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12/5/09

It was a VERY EXCITING DAYwhen I recieved an email

from Jenyfur at asking if I would like to be a guest designer for Hero Arts Digital Showcase with Caardvarks. Well you can only imagine my excitement and I am here to say that I said YES!!!!! If you don't know me I love Hero Arts and Caardvarks so I really racked my brain to do something special for this great honor. So I am delighted you are stopping by and a big thanks you all who visit my blog on a regular basis and a very special thanks to Jenyfur for this great opportunity!

Created for CAARDVarks

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Designed for CAARDVarks


I loved working with Hero Arts DigiKit "Holiday Words and Ornaments" here . One of the things I LOVE about going hybrid is you can change the sizes of the digi “stamps” !!! I saved time on this ornament by not coloring or stamping, cleaning etc. so I could spend more time on the beading. To begin I downloaded the kit, chose the ornament with the geometric lines and changed the color to blue. I printed on white card stock and cut the image out leaving a boarder on the edge. For the beading I used some blue thread I had on hand and I didn’t worry about placement of the seed beads. The most important thing is to have the right size needle. I suggest you test the needle on several beads to see if they fit completely through the eye of needle otherwise it’s very frustrating! For the threading on the ornament I had some silver and blue metallic threads. I used a thicker needle and followed the lines in the digital ornament. When I placed the ornament on the card I put double pop dots on top of each other on the back so it’s raised over the boarder of the frame.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Holiday Words & Ornaments” seed beads, embroidery floss, metallic threads and sewing needles.


Hybrid Gift Stocking


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I also really enjoyed Hero Arts wonderful and creative "Scribble Trees" digikit here  I really wanted to create some mini stockings for those special people in my life. I wanted to find a template that was quick and easy that I could pass on to you so I was delighted when I found Martha Stewart’s template here. If you making mini stockings do NOT enlarge the template. This way you can cut both sides of your stocking on a single  8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. (finished stocking size is 7x7x4)

Details on the stocking:
I printed M.S. template on “printer” paper to make my template, traced it on card stock and cut out. (I trimmed the sewing margins just a tiny bit.) After cutting out both sides of the stocking I put one aside because I had no interest in decorating the back. I stamped  the green paper with Hero Arts stamps in distress ink and embossed the branch stamp in clear and then distressed with a heavy hand.  I scored the paper every half inch and then rotated the paper to create a diamond patter. Fold down the cuff and choose your ribbon for the hanger.(This is a good time to start on your trees so they have time to dry ...while you are waiting for them to dry you can do your sewing)  Make a sandwich between the ribbon loop with both sides of your stocking. I use paper clips to hold my two sides of the stocking in place while sewing. You will be sewing your loop into the stocking. If you choose you can go over the stitching with a light  marker to add color so the stitches are more subtle and not so bright white.

Supplies for stocking:  Hero Arts “Old Lettering Writing”S4878, “Branch Background” CG122, green cardstock, embellishments ,Ranger Peeled Paint & Pine distress inks, Copic Markers, Stickles Lime Green.


Details for the scribble trees on the green stocking:
I downloaded the trees & selected this particular tree to work with. I played with the sizes of trees I desired in “Word” then printed them in different sizes and heights on Claudine Hellmuth’s “Sticky Back Canvas” (do a test first of your sizes first) I have the 8.5x11 sheets so they just slide right into your printer. After cutting out the trees I colored them with Copic markers (you can use distress inks too) and outlined the edges so you don’t see ANY white. Then I covered all the trees with Stickles and while waiting to dry I did my sewing. Once dry I DID NOT  remove the backing (from the Claudine's Sticky back canvas) from the trees. I glued down 3 trees and popdotted the last two. Apply your embellishments and ribbon and stand back to admire your work.

Supplies for scribble trees: Claudine Hellmuth’s “Sticky Back Canvas”, Copic markers, metal accents by Mark Richards and Crystal Sticker Elements, Lime Green Stickles.

