a bride's response card

Hello Friends, How are you today?? I have been working on this response card that came with a beautiful wedding invitation. It's amazing what a few stamps, embossing powder, sheer shimmer and vellum can do!
Above is the response card that I decorated to return to my sweet friend. You know you are getting older when your friends children are getting married.
The gold accents on the response card were so pretty I decided to use that as my starting point. After stamping with VersaMark I embossed with gold embossing powder on the edges with a Penny Black stamp.
I could bathe in this glorious sparkle from Tuskineko called sheer shimmer spritz. (see below) I could use this shimmer spritz on every card because it's so sheer unlike perfect pearls. I used a light pink layer of vellum over the dress. 
After I stamped and embossed I used a blue and green Copic marker to outline the flowers and leaves. Can you see the sparkles on the vellum? The shimmer spritz really adds such a new dimension to this response card. For the background I used a combination of three distress inks. Here is an older post with more details on that.

Here are two more response cards that I did in April if you have any interest. I hope you will give this a try sometime. The recipient always enjoys it and you will have as much fun creating as they will receiving.
This swatch came with the invitation and you are supposed to create a special message on it for the bride and groom.
I decorated a the envelope. I copied the initials and used lots of the glimmer mist.

I stamped onto the fabric and used Copic markers. I kept my heat gun close by and after I colored I dried the fabric carefully so the ink wouldn't spread or bleed. I used a super fine Sharpie and outlined the image after coloring and for the message "congrats". Enamel accents on the eyes made them pop.
See below how I layered the enamel accents on the eyes. Once the white layer dries I add the black on top of the white.
I used green and blue stickles on the images that were applied with a paint brush.
Here is a pic of the shimmer on the envelope.
I hope that you are having a great weekend so far?? The weather has broken on the east coast so I was thrilled to be able to have our cookout tonight OUTSIDE! We hosted a cookout for family to send off my son, niece and nephews before they leave for another year at college. Thanks for taking the time to come by. Hugs, Kathy



Penny Black's NEW Christmas Stamps

Hello Friends, How has your week been so far? My husband and I just went to Utah for a mini trip without our kids. I'll share  a  few photos at the end of the post if you are interested.
This week the Penny Black DT has been showcasing the new Christmas stamps. Have you seen them? This weeks feature is a nature theme and  I created this ornament card for the Penny Black blog today.
When you stop over at their blog you will see the stamps that I combined to create this ornament. I added an extra layer so the back would open up to write a message and then the recipent can hang it from their tree.  This cling stamp was created to work with the Spellbinder large circle so you can create Christmas cards quickly. I used this  scalloped circle die for the back of the ornament.   I will be sharing different variations of this stamp in the next few weeks.  I think it's safe to say that you will love working with this stamp.

After stamping I cut out the tree with some scissor, added some white gel pen accents and Stickles to the holly.

I used this wood block stamp to create the inside of the tree by combining distress inks on white paper.

I think this would be great to insert a family photo instead of a stamped image. I added distress ink to the background and green colored pencil. I put Glossy Accents on top of the ornaments and the next day I sewed on TOP of the Glossy Accents with some glittery embroidery floss. The "Sew Easy" piercing mat was very useful. I pierced my holes first so I was able to sew this while I was on my exercise bike.


I wanted to "illuminate" the ornaments so I added some color with a Copic marker from the back to give a warm glow. The stitching is messy because  the background hides this.
It's nice to be back home and I want to thank you for your visit. As promised here are a few pictures of our trip to Utah if you are curious.

This was up the mountain from our friends time share in Deer Vally.     

This was an hour hike up to the top of this mountain. We ate our lunch on this rock and the weather was perfection. The flies made sure we didn't stay still to long and we were on the lookout for some moose but, didn't see any.
Apparently the flowers on the mountain were unusual and appeared from all of the rain this season.  Our friend used this tripod to take our group photo. I thought it was a fun picture against this beautiful natural scenery.
This is Olympic Park and we were able to watch the freestyle skiing practice underway. The stunts from the skiers on the ramp left us in awe as they fliped, turned and twisted in the air and landing into the pool. It was soooo cool. I can't wait for the Olympics.
One of these apples were the prefect end to a great day.
Our first day we went to an art show and we stumbled on this fun project for childern. These hats were made from paper bags, painted and the kids decorated them with all kids of fun things. I thought this was awesome and if my kids were younger I would do this for their Birthday. 

Thanks for hanging with me and I hope you have a great day. Hugs, Kathy

SUPPLIES: New stamps will be available later this month.
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