a fall card for SRM

Hello Friends,
I hope you all had a lovely you have that wonderful crispness in the air that fall brings? Don't you just love fall? It's one of my favorite seasons.

I thought I would have time to get online to see what you all have been creating and I just didn't get one minute. Sooo sorry :( I really do love to see what you have been cooking out of the kitchen.


 This was a quick card because I colored the bird this summer so all I had to do was play with my paper colors and embossing folders. I decided to dot with a white jell pen only some of the scrolls on the embossing folder.


Here is one more card and this adorable images is from Tiffany Doodles and you can find it here.
If original squirrel image is holding a nice big acorn but, I added the SRM sentiment in his hands instead.


It's been a long day so I will close for now. I hope your week is off to a great start. Hugs,Kathy



Something new for me - Tombo Markers and some trusty SRM stickers

Good Luck!
Hello Friends, Did you get a pit in your stomach or leap for joy? Yup you read it right ....NO copics IN THIS POST. I finally had a moment to sit down and try something that I have been wanting to do for months. Before we get started I have to tell you I love this paper from bazzill. I LOVE IT the texture and it's great to spray with perfect pearls. SRM is featuring some great card designs with this versatile paper. I hope you can check it out.

Good Luck!

You can see the sheen on the flowers and on the bottom of the paper. I sprayed the blue card base, flowers and leaves with the perfect pearls. They have the prettiest sparkle and I love how the paper stood up to the heat gun. These flowers were cut after I stamped the flowers and colored them. Below I share how I did it.

Best Wishes
Here is another card I made with the exact same stamp, perfect pearls and Tomo markers. I am still getting used to these markers but, I was thrilled that I was able to get a nice water colored effect. The  photo below allows you to see the yummy perfect pearls.

Best Wishes

To begin you want to start with water color paper and stamp on the smoother side of the paper. I inked my stamp with VersaFine then embossed with superfine clear embossing powder. (all supplies listed below)


I am experimenting with these markers and picked up some rather dark colors to play with. I was determined to make them work. The colors weren't blending well so I soaked it with perfect pearls.


The colors were still not I soaked and literally drenched the paper some more. I took a brush to move some of the colors on the edges into the center and waited for it to dry. I look forward to learning more and will be happy to share any tips with you.

For the first card I did the same technique but, with the blue markers and lavender.

I have to give you all a big thanks for leaving such sweet warm comments all week! You won't see another post until Monday and I hope to visit your blogs this weekend. In the mean time have a great weekend. Hugs, Kathy


finally some new cards with a digi kit ........have you missed them

Hello Friends, I am baaaccckkkkk! I know ...eeek right. I have some fun fun digi paper and dynos to share with you. I  fell in love this digikit from Jen Martakis and it's a perfect pair for an SRM sticker!! I had so much fun playing with the images and all of these are for sweet Jennifer McGuire's Cards for Kids drive.

This one is my favorite out of the five.
I used  a light color copic marker to add a little shading to the image. I had to give her some toe nails and a fancy eye with tiny lashes.

 A big blob of glossy accents give the eye that little extra something.
 So easy to download and match all of these yummy papers with the delightful images.

 Just a tad of shading to this, toes and an eyelid. Dots are a must. Some of these dots are enamel.

When cutting a digital image I like to leave a little bit of white paper around the image. I think it helps the image pop off of patterned paper.


I gave this guy some big enamel dots along with the other stuff.

 This dyno had regular white dots mixed with the enamel white dots.
All right I hope you will be brave and give this digital stuff a try. You can design some speedy cards relatively quickly.  Have a great end of the week! Hugs, Kathy

Supplies: (just a quick click for more info)


Creating Backgrounds

Hello Friends, Welcome to another big post! This card was inspired by two of Penny Black designers that have been with PB for years and they both are so talented! I really encourage to you to visit their blogs if you haven't already! Here is Elizabeth Allen's BLOG and Angela Kennedy's BLOG. Angela is giving away one of her amazing pieces of art right now to one lucky blog reader.

