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    A postcard using another of my favorite stamp plates from Artistic Outpost, Paper Boy.
     I covered an old postcard with gesso and distress paints. I added some embossing, stamping and rubons.

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News…

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    I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! We have enjoyed being with family to celebrate Christ’s birth. It is a lot of excitement and early mornings but there is nothing better. Since I don’t have a crafty project to share I’ll share a picture of my little men in their Christmas best.
    In the news department…I am so excited to be joining the I Am Roses Design Team this term. Check out the announcement and all the new member’s blogs Here.
   Have a wonder week with your family and friends.

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    Well, it is my last post as a guest designer for Gauche Alchemy using their Nekkid kit. Wow, the month flew by. I made a tag pouch using this envelope that came in the kit. I decorated with chipboard circles that also came in the kit.

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Fun, huh? This kit was so loaded of goodies that I even have a bunch left over.

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   Here is my tag. I sprayed the background and stamped. The stamped image is from one of the TH classic sets. The trims and gold wrapper were from the kit.
   I am so glad that you stopped by today. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and to my new followers.
Kate

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Harmony Mail Art

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   Hello everyone! I am sharing a piece that I made for Artistic Outpost. I was inspired by the postal art challenge over at    .
    Isn’t the color magnificient? I used Dylusions inks but I also found this awesome setting on my camera. It is called Pop Art. It takes my picture and makes the color a tiny bit brighter. I love this because when I compare my photo in normal brightness to the one in Pop Art I feel as though the Pop Art gives a better representation of the color on my piece.

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     I used Artistic Outpost stamps from Paper Boy, Serenity, Ephemera Backgrounds and Paris Exposition. My inks are the new Wendy Vecchi inks by Ranger. I won all 6 of them in the recent giveaway on her FB and blog!

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   Thank you for all your recent comments on my journal page. It is encouraging to here positive comments and thoughts on a piece that doesn’t meet my expectations.
Kate

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp & Show- mail art
Lifts Summer Crafts- challenge #7 sketch

Our Creative Corner- Words

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     What a great year it had been with Red Rubber Designs. They were my first design team and I have been blessed to be a part of it. My term will be coming to a close at the end of this month. I will have a few more projects to share. But today, I will be highlighting my favorite projects from this year.

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Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to drop by the Red Rubber Designs Store. I bet they will have something special going on since it’s their first birthday!

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Amazing vintage photographs of “newsies” were used as the inspiration for Artistic Outpost’s newest release, Paperboy.

This collection features iconic newsboys and girls from the early 1900’s when children hocked the latest news on the street corners of America’s busiest cities. Also included are a newsprint collage, a megaphone for announcing the latest and greatest, and sentiments professing that “you are the hero in your own story”.

The collection is available in both unmounted sheets of red rubber for $14 or mounted on EZ Mount cling foam and pre-cut for you for $22.99. Mounted version comes with a cling card for easy storage.

Isn’t it fabulous?!!!! This is the newest stamp plate by Artistic Outpost If you have little boys this stamp plate is awesome. I can’t wait to share all of my projects.

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My first project is a foldable photo frame. On the cover I used several layers of UTEE and mixed in some green embossing powder and then stamped into it. I stamped the image of the three kids and added some flowers to embellish.

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The inside of the frame has been distress embossed using one of the sentiments from the Paper Boy plate and sprayed using a few of my favorite colors. The images were stamped and colored using Distress Markers.

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Another picture of the cover.

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Check out all the lovely creations by our Design Team! Your gonna LOVE them.
Gerrie
Lisa
Suzanne
Tracy
Linda
Alison
Terry
Kate(You Are Here)

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Just a little journal I bought at a bargin outlet. I used my new October Afternoon papers. Aren’t they pretty? I used my Pink Persimmon stamps for the background and sentiment. Really easy but such a cute teacher/ hostess gift.
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If you want a step by step on how I made this, check out the Pink Persimmon blog Here.
Kate

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   Exciting news!! I was asked to be on the Artistic Outpost Design Team and I couldn’t turn it down. Their stamps are full of amazing detail and gorgeous images. This is an opportunity that I never could have dreamed about. Wow, am I blessed. The ladies on the AO Design Team are so incredibly talented that I can’t believe I get to work along side them.
   Check them all out and leave them a comment. You can find links to their blogs Here.
   Kate

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Its that time again! This month is all about blessings and thanksgiving. I am loving this months spotlight stamp. To celebrate National Card Day we are creating a matching card and envelope. To start off I printed out a lovely purse template onto my patterned paper. I gold embossed the peony stamp in the background and added a verse, flowers and a vintage button. For my card, I cut a circle, gessoed and sprayed the background, stamped the peony and added a sentiment. The card can be tucked right inside the purse. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win. One random name will be drawn from one of the DT members blogs. No one knows whose blog it is so don’t forget to leave a comment on all blogs.

