Card Patterns is being sponsored by Hero Arts adn a Giveaway

So this is my take on the sketch.

 (this photo is uploaded from Flickr)

 and this photo is uploaded from my Mac. I'm trying to decided if I should skip the extra step of uploading my photos from Flickr (a photo sharing web site)  and if the extra clarity is worth it. Can you tell the difference?


Now for the card details. This yummy paper is from a DigiKit from Betsy Tuma and you can purchase it HERE.

Here is one more card to see compare before you leave your comment. I will pick a winner next Tuesday.

This photo is from Flickr

and this one if from my Mac...what do you think???

This DigiKit is from Betsy Tuma again available HERE and below is another card from the same DigiKit.

I am anxious to hear what you have to say. Have a great day! Hugs,Kathy


Just to explain

Hello Again, I have to pop in real quick to explain how I created these hot air balloons. I used the hot air balloon stamp from The Greeting Farm. Here  is there store but, I couldn't find the stamp and I hope it's still available. I made a card with it last summer and it's one of my favorites stamps. Since my scanner isn't working I used a projector to enlarge it in three different sizes.

I chose my colors according to the refills that I had available for my Copic markers. When coloring large areas it's a good idea to think ahead so you don't run out of ink. I have had this happen too many times. I added the faux stitching with a black gel pen and used back embroidery floss for the strings. I used to love to eat "Chicken in a Basket" crackers they are so yummy and I think of that when I look at the chicken....except mine have white dots. I was so scared to go up in this balloon and it was incredibly quiet being so high in the sky...yes I am very afraid of heights and having the fire above your head didn't help!! Did you know before you take one of these rides you lay down in the basket on top of everyone then the balloon pops up once it fills with the hot air from the torch. It was a great experiece but, to dangerous for me to do again. Have a great week. Hugs,Kathy
If you want to vote the links are below. Thanks sooooo mucho if you have :)


The Greeting Farm Battle Week #3

If you haven't heard by now The Greeting Farm is hosting The American Idol of card making....that's my way to describe it. You have a team, a challenge and then everyone votes to bring you through to the next battle. Leaving a comment counts as your vote . The lovely Fika and Deirdre are my team members and we named ourselves "The Dream Team" . Dee make an awesome card for the first challenge and it took us to week two with amazing retro card.

Then Fika had the next challenge which was to make a easel card and this stunner took us to Battle #3

and now this is my entry for Battle Number THREE.....So if you are interested in seeing the other entries click  HERE for Battle Number THREE.

The  link to vote for this in the gallery HERE but, beware you have to register and if you comment that's your vote. The competition is stiff so we would love for you go and vote for your favorite top 3. Hopefully you will like ours best. Have a great week and as they say "let the battle begin"


SRM's First Blog Hop and some PRIZES!!

Hello Friends,
Welcome to  SRM stickers Spring Break Blog Hop !! You still have time to complete the hop and have a chance to win some SRM sticker packages!!  To start, please visit   SRM Stickers BLOG for today’s blog order. I was excited to create a project using SRM Mother's Day stickers. I love using these stickers because I find  that I have a starting point and I save time as well. For these two cards I used these stickers  HERE.


and the inside


When I read the sentiment  from my sticker sheet that said,"The mother is the heart of the home" I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

 Here is the sentiment that I drew my inspiration from. I put it on the inside in here...

If you want more details on how to make the house card you can find it in this post 

Your next stop  Carole's blog. I love her her blog and her creations. Don’t forget to return to SRM to leave a comment. Random winners will be chosen from each day’s comments. 
Have fun and thanks for stopping by. Happy Weekend! Hugs, Kathy 


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)
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