Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Botanical Blocks



I love Botanical Blocks and I know, I posted a card I made with this one a while back, but I was in the mood to watercolor and this one is almost a guaranteed success..well at least in my mind it is!

Do any of you watch thefrugalcrafter-Lindsay? I love, love her humor and her easy, laid back attitude. She can draw anything! She is far messier than I would be comfortable being, but in the end she makes something fabulous from all her mess! Wish I could have that attitude, but then I'm not a natural artist, or really even an artist at all, guess that's why I'm not so laid back. I have to spend so much time making anything look even passably good, that I can't be laid back! I tell you, in heaven I hope, hope, hope, God blesses me with artistic ability!

Anyway, back to my card...I used Distress markers in Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass and pretty much just let water do it's work on some Strathmore Mixed Media paper. Mounted the flower panel onto a piece of black  ( I think it's SU!) and then laid a strip of green card stock (don't know maybe Hobby Lobby paper) and mounted all of it onto a piece of SU! Strawberry Slush card stock (I love this color...must get more of it!) Oh and of course there is the clear Wink of Stella brushed on the middle of the flower!

The sentiment is from SU! Bitty Banners die cut with the matching die, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added teeny tiny pearls from SU! on either side of the sentiment.

I love listening to the radio while I craft, usually Tune In 89.3 KLOVE...yeah I know it's mostly Christian pop but sometimes I want something light hearted but still encouraging! Love this one by Francesca Battistelli


Thank you for stopping by. I hope and pray your weekend brings you new things and if you don't know the Lord, that you will become a new believer.

Kathy

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hooray!



Hello again, Y'all! 
A very dear friend of ours, who also happens to work with my dh is celebrating his birthday today and so this card is made for him. I cannot say enough good things about this man-he is sweet, godly, caring, thoughtful, loves his wife and kids dearly and it is so refreshing to see this in today's world. We have known him and his family for many, many years and have always cherished their friendship.

I didn't have cars, or dirt bikes, or jet skis or really anything that would represent his life-he likes everything fast and loud!! Masculine items are sorely lacking in my stash, but I decided these feathers would work in place of all the others things I don't have!! Gotta remedy that.

My card base is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2", the woodgrain paper is from Studio Calico Take Note 6x6 paper pad and is cut to 3" by 5 1/2". The feathers are stamped in Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, and Orange Zest ink from Papertrey Ink and are from the Beautiful Brushstrokes Make it Market kit. The twine is Papertrey Ink as is the button. The Hooray is from SU's A Happy Hooray stamp set, stamped in Rich Cocoa.

That's all from me. Enjoy the weekend!!
Kathy

Cupcake Birthday



So the other day I was looking for a different style of birthday card and, of course, I visited Pinterest...my greatest source of inspiration. There I found the cutest cupcake card and, well this is my CASE of it. The one posted was far, far prettier than this one-I didn't have all the same elements but I'm sure if I did I wouldn't have been able to duplicate it!! hahaha-can't get my hands to do what my eyes see.

I used Papertrey Ink's white cardstock for the base. Pool party and Pretty in Pink by SU for the colored cardstock as well as, Pool Party, Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo for the stamped images. Also used Memento Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo black ink. The cupcakes are from Simonsaysstamp's card kit for one of the months (can't remember which one) The sentiment is from that set as well. The scalloped oval is Spellbinders, the twine is American Crafts...maybe...and the heart is a from a Simonsays die. I used my Martha Stewart small score board to make the dry embossed stripes and cut the edge with an EK Success scalloped edge punch. The cupcakes were cut out by hand and assembled using SU dimensionals. 

I guesstimated the size of each element so I can't really tell you the exact measurements because I used the Pinterest photo as my guide. The card base is an A2 size 4 1/4" by 5 1/2".

So there you have it, my post for Friday. Praying for Jim Foley's family...I can't even imagine their pain and what he went through. Lord, come quickly!

Blessings,
Kathy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Make a Wish


Hey Guys!

So this is not an assignment from SYS2...I was thinking the bokeh style was something I couldn't do, but was inspired by this card and not having the dotty stamp from SU I decided to try something similar... free hand. Oh wow! I did the bokeh free hand...I DID the bokeh free hand...I kinda feel like MaCauley Culkin in Home Alone. Ha! Well not completely free hand..I did use a Brushstix to get the round dots. 

