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Monday, September 26, 2011

Another Graphic45 Birthday Card

I've had this paper for a LONG time and had hardly used any until recently and now I can't seem to keep my hands off of it.....sooooo pretty!  Anyway, here's yet another birthday card.
CS: Bazzill, DP: Graphic45 Once Upon a Springtime, Kaisercraft pearls, Rubons: Autumn Leaves, Sentiment: Just Rite, Liquid Pearls, MS Lace Border Punch, May Arts ribbon, Color Box inks

Shopping our Stash - No coloring allowed


Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Your Day

Birthdays and surprises are traditional just about everywhere, but not usually combined in a greeting card, right.....unless, of course, it's a wiper card.  Very easy to make with a few extra folds, a bit more adhesive and you can find an excellent tutorial by Beate Johns at Splitcoaststampers here.

As the card opens, up pops something extra...

a little surprise...

My lighting washed out the left side of my image but you get the drift.
I really enjoyed creating this wiper card and plan on doing more of them.

Happy Friday, my friends.  It's almost the weekend!

CS: Bazill, DP: Graphic45 Once Upon a Springtime, Nestie:  scalloped circle die,
digistamp: Bits of Ivory "A Good Book" at Cuddly Buddly Crafts paper pieced and colored with Prismacolors and OMS, Marianne: flourish and flower dies, Kaisercraft: pearls, SU dimensionals, suede ribbon: my stash, rubons: Autumn Leaves, sentiment: SRM.

CCEE Stampers - Add a bird
Craft Ribbons Challenge - Anything goes
Forever Friends Challenge - Sketch and an animal
Paper Crafting Journey - Hidden messages
Craft Sentiments - Happy Birthday
Pollycraft - Pearls and Swirls
Stamps R Us Challenge - Happy Birthday
Nettie G's Digital Gems - Anything goes
Make it Monday - Always anything goes
little red wagon - repeat a stamped image (kitten)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Creature comforts
Pink Ink - Sketch

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quickie Birthday Card

Quickie card based on a sketch from I don't remember where.  I've seen several cards in blogland based on it, so in no way do I take credit for its simple but elegant design.  It was just perfect to try out my new Nestablings (LOVE them!).  They don't photograph very well on this busy paper but look great in person.    The Nestabling were surprisingly easy to use.  I got a set of the pearls and black jewels...so pretty!  

And  if the non cardmaker recipient asks me if I placed each one of those tiny pearls by hand, I think I'll just smile mysteriously and say "aren't you worth it?" 

BG Lemonade 6x6 DP, Spellbinder Nestie Large Scalloped Circle, Label Dies,  Nestabling, MS butterfly punch, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Snow Queen), Kaisercraft Pearls on butterfly, pink gems from stash.

Hope you're all having a restful, crafty weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Good Luck

A Day for Daisies is offering some free digistamps and this sweet little pixie was perfect paired with Graphic 45's gorgeous "Once Upon a Springtime."  I love it when a project comes together so quickly!   There's some paper piecing on her dress, cap, flowers and shoes and I popped her voluptuous wings.  Tammy's images have that vintage feel...I love that they're simple but not cartoony. She has some really adorable animal and holiday images in her Etsy shop just now, and even though I normally wouldn't pay $4 for a digistamp, there's a darling Santa's list image that I'm predicting I will end up buying.   What can I say...I'm weak. 

Good Luck Pixie digistamp by A Day for Daisies; Bazzill CS; Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime; Spellbinder Oval, Magnolia Doohickey flourish die,  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, EK edge punch, MS butterfly punch, Prismacolor pencil/gamsol, Kaisercraft pearls, Liquid pearls, ribbon, SU dimensional.

