Sunday, December 30, 2012

My final Outlawz Guest Designer project

Hi Everyone!!  Happy New Year!!  2012 is just a blur for me, such an eventful year for me both good and bad.  I'm ready to move on to a new year  :)

So here is my final project for The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.  The challenge is to Create A Vintage Project.  Well here is my first ever stab at vintage.  I love the Wizard of Oz and I've had these digi's from the wonderful Paulette at Create With TLC.  She has awesome daily freebies too!  I coated everything with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Inked all of the edges and stippled everything even the pearl stick, ribbon and lace!

papers - My Mind's Eye
ink - Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
dies - Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, MFT Die-namics Pinking Edge Border, A Cut Above Dies (Verve) Jotted Heart
digis - Create With TLC
stick pins - Petaloo Premier
lace - Recollections (Michael's brand)
crinkle ribbon from stash

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Hiding In My Craft Room - #78 Freestyle (Anything Goes)
Totally Gorjuss - New (new Spellbinders die)
ATC's and Cards with Attitude - Anything Goes
Card Crafter's Circle - #55 Anything Goes (10E)
Jelly Park Challenges - Old & New (old ribbon, new Spellbinders die)
Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges - Anything Goes
Paper Makeup Stamps - #69 Anything Goes
Make It Monday
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Favorite Colors
AUD Sentiments Challenge Blog - Any Sentiment
Delightful Sketches - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffett Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Monday, December 24, 2012

I Love You Daughter

Hi!  Well we're in the home stretch to Christmas!  Hope everyone isn't too frazzled!  I know I am!  LOL!  Here is my project as Guest Designer at The Outlawz.  It is a wall hanging for my daughter.  When she was a little girl we would always say I love you in sign language.  Here is a pic of Shianne in pre school, oh how I wish we had digital back then!!  This is a picture of a picture!

And this was us last year at a soccer game.  The SVG is by Designs on Cloud 9
and I used the Make the Cut software and my Cricut to cut it.  I used pop dots 
on the middle fingers and slightly inked the edges.

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday! 

I love you Shi!!  :) 



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Challenge Blog starting in January!!

Hi!!  As I mentioned yesterday Jackson's Digital Expressions will be ending on Dec. 31st.  Chana (creator of JDE) asked me to join her in a new endeavor and because I love working with such a talented lady, I agreed!  We have most of the JDE Design Team joining us and we'll have the same sponsors in 2013.  Here is the link to the new blog:

Now I am always quick to say that drawing is not my strength!  I say I'll build you something though!  LOL!  However, I drew this for the blog banner and I actually like it!  It's simple, country, whimsy but those are some of the styles I like.  I have very eclectic taste.  I colored it with chalks, Prismacolor pencils/Gamsol and acrylic paints.  Some highlights of Stickles too.

Here are the details of our first challenge and we hope you become a follower and join our "neighborhood".

Challenge #1 Anything Goes

start date is Sunday January 6, 2013

and our sponsor will be Bugaboo Stamps!

Winner will receive 7 images from Bugaboo
Hope to see you in January!  Until then have a happy and safe holiday season!  And don't forget to wear your seat belts!  :)

JDE's final CAS Challenge

Hi Everyone,

For those who do not know Jackson's Digital Expressions Challenge Blog will be ending on 12/31/12.  Robert has decided to end his partnership with the JDE blog.  However, Chana and myself are starting our own challenge blog and most of the JDE design team will be joining us!  Here is the link and I will be doing a more formal post about it tomorrow  613 Avenue Create

So here is my final CAS entry for JDE.  Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digi Stamps who I just love!  I used the Stocking Santa Ornament.  Isn't he cute?  She has a cute window Santa freebie until Thursday night you should go grab it!

Papers - My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad, Authentique, green and the plaid from stash
Embossing folder - Sizzix snowflake
Dies - Spellbinders oval/scalloped oval, MFT fishtail flags
colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, Copics on the skin, stippled background in the oval

Hope everyone is enjoying their holidays and the season!

