Mar 24, 2017

Using Older Sets and the Perfect Orange Ink

Don't know about you, but when I'm anxious I tend to spend money on stamps (and eat, but that's another story). Given all the health stuff going on, I've had a steady stream of packages coming (until the husband suggested I start trying to win contests instead of buying. HA!).

So, I decided it is time to put down the credit card and pick up some older sets and actually use them. These stamps are from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from last summer. It is no longer available, but that's no reason not to use it. The sentiment is from Altenew's Halftone Circles. [By the way, I usually link to Ellen Hutson's shop because that is where I shop. However, of course all of these stamps are usually available at a variety of places.] Used Altenew inks -- Warm Sunshine, Buttercream, Mountain Mist, Lagoon, Emerald, Sun Kissed and Orange Cream.

Altenew's Orange Cream is the perfect true orange. I've looked all over and even had friends send me orange ink pads, but they all had a brown undertone or something that didn't ring true. I'm happy with Orange Cream. It's crazy how happy this made me.

Stamped on linen cardstock because I thought the texture showing through the ink would be fun. Added White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Wishing I was at the ocean....

Mar 22, 2017

Health Update

As you may recall from this post, I had a defibrillator (known as an ICD) implanted last September due to a recently diagnosed heart condition. In February it went off my mistake. My doc encouraged me to keep it on. A second doctor (the device doctor) wouldn't turn it back on as she said it would continue to shock me for no reason. She advised surgery to remove the old one and put it a new one.

After spending 7 million hours researching the issue, I remained convinced that my medical condition did not warrant an ICD.  So, my husband and I went up to Boston earlier this week and met with an internationally respected expert on my heart condition.

Bam!  I'm a medical genius, so of course he agreed with me, and said that I did not meet the criteria for having the ICD. In plain language, I didn't need it in the first place and there is no reason to return it back on or replace it at this time.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Let me know if you need a cardiologist. My fees are reasonable!

Mar 21, 2017

Take Joy

A sweet, simple, card to brighten someone's day.

Stamps are from Altenew's Beautiful You and the sentiment is from a Clear and Simple set called Butterfly Garden I.  Used Versafine Onyx and a few Zig Clean Color brush pens.

MOOD WHEN DONE = hanging in there!  I'll be back later in the week with an update on my visit to the specialist in Boston. Still processing!

Mar 18, 2017

Colored Background

Happy Saturday! Hope you are having a good weekend.  I started mine off by making this card.

I've seen a lot of cards lately with black and white flowers and a colored background. I tried making a background with Copics and found it difficult. Watercoloring the background turned out to be a lot easier, especially since I wanted the color darker on the top with a gradual fade.

I started this background with Inktense watercolor pencils on watercolor paper but quickly switched to Zig Clean Color markers (much better for this technique). Added a few "water drops" and a frame. No masking, just careful with the paint brush...

This card is going to my fantastic mother in law. I love how it turned out! 

Image and sentiment from Altenew's Best Mom.


Mar 17, 2017

Finally, Balloons!

I never make balloon cards, because the strings always mess me up. Decided to ignore the number of strings.  So, three balloons, one string?  Yes, it was the only way to make this fun, colorful, card work.

If you look closely at the balloons, you'll see that the paper is see through, which works great for balloons. It is from W R Memory Keepers Oh Goodie! Glassine Paper. Love the fun bold prints.

Stamped the scallops (think clouds) from Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops with Altenew Sea Glass ink. The balloon stamp and die are from Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy. All images designed by Julie Ebersole. Balloon string hand drawn. Sentiment from an old Hero Arts messages set. Envelope from Paper Source.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Well, happy!  (BTW, my medical appointment in Boston was rescheduled because of the snow.  I'll be there next week, I hope!)

Mar 10, 2017


Thought it would be interesting to make the same layout with opposite colors.  They use Altenew's Botanical Garden.  Not sure where the sentiments are from.

White card:  Stamped on Strathmore Bristol paper and used Zig Clean Color markers to add some color.  Tried my hand at a thread nest.  WHY?

Pink card:  Stamped same flower on same paper and colored around it, first Zig Clean Color marker and then, after it dried, with a Copic.  See that black under the sentiment?  It's glitter paper.

MOOD WHEN DONE =  Happy. Going up to Boston next week for a second opinion on my health issues. I'm grateful I can do this and that I got a quick appointment with a top notch expert.

Mar 8, 2017

A Card With A High Intersection Score

When I was in high school, some outside group came in and gave us a reading test. It measured speed and comprehension.  If someone didn't do well, their parents were encouraged to sign them up for some type of extra help from the outside group.  I think it might have been a scam.  In any event, I did fine, thank you very much.  In fact, I had the highest intersection score, meaning my combination of speed and comprehension was the best.  Others were faster, and others had higher comprehension scores, but apparently I could skim and understand enough to get by.  This talent has proved to be no talent at all, as skimming is dangerous when you are practicing law.

In any event, this card has a high intersection score.  Although there are cards that are faster to make and are prettier, this one was quick to make and is pretty.

Gold embossed the bouquet from Altenew's Celebration set and a sentiment from Tiny Sentiments by Right at Home.  A quick watercolor wash, some gold ribbon, and the card was done.  To make sure it was good and flat, I ran it through my Big Shot before I put on the ribbon.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy!  Hope you are too.

Mar 3, 2017

hi, there or hi there?

Used the same paper that I watercolored, and used here, to cover the front of this card. Stamped the circles from Essentials by Ellen by Julie Wonky Backdrops (currently sold out).  Added some silver foil to the centers of the circles.  Makes a nice all-purpose card.  The yellow envelope will brighten someone's mail!

The sentiment. Do we want the comma? I think I prefer no comma and am debating sentiment surgery.  Opinions?

MOOD WHEN DONE = Just fine!

Mar 1, 2017

Need a Hug?

Love everything about this sentiment from You Are My Fave by The Stamp Market.

Watercolored green, yellow, and blue circles onto Bristol Paper and die cut with the largest of the Essentials by Ellen Folk Heart dies.

The Bristol paper is a bright white and can handle light watercoloring without warping too much. Works very well with the Kuretake Zig Clean Cut markers that I used to make the circles.  Added the sentiment and a little white twine bow and adhered to a pale blue card.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Having an excellent day!  Hope you are too.