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Friday, April 18, 2014

I love your mug...

Happy Birthday to my Steve!

My hubby turned 56 today and every year I struggle to make a card that will get a genuine smile out of him.  I stumbled across a brilliant card idea via Lynne Fahey who says she saw it on Pinterest so who knows from whence it comes, but it's perfect for a beer lover.  I added my own little touches, like adding 3 coats of clear embossing powder and a tiny jewelry tag, but so so cute, don't you think?   The sentiment is SRM.  I put little moustaches all around the inside sentiment. 

And here's the full card.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Birthday Luck

My daughter's co-worker is having a birthday this week and the office has planned a surprise birthday party with a gambling theme (she loves to go to Las Vegas), so I was coaxed into making a large card with room for all the office mates to sign.  This is the largest card I've ever made (about 8"x6").  There's green felt and some card images from the web with a few embellies left over from a very old gambling sticker set.  Didn't have much time so it's pretty simple but it should do the trick.  Thanks for looking!  Hugs, Kathy

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Couple more..

Just playing around with some new product and techniques.  This first one uses strips of dp glued down to make a card front.  Then I free handed a heart mask and sponged distress ink all around the mask.  It's more subtle in the photo.  I thought this could go into my birthday card pile so I glued on my new die cut Simon Says Happy Birthday die and a flower. oh, and a paper smooches Scripty Sayings stamp (just got them and LOVE them).

This next was just a fun card I made for my grandkids to give their mother on her birthday.  They love to play Minecraft together, so I had to do a little research on the characters and such and then cut out a bunch of 1/4" squares.  Looks tedious but it went fast while I was watching tv.  And the middle is an "enchantment table" which I magic misted (well, Glimmer misted) and then attached with one of those paper spring thingies....I can't remember what they're called. Anyway, it wiggles. :)  Not one of my better cards but the kids and their mama LOVED it.  So there ya go.  That's what it's all about.

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm still in organization and unpack mode.  The Scrapbox that my hubby gave me for Christmas in 2012 has been sitting in its cartons in the garage for a long time but I'm happy to say it is now assembled and I'm working on getting all the shelves in and then filling it up.  See my pretty new floors.   Progress!!  Hugs, Kathy

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Inking up....

new stamps.  Just got in several new sets of stamps so I've been getting inky even though half my scrapbook area is still unpacked after installation of  new floor.  I've been loving the chalkboard trend, so I sent for this Simon Says stamp set "Chalkboard Love." I immediately dug out my Stampin Up Whisper White inkpad to see if I could get the same chalkboard look.   This little piece of black cs was my very first test (amazing) and I liked it so much I built a card around it.  I'm easily impressed.  hahah.   The white field is embossed but it's very subtle--kind of a basket weave design and doesn't show up at all in this photo.  Anyway, I see lots of action in the future for it.  I'll work on a better trick to photo it.  A little of my precious silk ribbon and a few enamel dots = fast cute little card.  I should say the chevron stripes are from another stamp set from MME called "Ginger Pictures stamps."  Hugs, Kathy

Monday, March 17, 2014

Changes for the better....

My crafting room is actually the family room off the kitchen, separated by a half wall and some southwest style vega poles.  I just love being able to craft in the heart of our home.  My hubby is an IBM employee who works 100% from home, and he's right around the corner from the kitchen, so we can talk to each other pretty much all day long.  So, the only thing I haven't been happy about was the carpet floor.  Messy, hard to roll around in and just ugly.  Today all that changes.  We're installing pergo floors so this weekend's project was massive empty Kathy's stuff out (thanks to dear friends Traci and Barb's help).
So. Much. Stuff.
Stacked just the other side of half wall

almost empty
waiting for new floors

Monday, March 3, 2014

Graduation Card

Just finished this card for a special young lady in Texas who is graduating High School early this month.  I wanted it to be vibrant and happy, like she is.  It's a bit over-the-top dotty, but the paper just wriggled onto my work table on its own, so I let it have its way.  I *love* creating pleated medallions and I dug out my last piece of this seriously beautiful multihued paper from an ancient (I mean really really old)  pad of Provocraft paper (Michelle Anderson's Pathways Creative Papers called Illuminations) which  made my medallion quite special.  I like to punch one edge prior to pleating for the lacy look.  What d'you think?  I like how this one turned out.  Thanks for looking.


Sunday Sketch & Stamp - sketch
Card Makin' Mamas - Stack it Up (layers)
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Use a stamp or digi
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes Challenge 39
Doodle Garden Challenge 1 - Anything Goes
Make it Monday
Crafty Sentiments Spots or Dots Challenge

Friday, February 28, 2014

Welcome Little One

A dear friend was just blessed with a new little granddaughter named Halle Mae, so I thought I'd whip her up a card.  She lives in California, so this will be a hand cancelled post.  The paper is October Afternoon, the carriage is a Cricut cut.  That bow is out of  some of my hoarded silk ribbon.  There's some Martha Stewart lace in there and some Kaisercraft pearls.  I used dimensionals on the scalloped circle and again on the buggy.  I cheated with an SRM sticker.  Anyway, fun card to make.  I surely hope a black baby carriage doesn't call to mind Rosemary's Baby.  Eeeeeeek!  I can't stop loving the contrast of black and just about any other color.  Happy Friday everyone!