Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I'm on a roll!
Today I have a card for Margaret.
It's a long, overdue thank you card for being a marvelous friend and a wonderful hostess.
It took me awhile to make my way back into my art room.  I have now made several cards, so hopefully, with the physical therapy I am now receiving, I will feel like playing with paper more frequently!
This card uses the Upsy Daisy stamp set from Stampin Up.  I used the same technique as my card a couple of days ago for my sister-in-law, using Tim HOltz distress inks.  If you ever need a card quickly, this is the way to go.  Ink the background, use silhouette stamps (no coloring), stamp a sentiment and mount.  You're done! 
I am entering the following challenges:
Crafty Boots - Flowers
Stamp and Create - anything goes
Hope Margaret gets to her physical mailbox before she gets to her virtual one!
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's Good to be Queen!

We have a running joke at the office
regarding one of the ladies with whom we work.  She is considered
"the queen".  We have given her mugs, cards, etc., declaring her the queen, the queen has spoken, etc.  So this year, I made this card for her,
our beloved queen!
I found some lovely flocked paper in my stash and used it for the background as well as for her paper-pieced dress.  I used a Memory Box die for the fence, cutting it out of shiny gold paper.  The queen is mounted on a glittery pale green paper, which is also used for the card base.  Not sure where I got the die for the sentiment, which is stamped in Encore Gold.  I colored her with Copics.  Needless to say, she was a big hit at our office birthday celebration!
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Dies R Us - birthday
New Sweet 7 - birthday
MilkCOffee Challenge - use 2 or more diecuts
Thanks for stopping by!
I'll be back with another card in a day or two.
kathy b

Monday, August 11, 2014

New Home

I'm back again a day after my last post!
Today I have a card celebrating the purchase of a new home by my massage therapist.  She is the sweetest person and has 2 lovely children (I've met her son and he is adorable).  She's worked so hard to buy this house and I am so proud of her and for her.  So I made this card and bought a bottle of sparkling grape juice and some glasses so that her little family can make a "toast" to their new life in their new home.
The window die is from Memory Box.  The sun is from Lil' Inkers.  I think the trees are IO, but they could be MB, not quite sure.  The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.  I didn't take a picture of the inside, but I used a couch and a sentiment from PTI.  It's really cute.
I am entering the following challenges:
CUt it Up - inspired by a song (when you wish upon a star)
Stamplorations - dies and stamps
MilkCoffee Challenge - use 2 or more diecuts
I'll be back this week with yet another card - this one is FOR Margaret, so hopefully she will get it before the post!
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

Sunday, August 10, 2014

When You Wish Upon a Star...

Oh my...
it has been far too long since I have posted here.
So much has happened.  I've even been to Colorado to visit Margaret.
I've had some health issues that have kept me out of my art room for awhile.  I hope to slowly get back into the swing of things.  My mojo seems to be returning and my desire to create is definitely back.  Now if I can keep health issues at bay, I just may get back to posting regularly!
Tonight I have a card I created for my sister-in-law who is having a birthday this week.  No worries, she doesn't follow my blog, so this won't spoil it for her.
I used a technique I learned at a shop Margaret and I visited when I was in Colorado.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks for the background, spritzed with water and heat dried.  Then I stamped the trees in Black Onyx.  I got this stamp in CO, too.  The sentiment is from Rubbernecker and I just love it.  I added a pewter star from my stash on the purple haze and mounted it on layers.  Easy peasy!
I'm entering the following challenges:
ABC Challenge - Q is for quote
Wags n Whiskers - birthday
I made 3 cards yesterday, so I will post again this week!  Yea!
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hot Dog!

As promised, I'm back again with another Father's Day card.

This one depicts a likeness of our grill, which is an orange and silver STOK.  Our little Geena Bea guards it with all her might when her daddy is cooking, not letting the other two dogs anywhere near it.  The sentiment on the inside reads:
"You can tell a lot about your Owners 
By how they handle Tangled Leashes,
Rainy Days and Mangled Shoes".

It is produced by Dog Stamps Mas and I don't have a clue where I bought it, but I imagine it was from a trip where I visited local stamp stores.  Of course, Geena Bea stamped her pawprint and told her daddy "happy father's day" and how happy she is to guard his dog!

