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There are so many wonderful things going on at Hero Arts and their big 2010 Catalog Preview Blog Hop is this Friday! I am so excited. I made this card for the President of Hero Arts, Aaron because he is a prince to so many of us Hero Arts Groupies!  I hope everyone is having a great week. Hugs,Kathy


THIS IS MY CARD FOR THE CLUB ANYA BLOG HOP.... My Christmas wish to Santa





The idea of this card is that the girl is asking Santa in her dreams what she is is hoping for on Christmas.... a cuddly blue stuffed animal with wings. All images are colored with Copic Markers.To make the wings I folded the butterfly in half and covered with Liquid Embossing plus several other areas on the other images. I scored lines in the background after stamping with a swirl pattern stamp from Hero Arts. I hope you like this I labored over the layout of all these images. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Greeting Farm Stamps: Rain,Snow,Shine, X-Mas Sweeties, Forest Friends
Hero Arts: CG119 Flourish background, S5107 Screen Shadow, CG130 Butterfly
Copics on girl: Y11,E25, RV29, RV37,G17,BG05,YOOO,RV10 eyeliner Spica tourquois
Deer: BG05


Claudine Hellmuth and My Green Stocking

Here  is Claudine Hellmuth's blog where she has all the info on her Sticky Back Canvas and other ways to use it.

AND a card with more Sticky back...I love working with the texture.


I painted the canvas with Claudine's Landscape Green paint and once dry I stamped on my new green surface with Hero Arts stamps. The tree is from Hero Art's Scribble Trees DigiKit here. I distressed the tree with Ranger Peeled Paint and Pine Needles then poured on Crackle Liquid Embossing and put the gems down when almost dry. 

There were a few questions about the Copic colors I used on my trees Hybrid Gift Stocking
I apologize for the late response .... if you send me an email I can get back to you quicker. See right side bar :) Have a great weekend. I'll be making some potato latkes tonight while we decorate our Christmas tree...yum!Happy Holidays!  Hugs,Kathy


Cards for Kids makes a profound impact on the kids

Do you remember when Jennifer McGuire collected cards for Eric and his famly? This was the post with the info on Eric's fight for his life and now he rests in peace. A special thanks to all of you who touched Eric and his family lives in a very profound way! I went to their house this afternoon to give them a mini stamping lesson. Immediately Rachel (Eric's sister) ran upstairs and brought me her bag of cards to share with me. She showed me some of the HER cards with great joy and told me where each one was from. A few that she just happened to pull out of her bag were from Cathy, Sarah and Virginia...that was a really cool moment for me and I was beaming like a proud parent.  Leslie, (Rachel's mom) told me that Jacob(Eric's brother) carries his cards around in a bag as well. Often he will take them out to just admire them so she had to replace the bag that his cards were in. Rachel, her mom and I inked, cut, distressed and stamped for four hours! Watch out because Rachel is only SEVEN and she was amazing at sewing, inking, the hole ball of wax!! I was so impressed. So if you have a card laying around please send it to one of the kids below or their siblings. You have no idea of the impact it makes in their lives. Here Jennifer's blog with more information.

Here is the start of Jennifer McGuire's  newest card drive - Cards for Kids.
CFK logo

She hopes to collect a ton of cards for EIGHT sick children and their families.  Cards of encouragement, love, cheer and hope.  We truly feel that cards can lift spirits.  And, in these rough times, it is an inexpensive way to make a difference in someone's life.
And, Jennifer say's "of course, there will be lots of prizes!"
Now, about these amazing kids.  Here are the eight - possible others will be announced soon.  (Click on each name to learn more about them and their families.)
    CARDS FOR KIDS children:
  1. Kate - Age 5
  2. Gavin - Age 4
  3. Sami - Age 18
  4. Meg - Age 4
  5. Zach - Age 8
  6. David - Age 6
  7. Braden - Age 4
  8. Emily - Age 6
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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.


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


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.



 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. 
Hero Arts butterfly CG130


 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



 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.


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

 Baby It's Cold


Notice this tiny cut out snowflake from the's in her hair you will find the exact same snowflake in my card below and it's LARGE .... same 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...


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


Winter Chill

Winter Chill


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!
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


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


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



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



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.




Jen Martakis Digi Kit

A Little Bird Told Me


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)


Season's Greetings...a Hybrid Tag Card

hybrid tag card

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!

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!

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


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
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