My mom’s birthday!

My mom’s birthday is here!! I decided to make a sweet, but simple card for her… although “simple” took a couple of hours, i am happy with the way it turned out. I used a variety of dies and 1 stamp set! I die cut using a Gina Marie’s scalloped/stitched die, Gina Marie’s wreath w/ flowers (2x’s), Memory Box branch (2x’s) and stamped out the owl from Lawn Fawns Mom + Me. I colored the image and fussy cut it out and mounted it with foam tape to give it more dimension.

I decided a card was not enough… and pulled out MFT’s Lip Balm set. I had to get this whole set (all the dies & coordinating stamp set) when it came out because you can use it for a multitude of things… not just lip balm! In this case, I rolled up some $$ and sealed it up! On the backside, i die cut the “rip strip” before permanently sealing it. I hope she likes it! ❤️

See you soon! -Kim

Birthday card for a Buy Nothing Group member!

I made this super easy and cute card for a fellow Buy Nothing Group members granddaughter. The member posted in the FB group that her granddaughter was a card crafter and that they were having a hard time getting ready for her birthday which is on New Years Day… so a bunch of us offered up some of our own crafty goodies to share with her. I volunteered to make her a card (cause we have to use our powers for good!!!) and decided on something she probably hasn’t received before. I decided on the LF pop up box die because it definitely always has that “wow” factor!

I stamped out a bunch of LF critters cause i wanted to stick with the LF theme and colored them using my Copic markers. I also die cut the grass, sun, and clothesline, but fussy cut out the critters cause i didn’t want the white border around the images this time.

I stamped out the Happy Birthday in the front and added a small message on the backside of the card… and off it went to make a little girls day! Thanks for stopping by!!

-Hugs! Kim

Secret Santa card

I was experimenting with different card layouts (yes, I am a huge slacker and am late.. again, in making Christmas cards!! Lol) and came up with an easier card. Just a couple of Mama Elephant stamp sets.. and some bling!

I usually have a hard time with simple cards.. and fretted that it was too plain… but I let it go (mostly cause I needed to get this card signed, sealed, & delivered) and thankfully, my cousin-worked loved it. I was her Secret 🎅. I love that mouse and bunny!!

Holiday gift card holders


Thanks for stopping by! Just wanted to share a project I just finished up. I volunteered to hand make some gift card holders for the teachers at the school I work at. Luckily, I was able to spread out each step… first day I cut out all the pocket holders then the tags.. next day I cut our the slits so the gift card can be tucked onto the tag etc etc.. u get the picture. This was definitely an “assembly line” type project.

I started by die cutting the tag holder made by the Stamps of Life, Tag Holder Die Set . Its a great die set which includes the tag holder, tag, slits, and misc icons! Perfect for any occasion! I cut out the tag out of some Doodlebugs cardstock and cut the slits into it as well. The die set also includes the stitched square which makes it sooo easy to decorate the holder.  I cut out the stitched square out of different cardstock and added some green glitter tape to the front to break up the busy pattern.

I punched out the red cardstock with a scallop punch, but you could definitely use a scalloped die if you don’t have a punch.  I also punched out a white circle to stamp some easy to color images onto.  After it was all said and done, I did not want to sit there and color a whole lot, so the snowman from Lawn Fawn’s Ready, Set, Snow stamp set was perfect as I only had to color the scarf and earmuffs.

I also used Mama Elephant’s Artic Penguins.  These images are the EASIEST to use for no coloring… its almost like cheating! LOL.. and you still get a really cute image! All I did was use an orange Copics to lightly color in those cute beaks and feet.

The last set I used is from My Favorite Things, Bitty Bears.  I LOVE this set.  How adorable are they?? And so easy to color!

Lastly, I looped through some green glitter ribbon, that coordinates well with the glitter tape, through the hold and stapled it with some colored staples and popped up the image on foam tape. You can’t really see it, but I also added Wink of Stella to the “ground” of the images so it looks like they’re on some sparkly snow.

I hope the teachers love this as much I enjoyed making them! Thank for stopping by!!


Growing In Unity Blog Hop 2017!

Hi there!

Thanks for joining me for some more Unity fun!  As you know, I was a Growing In Unity Girl a couple weeks back… well, they asked us girls to come back for some more Unity time with this blog hop and to give another opportunity  for someone to WIN some Unity stamps! Please comment!


    The card I made was using the stamp set I received for being a Unity Girl …Happy Snail Mail, May 2017 Sentiment Kit !  This set has an amazing array of sentiment stamps and the focal stamp is just so darn cute!

Snail Mail

I die cut 2 rectangle stitched scallop pieces and stamped the image in the center.  I did some quick simple coloring with Copic markers in shades of red, pink, yellow/cream, purple and greens.  I masked off the image and used the MFT Radiating Ray stencil to add 2 shades of yellow Distress inks.  With the mask in place, I also masked off the scalloped border and sprayed some Shimmery Spritz to give the yellow background tons of sparkles.  Unfortunately, you can’t see it in the picture (sad face).  I stamped out the sentiment and die cut it with an oval stitched die and popped it up on some foam tape.  (This sentiment really spoke to me because of how I was feeling today.  From sun up to sun down… I was busy.. and felt like I was a slowpoke!) I scored the top of the 2nd rectangle and used some score tape and adhered them together to make a scalloped card rather than mounting it like the usual card front.

I hope you like my card… please keep hopping along with us!

Denise Sayers
Lori Simonson
Sharon Edwards
Amber Sheaves
Kim Chong     <— You are here!
Angela Bode…/growing-in-unity…
MariLynn DeGroot
Amanda Rhodes
Paula McClane
Sue Nagata
Amanda Garrett
Crystal O. Minkler

Thank you for joining me!! Have a wonderful day!

♥ Kim♥

♥My Growing in Unity Winners have been chosen!♥

Thank you to all those who commented and visited my blog during my time as a GIU girl.  It was so much fun and I was really glad I was prepared to participate! What I was not prepared for was all the LOVE and SUPPORT from friends, new & old… fellow Unity Lovers… and just the online world out there! ♥  Doing this definitely has boosted my mojo to create more and share more as well!

Without further delay… I chose 2 people.  One from a Facebook post and one from my blog! Crystal Minkler & Sharon Livesy! I choose you PIKACHU to get some Unity!  You have 2 weeks to get in touch with me with your information!

BIG thanks and lotsa LOVE to UNITY as well for letting me share some Unity with fellow crafters! Sooo kind and generous to share the love!

Wanna see what I chose for my stamp set? I chose the Happy Snail Mail, May 2017 Sentiment Kit.  Super cute, huh?!  Love the image AND the sentiments! Will definitely get TONS of usage out of this set!


Thank you and have a wonderful evening!       — Kim


Day 5… my LAST day as a Growing in Unity girl! (so sad)

Hello everyone!  I am so sad that today is my last day.  I have had an amazing time creating and sharing with all  you guys! So I’m sending you all the biggest virtual hugs and thanks for the love, support, and comments! ♥

For my last project.. I wanted to do something different from my other projects.  This one has NO pink!!! Its not loud and bright.  I would consider this CAS for me! LOL

Day 5

I stamped out and heat embossed the image on some water color paper.  I used some of my Peerless water colors for this card.  I always forget that I have them! I stamped out the sentiment, water colored it to match the scheme… and popped it up on some foam tape.

I thought about going out with a bang… making some loud & elaborate project.. but I really wanted to do something out of my “comfort” zone and do something different.  I will admit that my fingers are itching to add something to make it “pop”… but I like the subtleness.  Its kinda… peaceful.

Thank you again for joining me… please leave your comments and fingers crossed!!