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - #82 Traditional Colors
Celebrate the Occasion - #93 Christmas Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Divas - #95 More Holiday Spirit
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Million Thanks Shadowbox

Hi Everyone!  Busy,busy,busy!  I'm here today with my Guest Designer entry for the Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge.  I must admit this was a labor of love let me tell you!  And I think it's different from my usual designs, I always admire others work like this but I finally made one myself..  And it's for someone very special too  :)

this view shows the dimension
close up of poem found at The Poetry Pad
Digi is from Teddy Bo and Co. called Teddy Bea #196
I've been playing with the handful of Copics that I have and I colored the bears solely with those.  I used chalks and Prismacolor pencils on the rest of the image.

So here is the completed shadowbox. The paper is 8x8 and I purchased an 8x8 shadowbox for it but, did it fit?  Nooo...of course not!  So I had to cut and hot glue cardboard, etc, etc.  And boy is it hard to take a good pic of it!  

papers - My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper stacks
dies - MFT (bow/fishtail flag/mini scalloped edging border), Spellbinders circle and Memory Box (La Rue Heart and Honeysuckle Vine)

Well thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop and take a peek!  


Monday, December 10, 2012

Take me to you freezer!

Hi!  Today I have another project as Guest Designer at The Outlawz Challenge Blog.  The challenge is to use animal prints or make an animal the focal point of your design.  I was going to make something with an old dolphin stamp I have and I wish I had.  I used pink zebra on this snowman from Whimsie Doodles.  You know when you make something and you're just not happy with it?  It just didn't turn out the way you wanted it to?  And at midnight you don't have enough time to start another project?  LOL!  Yeah that's this one for me  :)   Not to mention the pics/lighting do not do it any justice.

Details:  I paper pieced the hat/scarf/mittens/straw, colored with Copics/Prismacolor pencils/chalks I colored the snowman with my pearl chalks, Stardust Stickles on the cup/snowflake, Icicle Stickles on the hat,etc, snowflake die/fishtail flags by MFT, rounded squares by Lifestyle Crafts, banner is an SVG from Designs on Cloud 9.

Thanks for stopping by!
Kathi  :)

Dream Valley Challenges - #47 Christmas
The Squirrel and the Fox - Summer or Winter

Monday, December 3, 2012

Inks and Such Challenge at JDE!

Happy Tuesday and it's time for our weekly challenge at Jackson's Digital Expressions.  It's time for Inks and Such (AKA strut your stuff) and this week I'm using the Chef Eli digi.

close up

Details:  card base is a blank card from Michael's $1.00 bin last year, sentiment from Papertrey Ink sets Birthdays by the Numbers + Big Birthday Wishes, MFT Die-namics die, washi tape from Target, Darice embossing folder on brown paper, papers from stash, skin colored with Copics bow with Prismacolor pencil/Gamsol.


Happy Birthday Denzel!

Happy Birthday to my Godson Denzel!!!  I love you and I hope your birthday is as AWESOME as you!!  I am so glad you came into my life 8 years ago and you have brought me so much joy over the years.  I will always be there for you and love you..."Mom"

Details: 8th Birthday was a free word art by Desert Diva, penguin image by Digi Darla, paper by Imaginisce (Let's Pretend), colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, Glossy Accents on spiky hair, banner dies by MFT Die-namics.

Thanks for stopping in!

Digi Galore - Anything Goes
Oozak - #9 Anything Goes + Red
Here Come The Boys - Birthday

Guest Designer at The Outlawz!

Hi Everyone!

I was asked to be a Guest Designer for December at The Outlawz - Monday Challenge.
I can't even tell you how flattered I was!  So after much worry and anxiety here's what I can up with for the challenge:  The Eyes Have It!  Incorporate "Eyelets" in your design or use an image in which the eyes are the Focal Point.  I wasn't sure which version I liked better so I gave the coordinator both and she chose this first version.

