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9/3/09

A Little Bird Told Me......



The challenge over at Hero Arts this week is to make a card that's manley! School just started so it's been real hard to find any time. I just had to get some time in so I stayed up till 2am to make this. So much fun creating this suit....I have fond memories of my dad coming home from work in his suit. Love the smell. So I made this for him. Thanks for visiting and I always am so grateful for your comments ...however not necessary! Many Hugs,Kathy

9/1/09

Barry Dixon Interiors by Brian Coleman


Just a quick post. A few days ago we received this fantastic four star design book in the mail. I was so excited to get this great gift and wanted to make a special Thank You card. Here is the link for the book .
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Barry-Dixon-Interiors/Brian-Coleman/e/9781423601890
That's it for now. Enjoy the weather.Hugs,Kathy

8/29/09

Just playing last night. Just a fun card to make with some previously colored images except the background.

I entered this card for the challenge over at CAARDvarks. The challenge is to create a card using only bright pink, black and white and yes that is a bit of a challenge for me. The biggest part was NOT to color anything on the card. Have a sunny day! Kathy
Here are the deets on the card.
Hero Arts vine # CL32 (Friendship set),PapertreyInk damask set and Raspberry Fiz pp,Martha Stewart Punch &Black Pearls.
I stamped the damask in Versamark and embossed in clear for the background. The image stamped on hot pink pp and cut out the flowers. Then I cut the same boarder in black and white and layered. The final touch was putting down 66 black pearls. I trimed the glue off each one....I don't like it when you can see that trail of glue bits around the pearls.

8/28/09

Yup another Butterfly


Just a quick post...stamped, cut and colored the background. Have a great weekend!
Hugs,Kathy

8/27/09

A Card For Kate's Sister and Brother


Just sharing these cards for Kate's siblings. Now off to the post office! Have a great day!

8/25/09

Bleeding Heart Butterfly Card


I have been thinking about Kate's family and have been working on cards for each member of the family. This one is for the parents and I hope that it warms their heart! So much tragedy...
Squeeze your kids tighter and tell them you love them more. Hugs to you,Kathy
Here is a card I made when I was away...I had so much fun coloring this design block stamp from Hero Arts. I'm working on some more cards for Kate's family.
Here is all the info that I am pasting here! Thanks for stopping by!

Cards for Kate card drive

It is time for a new Card Drive - a Cards for Kate Card Drive.

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Here is some info about Kate:

About 6 weeks ago the life of the McRae family changed forever when their precious 5 year old daughter, Kate, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Dad (Aaron) is a pastor in Arizona and he and his wife, Holly have two other children, Will and Olivia. Of course this is devastating for the whole family and many are praying for them. (Go to www.prayforkate.com to learn more about this family and their struggle). Kate has a rough road ahead of her for quite awhile. When you hear their story you will want to do anything you can to help.

And one thing we can do to help is to send cards to Kate and her family to encourage them, give them strength, and let them know how many people are thinking about and praying for them. And the most generous and kind people in the world are crafters so we thought we’d have a Cards for Kate Card Drive. Jennifer, Kristina Proffitt, and I have teamed up on this drive. We have all been following Kate's story and have been so touched by this family. Be sure to watch our blogs for more info, etc.

Think of how much it would encourage this family to receive cards from all over the world. You can simply send the cards to me. We will then box them up and pay to send them to Kate's parents. (We have already gotten the ok from them.)

The details:

  • Cards can be for any member of Kate's family:

- Kate (age 5) - The sweet girl who is battling cancer.
- Little brother Will.
- Bigger sister Olivia.
- Mom and Dad, Aaron and Holly.

  • Cards can be anything cheery, encouraging, supportive, etc. (This family is a family of God, so for all you Christians out there, feel free to share messages of Faith.) Anyone can send a card - even your children!
  • Please write a message in the card and sign your name and where you are from. On the card envelope, please write the name of who the card is for (Kate, Will, Olivia, Aaron and/or Kate). Also, please don't seal the envelope, as Kate's parents might want to preview cards before the kids see them.
  • With your cards, please include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and number of cards. We will keep these for picking out prizes. (See below.)
  • The cards should be sent to:

Jennifer McGuire
Card Drive for Kate
PO Box 428612
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

  • Please send the cards to arrive by October 1. This should give enough time for those overseas to play along. As we get enough to fill a box to send to Kate's family, we will send them. This way they don't get them all at once. And since they are having some struggles lately, the sooner we get some cards, the better.
  • If you want to send more than just a card (such as a gift), please just send directly to the address given HERE.
  • If you want to donate money to Kate's family, please click HERE. If you want to help cover the costs of shipping, feel free to include some money in with your cards. Any money leftover will be donated to the family. (But there is NO need to include money.)

And... how about some prizes as a thank you for participating? For all the cards we get, we will pick random winners of some great prizes. Click HERE for up-to-date prize info. Stuff will be added soon and often. Please keep in mind that winners will be pick based on piece of paper you include with your cards with your name and info. So, be sure to include it!

Thank you everyone,

Jennifer, Kristina and Jana

p.s. If you have a blog and want to post this on yours please feel free to copy any of this post that you want on to your blog. Spread the word! (and the prayers!)

8/24/09

Card for Kate...please say a prayer for her too!

I made this card for Kate last night. I am going to send you to another blog to read all about her and her family. I am not the best communicator and would rather spend the time making some cards for the rest of her family.
http://janamillen.typepad.com/this_little_card_of_mine/2009/08/cards-for-kate-card-drive.html

ANOTHER NOTE...I just found out that I WON today and 2 of my hostess buddies too. Check it out! My card is the snow penguin. Off to clean my studio!
Hugs,Kathy
http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/2009/08/winners.html

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
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