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3/16/10

SRM Baby Card Challenge

Hello Everyone,
Thanks for your sweet comments yesterday they really warmed my spirits. Today my baby cards are being featured at the SRM sticker blog. So if you want details please go to their blog and check it out. I recommend you "follow" their blog so you don't miss anything. Lots of stuff is coming up but, I don't want to spoil anything. Just so you know I really do love their stickers...I like the way they feel, the way they stick and the quality of them!! Here is the SRM blog. Off to bed! Thanks again :)

3/15/10

Sharing Some Hybrid Digi Cards

Hello Friends and Blog Friends,
I just want to tell you how much your comments mean to me...they really brighten my day  but, please don't feel like you need to leave one. As I'm sure you know each comment comes through in my email inbox and I leave it there as a reminder to get to your blog. It's been so dismal and gloomy here that I feel super grouchy and just want to complain about anything and everything AND I have a bad cold!  I hope you week is starting out better. Sorry to be a "Debbie Downer".... Hugs,Kathy

Just Saying

For this card I decided to recolor some of the papers and butterflies in this DigiKit. After cutting the butterflies I used my Cuttlebug to add some texture to the wings. This DigiKit is called This Year by Pamela Parr available HERE and the sentiment stamp HERE

Sending Smiles

These spring papers and elements are from Holly Brook Jones called Waiting For Spring. I enlarged the butterflies, cut them out, stamped some text on them, distressed the wings and added some faux stitching with a white gel pen available HERE.

Big City

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These digi papers from Vinnie Pearce called Art Papers are so dramatic and I think they are perfect for a masculine card. This particular paper looks like a city scape to me so I paired it with a Hero Arts stamp called Cityscape. I used pop dots for one of the buildings and added Glossy Accents to make the windows look realistic. DigiKit available HERE and the stamp HERE

3/13/10

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge and SRM Sticker Challenge with a Great Prize

Hi Everyone,
It's Saturday (yay!) and time for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge and honestly.... I really do love their sketches.  Please visit their blog to get more info and to link up your card.


 Hell0

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This stamp is one of Hero Arts new wood stamps and I didn’t love it but, purchased the stamp any way. Now that I have used it and colored it I LOVE IT! First  I colored the background with blue (Boo) and scribble colored the flowers (RV06)with abandon because I knew I would be adding cut flowers on top . I just need to stay in the lines but, didn’t need to color perfectly or evenly (I added some distress ink in the center of the flowers to insure that there isn't any white peeking out). Then I stamped the flowers again and cut on the inner flower (not following the outside edges of the flower) . I pulled out some ranger inks and distressed the flowers for my color and curled up the edges of the flowers. The orange paper is Poppy from HA and I stamped the feather grass with Poppy chalk ink before adding my stitching and layers.

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Hero Art Stamps: S5317  Large Fine Flowers and CL282  Feather Grass. Poppy Paper and Poppy Chalk Ink
Ranger: Rusty Hinge, Firebrick Red & Worn Lipstick

Just wanted to let you know that  SRM Stickers  March Challenge is now underway! Did you know that you can win a SRM Stickers Prize Package and May Guest Designer spot! You have until March 31st at Midnight, PST to play! HERE are the details.
Have a great weekend! Hugs,Kathy

3/11/10

Where Does the Time Go??

Time is just flying by and I can't seem to get a handle on my schedule. Before I know it another week is gone. I love this big clock from Hero Arts and it was perfect for a belated 50th male Birthday Card. I hope your week went well...yikes tomorrow is Friday already. Hugs,Kathy

 LIve in the moment

Hero Arts: Sentiment from #CL388 “Cuckoo, S5154 3 Ferns, Big Clock #CL 166, Time to stamp background cling #CL388, Latte Chalk Ink and Latte Note Card.
Ranger Distress Ink: Walnut, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Broken China & Tim Holtz clock parts

Just another Birthday card . The stamp is from MFT
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3/8/10

More DigiKits From Two Peas and Hero Arts

The papers for this card are from a  DigiKit is called "My Sister- My Friend" by Vinnie Pearce available HERE .These  papers are perfect with Hero Arts Oceans of Joy fish stamps. I just love the soft color palette and the scallop paper reminds me of the Rainbow Fish childrens book. I highlighted the fish with Stickles to get some sparkle like in the story book.I just love childrens story books. What's your favorite? I love the "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" series.

Birthday Fishes

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Hero Arts Oceans of Joy (#372),Copic Markers and Ranger Icicle Stickles. 

