Merry Making Class Day 1

I’m happy to be joining in on the Online Card Classes Merry Making course this month! Today, I was inspired by Kristina Werner. She taught us a bokeh technique using Distress Oxide inks and water. Simple, but so beautiful! Here’s my take on the project:


I just love that little Arctic Fox looking up at the snowy sky! Such a fun card today. Thanks for the inspiration, Kristina! Loving class so far. I’ll be back with more tomorrow!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Waffle Flower October 2017 Release Haul & Review Video

Hello! Today I am sharing my Waffle Flower Late Fall (October 2017) Release Haul & Review video. There are so many awesome products and I fell in love immediately with the A2 Window Shutters Die and the A2 Arch Window Die! See the fun cards you can make with them:



For the inside window, I used the Layering Woodgrain Stamp set and then cut it with the A2 Arch Window Die. Isn’t it gorgeous?! It reminds me of looking out of a cabin window to the snow outside. So dreamy! I have shared the video already on how to make this shaker card in a previous video, and you can view it here.

To see the video of the complete October 2017 release and haul, watch here or on my YouTube channel:

I hope you enjoy seeing the release all in one place (I know I enjoy this kind of video)! ūüėČ

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Waffle Flower Blog Hop & Giveaway


I’m so excited to share with ¬†you some of the new Waffle Flower goodies for the Late Fall 2017 Release! I hope you are enjoying the blog hop. There really are a lot of amazing products in this release and I have just a few to share today. Please visit the Waffle Flower Blog to see all the new release, you won’t want to miss a thing!

First, I am in LOVE with the new A2 Window Shutters Die and I used it here on this card:


I’ve always wanted a white house with black shutters, so I made my shutters black. Now, when you open the card, you will find a surprise!


A very smart bear who can read! (This bear is from the new Books and Coffee stamp set illustrated by Big Bear and Bird.) But that’s not all…open up the shutters all the way and find….


Rudolph peeking in through the window! The A2 Arch Window die is a must-have (in my humble opinion) and I have so many more fun ideas for this one.

**See my video near the end of this post, where I show you a variation of this card…to make a SHAKER card on the inside!

My second card features both the new Layering Wood Grain stamp set and Warm Hands Stamp set:


This layering wood set is so interesting, with rich wood grain throughout. Even though I do know that wood doesn’t usually shine, I couldn’t resist using Aged Silver Embossing Powder on the second later to create that rich look.

And take a closer look at these layered mittens from the Warm Hands set:


These mittens are a dream to work with! They are very easy to line up, because really, it doesn’t have to line up perfectly for this rustic feeling. Confession: I’ve never owned a pair of mittens… (Arizona life…Lol.)

My last card to share today features the Cold Hands stamp set and these adorable ice-skating mice!


The cardinal on the log is so cute! I added an icy “lake” for them to skate on here. There is so much you can do with this set. There’s also a mouse made out of snow in this set…a Mouse-man?! So be sure to check out the entire release to see every bit of cuteness.

Watch my Video here or on my YouTube channel on how to use the A2 Window Shutters die to make a shaker card. Using this method makes it SO EASY to add a shaker on the inside!

And now, you can WIN:

To celebrate the blog hop, we are giving away $25 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. To win, leave comments on each blog along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 10/09/17 for your chances to win! Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 10/11/17.

To celebrate the new release, all orders over $25 placed by¬†11:59pm ET¬†on¬†10/09/17¬†will receive a free Little Sunshine Stamp Set by using¬†promo code SUNSHINE. Of course I LOVE this stamp…it has my blog name in it!! Please don’t forget: the stamp set needs to be in your cart for the promo code to work. Limited 1 per customer; While Supplies last.


Next up on the hop is the talented Katie Gehring!  Here is the complete list of the blog hop:

Waffle Flower (Nina)
Jennifer McGuire
Kristina Werner
Yana Smakula
Vicky Papaioannou
Nichol Spohr
Channin Pelletier
Kari VanNoy — (you are here)
Katie Gehring
Amanda Korotkova
Therese Calvird
Cristina N√ļ√Īez (Yainea)

I hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your kind comments!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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You’re My World Watercolor Card (Waffle Flower)

Hi! This is Kari and I’m excited to be sharing my first video¬†using Waffle Flower products! Today I’m using the set called Hooray illustrated by Helen Dardik. This is a favorite set for me…the images are so fun! I shared this on the Waffle Flower blog a few months ago, and I thought I’d share it here for all of you.

I am going to show you how to create a “World” for a couple of these happy kids to dance on using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, but you can use any watercolors you might have.


It is easy to create a sentiment using the Cutaway Alpha Stamp set. Here I added a few other sets to complete my greeting.

