July 31, 2021
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July 24, 2021
I have a creative card idea for you today. But, you will have to hit your kitchen supplies to do it!
I'm sure this technique has an official name, but I don't know what it is. I learned how to do it years ago, and can never get enough of it. So I thought I would show you how to do a background like in this card. Or remind you of the way to do this if you've forgotten.
Do you like the background?
July 20, 2021
In early June, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by being courageous and having lunch at a restaurant! However, we did eat out on their patio.
Normally this restaurant uses linen napkins for inside diners. When the server brought our amenities to us outside, she, of course, brought us napkins. They were very masculine and classy looking napkins that I thought were made of cloth. Giving an edge of one a little pressure, I discovered that it tore. These wannabe cloth napkins were made of PAPER!
My first thought was "These would be ideal for use in a masculine card!" So I got me some courage and asked our server if I could buy a few of them. When she found out I only wanted five of them (plenty of fodder to play with!), she just brought me five napkins. I was thrilled!
The card below is what I came up with using the napkin. If it's not already obvious, it is the background upon which the four birdies are perched that is the napkin.
July 17, 2021
For the most part, the products used in today's card are old and retired, and I apologize for that. But, I think I have a valid reminder as to the premise for this card.
I just want to tell you about another trick you can use with DSP, aka Designer Series Paper. Many of you I'm sure are already aware of this trick, but I'm also sure there those of you who have never heard of or even thought about using DSP in this way.
July 13, 2021
Do you have a cute little can or jar around the house that is just longing to be put to good use?
My can measures about 3 1/4" in diameter and is about 3 1/2" tall. If your little wannabe can or jar possesses different dimensions, just change up the circle measurements to fit what you have.
The Sweet Strawberry stamp set is terrific to be used in such a way -- and it's so CHEERFUL!
July 10, 2021
When I posted my cards I'd made from the April 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit in this post, I mentioned that I'd made full size cards from each of the four designs and promised I would post them in the future. Well, the future has arrived!
For each of these cards, I mounted the cute shaped cards upon a traditional A2 size card. The difference, besides being a normal sized card, is that I did something different on the paper directly behind the shape on each of the cards.
July 6, 2021
Here I am again, sharing with you something that I truly love to do: Using garbage in my creations!
For Mother's Day my husband gave me a pretty blue hydrangea. While that was wonderful enough, the flamboyant bow that graced the plant was the icing on the cake. It was a very loosely woven super wide mesh ribbon with sparkles built in. Those of you who dabble in florals are probably familiar with what I'm trying to explain. But I immediately pegged it as a cardmaking material.
July 3, 2021
In this post I am sharing with you some of my drawings from #dailycreating, Terry Runyan's Facebook group, from February 2021.
I was a little nervous thinking about going through my sketchbook to select the drawings I wanted to share because it was on February 16 that my kitty, Fred, died. And leading up to that day, he was quite ailing and heart wrenching to watch. Not having looked at what I'd done that month until now, as I said, I was anxious. I only came upon ten drawings that were worth showing to you, but, as awful as things were going that month, I'm surprised I even did that well.
As part of Terry's group, we are encouraged to create SOMETHING each day. Back almost three years ago when I joined the group, I was determined to work on my drawing skills, hoping (against hope?) to somehow achieve that sought after 10,000 hours. I have quite a ways to go yet I'm afraid. But I'm working at it!
Each Sunday afternoon Terry posts a list of daily prompts for the coming week. The prompts are optional, but sometimes they come in handy for a kickstart. At times I meander off on my own, deviating from the prompts.
As I always do, I will list the prompt above each drawing, if I followed it, and any other pertinent information I may have about my subject.
One more thing I must note here. February is the last month I almost exclusively used Copic Markers in my work. They are horrendously expensive and I would go through them much too quickly for my pocketbook. When someone in the #dailycreating group mentioned Derwent Inktense Pencils, I researched them, and decided to jump on that bandwagon. Starting in March you will see how that new endeavor is going.
male eastern box turtle