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2/9/10

Another Winter Storm Tomorrow and some pictures

Right now most of our neighborhood is still in the dark. We are still recoverying from the 29 inches of snow that has turned life upside down and around... It's all good just crazy not having a routine or anything and not being able to do any of my stamping and blogging stuff! So I apologize for not being around and I really miss it too!
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Here is a picture of my darling 18 year old. Can you believe this was the best I was able to snap.
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Check out our cooler. We ran out of room in the fridge cause the two families staying brought some of their food so it didn't' spoil  AND we had to have cold beers for the super bowl.
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With that said I don't have enough energy to pick up a marker and that's BAD! The power went out (except we have a generator) so we hosted two-three families overnight ... Imagine the bedding, pillows, boots , required food etc!!! So... After rolling into bed at 1am exhausted the phone rings at 2:30am... Our neighbors CO2 monitor was screaming so naturally we wanted them to come over. I felt so bad for them climbing up a big hill in the snow at the wee hours in the pitch black with their two dogs in tow....with their bedding (we were tapped out) to climb up our icy steps and then to fall asleep in strange bed rooms. It was a great adventure hosting 12 people and 3 dogs for one night and hanging out for days eating and eating, baking, cooking, movies ... One that I wouldn't trade. I have lost track of the days and we are bracing for another winter storm tomorrow with a predicted possible TEN inches! I pray our roof holds up and the gutters will probably rip off but, if we are safe I can live with that.

My neighbor made cookies for the party and put them in this beautiful ice bucket which she gifted me so I wanted to make her a thank you card inspired by it. How lucky I am!
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Here is a photo of the owl purse.
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I hope you all are safe and cozy without any snow coming your way. I have a card to share tomorrow so see you then.
Hugs,Kathy

2/5/10

My Aunt Gave Me a

owl purse so I thought it would only be fitting to give her an owl card. I loved this color combination from this DigiKit called Spring Fling by Shelley Castillo available at Two Peas. 

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I embossed the owl with black embossing powder and  painted the him with Ranger distress inks ( Faded Jeans and Mustard Seed). After  the ink dried I added some white pen detail. The heart with the bow is inspired by Jennifer McGuire. We are expecting 12 - 24" of snow tomorrow ....I hope you are getting some sunshine. Have a great day! Hugs, Kathy

Hero Arts Stamps: K5059 Big Owl, CG160 Hearts and Ranger Distress Inks Faded Jeans and Mustard Seed

2/2/10

Feeling Groovy

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Hello All, Don't you just love these images from Pure Innonce? For this gal's clothes I used a Hero Arts stamp to give her outfit a groovy feeling. My Favorite Things Blog is having a Monthly Guest Designer contest and there is a chance to win over $125.00 in products so I thought it would be fun to try. I just love these Pure Innocence stamps that they sell. HERE are the details on the guest design spot. I am also entering this card for the  Card Patterns Sketch Challenge. It’s going to be a busy week because my son is turning 18 (yes...yikes) so we are having family and close friends on Sunday for Super Bowl Sunday and I’ll be cooking for 30 people so I have lots to do. What about you...any plans??? See you tomorrow! Hugs,Kathy
Flower Girl by Pure Innocence
Hero Arts: S5215 Clouds, K5185 Wall Paper Flowers (on clothes) CG147 Patterned Blossoms (background), Hero Hues “Punch”
“Live” is a sticker and the “each day on purpose” (I covered up the live) is from Lochart Stamp Co. 2008.


1/31/10

SRM Stickers

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Hello! Just another quick post because the deadline is tonight for the first challenge at the  SRM Stickers Blog. Jenyfur is the new communications director and that’s pretty cool!!  If you don’t know Jenyfur I’m sure you know CAARDvarks. Jenyfur is Caardvarks, she opened up her challenge blog about three years ago... way before lots of the card challenge sites you see now. It’s fun to see Jenyfur’s new adventure in card making and I hope you will stop by and check it out! I bet you can't tell that the "enjoy" sentiment on my card is a sticker! Have a great night! Hugs, Kathy

P.S.I stamped the Circle Lace in Ruby Chalk ink then put down the sticker. After coloring the butterfly with Copic markers I applied Glossy Accents.
Stamps Hero Arts: S5319 Circle Lace, CG130 Butterflies, Ruby Chalk Ink 
Copic Colors: red & orange R05, R37

1/30/10

Yes you are at The Daily Marker

and thanks for stopping by again. I was so inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s  butterflies I just had to do some of my own. I have been working on these critters for a few weeks on and off because I was really feeling like I needed a makeover for my blog.

