creating lace with a spellbinder die

Hello Friends, How are you?? I love Wednesday's because it's the middle of the week and that means the weekend is that much closer.  Today I have another catalog card to share with this sweet Mimi image called "Mimi's Big Day".
I want to point out the background boarder using this die from Spellbinders called
"Lace Doily Motifs". 
Lace and weddings go hand in hand and I wanted a delicate element on this card for the 2012 catalog. To achieve this lacy look with the die cut all you need to do is:

When you are removing the paper from the back of the die cut .... pop ONLY some of the pieces that you normally discard.  I added a tad of glue to some of the small pieces so they don't pop off of my boarder. Adhere your lacy die cut boarder to your card base. Add this to the insides of the lace in random places for dimension and texture. (to the open spaces and the spaces where the small bits of glued paper is too)   I know you are going to love the look of this. On the top card you will see that I did the same thing in the corner. The image was colored with Copic markers and the papers are from Penny Black's mix & match paper collection. 

Did you happen to see this video from Cathy A? She has the best ideas.

I was lucky enough to have Frederick from LiLy Pad visit my studio and travel with my family. You can see the photos on the Lily Pad Blog if you are interested. 

Have you heard the buzz?? Simon Says Stamp just reveled the April card kit and it's fantastic! So cheerful, happy and colorful!  These card kits do sell out so don't delay if you missed the last ones. If you suscribe you save $5.00 such a great value!!
 Check it out here
I hope the rest of your week has lots of sunny and happy days. Hugs, Kathy



TWO Catalog Cards for Penny Black 2012

Hello Friends, This week I will share the cards that I was fortunate enough to create with Penny Black's beautiful new stamps. They are available in the stores so check your local shops or your favorite stores.
Take Time
I love the artistic, hand drawn look to these beautiful yet whimsical stamps. 

Take Time
I used Copic markers to color my images. I would like to point out a few things on the background in the frame and outside the frame. Around the image I used a soft pink to add some highlights then I went nuts with some white dots with a gel pen for added interest.
This background was used on both cards and stamped with different inks and colored, and Glossy Accents added to the center.  
I always say it's the girlfriends in life that helps me through the rough patches. Don't get me wrong I love my husband but, girls have a different spin on things. This stamp is perfect for those special gal friends in your life. 
I love to add more flounce to the skirts. So fun!
I forgot to mention in this Lily Pad post for the color challenge that.... Purple Onion is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to a lucky participant in the color challenge. 
Thanks for your visit and see you soon. Hugs, Kathy
Card Supplies: NOW IN STOCK!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Lily Pad Palette Color Challenge

Hello Friends, Can you believe that I am back so soon?? Today Lily Pad is posting a new color challenge on the Lily Pad blog. I hope you find it fun to work with and keep in mind you don't have to stick to the colors they are to be used as a guideline.
I have always love this rubbah from Purple Onion Designs here and I was so happy when I discovered that they were sponsoring Lily Pad's color challenge. My March Color Kit from Simons Says Stamp was still on my stamp desk thankfully because it was the best starting point for me. (all of the papers are from the sold out kit...hint you might want to register)

After drying embossing the background I added some distress ink and Glossy Accents to each dot. Perfect for a rainy day with the sun trying to pop out. I also added Scattered Twig to everything on the card and some Tumbled Glass.
Let me know if you have any questions. Off to Syracuse for a college visit. Hugs, Kathy
Thanks for visiting me :) makes me so happy. 
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