Friday, April 11, 2014

I miss you


Seeing all the lovely and amazing colored-with-Copics cards is very inspiring...'cept I don't have Copics and I don't really know how to color, I mean coloring with shading, considering your light source, etc. don't know if that will ever be in my bag of tricks, but I do have Memento markers! 

Going through my stamps, I realized I loved this stamp when I bought it but then never did much with it...so today I got it inked up with Versamark water mark ink and colored with my markers. The halo was achieved by using a paper towel to wipe off the color on the embossed portion. Actually that started out as an accident...but I decided it looked pretty cool so I went with it. Now I love this card!!

So there you have it, my Friday offering. I have to thank the Lord for giving me eyes to see and hands to use because I so enjoy making cards to send to others!

Happy weekend, Y'all,
Kathy

Ingredients:
Papertreyink white cs
SU Pacific Point cs
Memento markers-Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk and Grape Jelly
Hero Arts sentiment
SU white embossing powder
Versamark watermark ink
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Michael's gems

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Birthday



Continuing my coloring theme with Hero Arts Large Flower background today. I tell ya, this is a fun stamp to color...very easy...well at least it is for me. I guess some might think it's too easy but hey, I need all the easy I can get!!

I saw this gorgeous card on Pinterest and loved it so much I thought I would try to replicate it in another color. It's a CASE of a different color!! lol ;)  I think I did fairly well...what do you think? It's okay, you can be completely honest.

Honestly it took all I had to do this card, for some reason I woke up very tired this morning so there isn't a whole lot of energy happening in this brain of mine.

It's a beautiful day outside...just lovely, blue skies, warm sunshine and fair temperatures-just the sort of day to be outside sketching...if I could do that!

Happy Wednesday Y'all,
Kathy

Ingredients:
Papertreyink white and kraft cs
SU Pretty in Pink cs
SU White embossing powder
Hero Arts Large Flower background stamp
Hero Arts sentiment
Memento markers
Ranger archival black ink
Versamark water mark ink





Monday, April 7, 2014

Thinking of you



Saw this card on Pinterest and loved it! I didn't have all those same things but pulled out what I did have and made the card above. Just love how the colors turned out! I debated and debated on putting a gem in the middle of the butterfly but once it was placed my eye went right to the gem first...not what I wanted so I left the butterfly bare.

So pretty!

Finished reading Genesis, now I'm in Exodus 1...the story of Moses always raises more questions in my mind, like...how was Miriam so able to just come up to Pharaoh's daughter and offer to get a nurse for the baby (Moses) that Pharaoh's daughter found floating in a basket? How old was Miriam? Did Pharaoh's daughter know of the edict given by Pharaoh? Isn't it ironic  that the very thing Pharaoh had ordered the army to do, throw all the Hebrew baby boys in the river and drown them...he ended up having a Hebrew son raised right under his nose! God is amazing all the time!! His plans will not be thwarted.

So it's Monday, right? Seems the weekend passed in a blur.
Happy Monday!
Kathy

Ingredients:
Hero Arts Large Flower Background cling stamp
SU Wetlands sentiment
Stampendous clear embossing powder
Versamark water mark ink
Tim Holtz Distress ink Mowed Lawn
Tim Holtz Distress ink Peacock Feathers
Papertreyink Beautiful Butterflies die
Papertreyink Classic Kraft cs
Papertreyink White cs
SU embossing folder

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello



I decided to make a card for  The Simonsaysstamp challenge blog for their birthday celebration using a water color idea. Turned out kinda cute!

It is pretty simple, but for some reason the simplest cards cause me the biggest headaches! I have the hardest time lining up the sentiments and placing embellishments...this one came together pretty okay!

Thanks for stopping by and go check out the challenge:)

Kathy

Ingredients:
White cs-?
Hero Arts stamps
Memento reinkers
Judikins silver detail embossing powder
Versamark watermark ink
sequins-?

Hello



Seeing all the cute striped cards lately, especially made with some of the gorgeous sea colors I was inspired to try one.

