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11/19/11

Easy Place Cards for Thanksgiving or .....

Place Cards
Hello Friends, How are you this weekend?? Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving? I have been wanting to find a chunk of time to create some place cards for the Thanksgiving table & I finally found that time. Of course you can switch up the colors and use this design for any occasion :)
Place Cards
I have to show you how they look with some mood lighting so you can see the pretty sparkle. 
Place Cards Prototype
This was the first one I created...my proto type and I wasn't happy because it was a little to much stamping, to much ribbon etc... etc. 
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This is the simplified version. What do you think?? I like the way the off center ribbon label looks.
Just in case you are interested I have a tutorial for you & the supply list is at the bottom of my post.
Type your names and run your colored paper through your printer allowing space to die cut each name. If I measured I could have print all the names on one sheet of paper.  
Die cut your names placing the label slightly off center on the die. Tape the die cut down with something like architectural dots. (I like them because I can use them over and over.) 
Thread your ribbon while it's still on the spool and it will be easier to steady it while you gather the ribbon. Tie the ribbon with the embroidery floss into a bow. 
I find it easier to work in batches. I will be trimming the left end of the "Ribbon Label". Here is a card using the ribbon label.  
Using "Label's Eight" die cut your card base and score it to fold  in half. 
Die cut the next size that's smaller, stamp and distress. (see supply list for stamps, inks etc.)
Cut in half. 
Attach your distressed piece....I like to use Glossy Accents as my glue. 
Place Cards
Spray everything with shimmer spray. 
If  you celebrate Thanksgiving good luck as you make your preparations and  have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for taking the time to visit. Hugs, Kathy
Did you see my giveaway on my last post here. 

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11/16/11

Finally ... two winners & another giveaway

New Giveaway
Hello Friends, Please accept my apologies for my delay in announcing the winners. In case you are NOT the winner of my big blog candy I wanted to give you anther shot at something that I use all the time. This Copic Shadows & Shading book....It really is wonderful and comes with some light guides that are so handy. The Opaque White is something to have as well in your arsenal of white products that I surround myself with.
All you need to do to win the above three things is leave a comment on this post & I will select a random winner by the end of next week.
Winners Announced
When I colored this Penny Black flower a months ago I was mindful of the lighting principles of the Copic instruction book. I lost the little piece of paper with the list of colors that I used....sorry :( 
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I love creating shadow box frames with Spellbinder dies. They really are so quick and so dramatic. To create the sentiment "tag" I cut off part of this Spellbinder Trio, distressed it and added a sentiment from from SRM stickers
A super big congrats goes to  Debbie Morgan. Debbie was selected randomly by InLinkz and she won a huge prize package. All the details are in this post. 

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Help me congratulate the winner of  these Spellbinders flowers. Linda's number was pulled from my vintage bingo spinner.  I can't believe it's Linda...one of my students!! How exciting! 
Thanks for your visit today and I will be back with more soon. Have a happy day. Hugs, Kathy

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11/15/11

Removeable Ornament Card & Tutorial

Removable Ornament Card
Hello Friends, How are you today?? Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? I really need to pace myself so I don't get in panic mode. I have a removable ornament card to share with you that I created for the Penny Black blog today. 
Removable Ornament Card
The ornament is attached to the back of the card with tape so it can be easily removed. I rubbed Glossy Accents on my gold embroidery thread so it's nice and stiff and feels like wire. There is a photo in my tutorial below that shows the glimmer and shine on the ornament. 
Removable Ornament Card
I love the shape of this NEW Spellbinder ornament and I used this festive stamp called "Sparkle" by Penny Black. If you want to see a ornament I created earlier this fall you can click here.
Tape down your Spellbinder dies with drafting dots before die cutting & you can reuse them over and over. Mine were purchased at an art store that carries architectural supplies.  
Stamp your ornament with this paisley background stamp with gold embossing powder. Distress it starting with your lightest color first. 
Add more color with some daubers.  you have more control with fragile areas) Note the light areas?? Try to keep the darker colors on the outer edges so you have a highlight on your image. 
Stamp, die cut and distress your center circle. Add chipped Sapphire to the outer edges. 
This shimmer spray will transform your ornament...promise! Add some gathered twigs or any brown to the outer edges. 
I love how the shimmer spay leaves a nice and crisp, clear sparkle unlike perfect pearls. 
Paint the insides of the stamped ornaments with distress ink. Mist a little water  on your craft mat so the ink will pick up easily and paint with ease. 
Paint the inside of the ornament and add your gems. 
Don't forget to add gems to the outside of the ornament too. 
Since this is a gift I like to use Scrap Dots on the back because they disappear and give you more lift and dimension then any foam dots. 
Stamp the ornaments at an angle and distress with Shabby Shutters first. 
Add Crushed Olive on the edges and stamp the sentiment with Rich Coco ink. (Sounds yummy)
Let me know if you have any questions. I can't thank you all enough for you taking the time to leave  comments and stopping by. If there is something you would like for me to share, color or perhaps a tutorial on something specific please let me know. Have a happy day and here is the link to the PB blog just in case you might want it. Many thanks, Kathy
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