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



Monday, October 20, 2014

It's the big day!


Hello Y'all!

So this is a much brighter card than what I'd normally make, but when this stamp set, Doodlie Do by Papertrey ink was being show cased by the design team, I fell in love with it. The one that made me happiest was done by Laura Bassen with Copics, ( man that girl is talented!) Nevermind that I am not a colorer or did not own a single Copic...I had to have it. Well, as is true of many others, I received it and couldn't wait to play with it...but I got so intimidated by the thought of coloring it and not coming the least bit close to Laura's card that I never tried! I did make a couple of cards but only in Prisma Pencils.

Fast forward to this month, when I pulled out the stamp set and said "Aha! I still don't have Copics but I have Spectrum Noirs!" Now I did my best to reproduce Laura's card as closely as I could judging from the pics in the gallery and Voila...it is finished!

It only took me 3 days, spending an hour or so each day...I am soo slow at coloring and these are not the biggest spaces for coloring...I had to take my time...I'm notorious for coloring outside the lines!

Please Lord, give me artistic abilities in Heaven! That would be so very awesome.:)

That's all. Hope everyone had a good weekend.
Kathy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hello Birthday Girl




Hello Y'all,
I didn't think working 4 days a week from home would dampen my creativity but...it has. I think it's just all the learning that gives my brain a workout so there's not much left but I'm sure I'll feel more creative once I have this stuff "under my belt" so to speak.

I did have a small spark last night so I went with it. Actually I received my Wplus9 order of Pretty Peonies, Hand Lettered Hello and Hand Lettered Thanks and they've been sitting out on my craft desk for a week begging to be opened. 

Honestly, the Pretty Peonies intimidated me...so many pieces to layer. I'm not the best stamp scene builder so I need help for placement. Thankfully, Dawn has some stellar card designers and I was able to find quite a few to work with. This one is fashioned after one by Joni Andaya...only hers was soo gorgeous. She used both Pretty Peonies and Pretty Little Peonies but I didn't have both so went with just using what I had. I did mimic her color scheme and her title idea on vellum. I do love this card...so pretty, without trying too hard.

I used Papertrey's inks in Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise and Harvest Gold for the various flowers. The dots were made with a Dried Marigold distress marker. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on a piece of vellum, then embossed with SU! gold embossing powder. The focal panel is Papertrey white cs mounted onto a Berry Sorbet card base.

So that's all from me...have to get to work now, which is one desk over from I'm sitting at the moment. Hope the traffic isn't too bad. hahaha

Have a great Tuesday.
Kathy

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A timely word

This morning's devotional from my former pastor in Phoenix just hit a place in my heart and thought it was worth sharing here because I know many of you are facing hard things as well.
Praying this touches you and brings you comfort today.
blessings in the name of Jesus,
Kathy

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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Today's Devotion
The book of Isaiah says that Jesus announced that "God sent me to announce the year of his grace… and to comfort all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:2, MSG).

The Lord is very much aware of every tear you have ever shed. This is made abundantly clear in Psalm 56:8 which says:

"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."

Someone has said, "A teardrop on earth summons the King of Heaven."

Jesus can do wonders with a broken heart if given all the pieces.

I'm praying that the Lord gives you His special comfort and peace.