Exciting News!


Hello Friends, How are you today? Have you heard the exciting news yet???
Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner have teamed up to bring you a 4-week workshop loaded with fresh color combos, cutting edge techniques, and versatile sketches that will leave you feeling inspired to create! Summer Card Camp is your all-access pass to 48 new card ideas, daily PDFs, twice weekly videos, guest designers (including me!), huge prizes and access to a private blog where you can share your own creations. For more information and to register, click here.

PLUS.... I am giving away THREE spots in the class!!! Yes, that means there will be THREE WINNERS. Just leave a comment  PLEASE NOTE "If you are picked as a winner and have already signed up, you will be given a refund."

I would like to leave you with a card that has nothing to do with the Summer Card Camp. I am so incredibly excited to be a guest designer and I hope that you will be able to join me in this journey. Thanks for your visit today! Hugs, Kathy

If you are curious about the center of the flower you can see in this older post what I mixed & used.
I just finished my first Copic certification TODAY so I look forward to sharing more tips with you! I colored this flower a month ago but, it illustrates the feathering technique we used today. However, I choose not to blend the colors for more of an artistic look on the petals.



June weddings

Hello Friends, Just a quick share today. I thought this would be a good time of year to share this since there are so many June brides.


After I stamped the Eiffel tower I enlarged it
to create a shaped card. This is the transparent set I used for this card and here is another card I made with this set and embossed vellum.
A piece of pink vellum is another layer over the dress and held in place by a ribbon sash.
Have a great week. Hugs, Kathy
Let me know if you have any questions by sending me an email. Thanks for your visit it's appreciated.


Creating a background with scraps for the Lily Pad Palette

Hello Friends, It's been a busy week of posting and I can't think of a better way to begin the weekend with "Kathy's Lily Pad Palette"! Once a month I am fortunate enough to host the color challenge at Lily Pad. You might remember that we were calling it the "Color Throw Down" but, discovered there is already a "Color Throw Down". So from now it will be called

There is a prize up for grabs and the DT has created some beautiful cards. All the details are at the Lily pad. 

Before you begin with a color challenge it's good to round up your colors. Pull our  your markers, pencil's and some papers. In this case I wanted to pull the colors into my card with my scrap paper stash. As you can see the colors are not exact and I added one. It's a loose challenge to spark your creativity.

These six colors are what I am working with for my background.  I will show you how easy and quick it can be to make a fun background full of monochromatic colors after I share the card details. 
Happy Birthday

The "Lily Pad Color Palette" Challenge this month is sponsored by Karber Digital Images.
I hope she doesn't mind that I altered the glasses. I wanted the sunglasses to reflect the beach. Click here to see the image "Thinkier Leslie". You might want to check out this other card where I altered the sun glasses too. It's one of my all time favorite cards.
Happy Birthday
The inside sentiment is from SRM stickers. The "happy" is from PapertreyInk that my sister purchased for me. I cut all of my circles with Spellbinders and used the sand dunes from the same circle dies. All of the paper is Penny Black's Mix and Match papers. See the supply list at the bottom of the post for links etc.

Happy Birthday

Lots of Glossy Accents on the glasses. Sorry for the bad photo it's the only way the GA shows up.

Ready to create?? Grab your punched squares. ( I used a Spellbinder die to cut mine)
Line up two corners on your paper cutter. Slice each square into a triangle.

Now mix them up and recreate new squares. I added tape to the backs of each square.  Easy!

Create a rectangle with the squares.... play around until you are happy with the colors. I made sure to have the darkest color at each end for balance. ( the bits of brown and yellow are my cropped work surface in case you were wondering )

You all know me by now so that means I have to add some white right? In lieu of dots I added faux stitching. I purposely did some single stitching and some double stitching on my lines.

I used some blue chalk ink and this "Lace Edged" stamp from Penny Black to add a touch more color to my background.

This is the finished background with the sentiment. Please send me an email if you have any questions.
Thanks as always for clicking on my blog. Have a happy weekend. Hugs, Kathy



Creating Masculine Cards with Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Boarders

Hello, Hello Friends.... me again :)... and with two more cards but, this time masculine cards. I am continuing the theme "frames and boarders" today on the Penny Black Blog. I hope you have time to play along. Today I will be using the negative & positive parts of the die cuts just like I did on Tuesday with these two cards.

I wanted to create a special 21st B.D card for my nephew who loves to play cards.
21st  Birthday
That's why I incorporated the playing cards for a different spin on the numbered Birthday card. Using backgrounds is a great starting point when you need to create a masculine card and lots of distress inks. After I inked up my background with this stamp I cut them into panels, mounted them on white cardstock and played around with how I would position them for color and balance on my card.

21st  Birthday
Layers is the best way to that something extra on cards for the men in our lives. I mounted all of my panels to some thick watercolor paper that I inked up big time. I had so much fun inking and stamping on Tim Holtz's die called "Movers and Shakers" perfect for the hedgehog on the cycle. (don't miss my second card if you scroll down) I couldn't resist adding money as a prop for the smoke coming from the exhaust pipe. I told myself it was ok to tear a one dollar bill because I didn't pay anything for the card.

Happy Birthday

The sentiment is from SRM stickers and I mounted it onto a "Wonky Rectangle" from Spellbinders. I decided to add some white dots to the bursts on the background. It was quick and easy and pulled all of the elements together.

For the first card I used two of these die cuts as you see below. I inked one of them and the other one I placed behind the one I inked up. The bits of white really highlighted the inked die cut. I was left with two negatives that were to cool to toss.  
 I turned the negatives towards each other and another card was born.


As you can see all you need is a few die cuts, background stamps and some distress ink. Create some layers and you are finished.

Make a Wish and Celebrate
I am in love with these "Tattered Banners". After distressing the banners  I added my SRM sticker, scored the two ends and  fastened them with some antique buttons. 
Make a Wish and Celebrate
All of my sentiments I used for this card are from SRM stickers. I say it over and over but, it's true. These stickers save me so much time that I was able to finish off the inside of this Birthday card for my husband.

The yellow strip of paper on the left was distressed and stamped multiple times with Penny Black's "Zen" background stamp.
Make a Wish and Celebrate
I "attached" the banner with some Enamel Accents in black. Usually I do a better job but, I was finished and wasn't going to change that little element. Sometimes I have to learn when to quit.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and if you left a comment at the Penny Black blog I have a bigger THANK YOU!! I will be back tomorrow with a color challenge from Lily Pad.
Happy Stamping! Hugs, Kathy

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