Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer School with Kathy Racoosin!



Hello and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Summer School lesson brought to you by Kathy Racoosin!

For today's lesson, Kathy is going to show us a great way to cover up those accidental mistakes we sometimes make when working with stamps and ink. We've all been there... we almost have a card completed and then we're horrified to discover that we accidentally got an ink smudge on the card base and we panic, thinking all we've created is pretty trash. Well don't throw them out just yet, because Kathy has a great trick that can save those cards and make them look just as good as they would have without the little smudge! ;-)

Kathy created three amazing cards for us today:

Thinking of You



Wishing You the Most Beautiful of Beginnings



Wishing You the Most Beautiful of Beginnings 



And believe it or not, one of these cards originally had a little ink smudge on it:


But since she had already done all of that amazing stamping, she didn't want to have to start the card completely over again. So her advice?

Take the ink and line the edge of some extra cardstock so the extra layer shows. Then glue it over top of the smudge, trim off the excess and admire your beautiful card once again! ;)



Such a quick and easy way to cover up a mistake and no one will ever even notice that the extra piece of cardstock wasn't originally planned to be there.

And we can't end this post without mentioning the amazing detail Kathy adds to her stamped images by simply adding white dots for added dimension and texture. They make the flower images come to life and stand out so beautifully on her cards! Such a great technique that adds so much to her finished designs.


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A huge thank you to Kathy for being a part of the Summer School event and providing such amazing inspiration with all that she creates!

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246 comments:

  1. Kathy rocks! Love her work, her coloring is amazing. Thanks for the 'white dots' tips.

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  2. Oh...gorgeous cards and great tips! Especially the extra cardstock - would've never guessed it wasn't originally that way. And the white dots add so much extra!

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  3. Oh, my goodness! No one combines colors as beautifully as Kathy does! Such a treat having her as our "teacher" today! Love all three cards! Thanks for the great cover-up tip! :)

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  4. Oh what a great idea. That happened to me the other day and I managed to save it by pouncing more ink on there, but that doesn't always work. I also want to pull out my white pen after seeing these beautiful cards.

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  5. LOVE Kathy's work! So talented!!!

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  6. Great tip on hiding accidents. Thanks.

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  7. Thank you for great tips and inspiration!

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  8. Gorgeous cards! Love the bright colors and awesome stamping. Thanks for the great tip :)

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  9. I am a Follower! This is a fabby tip, and great cards too!!

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  10. Oh wow - loving those cards. The colours are perfect for summer and the stamps bring it all together.

    Hugs ~ Mette

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  11. Love your gorgeous cards. Thanks for the helpful tip. This alone was worth coming to summer school!!! :)

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  12. These cards are all so very pretty! Tons of great eye catching ideas. Thanks!

    Hugs,
    Jo

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  13. Pretty, summery cards!!! Great tips, too!!

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  14. Love the cards and the colors you used. Great tip what to do with smudges.

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  15. Amazing cards.. I have put away few cards due to my clumsiness. Time to get them out and use this trick. TFS!

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  16. Such a lovely modern and bright cards. I love them.... and I like the way she removed the inktspot LOL. xxx Marianne

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  17. Lovely cards here from Kathy as usual, and thanks for the tips here too.

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  18. WOW_--Great cards, as usual, Kathy!!! Great tips---thanks!

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  19. Fantastic cards. Love the colours and those dots. Thank you for the tip I'm constantly leaving fingerprints.

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  20. PRETTY cards! Had I not read the post, I would have never known the pieces weren't part of your design! Just yesterday I did A LOT of fussy cutting and creative piecing and inking to cover up a couple boo-boos. And isn't it the truth -- the smudges or one crooked word happens when you are ust about done with your card?!? TF the "lesson." :)

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  21. Thanks Kathy for the tips when things go wrong. I know I started over on a card when these things happen. Just love your color choices on your cards. Simply beautiful.

