Monday, November 30, 2009

Peachy Keen's New Design Team

'Tis the season to... choose a new Peachy Keen Design Team to inspire us! Please take a moment to read a bit about them below and take a look at their blogs! They really are amazing and we are so looking forward to creating with them and all of you!! Be sure to check here tomorrow and every other Tuesday for new challenges that we hope will help you get your creative juices flowing!

Vivienne Holden will be joining us again for this term, and we're delighted to have her! Viv hails from the U.K. and always makes us laugh with her quick wit, and excites us with her lovely designs. Please visit Viv's blog for even more inspiration.

Lorie Souther
will also be designing with us for a second term and saying we are excited is an understatement! Lorie's inking technique will definitely leave you wondering, "How does she do that?" Check out Lorie's blog for more designs and fun techniques!

Janice Wilson has created so many awesome designs and is proof that with stamping, the possibilities are endless! Her innovative We are so proud to have her as a new member of our team. Please take a moment to check out Janice's Blog!

Jacqui Dennis is also joining us from across the Atlantic as a first time PK Designer. Her stunning dimensional cards already are giving me tons of ideas, I can't wait to see what she has in store for the upcoming challenges! Please take a look at Jacqui's Blog and you'll see what I mean!

Nikki Foraker is such a creative, whimsy spirit and was a perfect match for Peachy Keen Stamps. Nikki's Paper Doll project "2 Lil' Indians" may look familiar to some of you as it was featured on Peachy Keen Stamps' homepage the week of Thanksgiving. We can't wait to see what other goodies Nikki has in store for us! Stop by Nikki's Blog to check out all the cute designs she's already made with PK Stamps!

Emma Aguilar has been such a great friend of Peachy Keen's for so long, and we are thrilled to showcase her designs and talent as she joins our DT for the first time! Emma creates everything from cards to scrapbook pages to gift bags and tags. She's very versitile and you'll see more when you visit Emma's Blog!

Kathy Jakopovich is the owner of Peachy Keen Stamps and also designs the entire line. She has been drawing and creating her whole life and absolutely loves how she is able to see everyone's designs through this blog. It has been so much fun getting to know everyone and she will still be joining us as a guest designer from time to time (but will be checking in regularly and often)! Kathy's primary focus these days is designing even more new stamps for everyone to create with! Take a peek at Kathy's Blog to see how she takes her creations from imagination to paper. It is really exciting to see it all come full circle!

Angelica Suarez:
I'd also like to take a moment to introduce myself. You've seen a few guest designs from me the past few weeks. I'm Kathy's oldest daughter and am thrilled to help run the blog and announce the newest challenges! Everyone is so talented and I am learning so much as I go.

I've been drawing, doodling, making messes since I was very young, and with a little urging from my mom, I started making cards with the "right" stuff about a year ago. I just started a blog of my own which is still getting all the finishing touches put on, but hopefully it will be as beautiful as all of yours very soon! My name is linked above. Please feel free to add me to your feed readers and hopefully it won't be much longer until new content is put up!

Thanks everyone for playing along with us, and we can't wait to keep going!!!
~ Angelica

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 16 - from Kathy

Hi and thank for visiting my blog! Here is my take on the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 16! You can see Angelica's right below this one. I love to find any excuse to drop everything and paint. This hardly took me any time at all using a face stamp - all the more simple. I painted the entire thing from raw wood to finished in 58 minutes (including to stamp.. that took all of a second)! The prize for this challenge is limitless! Tell your friends because the more that enter.. the more YOU could win! See the challenge blog for details!!

Easy Peasy.. Use your Peachy Keen Stamps faces on anything! That's right..just make ANYTHING!

Ideas from our Design Team: card, boxes, layouts, ornaments, recipe cards.. just use your imagination!! :)

Used for this ornament:
  • 5" filagree laser cut wood piece - I can't find this wood piece anymore.. but I sure loved them!
  • 1/2" wide red and white ribbon
  • MS glitter Carrara Marble
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue (dries white)
  • Paint Supplies (listed right column)
  • Sea Sponge
  • PK-900 BPD No.1
  • Timber Brown Staz-On Ink

Americana Acrylics used: Matte Varnish (used it to seal the wood), Golden Straw, Camel, Honey Brown, Raw Sienna, Russet, Dk Chocolate, Santa Red, Titanium White, Lamp Black.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 16 ~ From Angelica

Challenge 16 asks to just use a Peachy Keen face - any craft, any medium. The possibilities were limitless, but this is what I decided on.