I used Lil Inker stitched dies, MB grill and I'm not certain about the label die.  I used sparkly DCWV paper.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pattie's Creations - Father's Day
The Male Room - Father's Day
MilkCoffee - Father's Day

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time...
kathy b

Friday, June 13, 2014

Music to our ears

Happy Friday the 13th!
I'm back with a Father's Day card to share.  This one is from our pups to their daddy...

Three little images depicting our 3 little pups.  Not bad likenesses of them, either!  Here's what "they" wrote on the inside:

I used images from a variety of companies.  The dp is from DCWV.  The peek-a-boo die and the pawprint die are both from MFT.  There's a strip of black ribbon behind the peek-a-boo die cut.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pattie's Creations - Father's Day or Wedding
Creative Moments - monochromatic
The Male Room - Father's Day
MilkCoffee Challenge - Father's Day
Crafty Creations - Tic Tac Toe - circles, ribbon, die cuts

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back with another card tomorrow.

kathy b

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thanks for Caring

Well, no more promises, guesstimates, whatever, regarding how often I will post.  This time it is health issues keeping me away.  Perhaps if I just let life happen, I will be able to get back in the groove!
Today's card is for a very special donor who gave a nice sized donation to the animal rescue for which I volunteer (Out of the Woods).  She doesn't live within a 1000 miles of us, but saw fit to make a contribution that will provide medical care for a number of our babies.  We are so fortunate to have such generous donors, and as the donor/memorial coordinator, I try to make special cards for our special donations.
I used the sketch from MOJO Monday 347.
I am also entering:
Kit & Clowder - flowers
I used stash paper, MFT flower and leaf dies, Lil Inker stitched circle, and Verve sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Well, I guess I wasn't so ready to get back to blogland on a regular basis just yet.  I've been dealing with some medical issues for the last month and that has left me with little energy for much other than just getting through the day.  However, over the past couple of days, I managed to put together a birthday card for my dear friend, Margaret, who, BTW, has become my advisor for all things in the supplement realm.  I am not having much confidence in conventional medicine at this point.  Those guys need lessons in listening and communicating!  Ok, enough of that, on to the card.

But first, let me share a photo of a cute little cardinal baby.  There are actually 3 in the nest, but only one looked at the camera!  This little guy's parents made a nest right out our patio door in a ligustrum shrub.  We watch them coming and going all day long, as we have a feeder visible from our kitchen, and a short diagonal flight from their nest.  

This is the first time we have had cardinal babies!

Now for the card...

You will notice that the sentiment says "belated".  Well, that's because her BD is tomorrow but her card is still with me.  Her presents have not arrived yet, so I procrastinated with the card since it will go in the package with the gifts.  So technically, it's not late yet, and she will see it on time, but it won't be in her hands until later!  I had expected her gifts to arrive earlier in the week and then I would expedite them to her, but that just didn't happen.  It'll be okay because it's stamping stuff and that makes it worth the wait! Ha!

PTI - Mehndi Medallion Large
Cas-ual Friday - sentiment
Embossalicious 6" folder
Ranger Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder
DCWV magenta cs

I am entering the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday - flowers or AG
Southern Girls - Dots and Spots
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Circles and Squares
Sparkle & Sprinkle - AG with embossing

Thanks for stopping by!  I "intend" to be back soon!

Happy Birthday Margaret!!!

kathy b

Saturday, April 19, 2014

You're My Top Dog

As promised, I'm back with card 2 for my DH.  
This one is from the dogs...

This is as CAS as it can be, which is totally not my style.  However, this beautiful stamp is so stunning that I did not want to overshadow it with embellishments! I used Spellbinders Labels #4 to cut out the image which is from Inky Antics by the Shady Tree Studio.  It comes in a set with 3 sentiments and a cat/bird scene, as well.  I am in love with the beauty of this stamp and there is a story there.

Our sweet Schmitzy that we lost just before Thanksgiving had a love/hate relationship with tortoises.  So much so that my DH bought me a tortoise charm necklace for Christmas in memory of our dear boy.  Schmitzy would find them in the woods, even when deeply hidden amongst leaves and brush.  He would then pick one up and carry it around, all the while growling.  I would take it away from him and go hide it in another part of the woods.  N.o tortoises were ever harmed other than frightened by their ride in my dog's mouth.  One particular one had been marked with nail polish by someone and this one came back repeatedly!  So when I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it!  What is really cool is that I won this set!!!  Anyway, this will be to Glenn from Sammie, Geena Bea and Abigail.

