Friday, December 18, 2015

Thank you


You'd think I'd be making millions of Christmas cards...not this year. But I do have a lot of thank yous to make and this is a start. I know you've seen this flower before...I don't have any other really open flower stamps to color so this is my go-to, but I do like it a lot!! Actually colored with Copics...yes, I drank the Kool-aide. Well just a sip or two. I bought some Copic trios from Papertreyink since those are the ink colors and cardstocks I use the most.

Now I still have all my Spectrum Noir markers and I don't think I'll be giving them up since they were last year's anniversary gift from my sweet husband, who now resides in heaven. I'll still be working with them, but adding the Copics was a big help since their colors are so much more saturated! Not that I'm any color whiz, but good tools help make the most of my amateur skills :)

Anyway, the goods I used were Penny Black Poppy stamp, Wplus9 thank you sentiment stamp, Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, Papertreyink Simply Chartreuse and Rustic White cardstock and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The Lord has been good to me, giving me these past four months to heal my heart and restore my soul. It's not over, for sure, but I'm so very thankful to be past the first three months. The cobwebs are clearing and good memories are starting to come back to mind... a welcome sign. Next week my house will be full of family and I can't wait. I want to celebrate our family and the birth of our Savior, Jesus...I know Bill would want it that way too. Then I'll be off to Arizona for a long stay, visiting friends, my former church and spending some good time with my mom and sister and her family.

Praying your Christmas is filled with new hope and love and new found faith in Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas Y'all,
Kathy



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I made something!



It's been a long time since I felt any kind of creative...it feels good. I've been struggling with the holidays and didn't think I would feel festive at all. I managed to put my garlands up, decorate the tree and add some new solar powered lights outside along the walkway and still didn't feel the mood. Then I began wrapping presents two nights ago and suddenly I felt a spark...small, but definitely a spark. As the presents grew and took over by last night I was really able to get into spirit of the season. I surveyed all my work, wrapping and bagging presents and realized something was missing...name tags!

Now normally I don't do name tags because I like to keep people guessing. Really that is the reason! Years ago my husband would pick up a box, shake it and name the contents. That made me so mad because he was always right (I didn't let him know though)! After a few years of him doing that, I quit putting names on all the presents...I'd confound him one way or another. And it worked, he quit being able to name the contents. yay!

Fast forward to the present day and I realized "I have to put name tags on" because I can't trust my memory!!

So here we have two tags colored with Distress Markers (tree branch) and Spectrum Noir markers with a little added Wink of Stella thrown in for good measure.

The stamps are Purple Onion (Stacy Yakula) and Wplus9, poinsettia. Super cute!

Hope you're staying warm and toasty:)
Kathy

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