I've been so excited (I could hardly control myself when I saw it at the store) about this paper stack - Mi Casa by DCWV. It was sold exclusively at Michael's this summer (I just got it a couple weeks ago!), but they said they will have it again (and the matching solid stack) at Joann's and independent retailers in February. Phew!

SO, I decided to make a recipe card. My mom loves my chicken tortilla soup, she doesn't realize (until now, of course) just how easy it is to make. I just throw everything into a crock pot (shhh...)!

I used various sheets in the stack, and cut my doll (supposed to be me? ha) from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cart. All the clothes are also from that cart. The face (my favorite face set, seriously!) is from the Laughy Taffy assortment set. I used two Spellbinders embossing and cutting dies for her little background embellishments. I colored her with Copics and also inked the edges of her clothing with Copics as well. The type was positioned and printed off my computer. The font is FREE here: So many fun fonts, you have to go check them out! I also used a Martha Stewart lace edger puncher outer (I don't know what the heck they're called. I was up until 3 a.m., I'm just glad I am awake and able to dress myself at this point). Oh and I also inked the edge of the card with Tim Holtz distressing ink in Vintage Photo. I LOVE this stuff! I have it in three colors, and I think I'm going to buy the's addicting! Sorry the photos are so dark. I tried six times to get the lighting I was looking for, but alas, my camera would not cooperate.

I have my own blog that I'm starting (finally) but of course, I accidentally deleted it last night. So, today I'll reinstall it and offer the link once it's up. :) Thanks for checking out my project, can't wait to see all the cards in our next challenge!

For all who are interested in the recipe, I've posted it below. This recipe is so versatile, and can be spiced up or down depending on your tastes. I don't recommend adding too much more lemon as it tends to overpower the other flavors. I love lemon, though, and will usually add a bit more lemon juice to my individual serving. :)


  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 c frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice (I use fresh squeezed for best taste)
  • 2 c chunky salsa (your favorite variety)
  • 8 oz tortilla chips (optional)
  • 1/2 c shredded monterey jack cheese (optional)
  • 1/3 c sour cream (optional)

Add all ingredients into crock pot (except tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream) and simmer on low for 6-8 hours or on high until chicken juices run clear.

Just prior to serving, take chicken out of crock pot and allow to cool enough to touch. Shred and add back into soup. Serve over tortilla chips if desired. Top with cheese and sour cream.

~* Angelica *~

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 15 Sample Card

This was super quick and fun! I used Debbie Mumm Holiday Glitter Cardstock from JoAnn Fabric, Copics to color and that great new MS punch for the branches. I added some Crystal ice stickles to the branch punched pieces and here and there on the snowman's coals and nose. This is PK-307 Snow Happy stamp package from Sure hope I get better at this card making business.. LOL! For some true talent.. go see the awesome design team samples on our challenge blog!! :)
Have a great day!
Big Hugs,

Friday, October 30, 2009

Peachy Keen HALLOWEEN Challenge

Happy Halloween!!

We hope that you will join us for a very quick and simple challenge for Halloween! Please see the details here. I used an unpublished stamp by me. I colored the stamped image and the moon with my Copics. It is hard to tell from the pic but I layered the pumpkins and the tombstone. I also used the haunted house (looks like a castle to me) from Cricut PD and a bat stamp from PK-612. My friend, Lisa sent me a beautiful box of goodies in the mail yesterday.. with the DRIPPY GOO punch that I have been wanting to get and unable to find. She sent me lots of other goodies including a beautiful gourd Jack o lantern lamp! :)KathyJ

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 13

Hello and welcome! Here is my take on our Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 13 over at our challenge blog!

