We have a winner

 I can't tell you how exciting I was to see number 18! I know her and think she's an amazing person. I even went to battle with her ( a big 4 week challenge) So let's congratulate Deirdre !! Yay!!

Look at my dog Max isn't he the sweetest? His little tongue  actually dries out and gets hard.
I'll be back with a card tomorrow for you and a big thanks for all of your sweet comments. I hope you day is good.  Hugs, Kathy


A Birthday Book - Caardvarks

Hello Friends,
If you are here to see my Caardvarks cards please scroll down to the next post...sorry :( It's a two post Monday.

This Birthday Book was created with one of SRM's blank calendars. Hop over to their BLOG you will see amazing calenders by the other DT. I  have trouble keeping track of everyone's Birthdays so I created a desk top calender rather than one to hang on the wall. I'll flip through each month to remind me who's birthday is on the horizon. Let's get started with the cover. This one measures  8x8 and other sizes are available here.  


It's worth spending a some time on this project because you will have it for a long time. I worked on it in segments so I really enjoyed the process.  The good news is I can use this year after year.



To begin you want to start with stamping all of your images and color them. Now is the best time to add glossy accents. Notice the  present and wand..they will be cut off.

Next step is to measure and cut all of the papers for the top and bottom of each month. I decided that the sewing was a must. Thankfully I enjoy sewing and I  paced myself.


I used two images for the cover and sometimes I like to cut a wig to give the hair  depth and flow. I stamped the bike on the grass so you would see the grass through the spokes instead of the white paper.


Take note of the fairy and the french lady :)


This Christmas image is my favorite. With a little altering she can be used for any season.

Thanks for stopping and for all of your sweet comments. Let me know if you have any questions. This is going to take some time to link all the supplies. I think today I will just do stickers and stamps. Have a great week! Hugs, Kathy

One last thing ...  if you are a Penny Black fan instead of  leaving a comment here can you jump over to the new Penny Black blog and leave some love there? Thanks :) 
Don't forget to check out my Caardvark post below. Sorry for the long post. 

Caardvarks is being sponsored

by Hero Arts. The challenge to to create a CASE card. So basically that means clean and simple.  You will be amazed what the crew did this week with these fun stamps. Check it out here.
To design  a taller tree I stamped the tree three times and layered them. I cut one of the large ornaments to make the pot that the tree is in.

I used distress ink to color the tree & stamped the snowflakes for the background.
For this card I wanted to tone down the usual Christmasy colors and give it  a softer look.

The leaves in this set can be used all year. I stamped the background and colored the images with light colored markers so if you mess up you can really tell. I love to add dot's on leaves. 

I used two shades of blue to highlight the leaves.

I had some much fun making the cards and thanks so much for stopping by. Blogger was giving me some trouble today so that's why things are a little off center. I hope your week will be a good one.
Hugs, Kathy

P.S. Five days left for my blog candy here 

Supplies: Copic markers, Hero Hues paper and the supplies listed below.


Penny Black Saturday Challenge Blog

I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest designer at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog HERE.
If you haven't been by their blog I can guarantee that you will be inspired!!  If you are visiting my blog for the first time...welcome! I am so glad to have you stop by! I was excited to participate with a sketch challenge this week at PBSC blog and I think it's such a lovely design.

I adore this transparent set called Betsy Bluebell and I wanted her on a cloud in the sky pouring the rain from her watering can onto the flowers. Well...this is what I ended up with and I hope you like it.


When it comes down to designing the card for the sketch I can't follow it exactly...I try really hard but, maybe something is wrong with me...... I find the same thing when I am using a recipe...I have to alter it in some way. Does this ever happen to you??


I just could not think of a pretty way to have water coming out of her little can. Below you can  see how she floats on the cloud within the circle in the "sky"? On the scalloped part I folded up the edges up a little for some more dimension.


For the card base and layering I just visited my scrap bin. For the blue card base I used the music note background stamp with broken china. With a light touch I added some of the same distress ink on the corners. Once I cut my grass strip I added some peeled paint. (All the supplies are listed below this post) I just sketched some free form clouds from white paper and used a black marker around the edges and stamped  with the music notes. The sentiment is a sticker which is easy to apply and something that doesn't have to be cleaned. Love that!
A  HUGE thanks to Kath and the design team for letting me play along with them this week! I feel so honored :)

By the way....  Did you notice another challenge besides this sketch from "Penny Black Saturday Challenge" here?  On the official  Penny Black's blog is their first ever challenge here. 
While I am on the topic of Penny Black you must check out Penny Black's Face Book here .... there are giveaways ALL WEEKEND!!!!  
Have a great weekend and thanks again. Hugs, Kathy 
P.S. There still is some time left to enter for my blog candy HERE


the new penny black blog is up and I have something for you

Win this to celebrate

Win this to celebrate

It's a great day! I am so happy to see the new Penny Black BLOG , the new FLICKR GROUP, and the new FACEBOOK PAGE. You can even sign up for TWITTER.
Please hop on over to the blog and give your support then you can add your name to the list below to win this adorable set of stamps. I hope you will be signing up for updates and all the fun. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Kathy


love this little school girl

Trick or Treat This was a speedy and fun card to make. Just grab some of your distress inks and white paper to play. Start by adding some dirty clouds with pumice can apply the clouds with some cotton or a rag. Add some broken china over top and all over the paper. Ink up the branch with the two greens below and stamp. I used the spider that was in the sentiment and drew a loop like he was put on the tree. Stamp your girl on white paper and on card base, color and cut out costume and hat. Add Glossy Accents to the spiders and place your sentiment down. Thank you all for your sweet anniversary wishes. They got me in the spirit and made my weekend. I'll be back soon. Hugs,Kathy P.S. Don't you love the way the supplies are all organized? In case you are wondering it will be available soon from inlinkz! So stayed tuned :)


