I had initially designed this card for Thanksgiving, but have never shared it with you. But, the fold of it is so interesting, that is what I am going to focus on today.
January 31, 2023
January 28, 2023
The stamp set I used in this card is from the LAST Sale-A-Bration. I thought this fox was quite exquisite. While I enjoy having fun with animals that are more cartoon-like, I am really drawn to wild animals that are a little more realistically rendered.
I must note that the colors in this card do not show up correctly, much to my chagrin. The card base is a cream color (!) and the textured panel above the fox is actually white cardstock.
January 24, 2023
January and February are Sale-A-Bration months with Stampin' Up! An exciting time that happens twice a year. Exciting because during this promotion customers have the opportunity to get freebies with a qualifying order! Yay! Who doesn't like free stamps, Designer Series Paper, etc.?
One of the products you can get for free with a $50 purchase is the really cute set called Adorable Owls. I do love any stamp that I can color in with my Stampin' Blends, and this set is one of them! So I'm in heaven!
January 21, 2023
While many of the supplies used in this card are retired, the technique is still a winner, and anyone can have fun with it.
The star of the card is, of course, the decorative butterfly. To achieve this, find a stamp with lots of open line work -- think a coloring book. This butterfly stamp is ideal for the technique. Choose a piece of Designer Series Paper that would work well with what you picture in your mind.
In black ink, stamp your open image onto the DSP. I have bad arthritis in my hands, so I have trouble always getting a good even image. If you experience that also, just take a black marker and carefully go over the areas that need a little help.
Once the image is stamped to your satisfaction, carefully fussy cut it, cutting right up to the black stamped lines.
Happiness is like a butterfly: The more you chase it, the more it will evade you, but if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.
- Henry David Thoreau -
January 17, 2023
January 14, 2023
Here I am, playing with Designer Series Paper again. I know, I do that quite often.
I realize that I call my entire papercrafting/cardmaking process Creative Therapy. And that is definitely true. I just get lost in the process, and all my cares and negative thoughts go sailing away. Well, at least, while I'm creating. But it is always a nice respite from the cares of life, no matter how long -- or short -- it lasts.
If I am really down and don't have any creative ideas, however, what helps more than anything is the act of coloring in with Stampin' Blends any Designer Series Paper that is black and white.
January 10, 2023
January 7, 2023
I send my deepest apprerciation and kudos to Jessica Taylor for sharing the wonderful technique I used in this card.
Stampin' Up! is well-known for their exquisite Designer Series Papers. There are so many times that I really love BOTH sides of a single sheet of DSP. Therein lies a huge problem. Which do I choose for my project? Or should I even cut it up at all and rather hoard it in my ever-growiing stash?
Well, Jessica in her wisdom, has solved the problem somewhat. She shares a technique she has coined Rip and Flip, in which you can enjoy BOTH sides of the paper in a single project!
January 3, 2023
I have been a member of Terry Runyan's #dailycreating group for nearly 3 1/2 years now. Up until recently I had been pretty faithful about following Terry's daily prompts. While I am still a part of her wonderful family-like group in that I post every day, I am not following her prompts right now.
In fact, I am marching to my own drummer, #365birds. After finishing Birdtober, and enjoying it so very much, I decided to set a challenge for myself. I took a few days to compile a list of 365 birds from all around the world. I typed up, printed out, and cut each bird name into strips of paper which I threw into a large glass jar. Each morning, I randomly pick a name from the jar, and that is my prompt for the day.
I started this on November 3, 2022. That means I will complete this challenge on November 2, 2023. Gulp. Today I drew bird 62. I haven't missed any days yet, and hopefully that will continue for all of the 365 days.
This post will feature a handful of the birds I've drawn since my challenge started on November 3. As I always do, I will add the bird's name and pertinent information above each of the portraits.
day 5 - prothonotary warbler
southeastern ontario and eastern united states