Now I do not know what the color is for the card base but it is some form of craft and I don't know where it came from, but if I had to guess I'd say Michael's...the stamps are from SU's Perfect Pennants and Papertrey Ink's Tag-its #1 and an old Hero Arts Alpha set. The various papers used are Papertrey Ink white cardstock, SU Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay. The small piece of pattern paper is  Lily Bee. The little cake and dotted circle were stamped in Versamark ink then heat embossed with SU white embossing powder. The pennant is the second smallest one from SU's Banner Framelits dies. Twine is American Crafts. Ink is SU Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay. And the size of the card is the usual 4 1/4 by 5 1/2" A2. As a final touch, though it doesn't show up on camera, I used my clear Wink of Stella on the sentiment.

Just a side note: What were the police in Ferguson thinking, letting the media publish the police officer's name? I wasn't there, don't know what happened but I'm praying for both sides of this awful situation and devastation.

Please keep Israel in your prayers...these are tense times, folks!

Blessings,
Kathy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy...you guessed it!...Birthday :)




Okay, so this card is a cross between Laura B's lesson and Donna Mikasa's lesson. Note to self: Get more open stamps so you can do the lesson correctly!

So Laura's lesson was about coloring on a smaller canvas, like a tag which both of hers were beautiful...very intense colors. Donna's was on coloring with distress inks over a white embossed open image, then placing water inside the design and dabbing it off with a paper towel. Totally pretty as it leaves more "white space" inside the design. But here I am with no real open type stamps so this was the best thing I could come up with. It's from SU's Elements of Style set (now retired) and I actually quite like it  (but Donna's was way cooler)

This lesson was from Day 6...My tag is 2"x 5" on a standard top folding A2 card base of Papertrey Ink's white cardstock. I used Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry ink. The image is white embossed with SU's white embossing powder. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from  Hero Arts Operation Write Home set (I cut the sentiment between the happy and birthday to fit my space) The twine is American Crafts and I popped up the tag with SU dimensionals...oh and the tag was punched with SU's scalloped Tag Topper punch.

Getting a little braver in posting in the gallery! There is much, much beautiful work to admire there!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fabulous Birthday



Hello again!

I'm still working on Stretch Your Stamps 2 lessons and today's was absolutely gorgeous! Of course it is, it's all about floral images...Dawn from Wplus9 taught the last lesson and let me tell you it's far more beautiful than what I tried to replicate in the card above! All hers were drawn free hand while I cheated BIG TIME! I used Papertrey Ink's Make it Market set from the July Release (I think it was July) because I can't draw free hand unless it's stick people ala kindergarten :)

This card even with stamps to cheat, took me quite a while to line up around the circle. I managed to get something sorta close to what Dawn did. I loved the colors she used so mine are very similar but I do not have word dies (need to remedy that) so I used a sentiment from Gina K Designs Poster Board sentiments...actually love that set! 

I used Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink for the largest flower and some of the accents, Papertrey's Melon Berry and SU's Pool Party and Pistachio Pudding for the rest of the flowers and leaves. Pool Party standard A2 card base and Papertrey's white card stock for the focal image. Stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat set with SU's white embossing powder onto a 2.5 inch circle cut with my Silhouette (no circle dies in the right size).

Not sure I will post this in the student gallery...there are so many talented people posting on there that it is just slightly intimidating!

Well, that is all from me..got a lot more cards to make for my daughter's and my stash.

Happy Stamping,
Kathy



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Online Card class...






So I'm just now getting to the Online Card Class Stretch Your stamps 2...I really had planned on doing each lesson each day but...nope that's not what happened. Okay, so here is the day one assignment, very fun to make!!

I really liked Shari's card but I did not have those ingredients on hand so I substituted Hero Arts Large Fabric design background stamp along with Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers distress inks, smooshed on my craft sheet. Oh and I also forgot to bring my watercolor paper...but I had white cardstock which worked okay. The colors are much more vibrant on it but I liked that. I did do two card panels like Shari did but I liked the first one over the second one.

The banner die and sentiment are from The Stamps of Life which I just happened to pick up last weekend at the  CK convention..good thing I did. I also did not use any other embellishments since I knew I would be mailing this card...like today! I set the focal panel off by using Raspberry Fizz cardstock for my card base.

Yay! One half of Day One down...3 1/2 days to go!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Blessings,
Kathy