A fun DigiKit

Hello Friends,
We just returned home and we were surprised to find the weather in Maryland much warmer than Florida. I do hope spring comes back. So much catching up to do now in blog land but wanted to post this two hybrid cards I made last week.


Love this DigiKit from Michelle Underwood called "Truly Appreciated" available HERE
Michelle Underwood never disappoints when she's introduces a new DigiKit. They are always full of colorful papers and awesome digi images. If you have 10% of imagination the sky is the limit.


 This DigiKit - Everywhere A Sign V.1 By Kerry Stewart is has so many different street signs and I can think of so many ways to use them. It's available HERE  and the Sentiment is from Hero Arts CL340 “Birthday Sayings”  Have a great week! Hugs, Kathy


Squigglefly's Challenge

this week is to make a card with a flap. They have provided this link to help you HERE. Squigglefly's blog is here.

                                                              This is the inside

This is how I cut the scalloped flap. 

I love these flowers from the Squigglefly store. I used Copic markers and added Glossy Accents to the creases and the center. I love the dew drop effect that I achieved. I hope you give this a try...I enjoyed making this more that I thought I would and I can't wait to  make some more.
Have a great week and I hope it's full of sunshine :)


Win-A-Day on the Blog Contest...IT's MY TURN

Hi Friends, Today is a BIG day and a very exciting day for me. I 'm praying this post is scheduled properly cause we are away on Spring Break and my last post for SRM stickers I messed up. Totally forgot to finish my last post. I wanted to tell you that SRM and Cosmo Cricket teamed up and what a lucky girl I was!! A few weeks a go there was a ring at the door and it was the post man with a pizza box. Come to find out it was a Cosmo Cricket box full of yummy papers, chip board and embellies... resembling a pizza cool is that. I really enjoyed working with their papers etc. I know everyone loves Cosmo Cricket and I do too. So if you missed the post please scroll down to check out the cards. 


I can't tell you how excited I am and how long I have been waiting for this day once I heard I was chosen and to be chosen by my stamping IDOL Jennifer is a huge thrill and honor plus a DREAM COME TRUE.  Thanks Jennifer for picking me to be featured on Hero Arts blog with you I can't express how unbelievable  this is...please pinch me....I admire Jennifer in so many ways...card making and card drives are just two of the many... what a ROCK STAR YOU ARE! Here is HERO ARTS Blog  so you can see how my cards inspired Jennifer (I hope) and what she created. I know it will be AMAZING cause what Jennifer touches turns to magic. While you are at it here is  Jennifer’s blog . Also as most of you know Hero Arts has been featuring amazing ladies all week that I really admire so I hope if you haven't seen their amazing and unbelievable cards please check them out on the Hero Arts Blog. It's pretty difficult to follow all of their cards this week. I comfort myself by saying that we all have different styles and I can't wait to get home and comment on all of there absolutely creative  and beautiful cards and the Hero Arts ARTISTS too!!!!! Just jaw dropping !! Below is the list as featured on the HA blog this week.

Monday: Vanessa Menhorn (vanessa.1978) and Nancy
Tuesday: Tracey Kuzniak (trace44) and Sally
Wednesday: Maria "Fika" Evelina (juicyflavor) and Lisa
Thursday: Jenn Biederman (scrapperjjb) and Shari
Friday: Alice Wertz (Aliceh83) and Tami 
and it's Saturday: Kathy Racoosin (crzy4stamps-Kathy) and Jennifer!!!!!!!

Now for the cards :) 

DIRECTIONS:  "Flower Power"

I used my Cuttlebug to cut the circle in my white and pink card stock. I stamped the flowers many times. To make the smaller flowers I cut them from INSIDE  the large flower and then all there is to do is enjoy and color. Add white dots with a gel pen to add some more detail and arrange around the circle you cut out. Adding pop dots to some of the flowers gives it some nice pop.

Supplies for "Flower Power"CL375  Big Flower Pattern
White Gel Pen

DIRECTIONS: "Live Richly"

I love this big mug and wanted to created some "fine china" cups that I like to collect. To create these I stamped the image two times. Cut the images into sections as seen below.


The body of the mug I retraced on white card stock and then stamped my pattern on the new plain mug. To give my mug a realistic look and lots of dimension (see photo#2)

I placed the image I traced on top of the other mug to create a pocket by slightly bending the paper mugs. You can put a tea bag here for a gift!! Now is a good time to color the tea or coffee and apply your Glossy Accents so you have plenty of dry time. If you are making two mugs when you are cutting the image cut off the handle and glue to the other side so the handles bump each other. To create the background I stamped random images on strips of paper and pieced them all together using Hero Hues paper and coordinating inks and sewed them with a machine. The lace doily is cut from the Nestabilities ovals and then I pierced them with a needle. I find a needle is really sharp so it goes quickly.