Funny story...I was perusing various blogs a few weeks ago and saw a lot of people were using Avery Elle's Laurels stamp set and dies. They were so pretty I just had to have the set and went online shopping to find them. Once I found them put them right into my cart and then got interrupted by a series of things so I never got back to my cart. About a week later I was going through my stamps to make a card and since my stamps are alphabetized Avery Elle is at the very front, so I pulled out a stamp set and thought, "Oh this looks familiar...almost like those cards I saw"....Ha! It was the Avery Elle Laurels stamp set!! Am I a dunce or what??!! I would have ended up with two of the same exact thing if I hadn't gotten interrupted when I was online shopping! I'm sure no one else has ever done this, right?!

Anyway, here's my card inspired by others!

Happy Thursday,
Kathy

Ingredients:
Papertreyink White cs
Avery Elle Laurels stamps and dies
Simonsaysstamp Happy Every day stamp
Hero Arts Mint Julep Shadow ink
Hero Arts Tide Pool Shadow ink
Hero Arts Butter Bar Shadow ink
Hero Arts Charcoal Shadow ink
Versamark watermark ink
Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme ink
SU Gold embossing powder

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Another You & Me



Don't you just love off-center pictures?...no! I think my eyes are off center! Oh well, it's a card and not a family portrait, right?!

The SU catalog has a card example for one of their sea stamp sets that I love (probably more for the colors than anything else) so I thought I would try something similar. Now this is just inspiration and not a CASE but it captures just what I wanted it to.

I like the soft colors and beachy feel...I'm not normally one who uses beach scenes but this one spoke to me (really!)

I was wide awake at 3: a.m. and spent 30 minutes tossing and turning before I finally  gave in  and got up. I think the Lord just wanted me to get up and read without any distractions, so that's what I did.

We're studying Genesis in our Sunday School class and while I've read this book many times, each time I learn something new. I'm in the part where Joseph has just revealed himself to his brothers and weeps loudly. How very hard that must have been to see his brothers and not let on who he was for a while. Then I thought about how heart wrenching it must have been for Jacob to believe his son, who was the apple of his eye, had been killed. Now all these years later he finds out he is still alive and Pharaoh's right hand man! I could very much imagine the pain of losing a child (though have no experience in it) My heart would feel so crushed. And to know that God allowed Jacob to go through that experience because He had a greater plan to save the entire nation of Israel.

I had been asking the Lord why I have to suffer so many things, health issues, not being able to live near my kids, not having friends here...nothing like what Joseph and Jacob endured for sure...but God answered me by showing me that my temporary suffering is accomplishing His will. Suffering also reveals what's in my heart...usually pride. I want to bargain with God  or argue about why suffering is not necessary or it's not fair. I wonder if Jacob said similar things to God when Joseph was sold into slavery. Oh there's so much more to this story than I have room to tell...Read Genesis-it's a wonderful book...definitely reads more like a nighttime saga!

So while I don't relish suffering I understand why it's necessary.

Well that's all for now-it's grocery shopping day. Woohoo...do I sound excited?

Happy Wednesday,
Kathy

Ingredients:
Hero Arts Antique Engravings
Hero Arts La Letter script background
Hero Arts sentiment set
SU Gorgeous Grunge
SU Crisp Cantaloupe ink
SU Coastal Cabana ink
SU Sahara Sand ink
Papertreyink White cs
SU Crisp Cantaloupe cs
SU Sahara Sand cs
SU Bubbles embossing folder (Saleabration)
SU Scallop tag topper punch
Papertrey Rustic Twine


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

You & Me


I promise this card is not bright and jarring like what you see on the screen...or maybe it's just mine...

Anyway, thought I'd try feathers since they seem to be so "in"...I'm not a big trend person but have finally decided feathers are okay! I think what happens to me is I resist a trend until it's almost over and then I like it. Ha!

The sentiment is gold embossed which really looks great irl...the feathers are images from the Silhouette store, cut out with my Cameo.

The colors are SU Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay. The dots are MME...I think. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the white cs is Papertrey. The brown...don't know...maybe Hobby Lobby.

That's all!
Have a great Tuesday evening:)

Kathy