Thanks Card–With Patterned Paper

Good afternoon!  Today I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Use Patterned Paper.  I’ve been trying to reduce my stash of items that I’ve been hoarding and not using.  Patterned paper is one of those categories.  I’ve purged a lot, things I don’t like, know I won’t use, or the remnants of packs that I used my favorites out of already.  I cut my stash by about 1/3, but I still have a lot I intend to use.  This challenge is a perfect opportunity.

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Supplies:  Hammermill Digital Color Cover, My Mind’s Eye papers, Simon Says Stamp Die, misc bling and enamel dot, Copics YG97, R22

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Wait, Can This Be Used For A Birthday?

I cannot reasonably explain why I liked this Lawn Fawn set.  It’s cute, I can’t come up with a lot of variety in how to use it, and I wonder if it’s appropriate to send a birthday card with laundry on it!  However, it’s in my stash now, regardless.  :p

I need a birthday card for a friend.  I still haven’t decided if I like this card for this friend, I may make another one.  But I learned a new technique from Sandy Allnock about using a vanishing point.  I’d always wondered how to achieve this affect.  I find it so strange that I have learned so much more from watching card videos on YouTube than I ever learned in my college art class.  I made the wood floor using this technique.  I also cut out the center of the washer door and made it into a shaker.  I mean, really!?  How cute is a shaker of laundry with clear sequins for soap suds?  I think this is my favorite shaker, ever.

All in all, I’m very pleased with the card.  I’m just not sure if it’s the best card for the person.  I’ll decide later.  But, I am entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes.

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn – stamp & dies
Copics
The Ton – sequin
white embossing powder, dimensional tape

Brewin’ Up

I’ve been trying to grow my skills but still remain close to my style.  I like consistency.  The skill I’ve been trying to grow recently is my coloring abilities.  I don’t have an artistic eye (I have a hard time distinguishing minute color variations), and I don’t have a still hand.  Add to that, that I’m a cheapskate and I’ve always set myself up for failure when it comes to coloring.  Lately, however, I’ve learned that having good tools can be very beneficial.  I’ve learned that for me, it’s better to have just a few of really good things than a lot of crummy things.  I have finally invested in some Copic markers and wow, they really are better!  I don’t have a still enough hand to color really detailed images (yet), so I’m trying to stick to larger/plainer images.  For today, I decided to use this sketch for Reverse Confetti.

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Using my MISTI, I stamped the four coffee cups on a piece of scrap paper and then colored them.  However, as I learned, scrap paper isn’t always the best thing to grab!  This paper wasn’t too copic friendsly and I had to do a lot of touch up with my white gel pen as it bled a lot.  It, however, was good practice anyway.

I kept the card fairly simple hoping I could use it as a masculine card if I wanted.  In the artificial light as I was making the card, it looked more red.  In daylight, it looks a bit more pink.

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Supplies:
Reverse Confetti – stamp
Lawn Fawn – paper
Copics
Simple Stories – enamel dots
Staz-On ink
Papertrey Ink – vellum

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.