You make me smile :)

Hello Friends, How are you all? I took several days off from blogging & creating because I went to Vegas to celebrate a friends 50th B.D. It was fun & great to be with a group of fun gals but, I was happy to get back home. Vegas is so crowed with either tourists or scantly clad ladies that it was somewhat disturbing to me. We saw "The Beetles, Love". Here you can see the trailer. The costumes and props had me mesmerized and so inspired. As you might imagine it was awesome!!

With that said I am late to post my card for Simon Says Challenge Blog's newest challenge.... sorry about that. 
You make me smile
To create this card I used the new Spellbinders called "Wonky Rectangles" and I have another card on the drawing board with this "die". It's one of my fast favorites. To create the frame you just load up your cutting machine with two of the dies and roll it through your machine. I like to use the walnut distress ink to give it some more dimension once the wonky triangle is cut out. For this application a dauber will make the job much easier. ( I use one for each color) here is a tip how I have organized mine if you are interested in that sort of thing :)


I don't use patterned paper that much but, when I find some as beautiful as this Basic Grey paper it's a keeper. I colored this beautiful image"Pansy Bunny" with the Copics listed below. This sentiment works with any image and I find myself reaching for it a lot. Take a close look at the white lines in the leaves. Some house plants have these white lines so I decided to add them to my leaves with the only gel pen that works consistently!  When I was finished coloring I used a dab of Glossy Accents (w/ the NEW small bottle) and mixed some ultra fine flower soft in brown and orange. This ribbon has the perfect size of the dots than any other ribbon I have seen. Here is another card I created with that same ribbon. If you are wondering where I got this bright yellow button here you go..I was so happy when I found them. I did use some walnut distress ink in several areas on my card. Let me know if you have any questions and Thank YOU for coming by my blog again. Hugs, Kathy



2011 Spring Catalog

Hello Friends, Today I thought that I would share a quick close up of the Penny Black catalog in case have only seen this on line. This is the cover that I created for Penny Black's last catalog. Pretty exciting for me!! 


It really looks different without the title etc. I loaded the cover up with lots of different stamps. (I'll link them at the bottom of this post.)

Do you recognize the "City Scape" stamp? I blew it up super big and then stamped all over it. This cover card measures 8.5 x 11.

If you know of any brides this spring or summer some of these stamps makes the perfect wedding themed card.
Are you one of those shoe people?? Can you tell what brand of designer shoes on the right I colored?
Isn't this pooch the sweetest little thing??

In this photo you really can see the background stamps on the building and grass.

If you draw fine lines with a micro marker (listed in supplies) you can really add some design and texture to your images as I did on the blazer.  The wedding dress is two layers of vellum. I used this technique.

I hope your week is off to a good start and thank you for stopping by. Hugs,Kathy


TWO cards for Lily Pad's GRAND Opening

Hello Friends, Today is April 1 which means many things. It's "Lily Pad's" GRAND OPENING ( & last blog hop), MY STEP MOMS BIRTHDAY (happy B.D. Rachel... I love you! ) and it's APRIL FOOLS DAY!!

I have two cards today to welcome you to "Lily Pad" and invite you to discover many exciting things that Lily Pad will be bringing to your desk top. I hope you have had time to check them out and I must ask you this.... Did you check out the prize packages? Time is running out here for the details. If you are a Penny Black fan you will find lots of Penny Black stamps in Lily's Pad's prize packages. Also ......each day on the Penny Black blog you will find prizes all week here.

Do you remember the welcome wagon? I just loved this hedgehog with the cart. Here is an Easter card I made with this same hedgehog. The idea was to create a little flower shop of sorts to fill the cart with flowers.
I  cut off the egg from this stamp and add some flowers from this set.The flowers in the wagon are from the planter on the right of the card. I stamped the bowl twice and used the second one to elevate the base for more height.

I LOVE this new grass stamp from Penny Black. See the pattern on the awning? I used this grass stamp for some geometric lines on my awning then colored it with markers. Almost any stamp can be use for a background. (Sounds like a good challenge eh?) The awning was created with the NEW Spellbinder "Banners Basic 1" A friend of mine, Nina,  designed these banners and I am in love with the possibilities of them! It won't be long and Simon Says Stamp will have them in their store here.

Now for my second card. If you don't know...Inlinkz is how I link all of my products at the bottom of each post. If you click on the thumbnails you will be taken directly to a store where you can purchase it or check out more details on the products that I have used in each post.

Lily Pad
 Notice the friendly happy frog that's Inlinkz's mascot of sorts. I gave him some open eye balls with my new favorite enamel from Ranger. First I used a blob of white and waited for it to dry and then added a black blob on top of the white. It look so cool in person. For the background I punched some clouds  (see supply list below) and airbrused over the punched clouds. Then I removed the clouds ( cause they became blue and I wanted them to be white.  I will have some blue clouds for another project in the future. (Distress ink will accomplish a similar look.) I also used the grass stamp from Penny Black again in this card.

Lily Pad

I am so proud of Vicky and Deborah and what they have created with Lily Pad. I admire you both so much and I look forward to each post. Have a great weekend everyone. Any sneaky plans to fool someone?? I would love to hear what you might have up your sleve. Have a happy weekend!
Hugs, Kathy

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