Hybrid Gift Stocking



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This blue mini stocking was created from the same DigiKit from Hero Arts as the green one above this but, here it is again and here is Martha Stewart's template again. 

Details on the blue stocking:
I printed Martha Stewart template on “printer” paper to make my template, traced it on card stock, cut out. (I trimmed the sewing margins just a tiny bit.) After cutting out both sides of the stocking I put one aside because I had no interest in decorating the back. Then I stamped with Hero Arts Flourish Background in Broken China Distress Ink and I added white details with a Glaxy white marker for a shadow effect. Now you are ready to fold down the cuff and choose your ribbon for the hanger. (this is a good time to start on your trees so they have time to dry ...while you are waiting for the trees to dry you can do your sewing)  Make a sandwich between the ribbon loop with both sides of your stocking. I use paper clips to hold my two sides of the stocking in place while sewing. You will be sewing your loop into the stocking.


Supplies for this stocking:  Hero Arts “Flourish Background” CG119, card stock, embellishments and a boarder punch. This particular punch new from Martha Stewart. PapertreyInk ribbon and button, Broken China distress ink by Ranger, Galazy White Marker. 


Details for the scribble trees:
I downloaded the trees & selected this particular tree to work with. I created the tree image to different sizes that I desired in “Word” and changed the color of the trees to a blue grey then, I printed them on a white card stock and cut out (notice I cut off some of the lines that extend off the tree all except for the focal tree). I distressed the trees in Broken China and Faded Jeans. When distressing try to keep the center lighter than the permitter of the image. I stamped the trees with Hero Arts Old Letter Writing in Broken China and for the biggest tree I added some Walnut distress ink (just a little on the stamp). I used a blob of Stickles and rubbed it into my trees with my finger and set aside to dry. (while drying this is a good time to do your sewing). Now it’s time to decide how you want to decorate the trees. I sewed down some seed beads with some blue thread I had on hand and added sequins with seed beads on top of the sequins for the largest tree. (It really didn’t take as long as you might think.) Most important is to have the right size needle to fit though the seed beads. Test before trying otherwise it’s very frustrating! Glue down the secondary trees first and then popdot your focal tree. Apply your embellishments and ribbon on the cuff and stand back to admire your work. 


Supplies for the scribble trees:  Hero Arts “Old Letter Writing” S4878, Faded Jeans and Broken China distress ink, Waterfall Blue Stickles, Seed beads and Sequins, Bugle Beads for the star, card stock, thread and needle.



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THANKS AGAIN FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE ! Hugs,Kathy

12/3/09

Jen Martakis Digi Kit

A Little Bird Told Me

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I love this bird in Jen Martakis digikit Here I can find so many reasons to use this little guy in so many cards that aren't' just for the Holiday season.I printed the bird in a light color and then added a brown copic marker and some colorless blender to make it more textured. I also used a white pen for the accents on the wings and distressing ink on all the papers. I'm excited that this will work for Lucy's second challenge here





Peace * Love * Joy 
This card is make from Jen's kit too. The best thing about a digi kits to me is that you can enlarge and change the color of an element you love. For the sentiment I use a piece of scrap tree. Thanks for looking :) 
Jen Martakis “Joy” digikit, Hero Arts clouds backgrounds stamp (S5215), Hero Arts “Celebrate the Season”(CL343)

12/2/09

Season's Greetings...a Hybrid Tag Card

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hybrid tag card

I didn't want to waste any of Betsy Tuma's Holly Folly digikit papers that are so fantastic. I just love all the prints on the papers. So I used my scraps to create this tag card and happily I can use it for Hero Arts Challenge! It's seems like it's been forever since I entered a challenge with HA. The sentiment is HA # CL255 "Holiday Wishes" and the pearls as well. Have a great night!
Hugs,Kathy

Second Card for the New Release

Hybrid Season's Greetings


Hybrid Season's Greetings

This is my second card that I made with this digikit from Betsy Tuma called "Holly Folly" HERE is the link. I have always loved decorating with Holly during the holidays so I was delighted to play with these leaves. I scored the leaves down the center & distressed them so they look very dimensional and realistic. Love the hounds tooth paper too. I hope you are having a great day!
Hugs,Kathy

DigiKit "Holly Folly" by Betsy Tuma all patterned papers are from this kit too!

