almost complete portrait

Hello Friends, How are you today? Anything new?? Sorry it's been awhile since my last post. I have been having some computer problems that are unresolved and it's so frustrating. 
This past weekend I was lucky enough to take a colored pencil workshop from an AMAZING ARTIST! Her name is Suzanne Vigil and if you have a minute to look at her edgy and fun portraits you just might agree. The workshop was hosted by the "Color Pencil Society". Who knew there was such a group! All the ladies in the chapter that I met were talented and so kind.  
I thought I would share the colored pencil portrait of my daughter that I worked on this weekend. Suzanne has an awesome technique where you remove the color. If you note the yellow part of the hair ....once I finish it should look similar to the photo using Suzanne's technique. Here is a video from Suzanne if you are interested.
So just to clarify...this is unfinished :) I have to add more color to the cheeks, her neck and all that pony tail holder too. THEN ... I must finish the hair. I look forward to sharing Suzanne's techniques with you on some stamped images. Thanks for your visit today. Hugs, Kathy


simon says stamp blog hop

Hello ... hello Friends! Welcome to Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop! Are you ready for Spring? I know I am with the help of this month's card kit, Friendship Flowers ! It's is the perfect kit to get you in the mood for some Springtime weather and all things blooming ...
  especially FLOWERS! 
You may be arriving from Kelly Marie Alvarez at Lawn Fawn's blog. (Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever meet, crazy talented too and I love her company Lawn Fawn!) 
I am always honored and excited to work Simon's Card Kits! I love the paper selection in each kit (especially these Lawn Fawn papers), the exclusive stamp set and some fun elements that inspire me to do something different each month! For example, the beautifully colored paper straws. 
If you subscribe the kit only costs a mere $19.95 and that's what I call a serious value. 
Questions about subscribing to the kit? Click here
Before we get started let's talk GIVEAWAYS! Leave a comment on this blog post and one lucky winner from my blog will receive a $50.00 E-gift voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp store! (A random winner will be drawn at 9am EST on Sat. 3.9.13) If you are a number person that means that Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $550.00 during this hop. Yes, that is five hundred and fifty dollars lol! I encourage you to comment on ALL of the designers blogs for  more chances to win. Best of luck to you :)

Immediately upon opening the card kit I knew I had to do something cool with the bright paper straws but, before I started my project I set out to order MORE straws! I want to fill all the holes in my "lollipop  holder" with some pendants or flags that I can use to create quick cards with. It seems like I never have the right card for the right occasion. The stamp set in the card kit had the perfect sentiments for everyday sayings that was just what I needed! Thank You Simon!
Can you tell that I had so much fun stamping the flowers and vines? I did and that's why I made more shapes using these Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies. I have a nice stash to use for several occasions and it was worth the work.  Hero Arts inks compliment Lawn Fawn's papers beautifully and I used the papers colors to guide me with the ink colors from Hero Arts. (see supply list)
Love the pendants from Spellbinders that I made my "flags" with using the sturdy paper straws. I wanted to show you when I need a card I remove the straw from the pendant to make a quick card. Depending on the card I might keep the straw intact.
In the photo above I wanted to show you how I used one of these Apothecary shapes from Simon Says to make a quick card. (The rest will be adhered to more straws when they arrive and placed in my lollipop holder.) I was so pleased with the strength of the straws. VERY STRONG!
Here is a close up of the card. I used the white pen on the leaves and the flower centers. The banners on this card are created from the washi tape in the card kit. 
The apothecary labels were traced on the Lawn Fawn papers so I would have a frame around my stamped center. If you lean the pencil at an angle on the die .... you can draw the line further from the edge ...this way you get a nice thick frame that off sets your stamped center.
You will be amazed with the different flower combinations you can create with the stamp set. I used some white gel pen on each pendant and used some white Enamel Accents too.
You can also see how the Hero Arts inks look so beautiful with the Lawn Fawn papers. I loved dotting the flowers centers and adding a white line down each leaf.
I cut my paper straws from the kit in half! Pretty tricky huh? I thought I should point this out because they were a regular size when I received them.
The white unicorn ink was stamped in the flowers center with the mulit dots from the stamp set. 
 Once the white ink was dry I added more dots with a gel pen center.... on top of the white ink.
Don't worry if your stamping isn't perfect. See the bottom flower on the pendant? I used the white gel pen to hid that extra ink between the petals. The white spaces on the flowers I colored in with a marker. 

Thank You so much for your visit today!The next stop in the Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit hop is my friend, the ever so talented, kind and handiest woman you will ever meet..Shari Carroll.If you encounter a broken link, go back to the beginning and you will get the list of the participants. Happy Hopping! Hugs, Kathy



winners and studio photos

Hello Friends, How has your week been? I wanted to post a few photos of my studio and announce my latest winners. Sometimes I have a difficult time finding the winners emails.
 If you don't have a blog it's a good idea to check back here or subscribe to my blog
I am still waiting to hear from winners Nikki and Cardscandy in this post. 

The large bulletin/pin board is waiting for me... I am planning on creating an art piece. Stay tuned for more photos in the next few months. ( I will share more info with descriptions etc :)
Something in the photos I will be sharing excited! Do you want to guess??
Tomorrow an awesome blog hop for Simon Says Stamp. Simon will be giving away over $500.00 in gift cards!! So fasten your seat belts :)
And now...the 
Simon Say's exclusive stamp that I used in this post. Congrats to Marianne! (I emailed you)
The Utube giveaway as seen in this post. Congrats to Karen Ladd ! (please email me I wasn't successful finding your email through UTube)
The Studio Calico star giveaway as seen in this post. Congrats to Carol Gibson! ( I emailed you)
Until tomorrow and congrats to the winners. Hugs, Kathy


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


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