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  22. Great tip - I love Kathy's work - she is so inspiring

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  23. Fabulous tips, especially covering any mistakes with an extra bit of cardstock. It's so easy to get caught up in your intended design & think that the whole card is ruined.

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  24. Beautiful Bright and cheery cards. TFS!

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  25. I love the way Kathy showed us how to make two versions using different inks. The stamps are so versatile...love them. It's always great to have a coverup technique too!

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  26. I hate ink smudges!! glad you were able to hide yours!

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  27. Beautiful cards. And, covering the smudge with a piece of cardstock..very creative. Thanks
    for this 'trick'!

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  28. Such gorgeous stamping! Love the first one with the little enamel dots. And very cool way to hide a "mistake" and keep the card stunning!

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  29. Gorgeous creations. I love all the little details in the cards.

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  30. Very new and different cards!!! Love all the color combos!

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  31. These cards are so bright and sunny!

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  32. Wish your dear brothers “Happy Rakhi” as you send Rakhi along with gifts through the services of www.rakhitouk.in that is meant for delivering to UK. Send Rakhi to UK along with the contents of the store and send some happiness in life of others. Rakhi turns out to be sweet and special with the gifts.

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  33. Been there many times haha. beautiful cards! So sad tomorrows the last day :(

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  34. Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  35. Well, I was hoping you knew of some miracle eraser (why doesn't someone invent one!!!) but that was a pretty good trick too. ;)

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  36. Haha! I really thought you must know of some wonderful ink eraser or something...but layering card stock on top is a great idea too!! I have placed embellishments over top of my mistakes. Your cards are amazing..thanks for the tip on covering up ink smudges:)

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  37. What fabulous stamping, Kathy! I love the combination of various stamps and colors, and I'm inspired to go play in the craft room today. Great tip for covering up an "oops".

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  38. Kathy you are amazing. Every card you make is exquisite!!! These are fabulous and the trick with covering the ink spot...GENIUS!!! Really loving Summer School. :) Now I really need to go play with paper and ink. So inspiring!

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  39. Wonderful cards Kathy.I love the bright colours on all the cards. I esp like the first with the use of the dies.

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  40. Such bright and beautiful cards from Kathy ..Love the colors and design :)...Loved the tip about covering up the smudges !!

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  41. Wow! These are so Beautiful!
    All the little white dots are fabulous
    and the leaves are so pretty with each other!
    I love all things about all the cards!
    Definitely Pinning~Thanks!

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  42. I'll add Kathy's hint for covering "boo boos" to my bag of tricks. I've been known to add extra embellies to my smudged masterpieces. Thanks.

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  43. beautiful cards, so fresh looking

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  44. Gorgeous cards from Kathy. Such pretty colors, love the helpful tip about the ink smudge!

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  45. Kathy's cards are beautiful. Great idea for covering up a smudge mistake. Thanks for the tip.

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  46. These cards are so pretty and SO Kathy!! I love the way she adds white dots to make the flowers pop!!

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  47. Gorgeous cards Kathy :-) I make smudges all the time,,, this is a great tip ! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  48. Such pretty postage-friendly cards! (I have to get better at making postage friendly stuff, LOL!) I especially like the white faux stitching on the first card.

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  49. Some great ideas and the cards are so pretty!!

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  50. beautiful cards and a great tip on rescuing a mistake. Thanks!

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  51. wow. gorgeous cards-I especially love that first one!

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  52. Beautiful cards and great tip on rescuing a mistake! Thanks!

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  53. Pretty cards Kathy. Love the pretty images. Great tip on covering up the mistake!

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  54. Gorgeous cards! Such an excellent tip to share, because smudging ink is one of my 'habits.'! Great to know that fixes can be made! Thank you for the inspiration and ideas!
    c

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  55. I always appreciate a tip on covering up a smudge! thanks! cool cards, too! :)

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  56. Beautiful cards Kathy. Love the great tips especially the one on covering up the mistake. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Beautiful cards Kathy. Love the great tips especially the one on covering up the mistake. Thanks for sharing.

