Friday, March 28, 2014

Some miscellaneous catch up….

More cards.  Just a quick post to show you what's on my desk.  

A watercolor technique with a Rubbernecker stamp, silver heat embossed sentiment on a vellum banner, and some pearl dots and sequins to finish it off.

I found this pink graduated color card in among my patterned paper scraps and it seemed an obvious use for the Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamps as well as the "you" die cut.  Found the metallic leaves buried in my stash and decided this was the card they were meant for!

 I was practice stamping and heat embossing many ages ago with this Stampin' Up stamp, but never did anything with it.  Finally decided to make this card with it.  I didn't have any matching metal buttons but my trusty can of silver spray paint fixed that!

Then there was the leaf die cut that I wanted in just this exact shade of green ink.  So I inked up this piece of paper and cut it out.  But the left over negative was too cool to throw out, so I used it on this card.  Some gold foil leaves, heat embossed banner sentiment and some gold foil dots and we're good to go.

The 'get whale soon' stamp came in my recent card kit from Studio Calico.  And serendipitously, I found this whale on the back of some other piece of paper in my scrap drawer and what else could I do?!  

It's a bit of a mishmash, but it always feels good to clean out old product and put it to good use, right?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MORE Cards….

I'm having a blast with cards lately!  I will get back to scrapping photos again, but for now, these little projects are helping me clean out some OLD product and restocking my card stash at the same time.  

In my scrap room move, I found a little container of these brightly colored alphabet brads and I purposely put them out where they would be constantly in the way, and would remind me to USE THEM ALREADY.  So I finally did.  
 The assorted letters left over to create this card were in colors that were just icky, so I got the bright idea to spray paint them silver.  Quite happy with that result!  
 Most all of the embellishments used on these cards are also very old product that I am using up or getting rid of.  Only the patterned papers are new 6x6 pads that are perfect for card making.    
WooHOO for using up long hoarded stash, right??

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Monday, March 24, 2014

We live in a really beautiful State

And I know there's more yet to see, but the hike we took last week into the Grand Canyon to the little Tribal village of Supai surpassed everything I was expecting!!

We and eight of our friends drove up to the town of Peach Springs, north of Flagstaff last week.  We began early the next morning and were starting down from the trail head shortly after 8:00 and something like 50ºF - or in other words, perfect conditions.

It was clear in the first 100' that we would need to share.  The trail.  With all manner of 4-legged things.  Mules, dogs, horses.  And somehow you just know not to argue with that.
After 45 minutes of downward momentum, (the whole time dreading the return part of this trip the next day) we hit the flats that lead into the canyon valley.  Nice shade, amazing geological formations (rocks for the plain speaking folks) and more stepping aside for the mule trains.  Oh!  And abandoned typewriters.  
Sadly, I missed the shot of the Pony Express.  This is the last place in the USA where the mail comes and goes by pony.  No rider.  Nothing.  Just one pony who knows the route very well.  And travels it back and forth everyday.  With the mail on it's back.

Almost to the village, is this rock with all these naturally formed pocks.  Apparently the idea is deposit your rock somewhere here on the way into the village and remove it when you leave.  A fairly crude but possibly amazingly accurate way to track the visitor population??
With a few stops along the way to catch our breath and chow down on energy restoratives (nuts, beef jerky, chocolate for the plain speaking folks) we made it to the village in just under 4 hours!  Dropped our gear, changed into water shoes and headed out again.  This time hiking another 1.5 miles to the first of 3 waterfalls, and further on to more waterfalls down the trail.  Not a clue that such beauty existed in this state!
Next time I'll bring a bathing suit.
You can still see the rock formations on either side of the falls that shows how much bigger the falls used to be eons and millennia ago.  And how many more eons and millennia did it take for those falls to polish smooth the rocks it tumbled over??

Once a monkey, always a monkey.

Some other links to check out are here, here and here.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Super Cute Raisin Boat!

A couple of weeks ago the Mesa Stamp Show came to town, and I go every year thinking I have enough stamps, and inks, and embossing folders and dies.  But I better go, just to make certain of that.  Sure enough, I usually discover something I've missed in past searches.  That ever happen to you?

This time, I discovered a new vendor to the show!  Of course, it was just as the show was closing and I was headed out the doors!  GAH!!  I'm not a good shopper under pressure.  I end up buying it ALL OF THE THINGS!  And yes, I came away with three of their stamps sets and many of the supplies needed to use said stamp sets.  But c'mon.  Raisin Boat?  How could I not??  SO cute!

The following week was Stamp Club and I needed to make and bring 8-10 cards for our exchange.  Obviously they needed to be created using my new faves.  The theme was "jump for joy" and I decided the "pop"corn set fit the criteria, even if loosely.  

I made a few each of these three designs.  What I love most is how great they look in such a quick and simple format!  The MOST fun though, is the puff paint.  I haven't used this stuff since making kids' tshirts back in 1988 (or so) and had totally forgotten it's existence.  You apply it, let it dry overnight and then use a heat gun the next day to "puff" it up!  I used Copics to color both the images and the popcorn.

 The stamp sets each have 3-4 images and about a dozen sentiments to go with.  This root beer float was part of the popcorn set.  
Thank goodness for new discoveries, right??

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Release #2!

First, let me begin by apologizing for being so absent here lately.  Seems like everything creative has been going into these fun chipboard word designs.  Either thinking up more of them, designing them, or finally, playing with them!

Here's the result of some play time with the latest release of card sentiments.  

The 'Miss You' card is made by painting on watercolor paper with el-cheapo watercolor paints and on the chipboard sentiment I stamped clear Versamark ink, and heat embossed with yellow embossing powder.  I used dimensional adhesive behind the chipboard to pop it up off the card front.  A few pink and yellow buttons to finish it off and the whole thing took less than 15 minutes!

For my 'Hello' card, I stamped a large background stamp design on the chipboard with clear Versamark ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  So cool and easy to do!  The card front is a piece of vellum paper, also heat embossed with white emboss powder and a polkadot background stamp.  A vellum butterfly and some twine is all it takes to complete this card!

I got out the spray paint for this card!  A couple of light coats of blue paint is all it took to cover the chipboard sentiment and then I matched the blue with markers, to color in the stamped image.  Adding some little pearl dots always makes me happy and completes a card with little fuss.

Here's a great way to use up some scraps from past projects!  I cut circles with punches from a variety of patterned paper bits, inked the edges and slapped a inked sentiment on top!  Halfway through the inking I decided I really like the blotchy unfinished look and decided to stop.  It kinda goes with the sentiment I think.

Get Well Soon is such a simple card to make.  I stamped the background design with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white powder, and did the same on the sentiment, but used pink emboss powder there.  Again, the sentiment is popped up with foam adhesive.  It's a top folding card, so it's easy to tie a ribbon around the bottom and still have it look nice inside.  The stamp set is Meadow Greens from Papertrey Ink.

And finally, Thinking of You.  I spray painted the sentiment with gold spray paint.  I'd like to spray EVERYthing in my life with that stuff.  Then I tried Glossy Accents on top to give it a shimmery shine.  It's ok.  Not great.  I've since found a better way to accomplish that and I'll be sharing that in another blog post.  In a word?  UTEE.  If you know me at all, you'll realize that this card is a bit of a departure for me.  I'm not about shiny, glittery, gloss.  Lately though, I am feeling a pull to the dark side.  Even though this card looks like I totally dove into the deep end of that particular pool!

All of these chipboard sentiments are available at Love is in the Details!

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