50th Birthday

For this kit the details are HERE . The papers are prefect for a masculine 50th Birthday card. The stamps are Hero Arts“Wonderful Birthday” Clear set. The “Birthday” sentiment  at the bottom was just the touch I needed and it's from SRM Stickers . Have a great night! Hugs,Kathy

Printing Digi Images so they won't smear

The challenge this week is to make a card with a scene and the prize is a
Squiggefly image. Here is Squigglefly’s BLOG” with all the details and here is  Squigglefly’s Digi image “Flower Set” that I used to create my scene. In the spring and summer I love to watch the butteries buzz around the  flowers and I think we are all anxious for warm weather.

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The critters are from Hero Arts #CL261

I tried something new when I printed this digi image. Usually I am very careful when coloring around the lines so the ink won't smear.  This time I prepared my area with my clear embossing powder

before printing. Immediatley after printing the image I quickly poured on the clear emossing power ON the image to emboss it. After heat setting embossing powder I could color with abondon! I was thrilled how well this worked so I encourage you to give it a try.

Now to announce the winner of my last little giveaway is

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I'll send you an email.
Have a great week! Hugs,Kathy

3/7/10

So Many Challenges So Little Time

Lately I haven’t had time for to many challenges so it was fun to pile all these challenges together. I designed these two cards for Lucy’s challenge here  and this is the card of Jennifer McGuire’s that I loved and was so inspired by here. I created a pretty sky background with clouds and had my grass cut but, it was just to much for my flower. So this is the end result. For the pattern on the flower I used the Starburst LACE stamp on top of the flower and the leaves. To add color I used distress ink and on the big card some Copic markers. I’m also entering these cards in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog here , Moxie Fab World Lace challenge here and Hero Arts Spring challenge here.

 Starburst Lace Flower

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Sweetie


 Supplies: Hero Arts: CL374 Big & Small Flowers, S5317 Starburst Lace, F5170 Bouquet Bear, C4920 Sweetie, Hero Hues Carnation paper.
Ranger Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Firebrick Red, Lettuce
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This is the most challenges I have entered at one time. I hope you are having a terriffic weekend. The sun is shining here and my DD and I spend some time together today shopping. Isn't that what all teenager daughters want to do?
Ahhh...almost forgot the winner tomorrow night. Hugs,Kathy

3/6/10

The Sweet Shop

Hello my friends in blog land. I am so excited to share with you that I was invited to be a guest designer this month at "The Sweet Shop". The Sweet Shop is a challenge blog that provides you with a sketch challenge and some "sweet inspiration".  I hope you will visit their  BLOG and see how creative their team of designers are! I really enjoyed working with this sketch and I'm going to keep it on hand because I find sketches to be a great starting point.


 

Think Spring or Summer

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To print on the sun I typed my sentiment in "word" and printed  it out on regular copy paper to test the font size etc. Once you have the desired size all you have to do is tape your image (my sun) to the paper on top of the printed word and presto. Works like a charm every time.

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I love working with these Hero Arts dolls. If you take a look at her kimono here you will see that I made some changes. I took the small flower stamp and created a patterned kimono instead. The sash is altered as well and it was so easy, all I did was layer three thin ribbons and taped them to the back of the kimono. For the hair I like to cut it so it flips up and then glue on top of one of the two images that I stamped.

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 For the sand I tore some cork paper gently and for the sky I distressed white paper with Ranger distress ink in Faded Jeans. I wanted to use the umbrella as a little raft for the cat in the ocean. To create the waves I stamped on a strip of paper that I punched out with a Fiscars punch. I wanted the water to look fluid so I glued the sides of the punched strip and created a buckle in the paper so it resemble a wave then I inserted the umbrella with the cat. 

Supplies: Hero Arts Stamps
CL373 Good Fortune Clear Stamp Set, S5101 Raindrop Background (dots), 
S5106 Bold Flourish (on waves) , CL270 The Sky's The Limit (sun)
Ranger Distress Inks: Firebrick Red, Faded Jeans and Spiced Marmalade
Copic Markers:


Sunday I'll announce the winner for my little Hero Arts prize. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and THANK YOU SO MUCH for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment and if you don't that's ok I'm just happy you stopped by :) .
Hugs, Kathy

3/3/10

CARD for Kids for Jennifer McGuire's Card Drive

Just sharing a batch of cards for Jennifer McGuire's card drive and don't forget there are prizes. HERE are the details. I promise I'm fighting for some time to get to all your blogs. Just a few more commitments for the week then I am a free woman :) Now for the cards

Hello
HI
DigiKit by Jen Martakis called Robots available HERE.


Life is...
Thinking of You
This paper is from this kit HERE and the image is HERE .