Lucy is hosting a challenge at her blog and all you have to do is have some glitter on a card here are the details.
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I used an embossing folder and then went over the embossed lettering with a glue pen and sprinkled with glitter on a few letters at one time. The flowers are Hero Arts and I colored them so long ago I'm not even sure what set they are from. I added Glossy Accents to them and the button is vintage from an antique store. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,Kathy
P.S. My goal is to get to everyone's blogs this weekend and leave some comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave your heartwarming comments here.

1/28/10

Hugs and Love

I made this for the Hero Arts Friendship Challenge and the CAARDvarks Heart Challenge and tonight is the deadline. I can’t wait to see what challenges are on the drawing board. I am wondering what you think about her legs. Should I have had them coming off the heart?? I'm puzzled about this but, at the same time couldn't add them..lol  Have a great day! Hugs, Kathy
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Hero Arts Stamps: CG169 Heart Flourish, H5330 Girl Holding Flower, Vintage Hero Arts Stamp called Sweet Hearts #C813

A BIG Change in a Friends Careers

My friends husband is going though a big transition with his career and I wanted to make him a special and meaningful card. This colorful DigiKit  by Jen Martakis called “February" was just what I was looking for!! I just happened to have the perfect sentiment for  the words in this kit too....how lucky. I used a different one of Jen’s kits for the bird. Once I printed the bird I stamped it with a woodgrain background stamp in Weathered Wood and distressed the bird in different colors listed below. The clouds are stamped in Hero Arts new chalk ink called Cerulean which is a beautiful blue. HERE is another card with the same digi bird in case you want to check out how versatile this little guy is.
See you tomorrow with another card. Hugs, Kathy
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Supply List: 
Hero Arts Stamps:  S5215 “Clouds”, CL374 “Big & Small Flowers” (stems), S5208 Designer Woodgrain (used on the digi bird available Here) Cerulean Chalk Ink (HA) 
Ranger Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Peeled Paint. 
Misc: Nestabilities Large Classic Inverted Scallop ( the orange on the flowers).
Sentiment is from BLine Designs HF229 “Worth Remembering”

1/27/10

Love this stamp from Hero Arts

 Thinking of you

Hello Friends, I love this new large flower from Hero Arts and  decided to use it  create a card for the Embellish Magazine’s Blog .This challenge  requires striped paper so I had to get creative & make my own. I also think this will work for the Card Patterns Blog Sketch Challenge this week too. Hope you week is going good and you have had some time to get crafty ! Hugs,KathySupply List:
Hero Arts Stamps: CL272 All Occasion Messages (sentiment),CG134 Large Flower, Copic Markers: V17, V04 and black gel pen. Large purple button is vintage. 

1/26/10

Thank You So Much

I just want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all of your sweet, wonderful and encouraging comments on my blog....it really means a lot to me!  I wish I was Oprah and had blog candy for all of you...wouldn't that be great???
I used the "True Random Generator" to pick the number for the winner of my blog candy. I must have done something wrong cause the entire color photo if it don't copy but, here it is....drumb roll

The winner is CHRISTIANA!!!!!!

Here is what she said, "Wow, what a great giveaway! I am brand-spankin new to paper crafting and have next to no supplies, so how fun would that be?!?! I'm practically rubbing my hands together at the thought! 

Anyway, I have a brand-new blog (started late last night) devoted to crafting and no followers as of yet, so I don't know how much posting a link to your site would help you, but I'll try to do so later this week." I'll send you an email Christina.

