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8/12/09

I just had to use this penguin from Memory Box for the challenge over at Caardvarks Winter Wonderland Challenge. Why you ask... so I can win some Hero Arts Holiday 2009 new stamps! I love the background design block from HA (#S5609) and I had to add some white dots to make it my own. The sentiment is from Memory Box & paper is from Taylored Expressions. I'm not anxious for winter..still enjoying summer. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.
Hugs,Kathy


This card was created for the Hero Arts Sketch Challenge #2 and for the Caardvarks challege.
I designed the tree with two of the HA green notecards. Stamped, distressed and dotted...of course. I learned a few things trying to get the results I wanted with my snow. First I applied Glossy Accents then added white glitter (DOESN'T WORK) so when that mess dried I added glue on top of the glitter mess and poured on flocking in white (DIDN'T WORK) I guess because of a reaction to the Glossy Accents? So then this morning I painted white on top of my snow and poured on glitter. It was 3 am last night and I'm rolling glue in flocking to make the snowballs...crazy or stupid? Sooo with all this trouble I really hope you like it!TFL S5213 Dots & Flowers- Hero Arts S5141 Four Leaf Grid-Hero Arts Christmas clear set...sorry I can't find the number :( (Hero Arts) Soft pool Ink-Hero Arts Other Supplies: Flocking,Ranger Broken Chink ink,Stickles,Colored Pencils,Bo Bunny white paper Amuse check paper

8/9/09

Feeling Dotty


Hello...this is the last card that I made on my vacation and it was so fun and relaxing to make.
I made this card for the challenge over at Hero Arts .All week I have been thinking of Sneak Peek #1.heroarts.com/blogs/club/2009/08/03/sneak-peek-week/
I am dying to get my hands on the new cling stamps and loved Lisa's card with Cherries. So I tried to get the same clean look with bright colors that I just loved on the peek.

Here are the details. I used Hero Arts "Dot Flourish Border" . After coloring with my Copic markers I added lots of my own dots as well ( black dots and white dots too)...then I distressed the edges. It's easier to see what I mean with the added dots if you look at my close up pic. The cherry body is from Papertreyink and I cut the stems and leaves free hand. I used Ranger's Faded Denium to distress the cherries.

Hero Arts K5232 Dot Flourish Border
PapertreyInk Grid paper
Ranger Faded Denim distress ink
Paperteyink cherry

8/7/09

Button Lady





I was in Nantucket and went into this little "shanty" that they used for fishing. This sweet old lady turned it into an antique store and filled it to the brim!! I went in for a search of buttons and found a nice variety! The sweet lady was so happy to have someone put her buttons to good use that she gave me a wonderful price! Soo....I made this card for her with one of the buttons from her store. I can't wait to mail it to her. The stamp is from The Greeting Farm. To color the deer first I distressed it with Ranger Ink then added a bit of color with my Copics. Have a great weekend!

My Nephew

A little sweet birdie told me that my nephew is following my blog along with my niece so I made this card for him to say thanks.
Here are the deets on the card. I was inspired by the new cling stamps and the wonderful sneak peeks at Hero Arts. I wanted to make a more masculine card for him and I love this "bird" from Hero Arts. I stamped the "grass" in Versamark and on the craft and bent the stem to give them more movement. Then I stamped the grass on different neturals and cut out and pop dotted. Then I colored with white pen and applied with glossy accents. The background I used my Cuttlebug and added whit to the dots with my white pen. I Added faux stitching...still on vacation and I didn't bring my sewing machine. I hope he likes it.
Have a great weekend! Kathy

8/4/09

There's No One Like You...Thank You Cards


Hello All,
I have posted a few pictures of our dog Max who's a Golden and he's pretty special. We are so lucky because when we go away on vacation either my sister-in-law or my good friend take Max. So naturally I want to make a special card for them and this is what I came up with. I picked up these antique buttons in Rhode Island on our vacation. The stamps are from "The Greeting Farm". I really had a great time coloring them with my Copic markers. You should see the supplies I brought along with us...I rarely leave home with our any supplies!
Have a great day! Kathy