I am entering the following challenges:

Time Out - birthday with optional masculine twist
Tok Bobok -CAS
Simon Says Stamp - animal antics
Crafting Musketeers - monochrome

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

kathy b

Friday, April 18, 2014

For You

Not too bad...I skipped yesterday but am back today!
As promised, a BD card for the DH.

I experimented with my new TE sunburst die.  It was a little more difficult to work with than I had imagined.  We are both really excited about this baseball season, so I used some stash baseball dp.  I picked up the For You stamp when Margaret and I were in New York at The Ink Pad (PC).  That was back when we were first getting started in stamping and we went berzerk!  I think we each spent about $300!!!  We were in there for hours and famished by the time we were through.  We stopped at the first place we could find to eat and that turned out to be a good choice, considering our minds were mush by that point!  I've used this stamp a lot.  I like the marquee look to it.  I used punches and foam tape to make it stand out.

On the inside I used an Inkadinkado stamp by Dawn Houser to go along with my baseball theme: How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - Satchel Paige

I am entering the following challenges:

Time Out - birthday with optional male twist
Cut it Up - must use diecuts, birthday
The Crafting Cafe - One for the Boys

Thanks for stopping by.  I have another birthday card to share tomorrow.

kathy b

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wish Big!

Hi Everyone!
I cannot believe I haven't posted since January 31!   Thank goodness for Margaret, who was able to post here and there.  So much has happened in the last 11 weeks, the majority of it not so good.  I know Margaret told you a couple of things - my good friend being diagnosed with inoperable, incurable cancer and my sweet Sadie, who was 16, had to be put to sleep on February 25, 2014.  She was my first agility dog and helped me get through all the bad times that happened in her lifetime.  She was so sensitive.  She was also quite funny.

One day she just decided to crawl into the toy basket with all her stuffed animals.  She was a hoot and I miss her so very much.  The good news is that my friend is doing quite well right now, undergoing chemo, and her doc is very pleased with her progress, yea!  I also resigned my DT position with Aud Sentiments because I was just overwhelmed with life at the time.  They were so gracious with me and I appreciate their kindness since I had recently agreed to another term and then needed to resign.  They are great ladies, please stop by and visit that challenge!

Okay, on to the card.  This is the first card I have made in all these months.  Margaret's lovely youngest daughter just had her 13th birthday and I am sending a belated card (and gift card).  Shame on me!!!  But she is a good kid and understands.  My dogs love her!

I must say, I went all out and used all kinds of supplies!  Here's a list:

Dies - 
Die-Versions Whispers Spring Tree, Impression Obsession bunnies, Lil Inker Designs sun and clouds, Memory Box tulips, Papertrey candles, MFT grass.

The Greeting Farm Miss Anya Love
MFT Pure Innocence Believe in Magic sentiment

MME Memorable


Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Atyou Spicas, Wink of Stella white

Heat set white tails using Wink of Stella then 
sponged color on the bunnies, fussy cut Ms. Anya, paper-piecing,

then created a step fold base card using the video at Technique Time Tuesday.

foam tape, VLVS Magic tape

My tip for Tip Top Tuesday: using lots of die cuts is an easy way to put a scene together.

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

Technique Time Tuesday - step fold card
The Paper Girls - card for a 13yo birthday girl!!!
Party Time Tuesday - die cut party {i used almost a dozen!}
Tip Top Tuesday - paper-piecing
Try it on Tuesday - more than one fold

I  must say, it's good to be back at the table again and I think I was inspired to go big since this card is late.  Hopefully she will think it was worth waiting for!!!  Thanks for stopping by.  I am going to try to be more regular in posting.  My DH has a birthday on Saturday, so I am guaranteed to be back before then!!!

kathy b

Sunday, March 2, 2014

With sympathy

Hello everyone,
I've had best intentions of posting, but my life is so incredibly busy there's no time to even sleep.  So now I am just making cards as needed.  I made this card last week and forgot to post it--for one of our international students who lost her grandmother.  It seems I have made a significantly greater amount of sympathy cards lately than any other.  I have another one to post for another day, and one yet one more to make.  Not a happy occasion, but it should fill your box with ideas for sympathy cards.  This is one area I have always struggled with.

I absolutely love this quote by Impression Obsession.  If it is hard to see, here is what it says:  "Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather opening in heaven where the love of our lost one pours through and shines down to let us know they are happy."  This is actually a recent sketch I found…but I can't remember which blog.  I hope I can get my act together by summer…I need sleep!

