So Very Blessed

I like challenges that are open to loose interpretation.  Wait, do I?  I don’t remember.  I just know I like making cards.  For every occasion.  And lots.

This is for the Unity monthly challenge.  I don’t have many rubber stamps, but I do like the few Unity stamps I have.  This one is one of my favorites.  I modified up the sketch a bit to fit the stamp image and painted it with the closest Zig Clean Color Real Brush colors I had.  I think my favorite part though, is the contrast of the black diagonal stripe to the bright image.

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Just Another Excuse?

I made this card for the MFT Summer School Repetition Lesson.  Before I get too far in my story, I have to tell you, repetition is one of my two favorite design principles.  Repetition, repetition, repetition.  Just in case you missed this, I’ll repeat it again.  Repetition, repetition, repetition.

Well, I was stamping this card with the help of my handy-dandy MISTI (really, how did I stamp before that thing?) and my husband walked in.  He asked if I stamped it all by hand (by hand, meaning stamped it with the MISTI).  Yup, I did!  Then he said something to imply cool, and walked away.

I kept on stamping.  And thinking “coffee…coffee…”  Both my husband and I love coffee.  We drink too much.  And don’t feel guilty about it.  So when I added the sentiment to the card, I knew I had to give the card to him.  That my finished to be used card box is overflowing also helped with that.  My husband, having “words” as his love language appreciates when I leave him little notes.  I don’t do it often enough because words aren’t my love language, so it has to be intentional on my end, not something I do without thought.

Anyway, I left the card out for him today, and after he read it, he came and said “You’re just using me for crafting supplies.”

Um, no, but if the excuse works, I’ll take it! 🙂

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The Herd is Too Cute

I don’t get it.  I don’t usually do “cutesy” anything.  But this silly Herd stamp set from My Favorite Things gets me every time.  It’s just stinkin’ cute.  Maybe it’s the little piggy.  Baby piggies are cute.  And they squeal.  Loud.  But they’re cute anyway.  And they make bacon.

I thought this stamp set would be the perfect fit for the My Favorite Things Card Challenges Sketch 240.  I’m also linking to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to “Tie it Up”

IMG_4981I’m a pretty new Copic coloring artist.  I’ve avoided coloring all along because I don’t have a still hand.  I have learned however, that the right tools do help.  This is a very basic coloring job because I just don’t have that many Copics yet.  We have the entire Spectrum Noir collection, but I’m SN challenged and find the Copics much easier to use.

Memory Box Cool Thoughts Challenge

I’ve heard Jennifer McGuire talk about how great the Memory Box dies are many times.  I’ve had some hearts, but I recently bought some snowflakes as well.  I saw the challenge for the month of August was “Cool Thoughts for Warm Days” and of course, I had to go to my favorite season.  Winter.  Or maybe it’s Fall.  I don’t know, some days I can’t decide between the two.  I think it’s whichever we are currently in (which happens to be neither, and of course, I’m anxiously awaiting Fall!).  As I was die cutting these snowflakes from glitter paper, I kept thinking “wow, Jennifer is so right!”  The dies cut with great detail, I think I’ll have to add more to my stash.

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Supplies:  Memory Box snowflake dies, Simon Says Stamp rectangle dies, stamp, Bo Bunny patterned paper, Papertrey Ink vellum, Versafine ink, DCWV glitter paper, misc cardstocks

Mini Note Pad PTI Style!

Papertrey Ink is one of my favorite stamp companies.  Perhaps, it’s a bit of nostalgia as even in my “I don’t like stamping” days I would still buy some of their stamps.  Or, perhaps, it’s just that they have such ingenious products.  I don’t know, but whatever the reason, they share the top spot on my favorite list.  Despite following them for probably 5 years, I’ve only recently bought inks to go along with the few stamps and mostly dies I had.  So, I’ve had a great time adding to my stamp collection in the last year, and I’ve been trying to make it a regular habit to play along with the Make It Monday challenges.

This week’s challenge was a bit different, but certainly fun, to make a decorated mini notepad.   And I happened to have some of their pads in my stash already, which I bought two years ago, or so, and only used one.  Perfect!

Okay, as I share my project, I have to share that I just adore these plaid builder stamps!!  I wanted to get them right away, but I was too slow on the draw, so I had to wait for them to come back in stock.  I have a few plaid builders, but the additional length of these makes them stand out from the crowd.  I think they are fantastic because they can easily be used for a masculine or feminine project.  Worth their weight in gold, or at least silver.

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A Card With Multiple Personalities

…oh, I mean multiple techniques.  Yeah, that’s what I meant to say.

This card took me a week.  Seriously – an that is something I don’t do.  I really liked the challenge for Papertrey Ink to do some “kiss stamping” Make It Monday 219.  Only problem – I had very few stamps that were solid enough to do the technique with!  But my stubborness and determination outlasted my lacking supplies (I know, I know, my husband would say my supplies aren’t lacking).