Hero Arts Sweetie Pie Cards





Hello I'm back. As you know I was chosen as a "Hero Arts Hostess" along with seven other wonderful and creative women. I really admire each and everyone of these lovely ladies and I also draw a lot of inspiration from them as well. So I created one of these cards for each Hostess SisTa's as I like to say. We still are on vacation and I'll be back to share a card soon that I'm working on for my Nephew....a little birdie told me he's checking out my blog which makes me very happy :)
Bye for now! Hugs,Kathy

8/3/09

My Niece

I received an email from my sweet niece and she suggested that I update my blog..it's been a while. We are on vacation but, she's right so I made this card for her....I was touched by her sweet suggestion. Everyone is watching me so more later...I hope.
Hugs,Kathy

7/23/09

Lucy's Wedding Card

I made this card weeks ago for Lucy and Andy's wedding and I have been wanting to share but, keep forgetting. After this post I'm going to post the winner of my little contest. If you are wondering what contest???? I wanted to collect as many wedding cards for Lucy and Andy from many places in the states and over seas and then a winner of the "best' card (in the judges eyes) would win a gift certificate to shop at Hero Arts...so more later.

7/22/09

Blog Hop........ A BIG Thank You to Hero Arts!!

Thanks for hopping by to see my Thank You card for Hero Arts. It was really important for me to participate in this "Blog Hop" because I really admire Hero Arts as a company and a trend setter in the industry. The challenges that HA posts on their blog weekly has changed my life in all kinds of creative ways and has given me a new passion...making cards! So a BIG Thank You to Hero Arts from me. I got started using Hero Arts products purchased from my favorite stamp store in Reston, VA. It's called Angela's Happy Stamper ... they have the best products and classes there. I was taking a class from Laura and she told me I should check out Hero Arts BLOG. (Now I already knew about the web site ) Well those few words ..."Check our their blog" really truely changed me creatively. BB ...Before the blog I just never had a starting point and once I caught wind of the challenges that was it for me!!! A day doesn't go by where I don't check the blog first thing and a week doesn't go by that I don't enter a challenge!! Except for vacations and then I go through withdrawl!!!
So that's my story...and I'm so grateful that I was one of eight to be chosen as a "Hero Arts Hostess" I accepted with great pride and JOY!!! When I return from vacation hopefully I'll get my Hostess blinkie working.
Have a great weekend everybody! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs,Kathy


Card Details: Everything is from Hero Arts, The notecard, Gems, buttons and stamps. I used the swirley frames stamp and embossed in white and cut with a blade. The flower is stamped the same way from the flower design stamp and then cut out. All surfaces are distressed in Lettuce and Denium Ranger ink. I wish you could see the brillance of the gems...HA's are the best that I have ever used. Sorry I'm not at home to give more details :)

The challenge for this week at Hero Arts is to make a card with monochromatic colors. I got a big surprise in the mail the other day for a special friend...she sent me this wonderful pad of paper that I used in the card to make her a Thank You. The flowers were white paper from Hero Arts. I used ink to "color" then and then added lots of layers of embossing powder.
Supply List:
Hero Arts: cream button, CL230 "Live Simply Set" , S5141 Four Leaf grid design block, white flowers (now brown)
Paper: Making Memories Ledger Paper and Bo Bunny
Martha Stewart fence punch
Dew Drop Brilliance Chocolate Ink

7/21/09



I'm trying to catch up on some Thank You cards. I had so much fun making these flowers from the leaf stamp. Scroll down to my other card with the same stamp for more details. The other card is on acetate (plastic) I it was inspired my Jennifer McGuire. She teaches awesome classes called "Thinking Inking" Here is her latest class. http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?cmd=display&forum_id=52&thread_id=2848191
That's it for today.... Tomorrow I'll get my new apron ... you'll see what I mean.
Hugs,Kathy

