November 28, 2020
November 24, 2020
If you want to make quick, beautiful and easy Christmas cards, grab just a few products: the Snowflake Splendor Designers Series Paper (page 37 in the Mini Catalog), the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (page 37 in the Mini Catalog), and the Snowflake Wishes Bundle (same page). See? ONE PAGE SHOPPING! Easy!
The card I show you today is the simplest Christmas card you could possibly make. Seriously.
November 21, 2020
November 17, 2020
Since the Pandemic began way back in March, time seems to have been playing tricks on me. Have any of you experienced that feeling of The Twilight Zone? The feeling that things are not quite the way they should be, nor the time as it should be? Hard to explain. But, I often find myself saying, "Oh yeah. It's fall. Oh, it's NOVEMBER." Sort of confused. And weird. And tough to explain -- or endure.
Anyway, with all those profound words said, it's hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving here in the US! Wow. Wow.
I give you a little Happy Thanksgiving card this week.
November 14, 2020
When I first saw the Gold Hoops Embellishments on page 156 of the Annual Catalog I must admit I was quite intrigued. They looked classy classy classy. Measuring 2 1/8" in diameter, I needed to add them to my new catalog stash.
Unfortunately they did sit there on my work table for a few months since I wasn't sure what to do with them. They were so fine and I kept worrying myself about how I was going to attach them to a project.
When the October Paper Pumpkin arrived with all the lovely Christmas-y card stuff, I suddently had a lightbulb moment. I took one of the stamps that came with the kit, the pretty flower, and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. I then proceeded to color it in with my Stampin' Blends in Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark Call Me Clover and Dark Daffodil Delight.
After my coloring was done, I tried mightily to fussy cut the image. There were little berries on thin stems. Leaving a bit of white around those portions, I did not like the results. At all. Trimming off the berries (!), I was satisfied, and thought the flower would look gorgeous on one of the rings, like a little holiday wreath.
Of course, the wreath needed some greenery too! So, from Shaded Spruce cardstock, I used the evergreen branches from the Sounds of the Season (jingle bells) dies set and cut two of the small and two of the large branches.
I adhered the greenery to the back side of the flower/leaves.
November 10, 2020
I must admit that I am weirdly intrigued and attracted to the six ornaments stamp in the Ornamental Envelopes set on page 40 of the Mini Catalog. This stamp is just cool -- and FUN to color and play with.
So intrigued am I with the stamp that I decided to spend some time playing with it, trying to get different looks.
I ended up with four different cards to share with you, all of which are included in this blog post. I have pictured them in the order that I had the varying ideas and then made up the cards. I will explain each one.
The first card, I'd decided to stamp the ornaments in VersaMark ink and use a glittery gold embossing powder to emboss them.
With embossing, it's always fun to do a resist. So, that's what I did with this card, using three different color inks: Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral and So Saffron. Now, looking at those colors, do you see any potential disasters? Two of the inks, So Saffron and Calypso Coral, are close enough to be considered primary colors (the actual primary colors are red, yellow and blue), which are famous for playing well together. Yay! Throw in the Pear Pizzazz, which in essence is a secondary color (green), and you have a tendency to develop mud, since primary and secondary colors don't like to play together all that well without some great care. They tend to create some kind of a brown. Now, unless that's the look you're going for, yuk.
Using a stamping sponge, I started with the So Saffron, laying down that color randomly. I then followed with the Calypso Coral. So far, so good. Then comes the Pear Pizzazz. CAREFUL! When adding the green, it needs to be pretty much a solo performance, keeping it as much away from the first two colors as possible. You can see in the lower right corner I wasn't completely successful.
When doing a resist, it's fun and important to go over the colors a few times until you get the density of color you want.
November 7, 2020
Time for another installment of a month of my #dailycreating drawings. Hosted by Visual Artist/Creative Encourager Terry Runyan, this Facebook group has as its lofty goal that we members do some sort of creating each day. I joined up with thir group in August, 2018, with the intent of working on my drawing skills. I just completed drawing #756 for today's creation.
I almost avidly follow the prompts Terry gives us for each day. Once in awhile, however, I do deviate from the suggested prompt if it doesn't resonate with me. Then I'm off on my own, usually to draw up an animal or bird.
As always in these posts, I will include the #prompt for the day as well as any other information I may have about the subject matter. Most often I use a reference photo for my drawings. I'm working hard on trying to incorporate more of my imagination in my drawings.
Here I present to you #dailycreating JUNE 2020.
australian rainbow parakeet
black crowned crane
#thing on thing/#flight
yellow longnose butterfly fish
#thing on thing