                                                           second version
                                                                 close up
                                           I used Glossy Accents on her eye and lips

Here is the original digi I used from Saturated Canary called Books and Bedhead.  I really liked the one eye showing.  I love her digi's they're so cute!
I colored her with Copics on the face and chalks and Prismacolor pencils for the rest of the image.  Dies: rounded squares by Lifestyle Crafts (formerly QuicKutz) there are 18 nested dies in one set! Great deal 1/2 price at JoAnns = $12.50!!  Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares.  Papers by My Mind's Eye and ribbon/gem/metal brad from stash.

If you like challenge blogs then head over to The Outlawz they have challenges every day of the week with awesome prizes too!  Not to mention what a great group of people who are always so sweet!!  Thanks for having me Outlawz!!  



Friday, November 30, 2012

License plate card

Surprise!  It's me again...LOL!  I can't believe how productive I've been lately!  Guess that's what happens when you don't sleep well and have some energy  :)  Well here's a card I made for a co worker who's going to another program.

Here is the sketch I used from Sketch Saturday this week.  I rotated the sketch.

Supplies: patterned scrap from My Mind's Eye/other papers from stash,  embossing folder by Darice, MFT license plate/letters and file tab, you rock by Jillibean Soup, inked edges and stippled.

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Smile Lovebug!

A quick post with my entry for Meljen's Designs Anything Goes Challenge.  I used the Smile Bug digi for this card that I made for my daughter.

inside sentiment
Supplies:  papers - My Mind's Eye/stash, dies - Spellbinders Labels Ten/Die-namics Beautiful Bows/heart punch, Crystal Stickles, Prismacolor pencil/Gamsol.

Thanks for stopping in!
Kathi  :)

Creative Moments Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Black, White, Plus One
The Play Date Cafe - Color Splash Challenge

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Santa Rocks!

Hi again!  I've been busy!  Here's a little hanger for my door at work.  I used the Santa Head 12 digi by Dustin Pike of Doodle Dragon Studios.  Here is my entry for his challenge this week.

Supplies:  papers - Making Memories + Authentique, banner SVG by Designs on Cloud 9, red Decorative Accents by Sizzix, Spellbinders border die, tshirt die by MFT, $1 letter stamps, Icicle Stickles on hat, Prismacolor pencils + Gamsol, Copics for skin, CANDI dots, twine

Hope you're getting into the spirit of the season...I'm trying!!  LOL!
Kathi  :)

Dustin Pike - Ho Ho Ho Challenge
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Color Challenge at JDE!

Hi Everyone!  Back to reality of a full work week, at least for me anyway!  Hopefully you'll be able to join us this week at Jackson's Digital Expressions for our Color Challenge using RED,WHITE & BLACK. 
Personally, I love this color combo and they're my husband's favorite colors sooo it was the perfect opportunity to create an anniversary card for this challenge. 

I was playing around in PhotoScape (a free photo editing program) and I set the image as "reverse black and white".  I just love how it looks!  I used the My Man II image and cropped it from the waist up.

 inside sentiment by Verve Stamps

Additional supplies:  Dies: Spellbinders and MFT, license plate letters by MFT, My Mind's Eye striped paper, red/white papers from stash and black CANDI dots.

I hope you'll join us at JACKSON'S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS this week!  Thanks for stopping by!


Clearly iStamp - Clean and Simple
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes

Monday, November 26, 2012

I don't have an attitude problem...

I have a personality you can't handle!!  LOL!!  I LOVE this sentiment!  And it was perfect for a birthday card for a friend at work.  This goes along with the color challenge of Red, Black & White at Jackson's Digital Expressions.  I used the Friends Wine 2  image and, if you read my blog then you'll know, I cropped Ruby's head from the main image.  I can never use anything the way you're supposed to!  LOL!  The sentiment came with the Ruby Tidbits - attitude digi but I had to retype it so it fit on my card. 

So here is my easel card and a pic of the main image that I cropped.

Details:  Spellbinder's circle/scalloped circle, corner rounder, image colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, Icicle Stickles on earrings/shirt, Glossy Accents on lips/glasses/wine glass, papers My Mind's Eye/stash and black CANDI dots.

