Tim Holtz new die .... love it

Hello Friends, How are things going? Did you have a nice weekend?
When I saw this new "Bigz Die" from Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix I knew I had to have it. Below you will see 17 reasons why. First, how about the card?

Just for You
I stamped my all purpose,  favorite background from Penny Black on the die & colored it with Copic markers. I added Glossy Accents to the wood and finished it off with an antique pin and button. The white trim on the card is from my doily stash. The sentiment is an SRM sticker.

Just for You

Now you will see why I had to have this die. These were created for centerpieces on the tables at my daughters Bat Mitzvah. In total there were 17 dress forms. The front & the backs were "painted" so that makes 34 designs. To this day I can't believe that I did this with some of my daughters help.
We sold each one at the party and donated the money to a local shelter. Each image was designed from mostly logos, printed on a transparency then blown up on a projector.

 Every one has some glitter on each side to add that shimmer. EACH one was drawn by hand by me. I used Sharpie markers to color the designs.

Here are a few favorites. This pattern was on one of my daughters Lily Pulitzer dress.

 This idea was inspired from a picture  hanging on the wall in the Betsey Johnson store.

This was designed from a Tory Burch shoe box. All of the blue is glitter. You should see how many colors of glitter I own!
Thanks for letting me share. Have a great week :) Hugs, Kathy

SUPPLIES for the card: just click on a link :)


Peppermint Polly

Hello Friends, Have you seen the new "Touch of Whimsy" catalog yet? All of the stamps are so fun, beautiful and exciting! You can check them out here


I will share the supplies later. The white boarder is from Spellbinders lace and will link it next post.


I was anxious to share "peppermint polly" so this is a super quick post. I hope your day is full of smiles. Hugs, Kathy


Catching up .....

Hello Friends, I hope you had a wonderful Easter or Passover and some good weather too.
Hello Friend
I wish I could say that I have been busy in the kitchen cooking up some yummy goodies.

Hello Friend
I finally had some time to color during our spring break and tonight I was determined to sit and finish a card for my sanity! It has been a log two weeks & I am so behind on emails. Cleaning, more cleaning and  more organizing is what has been occupying all of my time. Please accept my apologies if I oew you an email I promise to catch up in the next two days. 

Hello Friend

This digipaper from Jen Martakis was the perfect "wallpaper" for my little kitchen scene. I added some chocolate frosting to the inside of the bowl & drew some eyelashes on her eyes. Mimi's hair is is that new look where half of your hair on the bottom is blonder. I will list the supplies below.
By the way....have you seen the new Penny Black " Touch of Wimsey" catalog. You can download it here.  Have a great week and thanks for your patience! Hugs, Kathy



Hello Friends,  Just a quick share today with a stamp that I love ..... especially the grass !

Home Sweet Home

I don't think I could cut this grass without these scissors.

Home Sweet Home

Here are two cards I created with the grass and here too. The white paper is 140 LB from my local art store. The beautiful green papers you can see here. The sentiment strip is from this Spellbinder die.
Thank you for visiting me I really appreciate it and I hope your Easter is a special day. Hugs, Kathy


It's that time again .........

Hello Friends, How are you today??
Love & Kisses
Since my last post I have been a mad women cleaning our storage room & craft room. When I come up for air I will take some photos of my studio?
So what do you say? Are you up for some blog candy??

This photo represents how versatile Penny Black Stamps are. Such a wonderful variety!!

This card was created with Tombow markers, SRM sticker and distress ink. The image is called "Butterfly Suite" & the papers are Penny Black mix and match. I added some flower soft to the flowers centers.

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Option 1. ADD the photo TO YOUR blog sidebar linking it back to my blog....right here.  Once posted on your blog or in Flickr or Facebook about this giveaway you must put your name on the Inlinkz list with your blog address or email.  ............ OR ..............

Option 2: You can omit option 1. and sign up to follow me if you don't already but, YOU MUST PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST BELOW THIS POST :)  Contest ends May 17th


Tie The Knot

Hello Friends, How are you today? I'm pretty excited Friday is just around the bend. Do you have any friends or family that are ready to Tie the Knot or just getting hitched?? This is the last day of my blooming flowers week on the Penny Black Blog and I want to leave you with two response cards that I have to send back to the bride & groom.

Resonse card

I have been adding something to response cards as long as I can remember. This one is so beautiful it took me awhile to decide what to color/stamp on it. The paper is like butter and the weight is so substantial!This had to be special because I have been lucky enough to watch this bride to be grow from a young teen into a beautiful woman. We are blessed to consider them part of our family.

Resonse card
I dotted the centers of the flowers with a glue pen and sprinkled it with "Earth" Ultra Fine Flower Soft. ( See the supply list at the bottom) Colored with Copics

My neighbor asked me to jazz this one up. It was a clean slate and the paper had an entirely different feel to it. This one required a background stamp in addition to the flower.

This application of flower soft is a bit different. Apply the Glossy Accents then pour on some Ultra Fine flower soft.

I'm going to try and turn in early tonight. Enjoy your day :) Hugs, Kathy
P.S. If I owe you an email I plan on catching up this weekend. Thanks for your patience.



It's still blooming on day three again :) I have to say thanks for all of your support this week. Before we get started I thought I would let you all know that I am stepping down from Simon Says Stamp Challenge's  DT. I loved working with everyone and they made me feel so welcome and at home right from the beginning. I have been feeling so stressed so I felt simplifying my commitments would be the best thing for me. A big thanks to Simon Says for the opportunity to work with them & their amazing design team. Did you know that Simon Says STAMP SUPER STORE has great international shipping with great prices. Check it out here.
Mother's Day
Mother's Day in the U.S. is around the corner so I though some happy art would be a good gift for my mother. This box frame I purchased a while ago on sale waiting for the perfect stamped image.
Mother's Day

The background was created the same way as I did on my "batik" cards yesterday. The flowers were colored with the same technique as I did on Monday.

Mother's Day

What's great about this flower image from Penny Black called "Sparkle" is that the shading is already done for you.

The Ultra Fine Flower soft was applied a little differently than I did on the flowers on Monday.
If you look closely the centers look like a honey comb and I didn't want to cover that up . I used a glue pen and dotted only certain areas then sprinkled the flower soft on.

I thought this photo might be helpful.

After stamping I added more shading with some Copic markers.

I use this Sharpie marker daily and you can find it anywhere locally. These flowers are super easy to outline & it really makes the flowers pop.

I'll be back tomorrow for my last card. See you then. Hugs, Kathy
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