Apr 11, 2022

Mixing Metals

I seem to recall that, along with wearing white between Labor Day and Memorial Day, mixing gold with silver is a design crime. Now I see it in kitchen and bath design and decided to give it a try.

This card mixes silver foiling on the background with gold foiling on the birds and branches as well as the sentiment. 

The bird and branches were left over from the last card I posted and use Pinkfresh Studio Songbirds on Branches hot foil plate, die, and stencils. The background is also from PFS and is called Geo Tiles Hot Foil plate. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Honestly, part of me is struggling to post cards, as I -- like any decent person -- am heartbroken over the evil happening in Ukraine. 

Every time I see an older woman from Ukraine on the news, she reminds me of my grandmother and her sisters, all of whom came to the US from the Western part of Ukraine or Poland. We never knew for sure, as they didn't talk about the past much. My mom grew up speaking Ukrainian at home but thought of herself as Polish-American. Who knows? That area has been a battleground for a very long time, thanks to an aggressive Russia.

Or I think of my girlfriend's parents, who are now in their 90s, who walked out of Ukraine after WWII to the coast of Europe to get on a ship to the US as refugees. They are the most delightful, strong people I know -- they never learned to drive and continued to walk everywhere (in Minneapolis)! They got through so much, including the worst of the Covid years, only to watch this happen in Ukraine. Again. 

And then I think of Yana Smakula, the most talented and strong stamper I know (the way we "know" each other online), crafting from Ukraine. She makes the evil real and personal and not just a news story. I think of her all the time. 

So I guess If Yana can continue to post cards, we all can take refuge in the hobby and continue to share it. 

Apr 9, 2022


Was super lucky and won the entire February release from Pinkfresh Studios. 

Made this with the suite of products called Songbird on Branches -- hot foil plate, die, and stencils.  Sentiment uses a sentiment hot foil plate from Spellbinders.

Now I have a huge pile of unused products. No complaints here!