"Baby Shower" for Heidi at Simon Says Stamp & a Giveaway

Hello Friends! Today's post is a fun one for me because Heidi's friends and I are throwing her a "Baby Shower" and to celebrate this special occasion I have a $25.00 gift certificate to Heidi's super store at Simon Says Stamp.

Baby Girl
Heidi is the President of Simon Says Stamp, she's adorable, so lovable and she just had a sweet baby Abby.  Jennifer, Nicole, Vicky and I all have cards to share with you to welcome Heidi's new addition to their family. Just click on their names below.

Lily Pad just did a wonderful interview of Heidi  here. I really enjoyed reading about how Simon Says Stamp was created and where the name came from etc.

If you are wondering how I created the "wall paper" background you can read about it in this post. Later this weekend I will have a  step by step photo tutorial on how I color my hedgehogs.

I hope that you all have a happy holiday with GOOD weather. There has been such horrific weather around the world that's just devastating and I hope that you have NOT been affected in any way. Have a great weekend and I am always grateful you take the time to stop by. Hugs, Kathy

JUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the list below &
WIN A $25.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the Simon Says Stamp Super Store.



Penny Black's "A Touch of Whimsy"

Hello Friends, What's new? Any plans for the upcoming holiday??
I thought I would share with you how I created the cover for "A Touch of Whimsy" catalog. I have to say I am so grateful for all of you because you can really understand the process and the work. When I share the catalog with family and friends they don't usually get it.

I wanted to create a little scene that extends from the front to the back cover. I wonder if any of you might have noticed this??

Excuse the bad photo but, it's easier to see how I created the path that's on the covers.
The octagons were cut with a Spellbinder die and placed down with re-positional tape.

I also drew a path on some copy paper and cut around my pencil lines. 

I colored the squares within the nested octagons with some marker. This would have been a good application for distress ink but, I wanted a softer browner look.

After airbrushing the sky and grass I removed the white octagons and colored under them with a grey Copic maker.

I felt the path still needed a little something especially since this was for a cover. I outlined the grey octagons with a darker grey and used a gel pen for some white pen accents as you can see below.

The mushrooms were enlarged from this stamp, colored with Copics, airbrushed and stamped with this and this background stamp.The yummy large dots are created with Enamel Accents.

The window and window frame were cut with a Spellbinder. The drapes were gathered with some thread. Just thread  through the lace then gather the lace for some soft gathers. I taped my drapes to the back of the mushroom.

This is a close up of the front cover before it's sent to Penny Black. I try to use as many stamps as possible without looking to busy.
I love this flower stamp so I thought I would share a few tips how I did this too.

After a quick wash of color with a Copic marker I added some highlights with an orange marker on the flower. The flower on the left illustrates how tracing your image with a marker can really make it stand out. The white gel pen never fails to add that little extra too.

It's super easy to add a window to any mushroom and a gem for the door knob.
 After I colored this red flower I added Enamel Accents then poured on some Glossy Accents on top. This really gave the flower center lots of depth and dimension.


I love adding thin lines with a Copic Multiliner as I did on her scarf & flower on her beret after I colored it.
Have you see the challenge this week on the Penny Black Blog ?
Thank YOU for letting me share what I did for this cover. I am lucky to have the support with YOU knowing what it takes. Thanks again I am so grateful. Hugs, Kathy



Questions answered & Winners

Hello Friends, I have a few questions that you all asked so I thought I would post them. I also have winners for you and a few links for Caylin's Cure. I hope you will have time just to stop by and maybe leave a sweet note for sweet Caylin. More about that later. :)

Question: How do you connect the die cut pieces to make an opening for the card? Do you glue them? Or put an extra sliver of paper at the top so it opens properly?" This is the card she was wondering about.
Answer: I cut the same shape for the back of the card and I score it about 1" from the top to create the fold when you open up the card. I attach the scored paper to the back of the card with two dots of Glossy Accents. ( I like to use Glossy Accents as my adhesive )
Question: I have had a few of you ask me if I will create more of my "Tuesday Tipsters"?
(you can them in my blog side bar)
Answer: I am thrilled that you like the "Tuesday Tipsters". I have been thinking about using some of the tutorials that I have put on my blog in this format so you can print it out. 
Question:  What ink did I use when I use Tombow markers in reference to this card.
Answer: For this particular card I used a pigment ink. (VersaFine Onyx Black) but, I also use Memento Tuxedo Black. I am somewhat careful that I don't over saturate my paper so I haven't had any problems with either ink.