7/19/09

Raspberry Suite Color Inspiration Challenge #12


Today I am entering Dawn McVey's color challenge #12. For this challenge you can only use the colors see above but, any stamp that you like. For my RED I'm using Hero Arts gems in red and bright pink. For the flower I decided to use Hero Arts leaf again ...... I turned the points of the leaves inward and embossed them with clear embossing powder to make the flower.
Here is the supply List:
Hero Arts CL298 Scattered Leaves and the sentiment is HA Cl184 Thoughtful Messages
Paper is PapertreyInk and the pink button
The ink is Palette - Belle Rose
Gems are red and hot pink from Hero Arts and the green button


7/18/09

Live Simply


Today I have my last card for this weeks challenge for Hero Arts.
I made this card years ago inspired by Lisa Spangler on the Hero Arts web sight.
http://www.heroarts.com/cardmaking/cardIdea.cfm?cardID=3499&catID=3
I still love to look at the card because it brings back great memories & I LOVE the design. I remember being so excited to copy the design, I read the instructions word for word and placed all the pieces in almost the exact same place as Lisa's. I was going to copy the card I made but, went to be bed with that idea in mind. I woke up with a new design ...how lucky and I couldn't wait to get started on my new idea. I scored the window shutters to give them more depth and they actually opened & closed until I decided to affix them so the bird would stay stationary . I was worried about the birds legs and how to attach him then ended up attaching him by the tail. I colored all the elements with Copic markers then used Glossy Accents on top and before drying I placed a Gem in the middle. Have a great weekend!
Hugs,Kathy
Supply List from Hero Arts:
CL230 Clear Design: Live Simply
S5215 Clouds Design Block
S5101 Woodgrain Design Block
S5166 Wallpaper Design Block
Lime NoteCard
Other Supplies:
Tsukneko Chocolate Ink
Memento Summer Sky Ink
White Embossing Powder

7/17/09

Tid Bits and 2 Cards



Hello All, Just a few tid bits....

1. If you click on the slide show on the right "flickr" will open, then look for my "photostream" on the right (once you are in flickr ) When you are in the photostream you are able to view all of my cards since I started entering the Hero Art's challenges.

2. Click on each photo in my blog for a larger view.

3. If you haven't already you can "subscribe to" all posts and then you will get an email every time I "post" something on my blog. I admit it's a pain.... but, hopefully it will be worth it :)

4. Please do NOT pay attention to any grammar or spellings errors. This blog is supposed to show my work and not cause me any stress :)

Now for the cards....please notice on the owl....I stitched a copper thread on the feathers!! I took the stamped image & markers with me to the hospital when I was visiting Ryan. This is the first time I chose the paper first and matched the markers to the paper. The flourish is from Spellbinders "Charm Embossing Kit"and I stamped, inked and UTEEed it...same for the butterfly (Martha Steward punch) I broke the bunch on this butterfly!!!! :( When I was finished with the owl card somehow I got a smudge on the face!!!! So had to spend more time camouflaging by adding feathers!!

The flamingo card was really fun to put together especially because I already had the background!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Many hugs,Kathy
P.S. The owl is from Amuse and the other stamps are from Hero Arts.

7/16/09

A new technique....



You must check out the new Hero Arts web sight. So much eye candy and wonderful opportunities for many prizes!! http://www.heroarts.com/
Here is another card for the challenge this week.
This is the technique article that inspired me by Shari Carroll. I just love the fern card she made and put it all together.

www.heroarts.com/learning/technique.cfm?techID=112&ca...

