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6/22/11

What do you do with your Christmas stamps?

Hello Friends, Another super quick post today. Copic Creations
is a great and inspiring blog. Penny Black is sponsoring them for their latest challenge.

Love You
The challenge is to add some doodles to your card so I added lots and lots of dots. I doodle on a daily basis so I just had to play along but, not for the prizes. Lots of great stamps they are giving away and you can check them out here.

Love You
I love using Christmas stamps for everyday cards. I colored with Copic markers listed below. The sentiment is from SRM stickers. I love the twine from Sew Easy it's thicker than so others that I have used. Have a great day!! Hugs, Kathy and thanks for stopping.

Just checking to see if you added your name to the list for the Summer Card Camp 2011. Details here.

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6/19/11

Gallery Idol 2011 and a tutorial

Hello Friends, How are you doing?? Happy Father's Day to the men in your life :)
I just discovered that Gallery Idol is well underway so I thought I would  submit a card. I hope that you all can tell the story of the card?
You did it!
The theme for the contest is a Congratulatory card. You can read all the rules and regulations here.

You did it!
For the inside I use the "Sew Easy" mat for easy and fast pierced holes. Again  my SRM Sticker sheets had the perfect sentiments for this card. Thank YOU Susan!! Want to shop for SRM Stickers just click here.

I am going to show you lots of angles of this card and below you will find a tutorial for the background too.
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These happy bees are so BEElighted that they are beeing let our of the mason jar. By the way I bought this stamp years ago at A.C. Moore and there isn't any information on the wood mount stamp.
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I was thrilled that I figured out how to get this 3D effect on the bees flying out of the jar. Details below.
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Just got this frog stamp... love him. Did you get that he took the lid off of the jar to let the bees out?? Notice the eyes ..One layer of Enamel Accents first white, then when dry add black on top of the white. This layered enamel really makes the eyes pop and gives them lots of dimension.
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I am hoping that the photos below are pretty self explanatory? I will give brief instructions on creating this background but, if you go here first this will guide you for the grass and sky. Please let me know if you have questions.

I used Spellbinders "Inverted Circle" (LOVE this die) to create the sun. Die cut the inverted circle & from that cut out the middle so you will have two pieces. Tape the outside down of the inverted circle protecting your background. This way you will be distressing the inside of the sun.
 Distress with Mustard Seed. I have a template of the exact shape of my hill protecting the hill. Shade with some Spiced Marmalade on the inside edges going over the yellow.
 Once you take off the inverted circle you can see what you have just accomplished.
Now place down your circle covering up what you just distressed as you see below.
 Begin with Spiced Marmalade, add  Rusty Hinge in the corners to draw your eye into the sun.
 This is what you will have left. You can complete the die cuts and save them for another project. For the bees I used some masking paper listed in the supplies below.
 Here is a photo of all the distress inks I used for the background.
I stamped with StazOn onto a transparency that you can purchase at an office supply store if you don't have any acetate.
 Color all your bees with markers. I used Copics and Tombow then outlined most of the bees with a Copic Multiliner Pen from Copic. I use the 0.5 & the 0.3  Multiliner all the time.
These are the colors I used on the frog. I like to color over my image because I find it easier to blend this way.
I adhered three of the happy bees onto my jar with Glossy Accents. Then I added Scrap Dots to the back of the bees so I would get lots of 3D layering in the jar. The bee on the right shows how I added Rock Candy distress stickles to all of the wings on the bees.
Let me know if I missed something please. Thank YOU for stopping I am always grateful.Hugs, Kathy

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