Saturday, August 29, 2015

He's gone home...


I can't think of how to write this post...I don't have many words right now-but for those few who read my blog I just wanted you to know my husband passed away Tuesday morning, August 25th at 9:23 a.m.
 
My heart is hurting and my eyes are tired from all the weeping and while I hurt, yet I rejoice because he is home with the Lord. No more needles, no more I.V.'s, no more tests and procedures. He is finally freed from a body whose liver was dying...he is at rest in the arms of Christ.
 
For those that didn't know, my husband was diagnosed with a dying liver (cirrhosis) in 2009 caused by Hepatitis he contracted as a teenager along with fatty liver from diabetes. The doctors told us the only solution would be a transplant and as the time neared where it would die completely, he would be put on the list. He did so well the first few years that it was hard to tell he was sick. He didn't feel or look it at all.
 
He was accepted on the transplant list in June, but by then his liver was just too sick and his body too tired of trying to fight. Sunday morning I took him to the ER for the 6th time in two months and it was to be his last. The doctors tried everything they knew but they told me with as sick as he was, he had nothing left to fight with.
 
I am not prepared for life without my husband. I have no plan...but feel sure the Lord will lead me, is leading me. I am surrounded by family and friends at the moment. The memorial service is tomorrow at 2 p.m. with visitation from 12-2
 
He was my greatest supporter of my card making and scrapping. He was always the first to see my finished cards even before I posted them here. He cheered me on all the time and encouraged me to consider selling my work (something I would never do) He only wanted handmade cards from me and has kept every one I ever gave him.
 
Bill was my spiritual leader, my husband, my godly covering in this world and I miss him deeply.
 
Thanks for listening,
Kathy
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Colored powders...anyone?


I think I've shared my fiasco with Bister powders my friend, Holly, sent me...well now that colored powders are catching on more here in the States I thought I'd give them another try. Bisters are not like Brusho or Color Burst powders, they are more chunky and less intense in color. They are made from pecan shells or something like that...don't quote me on it.
But since my dad's and son-in-law's birthday are the same day and I don't make many masculine cards I decided the Bister was the perfect thing to use. Also Holly sent me the Art Specially stamps and I wanted to use them as well.

I made the Bister background several days earlier but didn't have a clear idea what I would do. The colors kind of helped me figure out what card base to use and it just went from there. Now these are pretty clean and spare (more my style) but I really like the end result. I stamped the Envelope pattern background, guitar and sentiment with Versafine Sepia ink onto watercolor card stock. Then I smooshed distress inks on my craft sheet, spritzed some water on them and smooshed my sentiment strip on the colors. Mounted the sentiment on foam tape and there you have it. Both my dad's card and Chase's were the exact same design, with different sentiments.
Purty cool, eh?

Well, that is all from me. Hope everyone is having a crafty good time!
Kathy


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Watercolor markers...big decisions!



For my birthday last month I asked for a set of watercolor markers. I have always wanted the complete set of Tombow markers and thought if I ever had the money I'd buy them. Then the Zig Clean Color Brush markers entered the picture and then Spectrum Noir Markers seemed to be getting a lot of press. A friend mentioned Windsor & Newton had their own watercolor marker set...I was thoroughly confused!

To unconfuse myself I went to my go-to...YouTube. Found this very informative video and after viewing...
I went with the complete set of Tombow markers ( my original choice) purchased through Amazon Warehouse Deals @ $86 for all 96 markers... an open box in like-new condition item. Love those deals.

Hope this helps some of you who might be in the same place I was, trying to figure out where to best spend my crafting dollars.

Blessings,
Kathy

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

So then there's this...

Another Pinterest inspiration by Yoonsun Hur whose card is amazing! I chose to do things just slightly different, but it still has the same general feel. Love the happiness of this card.

I used Papertreyink's Beautiful Brushstrokes just as Yoonsun did as well as Distress inks in Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Bundled Sage. I couldn't figure out how the flowers were made but after several tries discovered Yoonsun had only used the middle stamp of the 3 layer stamps available to make one whole flower. Works for me!

I loved how she gave hers a more artistic feel with the color wash background, using the colors to layer on in a more random fashion...that sorta worked for me. I guess I need to work on being more whimsical and less precise... it was hard for me to go there.

I'll be honest, I almost 86d this card panel...the background looked less artistic and more like a "fail" but I stuck it out and decided it wasn't half bad :) My friend, Holly, in the Netherlands says she never throws out anything even when it looks hopeless because she might like it in a day or two if she leaves it be. That's good advice...my trash could stand to take a break...hahaha

I stamped everything on Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper...normally I think it has too much texture, but for this card it worked really well. I placed the panel on a piece of SU Pool Party and stamped the greeting from Unity stamps in Memento Tuxedo black ink.

