Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More Stamps and Thanks to Kathy

A huge thanks to Kathy Racoosin for sending some used stamps which helped me to grow my stamps collection!

I been following Kathy's works for a while now and I really admire how she piece different stamp brand images together to create another scene or event. I am really speechless at her creation. Another thing I adore is how she use the same image and do layering! Her coloring techniques are wonderful especially on using Copic and distressing and not to mention she is kind to offer some tutorials and tips! I am still learning from her through her blog.


I actually stumped on her blog, The Daily Marker last year when she is having her first year blog anniversary. As I am new in card making or crafting society, that was my first time entering into a candy and won some 'consolation' prize. So lucky me and I blogged this winning on this post. Ever since then, I been following Kathy's works and keeping in touch with her through blog comments and e-mails.

There is one time that she even sent me an ATC when I simply just leave her a comment on one of her post that I would like to have one of the ATC she made. I did not really put high hope on it since she have so many comments to read everyday. But then she surprised me by e-mailing me few days later to get my address! She is just so kind! Later in her e-mail, she mentioned that she mistakenly sent me a card with birthday message. I replied her that is it fine as her intuition is somehow very sharp as it is my birthday on the corner! I told her that by the time the ATC mail reached to me, I think it is in time to wish me birthday! Kathy is glad that the mistake was turned out well!

She even still remembers that she promised to send me some used stamps which we been talking about since last year. Anyhow, finally Kathy managed to sort out her stuffs and sent me a delayed Christmas present. Here are the list of what Kathy gave me which included:
2) one (1) Hero Arts 4"x6" clear stamp of CL124 Circular Designs
Left : Hero Arts CL154 Bracket and Tags
Right : Hero Arts CL266 Mix & Match Elements
3) one (1) Hero Arts 4"x6" clear stamp of CL154 Bracket and Tags
4) one (1) Hero Arts 4"x6" clear stamp of CL266 Mix & Match Elements (which I already had - bought on my own)
Left : Hero Arts CL273 I Care Frame Messages
Right : Hero Arts CL278 Great Flourishes Messages
5) one (1) Hero Arts 4"x6" clear stamp of CL273 I Care Frame Messages
6) one (1) Hero Arts 4"x6" clear stamp of CL278 Great Flourishes Messages
Left : Unknown brand clear stamps of baking utilities
Right Top : Penny Black 4173J You're My Dreamboat
Right Bottom : Penny Black of mouse pulling a cart of flowers
7) one (1) unknown brand clear stamps of baking utilities
8) one (1) Penny Black cling stamp of 4173J You're My Dreamboat (it was mounted on wood but I think Kathy took it out from the wood due to some reasons)
9) one (1) Penny Black cling stamp of mouse pulling a cart of flowers (I am guessing it is Penny Black brand)
Left : Inkadinkado 97826 Scrapbook Phrases
Right : Fiskars Heidi Grace Beyond the Sea
10) one (1) Inkadinkado clear stamp of 97826 Scrapbook Phrases
11) one (1) Fiskars Heidi Grace Beyond the Sea clear stamp
Handmade card from Kathy
12) one (1) handmade card from Kathy with some personal message

Thank you so much, Kathy! I must return your favors soon. Just give me some time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Basket of Eggs for Easter

Basket of Eggs for Easter - Front
This card is make for my best friend who is also my daughter's godmother in celebration of coming Easter Day. 

It is inspired by Lawnscaping Challenge #7 - Make Your Own Patterned Paper Using Stamps. Coincidentally, Kelly Marie Alvarez, owner of Lawn Fawn is this week guest designer and upon minutes watching into her video, I quickly grab my stuffs and begin stamping.

Eggs patterned paper
Although I do not have any Lawn Fawn stamps yet, I am using my own collection to make the patterned paper. Since I wanted to make an Easter Day card, I used the three (3) eggs from Studio G Series 29 VC0008 Girl and Boy Bunnies to create the patterned paper. Coloring is taking some times as Easter eggs are colorful and in various design.

