Simons Says Stamp's March Card Kit- giveaway !

I am sending this post again because I have some good news. Feeling lucky today?? 
JUST LEAVE A COMMENT and next friday I will select a random winner!! A big thanks to Simon Says Stamp!  
Simon Says Stamp's Card Kit
Hello Friends, I am trying hard to get back to my regularly scheduled posts....rather more regular than what I have been posting recently due to the beginnings of packing etc.
Today I am excited to share you this yummy card kit from Simon Says Stamp. 
If you have any questions click here. I have to say it was so much fun to get this in the mail and  easy to create having everything already selected for me. Takes the work out of it. If time permitted I could have kept on creating cards. I found a spare binder and I put all of my card kit goodies into a plastic sleeve for a rainy day (except the great spool of twine). This way everything stays together and I can whip up some cards later. 
Simon Says Stamp's Card Kit
This was the first one out of the gate ...a Birthday card for my step brothers Birthday.  I extended the post on the flag and added some enamel accents to the dots on the grass and used this Spellbinder die.

I love the dimension you get from the enamel accents. The distress ink added a masculine touch to the ribbon. 
Simon Says Stamp's Card Kit
I stamped onto the patterned paper with this blue ink . I cut a few petals off of one flower so that  they weren't all the same size. Added a few pearls from my stash.
Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Kathy



Feathering with Copic markers - NEW Penny Black stamps

Sending You Smiles
Hello Friends, I hope you had a lovely day yesterday & that your hearts were full of love.
This week Penny Black is showcasing the newly released 2012 stamps on the PB blog. As you look at both of these cards side by side you may notice all of the foliage & small flowers are missing on the simpler card on the left?? It was so easy to color, cut them out and cover them up for a speedy card. TodayI will also share with you a tip on "feathering" with your brush tip markers. 
Sending You Smiles
This stamp called "Spring Beauty" is so lovely and fun to color. If coloring isn't your thing then my other card might just suit you. Tulips are my flower of choice for a simple easy arrangement on a table. I always marvel at all of the varieties of tulips available at your local nursery. Have you heard of "Candy Cane" tulips?? you have guessed by now that was my inspiration when I was coloring these tulips. The white edging is an "Edgeabilities" from Spellbinders. In the supply list is the distress inks I used for the background. 
Blank Card
Both backgrounds were stamped with this ink called "Cantaloupe" perfect for PB mix and match papers. The dew drop inks are big space savers. 

I made some notes to share with you but, didn't mean to photograph them :) Have you noticed that you can over blend when coloring with reds...and it happens to dark blues as well. This was confirmed in the Copic certification class but, I don't remember the explanation...It has to do with the dies in the ink. Anyway... keep this in mind when coloring with red.
To begin I drew a line down the middle on each petal.
Start at the bottom of the petal and feather your tip with a LIGHT hand leaving space between each stroke. As you make each stroke feather your tip.
 The pressure of how you place the tip of the marker on the paper .... I like to call it sweeping. ( When you sweep with a broom you push down your broom and as you being to sweep you lift the broom up.) This is the motion that works best with your marker. The effect you get when you sweep your marker is referred to by Copic as "Feathering" but, the motion is what give you the feathering look and makes it easier for your colors to blend together. 
 Flowers aren't perfect so don't judge yourself....It all comes together in the end. 

This is a good shot of how I cut out the tulips leaves only. When you color them with dark greens you barely can make out the lines of the smaller flowers and leaves. Honestly you don't notice them at all when it's layered on your card. 

Bring in a little bit of yellow carefully on the opposite side of the petals so you don't mix with the red. 

Wrap your fresh flowers with some ribbon.
Did you see this post where I am giving away TWO gift certificates? Thanks for popping in today and have a great week. Hugs, Kathy
Card Supplies: (The new stamps will be available soon.)


NEW Contest ...with two winners

Hello Friends :) ... How was your weekend? Did you squeeze any stamping in?? I carved out some time to make these goodie bags for my stamp class. After I "teach" I always leave my class feeling so fulfilled and happy. I'm lucky to have such a wonderful group of women that truly make me feel very special. Thank you ladies :)
With that said it shouldn't be any surprise that I wanted to make "my students" a little something special for them to celebrate Valentines Day. The bad part is I purchased the candy in the beginning of the week so I had five days of staring at the chocolate & tasting the chocolate before I sealed the bags. Lesson learned... seal the bags immediately! 
This lovely background stamp is one of Penny Black's newest 2012 stamps called "All Over Pattern". It's not available yet but,  I'll let you know when it will be available. I stamped onto this spellbinder die with this bright & beautiful ink. Glued down some scrap paper that I had cut from class cards. 
Score the die right down the middle. I added some fabric ribbon on top of the green and wrapped the edges. The ribbon is similar to this. The cellophane bags are from Simon  Says Stamp too. To attach my homemade packaging I stapled it onto the bag right under the heart. 
I finished off with my favorite Spellbinder hearts with this stamp called "Love Assortment" . Stickles were added to the leaves. Speaking of Penny Black if you leave a comment here by Tuesday you have the opportunity to win some of the NEW 2010 stamps!

HOW ABOUT SOME FUN?? IF YOU CAN GUESS THE CARDS THAT I CREATED IN THE NEW CATALOG here called "Full of Surprises" I WILL PICK TWO WINNERS TO WIN A $30.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO SIMON SAYS STAMP STORE. Yup that's TWO winners that will be selected at random to win a $25.00 to Simon Says Stamp Store.
                                                               Hint..... I have cards on 7 pages 
All you have to do is list the page numbers that my cards are on in the comment area. Good luck and I will pick a winner at the end of the month. (For example page1, 3, 10 etc)

Have a happy week and I am grateful for your visit :) Hugs, Kathy

CARD SUPPLIES: just click on a thumbnail. 
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