Sentiment is Hero Arts #CL255 "Holiday Wishes"

New Release!!

Happy Holidays

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I am just itching to make another hybrid card with Betsy Tuma’s NEW DigiKit called “Holly Folly” You can see the full kit here and it’s available for purchase at Two Peas in a Bucket. This kit is the perfect match to complete your Christmas cards in a record time. The sentiment is from Hero Arts “Holiday Wishes” and all the patterned papers are from the kit. Check back for a few more cards and thanks for stopping by! Hugs,Kathy

Supplies: Betsy Tuma “Holly Folly” DigitalKit, Hero Arts CL255 Holiday Wishes, Martha Stewart Garden Trellis Deep Edger

Twin Sis


Ok here are the twins and  our daughters. Hot off the press...can you tell which daughter belongs to which twin?? This was my idea to have out photo taken this way because it makes my face look thin and my body too plus you get natural smiles. Thanks for looking :)

12/1/09

How Sweet ... a Thank You for my TWIN Sister

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This is one of Michelle Underwoods wonderful and sweet kits that is prefect to make a thank you card with. I wanted to make my twin sissy a special thank you because she hosted Thanksgiving at her house this year.  Here is the link to see all the great things in Michelle's kit and you can purchase it as well. I love the cupcake in this kit  and can't wait to make a card with it! I'm also excited to share projects that I have been working on!
Hugs,Kathy

11/30/09

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Just a super quick post. I made this for Lucy's Challenge but, forgot about submitting it and now it's to late. I'm working on a few things and tomorrow is Tuesday, 2 Peas will release some new digi kits and I can't wait to see what's new!!

Thanks again for your generous & heart felt comments I feel really bad because I haven't been able to reciprocate in the last week. I hope your week is off to a good start!
Hugs,Kathy


All stamps Hero Arts: CG113 Write Your Own, 5215 Cloud Background,D4924 Sand Piper

11/28/09

A Non Traditional 55th Birthday Card

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Just a quick share for this Birthday card. It's based on 2S4Y sketch challenge. Off to the dinner party. Hope you all are having a nice long weekend. Hugs,Kathy
Stamps are Hero Arts and PapertreyInk.

Midnight Mall Madness on Thanksgiving

European Snowman

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This Thanksgiving my DD and DN decided to hit the midnight madness at the mall ... Yes at midnight on Thanksgiving. I couldn’t get over how crowded it was and how long the lines were. Thirty minutes at Starbucks, 45 minutes at Old Navy and over an hour at Urban Outfitters. We did this mostly for the experience and it certainly was that!! We arrived home at 6 am and I’m still recovering. I bought two items. Here is a photo from my phone...I couldn’t get over how destroyed Urban Outfitters was from the crowds. The first time the girls went in the store there was physically no space to move. Next year we will venture out at 5am instead. If you celebrate Thanksgiving I hope it was  a special one. I know I have so much to be grateful for. Have a great weekend. Oh..almost forgot this snowman was inspired by a European santa I saw at the mall.
I stamped the snowman in Hero Arts Shadow ink Pool and colored Copics & dotted with white pen. For the boarder I highlighted my coloring with a Gelly Roll Metalllic Pen.
Hero Arts: CL368 Create Your Own Snowman & K5232 Dot Flourish, Shadow Ink "Pool"notecard. 






