Sympathy Card & a CHA tid bit

Hello!! Hello, my friends! Sorry I stranded you for so long. I think this absence was a record for me. It was so crazy before leaving for CHA I didn't have time to prepare a post. I hope you have been checking out the Penny Black Blog?? This week they are giving away stamps so you might want to stop by and leave a comment :)
Sympathy card
I glued a page from a vintage book onto some card stock to give the vintage paper some strength & then stamped onto the paper. I cut apart the sections of the umbrella and distressed it before adding gluing it to my card base. The sentiment is from SRM stickers available here and soon Simons Says Stamp will be carrying them!! I know many people love shopping at Simon Says because of they have the best international rates, they pack a little surprise inside and they send you a $5.00  coupon to use on your next purchase. I also think it's so cool how they are so environmentally friendly they way they pack their products and what they do in their warehouse. 

I am showing you this photo for two reasons. The first reason it not to trash your mess ups. I positioned the airplane wrong but, decided so save it anyway and ended up using it for this card. (a nice time saver) The second reason is that I sketched some cones and balls for bushes in front of the buildings. I love this "Cityscape" stamps & reach for it often. Here is one of my favorite cards I created with this Cityscape....and this


Look close at these "butons" I created with enamel accents.  I squeezed a nice blob of black enamel on his jacket and let it dry over night. The next day I added white enamel on top of the black. In person it's nice and defined and realistic. This layered look also works great for eyes. I also used the enamel accents on the bears eye.


The rain was stamped with this in distress ink. I colored his jacket with Copic markers and then to apply texture I blotted with a rag and blending solution. Lots of Glossy Accents on the jacket once the blending solution dried.

Sympathy card

One of my favorite parts of CHA in the summer is the beginning of the show. I love how these bag pipers parade around playing their beautiful music. I find it so moving that I just had to share with you. I hope you are making happy memories this summer. Thanks YOU for visiting. Hugs, Kathy




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.

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