Hero Arts stamps
S5213 dots & flowers design block
S5154 fern stamp
D4924 sand piper
Ranger worn lipstick, faded denim and lettuce inks.
PapertreyInk paper and Amuse


7/15/09

Notebook Cover Page


Monday I was lucky enough to spend time with my lovely niece. She is a senior this year and preparing for college. She wanted to jazz up her boring black binder so how could I refuse this beautiful face.
I used Ranger Alcohol inks on photo paper (not perfect) to make a tie dye look and then we punched flowers from the paper we created. Added buttons and faux stitching ...threw in a few mushrooms and a butterfly and that was it. I told her when we have more time we'll come back with a knockout page!

I also want to THANK YOU ALL for signing up and following me on my blog! Your support means so much to me!
Hugs, Kathy

Just Saying Hello



I have a card to share with you. This week the challenge at Hero Arts is to create something that is inspired by anything on the heroarts.com....you will find some amazing inspiration there. My card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire. Click on the link to see her beautiful card.


Here are the details for mine. I used the scattered leaves set from HA (CL298)For the flower I stamped 5 leaves on dotted paper from Papertrey Ink. I embossed the leaves in clear embossing powder then I distressed them with "Worn Lipstick" by Ranger. I stamped another leaf on green paper and embossed it the same way. For the green leaf I pluged in my iron and put two paper towels on top of my leaf and pressed the iron for a 40 seconds or so. The embossing lifts off and then you are able to ink a message on the surface.(all occasion CL272) After stamping my leaf I used "Glossy Accents" to dot the dots. For the yellow boarder I used the design block flowers (S5025) and embossed in white. The background stamping is from the scattered leaves set...I used clear embossing powder. Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Thanks for looking :)

7/14/09

Hero Arts and the New Hero "Hostesses"

Where do I begin....today is a big day at Hero Arts and tomorrow is even BIGGER!! I'M GOING TO PASTE what's happening so I don't miss anything.

If you check the Hero Arts blog this is what you will find.

"Welcome back to our big week here at Hero Arts! Today, we get to share some information about our new shopping area that will debut tomorrow, show some more card ideas, announce our new Hero Hostesses, and give away a shopping spree! Here we go…

Tomorrow we will be unveiling our brand new store, and we are so excited about the changes! The Hero Arts shopping experience is about to get a whole lot sweeter. The store has a new look "



IF YOU LEAVE A COMMENT ON THE BLOG YOU CAN WIN A $100.00 SHOPPING SPREE SO GO NOW ......THEN COME BACK TO THIS

http://www.heroarts.com/

I hope you left a comment and thanks for coming back . Hero Arts is my daily dose of inspiration and a day doesn't go by that I don't check the blog to see what inspiration is coming my way and every Wednesday there is a great video too! I have learned many wonderful techniques from the videos!! So I encourage you to watch one and you will be hooked !

First I would like to congratulate the new "Hero Art Hostesses" my new Hostess sisters!!!
(Yes, I was chosen too!! Woo Hoo!!!)

So here are my new sisters (no one can replace my twin sissy though)
  • Lucy Abrams
  • Cathy Andronicou
  • Lin Brandyberry
  • Tiffany Ervin
  • Tracey Kuzniak
  • Virginia Lu
  • Sarah Moerman

  • I am so excited for this honor to be chosen with this talented group of ladies to "hostess" at Hero Arts"
Thanks to my kids and Mitch for supporting my obsession of creating cards or this great opportunity wouldn't be happening! Have a great day and I'll have a card to share tomorrow. Thanks for visiting my new blog!


7/13/09



Lucky for me I have a lot of great people that I have to thank. I'll give all the details on the cards tomorrow I better get to bed. Have a great week!


Mitch and Max

Mitch, Max and I had some time for boating this weekend. . It was so nice to have no plans and just do what we felt like. Max loved the boat and felt very comfortable when we were under way....the weather was perfect so we were lucky!! Tonight we went to my sister in laws and had a delicious dinner. I just made a thank you card for her that I'll post tomorrow. Have a great week. Can't wait for Wednesday to see what Hero Arts has going on.
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