After nearly a week of trying something and tossing, I finally settled on this idea and just made it work.  That’s how I process.  Usually, anyway.

IMG_4977The multiple techniques, well, let’s get to it.

1)  Kiss Stamping – ink a solid image and stamp it off onto a pattern stamp, then stamp the paper.  I used a My Mind’s Eye doily stamp for the pattern.  Inks:  PTI Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist

2)  Mask off stamped images & Emboss paper.  I used a My Favorite Things background stamp

3) Blend ink with PTI Sweet Blush ink & mount on PTI Sweet Blush paper.

4) Stamp PTI vellum with sentiment

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(The Sweet Blush has a really coral tone to it, my camera really doesn’t like my LED lights)

Phew – that’s a lot of techiques for me!

Multi-purpose Paper

Last week we were in the city.  It was time for my once, or maybe twice, yearly trip to Michael’s.  But, being as how it was nearing closing time, I had to make a quick trip through the store.  That’s just as well for my wallet, anyway!  I did find a couple treasures.  I found some rolls of paper that were 14″ wide.  Now, I’m not exactly sure what the concept of purpose is.  I liked it though, so I bough it.  I thought it would make some great wrapping paper.

I used it with some Papertrey Ink dies to wrap this adorable little pint ice cream cup.  Isn’t it just stinkin’ cute?  Well, after wrapping the adorable little pint, I decided the card I had for a friend just wasn’t going to cut it when I had an abundance of this paper.  I really wasn’t thrilled with the end result of the first card anyway, so I remade it.

Initially, I had planned to follow the MFT Sketch 239 sketch.  But with all the circles I had going on my card, I changed it up a little to use them as the circle element.  This written in watercolor stamp is one of my favorite all times!

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Oh, and these enamel dots, they were a light blue that I colored darker with a spectrum noir marker.  I’ve been trying to buy only clear or white jewels, enamel dots and alphas and then recolor them with markers to make my craft budget stretch a little farther.  Of course, there is the added perk of not having to store so much in my stash.

Ketchup

My son loves ketchup.  Since there are so many foods he can’t eat, I tend to let him eat as much ketchup as he wants.  Gluten free foods can be a bit dry, so if he needs a little extra ketchup to moisten it, I roll with it.  Our favorite ketchup is the 365 (generic) from Whole Foods.  I was recently in and bought four bottles of ketchup.  Only four bottles.  Yes, I often get weird looks in Whole Foods.  I’m cool with that.  As I was checking out, the bagging dude picked it up and made a Vanna White gesture and said “You have some projects to ketch-up on? Ha!”  I just laughed.  Really, I’m not very witty with responses.

Now, you may ask, what in tarnashun does ketchup have to do with a craft blog.  Nothing really, except that I’m ketching-up on making some posts of work I’ve done for the weekend.

I know.  The joke fell flat.

I’m okay with that, too.

I just ask if you throw something at me, it would be ketchup and not rotten tomatoes.

I made this card a few days ago for the Simon Says Stamp Monday No Ordinary Paper Challenge.   Being as how my paper stash is relatively limited (I get overwhelmed by stuff so I keep my stash to a minimum, although I could certainly have less still), I really don’t have much specialty paper.  So I got creative and used this “Copic watercolor” technique on a page protector that I then turned into a shaker card with my Fuse.

I’m the first to admit when something of mine isn’t the best, so I’ll admit it for this card.  But it follows my crafting motto:  Done is better than perfect.
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Many Thanks

We live in a world with near constant of visual inspiration.  It’s hard to miss it, and it’s hard turn it off when we want to.  Sometimes, it’s also hard to remember where we saw something that inspired us.  At least it is for me, considering most days I can barely remember my name!  The card I made today was inspired heavily by someone else I saw who used this stamp and masked off a strip like this.  Sadly, I can’t give credit to where credit is due.  So, as you look at my card, please know that this is not entirely an original idea of mine.  (Thanks to a comment, I have found the source of the original blog (however, I believe I saw it on Facebook rather than this blog) Snippets, Karen). But I did make it for the Anything Goes challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.  I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but the “Anything Goes” challenges are my least favorite.  I don’t really like being challenged, but I guess I must.

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Guest Blogger

I have a special guest today.  Before I tell you who she is, I thought I should tell you a little bit about her.  She loves a good cup of tea, reading, writing and her furball cats.  Her favorite color is pink, her favorite fruit are blueberries, and no ice cream is safe if she’s around!  She’s been cardmaking for about a year.  I’m trying to not show bias, but I think she’s pretty darn talented!

Without further ado, my guest is my daughter.  She’s an eight year old artist in training.  Looking at her work, I have to say, I wish I had that much talent when I was eight.

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Card made by eight year old talent-in-the-making!

I’m featuring her today for the Simon Says Stamp Kid’s Summer Vacation Challenge.  When I told her about the challenge, she was very excited.  And I have to say, I’m very excited to share her final product.