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  58. That's genius! Awesome cards. Thanks.

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  59. That's genius! Awesome cards. Thanks.

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  60. Beautiful cards and great techniques thanks for sharing.

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  61. My grandson hates summer school, but I love it! There have been so many amazing techniques shown and I have learned lots. Proudly, I can say I have only placed ONE order for some of the stamps shown . . .

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  62. Love the cards and the stamps, hope to have some!!

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  63. Bob Ross' mantra was "there are no mistakes, only happy accidents"
    Card makers can go along with that thought. Sometimes a "mistake" makes a project better.

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  64. Good one, Kathy! Thanks a lot for the amazing tip! Those cards really gorgeous!

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  65. Wow......I love all those white dots. That is soooo neat. It really does bring the leaves alive. That was a perfect way to fix the smudge. I love it.

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  66. Love the colors and patterns and angles.

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  67. Great cards and thanks for the tips on covering up mistakes and adding the white dots.

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  68. Such great bright cards I'm luvin the colors

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  69. Gorgeous cards! I love all the white accents, and LOVE the ink smudge fix! I smudge a lot!

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  70. I can't tell you how many times I find smudged ink on something just when I thought I was finished...thanks so much for the tip. All three of these cards are beautiful!

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  71. That tip is wonderful! I've always been tempted to cover up with an embellishment, but sometimes, that just doesn't work.

    Beautiful stamping work and color choices!

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  72. Gorgeous cards!!! love them:)thanks for the 'white dots' tip... it makes such a huge difference!!

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  73. I have really enjoyed this Summer School series. All of the projects have been inspiring.

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  74. Awesome set of cards..... totally love it... :)

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  75. Fabulous cards! Love the great color combos!

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  76. Beautiful cards! And what a great fix-up trick! :)

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  77. These cards are awesome...and what clever tip to correct my myriad smears. Thamks.

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  78. I love all the detail on the flowers in the cards. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.

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  79. Just lovely!! thanks for a chance to win too.

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  80. Love how you make so many different cards with one stamp set.

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  81. As always, amazingly gorgeous!! Fabulously bold colors!

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  82. Kathy's cards are amazing. She is so talented. Love the colors and details and especially how she covered up the smudge. WTG Kathy.

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  83. Noooooo! Summer school can't be almost done already!

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  84. Those white dots take these cards over the top! Love the tip about covering up ink smudges, too! I always manage to leave tell-tale marks on my cards...now I know what to do!

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  85. Thanks for sharing the great tips!

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  86. OMG...how many times could I have used that little trick with the extra paper over the smudge? Now why didn't I think of it? What a delightful stamped flower and the added white dots do take it up a notch. Thank you so much for all the wonderful summer school hints and tips!

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  87. How does that saying go.... it's not a mistake but and opportunity to embellish. This is a great idea. Thanks for the tips.

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  88. Thanks for sharing! It's good to know I'm not the only one who causes smudges on paper. Phew! ;)

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  89. Great tip!! I actually think it's a great detail, even if you don't mess up your card!!

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  90. Stunning cards and great use of the stamp set. I look at a set like that and wonder what to do with it. Well, you showed me!

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  91. A whole lot of wow going on right there. Thank you for these great cards and how-tos!

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  92. These cards are sooo good that if I didn't know better I would have thought they were printed and not stamped!

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  93. Love the cards. Great tip about the ink smudgies. I like to call these kinds of mistakes "spontaneous design." I have quite a lot of spontaneous designs on my work. :-)

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  94. Your fresh colors are amazing!!!

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  95. Oooh, those colors are just stunning!!

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  96. Great cards! Love the bright & sunny designs!

