Make It Monday #218

Word dies often get great reviews.  I have a few, but I have a hard time using them.  For a reason I can’t identify, I’d rather just stamp my sentiments.

But, the challenge this week for Make it Monday with Papertrey Ink is a perfect use for word dies.  I just used my die to cut a mask and watercolored the sentiment.  In hindsight, I should have also used the die to emboss the word, but too late now.  I watercolored some messiness on the background and mounted both pieces of watercolor paper on navy blue.  Added a few enamel dots and viola!

IMG_4861Supplies:  Papertrey Ink wet paint dies, Zig clean color real brush markers, Sn@p enamel dots, watercolor paper, cardstock

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Circle Card

For a while I’ve been wanting to attempt a circle shaped card.  The challenge this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was the perfect opportunity!  The challenge was to “get in shape” and while they were quick to disclose that it wasn’t calling us to get our running shoes on, I probably could use that kick in the hiney.  I’ve been very inconsistent about exercising the last few months, and man oh man, I’m feeling it!

But for today, I’m just going to get in card shape.  Back at the grindstone tomorrow though.
IMG_4848I used the Hero Arts pink to red ombre pad and a Lawn Fawn gingham stamp.  I wanted to go with a summer picnic feel.  Who doesn’t love summer picnics?  Well, I mean, besides me…lol…direct sun is rather like my arch enemy.  But a red gingham table cloth makes me smile, regardless.  It’s so yesteryear.  Sigh.  I’m a sucker for vintage.  I also tried the bold black sentiment strip.  I see it done often but have been intimadated to try it myself, it’s so bold, and so not white!

Partial Die Cutting Card

I’m set in my ways.  I know that.  I strive to change and improve what is wrong with myself and in my life.  But the things that are not wrong, I am quite content to leave status quo.  For this reason, I find challenges not always the most inspiring for me.  I’m happy to be where I am in my work.  But the chance of prizes is always a great motivator! 🙂

I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play along with any prizes this last week.  We had a crazy weekend last week, and we refaced our kitchen cabinets this week.  The end result is gorgeous, but it was a long three days of a choatic house and long, long hours.   We emptied about 3/4 of our cabinetry into my creative space!  That meant that amidst the chaos of the house torn apart, I couldn’t retreat to my pretty paper, stamps and ink.  I tinker at least a little bit almost every day, so when I could finally get back in, I was delighted.

I whipped out a quick card, and while I don’t usually like to double up challenges (that feels like cheating to me), I combined the sketch challenge from My Favorite Things and the Anything Goes from Simon Says Stamp Monday.

I was really inspired by the partial diecutting (or maybe it’s the way the die was made) by Kayln Kepner and decided to try it myself.  I initially cut some beautiful floral, but silly me, I messed it up and didn’t have enough to redo.

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Supplies:  Cardstock, misc & Crate Paper Maggie Holmes, Die (Mama Elephant), Stamps (Written in Watercolor, MFT & Perk Me Up), Kaiser craft woodgrain stamp, Misc bling

Better Late Than Never

I really couldn’t get my act together last week, or was it it week before?  We had VBS at church, and it just took every bit of mental energy I had!  It was a great week, but it left me drained.  I completed cards for a couple challenges, but I didn’t share them.  I really liked one (surprisingly!) especially so I’m going to share them anyway.

For My Favorite Things sketch – a striped background…you had me at hello.

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The next was for one of the Simon Says challenges.  I can’t remember what exactly it was, misting or masking….something I don’t enjoy doing.  So I went a little creative on it.  I used the falling heart mask and the abandoned coral distress ink to ink the background of watercolor paper.  I then took some pearl mist I made with perfect pearls.  I misted lightly that onto the ink to get it to move and run a little bit.  I really liked the way it worked on watercolor paper as opposed to regular cardstock.  However, it washed out the heart shapes more than I wanted, so I replaced the mask and used fired brick to recolor some of the heart.  It turned out fabulously!  I was quite surprised that I liked it.  I tried to mount it on cardstock completely colored with abandoned coral, but it was too much.  So I made an ombre’ background and it was the perfect touch.

