Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A quick post this morning...I managed to make two cards yesterday! Considering my weekend, that's major. Maybe I'm like one of those starving artists, have to be down and out to create...Nah, I just really wanted something happy to look at:)
I was reading on Splitcoast Stampers forum about a gal that was so discouraged by the amount of "stuff" she had in her scrap room and how she had not used much of it. That got me to take a second look at some of my older stamp sets to see if I still liked them. Came across this stamp set, Frilly Flowers, from Papertreyink and decided to try it...yep I still like it!
And you know what? That really did make me happy :)
I'm thankful for this craft...it can really bring me out of the doldrums.
Papertrey Rustic White card stock
Frilly Flowers stamp set, Embroidered blooms sentiment
Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold and Simply Chartreuse ink
SU! Gold embossing powder
Monday, October 27, 2014
So this past weekend was a very hard emotional rollercoaster for us...didn't think I would be able to create a thing. I even woke up feeling angry...why is this happening AGAIN?! My dh admitted he was feeling the same thing. It's hard having a child relapse once again into drug abuse. I don't even know if I have the words to describe the pain...In church we sang a song Oceans by Hillsong and one verse says:
"Your grace abounds in deepest watersYour sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed, and You won't start now
I realized as I was singing that song that I am in the deepest waters I've ever been in up to this point in my life. Yet, God is with me and will strengthen me to walk this walk. Still fear creeps in and threatens to steal the peace I'm clinging to.
Now how do I bridge that with the card I made today? I guess I needed to make something happy...oh I just realized I forgot to put the pearls on the flowers...oh well, I'll do that after I post this. Anyway, this is a CASE...almost, of a beautiiful card on Pinterest (where else?!) I used the same flowers, Mini Blooms from Papertrey but everything else is different including the sentiment. The patterned paper is from MME Lost & Found, Rustic White cs from Papertrey, silver shimmer paper strip from I don't remember where. Smokey Shadow ink from Papertrey as well.
Hope Monday has been good to Y'all.
Monday, October 20, 2014
So this is a much brighter card than what I'd normally make, but when this stamp set, Doodlie Do by Papertrey ink was being show cased by the design team, I fell in love with it. The one that made me happiest was done by Laura Bassen with Copics, ( man that girl is talented!) Nevermind that I am not a colorer or did not own a single Copic...I had to have it. Well, as is true of many others, I received it and couldn't wait to play with it...but I got so intimidated by the thought of coloring it and not coming the least bit close to Laura's card that I never tried! I did make a couple of cards but only in Prisma Pencils.
Fast forward to this month, when I pulled out the stamp set and said "Aha! I still don't have Copics but I have Spectrum Noirs!" Now I did my best to reproduce Laura's card as closely as I could judging from the pics in the gallery and Voila...it is finished!
It only took me 3 days, spending an hour or so each day...I am soo slow at coloring and these are not the biggest spaces for coloring...I had to take my time...I'm notorious for coloring outside the lines!
Please Lord, give me artistic abilities in Heaven! That would be so very awesome.:)
That's all. Hope everyone had a good weekend.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I didn't think working 4 days a week from home would dampen my creativity but...it has. I think it's just all the learning that gives my brain a workout so there's not much left but I'm sure I'll feel more creative once I have this stuff "under my belt" so to speak.
I did have a small spark last night so I went with it. Actually I received my Wplus9 order of Pretty Peonies, Hand Lettered Hello and Hand Lettered Thanks and they've been sitting out on my craft desk for a week begging to be opened.
Honestly, the Pretty Peonies intimidated me...so many pieces to layer. I'm not the best stamp scene builder so I need help for placement. Thankfully, Dawn has some stellar card designers and I was able to find quite a few to work with. This one is fashioned after one by Joni Andaya...only hers was soo gorgeous. She used both Pretty Peonies and Pretty Little Peonies but I didn't have both so went with just using what I had. I did mimic her color scheme and her title idea on vellum. I do love this card...so pretty, without trying too hard.
I used Papertrey's inks in Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise and Harvest Gold for the various flowers. The dots were made with a Dried Marigold distress marker. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on a piece of vellum, then embossed with SU! gold embossing powder. The focal panel is Papertrey white cs mounted onto a Berry Sorbet card base.
So that's all from me...have to get to work now, which is one desk over from I'm sitting at the moment. Hope the traffic isn't too bad. hahaha
Have a great Tuesday.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
This morning's devotional from my former pastor in Phoenix just hit a place in my heart and thought it was worth sharing here because I know many of you are facing hard things as well.
Praying this touches you and brings you comfort today.
blessings in the name of Jesus,
Praying this touches you and brings you comfort today.
blessings in the name of Jesus,
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I was going through Youtube videos, after church today, looking for something inspiring to do when I came across Dawn's videos from Wplus9...oh she is just amazing! I remember the lesson she taught in Stretch Your Stamps 2 and loved her watercolor techniques. So I quickly got a piece of watercolor paper and followed along.
What I love is that she teaches us how to use her stamps to watercolor...my absolute favorite of all coloring methods. Now she used butterflies from Wplus9 Flora and Fauna, which are much more open and slightly larger, but I didn't have those so I used my Hero Arts Butterflies and Flowers or is that Flowers and Butterflies? Oh well, whatever they're called. And her butterflies were so ethereal and gorgeous...mine...not so much!
Still they turned out rather good, enough that I will try this again with a few different colors. I used Strathmore 140 cold press watercolor paper and I know a lot of people say there's a smoother side, but I sure can't tell which is which! Anyway, I used my distress markers in Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick and Tumbled glass, along with my Niji waterbrush. The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Laurels, stamped in Studio Calico's new Inky Black dye ink. I mounted my focal panel with foam tape onto a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 top folding white card stock. Simple but, I like it that way!
Oh did I tell you I won 6 Studio Calico inks on Jennifer McGuire's blog a few weeks ago. I got the news right as I was leaving town for loan processor training so I didn't get to even see them until I got back. I was so surprised that at first I thought it was a joke. I get this email from Jennifer saying..."you won the studio calico inks. can i get your address?" I had to read it a few times to be sure it was real.
So now I'm the proud owner of Studio Calico's newest inks-Lime Light,Going Green, Purple Rain, Glass Slipper, Flamingo and Inky Black. Love how they stack together so nicely, they stamp images well too. So thankful!!
So that's all from me. Hope you are having a most blessed Lord's Day!
Friday, September 26, 2014
So it's been a while since I've posted...I got a job!! and I get to work from home...big yay!! Some friends of our own a mortgage company and are in need of more loan processors so I'm learning how to process loans. It's a lot of data entry...and I feel like this is the first job I've ever had. Anyone know what I mean?
Anyway, my dear sweet hubby bought me the rest of the Spectrum Noir markers I was missing, for my anniversary gift (yes, I asked for them) I am not an artist and probably never will be so these markers suit me well. So I have been practicing, in my spare time, but lack open images, trying to remedy that little by little. These tiger lilies (I think that's what they are) were just the right size for me to work with, without being overwhelmed.
Now, all my practice coloring has been in pinks, purples and reds, but I was really sick of those colors and decided to try yellow. Not too bad for a first attempt with yellow. You can't see it but I brushed Wink of Stella over all the buds and blooms and then used some Papertrey Rain drops along with a couple Hero Arts gems. The stamp is from Stampendous, the cardstock is SU! and the focal panel was cut on my Silhouette. Finished card size is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2.
Thanks for stopping by,