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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hello




I was going through Youtube videos, after church today, looking for something inspiring to do when I came across Dawn's videos from Wplus9...oh she is just amazing! I remember the lesson she taught in Stretch Your Stamps 2 and loved her watercolor techniques. So I quickly got a piece of watercolor paper and followed along.

What I love is that she teaches us how to use her stamps to watercolor...my absolute favorite of all coloring methods. Now she used butterflies from Wplus9 Flora and Fauna, which are much more open and slightly larger, but I didn't have those so I used my Hero Arts Butterflies and Flowers or is that Flowers and Butterflies? Oh well, whatever they're called. And her butterflies were so ethereal and gorgeous...mine...not so much!

Still they turned out rather good, enough that I will try this again with a few different colors. I used Strathmore 140 cold press watercolor paper and I know a lot of people say there's a smoother side, but I sure can't tell which is which! Anyway, I used my distress markers in Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick and Tumbled glass, along with my Niji waterbrush. The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Laurels, stamped in Studio Calico's new Inky Black dye ink. I mounted my focal panel with foam tape onto a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 top folding white card stock. Simple but, I like it that way!

Oh did I tell you I won 6 Studio Calico inks on Jennifer McGuire's blog a few weeks ago. I got the news right as I was leaving town for loan processor training so I didn't get to even see them until I got back. I was so surprised that at first I thought it was a joke. I get this email from Jennifer saying..."you won the studio calico inks. can i get your address?" I had to read it a few times to be sure it was real. 

So now I'm the proud owner of Studio Calico's newest inks-Lime Light,Going Green, Purple Rain, Glass Slipper, Flamingo and Inky Black. Love how they stack together so nicely, they stamp images well too. So thankful!!

So that's all from me. Hope you are having a most blessed Lord's Day!
Kathy

Friday, September 26, 2014

Spectrum Noir practice



So it's been a while since I've posted...I got a job!! and I get to work from home...big yay!! Some friends of our own a mortgage company and are in need of more loan processors so I'm learning how to process loans. It's a lot of data entry...and I feel like this is the first job I've ever had. Anyone know what I mean?

Anyway, my dear sweet hubby bought me the rest of the Spectrum Noir markers I was missing, for my anniversary gift (yes, I asked for them) I am not an artist and probably never will be so these markers suit me well. So I have been practicing, in my spare time, but lack open images, trying to remedy that little by little. These tiger lilies (I think that's what they are) were just the right size for me to work with, without being overwhelmed.

Now, all my practice coloring has been in pinks, purples and reds, but I was really sick of those colors and decided to try yellow. Not too bad for a first attempt with yellow. You can't see it but I brushed Wink of Stella over all the buds and blooms and then used some Papertrey Rain drops along with a couple Hero Arts gems. The stamp is from Stampendous, the cardstock is SU! and the focal panel was cut on my Silhouette. Finished card size is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2.

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Marker storage




My new marker storage! If you can imagine, these two white boxes were once cubbies for storing ribbon or washi tape on spools. The boxes upright had two wood dowels 

that fit in slots on either side of each box. I had already taken those out and had my dh put shelves in the slots, and had him connect the boxes together to form a tower. But...my marker collection has grown and that idea didn't hold all of them so I asked if he would make individual cubbies instead of just shelves...after the deer-in-headlights look he gave me I took that as a "wha???" which really means "no" so I got on the internet to find a suitable way to make cubbies.

I came across one gal's blog where she showcased using pvc rain downspout that she glued together in 5 1/2" sections and painted to match her decor for her marker collection. She hadn't put a back on hers yet but figured she'd glue mat board on the back.

Since I had the boxes I didn't have to worry about a back. I bought the downspout, dh cut it in 5 1/2" sections (best size for most markers) and then I just fit them in the boxes and laid them vertically. The very top was too skinny for another row so I used it as a shelf. I also knew I would not like the storage just being flat on my desk, so for easy reach I bought rubber door stops to fit underneath the boxes to lift them up at a slant. 
Eventually, I want a larger rectangular box so when I add more markers (what?!!) there will be room:)

Can you believe such small improvements can make this stamper/crafter giddy with delight?! 

I so want to sit and craft today, but at the moment I have to go get groceries...ugh! Oh well, I am very thankful we have an income and can BUY groceries, thank the Lord. So I'll stop complaining.

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathy


Friday, September 5, 2014

Thankful



Ahhh, for the love of Pinterest! Found this lovely card and wanted so badly to recreate it but not having any of the same ingredients I had to settle for using it as inspiration. Sometimes Pinterest can really be bad for me because then I go buy stuff!!!

But this time I decided that since I already had two different leaf print sets I really didn't need a third no matter how much I LOVE them...really. it's settled...I think.

Anyway, I used Papertrey's Rustic White cardstock, Pure Poppy and Dark Chocolate ink as well as Tsukineko's Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink and Papertrey's Leaf Prints stamp set. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs from the Autumn Blessings stamp set. Then I made a color wash with Versamagic Perfect Plumeria chalk ink and flicked it over the card.

So there you have it, my first card for fall...or my first fall card of the year...or however you say it!! Hmmm...really should have cropped that photo...

Blessings Y'all,
Kathy

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You did it!



My two little granddaughters accomplished big things last week...Faith, who is 5, completed her first week of kindergarten bringing home green smiley faces all week (green smiley face is the highest color you can have and it means you've had good conduct)  And that's a feat for a little girl who likes to talk very animatedly!! She loves school so much and has been waiting two whole years to go to school...believe me she couldn't wait to be 5!

Hope, who is 2 yrs. & 4 whole months started attending a new preschool this year and this is the first time she's been without her big sister, so we weren't sure how it was going to go but she did so good! She's learning how to go on the big potty and how to make new friends.

These issues are big deals at their age, so I made cards to congratulate them on jobs well done on potties and in the classroom...hahaha!

Seriously, they are just the most precious girls and such a blessing to us. I am so amazed at how much I enjoy their hilarious antics. Praise Him for these two wonderful blessings!

So the cards are made using Purple Onions stamps from Stacy Yacula designs...aren't they so cute?! I watercolored them on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, stamping them in Versafine Sepia and Ranger archival black inks. I used Distress markers and a waterbrush  for the coloring, then after they were dry, brushed Wink of Stella on select portions of each image. The banner die is from Avery Elle, the thinking of you sentiment is from Inky Antics and the You Did It! is from Hero Arts, both stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink. Both cards are 5 1/2 by 4 1/4, using Papertrey's white cardstock for the top card as my base and SU! Strawberry Slush as the cardbase on the second card. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Kathy