Giveaway Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit

Hello Friends, How are you today? Yearning for spring perhaps? I must admit that Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit  has given me some well needed spring fever! When you see my detailed projects on Friday I hope you will agree with me.
JUST LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST. I will randomly select a winner on March 6th. 
Today I have a quick card that I created with the March 2013 card kit. All weekend I was stamping with the pretty flowers from this exclusive stamp set that's included in the kit. Seriously what a value this kit is. 
I had so much fun creating this parcel to hold the flowers. I used a Christmas die cut (see the photo below). I cut two "trees" really ... cone shapes and glued the edges with some glossy accents. I used this die for my stems. So much fun to find other purposes for your die cuts... especially the holiday ones. Don't put them away just use them differently :) The sentiment is one of Lawn Fawn's new sticker set. They match the paper and I promise you they will make you happy. Click here to see my favorite woodgrain paper.
I will be back to announce the winners for several giveaways soon. Sorry for the delay. I hope you have a sunny day. Hugs, Kathy



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



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


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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