Close-up : Zig zag blue strip
Then, a blue cardstock is trimmed with zig zag craft scissor at two (2) ends. It is attached onto the egg patterned paper.

Close-up : Basket of eggs
The basket of eggs from Studio G Series 29 VC0008 is stamped on white cardstock and colored. Then, it is trimmed in circle and distressed with some blue ink. The circle is then attached on the left side on the blue zig zag strip.

Close-up : "Happy Easter" sentiment and gems
Sentiment of "Happy Easter" from Studio G Series 29 VC0008 Girl and Boy Bunnies is stamped on the right of the basket of eggs onto the blue zig zag strip. Three (3) yellow gems are added below the sentiment to finish the card. The whole patterned paper is then attached onto an amber base card.

Theme : Easter
Title : Happy Easter
Size : 12.7cm x 19.05cm or 5" x 7.5"
Type : Horizontal fold
Inlay : None

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please e-mail us at msgkeeper@gmail.com for order. Please do include the color or theme you prefer, purpose of the item(s) (farewell, retirement, birthday and etc) and message (if any).

This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by :

Rabbit Anniversary

Rabbit Anniversary - Front
This card is custom made for a friend who like to send his anniversary wishes for their relationship anniversary. This is my fist attempt on creating an anniversary card!


PaperWorks Co. Sunday Sketch #76
This card layout is inspirational from PaperWorks Co. Sunday Sketch #76 sketch/challenge as shown above.

Close-up : Rows of hearts
A pink cardstock is used to stamp a row of hearts from Studio G Series 42 VC0022 Mother is the Heart of the Home repeatedly. The hearts are colored with pink marker interval in between hearts. Then, it is trimmed into 5.4" circle.

Close-up : Bunny couple holding hands
A rectangular blue cardstock is trimmed and attached onto the stamped pink circle. A white cardstock is trimmed into rectangular and rounded on four (4) corners. The two (2) little bunnies from Studio G Series 29 VC0008 Girl and Boy Bunnies are stamped on white cardstock and another set on a white scrap paper. Both of the sets are colored accordingly and one of the set at the scrap paper are trimmed according to its shape.

Close-up : Pop-up bunny couple
The colored set on the rectangular white cardstock is attached onto the blue cardstock. The girl and boy bunnies are attached on top of the static girl and boy bunnies using pop dots to create some dimension.

Close-up : The heart shaped gems
On top of the girl and boy bunnies, a white heart shaped gem is attached follow by a smaller size red heart shaped gem. 

Close-up : One of the angels
Punched angels are arranged by the left and rights sides and surrounded the bunny couple to create a 'blessed by angels' scene.
Close-up : The final finish

Close-up : "Happy Anniversary" sentiment and blue gems
A pink corrugated cardstock is trimmed rectangular and attached to the left side of the card. Then, sentiment of "Happy Anniversary" from Hero Arts CL272 All Occasion Messages is stamped on a pink cardstock. It is trimmed into a thin strip and attached onto the pink corrugated rectangular. Two (2) blue gems are added to the start and end of the sentiment.

The whole circle is then attached onto a square blue base card.

Rabbit Anniversary - Inside
Inside the card, a blue inlay with message, "An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday and the hopes of tomorrow" is attached. The message is customized by the requester and printed from printer. The start and end of the message is attached with punched angels to create a 'blessed by angels' scene.
Close-up : The custom message and angels

Theme : Rabbit, Angel and Anniversary Wishes
Title : Happy Anniversary
Size : 13.97cm x 13.97cm or 5.5" x 5.5"
Type : Vertical fold
Inlay : Yes with message and punched images

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please e-mail us at msgkeeper@gmail.com for order. Please do include the color or theme you prefer, purpose of the item(s) (farewell, retirement, birthday and etc) and message (if any).

This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by :
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