  • make a card
  • with a stamped image
  • include blue and purple
  • add 3 snowflakes
  • and a greeting..

...and you are done!

The prize for this challenge leaves a little clue on what Challenge 14 might include! :) Go check it out!!

Hindsight: Next time I choose to use "COLORS" in a sketch or challenge... I will make sure that I have at least ONE print of some sort available to me... LOL!!

To make this card I used:

  • paint supplies listed right
  • a couple of snowflake brads
  • self stick gems (Darice)
  • various cardstocks in blue, purples and white
  • MS snowflake punch
  • Peachy Keen Stamps PK-305 Snow Slumber Snowman
  • Peachy Keen Stamps PK-859 Christmas Greeting Words
  • Ice Stickles (Grape Ice on the punched snowflake and Crystal Ice on the rest)

Americana Acrylics: Titanium (Snow) White, Baby Blue, Orange Twist, Tangelo Orange, Wild Orchid, Grape Juice and Dioxazine Purple

Thanks so much for stopping in!



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Challenge Blog Owner Blog Hop - Peachy Keen Stamps

Let's go to the hop.. come on... let's go to the hop... LOL.. song is just STUCK in my head! Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog is part of the first ever Challenge Blog Owner BLOG HOP! Check it out when you have a chance! It should be great fun!

Here is my take on the sketch from our challenge blog. I loved making this card! I had to rush toward the end and forgot (once again) to do some shading around the cream colored cardstock circle and sentiment.. OH WELL. there is always a "next time"!! First.. I am going to find out from Viv how she did her shading on her Cherry Wishes card!! :)

For this card I used:
  • Cream Colored Cardstock ? brand (Apple Pie Memories)
  • SU Colored Cardstock
  • Cloud Nine Stocking Stripe
  • 1/2" Sheer Ribbon
  • MS Snowflake Punch
  • Self Stick Gems
  • MM Sticky Squares
  • Nestabilities and Shapeabilities Dies
  • Painting Supplies (right column)
  • Peachy Keen Stamp PK-317 Ice-skating Penguin Couple

Americana Acrylics used: Santa Red, Bright Orange, Napa Red, Russet, Payne's Grey, Slate Grey, Lamp Black, Olive Green & Light Avocado

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 12 Samples

Sorry for the delay! You don't want to miss this challenge over at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog! Make an Ornament! You can use any medium or surface that you would like! Your ornament must have the following:
  • a stamped image
  • something gold
  • a hanging device

I couldn't find my camera the other morning so I scanned my ornaments.. It worked out okay but I'm sure a photo would have been better. I painted these large stamps (PK-405 and PK-406 Sugar n Spice Boy and Girl)and cut them out. I used double sided sticky foam to pop the gingers off of the surface. They turned out okay but you have to see what our designers did!

For these samples, I used the following:

  • SU Cardstock (solid colors)
  • DCWV Sweet Stack Glitter Cardstock
  • Painting Supplies listed right
  • Making Memories Mounting Squares
  • Nestabilities and Shapeabilities Dies
  • Yellow 1/8" satin ribbon
  • Stickles: Diamond and Yellow

Americana Acrylics: Camel, Honey Brown, Dark Chocolate, Russet, Turquoise Blue, Desert Turquoise, Razzle Berry, Red Violet, Napa Red, Cadmium Yellow, Mustard Seed, Titanium (Snow) White and Lamp Black.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Challenge 11 Sample

Good Morning!

I wanted to make a card for my sister, Mary. My siblings have always encouraged me and given me the confidence that I need to keep designing. Mary and I did a lot of craft shows together for several years before I ever wrote any books or made stamps. :) Good times! Her favorite color is orange and she LOVES her flower gardens! Happy Birthday, Mary!! With my limited time, I totally used this challenge for motivation to make her card.. and almost in time to have it sent to her. I missed that deadline though... and she will get it a couple days late because of the long weekend. :(

Have a great day and thanks for lookin!

