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,