It's gotten bitterly cold again.  I drove down south 2 hours today for a presentation on career day for gigs and by the time we got back, the car was covered in ice…even the wheels were covered with ice!  Yikes!

Well, thanks for reading and stopping by.  I am not posting this card for a challenge this time.  Just wanted to share.  Stay warm everyone!  Margaret

Friday, February 21, 2014

I love you more

Hi all,
Once Monday rolls around, my mind is a one way street: work and more work.  So I forgot I made this card for my daughter and never posted it!

I have a game I play with her where it's the I love you, I love you MORE, I love you MOST battle of words.  So I thought this was so appropriate for her Valentine's Day Card.  She loved it.  (And I love working with these Greeting Farms girls!)

I am entering this card in the Paper Crafting Journey: Love is in the Air Challenge.

I spoke with Kathy and her year already is going down the tubes.  Now her dear friend is diagnosed with cancer with a grim, and short prognosis--and her dog Sadie, who is 16 years old, is also getting sick a little bit more than normal.  This is why she hasn't posted in a while--just too overwhelmed with life in general.  But I think she will try to come back slowly--I reminded her how art is therapy.  I also  keep telling her she needs to move to Colorado to be near me…so let's keep our fingers crossed this will happen eventually.  I also learned that my parents are thinking of moving near me--I cannot tell you how thrilled I am (if this actually does happen).  With them getting older, I worry who will help them when they need it.  It will be good for all of us.  My daughter already said how she'll be hanging out there for the good Polish cooking.  LOL  Well, will be back for sure tomorrow with a post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Image: The Greeting Farms, flower: Stampin Up
Sentiment: Impression Obsession
Endging: Stampin Up
Other: Stickles, liquid pearls
Paper--?? Scraps…can't remember company!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Deconstructed sketch 138: Pucker up

Hi everyone!
It's already mid February and I realize how terribly neglected our blog has gotten.  I can only post about 1-2 times a week with my crazy schedule.  Kathy has a bunch of cards ready to post but she's been having a banger of a year already.  Between feeling low with Schmitzy going towards the Rainbow Bridge, excessive bad weather keeping them busy outside and not being able to get in her room for a while…she now has found out that her dear friend Kathy has been diagnosed with pretty advanced liver cancer.  I know this woman--but not well like Kathy does.  (they're both named Kathy…not a typo).  She started Out of the Woods Rescue in Arkansas…taking in all the dogs that the competing rescues didn't want.  All donations (yes 100%) went to the dogs so Kathy was doing this completely on her own time (and often dime).  She is a good good soul and I just hope she will be one of those miracles you hear about where she beats this.  I will be making her a card this week to hopefully cheer her up.  In the meantime, Kathy is trying to help with Out of the Woods and is spending time with Kathy.  She will be back soon...

In the meantime, I am posting today a card for my daughter Claudia.  Yes it is a late Valentine's Day card but there simply wasn't time to make it on time… and sleep.  Anyway, I found this wonderful sketch on Deconstructed Sketch (#138)…you should check out that blog because there are some beautiful cards using this sketch.  I've decided my favorite type of challenge is the sketch type challenges.  The challenges that don't have sketches, like "use blue and pink" blow my mind--I think I'm not creative enough so I need more structure.  LOL.  Even if I do that, I still need to find a sketch.  I absolutely love sketches.

Well, I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We are having beautiful sunny skies, not a cloud visible, dry and 70's--can it please just stay like this forever? …hard to believe just less than 2 weeks ago we had -22!

Well, thanks for stopping by--if you have not forgotten us. :)  Have a good week and I know this week I will keep the blog going a bit more as I made several cards last night to share (and all my huge deadlines were last week).

Stamps: Greeting Farm (Anya), Stamping Up (love heart and i {heart} u), Stampendous (kiss), Papertrey Ink (big heart) and A Muse Artstamps (pucker up)
Paper: Doodlebug
Fishtail die: MFT
Other: Swarovski Crystals, Stickles

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I hope you feel better

Hi Everyone,
I hope your week has gone great.  We got some COLD COLD weather.  It's been an eventful week.  At -22 one of the days, our sprinklers exploded where I work…not only did it flood all of our offices, but the ceilings started coming down and one person got hurt.  They're OK but a bit in shock.   Two days later, the temps ran up to almost 50!

