Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day card...

Hey Fans,
I know it's been a month since I posted last...life has been extra busy! So busy, in fact, that I didn't get to make my mom's Mother's day card until last night. Love this card so much. I found a gorgeous watercolor print on Pinterest that I used as inspiration. Pinterest is my go-to for any and every thing. Not that I live my life by it...I use what I like and forget the rest but you have to admit that the photos posted are so gorgeous and inspiring.

So there you have it. I used Canson 140 lb watercolor paper and Unity Stamp's Insightful Meadow along with the sentiment from First Friend Best Friend. I colored this card with Distress Markers Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint. I smooshed a strip of watercolor paper in all the colors and added it to the side. The sentiment was stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. Splattered ink drops with left over colors from the smooshing,sprayed Perfect Pearls shimmer over the whole thing and scattered some sequins on top. 

Really, that sentiment says it all, doesn't it? My mom is my best friend even though she's a million miles away in Arizona. We don't get to see each other often, just a couple of times a year, but we talk weekly sharing our ups and downs and in-betweens :) She is an amazing, godly woman, friend and mother!

Ok, that's all from me today. Hope y'all are having an Thoroughly Thoughtful Thursday.
Kathy



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday


Hey Fans,
Yep...up to my old standby again...birthday cards! Actually I made this one a few weeks ago but had others to post so this one took a back seat.

This is almost a complete CASE of a card made by Dawn McVey from Papertrey Ink's design team. I couldn't believe she could acheive such a pretty watercolor look with just a tray of cheap watercolor cakes, so I had to try it...it's true! Easy peasy coloring this white embossed Botanical Blocks image. My only struggle was replicating the way she made the happy birthday tag...but I made it work.

All ingredients are Papertrey except SU's white embossing power and embossing folder...oh and the Versamark ink. Oops, also the birthday tag...that's an EK success border punch!


Thanks for stopping by!
Kathy

Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen!!



Easter blessings,
Kathy

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Be joyful..

Hey Fans,
So this is my second post today...my Unity stamps arrived! I ordered two Itty Bitty stamps when they had their dot sale last week..just love this cute little stamp and sentiment! I don't know, but for some reason I am instantly inspired when my Unity order arrives. Maybe I just like their uniqueness...love the sketched look.

The sentiment is so appropriate...tomorrow is coming...be joyful!

Thanks for stopping by!
Kathy

Ingredients:
Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper
Michael's 110lb cardstock
Unity Itty Bitty Be joyful stamp
Marvy Le Plume watercolor markers
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Papertreyink dotted paper
Foam tape
Pentel Aquash brushes

You've been on my mind

Hey Fans,

So here's a card I made a couple of weeks ago with the Simonsaysstamp March card kit. I made this for a friend of mine who lives in Arizona and who I don't get to see much at all...makes me sad. She is a sweet gal, who has leukemia but it doesn't stop her from serving. She volunteers at a nursing home, takes people who can't drive to the doctor and teaches little ones in church. And she is so funny! I love her sense of humor, always sees the humor in things and her glass is always half full. We are a complete contrast but then we definitely reflect the "opposites attract" theory.

Anyway, since her personality is so bright I wanted a card that reflected that. This card was soo easy to make...don't know if it was because I knew it was for her or what but all the elements came together super fast!

The inks and papers are from Papertreyink, the stamps are SSS and the stitched rectangle panel is MFT stitched rectangles.


I have another card that I will post tomorrow. Hope your Easter weekend is in full swing and you are enjoying the company of family and friends. 
As this weekend swings along, I hope you'll consider what this time is all about. Jesus went to the cross for you and me so we would never have to be separated for eternity from God. He did that out of love, for you, for me. His love is deep and abiding and perfect and sacrificial.

Thanks for stopping by,
blessings,
Kathy

Thursday, April 2, 2015

No matter...

Hey Fans,

So I am really inspired by Sanketij's watercolor work that I shared in my previous watercolor butterflies post and thought it was time to have another go at it. 

The stamps are from a previous Unity Kit of the Month set and the inks I used are the Sakura Koi watercolor inks in the tubes. I would love to get the sketch box or the Gansai colors but for now this is what I have.

So my first impression as it was drying was "nope, no way will I post that"...but after it dried and I mounted it onto some navy cardstock (think it's SU but not sure) I was like..."okay, I might post it" then I embellished it with some Wink of Stella and a few raindrops from Papertrey, which made me think "Hey, not half bad" so there it is...another tribute to the awesome and talented Sanketij :)

That's it. That's all...well almost. The sentiment on this card just happened to be in my hands at just the right time..."No matter how hard the past you can always begin again" Those could be Jesus' very words! I just want to encourage all of you to think about where you'll spend eternity. There are only two choices...with Jesus or without Him...I hope and pray you will choose Jesus. He chose you...He died for you...He is waiting for you to come to Him...there is no better time than today. He knows your pain, your happiness and all your inbetweens. He loves you with an everlasting love...the kind of love we want deep in our hearts...that love that says "no matter what you've done, no matter where you've been, no matter the depth of sin you might feel in your heart, no matter how unacceptable you think you are...I'm here...I love you...come"

Many blessings this Easter weekend!
Kathy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hello Sweet Baby

Hey Fans,

So I am in love with this stamp!! Isn't she adorable?! Cute little Itty Bitty stamp from Unity and she has stolen my heart...well in this case I gotta make her a "he" because this card is going to a couple in our Sunday School class after they have their baby boy (three weeks away!) I couldn't resist making the heart inside the balloon, pink, because...hearts are pink, right?!

I've seen a ton of baby elephant stamps recently and they are all cute, but I wasn't drawn to buying any of them til I saw this one, she's called Sweet Elle and there are two sentiments included, the one on this card and a Happy Birthday. I can see I'll be using this little stamp a lot!!

I think the patterned paper is Lily Bee, from a year or two ago...I don't remember. The craft and pink cardstock is Papertrey and the die panel is MFT Stitched Rectangles. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and I colored Sweet Elle with Prismacolor colored pencils.

So that's the start to my Tuesday...Love it!

Thanks for stopping by.
Kathy