Just Saying Hello

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Inspired by Jennifer McGuire :)

DigiKit from Vinnie Pearce click HERE for the details. The sentiment is from Hero Arts CG 132 Message Cling Set.
Thanks for stopping by I really appreciate it. Hugs,Kathy

2/27/10

HERO ARTS BIG GIVAWAY

 

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HERO ARTS is almost at 30,000 entries in their Flickr group and they are having a giveaway with their new absolutely beautiful wood block stamps so I just had to enter. I have no business posting right now. I should be on the treadmill and to much to do today :( I hope you all have a great weekend planned and I can't believe that the Olympics are over Sunday. Hugs, Kathy
Sorry for the bad photos :)

2/26/10

Mini Cards Extreme at SRM Stickers

and I mean extreme. Please go check them out ...you will be delighted...you will be inspired..I promise. I hope that SRM Stickers Blog will be or is one of  your regular blog stops!

Here is the mini set I created for them using a  "Thinking of You" sticker sheet and Hero Arts Starburst Lace stamp with their new Mango dye ink.

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and this was a quick card I need to make for a Birthday and I used an SRM sticker from the "Birthday" sheet. Now don't forget you can buy these on line and it's super easy.

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and a card for the Birthday girls brother.

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The image is from the Greeting Farm and some left over digi paper from Sugar Pop at Two Peas.
Sorry this is super fast ... have a terrific weekend. Hugs,Kathy

2/24/10

Squigglefly's Challenge and a Two Peas DigiKit

Sorry I’m late with this post to tell you about  Squigglefly’s Challenge this week. It’s a sketch challenge and it’s so easy to apply to any card for any occasion. I used a one of the many fun and beautiful digi images from Squigglefly and this lamp and sentiment is by Nina Brackett . The beautiful paper is from this DigiKit - Glitterati: Diva by Betsy Tuma available Here .

You are my light

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Hero Hues lavender Dye, CG123 Flower Wallpaper, Milled Lavender by Ranger
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I used this Hero Arts stamp on the lamp shade and the background to create a wall paper effect.
The week is almost over and I wonder where does the time go. I have some projects that I'm working on so I miss checking out what's happening in my blog world. I hope it's been a good week so far for you.
Hugs,Kathy

2/20/10

TWO Announcements and a Sketch from Card patterns

Jennifer McGuire is at it again. If you aren't familiar with what she's doing I encourage you to check out her blog. Jennifer just announced  the details of her next Cards for Kids round...
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All of the children are the same as the first round, but she has added two more (so far).  The next shipping deadline is March 31 and she has GREAT NEW prizes! I can tell you first hand how much these cards mean to these families so if you have a minute please make a card. A small and simple card is so incredibly meaningful to the kids and their families.


Guess what???!!!! SRM stickers in now ONLINE and it’s so easy to  click and shop and if you want to see what you can do with stickers check out SRM Sticker's Blog

Now how about some card making? Below you will find Card Patterns Sketch #52.   I'm a person who likes to follow the rules so with this sketch my right and left brain were fighting.  I ended up making THREE  cards based on the sketch and let them choose which one they wanted to use. If you leave a comment which one is your favorite I'll pick a random person and mail a surprise to you. 


CARD 1:  "Reverse Tie Dye Flowers"
I colored these flowers when we were on vacation so it was nice to have one element of the card to start with however ......the layout  took some time because my left and right brain were competing with each other. I love the result of the distress inks on the Nestabilities. I was tempted to add dots on the flowers but, decided not to.


Reverse Tie Dye Flowers

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Supplies: Hero Arts Cl377 BE Happy, CL260 Curly Alphabet, CG119 Flourish Background
BO Bunny paper, Ranger Worn Lipstick and Spiced Maralade


   CARD 2:  "I Donut Know"
I was itching to use this coffee cup stamp and I knew that I wanted to stamp a pattern on the cup and color away. When I first saw this stamp I had the desire to sew or quilt the cup holder. I ended up using my sewing machine for this.
 

I Donut know...


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 Supplies: Hero Arts Cl403 Have a Donut, K5332 Cup of Coffee, K5333 Rectangular Doily,CG147 Floating Blossoms (pattern on coffee cup) Hero Hues Paper, Copic Markers G14, YG03,YR04,YR61,BG05,BOO,B02,BG49


CARD 3:  "BFF"
This card is my mom's favorite and I created this with This DigiKit by Stacy Marks called Text me.
BFF

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Hero Arts: CG167 Happy Girls, LP143 A Little Note (sentiment) 

THANKS FOR YOUR VOTE I'm really wondering which card will be your favorite. What do you have planned this weekend? I'm hoping to go blogging but, I have a big project to work on so I hope time permits. I hope it's a good one for you! Hugs, Kathy 
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