Just a note: I am happy for you to email me your questions. You will find my email under my photo on the blog side bar. It's an easier way to respond to you personally. :)
NOW WE HAVE SOME WINNERS finally....Thank YOU for your patience :)

The GRAND winner of my blog candy is DEBBIE W.
and you can see the post here if you are interested.

The winner of the "Sew Easy" and Basic Grey is HEATHER I.
Here is the post for a point of reference if need be?

The winner of the wood floor (it's from "Riley & Company) stamp is ANN
post was here.

There are always so many opportunities to win some great things in blog land. Have you heard of Caylin's cure?? The only requirement is a donation for $10.00 and ONE of the prizes you could win is an IPAD!
Also there is an auction at Caylin's Cure that Jennifer created a beautiful piece of art to "auction off". Jennifer McGuire's talent runs deep but, her heart is even bigger than her talent. Check this out. Jennifer has created a beautiful button wall hanging to raise funds for Caylin's Cure. This is Caylin's  blog to donate directly if you would like and you can read all of the details.

I think this is the first time I haven't posted a card to share. I hope I didn't disappoint you but, I know you all are getting anxious to see how won. Don't worry if you didn't I will have many more opportunities coming up soon. Why wait..... just leave a comment for Caylin at her blog to win this stamp from Penny Black. I love this cake and here is a card I created with it.
It's late and I must run. I'll be back with a card soon. Thank you for clicking on my blog.
Happy Sunday, Hugs, Kathy


Two totally different cards today

Hello Friends, How was your week so far? Any fun plans for the weekend??
Today I have two cards for you today. A sticker card from Penny Black and a sticker card from SRM.

The first one is from  SRM stickers. SRM is having a reunion on their blog today with previous design team members & you can check all the cards out here. Even though I'm no longer on the team I still use my stickers because I love them. When I don't have time or the patience to look through my stamps I grab a sheet of my stickers...makes my life easier.
Anniversary Card
I colored this image on vacation so I customized my background to blend with the colors on the flower. If you are wondering how I created this background you can see a tutorial this post. I just changed the colors of distress ink. This is a photo before I stamped this circular background stamp from PB.
Note the "grass" is green just came out dark in the photo :(

I love the texture of watercolor paper to use as a card base. I used Copic and Tombow markers to color my flower and distress ink on the heart that I cut with a Spellbinders heart die. I used some of SRM stickers numbers to create my "50". Here is the SRM store. I mixed two Ultra Fine flower soft for the center. You will find them below in the supply list.

Anniversary Card
You will be seeing more piercing and sewing on my projects because I recently have purchased the right tools. I did a tutorial for Lily Pad demonstrating Sew Easy.You can check it out here in case you missed it :)

TODAY on the Penny Black BLOG we are sharing with you a sticker feature with cards from the entire design team!! That's right I said   "stickers".  Were you aware that Penny Black has stickers...well you will be in for a treat. The center panel of my card is a STICKER so that means the image is a sticker!! Gasp!! 
Enjoy the little things- a STICKER card

Now that you have caught your breath you can see a close up. I cut out another sticker and mounted it on some scrap paper and added some pop dots to the back. The yummy paper around the sticker center is Basic Grey.

Enjoy the little things- a STICKER card

Are you in love with my antique buttons? I find it hard to let go of them but, this green floss from Sew Easy helped me let go. The sentiment is a stamp and I cut the shape from a Spellbinder die called wonky rectangles. I decided to use the scraps that I cut for my card for the inside.
Enjoy the little things- a STICKER card
I will be back this weekend to answer a few of your questions. As always I am so grateful that you stop by. I know I say this all the time but, it comes from the heart. Thanks!! Hugs, Kathy

SUPPLIES for the green card:

SUPPLIES for the orange & pink card:
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