Sincerely, KathyJ

I made this card with the following supplies:

  • Cuttlebug Large Daisy
  • Self Stick Gems - Darice
  • Copic Markers
  • Stickles: Orange Peel, Yellow and Diamond
  • BigZ Scallop Card Die Cut
  • Paper Flowers
  • Sticky Squares
  • Various cardstocks
  • Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Memento Black Ink
  • Neenah Paper 100wt
  • Peachy Keen Stamps set PK-491 Everyday Character Faces 1 1/8"

Angelica's cute new stamps!

These cards were made just for fun by Angelica (my daughter) and I just after they came out. They were so fun to play with!! These characters are from a fun new set by Angelica PK-952 Ocean Fun! I used Copics to color the shark and Angelica used Prisma colored pencils and gamsol to color hers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Challenge 10 Sample

Good Morning!

I hope this finds you well and in the mood for a little challenge! Oh what fun this sketch was to create from! I used the new 1 3/8" Curly the Snowman face from our new PK-480 Christmas Face Assortment package. I was sad to finish it.. which only happens when I am having fun creating something. I paper pieced this card with very simple shapes shown below.

Happy Crafting!

I made this card with the following supplies:
  • PC Holiday Paper (polkdot print)
  • Cardstock - lt. blue (1 1/2" squares), black (card is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2") and white
  • Magic Scraps - Shaved Ice White (fluffy snow)
  • White Glue
  • Dew Drops Opaque White
  • Turquoise Gems - Self Stick Gems Darice
  • MS Snowflake Punch
  • Paint Supplies and Ink (right column)
  • Sticks that I found on my sidewalk :)
  • Ice Stickles - Crystal Ice (on the branches)
Ameicana Acrylics used:
Titanium White, Grey Sky, Graphite, Lamp Black, Spa Blue, Turquoise Blue, Desert Turquoise, Bright Orange, Tangelo Orange, Razzle Berry, Russet

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Challenge 08 and 09 Samples


Thanks for stopping by. Sorry for my delayed updates. It has been a long week while I was gone and then to come back and ATTEMPT to catch up has been - well.. busy!

This week's challenge was very simple. We had to make a card and incorporate a square, circle and star into the card. I had to scan my card because I had like zero time to take a pic and upload it on the other computer. This was just quicker. I put a piece of red cardstock behind it when I scanned it. It isn't part of the card.

The actual card is meant to be a note card or in this case, a "snote" card. It was a super duper quickie card. It is only 4 1/4 x 4 1/4" finished size.

I made this card with the following supplies:

  • PC Holiday Paper (Christmas tree print)
  • Scraps of various cardstock in red & olive green
  • 100lb Mohawk Neon White Cardstock for the actual card and for the snowman
  • PK-306 Snow Happy Snowman
  • Paint Supplies and Ink (right column)
  • Stickles: Diamond, Orange Peel and Yellow
  • Micron 01 Brown (traced over the branch arms and one side of the carrot nose & pipe)
  • Oh and my crop a dile 1/2" rounded corners.. I love that thing.. I hope to master it soon!

Americana Acrylics used:
Spa Blue, Winter Blue, Honey Brown, Santa Red, Tangelo Orange, Russet, Olive Green


I made this card with the following supplies:

  • Nana's Kids Cardstock - Polka Dot (JoAnn Fabric)
  • Lime Green cardstock oval is cut from a cardstock bundle (Sam's Club)
  • Scraps of various cardstock in Dk Olive Green, Yellow and Orange
  • 100lb Mohawk Neon White Cardstock
  • PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment
  • PK-243 Potted Happy Flower Package
  • Paint Supplies and Ink (right column)
  • Dew Drops Pearl and Lt Blue
  • MS Scallop Punch
  • 3-D Dots

Americana Acrylics used:
Burnt Orange, Orange Twist, Russet, Razzle Berry, Spa Blue, Hauser Lt Green, Lt Avocado, Plantation Pine, Mustard Seed, Honey Brown, Titanium White, Purple Cow, Lavender, Diox. Purple.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 07 Sample

I made this card with:

I painted all of the elements to this card a while ago. The ghost and Boo were painted on a purple paper bag. The plastic tags (called 'start-ups) and buttons are available at Buttons Galore and More. I actually made a pattern packet with these and made pins out of them. I'm sorry to say that I don't have a paint list for you.

