Aug 15, 2019

Yum



Remember when cupcake stamps were everywhere?  Never caught on with me, but fast forward, and I see Yana Smakula make this card using the Sweet Friend Cupcake from a newish company called Colorado Craft Company and I fell in love.  It's part of a series of Big & Bold stamp sets, all of which include a very large image. While these images may not be as versatile as smaller images, they are so much fun and pack such a punch!

My version is, of course, inspired by Yana's. Colored with Copics, hand trimmed, and finished it off with Nuvo Crystal Glaze (so far it isn't clogging!) on the strawberry and a sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio.

Yum.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Excellent! I started my volunteer job yesterday. It's at the Dallas office of the International Rescue Committee, and I'll be writing more about that later. So far, it's great.

Jul 25, 2019

Learning Through Inspiration: Peet Roeven (Day 2)

Hi. My next (and last) study of the terrifically talented Peet Roeven is up on the Penny Black blog today. I hope you will check it out!

Here's a bit of my card --


Jul 22, 2019

Sympathy



I was very fortunate to be able to purchase one of the de-stashing boxes that the amazing Laura Bassen had for sale a few weeks ago. For just the cost of shipping ($15), Laura packed the box with dozens of stamp sets, dies, and stencils.

I made this card with two of the items in the box -- Altenew's Cherished Memories (the sentiment) and Build A Flower - Carnation. I usually buy sympathy cards, but I decided to make a few to have on hand. I prefer keeping them as simple as possible and this fits the bill.

Colored with a few Copic markers and added some black dots as it seemed a bit empty. Now I need to buy some clear plastic protectors for my cards as too many of them are ending up damaged.

MOOD WHEN DONE: I'm good. Hope you have a great week!


Jul 19, 2019

All About Color (and Life!)


Had so much fun coloring this card! It's all Copic, including the yellow background. This is a very large image -- you need a large stamp positioner to use it, and even with that it's not easy to ink up. But 3 or 4 presses with Memento Tuxedo ink did the trick. A few gold gems finished off the card.  



Supplies: Altenew Sketchy Florals; Penny Black Leaf Stitched Frame Die; Copics; gold gems; foam tape.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Happy. This was a fun, and surprisingly easy card to make.

It's been awhile since I posted and it occurred to me the other day that I'm just coming out of some post surgery funk. I think two procedures within a month just knocked me out, both physically and emotionally. I am so happy to have that behind me. Most of the time I forget I have a defibrillator inside my heart -- and that's a good thing. But, man, I think it took a toll, as evidenced by my more than one melt down.  Grateful to have a loving and patient husband.

We went away for a few days this week and returned yesterday, and I think a different location helped. I came back energized to get moving. I took about 2/3 of my stamps (!!) and put them in a box in a closet in my craft room. They aren't going anywhere, but having less cluttering up my eyesight is refreshing. And then today I sat down and made a couple of cards, including this one.

Next week I'm being interviewed for a volunteer position and I'm pretty excited about it. I've looked into a few since we got to Dallas and none of them were a good fit. Then all the medical stuff messed up my plans. So, if it works out, I'll let you know what it's all about.

Thanks for still being here and reading this blog!

Jul 18, 2019

Learning Through Inspiration: Peet Roeven (on Penny Black Blog)





Returning from a short vacation today and have limited internet, so here's a quick link to my post on the Penny Black blog.    This is one of the two cards I made inspired by Peet Roeven.

Can I just say that Peet Roeven is amazing and if you unfamiliar with her cards, then are you even a stamper??

HA.

Hope to be back with more cards and talk soon! 

Jul 1, 2019

Positivity


I love this sentiment so much -- it's from Voices in My Head by Julie Ebersole at Essentials by Ellen. Know a few folks (I mean pretty much everyone, right?) who could use some positive thoughts.

Decided that this My Favorite Things stencil would work great with the sentiment. Placed the stencil over watercolor paper and masked each section one at a time. Rubbed Distress Oxide inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water, and then picked up the paint and watercolored each section over the stencil.

Made a second card, using essentially the same technique, except I used a blender
brush to color in with the same Distress Oxide inks onto Neenah Solar White cardstock.




MOOD WHEN DONE:  I'm good. Like the cards and really enjoyed making them and that's what this hobby is all about, right?



Jun 27, 2019

Alcohol Marker Background


Decided it was time for some bright fun colors. The blue panel and pink flowers are one panel -- stamped, masked, and colored with Copic and Altenew alcohol markers, including the blue background.

Supplies:  Altenew Smile More  and Beautiful Day. Assorted markers, sequins, etc. White splatters from white gouache, water, and a paint brush.

MOOD WHEN DONE:  This. was. fun. I have no idea what I'm doing with alcohol markers, but I like the result and I hope the recipient does!