Hello Friends, A few weeks ago a package arrived at my door and it contained lots of goodies from FABER-CASTELL!! I felt like the luckiest gal on the planet. Today &tomorrow Penny Black will be showcasing what Elizabeth and I created with FB.  I think you will want to check out FABER-CASTELL'S blog too but, before you go I have two cards to share. Make a Wish
If you take a little time to get use to the gelatos you will love the richness of the colors. On both cards I used the gelatos on stamps to create these rich backgrounds on canvas. I applied them directly to the stamp and spritzed with water. I used Penny Black's paisley background with the red big brush marker on the  butterfly.

I admit at first I didn't like the pastel pencil that came in this variety pack but, once I used it on this butterfly I fell in love with these pastel pencils! I want every color!! I know some of you aren't comfortable blending...well these pencils are for you. All you do is color an area and use your finger to pull the color further down into your image. Does that make sense??
Make a Wish

The sentiment is one of SRM's new releases. Love the script!

You will be seeing more cards with these Spellbinder ribbon tags ... LOVE them! I have had these for a while and I don't know what I was waiting for but, now I am smitten!

Do your kiddos like grapes?? Do you?? time around pick through the vines for some good "V" shapes to use as antenna as I did on this canvas butterfly. 


I used Glossy Accents to adhere the grape vine to the butterfly. Really love the look!
At the top of this photo you can see two colors of gelato that I took off the tip of the tube and directly onto the counter ( I was on vacation and forgot my craft mat) I added a little water applied directly to the canvas with a paint brush.To much water will dilute the color if you want a soft look.
Once I was finished painting on the gelatos I use the big brush marker directly on the stamp. Add a little spritz of water and stamp directly onto the canvas. I also traced over the lines with a fine tip Sharpie marker. See the right and left side...that illustrates the before and after.

All of the stamps are listed below in the supplies.
Let me know if you have any questions. Before CHA I get to take the Copic Intermediate class with Debbie Olsen!! I can't wait. Do you have anything fun on the horizon?
Have a happy day. Hugs, Kathy
P.S. Scroll down to see another technique that I used with this same butterfly or click hereHere is a solid green butterfly I created in January.



Summer Butterflies

Hello Friends, Just popping in to post something and I'm sorry it's been so long . I hope you are have a nice summer with cool breezes.
It's your day
This beautiful butterfly from Penny Black came on vacation with us so I had the luxury of coloring it and taking my time. I used Copics and Tombow watercolor markers on white paper. That reminds me Simon Says Stamp is now carrying Tombow. If you give Tombow a try I think you will be pleased. The blending can be so much easier.

It's your day

The sentiment and the black fancy boarder (in the side) is one of SRM new 2012 stickers .....  I love them!! SRM blog is debuting more and there may still be time for the giveaway. Have a happy day and thanks for stopping! Hugs, Kathy


Lily Pad Palette Challenge

Hello Friends, I can't believe it's Friday and already the summer is racing by. Somehow the older you get the faster time flies. I wish I had more time to visit your blogs and see all of the cards in Flickr. I thought I would during vacation but, that didn't happen. 
Peace Baby
Every month I have the privileged of selecting colors for  the Lily Pad Palette color challenge.
I hope you like the colors this month and I am always open for suggestions if you would like to share you favorite combos with me. I think you will love what the talented Lily Pad design team created with this color challenge here.
I love to sew and find it so relaxing and I try to incorporate sewing into my cards with a gel pen, or a sewing machine or the "Sew Easy". Since I now own this mat and this tool I have been enjoying the look & ease of sewing by hand more often.

Don't you love this digi image? It's from Tickled Pink and this is the image I selected. After printing the image in "word" I colored it with Copic markers.  The sentiment was inked with Worn Lipstick and stamped. Sorry for the short post I must get back to stamping for CHA. Did you see the new Penny Black I am giving away?? Here it is or you could scroll down. As always I am so grateful you stopped by. Hugs, Kathy
P.S. Did any of you spot my card in "The Summer Card Camp 2011" yesterday??I would love to hear AND IF I oew you an email please be patient with me. Your understanding is so appreciated more than you know. 

SUPPLIES: (Just click on the thumbnail)


Giving away this NEW AWESOME set of stamps from Penny Black

Hello Friends, I hope you all had a nice weekend and my American friends I hope you had a bang of a 4th of July. Today I am so excited to show you this transparent set from Penny Black. If you were a "Penny Black Club Member" you have already seen this stamp set. If you don't want to miss our NEXT exclusive sneak peek you can sign up here and you won't miss a thing.
 Surf's UP
This Penny Black NEW transparent set is called "Fun in the Sun" and I think it's soooo adorable. 
The list to add your name to win this set is further down the post...after my card details .

Sorry to throw you a link and most of you already have seen how I create these backgrounds but, if you haven't go here for a look. These waves were really easy. Just cut a wavy piece of paper and distress away.

I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. After your first layer flip the paper over for the second color and repeat. Make sense???
When dry cut some of the layers apart so you can stagger them like this.
Surf's UP
For the last layer I added a double layer of dimensional foam.

This is how they look when you cut them apart. Distress your edges to finish them edge off nicely.

Stamp, color and cut your image. I used Glossy Accents on all of the beach accessories. This how I figure what layout will work for me. :)

Surf's UP


I can't wait for you to see the new PB Christmas stamps...oh my they are amazing. Thanks for stopping. Hugs, Kathy
P.S. I have photos of Copic storage but, posting will have to sorry but, I have so many deadlines now :( Thanks for your patience.

SUPPLIES: The new summer stamps are just hitting the stores any day. 

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