11/26/09

Jen Martakis Digi Kit

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I appreciate your heart felt comments more than you know. This kit is new by Jen Martakis at 2 Peas and it's called "Nuts 4 U"....I adore all the elements...so much fun! Click HERE
to check it out it's really a great value. (Can you tell I used to be in RETAIL??)





I love resizing the images in word...so easy. I enlarged the acorn and cut out the hearts that the squirrel collected.I colored them and applied Liquid Embossing. I dry embossed the blue paper , sewed it down and added highlights with markers or distressing ink to the images.








I resizing the images, made a mirror image as well and added some highlights with Copics or distressing ink. I used the fun doodle swirl paper as my "sky" and enlarged the fun frame. So easy to put a card together. I also added some white dots to the hearts in the tree. Hero Arts "A Little Note" stamps set. 

Thanks again!!!! Hugs,Kathy

11/25/09

OK Here is My First Project as a Digital Design Team Member at Two Peas!!

If you like
HERE is the link to check out this awesome kit...and it's only $6.00. You can also CHECK OUT MY CARDS AT 2 PEAS TOO.





“Chirp Chirp...Tweet Tweet” For this card I Enlarged one bird and flipped him in word (thanks Lucy)I used my Copic Markers (any will do) to enhance the images and the vine then distressed.Added Liquid Embossing to spots. Supplies “Birds of a Feather” by Katherine Teague Ranger Distressing Ink Peeled Paint, Liquid Embossing & Rosie Road Show music note rubber stamp






“Tweet Tweet”I enlarged this adorable bird in word, cut him out, distressed him, added some Liquid Embossing, when dry I used some pop dots.Supplies “Birds of a Feather” by Katherine Teague Ranger Distressing Inks Antique Linen, Broken China & Walnut , Nestabilities Label 1.




“Singing for you” This card was made from my scraps. I added some dots with a white pen and sewed the strips of paper together. Supplies “Birds of a Feather” by Katherine Teague, Liquid Embossing, Nestabilities Label 1

Sorry for the long post I have another great kit for tomorrow..or today rather..it's late 12:04 am. Hugs,Kathy

11/22/09

Hero Arts Challenge...using Scraps

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The Challenge at Hero Arts this week is to make a card from your scraps and as I began to clean my stamping desk I found all elements buried under everything.... so these two cards came together in a snap. For the penguin card all I stamped was the sentiment and put a bow on the package. See the original HERE
Hero Arts stamps & Penguin digital kit. F5243 Elegant Brocade, CL240 Winter Time Messages

The bird card I all I had to do was cut  a background, color the bird and added some Glossy Accents HERE is the  it where the present came from.
Hero Arts F5253 Bird with Holly
Hope you all are having a great weekend!
Hugs,Kathy

CAARDVarks & Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge

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For the CAARDVarks coloring challenge HERE
and Everything but the Kitchen Sink Challenge HERE
My friend is going through a divorce and I was trying to reassure her that everything was going to work out. I told her all she needs wherever she ends up living is a comfy sofa and a lamp. I hope you all have some happiness in your life. Have a great weekend!
Hugs,Kathy

Arts Stamps: K5185 Wall Paper Flower, K5103 Woodgrain Circle, CG119 Flourish Background
PapertreyInk Sofa and Table
Used Copics markers to color "pictures" in the background and the sofa, used distressing inks on the "wood floors"

11/21/09

For the CARRDVarks and Embellish Magazine Color Challenge with Brads

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Just a quick post...I was up until 2am with this card. I love to color so I just had to participate in the CAARDVark coloring challenge and the Embellish color challenge was my color guide. I would NEVER have used all these brads but, so glad I did. The brad buttons really pop. I'm making cookies right now and I have already burned an entire pan so I'll see you later. Hugs,Kathy
Supplies" "Pure Innocence" stamp (My Favorite Things) Copic Markers, brads, Glossy Accents, Broken China Distressing ink.

