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2/22/13

tim holtz stamps


Lately finding time to finish a card has beed difficult but, I was happy to get one of the stamps on a card. Love how a key and padlock are symbols of many things. New home, love message, etc. 
One of my favorite things to do is to stamp a background and add a little color with some Copic markers. If you don't have RV10 in your collection ... you don't know what you are missing :) It's one of my top 10 colors.
What good is white paper without some distress ink? I added Spun Sugar and Pickled Raspberry.  You may notice that there was a little orange left on my inking tool but, that was perfect for me to have a little orange in my mix.
I use this marker to remove the white edges of a stamped image. For this project I wanted to add the black edge because the pinks would pop more off of my card. What I love about the Memento marker is NO more smudges. 
Behind the padlock and key is this beautiful embossing folder. The frame was cut from Spellbinders Labels 14. So often I need a card without a sentiment so I opted to leave this one blank. Glossy Accents were added before I layered my card. The area where the key goes Glossy Accents was NOT applied. Next on my coloring "to do list" is the new Penny Black stamps! If only I could color all day..sigh! Thanks for your visit today I hope you know it's so appreciated. Hugs, Kathy

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2/18/13

tim holtz stamps


Hello Friends, How are you doing? Have you been managing to find some good crafting time lately? What about spring cleaning? I am so anxious to finish my studio and take some pics for you all. In the meantime I was traveling to see our son for his 21st BD a few weeks ago. My husband and I surprised him at college and we had a great short visit. (His B.D. landed on a weekday so we figured we were safe.) On the long flight I had a nice concentrated amount of time to color with my Copic markers on the airplane. Tim Holtz's new blueprint stamps were calling my name. I love this "Industrial set" and the "Vintage Thing Blueprint"You can see all of the stamps here. In my next post I will share a card with the padlock and key. Have a great week! Hugs, Kathy

2/14/13

another giveaway

Hello Friends, Happy Valentines Day to you! Also a big thanks to those of you that had the time to stop and watch Brian's U-Tube project. 
So many of you watched the video and shared such nice thoughts and sweet comments. 
THANKS from the bottom of my heart :) 
( If you are wondering what I am taking about you can read about it here. )
........... GIVEAWAY..........
I have been giving away so much recently so why stop now?? How about this great stamp set that I used in my projects today.  It's called "Like Your Style" and it's a Simon exclusive! 
Please leave a comment and I will select a winner Feb. 25th so please stop back or subscribe so you don't miss anything on my blog. If you don't already I hope you will join my following.

I loved the small polka dot envelopes in the card kit so I had to use them all. You can purchase them separately here
You really save on the card kits if you purchase a subscription. Check that out here. The best part is you can opt out at any time...that's what I call a win WIN! 
I tell ya' I had so much fun creating these and have been dying to share them. Let's get started. 
I stamped the hangers, scanned the stamped image and enlarged them on my copier. This way the hangers are big enough to write a short message on the back and they fit in the envelopes. I colored them with Copics and stamped the sentiments and flowers with some Hero Arts inks. (see supply list for links)
The flowers were stamped four times for each envelope and colored easily and quickly with distress inks. (please refer to supply list for colors)
Have you see the new Rock Candy? It comes with a brush!! Love it!! I generously applied the Rock Candy to each flower. I cut each flower out and curled the edges a little with my fingers.
Take note....the top flower was cut outside the line, the 2nd flower was cut on the line, the 3rd flower was cut on the dotted line. This way the flowers layered nicely. 
 I added some pop dots (that are nice and thick) between each layer & I didn't line the edges of the flowers up perfectly... more interesting this way. 

(I did rinse the brush that was in the jar after using the distress inks to keep my jar nice and tidy on the inside)
These paint brushes are the perfect thickness to wrap some paper around to curl a nice banner. (Notice I applied some distress ink on the back.) The sentiment is from the stamp set that's up for grabs. Each end of the strip of paper was curled a different direction. Try curing your banner at an angle it's lovely. You might have to fiddle a little with your banner until you are satisfied but, it's worth the effort. 
See the flower closure? I ended up stamping another one and clued it on the back of the flower so when the recipient opens the envelope the inside looks finished properly. If you look at the 2nd photo on the left you will see what I mean.
Email me if you have questions :) I hope your day is full of love and joy.
Thanks for your visit! Hugs, Kathy
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2/12/13

u- tube share and a giveaway


Good Morning Friends, I have another GIVEAWAY.

A very special person in my life, Brian Mitchell, is a junior in high school. Brian is the most incredible well rounded person I have ever met. Not only is he highly intelligent, he's an amazing athlete, compassionate, loving and creative to boot ... thats Brian in a nutshell!  
ANYWAY...his mom sent me this video and said, 

"I wanted to share Brian's documentary (~ 10 mins) that he created from start to finish for his school's National History Day project this Wed...he hopes to enter this documentary into state competition.  I cannot tell you the countless hours he spent on primary research (interviews, articles, phone calls, trips to Baltimore & DC, etc) then the actual filming/editing/voice overlay process...it is on you tube so pls click the link below!"

HERE IS THE LINK
I would love it if you could click on the link and view Brian's U-Tube video. I will draw a random winner the at the end of next week from the comment area at Brian's U-Tube video.
You do not need to comment here. Have a great day! Hugs, Kathy

P.S. The giveaway goodies are in the photo. You will find many way to use the Smash Box items and who doesn't love Hero Arts banners. :)

2/11/13

giveaway ... night and morning sky

Hello Friends, How are  you today? I hope you had a lovely and relaxing weekend with some sunny skies. Speaking of skys ...... I had some fun creating the sky on my card. The night sky is peeled back to reveal the morning sky at the top of the card.

GIVEAWAY:
The wood veneer stars I am giving away. I hear that they are hard to keep in stock at Simon Says Stamp. You know the drill by now...just leave a comment and I will randomly draw a winner the end of next week. (If you want to spread the news of my giveaway on FB or your blog you can add your name again in the comment area for an extra chance to win :) 
This transparent stamp set is from Penny Black called, "Love is in the Air" and I find it to be such a versatile set . I stamped the "Crystal Background" with this ink ... then added some distress inks. 
I drew some random patches resembling fields and colored with some markers. When I was finished I added "Mowed Lawn" to shade the landscape.  
I used a white gel pen to color the wood veneer stars & once they were dry I gingerly added a touch of yellow with a Copic marker in the right corners. (white gel and copic markers aren't to friendly)
Add Glossy Accents on the stars and the airplane. Do you like my peeled away sky??
Thank You again for your visit...always so appreciated. Hugs, Kathy

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