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10/2/09

Today is World Card Making Day


Such an exciting day...today I will be featured as a guest designer on the CAARDvarks blog. They have some exciting things going on and will be posting every hour on the hour from 8am - 10pm, PST a different designer and many of them are my friends so I don't know what's better than that! Here is CAARDvarks link http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/ Don't you just love these images? They are the NEW Hero Arts Cling Stamps and I LOVE them ...so much fun to color! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Hugs,Kathy

My ATC is on Hero Arts Blog Today!...maybe there were some problems







Hello Everyone It's an exciting day because I have this ATC featured on the Hero Arts blog today. http://heroarts.com/blogs/club I used the woodgrain stamp as my base for the owl and to create the fence. I cut the owl up into sections so I could distress it all up and added some colors and dots. Stamped the frog with the screen shadow stamp . For the background I cut the paper into strips to make the fence and distressed in between the panels. Stamped the finished fence with Friendship writing.Can you see the elegant brocade peeping through the fence? Check out what tucked inside the owls feathers.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and please check back tomorrow it's world cardmaking day and I proud to say that I will be featured on CAARDvarks blog as a guest designer. Here is their link for more exciting details.
http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/

Supplies from Hero Arts: K5058 Friendship Message (on fence) K5107 Screen shadow (on frog) K5243 Elegant Brocade (behind fence) K5059 Big Owl LP119 Lilly Pad Greetings (frog) S5101 Woodgrain (fence and owl)

ATC - Artist Trading Cards


Check out Hero Arts Flickr group tomorrow so you can sign up for the ATC swap!! You will receive 9 trading cards from other members from all over the states. Here is the link to sign up and don't delay because there is a cap on how many people can register. http://www.flickr.com/groups/heroarts/discuss/72157622495602008/
See you tomorrow for another ATC that I can't wait to share with you!
Hugs,Kathy

9/30/09

Here is a card made with my Tuesday Tipster


Scroll down for my tip to see how to get the glossiness out of the paper on the right.



Tuesday Tipster #3

Hello All,
Sorry that this "tip" is late and I hope you find it useful. I like it because it's easier to stamp over the area where the embossing was and it's more of a matte look which I really prefer.
Don't forget to click on the page to enlarge it. Hugs,Kathy

9/27/09

CAARDvarks Saturday Sketch #7 2 of 2


Well this is my last post and it's so late or I should say... so early...it's 2:35 am. I've been with my twin sissy all day so didn't have much time to work on any cards. I really am in awe with all the creative entries at CAARDvards and I can't wait to see who wins some of the great prizes.
Have a great weekend! Hugs,Kathy

CAARDvarks Saturday Sketch #7 1 of 2





This sketch was the hardest for me for some reason although it has been a fun week working with wonderful sketches. This stamp is one of the new clings stamps at Hero Arts .

9/26/09

CAARDvarks Friday Sketch #6



I had to make a B.D. card for my twin sissy and today 's sketch for CAARDvarks was perfect for the stamps I wanted to use on her card. I knew I wanted the 3 squares in the sketch to be triptych so I cut the vase with sunflowers into thirds. For the pattern on the sofa and the rug I stamped with some of Hero Art's new stamps. The chair, lamp and table are from PapertreyInk. The maroon leopard paper is from the backside of a Neiman Marcus ad. I made the fringes on the rug from embroidery floss. I hope you all have a great weekend. This 7 day challenge is coming to a close and it's really been fun! Thanks for checking our my blog :)

9/25/09

CAARDvarks Thursday Sketch #5


This card was very difficult to photograph and it's late at night. Click on the Flickr slideshow to see it more clear there. (So annoying) Anyway This was inspired by VIrginia...here is her card. "http://www.flickr.com/photos/15636237@N04/3938219507/">www.flickr.com/photos/15636237@N04/3938219507/ITIBeautiful huh!! I had some butterflies leftover from my Tuesday Tipsters so with that and remembering Virginia's card...I had a plan for Thursday's sketch at CAARDvarks. Just needed the time. I hope Virginia's card link works ...sorry ..I need to learn how to give a link properly so maybe after this 7 day challenge I'll have a minute. Have a great weekend! Hugs,Kathy

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
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