On top of that, one of my coworkers was in a meeting when she got a call…her husband collapsed.  He was scheduled for heart surgery next month, but due to this, he had an emergency heart surgery.  Later that evening he had a stroke.  So a week later, today, he is finally heading in the right direction.  He has been moved to a regular room and will shortly begin rehab when he regains his strength.  He is very weak but all signs point to a good recover.  So my card today is for him for all of us coworkers to sign. It has several pages for all of us to have room to sign...

I am entering this card into Jo's Scrap Shack Anything Goes Challenge.  I had a blast making this card and I hope he gets a chuckle too--he's a great person, with a good sense of humor.  I really hope he will be OK.

Here's to hoping for a warmer week, though I think our frigid weather is moving east.  I'm ready for Spring…aren't you?

Thanks for stopping by!  Margaret

Front of card:
Stamps: SU
Dies: Spellbinders and Memory Box
Paper: Indie Chic
Other: Stickles

Stamps: Copper Leaf Creations
Ruth's Jewish Stamps and SU (bumble bee)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

For my sister and her husband

Hello everyone!

What a GLORIOUS day it was today--it snowed and snowed and snowed yesterday and today (I am attaching a photo of my Daisy…she was completely in her element).  Of course, getting an alert saying we are in warning of an avalanche for the last two days was quite humorous.  Even though we are the base of the Rockies, it really doesn't look like we are in danger of an avalanche!  Looking online, I found out it was in the ski slopes areas.  I am used to fire warnings, flood warning, winter weather advisories, tornado, hurricane, chinooks (high wind)…but the avalanche was a new one. :)

So, after working for about 6 hours, I needed a break and went to my art room to make a card.  I was really wanting to use the die set I treated myself with this Christmas--it's from Spellbinders.  I outlined one of the hearts with liquid pearls and added a stamp flourish from one of those dollar bin stamps from Michael's.  This one is for my sister and husband and I am entering it into the following two challenges:
Scrap It Girls': February's Challenge_Hearts
Cupboard Trilogy: Challenge 19 Love

We are expecting below zero temps this coming week.  BRRRR.  Hope everyone is staying warm.  I must admit, I'm ready for it to be spring so I can get out there and walk without freezing or slipping on this ice!  Thanks for stopping by.  :)  Margaret

Dies: Spellbinders
Stamps: G series (Dollar stamps from Michaels); Sentiment from Stampin Up
Other: Swarovski crystals, Liquid pearls

"Oh how I wish I could just stay here ALL day long and bark my head off annoying the neighbors".  LOL

Friday, January 31, 2014

Hi, It's Me...

Quick post as I managed to make a card in the living room today.
Not much to it, but it is the best I could do under the circumstances.  Unfortunately, it is going to rain tomorrow so I don't see painting getting sad.  I really want to get back in my room!

I used the image from From the Heart monthly challenge.  If you use the freebie for this month, you will get an image emailed to you to play with for the next month.  This continues all year if you play each month.  I love the images!

I used the sketch from PaperTake Weekly - which is a free for all and I chose sketch #64.  I used Authentique Essentials Collection dp.  The image was colored with Copics and cut out with Lil' Inkers Stitched Squares die.  The sentiment is made by putting two MFT Pure Innocence sentiments together.  I added two heart brads to finish off the strip.

I am also entering the following challenges:

Stempelsonnen - animal as focus
Fun with Shapes and More - Valentine with something cut out

Thanks for stopping by!

kathy b

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Hello everyone,
January has been rather traumatic with lots of work related problems that just don't seem to end.  Very draining, especially in the time and creativity department.  It seems every January seems to be like this!  IN addition, my daughter started horseback riding lessons so there goes a good 4-5 hours when I normally do art.  Well aside from that, we received some bad news that someone in the family passed away.  No relation to me really, but it's my uncle's wife's mother.  So I made this card for her.

THought I'd post it today in light of Kathy's missing in action dilemma.  Is it me or is everyone just overly strained these days?

Girl on swing: Unity Stamps
Quote: Impression Obsession
Background stamp: Impression Obsession
Punches: Stampin Up and Family Treasures
Other: Twine, Stickles, Ribbon

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Out of Commision

My DH has rendered my room inaccessible while he does some minor remodeling.  I hope to be up and running again by the end of next weekend.  I am having major withdrawls so I am crocheting in the meanwhile...
Hope to be back soon!
kathy b

Friday, January 24, 2014

Today is Your Day

I'm back today with a birthday card for a very special little girl.  Her parents are from Argentina and don't have family here and I have been designated
"Tia Catalina", which warms the cockles of my heart!
So my dear niece turned one on Thursday and her party is Saturday.  I have made her a girly little card that fits her sparkly personality.