Happy Tuesday, my friends!
Kathy xoxo

Challenges entered are
Little Red Wagon - Use a Die cut
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Pearls
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge - Flowers
Pile it On  - Layers
Catch the Bug - Let's Get Punchy
Daisy Doodles - Embossing
Ladybug Crafts - Flowers
My Mums Craft Shop - Lots of Layers
Papertake Weekly - Things with Wings
The Pink Elephant Challenge - Vintage
Craft Challenge - Children
Bee-Crafty - Beautiful borders/Frantastic Frames
Jellypark Challenges - Pass it On
Cupcake Inspirations - photo inspiration
Shopping our Stash (SOS) - vintage or shabby

Friday, September 9, 2011

Free Broom Rides

Mo Manning's images just inspire me!  Hocus is based on Bette Midler's character in Hocus Pocus.  I'm afraid I went a little overboard on this card (confessing girl gone wild here).  I knew I had some black flowers somewhere and I'd just bought some silicone for better control of dimension, so I paper pieced and gave that a try on her hair, shawl and skirts, dug out my beads and jewels and EK scalloped edge punch which all would probably have been fine, right?  I also have been wanting to do some ribbon pleating so I tossed that in the mix.  I'm afraid it's all a bit much but I'm invested here, I tell ya.  Anyway, here she is.  For some reason, this image looks washed out, but the colors are more true if you click on the pic.

Bazzill CS, Graphic44 Halloween in Wonderland, MME Spider Web, Prismacolor/gamsol, Marvy scallop punch, Mo Manning digistamp, Doodlebug jewel, beads, computer generated sentiment, black grosgrain ribbon.

Have a terrific weekend, dear friends.

The Crazy Challenge  - Spots and/or Stripes
My Mum's Craft Shop - Lots of Layers
Stamp n' Doodle - Anything Goes

And for those of you who read all the way to the bottom of my post, here's a treat.  My sweet little Maltese, Moppet on our bed.  Yep, she's a princess.  xoxo

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I WON!!!!  My sweet friend Wendy phoned this weekend to tell me that I had WON the huge Birthday Blog candy prize from LaLa Land Crafts!  If that's not a reason for a happy dance I don't know what is!  Seriously, this is what Irina of La La Land is sending to me.
  •  Set of 12 Copic Markers in NEW 2011 colors
  •  Spica Glitter Pens (set B)
  •  Pack of X-Press It Blending Cardstock
  •  New Scor-pal
  •  Pack of ¼” Scor-Tape
  •  3 sets of 12x12 Basic Grey Collections paper packs
  •  $20 gift certificate to the La-La Land Crafts Store

 Check out Irina's blog and on line store.  She has fun challenges and lovely prizes and her stamps are adorable.   So being in a party mood, I decided to enter Mo Manning's current sketch challenge with this sweet image called Abby Celebrating .  Color Abby AND me happy!  This color combination is a bit of a stretch for me, but I think it worked out okay.

CS:  Bazzill, DP is a freebie digi kit from Digital Design Essentials called Smitten. Image is Mo Manning, colored with Prismacolor pencils using the gamsol technique.  Her skirt is partly paper pieced and I used my favorite Magnolia Doohickey flouirsh with a couple of Nesties  for the mat and the ticket shape.  Ribbon is from my stash with Prima flowers, a cute Pixie Dust brad  and an SRM sentiment sticker.
Make it Monday  - Anything goes
Pile it On  - Anything with a B (bow & balloons)
Stamp Challenges - September Digi Day Challenge (digi paper & digi image)
Creative Card Crew -  Anything goes
Catch the Bug -  Anything goes
Card Makin' Mamas Challenge Blog - Go Digi (digi paper & digi image)
By the Cute and Girly Challenges - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Ellephantastic Challenges - Here Come the Girls

Have a happy day, dear friends and thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Omigoodness, do you know ANYONE who doesn't just LOVE Mo Manning's incredible artwork? This particular digi (Baby Fairy Puddle in the Spring) just gives me the giggles, so I sat down to try to do her justice with my very amateur Prismacolor/gamsol skills. I wasn't going for any particular color combo, so when she was finished I searched for some paper and embellies and found my digi set of Echo Park Summer Days was perfect. I love how you can enlarge or shrink the pattern of digi papers and only print out exactly the size you need for a card. I rather like how it all turned out and I have someone who loves frogs in mind whose birthday is almost here. I think she'll like it!

Image: Mo Manning Baby Fairy Puddle; C/S: Bazzill; PP Echo Park Summer Days; Magnolia Doohickey Flourish Diecuts, Prima flowers, BG rhinestones; patterned tape, Icicle Stickles, Nestie Labels 2; silk ribbon; SRM sentiment sticker

I'm entering her in Flutter by Wednesday's current challenge which just happened to be a perfect fit.
Thanks for looking and leaving a comment. I always try to reciprocate!

Also entered at Make it Monday.