Saturday, April 30, 2016

Great Saturday!

    Happy Saturday everyone! I've been busy with my husband moving 'back' into our home after the remodel. This Saturday's task was hanging pictures. I don't know about you, but it takes an Act of Congress for me to take pictures down and rearrange them. I think we've made some good changes, and I think there is room for improvement. Improvement will take another "Act of Congress." I believe you get the idea.

    This Saturday, I told my sweet pea that I was going to carve time out to make some cards. I needed to create at least one Sympathy card for my stash, and below is what I designed.

Sympathy Card
    I used the negative space from a previous card I created for a recent card challenge. I decided to go with a strong black for the background, however, if I were to make this design again, I'd probably use a navy or gray background. I embossed the leaves and sentiment with silver embossing powder, and I included a white strip behind the sentiment to help display the wording. It was hard to read without that adjustment. Again, in the future, I think I'd emboss that over white card stock instead of vellum.

Another look
    Tomorrow it's garden-time, but you can count on a few more blog posts this weekend...I'm waaay behind with my favorite challenges.

The Process

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PTI: Turning a New Leaf Stamps/Dies; Sympathy Stamps/Dies; Cover plate Die

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Learning to Play!

Learning to Play
Hello everyone! I have a last-minute entry for CAS(E) this Sketch #169 for you today. But first, I thought I'd explain the title and my first picture. I love shopping for new dies and stamps, but one thing I'm realizing about myself is I don't just 'play around' with the new goodies. Instead, I dive right in and attempt to make something goregeous. Most of the time my first trial isn't all that great and I end up shoving the products to the side. This time was different. I played first, and I'm glad I did. I figured out how to use this layered stamp set in a way that works best for me. I think the stamping is not too bad!

I was excited to see the CAS(E) #169 sketch because I felt it was a design that was easy and beautiful in its simplicity. Below is my entry and the sketch. The challenge closes today at 9:00 a.m. EDT, but a new sketch will follow later.  Thanks for stopping by!

CAS(E) #169


Supplies all PTI, except when noted:

Garden Grace Stamp and Die set; Pink Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf inks, Limitless Layers Oval Die, Cover Plate Diagonal, and Stamper's Select White cardstock.

Mini Misti, Recollections vellum and Detail Embossing Powder: Snow, Bazzil cardstock: dotted swiss/green.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Hello everyone! This weekend was busier than usual, so I wasn't able to participate in many challenges. However, I was determined to create something for Papertrey Ink's April Blog Hop. I suppose I think all of the challenges are hard, but this one was particularly challenging. The image is a series of circles, each having it's own various shades of reds and browns/tans. We were asked to 'look deeper' beyond the geometry and be inspired the layering techniques. Well, that's a little tricky for me because I love geometric patterns. 

So I thought and thought and thought some more. I knew I wanted to make my husband a Father's Day card, so I let that be my muse. I have strange tastes in color, and one of my favorite colors is a deep reddish brown. My husband and I both love Southwestern Art, and the paintings we are drawn to most include that rustic red dirt hue found in West Texas. 

Happy Father's Day
I'm in love with the Text Style Scribbles die I recently purchased, and I figured that would be a good one to mimic the geometric shape in the inspiration photo. To achieve our beloved West Texas dirt, I blended Pure Poppy with Burnt Sienna. I had a tricky time finding the right weight of paper to die cut the scribbles so I could blend over them. I finally pulled out a scrap of yellow Bazzil cardstock, and that did the trick.

The first thing I did was to lay the circles on the left side of the card and blend over that. Since I was blending on the card itself, I started with Distress Ink--Tattered Rose. Then I blended in some Burnt Sienna. For the Scribbles and the strip of brown, I blended Pure Poppy and Burnt Sienna. This helped me achieve the 'layered' or gradation of colors. I topped if off by stamping the sentiment several times: first in Tattered Rose, then Burnt Sienna, and finally I used 02 Micron Pigma Ink to layer over the stamping. This gave the sentiment a 'fuzzy' look...we'll say that was on purpose! I could have, and probably should have, used my Misti, but if we were going for layers, I wanted that to come through.

"Fuzzy" Sentiment!
I finished the card by stamping some Southwestern arrows in Tattered Rose and Burnt Sienna. I think the finished card looks a lot like a worn saddle or suede. Thanks for stopping by!

Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy, Burnt Sienna, Text Style Scribbles & Keep It Simple: Father, Stamper's Select Cardstock
Tim Holtz: Tattered Rose, Ink Blending Tool and pads
Cocoa Daisy: Limited Edition Stamps: Cacti

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Celebrate! MIM #246

Faux Brush Lettering: MIM #246

Hello again! I'm slowly, but surely, getting back into the swing of things. My craft room is a mess, but I am intentionally putting it back together, one item at a time. The same goes for the house after the remodel. The contractors are scheduled to be finished tomorrow, and that is a good thing to celebrate!