Healing ....a journey

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We are celebrating our 20th anniversary tonight with family and friends and I should be getting ready but, just not in the moood. Does that ever happen to you?? I hope your weekend is everything wonderful. Hugs,Kathy


I will be teaching Penny Black Stamp Class at my local store

Stamping Class Cards Terrifying Spiders Happy Halloween


These are the cards that we will be re-creating in my first stamp class at our local stamp store. It's called "Angela's Happy Stamper" and it's a awesome place. Here is Angela's  web site and if you are in the area my class will be on Thursday, September 23 at 7pm. I have so many projects on the horizon so I apologize if I haven't visited your blogs. Thanks for the sweet comments :) Hugs, Kathy

P.S. I will have instructions for the cards that I will post after my class. Email me if you have a specific question. Thanks

Copic Markers:
Purples (V04, 06, 09) Oranges (Y38,YR04, YR09) Brown’s (E33, E35,) Skin white( E00)Grey’s (C3, C5, C7) Misc (B95, W00, RV10, black and a colorless blender)


Thank YOU and Simons Says Stamp Challenge

I have to say a big thanks to all of you for making  me feel very special with your wonderful, kind, warm words congratulating me on my Caardvarks DT news!!!  A big thanks to Alice, Andi, Andrea C., Annika, Arlene, Atticelf, Baby Bokchoy, Barb, Beckyjune, Christine, Christiana, Deana, Deirdre, Diane Jaquay, Donna Mikasa, Heather Maria, Hippy Chick, Jana, Jennifer, Jenny, Jill, Joey, Joy, Kath , Kathyk, Lin, Lucy, Maylee, Merry, Monique, Nancy, Nordicblogger, Petti, Sarah, Shirl, Simone, Sue McRae, Tiffany,TracyK., Tyggereye, Vanessa, Virginia and Wendy ten Hove !!!!!!! I can't thank you all enough and you taking the time to leave sweet comments really made my day big time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

I am running out of time to post the card before the challenge here goes. HERE are the details.



Can you tell it's a lace and pearl challenge? Off to post ...thanks again and again. Hugs,kathy


I am thrilled to say I am now a part of the Caardvarks Design Team ........... pinch me please

The design team at Caardvarks is a group of women who are so talented and they always been a big source of inspiration for me!! It was always a dream of mine to be on this team and to be included among these amazing ladies. Today my dream has come true and I just can't tell you how excited I am!!

Caardvarks is sponsored by Tiffany Doodles for this challenge in combination with two sketches by Heidi Van Laar. For my cards I used this digi "stamp" here .You can't beat the price and the versatility of these digi images.







 To begin with the first flower I re-sized the width and height of the image and colored with Copic markers.( you will find the  colors below this post.)
I printed the image again without changing the size. You can see I cut the large flower out from above and I will add it to the bouquet below to give one of the flowers more impact.  Did you notice the wide vase above...therefore the one flower I colored is much wider than the one below that are colored in the vase.

 I love how the super large flower looks on the smaller vase. After coloring the vase I covered the entire vase with Glossy Accents so it resembles glass.
To create the yellow background I used Mustard Seed distress ink on white paper and stamped with the same ink using a small stamp to create the pattern. It was easy and quick. For the "wood table" distress a white piece of paper in walnut,  then use  Tim Holtz's embossing folder and distressed the paper AGAIN with the walnut to add extra dimension to the embossed parts. Behind the yellow stamped paper is some blue stamped paper. I used Tumbled Glass to add  color to the paper, then stamped with Penny Black's text background in the same color. (my new go to the vintage petite font!)
Color two of the unused flower petals for leaves. I ended up cutting out entire vase with the flowers. I love how you can see the wall paper behind the vase. Layer your papers and pop dot large flower and you are finished.

I love Heidi Van Lear's sketches so I based my second card on her sketch.  The white paper is embossed with Tim Holtz damask by Sizzix. The blue paper started out being white and I used Tumbled Glass to color it and used PB's letter background to give it some pizzaz with a bit of Broken China and Antique Linen. Add some stitching and stamp your sentiment. I used a scrap strip of white paper and colored it with Mustard Seed (stamped with the letter background...again) and used the NEW EK punch that is amazing!! Love the big scallop. To add some white highlighting I used a white marker by Galazy and smeared immediately after coloring on the edges of the petals. Then added some of my white dots with a white gel pen. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Hugs, Kathy

COPIC colors card 1. BG000, BG01,BG05, BG07 (blues) G00, G02, YG03, YG63 (greens)
COPIC colors card 2. Y04, Y08,Y17,(yellows) YR04, YR09, (oranges) R17 (red)

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