True Random Number Generator
Min:  1
Max:  477
 Result:
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Just a card to share
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I copied the sentiment from an online quote site and printed it on white card stock. These adorable owls are Hero Arts  and their new dotted background.
D5302 (Heart Owls),#CG139 (dot background), Hero Arts note card

1/25/10

Squigglefly's Challenge #33

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Today is Squigglefly's  Challenge #33 and the challenge is to  “Make a summer card in January”. This is perfect for today we are having an unusually warm day at 50 degrees with buckets of rain. It’s predicted that we will score 2 - 3 inches. For the card I downloaded this image called Mia and Bosco and printed it in “Word” . All coloring is with Copics but, any marker will do.

Adorable Image by Jane Beljo available HERE
Stamps: Hero Arts H2817 “Garden Sketch” (flowers), CL305 “Woodland Creatures” (ladybug, butterfly), S5215 “Cloud Background” 
Ink: Memento “Sky”

Tomorrow I will announce the winner of my blog candy. Sorry I'm late and thanks for your understanding.  :)  Hugs,Kathy

1/22/10

LAST DAY TO ENTER FOR MY BLOG CANDY see the side bar for details :)

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This card is for my friend Virginia’s challenge HERE. Her prize is a Hero Art’s stamp set and a few other things. Right now you stand a great chance because this is her first challenge and there aren’t a lot of entries...so go play.  An added bonus....you will love her blog :)!!
I love this frame from the DigiKit - PlayfulBy Katherine Teague available Here. All I did was print the frame from my downloads, cut and stamp the center image. The round smile is from the digikit too. Added a button to replace the faux button and done. Easy and fun!
Hero Arts Stamp:H5330 Girl Holding Flowers
Copic Markers:Face( E50, R20) Hair (E32,E31,E57), Y15,RV29

1/21/10

Lots of Challenges with great prizes

Here is an example with some just plain ole stamping and coloring. For this  I combined three challenges. This "card" measures 6.5 x8.5...it just kept growing and growing! Here are the challenges:
Hero Arts Challenge  HERE .
Card Patterns Challenge HERE 
CAARDvarks Challenge HERE

Card Details:
Hero Arts Stamps: K5343 (Birdcage), CL309 Who Loves You (birds, sentiment, stump) CG169 Heart Flourish (background) Copic MarkersR37,R59,R85,RV10,G14,YG23,B0000


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 This is a digi image and it's for the is for Squigglefly’s Challenge...check it out you can win an great digi image HERE. The Digi image is called “Sweet Melissa” 
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Have a great weekend! Hugs, Kathy

1/20/10

More of Michelle Underwood as promised :)

Two more cards from Michelle Underwood’s DigiKit called Sunday Kind of Love AVAILABLE HERE at Two Peas in a Bucket..

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 Don't you just love these birds??? . I  reversed one of the birds in "word"  printed them in two sizes, and added a bit of color (just cause I need to color something). This is all digi except for the buttons. So fun ...so easy!

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For the butterflies I added a bit of shading then covered them with Glossy Accents and I added some pen detail with a Black Jelly Roller.  I can’t wait to show you the card I have for tomorrow. I’m crossing my fingers that you will like it. Hugs,Kathy

1/19/10

It's Two Peas in a Bucket DigiKit Release Day

 Check out this great new kit from Michelle Underwood called “Sunday Kind of Love AVAILABLE HERE at Two Peas in a Bucket.

 Love

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Aww...love the vintage papers, the bird cage and bird and there is so much more. I can’t wait to make another card but, had to post this first. The only stamped image is the lady and I have her holding the Digi bird instead of the bird on the stamp. The birds in the DigiKit are so beautiful I really can’t wait to enlarge them! I decied to use Mojo Monday's sketch (MOJO122)  to get me started on this card. The stamp is from Kraftin Kimmie's Stamps.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more. Thanks for all of you sweet comments they keep me smiling!

1/18/10

A few more cards for Jennifer McGuire's card drive

Please check out Jennifer’s web site if you haven't already for the card drive details and as I said before there are some great  prizes!
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This blue and checked background papers are only a few of the great papers available in this wonderful DigiKit - Cabanarama By Brandy Buffington . I love the soft and fresh colors that are excellent to make layouts or cards for those special men in your life. I love all the frames also that are included in this kit and it’s available HERE.
Hero Arts Stamps: Cl305 Sending Happy Thoughts (frog), CL374 Big and Small Flowers.

