Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hello



Hey Fans,
Yes, it's another birthday card...I think that's all I know how to make! Lol :) It's a gray, overcast, windy day here so it's perfect for staying inside, playing in my craft room.

I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest and saw a card that was just gorgeous so I used it as my springboard. Truly though, I didin't think anything was going to come of it because I had to start over a bazillion times! ...well maybe not that many but more than I care to count!!

So I really like it!! I used Avery Elle's Finished Frames for the panel cut out of Papertrey's Aqua Mist cardstock. The sentiment is from My Favorite things and the flowers and leaves are from an old Hero Arts set that I dont' remember the name of right now. I white heat embossed all the elements, then watercolored them using Papertrey's Summer Sunrise reinker as well as Memento Pear Tart and Rose Bud (flower centers). The panel is mounted on a Papertreyink Rustic White card base.

Well that's all for today...I've been having some health problems which I'm now pretty sure is low (read almost dead) thyroid. If any of you have good advice I'd love to hear it. I'm not ready to do the synthetic stuff and would like other alternatives!

Have a great weekend!
Kathy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

So a million years later...a card!


Hey Fans,
I'm baack! I know...you didn't know I was gone. hahaha! Actually I've been here, it's Mrs. Mojo who took an extra long vacation (if you want my opinion, I think she got lost) But she finally showed with no apologies and said it was just going to be part-time. Hmmm...I gotta do something about that woman :)

Anyway, Papertreyink's 8th anniversary celebration was what got Mrs. Mojo to come limping home and now I'm inspired! This card is a case, almost, of one Amy Sheffer did for the Beautiful Butterflies layers reveal. Just loved the soft colors she used and even though I did not have Watercolor Wonder or the BB Layers, I was able to approximate it close enough.

I know this doesn't even come close by any means, but when God said what He had created was "good" I kinda know what He meant...it's a satisfying feeling to be pleased with what you create! Thank you, Lord for giving me the ability to have this hobby :)

thanks for stopping by,
Kathy


Ingredients:
Papertrey Rustic White Cardstock
Papertrey Beautiful Butterflies (butterfly fussy cut)
Papertrey Inks:
Melon Berry
Aqua Mist
Harvest Gold 
Sweet Blush
Papertrey Happy die cut
Hero Arts Texture and Shape stamp set
Hero Arts birthday sentiment
Michaels' gold shimmer paper
SU! pearls


Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm here for you


Hey Fans!

It's been a long while since I posted...I'm still crafting and card making, mostly cards for my first-born daughter's stash, but the biggest crash happened to my creativity when I ruined all my freshly made Christmas cards by spilling diet coke all over them! Yes, it was awful and it was a Route 44 diet coke, so it was lots and lots of brown fizzy drink all over my WHITE cards. But what can ya do? I just started a new batch with a different design since I did not have the heart to recreate the first ones.

This card is going in my daughter's stash of cards... oh how I love it!! This is a Penny Black stamp called Poppy time...or Poppy something. I stamped it in Antique Linen on Strathmore Mixed media paper and colored it with Marvy Markers in Persimmon and Crimson Lake. The stems were colored with a Jungle Green Marvy Marker. I used a waterbrush to spread the color out.

I backed the focal panel with Stampin UP Basic Black cardstock and then layered that on a SU Pretty in Pink top folding card base. The sentiment is from SU's Blooming with Kindness stamp set.

I'll be back to post my Christmas cards soon!

Happy Saturday and Merry Christmas!!
Kathy

Friday, November 7, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving





Yes, Fans, these are not birthday cards!! Amazing right? hahaha
Well, I liked my Christmas cards so well, I wanted something on a similar order ( white space) for my Thanksgiving cards. No cut files this time, I used Papertreyink's Leaf Prints die and made my beautiful background paper with Distress inks in Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries and Crushed Olive and some watercolor paper.

