Thursday, July 6, 2017

Holidays and tutus!

Yesterday was Independence Day here in the States, so I enjoyed making a few cards for Simon Says Monday Challenge this week. This one was made with a large solid heart stamp from Posh Impressions.  Back in the 90’s, I saw Dee Gruenig, an amazing stamp artists, demonstrate at a convention back. She showed how to create a heart shaped flag image. Since I’ve done this many times, I actually drew the flag image on the stamp with a ballpoint pen (reverse image) so that I could more easily fill in the sections with large Marvy red and blue brush markers.

Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Red, White &/or Blue                           

Am enjoying making Christmas cards year round for challenges, so that I’ll have a nice staff when December hits. My family has lots of fun traditions during the holidays. One is finding yummy drinks to share. My specialty is hot drinks, and this one is a family favorite! It is yummy (and I don’t even like rum!)
Here is the recipe in case you want to try it yourself!
Hot Buttered Rum Batter
Blend together:
2 sticks butter, softened                          
1¼ cups brown sugar
1¾ cups powdered sugar                        
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg                             
½ tsp. allspice
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened. Stir until well mixed.  
Pour mixture into a plastic container, seal, and
refrigerate. (Or store in freezer for up to 3 months.)
In a mug, measure 2-3 tsp. Batter and 1 fluid ounce of
rum. Fill mug with boiling water. Stir, and sprinkle with
nutmeg. Note- this tastes good without the rum, too.
So the whole family can enjoy this holiday treat!

Entered into:
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
Christmas Cards All Year Round                                  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  

I am just learning to use alcohol markers. On a limited budget I am only able to purchase a few at a time. Recently picked up a set of “cool gray” Spectrum Noir’s and love how they make black hair shimmer! Am thankful for the many tutorials at that helped me to create this raven haired beauty! (The digi is Tiddlyinks Tiny Dancer. Isn’t she adorable?!)
Entered into:
Tiddly Inks- Inspiration                                                 
Deep Ocean Challenge #153- Lots of Layers                 


  1. I really like the way you used different colors on your patriotic heart, Kathy! I'm so glad you joined us for our Red, White and Blue challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

  2. I really like how your Christmas card doubles as a recipe card too! Sounds yummy too! Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  3. Great!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  4. Great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra and we hope to see you again next month.

    Helen x

  5. Oh, that skirt on the dancer is fabulous! You have really been showcasing the Tiddly Inks images. So glad you are joining us for the challenges!

  6. Love her little skirt :) Thanks for joining us and congratulations on your win!


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