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8/21/09

You've Got Mail and A little Note


Just wanted to post my two latest cards for the Hero Arts challenge this week. If you want details on stamps etc. you can click on the "Flickr" on the right hand side of my blog and you can get the details on each individual card. Also just click on the card itself if you want to see it larger. Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,Kathy

8/19/09

Just a Quick Post

The New challenge at Hero Arts this week is to create any card and actually mail it! Try to step away from all the electronics and send a card to someone...like a random act of kindness.
I'm sending this to our Aunt Carol and Uncle Mel In Arizona. Have a great week! Hugs,Kathy

8/18/09

Inspired by my Daughter


This was completely inspired by my daughter....I really needed more space to put my full inspiration to work. I also wanted to keep this card really clean with no bling...buttons...ribbon...I just wanted butterflies. I decided that I will give this to a very special lady who will be ahemmm....spreading her wings ...going off to college.
Have a great day! Hugs,Kathy
I will be submitting this to Hero Arts Challenge for this week. Here's the link if you want to check it out.
http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/2009/08/17/put-down-that-phone/

Welcome Home


Check out this gorgeous welcome home poster my daughter put her in friends front lawn! Her very special friend just returned home from a field hockey trip over the pond. My DD (darling daughter) is so excited to see her buddy...it's been all summer so I just had to share when she did for her and I'll be back with a card inspired by her!

8/16/09

The Winner is...........


CONGRATULATIONS to Kelly with this stunning and very creative card!! A quick note... just so you know .... I was NOT the judge. Lucy loved receiving all here cards and if you go here
http://www.flickr.com/groups/heroarts/discuss/72157621791508558/?search=lucy
you will be able to see all the cards that were submitted to me. I was so amazed to see all the beautiful cards and I had almost as much fun as Lucy did seeing them all and you all trusting me with them! I also received many wonderful cards for ME ... little ole me and it really made my day..every time I received a card in the mail....IT was also cool to hold these works of art in my hands that I have admired on Flickr for so long..... So thanks to all of you...this really is a wonderful family! So thanks again to everyone and a big congrats to KELLY!!!
Have a great week! Hugs,Kathy

8/13/09

Birthday Cards for my two Nephew


Hello All, I don't know why this looks so faded ...it is a muted card..but..anyway... I needed to make two card for my nephews that share the same Birthday (different family's) So I started out with Shari's Sketch #2 (which I love) First I used the large scallop Nestabilities and stamped the leaf in Versa Mark & the clock from Tim Holtz? Then I cut the rounded edges and scored it and distressed it. For the bitty squares I scored them then clipped the corners so I could turn them up. Stamped the Happy Birthday message and cut into strips and distressed. Added some pen and ink touches and done. I can't wait to make a Birthday card for my Sis-in-law...much more fun! TFL :)
Hero Arts... S5141 Four Leaf Grid Design Block
CL298 Scattered Leaves
CL226 Four Bold Messages
Ranger Faded Jeans and Frayed Burlap Inks
Paper from Papertreyink Enchanted Evening and Ocean Tide
All metal from Tim Holtz

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
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