I used an MFT Pure Innocence image colored with pink Copics.  I used Spellbinders to cut her out and for the zigzag mount for the sentiment.  Both the HB2U circle and the "1st" are from Whimsy Stamps.  I used Memento and Color Box chalk inks.  The flowers are from Michaels and the dp is from K&Company and I used Lil' Inkers square stitch dies to cut out the 2 dps.  I added a rhinestone to her wand for bling!!!  The sketch is from Hanna and Friends.  I can't wait for the party!!!
I am also entering the following challenges:
Lothian Crafts - birthday
Seize the Birthday - birthday
Crafty Sentiments - birthday
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

New Baby

Starting to get back into the swing of things...I have been avoiding my craft room for awhile.  I've been missing my crafting buddy, Schmitzy. 
He would stay with me all evening.  For months I had to doctor his back every night, so actually it is surprising that he would want to stay with me!  But we got really close during that time (almost 10 months).  Now Sammie comes and goes and Sadie pesters me for treats (her meds make her constantly hungry). Geena Bea won't even come into the room without coaxing her with a treat!  So I get lonesome at the back of the house when everyone else is with daddy.  So I am trying to get myself back in the room, even if I have to be by myself.
Tonight I have a baby card to share.  A girl at work is pregnant with her first child.  I didn't find out she was pregnant until I got the shower announcement (she moved to the building next store but is still in our dept.).  Well, I am known for my baby afghans, so I had to get busy.  So some of the time I have spent away from my room has been for crocheting.  It's been a good excuse while I was avoiding my craft room since I was using up some of my yarn stash and NOT buying more stamping stuff.
I used the sketch over at i {heart} card sketches The ribbon is from SU!, dp is DCWV, the image is my go to quick baby card stamp from Stampendous.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with The World's Greatest Embossing Powder from Stampamania in Desert Rain.  Spellbinders were used to cut out the image.
I am also entering the following challenges:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - In with the new
Sparkle n Sprinkle - anything goes with glitter, embossing powder or flock
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Hi everybody!
It's that time again.  My card for the Aud Sentiments DT is ready to share with the world, ha!
My digi image comes from QKR Stampede this challenge.

I used a technique called "spotlighting" where you color only a portion of an image and mount that on top of the complete image.  I chose to highlight the little girl.  I was amazed at the number of Copics I used for that 1 inch circle!!!
I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the image and the ornaments that the sentiments are mounted on.  I used EK punches for all the circles.  I added flourishes to the opposite corners and rhinestones to the sentiments.  I think the bg dp paper was from Basic Grey (the pad isn't a pad anymore, just scraps!).
I'm on my way to meeting my Christmas card needs for 2014 by getting started in January instead of November!!!  Yea!!!
I am entering the following challenges:
Pumpkin Spice - Buttons, bows or bling
My Perfect Life - Christmas
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What a pear

Hello everyone,
It's hump day…are you feeling it in your bones.  We finally have the weekend to look forward to!

I'm still on my thank you card kick.  And that's what I am featuring today.  One of our family members sent us Harry and David Pears for Christmas.  Oh yum…what a great gift!  So here is the thank you card!

Although the card is not done justice on the photo, I wanted to talk about this fabulous paint I used.  It is Art Anthology.  I picked it up in New Mexico this past summer and this is the first time I've used it.  I used both gold and red to paint and blend the pear.  As you can see from the closeup, it is shimmery and sparkly and rather on the thick side.  It is so much fun!  Now I want to play around doing this technique with some of the Memory Box ornaments for next year.

Thanks for stopping by today…and hope you enjoyed this sparkly creation.  See you in a few days. Margaret

Thank you stamp: Michaels g series
Die Cut: Memory box, MFT
Punch Edge: SU
Paint: Art Anthology
Paper: MME
Other: Swarovski crystlas, Liquid pearls

 Below: you can see the shimmer and sparkle in the paint

Monday, January 20, 2014

Have you heard the news?

Hi all,
First of all…I am speaking on both myself and Kathy and we feel so terrible for not posting regularly.  We have both been so tired since Christmas and between work and travel, have had limited time to get into our art rooms.  We're trying to change that--if we are missing any longer, you all may think we are in cahoots with the new TV series schedules (you know, missing in action for about 3 months). LOL.