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  97. I love Kathy cards...all are with white pen and are all gorgeous...adorable...lovely sunny designs too...Great work Kathy..hugs

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  98. Fabulous cards. Great job. Just perfect for the summer.

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  99. Love the cover up, gorgeous colors for the awesome cards!

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  100. Great tip, Kathy. I love the little bada bing bada boom of the white dots too.

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  101. I ruin a lot of cards with smudges and make even bigger messes trying to fix them. This is a far better fix than any I've seen. Such fun, bright colors. Kelly's creations are always lovely.

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  102. This is a great tip. I hate throwing out cards because of a mistake because I'm thrifty and don't want to waste product, sometimes i dont have more supplies or because with three kids and having a disability I don't usually have time and energy to redo a project. So this tip is a great idea. TY

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  103. These cards are fabulous! I love the bright colors! :-) xx

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  104. Glad to know I'm not the only one who gets smudges on my cards. Sometimes I can fix the problem by stamping a little flower over the goof but I like Kathy's fix even better. Thanks for the tip and for a chance to win.

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  105. Love the little dots, they add so much.

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  106. Love your cards and the tip about the smudge. THANKS!

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  107. Awesome cards!! LOve the tip about smudges! I do it all the time so i'll have to give this a try!!

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  108. Kathy, your cards are so sweet....I love the colors that you chose!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  109. Beautiful cards! Great tips on covering ink smudges. Thank you!

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  110. Very pretty cards. I love this tip and Kathy did a wonderful job. Thanks so much for the tip. It will save alot of time not having to redo the whole thing.

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  111. Beautiful, thanks for the white dot tip!

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  112. These are fabulous cards - so fresh and summery! I like the smudge tip! Nicola x

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  113. Kathy,

    I love the color combinations you chose....and all the details. Thanks for the smudge trick, too.

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  114. Love these cards. I always try adding a bit of ribbon to by cards for texture.

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  115. Gorgeous cards!!! ~God bless!~

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  116. Love the cards and the added white dots really do make a difference. Great on the smudge trick. Have to remember that, as I usually put a flower or heart or some embellishment in that area.

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  117. Beautiful cards. What an excellent way to hide a smudge.

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  118. What gorgeous cards and thank you so much for the tip! That is one that I will definitely it be using!!

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  119. absolutely gorgeous! love the bright colors and the great stamps! :)

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  120. Great ideas, Kathy! Thanks for always showing us fabulous ways to use our products!

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  121. I almost hate to admit how helpful these tips will be. My poor mom...she gets most of my smudged cards. Hopefully now she'll get pretty clean looking cards, too. :)

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  122. Great cards! And thanks for sharing this tips and tricks. ;-)

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  123. I love everything, turned out great

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  124. I always admire the cards of Kathy! Love her little dots! Makes the cards so fun and happy!

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  125. Love the cheery colors on these cards -always up for tips to cover ink spots and smudges, too!

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  126. I have just made a Card, and when I was finish, I discovered a mistake. I put a butterfly over it, and then it was better than before.
    Christina P.

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  127. Wonderful job !!! All the details are amazing !!

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  128. I've really enjoyed this Summer School Series. It's been so wonderful. Sad to see it ending soon.

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  129. Fun and colorful
    cards. Like the
    angle used.
    Carla from Utah

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  130. Those white dots add an amazing amount of pizzaz to the images. These are wonderful cards!

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  131. Beautiful cards, fantastic tip for covering smudges as sometimes adding bling or another feature just doesn't work on the design :) Cathy x

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  132. Lovely! Thanks for the tips.

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  133. Great cards. What fun, summer colors.

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  134. I absolutely love the color combos you used! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

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  135. love the colors that you used today.....TFS !!

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  136. I love the bright, fresh, summery colours

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  137. I love how Kathy used the ultra thin strips of cardstock to continue the design as well as add texture! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  138. Usually I don't leave comments on your posts because you don't specify what you are giving away. But today I know what you're giving away because I read it on Kathy's blog!

