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5/1/13

distress paints ... applying enamel accents


Hello Friends, How are you? Seems like it's been ages since I posted a card so why not have two! 
This Tiger Lily flower stamp from Penny Black is what I call perfection plus it's super easy to layer on some color if you are a beginner.The flower also has black dots if you want use them as a guide to add some white dots instead or in addition to the black dots as I did on my cards. 
The dots of Copic colors next to the flowers are the order in which I applied the color on to the flowers.
Yes...I fell in love again but, this time with the new distress paints! Seriously I love them & they are so easy to apply to stamps  :) This new background stamp from Penny Black is begging to be colored in. Maybe next time I'll do that.
On this particular background I experimented by adding water to the stamp after I inked it with the distress paint. I sprayed the stamp heavily. Once it was dry I stamped it again using the same combo of distress paints and DIDN'T spray with water. (The first cards background water was NOT used at all on the stamp.)
These are the three glorious colors that I used. At the bottom of the post I have the individual colors linked in case you want to see them. All you do is dab with the paint and stamp.
Love how they blend so nicely and the three colors gave me a nice gradient look on my background. This Spellbinder die is so delicate ... I added some white scallops around the edges just cause I have to.
This "Sweet as Honey" stamp set from Penny Black is great for so many occasions. The three sizes of bees are perfect for so many projects. For my bees I wanted more prominent stripes so I made the black lines on the bees more bold. I added Glossy Accents to the wings.
If you have ever had trouble adding Enamel Accents to your images I think this tip will help. Pour a medium size blob on some scrap paper. Dip a paper piercer or a needle into the enamel accents then touch the tip down ever so lightly onto your image. You will love the added dimension that the Enamel Accents gives but, allow time for it to dry. The sentimet cloud is this die cut from Simon Says Stamp & it always seems to be the perfect size from my cards & so many wonderful pieces in the set. Let me know if you have any questions via email. Thanks for your visit today I am always grateful. Hugs, Kathy

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4/29/13

winning

   The winners are announced!Do you want to see if you won? Check out the list on the Simon Says Stamp blog here for the.....


A BIG CONGRATS TO JEAN who won from my blog comments. A BIG thanks to Simon for giving away NINE $50.00 GIFT VOUCHERS! IF you missed the hop it's never to late to be inspired. Just click here. I will be back again soon with a card. Thanks to you all for participating. Hugs, Kathy

4/25/13

super quick card

Hello Friends, How are you today? Any signs of spring in your part of the world? We have that wonderful yellow coating on everything ... so we are in full swing spring! 
Tomorrow I will announce the winner of the Simon Says Stamp blog hop and there is still time today to leave a comment if you haven't already. You can scroll down to see the post or click here for all the info. 
Today's card was super quick created with the embossed paper in the (May 2013 Card kit) & the pink perfect pearls. I traced the white embossed flowers with a few Copic markers to add color and for a super simple card. (there are a few May 2013 kits available in the store as of right now :) 
This white gel pen added white highlights and I used this ink for the sentiment. Thanks for your visit! See you tomorrow, Kathy

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4/19/13

blog hop

Hello Friends! Welcome to Simon Says Stamp May 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop! Are you ready for Spring? I know I am with the help of this month's card kit, May 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 Nicole Magouirk's blog. Nicole has the has sweetest laugh & is so full of life & so talented too. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop click here

I am always honored and excited to work Simon's Monthly Card Kits! I love the paper selection in each kit, the exclusive stamp set and some fun elements that inspire me to do something different each month! For example in this kit, the lace trim and Perfect Pearls. If you subscribe the kit packs a value of only $19.95 ... that's what I call a serious value especially when stamp sets cost about $14.99. 
Just a side note if you are considering purchasing a kit...the last few kits have sold out. No pressure...just an FYI :) If you have purchased a kit and you end up winning a kit ... you will be credited for the full amount of the kit that you purchased. 

The flowers in the stamp set called "Best Mom Ever" are so delightful, and so easy to paper piece or color. I guarantee once you try the vellum in the kit you will want more (it's 40lbs) ! The vellum is the best I have ever used and it's so nice and substantial! Once you get to the mini tutorial you will see how I used the vellum on my flower. I also used the vellum as a layer on both of my card bases...The softness of the vellum really gives your card an elegant punch.  (if you are new to vellum you might want to poke around here , here & here to see three popular vellum posts I have done when you are finished hopping)

Stamped backgrounds are my favorite sort of card to design. The "Perfect Bow" was altered and you will see how further down the post.
When background stamping I just go with the flo and don't worry to much about lining the images up perfectly. Stamping is supposed to be fun right? When you layer the card up most imperfections get covered up so no stressing lol. After stamping with this ink from Hero Arts I filled in the leaves with some Copic markers. I like to stay away from the lines a tad just in case the inks might react.
When coloring with Copics or alcohol markers I think it's best to start with your lighter colors first.
Since I have yummy vellum on my card base I wanted to bring some vellum into the forefront of my card. I decided to add the vellum to flowers however, I didn't want to cover the entire flower just a portion of it.  Stamp on the vellum with Archival Ink and give the ink a few minutes to dry. You can "glue" the vellum with a dot of Glossy Accents or some Vellum Tape.
I have already used the "Perfect Bow" so many times but, for this card I needed the bow to be smaller... no problem. All you need to do is trace the die on your paper. The traced line will help you trim it evenly to make the bow smaller.
Trace along all of the edges or cut some off free hand. If you trace the die it gives you a guide line but, not necessary.
This is how the trimmed bow looks.  Email me if you have any questions :) Now for the best part...the
GIVEAWAY:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to one lucky commenter on every blog in the hop!!! The giveaways will stay open until Thursday April 25/13 at 11:59pm EST and the winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Friday April 26/13!


If you are a number person that means that Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $450.00 during this hop.  I encourage you to comment on ALL of the designers blogs for more chances to win on each blog. Best of luck to you all! 


Thanks so much for visiting my blog on the hop! The next stop is the amazing & crazy talented  Shari Carroll. If you encounter any broken links on the hop, you can head back the Simon Says Stamp blog here  for a full list of participants.

Happy Hopping!! ;-) and a huge thanks for your visit as always! Hugs, Kathy



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