a masked collage and a winner

All you need....
Hello Friends, How are you? Have you seen technique week at the Penny Black blog? I was inspired by the creativity on the PB blog so I made a collage with lots of masking and stamps that I wouldn't necessarily put together. 
All you need....
Lots of Copic coloring on the stamps and this Spellbinder boarder. Have you tried the new embossing folders from Spellbinders? They are amazing and you get such a beautiful embossed impression!!! PLUS there is two sides to each folder. On the top card my white is faded out but, trust me it's beautifully embossed with this. While we are taking embossing...let's jump to creasing. There is a NEW Teflon bone folder out (it's a little pricey) but, if that shinny line drives you nuts you will LOVE this one that is used by graphic artists and book binders. 
I cut this sentiment in half and put the other half on the inside. Scrap Dots was used on the butterfly from Penny Black for more dimension. I punched out these butterflies from Martha Stewart, colored them with Copics and added a black marker to the edges to really make them stand out. I added white dots to a random flourish stamp I had and inked up the edges of the card with distress ink listed in the supplies.
This is one of my favorite butterflies right now it's still in stock at Simon Says Stamp. I fear it might be discontinued. Thanks for your visit!! I guess I should draw that winner....hold on.....



Lila Grace welcome :)

Hello Friends, Today is a special day because many of Jennifer's friends are sharing cards to welcome Jennifer (McGuire's) sweet baby Lila into the world and you can too!  Please visit Jana's blog to leave any message for Jennifer and or link your card.  

This ultra thick paper is wonderful for one layer cards. You don't see ANY of my Copic coloring on the backside of my card. 
This Paper Smooches stamp was perfect way for my "news flash" welcoming baby Lila. I put a photo of Lila into "word" and printed it & stamped on top of it. The second TV is where I spent more time coloring. The knobs are a gentle squirt of this and so are the white dots on the boarder from Penny Black.

At first I thought I was finished then had to add some dots and "flash" stamping. 
I used Booo, Boo, and Bo2 Copic markers on the boarder. Love this stamp by the way. 
Did you notice that the first line is colored the darkest and every line gets lighter and lighter? So fun to color. 

Sorry for the bad photo but, this shows you the white enamel accents.  See you soon, Hugs, Kathy
P.S as soon as I get a change I am drawing the random winner for the card kit in this post

CARD SUPPLIES (just click on any thumbnail)


Hello Friends, My mom just sent me this photo of my cousin visiting my Uncle's Grave. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for our men and women who have died while serving. I just wanted to say thanks to our VETS and their families & all of the men and women currently serving our country. Words can not express the gratitude to you and your families for this sacrifice. 

Operation Write Home is an awesome cause and they are doing a blog hop.

 Hugs, Kathy


questions answered & a challenge

Your a Star
Hello sweet friends, TGIF!! Any fun plans for the weekend? How about a challenge? This card was created for Lily Pad's / Simon Says Stamp's challenge STARS! Visit the Lily Pad blog for all of the details and inspiration from the DT. Simon Says Stamp has a $25.00 gift certificate for one winner. 
These are the distress markers I used and distress inks. I love how the inks and "markers" combined when I sprayed my coloring and inking with water. (I stamped & embossed in clear first)
I used this paper but, this thick watercolor I'll be using next time. 
After die cutting the star I stamped it with this "Chevron Backdrops" by Lawn Fawn with brown distress ink and distressed it too. I placed the star so it falls under the cut out of the star on the front of my card when I mount it using pop dots.
I mounted my front panel to some white paper. The top left star was cut again so in this photo there is a "window" to show the star on kraft paper as seen in the above photo. 
Your a Star
You can see the window in this photo. The top right star is popped up with pop dots. I love these "pop dots" because they are super sticky and have lots of dimension. 
Your a Star
The die cut is Labels 16 and the sentiment is from SRM and you can find it here. After I die cut my sentiment I cut a portion off so it could tuck right under my card panel.  If you have questions you can find my email on the right side of my blog so that I can answer you personally.

 I have a few questions that were left in the comment area on my blog that I would like to answer. 
This is the card that the question is referring to.
"What size envelope does the card fit into??" The card fits perfectly in a 5x5 square envelope the way I have the banner positioned on this card. (If I rotated the banner it would fit into a standard envelope. The banner length is 5 inches.)

This is the card that the question refers to.
"You said to add 3 coats - where is that to go? over all of the card or what? Thanks." The center of the flowers on each card has Glossy Accents in the center (the brownish part) I added some glossy accents, let it dry and reapplied the same way 2 more times. I hope I explained this better :) I like taking the time to add extra coats of glossy accents to build up the centers of the flowers but, it's not necessary. 

On my last post this card. I linked the wrong die cut. It's Labels 16  and you can see it here. Thanks for pointing that out Ruby and bringing it to my attention. 

Did you see my giveaway here for the Simon Says June card kit?? Many thanks for taking the time to visit me. Have a happy weekend :) Hugs, Kathy

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