This was a long weekend for me and I got myself into the art room.  Wasn't as productive as I'd liked to have been, but was productive nevertheless.  Today's post plays in perfectly with the Polkadoodles and Studio 12 Challenge: Anything Goes/Girl Talk!  I used a Whimsie Doodles sketch (which I think is soo cute!) but since I don't have a whimsy doodle stamp, I'm not going to enter my card into that challenge.

Kathy's birthday is coming up in early February so I need to get on the ball in getting her gift together.  Today's card is her birthday card.  I love having a chance to use some of those stamping bellas and I'm coming to realize, I'm using them a lot for birthdays.  Inside it says, "How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older"by Viva--Kathy's almost (not quite) but almost 60 and she doesn't look it.  And her personality is very young too which helps the young image.  LOL

Well hopefully we're getting it back together again.  I'm STILL working on Christmas Thank you cards so I've got plenty of work ahead of me.  Thanks for stopping by today! Margaret

Stamps: Stamping Bella, MFT (omg), Verve (Time to Party), Unity (groovy--which is only one word of part of a bigger saying)
Die: MFT, Cheery Lynn
Square punch: Marvy Uchida
Paper: OLD paper from Hobby Lobby (Don't know the name)
Other: Stickles

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Dog Wags It's Tail

Hello blog world!  Happy New Year! I have been MIA with the flu, even though I got the employer-mandated flu shot.  Guess the experts didn't come up with the best vaccine this year.  I know several others that have had flu shots AND the flu this year, as well, so I have not been alone.  Keep washing those hands and stay away from those with symptoms (if you can - avoid people who show up to work sick - they are your worst enemy!!!).

Tonight I have a card to share that I made for the animal rescue I have talked about before.  We had someone donate a considerable sum after a lottery win and they wish to remain anonymous.  So, the person who facilitated the donation will receive the card and give it to the donor.  I have been the donor coordinator for this group since it's inception about 7 years ago, so once I got into this cardmaking hobby, it seemed only proper that I make special cards for donors that do something special for us, whether it be in dollars, or having birthday gifts given for the animals, or other such things.  So here is the card that is going to this male benefactor:

I used a Lost Coast Designs image and isn't he just fun?!!!  Reminds me of Mardi Gras!!!  Dp is from Bo Bunny.  The SU! sentiment is cut out with an MFT fishtail die.  The sketch is from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

I am also entering this in the following challenges:

The Crafter's Cafe - anything goes (I missed last week's "animals")
Crafty Sentiments - New (donation, stamp)
The Pink Elephant - Thank you

Please think positive thoughts for my sweet Sadie who turned 16 last month.  I discovered a new lump tonight and need to get the vet to check it out.  Doesn't feel like the usual lipoma so I am a bit worried.

Thanks for stopping by.  

kathy b


Happy Day!  Sunshine Day!  Fifty degree Day! 
Lots to celebrate!
This is my contribution to the DT at Aud Sentiments this week.
The digital image is from Stamp Art Design by Kathryne.  I used SU! dp and Xerox cs.  Spellbinders were used for the sentiment and the fishtail is from MFT dies.  I added rhinestones for bling.  I also used an accompanying sentiment on the interior of the card:

Please visit my teammates and check out what they have created!
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

Monday, January 6, 2014


Hi everyone!
I heard on the radio today that the first Monday after New Year's is the most depressing day of the year.  I know that yesterday I was really dreading today…but how does that change from any other Sunday? LOL

Today my card is one I made for my little nephew for his baptism this Saturday.   I love angels and collect any angel I can find, so this gave me a chance to use one of my stash.  I'm also posting the inside of the card.  I will be entering this card into the Retrosketches #96 Challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by today…now that we've gotten through this "most depressing day of the year" I guess we have nowhere to look but up. :)

Image: Stampendous
Sentiment (Stamped inside): Stampin Up
Embossing folder:  Cuddlebug

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Yet another thank you card

Hi everyone,
I'm back again with yep, you guessed it, another Christmas thank you card.  This one is small and simple.  Mailing all these elaborate cards is getting expensive!  I'm sure you can appreciate.

This post is short and sweet…Unfortunately work is staring me in the face so I need to get some work done by tomorrow early morning!  Thanks for taking a peek today…hope you all have a good week!


Sentiment: G series( Michael's bargain bin)
Edging and die: Stampin Up
Fishtails: MFT
Paper: jillybean soup