Have a great week everyone! 
Kathi  :)


November 2012 Papertrey Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to my entry at the November Papertrey Blog Hop!  I just love PTI stamps!  On my card I used the warm winter wishes stamp from the Holiday Button Bits Vol 3 set.  The snowman is a new release from A Day For Daisies called Snowball Scott.  I actually made him look more like a her though I think  :)  I was so tempted to add Stickles but thought that would clash with the lace and muted colors.  I'll just have to load up the next card!  LOL!

I colored him with chalks and added some shading with Prismacolor pencils.  It doesn't show but the white chalk is actually shimmery from my Pebbles Inc sets. I used the square die by Spellbinders and the Charming Oval die by Verve Stamps.  The heart is an old brad from the stash.

Thanks for stopping by!
Kathi  :)

ADFD - Project using the Snowball Scott freebie
The Play Date Cafe - Color Challenge #158  

Chalk N Stock - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles - #47 Any die will do
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges - #47 Anything Goes
Glitter and Sparkle Challenges - Ribbon and/or Lace
Artistic Inspirations - #17 Anything Goes 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Shianne!

Today my "little girl" turn 18!  I don't know where the time has gone.  It seems like just yesterday we were having tea parties and reading bedtime stories.  I have been so blessed to have such a compassionate, intelligent and beautiful daughter.  I love you Shi!

Here is one of her cards.  She is obsessed with the BBC science fiction tv series Dr. Who.  I found this after doing a Google search and  this image came from  I don't know who to give credit to it didn't say on the image and it was pre-colored.

I used my new MFT Die-namics Fishtail Dies, papers from My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose 6x6 stack 

Sentiment was a freebie by Paulette at Create with TLC

I can't even tell you how excited she was about this card!  It was too funny...she's such a geek  :)  

Thanks for visiting today and I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving here in the states has a wonderful day!  Remember those still affected by Sandy and I am thankful that we were safe and unscathed!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mr. & Mrs. Claus - CAS Challenge

This week at Jackson's Digital Expressions it's CAS time again!  The challenge is make a CAS (Clean And Simple) card and use patterned paper.  I used the new release Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

I used the sketch this week at the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #172

Supplies:  My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas 6x6 pad, Spellbinders square die, Jotted Heart die by Verve, Fishtail Flag die by MFT, sentiment by MFT from The Merry KISSmas Pure Innocence set, colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.

Come join us this week at JDE for our newest challenge!  
Kathi  :)


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Angry Bird Birthday Card

Wow 3 posts in 3 days!  LOL!  This is a quick one though, I made this is for my cousin's son who turned 7.  I couldn't find an SVG to use so I used a jpg from Shery K Designs FREE printable Angry Bird Birthday Kit.  It's a great set!  The yellow digi paper is included in the set too.  I embossed the black circle with a Darice diamond folder.

I made a pocket inside for a gift card, money, etc.  The stamp is by Papertrey Ink.  Thanks for stopping by!

Kathi  :)


Artistic Inspirations #15
Make It Monday #115
Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes

Zebra print & Bling Oh My!

Hi again!

I'm on a roll this week!  Another birthday at work this time my new office mate Jen.  She loves Zebra and pink so here's what I came up with...
Bugaboo digi "Attitude" colored with Prismacolor pencils + Gamsol, skin colored with Copics
Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Square, Star Dust Stickles on the edges, Black Diamond Stickles on the polka dots on dress and earrings, Glossy Accents on her glasses/lips/hair highlights
Jennifer cut with the Sizzix Sizzlits Script alphabet then coated with the Star Dust Stickles, Jolee's Hotfix Crystals which I've been adhering with the Glossy Accents.  I think that has a stronger bond.
Birthday sentiment from the Birthday Surprise set by Verve
The sketch I used it is Bugaboo's SSS #123

Thanks for stopping by...see ya soon!
Kathi  :)


Catch The Bug - SSS #123
Craft Room Challenge - Punches or Die cuts
Oldie But A Goodie - Anything But Christmas - I used this Sizzlits alphabet that I haven't touched in 4 years!!
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes
Forever Friends Challenge Blog - Use Ribbon/Twine
House of Gilli - Celebrations
Love to Create Challenge Blog - Fancy Edges
Make It Monday #115