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9/23/09

Sketch #4- Wednesday for CAARDvarks


These are the new stamps from Hero Arts and I love them both.The flower is from one of the new clings & the mouse is a wood block stamp. I printed on the background."I'm late for a very important date" and the "Happy Belated B.D." Four more days to go for this challenge. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

9/22/09

Sketch #3- Tuesday for CAARDvarks


I was working on this card earlier today and ran out of time.Tonight I decided to try and finish it up. It's more loosely based on the sketch for today. TFL :)

Sketch #3- Tuesday for CAARDvarks



I don't know why the photos on my blog aren't very crisp but, here it is. This card is tall 8.5 x 4.5...it's so hard for me to make a small card. The flowers are from PapertreyInk. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs,Kathy

Tuesday Tipster #2

Hello All...I really hope you value this tip. Having the images black enough is really is important to me so I thought it worthy of a Tipster. I will NOT use any image if it's dark enough. I hope this tips page isn't confusing and I suggest you click on it to see it larger. Please feel free to give me any feedback and if you want me to respond send me an email. Thanks everyone for your support! Hugs,Kathy

9/21/09

and THE WINNER is.......

Hi Everyone, Thanks so much for leaving such nice and heart warming comments on my blog and I was really excited to offer my first "blog Candy" giveaway!! So the winner is ...............
Cathy Andronicou!!!!!!! I also have an honorable mention for Lea Turner so ladies please send me an email with your addresses. Have a great day everyone and I hope to have my "Tuesday's Tipsters" up soon! Hugs, Kathy

CAARDvarks Sketch #2...2of 2

I really wanted to color and make something whimsical for my second card so here it is. The flowers are from the NEW Hero Arts cling stamps. Love them because they are great to color. TFL :)

CAARDvarks Sketch #2 ... 1 of 2


This is for day number two of the 7 day challenge at CAARDvarks. I had so much fun coloring this hydrangea when I was on vacation so today I added some Distressing ink to my colored image and some bling. Later I hope to finish up another card. Hope you are having a great day. I'm so happy Dancing with the Stars in back in season. Hugs,Kathy

9/20/09

CAARDvarks Sketchfest #1/ Sketch 2 of 2


Well this is a big competition and it's going to be hard to participate for 7 days but, I'm really going to give it a go. The big prize is a spot on CAARDvarks design team for 6 months!!

CAARDvarks Sketchfest #1/ Sketch 1 of 2



1 of 2 for Sketchfest #1 sketch

For the oval I distressed, stamped and then used UTEE so it's all glossy goodness and nice and dimensional. All stamps, flowers and buttons are Hero Arts and Lemonade Basic Grey Papers.


9/16/09

The Last Two of My Heart Cards


I stamped all of these hearts in 20 minutes using the technique below. Then the fun began. Which one is your favorite?? Don't forget to leave a comment if you haven't already for my blog give away! You have until Sunday and I can't wait to share my next tip. Have a great weekend and happy stamping!
Publish Post

9/14/09

Blog Candy Is Here

As promised I'm back with some great blog candy. Leave one comment on this post by Sunday Sept 20th midnight and I will choose a random winner to be announced on my Next TUESDAY TIPSTER !! If you like my butterfly cards you will find next weeks tip useful. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you Tuesday!
Here is a list of the goodies:
List of Blog Candy
Hero Arts Modern Lines Design Block
Hero Arts Long Stem Blossom
PapertreyInk Everyday Blessings Paper
PapertreyInk Spots and Dots clear set
Basic Grey clear set
Suzanne Nicoll wood block stamp
Vintage Buttons

Featured on Hero Arts blog TODAY...I'm so excited!!

Today is a big day for me because my card is being shown on the Hero Arts blog!
Here is the link http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/ For this week my Hostess Sistas and I came up with the idea for this weeks challenge so each day you will see a few of our cards. Today was mine and Lin's day on the blog. Please read below because I have some tips how I achieved so much dimension in my heart and check back tomorrow for my blog candy details. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow.

Launch of "Tuesday's Tips"


Last week I was making a bunch of cards with hearts and I really wanted to share how I made these hearts so I made a tip sheet. Yesterday I thought it would be fun to have a "Tuesday's Tips" every Tuesday... right here on my blog. So I'm hoping that you all will find my tips useful and that just maybe they will inspire you and improve your cards. What a better way to launch a new idea then to offer up some blog candy. Since I'm sharing my tips this particular Monday I'm going to ask you to stop by tomorrow, Tuesday and I'll share my blog candy and the details. I would also like to thank all my Flickr friends for there support and wonderful comments that keep my creativity pumped up!! See you tomorrow!
P.S. Click on the Tip sheet to enlarge

9/13/09

Last Challenge for CAARDvarks

For the challenge at CAARDvarks you need to use one of their card sketches and this is the one that really works the most for me. If you scroll down you'll see that I love this "sketch" All stamps are Hero Arts. I'll have the numbers to the stamps in my Flickr gallery so you can just click on the right to get more info. Don't you love the buttons...they are vintage. Thanks for visiting!

9/11/09

Sending Love Your Way for the CAARDvarks Challenge

I stamped two backgrounds on this and embossed, distressed and inked. The butterfly is stamped in glue, then I added glitter and put a thick coat of Glossy Accents on the entire butterfly. I love my vintage buttons on this card and I'm almost out. I would recommend you check out your grandmas sewing box! Have a great weekend! Hugs,Kathy

9/10/09

Different card...same challenges! Have a great weekend!

9/9/09

What'z UP?

For this card I combined Hero Arts challenge this week with Caardvarks challenge. Have a great day! Hugs,Kathy

I Was a Wednesday Wonder

Hello Everyone,
I hope things are going well with fall rolling in with cool weather. A few weeks back I was chosen as a "Wednesday Wonder" Here is the link for the interview.
http://dominodebi.typepad.com/sos/2009/08/spotlight-on-kathy-racoosin/comments/page/2/#comments
Deborah is a hoot and you will enjoy her writing style. I think it's a matter of time before she's writing for some craft magazine.
Hope you enjoy it!
Working on some cards for later.
Hugs,Kathy

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!)

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