Hello Friends, How have you been and what have you been up to?? I was in Montana on a yoga retreat and totally unplugged from TV, internet and phones. It was really good to get centered & look more within than looking outward.  I'm slowly getting back into things so I have a quick share today.
 I enjoyed working with this Mimi called, "Mimi Dear" and created this card for the Penny Black catalog. You might notice the tag from Spellbinders...they are called "Ribbon Tag Trio 3 & I have been using them a lot on several projects that I haven't' shared yet.


I made a wig to add for some extra dimension. For the antlers I used this Ultra Fine Flower Soft. I use glue or Glossy Accents to apply the flower soft. First squirt adhesive on the antenna carefully filling in the entire area then pour some of the flower soft on top. Do NOT shake off the excess until the antlers are dry. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week! Hugs, Kathy



ATC and bronze ink

Hello Friends, Just a quick post today. This was created for the Penny Black ATC exchange and I was anxious to share it with you.
I am dying to get out this bronze metallic ink pad again. I need to break away from my lighter blue backgrounds and bring you something different. I also have been anxious to use this stamp again called "Nature's Day". Here is another card I inked up with this stamp. Just love the flowers and the bird!!
When coloring these images I like to put some color down with a Copic marker as my base. Then I like to use my Tombo watercolor markers to add highlights. I do have to be careful not to over color or my paper will pill.
I wrapped the image around the ATC and glued it to the back then I added Glossy Accents to the centers of the flowers. The sentiment is from SRM stickers.
Have a happy week. Hugs, Kathy



Oprah said.... and how it influenced the cover

Hello Friends, How was your weekend?? Any thing exciting going on in your life??
I know that you all can really appreciate what it takes to make a card or a cover and you all understand the language. I feel blessed to share this with you. This fashionista is a cover girl.... actually.... she made the front cover of the Penny Black Catalog 2011.

I love working with this fashion gal and I LOVE her jacket and boots. I colored her with Copic markers & the XPress it paper. The texture on the pants was created by using the blending solution on a rag then dabbing it on the pants. The bow on her jacket was cut from the top of the present stack and added to the back of her jacket . ( I cut off the present stack and inserted the lantern) The lantern and the fashionista are original sizes.

And this is her cover debut and here's the PDF. The other two lanterns were enlarged and I snipped off the lantern's handle then added half of a paper clip for a more dimensional. The large harvest moon was a Spellbinder circle, distressed and stamped with this "Retro Pattern".
My arm was pretty tired after distressing an entire 81/2x11 sheet of card
A few days ago I mentioned that I use this transparent set all the you believe me now?? The snowflakes were stamped in white ink on the background.
Thought you may be interested in the colors on the lanterns. The theme of the cover is "Take Light Where Ever You Go" I was up late one night putting the finishing touches on this cover. An old episode from Oprah was on and she was talking to Ellen. Oprah was telling Ellen how she's such a happy person and that she takes light wherever she goes. BINGO!!!!!!!!!!! That was the perfect sentiment for the cover .... can you believe the timing?? What a compliment from Oprah. Really makes me think do I take light where I go?? What does this sentiment mean to you?? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for letting me share this cover story with you. Hugs,  Kathy
P.S. Here is a card I made with her and the present stack. This stamp is great for Birthdays too.

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