First I smooshed the distress inks on my craft mat, spritzed those with water and laid my watercolor paper in the inks and let them dry. If I thought they needed more coverage I'd press them into the remaining ink and dry again. Then I cut out the leaves from the middle of watercolor paper that had been cut down to 3 3/4" by 5". For the white leaves I cut out the same size white paper and then stamped them with the leaf veins. 

Once all the leaves were cut, I adhered the focal panel to a top folding 4 1/4 by 5 1/2" base card, then lay in the die cut. I added a twine bow (Papertrey) and stamped the greeting (Papertrey's November birthday stamp set).

Okay, that's all. It's Friday and it's chilly outside. Love it!

Praying you have a safe and happy weekend.
Kathy


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Christmas Blessings



Oh this year's Christmas card making by all the designers had me stunned! They were all so gorgeous and how I wanted to make something similar but did not have the tools nor did I want to spend the money to get them. Now, mind you, I did spend some money but just do not have the time to cut all those pieces out by hand. Enter my lovely Cameo to the rescue!

Yes, fans, this was cut on my Cameo! It is a Silhouette Studio cut file called Trees & snow layered A2 card by Kristen Magee. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Kristen! I love this card so much and it didn't really require much effort from me. Everything you see was cut out with the Cameo, even the star (but it's not part of that cut file-it's a separate image) all I did was color the background using Distress inks Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot. 

I tried glittering the entire background behind the snow with glitter but it really didn't show up much, so I used Stickles Star Dust inside each hole, as well as the trees, star and hilltops. The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life Ornaments4Christmas. 

Truly, before I found this cut file, I was seriously down about making Christmas cards. I even bought two new Christmas stamp sets, but nothing made me as happy as this card:) This is is my prototype...I have begun to cut all the  pieces. Oh one thing, this file does come with the card base as well, but I didn't think it was necessary to cut it since cutting an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock is easy peasy.

Yay! Ok, I've babbled enough. 
Happy Wednesday!
Kathy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Birthday!




A quick post this morning...I managed to make two cards yesterday! Considering my weekend, that's major. Maybe I'm like one of those starving artists, have to be down and out to create...Nah, I just really wanted something happy to look at:)

I was reading on Splitcoast Stampers forum about a gal that was so discouraged by the amount of "stuff" she had in her scrap room and how she had not used much of it. That got me to take a second look at some of my older stamp sets to see if I still liked them. Came across this stamp set, Frilly Flowers, from Papertreyink and decided to try it...yep I still like it! 

And you know what? That really did make me happy :)

I'm thankful for this craft...it can really bring me out of the doldrums.

That's all.

Happy Tuesday,
Kathy

Ingredients:
Papertrey Rustic White card stock
Frilly Flowers stamp set, Embroidered blooms sentiment
Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold and Simply Chartreuse ink
Versamark ink
SU! Gold embossing powder


Monday, October 27, 2014

Enjoy your day!


Hello Y'all,

So this past weekend was a very hard emotional rollercoaster for us...didn't think I would be able to create a thing. I even woke up feeling angry...why is this happening AGAIN?! My dh admitted he was feeling the same thing. It's hard having a child relapse once again into drug abuse. I don't even know if I have the words to describe the pain...In church we sang a song Oceans by Hillsong and one verse says: 
"Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed, and You won't start now

I realized as I was singing that song that I am in the deepest waters I've ever been in up to this point in my life. Yet, God is with me and will strengthen me to walk this walk. Still fear creeps in and threatens to steal the peace I'm clinging to.

Now how do I bridge that with the card I made today? I guess I needed to make something happy...oh I just realized I forgot to put the pearls on the flowers...oh well, I'll do that after I post this. Anyway, this is a CASE...almost, of a beautiiful card on Pinterest (where else?!) I used the same flowers, Mini Blooms from Papertrey but everything else is different including the sentiment. The patterned paper is from MME Lost & Found, Rustic White cs from Papertrey, silver shimmer paper strip from I don't remember where. Smokey Shadow ink from Papertrey as well.

Hope Monday has been good to Y'all.

blessings,
Kathy