My last assignment from SRM stickers

Hello Friends,
Posting this card comes with some sadness because my one year term with SRM stickers has expired. You can find their new DT announcement on SRM's blog here. Don't worry I will certainly continue to create cards with their products because I really do LOVE my SRM stickers and for many reasons. Working with Susan, Jenyfur and the DT at SRM was such a wonderful experience that I really cherished!! If you don't already "follow" SRM you just might want to so you don't miss a thing. The new team is amazing and will be sure to inspire you.

This is a simple card for my son's Birthday on 2/5. I can't believe that I have a son that is going to be NINETEEN years old! Yikes :)
Working with felt in the winter is warm & cozy and the best part is the felt cuts easily with my Cuttlebug.
The button is from an antique store and you can find the stickers here.  I'll be back with two monochromatic cards tomorrow that I am excited to share with you. See you then! Hugs, Kathy


Is it to early to think spring?

Hello Friends, Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my Ranger color chart in my last post! I'm one lucky gal for you to take time from your busy day to leave a comment *thank YOU*
I was in the mood to make card reminiscent of spring. It's so cold here and the forecasters are predicting snow. When I colored this butterfly with green copic markers I didn't blend the colors like I usually do. Instead if you look close you will see I colored a line of dark, a line of the medium color and next to that a lighter color. If you feel like you don't blend colors well I think this is a nice solution. I do like the effect.

This butterfly is such a great size and I love how dramatic the wings are. Both stamps are from Penny Black and you will find them in the supply list at the bottom of my post.  

Now for some news. Do you have an iphone? There is a really cool app from CCS stamps that I actually have on my phone and love it. Through sponsorship with Caardvarks I designed a card for the app that can only be seen on the app and will be featured on Jan 18th. Here is the link for the app. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Kathy



Color Chart - Ranger Distress Inks

Hello friends, I am so excited to share my RANGER COLOR CHART with you today that I created for the Penny Black Blog. Jenyfur asked us to create "anything but, a card" so this is what I came up with.
Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks
If you scroll down you will see a photo of all my inks, daubers and my OLD color charts. What I love about this new color chart is:

1. I can see how the colors look distressed (on the small labels)
2. I can see how the colors look inked (I used a text stamp on the label)
3. I can see how the colors look fully colored (the butterfly wings)

Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks

I also added white dots (with a gel pen) before I used the distress ink so they take on the color of the inks.
If you click here you can download a PDF file to print labels for your inks.

This canvas measures 9x12 inches.
Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks

These butterflies were the perfect image to get the job done and I love how it looks on my wall.

Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks
Using daubers for small areas makes your life soooo much easier. If you make it to the end of this post you will notice I organized my daubers too. The dauber organizer I purchased from my favorite store Angela's Happy Stamper !

Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks
This is how I started with lots of butterflies. They traveled all the way to Aruba with us for some family time.  If you break down a large project into smaller ones it's easy to get the task completed and to enjoy the process. (There are 33 distressed butterflies)

Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks

I used a small "Labels 8" to show the text stamping and the distressing on the edges. I did ONE color grouping at a time. Start by writing the ink colors first, then start stamping and distressing. I suggest you begin with the lighter colors first and don't forget to clean your craft mat after each color so you don't have any mixing of colors.

Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks

As I finished each grouping I displayed them on the bottom of a tray or a cookie sheet so I could plan how I wanted them to layout on my canvas. (As I complete each color I lined up my daubers by color.)

My wall is blue so I decided to use a beautiful orange for the background. Claudine Hellmuth's studio paint is like butter and comes in gorgeous colors. The best part is the paint covers so well I only needed one coat of paint.
To glue your labels and butterflies glossy accents is a must.
Color Chart for Ranger Distress Inks

Please email me if you have any questions. As always thank you so much for popping by! Hugs, Kathy

Supplies:just click on the links to see them larger


Happy New Year !!!

Hello ... Hello my friends and a Happy New Year to YOU!! I have been thinking about this first post and just the right things to say to you but, I am much better at coloring than communicating. I hope your  new year is off to a great start with some new beginnings and I wish for you only happiness.
Happy New Year
I also have to thank you for a year of wonderful support to me and my blog. It's your warm fuzzy comments is what keeps me coming back and creating more. So a BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!

Happy New Year

I just had to create another layer skirt for this fashion gal like I did in this post here. I layered "Labels 8" to create a double frame with dimensional foam. I stamped the sentiments with  aged mahogany on the outside of the frame and stitched the edge. The next layer is dry embossed. White dots for falling snow.

Happy New Year

I listed the copic colors below that I used on her face, arms and legs. For the skirt I used a different color distress ink for each layer then applied icicle stickles.
Stay tuned I have a color chart to share with you soon and a giveaway as well. Thanks again for a great year! Hugs, Kathy

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