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5/12/13

look who's dishin'

Hello Friends, Happy Mother's Day to you. I like the way Wikipedia described Mother's Day. "Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society"

I hope you are being honored in some way today even if you are a 'Mother' or not :) I am blessed to have my mom live close to us and my bonus mom too. Today I will do my best to show them how special they are. You can bet I will be in the kitchen trying to whip up something special. It might be my one of my staple salads below. For a few years I have been wanting to start a cooking blog to organize and share my recipes and finally the blog is up and running. It's called Kathy Dishes. Since I don't have a card today I thought it would be fun to share what I'm dishin' about. Wishing you a wonderful, magical and perhaps a crafty day. Hugs, Kathy

simple salad
celery salad 

5/7/13

when in doubt take the vellum out & we have a winner

Hello Friends, How are you? Today I am sharing a fun vellum tip and the winner of the Penny Black Giveaway. My May 2013 Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp was still out on my craft table therefore, it was easy to design a quick card with the beautiful papers & vellum from the card kit. Penny Black has really been rocking their stamps and it's not an exaggeration when I say that I need them all. This sweet yet whimsical stamp called "Mona Lisa" is so unique and fun! 
I used a "Project Life" type die cut called, "Life Bubble Vertical" to use on my card instead of a scrap album. I love the outline die cut that frames the Life Bubble. (check out the vertical bubble here & here) the sentiment words are from this die cut. The background paper was very busy so I put a 40lb piece of vellum on top of the busy paper and instantly it gave my card a soft elegant look. I decided so sew the vellum down and this is the fun part..... I tucked the "Oh Happy" down behind the vellum so that only the one word would stand out. (if I was a planner then I wouldn't be tucking the words behind the vellum...I would just be glueing them under the vellum..lol) Vellum really adds so much to a card especially if it's the right weight. I colored Mona Lisa with Copics and added a big blob of Enamel Accents on her necklace.
I must give you an update on Brian Mitchell. Many of you were so kind to view his video and leave great comments and personal experiences relating to his video on Brian's U-Tube channel! Thank YOU!! Well..... Brian won 1st place at the Maryland state competition & is moving on to nationals. Thank you all for your support it meant so much to Brian!(Brian is that handsome guy on the right)

AND LAST BUT, NOT LEAST...WE HAVE A WINNER FOR THIS PENNY BLACK GIVEAWAY. A BIG CONGRATS TO LAURA JANE. Thank you for your visit today it's always so appreciated. Hugs, Kathy

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5/6/13

Hello Friends, Happy Monday to you! 
I am popping in to apologize for my delay in announcing the winner of this Penny Black giveaway because I have been helping my sister move! I promise to post by tomorrow... if you haven't put your name down you still have time.  Can you believe this photo? My dog thought it would be cool to stand on the cocktail table on our patio! He never has done this so I had to snap a quick pic before bursting his bubble.
See you tomorrow and a big thanks from me. Hugs, Kathy

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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