So that's all for today. Dh is still in the hospital. Bringing him a Wendy's Chocolate Frosty after work tonight and hopefully we will know more when the dr comes in around 6.

Blessings Y'all,
Kathy

Monday, July 6, 2015

Wonderful

Hey Y'all,
How was your Fourth of July weekend? Go to any fireworks displays? Cook out? See family and friends or go camping, tubing, or any and all of the wonderful things that we do on a 3 day weekend? Go to any services that celebrated our great country?

I did not get to do any of that fun stuff, but I did manage to make some cards in the midst of what turned out to be a hectic weekend. I was rocking along making cards, the one above is an example. The image is from the Unity Stamp Co kit of the month for June, which I stamped 3 times and popped up the middle image. I colored the flowers with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, stamped the sentiment (SU) and then flicked black ink with water spots all over and applied Stickles to some of those spots. 

Yes, it's been quite hectic...computer crashed and landed in the hospital...husband crashed with a terrible fever which landed us in the ER for almost 6 hours this morning...midnight to 6 am. yet, I cannot forget to be completely thankful we live here in America. I love my country. I love that we are free, that many laid their lives down so we could be free. I love my Lord, who has blessed this country.

Praying God continues to bless America,
Kathy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Art Specially

My dear friend, Holly, who lives in Lekkerkerk, Netherlands goes to a stamping event every year called Art Specially. They make a set of red rubber stamps that are exclusive to the event and they put on workshops using the exclusive stamps. There are very many awesome examples of things you can make with these stamps. I was especially enamored with the set this year because it was full of masculine stamps or gender neutral stamps as well as they had the sketchy look that I like (sorta Tim Holtz style) But you can't buy them here in the States...big sad face :(

Well my dear friend, bought the entire set for me and sent ideas on how to use them as well. This is my first attempt at one of the techniques they used. I really like it!!

First you use 3 distress ink colors and a rectangle template to make the inked rectangle, leaving a lighter area. Then you stamp the image or images of your choices, doodle some lines (mine were drawn with a ruler because it would have been a hot mess freehand!) Then you take some bleach to highlight certain areas of the image. That was so much fun. I actually went outside the lines to give a halo effect to the tips of some of the brushes in the jar. So cool! can't wait to make more.

So this is a great big THANK YOU, to Holly! What do you think? I'm thinking this will be a card to my son...he needs to hear Just Chill right now because work is hard at the moment.

So there you have it. My second inspiration of the week. Feels good to get crafty again-the Lord lifted a burden off my shoulders which eased my troubled, weary mind and allowed the craftiness to flow...or maybe just sprinkle :)

Happy Wednesday Evening

Monday, June 22, 2015

A month of Sundays...

Well hello there y'all,
Yes, it has been " a month of Sundays" since I posted last. Work takes a lot out of me and since my greatest creativity happens during the day...I guess work gets it all. Hmmm...I need some creativity juice to drink in the early evening to get me going again.

Anyway, I bought some of the Peerless Watercolors to try and at first I was not fond of them. I'm no expert, or even an artist, but it seemed harder to control the color application with the Peerless, so I set them aside for a while. Then the other day they caught my eye and I decided to try them again. Practiced on a few stamped images then made this card. It's a start in the right direction I think. I like a more loose look, not so formal and tight... I don't know what do you think. I like how the flowers turned out, I just need to get used to the colors. They're more muted and much darker than I thought they would be, although I usually go for muted over clear.

And speak of clear, I bought the 12 pack set of Zig Clean Color brush markers and hmmm...I can't see what all the hoopla is about. I don't find I can control those as well as I can my Tombow markers. So what I'm thinking is it comes down to preference. If you are a watercolor artist then you will probably prefer the Zigs since they are a true brush tip, not a marker tip. Which is just as well for my pocketbook...I have no desire to go out and buy the 60 marker set now.
The one thing I can say is the color seems to disburse just a tiny bit better with the Zigs when you use them straight to paper over the Tombows. 

Well this post is about Peerless Watercolors...I'm thinking they are novel and okay but again, they don't spin my beanie incredibly.

So there you have it, my two cents on a few popular products out there.

Hope y'all are having a crafty evening!
Kathy

Ingredients:
Hero Arts Script block stamp
Stampendous Flower Fields stamp
PTI Enchanted Evening cardstock - base cardstock
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Gold Paper strip - SSS May card kit paper
Peerless Watercolors
Pentel Aquash water brush
SU Gorgeous Grunge
Versamark ink
Stampendous clear embossing powder
SU gold embossing powder