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3/20/13

basicgrey blog hop and giveaway

Welcome to the BasicGrey Knee Highs and Bow Ties Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from the blog of the talented Joscelyne Cutchens. If you want to start at the beginning go to the BasicGrey blog.

Awe, those playground days—a time full of wonderment and imagination. BasicGrey has captured that energy and excitement in these two coordinating lines. The rough and tumble look of Bow Ties will liven up your crafty toy box, with its vibrant shades of leap-frog green, red-rover red, freeze-tag teal, and more. And the playful motifs in this line, which include tools, cars, creepy-crawlies and rocket ships, will rev your creative engine and as your project ideas soar to new heights.

Looking for a bit more sugar and spice? Knee Highs will put a smile on your face with its rainbow brights and fanciful florals.
I am so tickled pink and green with this collection called,"Knee Highs" that I couldn't stop with one card. Seriously...it's always so difficult to select the papers for my cards because I am in love with all of the patterns. 

In the Knee Highs Collection pack you will find the most beautiful stickers. When I saw this owl I knew that I needed to use it right away. The green scalloped boarder, butterflies, "celebrating you" paper, and the letters were all in the collection pack. I just love the variety in the collection packs and it's a great way to assemble some fast cards or layouts.
Even though I loved the owl as it was I decided to give the owl a brighter belly ... just because. I used a piece of vellum, traced the belly, laid it on top of the heart paper and cut out the shape of the belly. This took all of three seconds and glued it with some Glossy Accents. (the only adhesive I use) I used a nice pool of Glossy Accents on the owls eyes. In this photo the eyes are still wet.
Most of the time I love to stick the letters on a complimentary color and cut around the edges. I find this small step makes a big difference in the overall look of my card.
These next two cards I whipped up quickly with all of my paper scraps laying around. These stickers were the perfect addition to my backgrounds. What a value! I just double checked the price and I think you would want to run to the store to snap them up here. With a few snips (read below and you will know what I mean) the stickers took center stage on my cards.
I put the green banner & the heart on white paper and trimmed the edges.

A little distress ink gives these beautiful papers a different look. Personal preference for sure. Here's the snip...snip part. These banners were perfect for my quick assembled cards but, I wanted more dimension. So with a quick snip I trimmed the "folded" part of the banner and used pop dots to raise the sentiment part for some nice dimension. (SEE THE PHOTO BELOW)



Want a chance to win your choice of a Knee Highs or Bow Ties Collection Pack OR 6x6 Paper Pads of both collections? See the giveaway box below :

If the chance to win a collection pack is exciting, what about the chance to win one of each product in the Knee Highs or Bow Ties collection?  Your choice!  We thought you might be interested!  Simply head over to theBasicGrey Facebook page and let us know your favorite product in the this collection!  A winner will be selected at random from all comments received today.

Next, it's time to hop over to the oh so creative Marinette Lesne's blog.  Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the BasicGrey blog for a list of direct links to all of the blogs in the hop. Thanks so much for your visit and best of luck. Hugs, Kathy

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3/19/13

Hello Friends, I just wanted to share some BasicGrey deals with you. You can read more about the Collections Box in this post. Have a great day, Kathy

3/18/13

bee happy


Hello Friends, How have you been? It seems like it has been ages since my last post. As spring gets closer the "to do"list gets longer. I hope things are going well for you :)

This sweet image from Penny Black (designed by Mo Manning) is technically a Valentine stamp but, I think it's appropriate for any occasion. Hearts are a good way to show love so they are always in vogue for me.

The cheery patterned paper, sweet sentiment sticker, and the fun scalloped boarder is from BasicGrey. I added some Enamel Accents to the yellow trim and I always recommend that you practice on some scrap paper first. If you look close at the photo... take note... I am going to compare it to cheese. When you take a bite of pizza the cheese can be like string....sorta? Anyway this happens to the Enamel Accents. So carefully and slowly you pull the tip straight up and give the stringy part time to pull apart and pool at the botton. Repeat on each scallop.

Thank you for your visit I am always grateful that you take the time to stop in. I hope you have a great week. Hugs, Kathy

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3/15/13

simon says stamp winners!

Hello Friends, Just popping in to share the winner of Simon Says Blog Hop as seen in this post. 
Simon Says Stamp randomly selected the winners from each blog in the hop and the winners were announced on the Simon blog here
A big congrats to Maureen Morton that won from my blog selected from the comments. Simon randomly selected lots of winners and gave away lots of gift cards..... $550 worth of gift cards were given out by Simon Says Stamp!! THANK YOU SIMON FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! 

This is a sneak peek for the next Simon Says Blog Hop On Wednesday 3/27 so mark your calendars or.... subscribe to my blog so you don't miss a thing. The die cuts in the sneak peek photo are this and this.

THE WINNER OF THE MARCH CARD KIT as seen in this post. A big congrats to Angie!
In case you missed the The Valentines Day Card Kit winner ... it was Annette Hindes as seen in this post.
Later this week I have some stamps to give away. Stay tuned and have a great week. Hugs, Kathy

P.S. Fashion blogs seem to be be the rage these days but, this one called Metropolitan Thread I have fallen in love with. Love her sense of style! This is one of my favorite photos from the blog.
Metropolitan Thread 

3/11/13

altering a background

Hello Friends, How are you this Monday? I don't think I will ever tire of flower stamps especially when I think spring is right around the corner or... at least I am hoping that spring is :) This flower background stamp from Penny Black is so beautiful that I decided to cut it apart and make two cards from the one background flower stamp. FUN I promise!
Below I have a mini tutorial for you. I paired the beautiful stamps with these sentiment stamps from Simons Says Stamp. I LOVE the size of the sentiments and felt they would stand out nicely on my cards. Since my background is somewhat busy I used two layers of this heavy weight vellum.  Here are two more cards I created with the sentiment set from Simon Says Stamp and here is one of my favorite cards with another altered background.
After coloring my background with some Copic markers I cut around the stamp and inside the stamp in a few spots. I proceeded to add some highlights with a white colored pencil. Can you believe that I actually put my gel pen down?? lol
Dimension and I go hand in hand so out with the Enamel Accents. Don't worry if a few of the enamel accents run together...what flower is perfect right? Hold the bottle STRAIGHT upside down and work quickly so you don't get a large blog of black dots on your flowers centers. I suggest that you practice on some scrap paper until you feel confident. :)
What do you think? Don't these flowers looks beautiful cut apart ... because the design is so good I believe. I added white Enamel Accents to the small flowers.
I love the stamp that I selected for my background called, "Indian Wheel" from Penny Black. You will be surprised how quick you can RANDOMLY color areas and I think you will love the look too. If mark off where you are placing your cut out image you can spare yourself come coloring time.  
Thank you for your visit I know you are busy. Enjoy you day! Hugs, Kathy

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