[VIDEO: You’re the World Watercolor Card]

Watch below or on my YouTube Channel.

I hope you enjoyed this project! Thank you for spending some time with me today. It means the world! ūüėČ


Products used:
(affiliate links used where possible, with no additional cost to you)

Watercolors: Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set (36 color set)
Watercolors: Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set (24 color set)
Waffle Flower 271122 Hooray Stamp Set
Waffle Flower 271066 Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set
Waffle Flower 271101 Flora Cat Meow Stamp Set
Waffle Flower 271011 Be My Guest Stamp Set
Waffle Flower 271086 Bear And Bird Stamp Set
EK Tools Honey Bee Scissors
Versafine Onyx Black Ink pad
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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There’s Snow one Cooler Than You!

My last entry for MFT Card Design Challenge is for the Innovation Master.

Here I made a slider card using a magnet at the end. This way, this “PRO” snowboarder tumbles down the mountain and lands on his head every time! LOL.


And here’s this snowboarder in action:


Oh boy…this reminds me of: ME on a snowboard.

I hope you enjoyed this one! I get a chuckle every time. :)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Can’t Bear to be Without You

Hello! Today I’m trying my hand at another MFT Superstar Challenge! This time the coloring Virtuoso category.

When I originally got these Polar Pals, I thought they could easily become a grizzly bear. I’m always needing bears for cards for my Dad (bears are his favorite)….so this one is for him. I started out stamping this bear near the center of the card, and colored him with bear-ish fur using Prismacolor Colored Pencils. Then I thought to myself…I need a background. Here’s how it all started:


It’s pretty intimidating to look at a blank white card and decide to make your own background with pencils. Enter Bravery! I actually created this background!! EEK!

Here’s the start of the background, and adding shading & different colors to the bear’s fur:


I also used Distress Oxides to help me out a bit. Oh, and I used a few MFT stencils to help me out with some shapes! I turned the TEARDROP stencil upside down to help out with some of the leaves…and I used the COWPRINT stencil to help create some of those stones. Isn’t that awesome!?

Now, let me show you the finished card. I ended up adhering it to a black card base for some contrast.


This card took me a LOOOOOOOONG time to color, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I hope you like it, too!

Wish me luck :)


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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The Seagull Strikes Again

Hi! I’m sharing another reason I had to have the Seaside Seagulls from MFT.

This is a card I made for my husband. I was feeling a little snarky, and well….nearly EVERY time we go to the beach, a seagull targets my husband. It’s actually become a little joke now. So I gave¬†this card to him and he couldn’t stop laughing!!


I’m sorry…is this too terrible?! Has it ever happened to you?

I used Distress Inks as watercolors to make the splatter, and to color up that sneaky seagull!

So I’m entering this into the MFT Stamps Superstar challenge for the Clean and Simple category. (Although I don’t know if this card should belong in a category that starts with “Clean”…. Lol.)


May your days be filled with sunshine,
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You Are Mermazing

Oh, how I love mermaids. My sister & I used to watch the Little Mermaid all the time when we were kids. But we would watch an animated version of the movie, Marina was the mermaid’s name and the little fish’s name was Fritz, instead of Flounder. I think it is the one based on the Hans Christian Anderson story. It had a very sad ending (she turned into the foam on the waves of the ocean), but we loved it!! Have you ever seen this version?

Anyway, I was so happy to win the Mermazing Stamp Set from My Favorite Things! Here is the first card I have made with this set:


I used Modeling paste in pearl white, and colored it with Distress Inks for the background. Then I colored the mermaids with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. There is so much shine on this card! Notice the glittery mermaid hair. My mermaids would all have glittery hair, of course!

Entering the MFT Color Challenge here.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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You Lift Me Up

Everytime I see this stamp set I start singing “You Lift Me Up, to walk on stormy seas…You lift me up, to more than I can be.” Do you know that song? It’s beautiful. Although, I could have the words all wrong!

So of course, I love this set by Reverse Confetti. My granddaughter loves it too. She adores anything with giraffes. Or lions. Or monkeys! :)

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and used some bright colors, and fall colors. I think I’m ready for fall around here. Lol.


I’m entering the current SFYTT Challenge with Reverse Confetti. I think this is my first entry ever! So fun.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Make Your Own Sunshine

I’m a big fan of bright colors and sunshiney days! And this new challenge from Ellen Hutson here reminded me of that.

I had a great time inking up the background with bright Distress Inks (picked raspberry, peeled paint, and scattered straw). Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to watercolor up that bear and his lemonade.


Can you just see that bear hula dancing away as he sips on his lemonade? It’s a great day!
Entering the Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge.

I hope this made you smile. :)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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