This week for Make It Monday #246, we were supposed to take a stamped image and faux brush the lettering. I tried and tried, and the best I could do was imitate. So I cut out the word "Celebrate" and painted it using PTI's Blueberry Dye Ink. I have to confess: I did see Marybeth, at Marybeth's Time for Paper, do this, but I did ponder the notion on my own when I watched Amy's video. After I saw Marybeth's results, and after a few failed attempts of the real faux brushed lettering, I decided to give the die-cut route a try. I'm glad I did because I love the results.

Make It Monday #246
Make It Monday #246
I plan to send this card to my soon-to-be 28-year-old who lives in Florida. I think this makes a nice card for him since he just purchased a fishing boat. Not only that, but the blues in the card mirror the lake he fishes at regularly: Okeechobee Lake.

For the card I used my recent PTI haul of frame dies, scribble dies, and the Celebrate word die. I apologize for not having the exact names of the dies available...I'm still disorganized.*

Completed Card
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*There's still time to play! You have until Monday, April 25th @ 6:00 a.m.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Slowly, But Surely

Hello everyone! It's been quite a week or more since my last post, and so many things have been happening.

Watercolor: Bold Blossoms
My husband and I spent a solid week clearing the house so the contractors could remove the popcorn ceiling, patch holes, texture, and paint. We also added crown molding to our main living areas. What a difference!!  This weekend, Pat and I 'washed' the house and put a large part of it back together. Yesterday, I took my time putting my craft room back together. I decided to rearrange the entire room. Today, I wish I had put it back the way it was. That may happen in the future, but for now, I'm going to try and make it work.

I promised myself that when the room was functional that I would try K Werner's no-line watercolor technique. She makes water-coloring look so easy. Below, you can see it took a few attempts, and I finally decided that my Bold Blossom petals did not quite work with her technique. I do not own a stamp set that mirrors her peony stamp set. So I decided to do a combination line/no-line watercolor technique, and I'm pretty happy with the results!

First Attempt vs. Fourth Attempt

In my first try, I attempted a color wash first. I used Strathmore cold-pressed watercolor paper, 140 lb. I'm not sure if the paper isn't quite the same quality...or is it I'm a true novice at watercolor? Most likely the second reason. Nevertheless, when things weren't working for me, I pulled out my practice book to see if I could come up with something. I did! By 11 p.m. last night I was able to finish one panel. I'll make at least two more to make my monthly three cards for Lasting Hearts Card Drive.

Left--two tone no-line. Middle--when struggling, pull out Holtz!  Right--Ahhh...finally!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Life is Messy!

My Craft Desk
Hello everyone! Just a short post to share our next step in this remodel phase. We decided to strip the ceiling of all of the industrial fluorescent lighting and upgrade to LED lighting. All of our original lights were 'oddly' placed throughout the house and simply looked awful. When I said let's upgrade, my husband held his head with both hands. I suppose you can guess who the optimist is! :-)

The lighting project is almost finished, but now we have holes in the ceiling, and another crew is scheduled to scrape the popcorn off the ceiling, cover the holes and paint. We will add crown molding in our main living areas. It will be gorgeous when completed, but for now, I will spend my time 'partially moving' out of the house instead of crafting. As far as that goes, it's worth it because the new lighting in my craft room is breathtaking! If I need light, baby, I have light!!

Below are some cards I made earlier this year. The thank you cards (I made several of them) was delivered to teachers who helped me with professional development earlier this year. The 'hello' card was made to have on hand and use up some of my stash!

I hope to post some this week, but if I don't I hope to see you around mid-April!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Day for Celebrating!

Sympathy Card

Hello everyone! I have three celebrations to share.  I will be mailing two cards that are a celebration of life, and I am also celebrating the wonderful new lighting in my house!!

Celebration #1:  The card above will be going to my cousin and her family. Her mother, my Aunt Aline, went home Thursday morning. And while we will  miss her, we are  celebrating the full life she led and also that she is no longer in pain.

I made this card around mid-March. I finally purchased Turning a New Leaf, and I have always admired how others incorporate the beautiful leaves so skillfully. I lightly blended ink in the background and added Wink of Stella to give the leaves an embossed, shiny look.

Celebration #2: I am also celebrating new lighting in my house! I am now able to take pictures of my cards and have them look right! Our home was built in the 80's so that means we have been living with fluorescent lighting for quite some time. The ballasts finally gave out, and we gave in and updated to LED lighting. I feel so modern!!

My Sister's Birthday Card
Celebration #3: I finally get to mail this card to my dear sister who is catching up to me in age...but really isn't all that old!  Click here to see my full post on this card.

As always, thanks for stopping by!