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12/12/12

giveaway DECEMBER CARD KIT

Hello Friends, How are you?? 
I know we are well into December but, it's never to late to giveaway one of Simon Says Stamps Card Kits! 
I can promise you I will be making some Valentines card with this card kit ...love all the beautiful papers from Pink Paislee
Just leave me a comment telling me if you in the holiday spirit & I will pick a winner next week sometime. 
(I'm not so good at setting dates as of late) 
Below is a mini tutorial on creating ornaments from patterned paper.  The shapes of the ornaments are cut from these & these Spellbinders die cuts. One day I will buy these because all three ornaments in a cluster will look FAB!
BTW.... herehere, here &  here are some other ornament cards I have made with the dies. 
I love this vintage paper so I centered my die cut onto the images on the paper that I wanted to cut out with the die cut. 
Add some distress ink in some fun colors and brown ink on the edges. Use a brush to apply this for the most beautiful iridescence. (be sure to clean your brush right away and these are my all time favorite brushes. ) Note that the paper will change below. 
I love the stamp set sentiment called "Merry  Everything" in the kit and it can be purchased separately too. I lined up three of the sentiments on this fiskars stamp press and stamped away on the background paper. Super easy with the stamp press to line everything up.

  
Are you familiar with the card kits? Every month you will find a beautiful exclusive stamp set . I love how each card kit always contains some special embellishment that I have't seen before  besides beautiful papers etc. This month it was this and this. I was determined to use the festive holly. I was able to carefully bend the tips of the holly so it looks super realistic on my ornaments & gave my card that little extra something special. 
I wanted to show you how it came out before adding the ornaments.  I still haven't unpacked my twine or can't find it so i cut some paper that resembles string to "hang" the ornaments on my card. Hope you like them and I so appreciate your visit during this busy holiday season. Hugs, Kathy
P.S Have you seen the new exclusive Valentine goodies at Simon?? OH MY!! You can check them out here. 
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12/6/12

owls and more owls

Hello Friends, Happy Friday! It's pretty overwhelming that a new year is around the corner and the holiday season is upon us. Where does the time go??
I thought I would share one more card using this die cut that I am giving away in my last post. See the details here or scroll down. Here is the owl and here is a page of owls.
I love owls and this owl from Penny Black is ADORABLE! Still want more owls??

Here are some links to some owl cards that I cherish.
 Here (is my favorite ATC that I ever made)
 here (is a decorative owl)
 here (is a money holder)
here (is a queen bee owl)
 here
(is one I had such a blast altering with ruffled feathers and eye lids etc.)
here (is a masculine anniversary card)
scroll down to see these adorable owls in a wintery scene
here (is a great way to show variety in owl's eye balls)
this is an owl WITH A SUIT ON...yes I dressed him!
this owl and bunny can't go without a nod
I used two blobs of enamel accents on his eyes like I shared here
This is the inside of my card. You can find the sentiment here.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Happy Holiday and merriest wishes. Hugs, Kathy

Giveaway... and a water color background

Hello Friends, How are you today? How about another giveaway? I'm sure you have noticed that I have been using Simon Say's Stamps "Falling Stars" die cut often. (check out a few other cards with the die cut here and here) I love the versatility of the falling stars so I purchased an extra "Falling Star" die  just to give away. 
What do you need to do to win? Help me spread the word about the giveaway... just blog about it or tweet, facebook or post on flickr etc. Please leave a comment to tell me how you shared the giveaway linking my blog. Join my following (If you don't already) and I'll be a happy girl.
I WILL SELECT A RANDOM WINNER NEXT WEEKEND. If you own the die already I let you choose a different die from Simon. 
When I saw this sweet image called "Mimi's Winter Friends" from Penny Black. I couldn't wait to color her and she's perfect for the winter season. 
I cut this die from Simon Says Stamp. I was in the mood to fuss so I stamped the cut die with this background stamp from Penny Black...one that I love to color as I did herehere and here. See I love this stamp! Just ink your stamp up with several distress inks...blues and greens. Spray with Perfect Pearls WITHOUT shaking so you get less shine.
I water colored the background with these intense colored pencils on neenah paper (thank you Jennifer McGuire & Heidi for introducing me to them) I love the intense color that you get with these pencils. Just scribble some colored pencil on your paper as I did in the photo. 
When I use water color pencils I LOVE to use a "blender pen". I find I have more control then using water or a water brush.  Keep in mind you can use like colors without wiping off your tip. If you have questions please email me. If I was a planner I would have NOT colored the background behind the sentiment and image. When I was finished I added some enamel accents inside the stars.
I felt I needed some background color so I added three copic colors. 
I used this ultra thin marker to add details on the hat and this for some lace with a gel pen on her hat and jacket. The sentiment is from this beautiful clear set and the die it's stamped on is from here. All exclusives from Simon Says Stamp! Thanks for your visit and thanks for spreading the word about my giveaway :) Off to bed early morning workmen call. Have a happy weekend. Hugs, Kathy
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