Hello and good morning!!! I couldn't be more excited to share a blog post with you than I am today, because we're having a very special blog hop to honor the birthday of one of the sweetest, and most amazing women I've ever had the pleasure to meet!! It's Kathy J's birthday, and I am honored to be a stop on this birthday blog hop to celebrate our Peachy Queen's special day. If you arrived here from the talented Kim's Blog, then you're on the right track, but if not, then please go back to the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog , and hop along from there, so you don't miss one single, amazing creation!!
I often tell the story of how excited I was when I first applied for the Peachy Keen Stamps design team. I didn't know much about Peachy Keen Stamps when I applied, other than there was something that immediately drew me to the artwork. I couldn't exactly explain it, at the time, but something about the adorable whimsical images that I saw on the website felt familiar and comfortable to me, and I told my husband that I REALLY wanted to be a Peachy Keen Designer, but I was fairly new to watercoloring, and hadn't touched a Copic marker at that point, so I was afraid to get my hopes up. A few days after I applied, when I had more time to sit down and really check out the PKS website, I found the What's So Funny stamp, and it hit me who Kathy was! I immediately recognized that artwork, because I had painted it many, many times. Kathy had been my tole painting buddy for years, and she didn't even know it. I had purchased Kathy's Paint On A Happy Face books a long time ago, and painted from them (especially Volume 1) till I wore them out, and here, I had literally stumbled upon her website, and I had no idea that she had gone into the stamping business!!! Well, needless to say, that when I received the email that I had been accepted as a designer for PKS, I was way beyond elated!! Talk about surreal!!!!!
This past July, when I got the opportunity to attend CHA, and work in the Peachy Keen Stamps booth, I was in absolute Heaven!! Not only did I get to meet my crafty hero and her beautiful family in person, but I was blessed to get to meet so many of our wonderful customers, and share what I love by leading make and takes and teaching Copic techniques. It was a dream come true for me, and one that has given me fond memories to last a lifetime. I can never thank Kathy enough for not only the wonderful blessing of the opportunity to design for Peachy Keen Stamps and be a part of the PKS family, but also for a friendship that will last a lifetime and for memories that I hold in my heart forever!
Kathy, here's to you on your special day! I hope that your day is one that brings you joy and happiness, and makes you feel loved, because my talented friend... YOU INDEED ARE!!!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my eternally blessed heart for everything, and especially for your friendship. I love ya, Kathy, and HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!
Now, enough of the mushy stuff! *sniff, sniff* On to the card! For Kathy's birthday card, I had to ink up a stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps, of course that I've had for a while, but hadn't seen ink yet. I knew I wanted to use these cute little kids from the PK-241 Happy Birthday Kids stamp set, and make them look like the members of our family. Everyone in my immediate family has also had the pleasure of meeting Kathy, except for my sons, and I wanted Kathy's birthday card to reflect wishes from the whole bloomin' bunch!! So on this card, are me and Al (had to add glasses for us), Tyler, Cassidy and Baby Max on the left side, and Trevor (complete with goatee, LOL) and his girlfriend, Kallista on the bottom. Everything was colored with my Copic markers, and I added plenty of stickles to the cake, and party hats. There's also a little bling of rhinestones on top of each hat.
I sent this off on it's way to Green Bay onTuesday, so hopefully it's arrived at it's destination, and Kathy will have it in hand to enjoy with all her other beautiful birthday cards. You do know that there are going to be prizes awarded to random commenters along this blog hop, don't you? Oh yeah, baby! Angelica is going to choose 10 winners from ALL comments on ALL blogs to win one of Kathy's favorite crafting items. In addition, I'm throwing in some blog candy of my own. One lucky commenter who is a follower, and leaves a comment on this post will win both the Baker's Man Jr. and Patty Cake Jr. stamp set from me. Please remember that you do need to by a follower of my blog (I do check), and leave a comment, and that's all you need to do to be entered to win. I will choose and announce the winner on Monday, December 20th. Here's what you could win:
Thank you so very much for hopping along with us today in celebration of Kathy. Below, please find the blog hop list from start to finish, just in case you get lost along the way! Thanks again, and happy stamping! Your next stop on this hop will be for a visit with Heidi. She's always got something wonderful to share, and I know today she'll knock your socks off!
Peachy Keen Stamps Blog http://www.peachykeenstamps.blogspot.com/
Angelica & Adrianne - http://www.handmadebyangel
Viv - http://craftinghaven.blogs
Kim - http://www.paperpunchaddic
Lorie - http://www.thethinkinspot.
Heidi - http://gotscraps.blogspot.
Janice - http://stampingwithjanice.
Joanna - http://scrap-making.blogsp
Nikki - http://scrappinnavywife.bl
Erin - http://www.erinleecreative
Emma - http://www.creativetimefor
Ruthie - http://septemberninth.blog
Samantha - http://samanthacasey.blogs
Lisa - http://our2angelsinheaven.
Jessica B. - http://thatzuneek.blogspot
Abby - http://www.scrapbookaholic
Gaby - http://www.gabycreates.com
Dobea - http://dobeaalberts.blogsp
Theresa - http://www.thescrapbooking
Jessica K. - http://thecreativestampers
Glorajean - http://glorascrafts.blogsp
Liz - http://skittles-and-scrapb
Jessica M.- http://www.KinderStampo.co
Jenny - http://www.crazyaboutcricu
Kimmy - http://scrappinwithkimmy.b
Sandra - http://365daysofcricut.blo
Sarah - http://www.pinkcricut.com/
Mandy - http://stamping4u.blogspot
Lauren - http://laurenscraps.blogsp
Raven - http://love4stamps.blogspo
Janis - http://pausedreamenjoy.blo
Momo - http://madebymomo.blogspot
Paula - http://morethanfavors.blog
Corri - http://www.buglvr.blogspot