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Hello Friends, How are you doing this week?? I can't believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner already! Do you have any projects on your "to do" list for Thanksgiving?? I hope to get some place cards made.
Two days ago  I shared this butterfly (that I drew in my journal) and I was disappointed with the weight of the paper my butterfly was on.  I put some "Studio Gloss" on the BACK of the butterfly before I cut it out & loved the result. I painted a layer (like I would peanut butter on bread)  and once it dried the butterfly felt like heavy card stock!! Soooo cool :) 
 The die cut is one of the new Spellbinders and the sentiment is SRM stickers. All supplies are listed in the bottom of this post. I'll be back Friday with two cards for a color challenge and a blog hop. Have a happy day! Hugs, Kathy
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from our home to yours this season

Hello Friends, For those of you who celebrate Halloween I hope it was a good one. This was the first year my daughter didn't "trick or treat" and it was  a treat not to have to worry about her out there plus I don't need the temptation of all that candy around :)
This week Penny Black brings you their new challenge and feature. Penny Black is show casing the new mimi release all week. I love this house and have so many ideas how to use it. When I created this  very tall card I was going for a subtle holiday card so I don't burn out on Christmas before
I used Copic markers and a few Tombow markers to color the house. I promise to keep better a list of the marker numbers. Sometimes I color the images when I am traveling and it's impossible to keep track. (This particular house was colored in Italy). I stamped the slate roof twice and popped it with foam dots. All of the windows are coated with Glossy Accents and look so dimensional in person but, I know you have a good imagination and can "see" it.  Last year I explained in detail how I distress my backgrounds here if you are interested. 

I was gifted the best white ink on the market and stamped it on vellum to create some smoke from the chimney. Be sure to allow adequate dry time on the ink. You might notice I attached the vellum at the base behind the chimney with a tiny amount of Glossy Accents. I wrapped the top of the vellum on the back of the card and taped it down. The holly on the top of the roof is from this stamp set to add a festive touch to the house. 
I would love it if you could hop over to Penny Black and leave a comment there instead of here....only if you were going to leave one. I really am happy that you pop in so happy so please don't feel obligated at all. I can't wait to share a butterfly card I just finished so stay tuned. Thanks for your visit!! Hugs, Kathy

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Have you heard of Zentangle??

Hello Friends, How has your weekend been so far??  Did you do any doodling?? I have been a "doodler" all my life especially when I am on the telephone. One of my regular doodles was playing with a sequence of lines as you see below on the cupcake (that I added to the stamped image).
Make a Wish
A few months ago I took the "Intermediate Copic Certification" the best part of the class was I sat right next to the most amazing and talented lady. You might know her?? Her name is Suzanne McNeil and she introduced me to "Zentangle"!! Suzanne is also the author of so many books on such a range of subjects it's really amazing and she's really amazing! During the class Suzanne was drawing and applying Zentangles to her about fun to watch her in action!!  Below are some thumbnails of these creative and inspiring Zentangle books available at Simon Says Stamp
These books are on my Christmas list for my sister-in-law and they are perfect for anyone who thinks they aren't creative. Sarah from Simon Says Stamp did a great post about Suzanne and Zentangle so you might want to check it out here. Once you have organized your doodles in a Zentange way I think you will look at stamps in a different way. I used this Penny Black butterfly stamp as a starting point to "Zentangle".
If you want to try this zentangling on a stamped image..... look for a stamp  with open spaces, stamp in a light ink such as Spun Sugar distress ink. Trace over the lines, change them up if you want and fill the spaces with Zentangles. On my butterfly I rounded the wings and adapted the lines as I was creating my design. The great thing about using a light ink is you won't see the lines but, they will guide you.  I have some other stamped images that I did the same thing with so let me know if you are interested in seeing them. Enjoy your Sunday and a BIG THANK YOU for stopping by. Hugs, Kathy

P.S. If you scroll down you will see another cupcake card I designed with the same stamp.
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