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I just love these fun and whimsical papers in this DigiKit - On The Bright Side By Shelley Castillo. I cut the circles from one of the papers and layered the center circles for some dimension. A quick and easy card. This kit is at Two Peas in a Bucket Here.
Hero Arts Stamps: Cl305 Sending Happy Thoughts (frog),CL374 Big and Small Flowers

1/17/10

One card can change a life...really :)

Hi...I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have been crazy trying to organize my studio so I can stamp in a more productive way and hopefully keep things neater too! Last week I made these monster cards for Jennifer McGuire's card drive. Today Jennifer has made a plea for more cards. I can tell you first hand that even a QUICK card can make a difference in a child's life!! Did I mention that there are GREAT PRIZES TOO!!!!! Please check out Jennifer’s blog and send one card if you have a minute. Nothing fancy...you know how the saying goes...it's the thought that counts. I'll be back tomorrow and thanks for stopping by!!!
Hugs,Kathy

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Hero Arts Stamps: CG 132 Message Cling Set(sentiment), CL391 Monster Fun, Cl305 Sending Happy Thoughts (frog), Checked paper from Jen Marakis called “This Year”, Blue background is from Mary Ann Wise called “Flakes of Snow” All DigiKits are available at Two Peas in a Bucket.

1/13/10

Heart Butterfly

Hi...another quick post. I made this card a week ago for the Hero Arts Friendship Challenge and the Embellish Challenge HERE .

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Heart Butterfly

I’ll be back tomorrow with some digi cards. Hugs,Kathy

Hero Arts stamps: CL383 Antique Engravings (butterfly), CG169 Heart Flourishes. Martha Stewart Heart Punch.

1/12/10

MIchelle Underwood's new wonderful DigiKit

Michelle Underwood  designs DigiKits and her kits are chock full of wonderful papers, flowers and all kinds of things. Michelle is the featured at The Daily Digital and this DigiKit is AVAILABLE HERE. I used all Michelle's gorgeous papers for these three cards.
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Michelle underwood DigiKit called “You Picked Me”
Hero Arts CG104 Bouquet in a Vase
Copics on flower R37, R17, R05, RV29

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Michelle underwood DigiKit called “You Picked Me”
Hero Arts Stamps: CG134 Large Flower, CL383 Antique Engravings (bird and butterfly), CG132 Messages(sentiment)

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I cut out this large damask design, layered it and added faux stitching. A very quick card!
Michelle underwood DigiKit called “You Picked Me”
Sentiment is Hero Arts #CL388
I hope you have a wonderful week...I'll be back with more tomorrow. Hugs, Kathy

1/11/10

Squigglefly's Challenge #31

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 This project is for Squigglefly’s first challenge this year and my first project with them as a design team member. The challenge is to create anything except for a card. You can start uploading your anything but a card onto Squigglefly’s Blog. I wanted a new look for my 2010 calendar along with a daily reminder to keep my New Years goals in check. Inside my calendar you will find two pockets with a tags to record my daily exercise and daily inspiration with tips that I need to be reminded of every day. To design your calendar, eating journal, notebook cover or whatever you desire keep in mind to trace the front “cover” before you start layering your papers. If you don’t have a calendar I recommend a composition book. I love how the corners are rounded, it’s bound (not spiral) and it is a  pretty compact notebook measuring in at 9.5x11 therefore, you should find it easy to cover. Once you select your desired paper and trace the item you will be changing it’s time to gather what you will be sewing or gluing to decorate your new cover, gather your images etc. Once you have all your together it’s time to have some fun and design your layout. I decided not to glue my cover onto my calendar instead it just rests inside my cover and for now that is working. I just love this Hippo by Jane Beljo  called “Big Boned”  and the slice of cake was just what I was looking for called “Piece of Cake” is by Angie Davis. Both images are available Here. The idea of the images is that the hippo will only get larger if he can’t resist the temptation of the yummy cake. I love the papers in this project  and believe it or not they are  from a DigiKit  available Two Peas in a Bucket by Betsy Tuma called “Flower Frenzy The Papers”. Have fun creating and thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs,Kathy
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