet!!
I colored the bike with Copic markers and stamped the basket on patterned paper and fussy cut it out.  he papers are from October Afternoon - love that company.
The stamp set is called Bicycle Stamp, which also includes the sentiment.
Have a wonderful day!
Rene'
 

Good Morning!
It's Tuesday morning and this is day two of the Prickley Pear blog hop!!
 If you haven't seen their new release, you really need to go check it out, as there are so many wonderful products they are releasing!! 
If you didn't start at the beginning from Prickley Pear then go back Here and begin the hop from the start.
 One person each day will win one of these fabulous prize packages just by posting comments on all the blogs that are participating in the hop.
 

 
The winners will be drawn on September 7th and announced on Monday Sept. 8th, so be sure to comment for your chance to win!!  
I decided to mix things up a bit and get a little inky for my project.  I use the butterfly from CLR025B Steampunk Gears 3 stamp set to create this colorful tag and lots of Tim Holtz inks.  I also used the Mini Steampunk Gears, a little burlap, a couple hinges and a wonderful sentiment to finish it off!!
The colors on this tag are much more vibrant in person and the details on the butterflies are just gorgeous!
Your next stop will be Maureen's blog.
Be sure to leave a comment below to be eligible to win.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the last dayof the hop.
Grab a cup of Joe, sit back, get comfortable, go Hop and enjoy!
Rene'
 


Monday, September 1, 2014

 
Good Morning!
Its Monday morning and today begins the Prickley Pear blog hop!!
 Today they are introducing their new release of some fabulous stamps and dies.
You will want to start at beginning from Prickley Pear and then follow the hop to each and every design team members blogs and posting comments as you go.
There are two super prizes that you can win just by posting comments on all the blogs that are participating in the hop.
 

 
The winners of these prize packages will be drawn on Monday Sept. 8th, so be sure to comment for your chance to win!!  
I personally, am not participating in the hop today, but be sure to come back tomorrow and Wednesday to see the projects I have designed.
Get comfortable, grab a cup of hot tea, relax and start the hop Here.
Thanks for stopping by.
Rene


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello!
I have been busy, busy making lots and lots of fun projects.  Between Prickle Pear, Two Paper Diva's, Vintage In KC classes and Pretty Little Things for By B's Boutique.... and watching my grandsons I've been a little missing in action .  But, with the help of my sister Annette, I have got some fun things lined up.
There is a class scheduled for September 17th at B's Boutique where we will be making a really cute Halloween banner.


 
This sweet banner class will run $25.00.  If you would like to take this class, just give me a shout at rlkoehn84@gmail.com
 
Next up:

Annette has been busy helping me out for this class. 

This class will consist of 8 super sweet Halloween cards.
The cost will be $30.00
The date is to be determined as I am waiting to see when the papers will be available.  I should know something by Monday or Tuesday next week.
There will be two options available.  The first will be a class or kit and all pieces will be cut and enveloped for you.
The second option will be a kit, but that kit will include a 12 x 12 paper kit from the manufacturer, cardstock, ribbons, images, instructions and all pieces needed to create the eight cards plus lots of extras to create many more projects.  This option will also be $30.00. 
 
I also have a really pretty altered box class coming soon.  Pictures to follow soon as it isn't quite finished yet.
So, stay tuned for updates!
Rene'

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good Morning!
This past week has passed by in a flurry.  I spent the  week in St. Louis, at Barnes Hospital where my dad had surgery.  It is now Monday morning and I'm getting Mom and Dad out the door and on the road back to Arkansas.  So, I'm a bit late at getting this post out.  With that being said, I would like to share my latest card for Prickley Pear Inspiration.


 
How sweet is this little one?  I really, really like these vintage image stamps Prickley Pear makes.  I used Graphic45 papers and some sweet little flowers that I had in my stash.  I really love how this turned out.
I used Sleepy Time Baby Red Rubber Stamp, and Mini Vases Clear Stamp Set, and Scallop Oval Nesting Die Set.
If you would like to see the other products Prickley Pear has go Here, and if you want to see more inspiration, go Here.
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!
Rene'