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  139. Good idea and wonderful cards.

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  140. What bright and colorful cards. It is always nice to find how to cover up those hiccups we make.

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  141. wonderful cards Kathy!
    Sandra ltb

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  142. Beautiful cards. Love the diagonal design & the gorgeous colors.

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  143. I love the use of the stamp set. It completely has opened up more ways to use it for me. Thanks for the tip for the mess up.

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  144. Love all the fun and happy colours on these cards!

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  145. Kathy, you are amazing...and resourceful! What a beautiful solution to a problem we've all experienced. Your fix adds another element to your cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  146. I have had many a smudge in my day! Love all of the cards!

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  147. Fantastic cards! Great way to fix a boo-boo!

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  148. I have had smudges before and had to come up with ways to salvage the card....thanks for some more ideas....beautiful cards!

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  149. REALLY like the colors on the cards Kathy...so many LOVELY LAYERS:)
    We would NEVER have known there was a SMUDGE!

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  150. Love the cards! No one would have ever guessed that there was originally a mistake on the blue/green card. What a great idea! I also love the added dots to the orange/yellow flower card. Sweet! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  151. I love the way the smudge was covered up. Great tip!

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  152. These cards are so colorful and fun! Great tip on how to hide a mistake. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    hoopitydoo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  153. I'm the queen of smudged ink. Great tip for covering it up! All 3 cards are just beautiful - I love that stamp set.

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  154. Love the bright, fun colors in these cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  155. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for the awesome tip on fixing a mistake.

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  156. That is a great idea to fix the smudge! Thanks for the idea.

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  157. I love Kathy's creative nature! Thanks for showing another "fix-it" way to salvage cards!!!

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  158. Super cute way to cover up the ink!

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  159. Love those bright colors!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  160. Great cards Kathy!! Love all of the bright colors and your very thorough stamping! Wonderful job! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  161. Cool tips - thanks for sharing!

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  162. Wow Kathy, this is gorgeous. I so love your cards. The way you color.....really love it.

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  163. Love your cards Kathy. Appreciate the tip on how
    to correct ink smudges.

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  164. Truly beautiful cards - love the detail!

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  165. The colors are amazing! I love the idea to cover up smudges! I'll be trying that for sure! Only hope I can make it look as seamless!

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  166. Thanks for tip, you never know what will help cover up a mistake! Love the dots on the stamps.

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  167. Oooh, love these fun and cheery cards! Great color combos!

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  168. tolle sommerliche Karten, große klasse
    lg gila

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  169. Such pretty cards! I love the vibrant look of them! I also thank you for the smudge trick! I have smudged more than a few cards in my day!

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  170. Love the color combinations! Absolutely beautiful!

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  171. Ditto to the comments above. Gorgeous color combinations!
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  172. Kathy's cards are always outstanding with her unique way of crafting & bright colors.

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  173. Kathy's work is always awesome and I love how she fixes errors and the fact that she makes them and let's us not so professional know. Makes her seem more human. Thanks Kathy.

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  174. Fabulous cards, and I love the cover up tip!

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  175. These are such cheerful and happy summer cards! Love the cover mistake tip!

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  176. Beautiful cards!!! That tip with the white dots, so clever and with beautiful result!!! Thanks!!!

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  177. Clever cover up! How pretty these all are....so simple and pretty and yet so inspirational. ANd I must think more like Kathy, the dots just add such a pretty element. Lovely. Laura

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  178. Always good ideas from Kathy! I usually find that when I have mistakes or unplanned events, the fix is often better than the original idea!

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  179. Kathy is a fabulous card maker and these 3 cards are beauties!! I'm sitting here trying to figure out how she left all those pieces in the chain link die cut....surely she didn't glue them back in? However she did it, its a great idea and adds elegance to the cut!

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  180. The detail she puts in her cards is simply amazing! I think it would take me days to create just one card like this!

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