  Layered Dress
All week Penny Black is bringing you tutorials with techniques on their blog.  If you missed Monday and Tuesday's I think you will want to make sure to see them. I would LOVE it if you could pop over. Here is the link :) Have you seen Penny Black's new web page? They are  giving a sneak peek for their NEW CATALOG and it's to die for!! Check it out here!!

Today I am sharing this technique on the blog at PBl. I want to show you how to create backgrounds easily with lots of depth. So grab your drink of choice and hang with me for a minute.You will also see how to create this layered skirt. The original stamp has ONE skirt.

Before we get started here is the inside.

Opps and I wanted to show you one more card with the same background giving you a different perspective.

I traced around the branches with any green marker. Add some stickles and bling and you are finished. For the background on the card base I stamped the same tree for a quick and easy card. It just gave it a little interest.

Once your image is stamped in memento ink you want add your background shading. For this I used a Copic maker Booo.  I put the  tip almost next to the black outline and flicked the color away from the line sort of like you are sweeping with a broom. You lay the broom down then push away lifting up the tip. (you could use a light blue pencil or watercolors)

Then you want to take the next color ( I used B000 or BOO)
All you do is trace around the image.

Distress the card base with tumbled glass distress ink. To apply use circular motions beginning with your distress tool on the craft mat. While using the circular motion continue pulling the distressing tool towards the center of the paper. Leave a little bit of the  middle white.

Now you want to do the same thing with broken china. When you are bringing the ink towards the center bring it not as far in as you did with the tumbled glass.

Repeat with faded jeans but, don't pull the color as far into the center. Wait for the ink to dry or use a heat gun that  you use for embossing.

Once dry add some faded jeans ink to the edges only. This time pick your paper off the mat and use the tool on the edges only. This is the final result. Your eye is naturally drawn to the center because it's lighter in color. Maker sure you are using FOAM and not felt on your distressing tool.

To create the layered skirt all you need to is stamp the skirt three times in memento ink.
Color with any red marker and add stickles using the black lines as your guide.

Before starting with the stickles you want to turn your bottle upside down and let all of the glitter float to the tip. When you open top squeeze the glitter on some scrap paper to make sure there isn't any air bubbles. Follow the lines of the skirt squeezing the bottle evenly and slowly while tracing the black lines in the skirt. Set aside to dry for  a few hours.

Color your image with any markers. See the smudge on the left by the bow you won't see it later.

If you use Copics on the tree take your colorless blender to remove some of the color for lights on the tree. I also added red soles on the shoes as see in the photo below.

Now here are a few things that I like to do on my cards but, it's not necessary at all. I  traced over the image with a fine tip black marker. You might notice I really outlined the bow on the dress and colored in the shoes. I also added a different yellow to the center circle of the star , and yellow to the "lights" on the tree.
Add some stickles inside the bow.

Again here are some more details to add but, not necessary. Add white dots to your card base and be sure to add a few on that smudge. Add glossy accents to the shoes, lights and star on the tree, and on some of the white dots. Faux stitching adds that little extra to this card.

Check to see if your glittery skirts are dry. Cut them out and take a marker along the edge of the skirts so you don't see any white paper edge. (make sure you leave as much of the top of the skirt as possible when you are cutting them out)

Before gluing bend the bottom of the skirt up a little (you will do this on all layers). Save your best skirt for the top and glue the bottom of the skirt first.  This photos shows the random glossy accents on the white dots and on the lights on the tree.
Place your second skirt on the image and then your last skirt. Layer your card and you are finished!

Walla!!  Oh goodness thanks for reading this post all the way to the end. This definitely took some time and I hope it was helpful. Don't forget that Penny Black will have a technique for you everyday this week. I'll be back tomorrow with 5 more cards!! Thanks soooo much for your support! Hugs,Kathy

Supplies: ( just click on the link for more details.)
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