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Memory Box Challenge

Someone recently told me about a new challenge that has begun.  I figured I’d play along, I mean, why not?!


I saw the Memory Box Challenge #2 was red, white and blue and I knew I had to.  Especially in July.

I used my Memory Box butterfly die that I had just purchased and was anxious to play with.  Truthfully, I have to confess that I don’t have much blue in my stash, so I knew inks were the best approach.  Out come the distress inks!

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Coffee? Yes, Please

I enjoy a good cup of coffee.  Truthfully, I probably enjoy too many cups of coffee.  But, as my husband says “we’re all going to die anyway, we might as well enjoy our food on the way out.”  While in general, we do try to eat a clean, healthy diet, I won’t budge on my coffee.  Even if some people do tell me it’s bad (besides, if you read long enough, you’ll find many contradicting “studies”), I’m still going to enjoy my cup or two of hot, black coffee in the morning.  Reminds me of the youth pastor I had when I was in high school, he’d always say he has his vitamin C, chocolate and coffee.  No, I’m not that bad.  But, you’ll have to pry my coffee from my cold, dead hands before I give it up.

So, when I saw the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was coffee or tea?, how could I not be giddy?  It’s right up my alley!  I had just ordered this stamp from My Favorite Things and was anxious to play.

IMG_4836I broke out the few copic markers I have to color the image.  I’m thinking this is going to be me into trouble.  Together my daughter and I have the entire Spectrum Noir collection of markers, but we’ve been having a hard time finding refills, and I have a terrible time opening the caps, so I bought a few copics for the most commonly used colors.  I’m thinking this may have been a mistake because I’ve found them much easier to use!  I guess I’ll just buy more a few at a time.  I bought from carpediemmarkers.com because they were the best price I could find.  I’ve placed a few orders from them, they have great service.

C’mon, Aren’t They Cute?

I admit it, I usually don’t do cutesy.  I can appreciate it, but I’m more classic in what I create.  So, I’m not sure if it’s that I live on a hobby farm and have goats and chickens (we’ve had cows and pigs as well) or what, but the stamp set from From the Herd stamp set from My Favorite Things had me at “from”.  Seriously!  Aren’t they just the cutest?!

We have had animals of many varieties for the last eight years.  Being as how I’m an indoorsy type of girl, the animals have always been my husband’s charge.  Recently, we moved our chickens to a new coop and area.  In doing so, I’m able to see and talk to the chickens while I tend to our garden.  They’re really growing on me.  I’m finding them to be delightful girls.  I’ll always remember years ago, my ten month old baby girl giggling endlessly at the first set of piglets we had.

These stamps just grabbed a piece of my heart, and my memories.

Typically, I’m a results oriented crafter.  I do cards that I can create quickly, or at least without much fuss.  However, these zig real brush clean color markers are pretty fun to use, so I’ve found a good way to create.  I know, I know, I didn’t like the markers at first.  I found the reason for my dislike; I was working too fast.  When I slowed down so more pigment came out of the brush tip, I found them to be a great tool!  I stamped several of the images and then colored them while watching a tv show with the family.  Well, they watched, I listened and colored.  That’s the way I like to watch tv.  🙂  And, because my fussy cutting skills make me fussy, I decided it would be wise to use my pixscan mat with my silhouette to cut all these bad boys out.

IMG_4720I had enough images to make four cards.  Aren’t they just the cutest?

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As I’m looking at these cards, I can’t help but think how ironic it is that I have learned more about art by watching crafting youtube videos than I learned in my college art class.  Maybe it’s because it was a bit more abstract, and nothing I do is abstract.  I like clean and realistic.  Somehow, these cute little pudgy cows and giant hens (in perspective to the cow) just stole my heart!

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I mean, really?  Cow’s it going?

Okay, okay.  It’s just me.