I found that if you want something to really appear white - paint it on a dark background, allowing some of the background color to show through - this will give you plenty of depth. Also, whenever you want to use acrylic paint to STAMP with, apply the paint + stamping medium directly to your stamp with a make-up sponge. I used this technique to stamp the ghost (in Titanium White) and the Boo (in Cadmium Yellow).

Have a great day everyone!


Monday, July 27, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 06 Sample

Good Morning!

Hope you find some time to get in on this challenge! The rules couldn't be any easier! Use any of of our face stamps on anything and only one entry per person. :) The more that enter.. the more the dollar amount of the gift certificate to!! See our challenge blog for more details.

Have a great day!

I had a chance to play but only for a little bit today! I actually have had this guy painted for quite some time and in my stash. I used red chalk for his cheeks and if I recall, I used the following Americana Acrylics to paint him (if not.. this is pretty close and will work fine):

Lamp Black
Grey Sky
Titanium White
Santa Red
Bright Orange
Burnt Orange
Lt. Avocado
Plantation Pine

I found this cheapy little vinyl album at Wal-mart with a pretty ugly front on it that was just a piece of printed cardstock. When I got home, I traced out that ugly cardstock on the back of this bright and cheery argyle for both the front and back. The argyle cardstock is from PC Grade School Stack. I cut the Snowman (6") from the Cricut Cartridge, Stretch Your Imagination and used a face from PK-522 Winter Faces 1 1/4". He looks okay for a 15 minute put together job! LOL

What I used to create this mini album:
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-522 Winter Faces 1 1/4"
Americana Acrylics
DecoArt Control Medium
Loew-Cornell Brushes *see list right column
PC Cardstock Grade School Stack (JoAnn Fabric)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Peachy Keen Stamps - DT Samples to date

Here are all of my DT samples that I have made since Peachy Keen Stamps started doing challenges. I have included myself on our Design Team, mostly to make myself get some "FUN" in!! These were all a blast to make and I look forward to making more! I will supply a color palette for my future projects done in Americana Acrylics or in Copics. Please note that I have a Basic Supply List for painted cards in the right hand column.

Go to our challenge blog and check out some AWESOME cards!! I can't believe what these girls can do with a simple stamped image! They have created some of the most magnificent cards I have ever seen. I love to see what EVERYONE makes so be sure to join in on our challenges on the challenge blog!! YOU are my greatest teacher!

Hope you are having a great day!

What I used to create this card:
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-319 Snickerdoodle Happy Elf
Americana Acrylics
DecoArt Control Medium
Loew-Cornell Brushes
PC Paper and Cardstock (Christmas)
White Cardstock (with the design stamped and painted) is 100lb Mohawk Neon White

What I used to create this card:
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-617 Spider on Freaked Ghost
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-620 Halloween Pumpkins (for the phrase)
Americana Acrylics
DecoArt Control Medium
Loew-Cornell Brushes
Debbie Mumm Harvest and Holiday (striped/glitter cardstock)
Buttons from Buttons Galore and More
White Cardstock (with the design stamped and painted) is 100lb Mohawk Neon White
Plain Cardstock, sheer orange and purple ribbons from scraps and stash

Stamps I used to create this card:
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-229B Large Fun Flower Ginger
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-225 Happy Flowers and Cheerful Phrases (for the sentiment)
Medium: Americana Acrylic Paint

Stamps I used to create this card:
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-322 Christmas Tag Minis
Medium: Copic Markers

Stamp I used to create this card:
Peachy Keen Stamps PK-900 2" Basic Paper Doll Face No. 1
Medium: Chalk and Copic Markers

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hello out there!

Here it is .. my own blog! Thank you, Angelica, for getting this started for me. (Angelica is my oldest daughter) It will be fun to make, create and converse! I miss interacting with customers as Dave and I don't do conventions anymore. Our online business consumes MOST of our time and energy. I've SO enjoyed my life in designing yet I know there is much to learn and so many things to create. Come along on my journey!! :)