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Red Rubber Designs products used:
Peony Stamp Set More Mimi Patterned Paper

Please follow the Blog Hop in this Order:
Red Rubber Designs
Sarah
Paula-Kay
Louise
Kate- you are here
Diana

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     This month RRD ‘s is going vintage! If you follow my blog you know that I dig vintage! Each Design Team member will be featuring our Sew Thankful stamp set.

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    I started out by adding patterned paper to my canvas, gessoing and then enmbossing a script stamp in the background. I made cardstock boxes, covered them with tissue tape and then sprayed them with glimmer sprays. I adhered each box with glue and then decorated the tops with the stamp set, die cuts and embellishments. I loved working with this adorable stamp set!
  
                

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Contest Details:

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   The contest this month will be to guess the number of spools of thread that are in a quart canning jar.
    Only 1 guess is allowed and should be sent to contest@RedRubberDesigns.com One winner will be chosen from the correct answers. If there is no correct guess, the person who comes the closest will receive the spotlight stamp set “Sew Thankful”. In case of a tie, a random draw will take place between those tied.

Contest ends Sunday, September 9 at midnight (CDT).

Contestants are eligible to win from RRD only 1 time in a three month period.

Hop Along in this Order:

Red Rubber Designs
Sarah
Paula-Kay
Louise
KC
Kate – you are here
Diana

Products used from the RRD Store:
Sew Thankful
Vintage Santa
Be Happiness
Willoghby Patterned Paper
White Embossing Powder
Verdigris Embossing Powder
Charm Grab Bag (These are awesome!)

  Enjoy the blog hop and don’t forget to play along to win our featured stamp, Sew Thankful.

Kate

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Pirates and Teapots

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   Our family went to a fabulously fun pirate party a few weekends ago and I thought I would share a photo of my little pirates. It was full of swords, guns, mustaches and treasure. Next time I am going to dress up!
   I said I would share some pictures of my Art Gallery Teapot that I got at an amazing bargin while on vacation. Here she is…

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   I just love the colors and detail.

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   And of course, the feet.

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   I am sorry to have neglected my blog as of late due to life but I will still be traveling around to see everyone elses lovely art. My crafting seems to have a purpose now a days instead of playtime so there is less to share. Please stay with me though.  Playtime will be back again. Promise.
Kate

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More Dylusions

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   During my ‘Dylusion’ craze a couple of weeks ago I made this tag using my new Lost Coast Designs stamps ‘Doll Accessories’. I sprayed and stamped my background and then gold embossed a simple design by RRD. I clear embossed the wings and then sprayed with Dylusions. I used Distress Markers to color all the images. I added glossy accents to the Jester Hat. The scrabble blocks are from the ‘Playtime’ Spellbinders die. Pretty simple but fun.
    Thank you to all of my recent followers. Welcome!
Kate

Challenge entered:
The Funkie Junkie Boutique- Sunday Share

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   Just wanted to let you all know about an amazing giveaway by Lynn at Trash to Treasure. Her art is amazing and in a league of its own. Just look at this gorgeous metal book thats part of the giveaway. I would love to learn how she made this! You must check it out but I am warning you…I really hope I win!!!
Kate

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Inori for Japan

   

 I mentioned in my previous post that I had made a card for Tomoko  for her Inori Project.  She is collecting craft donations from anyone that would like to give. She will be selling these craft items on Japanese Facebook and all the proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross to help victims of the recent earthwakes and tsunami.

    I am a stay- at-home mom and wife. I love my job and would never give it up but at times I feel disconnected from the world. I want to help where needed but as the mother of two small boys I feel as though I am unable to vollunteer my time. This is the perfect opportunity to feel useful. How great is it that I get to create and help others at the same time? Please check Tomoko out at Crop-Addict. Perhaps there is a way that you can be a blessing to someone else by donating some of your projects. Even if you cannot donate remember the way you can help most is by prayer. We have such a GREAT and POWERFUL GOD. All he wants us to do is cast our burdens upon Him and He will take care of the rest.

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