11/19/09

Another Announcement and a Card

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I am here to announce that I am a part of the "digital creative team" at 2 Peas in a Bucket!! How exciting is that? I just can't believe it and I am so so excited. I really owe this to the Hero Arts Flickr group. The talent is so incredible that it makes me strive to be better and the group is my extended family! Thanks so much ladies and a big thanks for your heart warming comments. Don't feel like you need to comment again...lol. I made this card for my someone special who jokes that she's my agent..and she sends me the latest blog news almost as it's breaking! A big shout out to Virginia and a big shout out to you all. Dare I say if you want me to send you a card I will it just won't be quick. Send me your address and I promise eventually you will get a card.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart and big hugs,Kathy
Wish me luck :) and in the coming days I'll post all my digital team mates and their blogs so stay tuned!

11/18/09

The Talented Michelle Underwood has added me to her design team!!

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I have some exciting news that I wanted to announce last week but, I have been waiting to make a card first!!! I am a part of Michelle Underwood 's DESIGN TEAM...yay !!!!!!! I am so excited and I have Lucy to Thank!! Lucy is has always inspired me with her digital designed cards and when she joined Michelle's design team November 4th I fell in love with her AWESOME digital kits, stamps and papers. So I just had to apply and Michelle liked my cards! My first card with the beautiful and creative digi kits just had to be a big thank you to Lucy...the digital queen! I used two kits for this card. I loved the papers from "Here with You and the crown is from "Crown Pretties"
Thanks so much to all my Hero Arts friends on Flickr for your support and encouragement! Especially to TRACEY for telling me to up my game and make a digital card!!! More tomorrow. Hugs,Kathy

After downloading the paper I distressed it with Rangers Antique Linen and stamped on the Michelle's paper with Hero Arts "Old Letter Writing" in Antique Linen and Walnut Stain. I changed the color on the crown and cut out. Added accents with a Copic marker (BG01) and a Spica Glitter pen in Turquoise. Then added some bling from Kaiser and Glossy Accents!

11/17/09

Lucy's FIRST Color Challenge

Lucy's FIRST COLOR CHALLENGE...check it out  :)


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I am so excited for Lucy to post her first color challenge. Lucy is so lovely and I adore her and admire her work. Check it out http://hedgehogsandladybirds.blogspot.com/ I had to make a special card for Nikki who is turning 30 years old Friday. Nikki is a very special young woman and I really admire her in many ways. I hope this makes the cut.
Background stamp is Hero Arts CG122 Branch Background. I traced and drew line is the leaves with a Spica glitter pen. The flowers are from PapertreyInk "In Bloom" I stamped on pink paper, distressed with Ranger Worn Lipstick...layered...and added dots. Added some highlights with a pink Copic marker as well. Paper is from Taylored Expressions. Antique button. Have a great night and thanks so so much for your comments. Hugs,Kathy

11/15/09

3 Digital Hybrid Cards with One Digi Kit

For all of these cards I used Hero Arts Garden Tiles Digital Kits. After downloading several of the same tile images I fun trying some different things with them.

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For the Trees I stamped a tree on the back of the garden tile several times and cut out. Then I distressed with Ranger's inks. First Pine Needles, then Shabby Shutters and finally Peeled Paint. I used a "Quickie Glue" pen by Sakura & applied Martha Stewart Glitter. For the trunks I stamped Hero Arts Wood grain circle and cut out into rectangles and distressed a little. Super quick. The sentiment is from HA "Holiday Sayings"

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This card is made from one garden tile and used my Copic markers to enhance the image and added some pen work. Then cut out some areas with my blade and added glitter.

3 cards one digi kit

I thought this would be great for my Jewish friend. For this card I already had the acetate I stamped this summer and for the garden tile I cut out the entire image
with my blade and used a brush to apply the glue and poured on Martha Stewart glitter. The background I painted with glue and poured on a different color. I was happy that pop dots stuck to the glitter.
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