Supplies for "Live Richly"

CG164 The Big Cup
CL400 Exotic Decor
CL371 Essential Messages
All paper are Hero Hues and Inks
Nestabilities Big Scalloped Oval-Lg
Copic Markers

 I couldn't decide which photo so I'm showing them both :)

DIRECTIONS: "Home Sweet Home"
 First check out the stamp set this image is from...see how tiny it is...I just had to have it larger.

I loved this tiny house so I wanted to enlarge it with my scanner and that wasn't working. Fortunately I have a projector so I stamped the image on a transparency, placed it on my projector and enlarged it to desired size. (the overall size is 4"x5")
See photo 1...

I  loosely drew the enlarged image, cut the image into different pieces (photo #2)

then traced the cut pieces with a ruler to get some nice straight lines (photo #3)

Now I was set to have some fun. I have some Tim Holtz grunge paper so I retraced my new straight images onto the grunge board and cut them out and painted everything except the dormer white. I added texture by stamping the door with wood grain and the body of the house I put though my Cuttlebug. Color was added with distress inks as seen in the list of supplies. A little sanding in random places gave the house some more character and I glued it all down with Glossy Accents. For behind the windows I traced the outline of the house and drew where the windows would go. Added some scraps of stamped paper to serve as wall papers in the window squares that I just drew. Added lace to the back windows on the house. I  I added pop dots to the back of the house and placed on the outline of the house with the wallpaper. This gave the windows a realistic appearance and lots of depth so the "drapes" have space. 

Supplies for "Home Sweet Home"

CL389 MI Casa
CL288 Scallop Boarder
K5103 Woodgrain Circle
S5213 Dots and Flowers
Ranger Distress Inks: Chopped Sapphire, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hindge
Grunge Paper and lace

Thank you in advance for taking the time to leave me a comment on my big day. I can't tell you how much all this means and it's truly a thrill.  Only you all know what a great day this is and such an honor. My family and friends don't quite understand...and I think you may know what I mean right? Like Jennifer McGuire...she's a ROCK STAR! Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!
Thanks to you again Jennifer for making this day so special and choosing me.....and thanks to all my flickr and blogger friends for your constant support and inspiration. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for you all ! Thanks ...thanks...thanks and many hugs!!


SRM and Cosmo Cricket

SRM stickers: "Say It With Stickers Mini": Class of 2010 available HERE
Cosmo Cricket: Papers: Sunrise, Sunday Picnic, Strawberry Fields, Ribbon Sandwich , Apron Strings and  Ready Set Chip "Joy Ride" ,Cosmo Cricket "Tiny Type" stickers
                                                      Hero Arts: Big Clock #CL 166
                                                                   Glossy Accents



SRM stickers "Quick Cards" called "Happy"  Available HERE
                    Cosmo Cricket: Papers: Brunch, Sunrise, Bloomers and Joy Ride Chipboard and
Cosmo Cricket "Tiny Type" stickers



Happy Birthday Rachel ...this is for YOU!!

Today is my step mother's Birthday and she's 70 Years old. Rachel is an amazing woman and I couldn't ask for a better step mom! She's is beautiful inside and out so I had to create a special card for her.

To change the cupcake (there is hearts on it) I traced the outside of the cupcake and then stamped the flowers on top. I was looking for one of the creations that you see on the fancy cupcakes and cake shows. The butterfly is in the background of a stamp so I stamped it many times, colored them with Copic markers and applied Gloss Accents. I cut some of the wing to paste on the inside so when I bent them sideways you would see the top layer instead of the underside. I hope I'm making sense??

Here is an adorable picture of Rachel and my dad. Happy BIRTHDAY RACHEL. I love you!

CG157 Large Cupcake
CG124 Floating Flowers (stamped in Hero Hues Lavender Dye Ink)
CG119 Flourish Background Stamp (Ranger distress in "Storm" on this background)
CL158 Cupcakes (used the sentiment) (Clear Design stamps)
LP141 Together (small butterfly is from this woodblock set of 4 stamps)

K5358 Floral Scallop (on top of cupcake)


Caardvarks Challenge and a Birthday Card for Card Patterns Challenge


This is for the challenge at Caardvarks
Antique Engravings Cl383
Hero Hues Note Card


This Birthday Card is late and it's for a young boy so I reached for this clear set from Hero Arts (CL412 Prince Charming). I used some distress ink and Copic makers. If you need more specific details I would love for you to email me. I'm trying to wrap things up for Spring Break.

