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12/10/09

Jennifer McGuire's Card Drive

Both of these cards are for Jennifer McGuire’s  card drive and I am sure she needs cards especially because of the holiday season everyone is so busy. ,Here is more information and there is LOTS of prizes to give away.

Believe

This card was created with  two Hero Art DigiKits Four Santa’s  Here and Scribble Trees Here I turned the Santa around so he’s in a position to decorate the tree and the believe is from another santa image. I am so excited that Hero Arts gives you the option to print line drawings of their images so that you can color them.
Hero Arts stamps: K5192 Dots & soft pool shadow ink

Thinking of You
Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone is beginning to thaw out. Hugs,Kathy
Hero Arts Stamps: CG104 in a vase, CL305 Sending Happiness

12/9/09

Jen Martaksi "Bit of Pretty" new DigiKit

This new hot off the press digikit is available now at Two Peas. You can just click on my side bar for a quick link.

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 I love these soft colors on the DigiKit from Jen Marakis called Bit of Pretty. I wanted to make a blank card so to visually fill the space I scored the paper and distressed some of the edges with Ranger Brushed Corduroy .The butterfly is colored with Copic marker V12, V15, V17 and then added white dots with and Uni-ball pen. Pearls are from Crystal Stickers. 
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 I love the labels too because they are so versatile and so easy to resize in Word. I stamped the striped background in Ranger Milled Lavender and the label I stamped in my favorite HA stamp. Used white Uni-ball for dots in the background and on the deer.
Stamps Hero Arts, CG125 Friendship definition ,CG119 Flourish Background, CL255 Holiday Wishes, white button. The deer is from The Greeting Farm

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 Even these flowers are from her kit. I cut them out, colored the edges with a beige marker and used Liquid Embossing. So fun to make a card with scraps.

12/8/09

New Release...Baby It's Cold Outside by Michelle Underwood

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Notice this tiny cut out snowflake from the digikit..it's in her hair you will find the exact same snowflake in my card below and it's LARGE .... same snowflake...cool huh? This is what's great about DigiKits. I do all my digi stuff in word only so anyone can do this.

 A Snowflake is...

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For both of these cards I drew inspiration from Mojo Monday #16 Challenge.  I used all of the paper from the Michelle's kit except for the solid brown paper. I printed and cut the snowflakes in different sizes, cut and then colored them. The magic happens when you use the Liquid Embossing. The snowflake sentiment is from Hero Arts(CL234 "Winter's Butterfly") and the girl is from the Greeting Farm (Xmas Sweeties").Have a great week! Hugs,Kathy

12/6/09

Winter Chill

Winter Chill

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I just had to do some good old fashioned coloring today. After all my blog is "The Daily Marker" so I created this card for two challenges, The Greeting Farm and Card Positioning Systems #144. I colored the image with Copics and applied eye shadow with a Spica pen. Glossy Accents are on the snow boots. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment or just taking a peek. Have a great Sunday!
Hugs,Kathy
Stamps: Hero Arts: CL368 Create Your Own Snowman, CG100 Snowflake Circle, CG119 Flourish Circle,and The Greeting Farm"Rain Snow Shine".


Look at what I woke up to this morning....perfect for a winter chill card.
First Snow

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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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

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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
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