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4/23/12

clowning around

For You
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend...perhaps a crafty weekend? I  feel bad that earth day just slipped threw our house with out a nod this year. We do our best but, there is always room for improvement.  
For You
I had so much fun coloring these adorable clowns called "Three Clowns" from Penny Black for the 2012 catalog. On the center clown I used the "Copic Feathering" method in an artistic way without bending the two colors.  I have also done that same thing here, here and here. The ballons and stamped sentiments are from this transparent set that I am constantly reaching for. I wish I had a close up on the buttons and noses. The buttons I used Enamel Accents and a big blog of Glossy Accents on the their noses. I hope they gave you a smile today. Have a good week! Hugs, Kathy
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4/20/12

what to do with those smudges

with sympathy

Hello Friends, How was your week? It's amazing to think Friday is here already but, don't get me wrong I am happy the weekend is here. Today on the Lily Pad blog Virginia has posted an inspirational photo to get your mojo going & the DT has created beautiful cards to help with that mojo  too. Letraset is sponsoring Lily Pad for this challenge. The DT was lucky to get to test Letraset's alcohol markers with a brush tip. I love the vibrant colors and I love flowers so this card is what I ended up with using the photo as a jump start. This transparent set of flowers is from Penny Black, the critters are from Purple Onion and this sentiment sticker is from SRM stickers. (all supplies listed below this post.)
with sympathy
By the way have you "re-inked" your stamp pad lately, I just got this and it made such a difference so I thought I would share in case you haven't re-inked recently. The hand stitching was easy with this foam pad becasuse its so easy to pierce the card stock before I sew. After I masked my flowers with this, stamped, masked and stamped again I colored my new stamped background. I decided to use an oval Spellbinder to give me some dimension and more interest. After cutting an oval in the center...I cut the some of the flowers out of the center to use on top of the white background. White dots were added to the flowers centers. Let me know if you have any questions & if you like you can refer to this video. I like to call this technique "palette blending" that I used to color the flowers. 
Now are you wondering about the title of this post? "What to do with those smudges?"
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It's been awhile since I have gotten a smudge this bad but, I was determined to use "Poppy"
When  in doubt...cut it out. Literally!! I sliced her down the middle and added her to my card peeping out to cheer someone up. Here is another card with a shared smudge (tips are all the way at the bottom.) Any plans for the weekend?? I hope it's a good one. Thanks for poppin in :) Hugs, Kathy
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4/18/12

More Purple Onion and lots of Copic coloring

Thank You
Hello Friends, I have a quick post to share with you today with this card from Purple Onion Designs. You can purchase the stamps, see more designs and get all of the details here.  
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Lots of Copic coloring and shading on this card. I added white dots with a gel pen and with enamel accents.  I have mentioned  before that I found a new kraft paper that I am in love with by Neenah.  The patterned paper is Basic Grey but, I don't have the name of the paper..sorry. Have a good week and I am grateful for your visit. Hugs, Kathy 

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4/17/12

winner and tutorial



Congrats to Merry for winning "Poppy" from Purple Onion Designs. If you missed this post you can read about it here.

Now...here is the photo tutorial for the card I posted here. Please note I have the white glitter on order ( I was borrowing it from Kate who I hear has an awesome store in Boston & a online shop too called ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. )

Before I begin all supplies are listed below. 
Peel off one side of the double sided sticky paper or tape called Sookwang and stick it on some white card stock
Trim the excess sticky parts off and turn over. Normally I am more careful not to waste but, I was in a rush when I created this. 
Now remove the other side of the Sookwang. Try not to get any finger prints on the sticky part.  
Add your glitter (for this tutorial I'm using green) and shake off the excess glitter. 
Take your finger and rub pressing your finger into the paper to burnish the glitter.  
Ink up your stamp with Archival ink if you are coloring the glitter.  If you are careful you can try StazOn. (you just have to stay way from the lines if using Copic markers)
I got a better impression when I stood up to stamp. 
You must use your heat gun to set the ink.  
Color with Copic markers or alcohol markers. When this glitter arrives I will show you more how to blend on the glitter. Basically you can use your blender pen to pull the color to shade on the glitter or just color without shading. This did not ruin the tips of my markers but, it's always good to test depending on the pressure you might put on your markers. If you have any questions please email me. I will be back tomorrow with another card. Have a happy day. Hugs, Kathy
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