DigiKits Jen Martakis and a few more

 I love this DigiKit by Jen Martakis...the colors are soft and pretty and the kit has so many wonderful weather elements. Check it out HERE

 These little birds are so fun and they are from Wilna Furstenberg and it's available HERE

 This DigiKit is available  HERE and this particular kit is the full digikit. You can purchase the different genders separately.

 I needed to make a non gender baby card and I was delighted to see this DigiKit by Pamela Funk-Parr called Scrap originals with all these great baby elements. I decided to print the stork in black and white so I could color him and the baby blanket to make it a non gender baby blanket. The sentiment is from SRM stickers.

Have a great day. Many fun things coming up. Hugs,Kathy


My Last Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge as a Guest Designer

                                                                            Happy Thoughts                

It was a fun month joining The Sweet Stop designers and a big thanks to them for having me! This week I mixed the sketch up a bit and I used my sentiment as my focal point. I stamped the background and colored the flowers to match the new Hero Arts butterfly that's so much fun to color. I stamped the swirly frame with colored ink, colored the swirls and added some dots. Have a great weekend....spring break is here and we are trying to make a plan today to go possibly to Florida. Do you have any plans?

HERE is The Sweet Stop's blog to check out all the inspiration and enter their challenge. Hugs, Kathy

SUPPLIES FOR THE CARD:Hero Arts: CG123 Flower Wallpaper Background, S5179 Swirly Frame, E5388 Traditional Butterfly, F5398 Happy Thoughts, Hero Hues Mango Dye Ink, Ranger Marmalade Distress Ink
Copic Markers: R29 (red), YR68,Y38, Y15(yellows), YG06,YG11(greens)  adn R11 (pink)


Crystal Wilkerson DigiKits=Awesome

 Spring Break-Road Trip





For this card I was thrilled and honored to work with Crystal Wilkerson’s DigiKits. I love how these DigiKits are presented and the simplicity and flexibility of them all.  They are sold on HERE . The car is from  Oh Boy! Elements - Planes, Cars, & Trucks & the papers are called Oh Boy! Papers - The ABC's  and Oh Boy! Papers - Party Time Extras.

I’m was anxious to post this and I really  hope you like it. Usually I don’t keep my cards but, this one I will. I had so much fun with it. I have two more cards to finish with Jessica’s kits that I'm dying to complete. I hope you are having a good week and so happy this one is flying by. Hugs,Kathy

Stamps are from Hero Arts:
CL153 Happy Day Animals, CL261 Woodland Creatures, K5107 Screen Shadow(used on house) in Ranger Barn Door Distress Ink), CL389 Mia Casa (house and trees)
The perfect sentiments are from SRM Stickers “Sticker Sentiments” collection called “Birthday” available HERE .


Squigglefly News & Challenge, Card Patterns Challenge, Lucy's Challenge

SRM stickers is having a blog hop along with Get Sketchy and Scrap n' Art. HERE are all the details and to begin your hop. SRM will be giving away a BIG package of goodies. 

This is for Squigglefly's Challenge this week.

Squigglefly has some exciting news .They have a brand-new line to be released on March 27th called Inside-Outs!™

"These sets contain everything you need to make a card from, well, the inside out! Typically, they will contain two images and two sentiments, one of each to be used on the inside of the card, and one of each to be used on the outside of the card. It's everything you need to make a complete creation in one easy package!
To promote this new line, we're offering each of you a chance at a free Inside-Outs!™ pack. What's cooler than getting your hands on one of these awesome new sets for free?" For more info click HERE and HERE for this weeks challenge.

This is for the Card Patterns Sketch this week and I love the SRM sticker on the front. 

 Love to you



 Card Patterns Blog

Now for Lucy's challenge. This time it's "Keep It Simple" so I will enter both of these in her challenge.
The deet's are  HERE .  Have a great week! Hugs,Kathy


Another Sketch from The Sweet Stop

This week it's a sketch with a spin....add some that's a fun challenge.
HERE is the Sweet Stop's blog so you can check out their wonderful design team and what they did with this challenge.



I immediately took stock of my FUN FLOCK and found some bright yellow that would work perfect for my bunny ears. I stamped the ears in VersaMark, "embossed" with the Stamp& Bond (it's like a glue) after heat setting it then you add the fun flock (almost embossing it again but with the flocking) , shake off the excess and heat set it again. Yes, my studio has a soft light yellow dust all over with a spring like feeling.


 I must say after a long week I really enjoyed coloring this gal from The Greeting Farm. The background stamps on the card are from Hero Arts. The large "Easter"  and sentiment is from "Easter"set  at SRM stickers .

Here is another card made with the same sheet of stickers from SRM available HERE and their blog Here

Hippity Hop

I hope you have a spring like weekend. Hugs,Kathy
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