Monday, June 10, 2019

Party Balloons

The CTMH stamp set is current, and it's called Party Balloons!  I got the thin cuts for this also, because I do have trouble cutting perfect circles! This was a rip-off from the image in the new Seasonal Expressions catalog.  Of course, I didn't make it exactly the same, I just tried!  LOL

Ink colors are Pear, Carolina, Nectarine, and Blossom.  The stars were done with Canary.  The design paper is from Craft On.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Alcohol Pearl ink background

I HAD to try to create this card after seeing the one Debby Hughes / Lime Doodle made here.  I bought the Ranger set of Sublime, Tranquil (used here) and Intrigue (green, blue and pink).   I also bought alcohol blending solution but I've heard somewhere that a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and methanol / ethanol works too.  I'll try it and report back!  I bought some Yupo paper - it looks like photo paper, does anyone know if photo paper works also?  I used a brush to put blending solution of a portion of the Yupo paper.  I dropped the Tranquil and Sublime inks onto the pre-wetted area and then used a straw to blow it around a bit. You can also tip back and forth to make the colors run.  The Yupo paper made two cards when I cut it in half.  

Debby had decided to use white embossed vellum.  I didn't have her stamp set but used one of a flower arrangement that had open lines from CTMH.  It was a 35 Yr. Anniversary special and I don't believe it's still available so I won't look up the name of it.  

After heat embossing (from the backside!) I let it cool, then fussy cut it out.  I made a small sentiment tag from Pear cardstock and adhered it with foam adhesive tape. As I said before, I made two.  How nice to have two pretty cards ready at hand!  

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Using up some more leftovers!

I'm tired - I need to go to sleep!  It took me five minutes to get the photos arranged properly.  {{deep sigh}}

I used leftover butterflies from the Open Stamping, and colored them with the only markers I have currently in MN.  Arizona must have a PLETHORA of markers because there is drought here!  LOL  Anyway, I think they turned out okay.  The last little photo is the corner of the envelope.  I used Raspberry ink. (love it!).

Personal update - my sinus infection is better but not gone.  I've returned to Yoga and am getting much stronger - it is very exciting!
I cleaned my studio today (don't ask!) and am enjoying knowing where things are located again!  All in all, life is good!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Using leftovers!

Some of you may remember this card - sorta. I couldn't find the stamp set when I set down to use up the leftovers cards that I had prepped for a gathering.  So, I wound up improvising!  Voila!  A happy birthday card here.  And there's more . . .
What a happy little accident!  

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sympathy card - three ways

I sent this card to the daughter and family.  The stamp set is from Papertray Ink (PTI).  It's more complicated than I realized - but it does work rather well.  
In this try I had some trouble with the leaves.  But it just makes it look more watercolored or something - the overall effect is still great.  I sent this one as a thank you to the person who took us to/from the airport.

This one is possibly my favorite even though it was the first one.  I made this one a variation by extending the leaves on the right hand side.  This variation was encouraged by a blob of yellow ink on the card front that I needed to hide.  Inside the sentiment is "Be Brave".  I absolutely love the large silk ribbon.  

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Next Open Stamping technique

I'm using the stamp of the month for April for the Open Stamping on 4/28.  This will be the last one before I travel up to Minnesota.  I'm hoping to see my friends one more time before I go!  

I stamped and heat embossed on vellum for the butterflies.  Then I colored them with the Shin Han (alcohol) markers and cut them out.  They were adhered to the card front with just a sliver of tape adhesive under the center of the body so that the wings could be lifted.  The stamp set also had a nifty, small diagonal stripe border that I stamped in three different colors.  I added a small twine to cover up the small gap between the Blossom and Sugarplum borders.  The thanks is also in the same stamp set and I used Bluebird, but will use Carolina next time since it's just a little softer.  

Hope you like it!  

We were in a death-watch for several weeks and finally went to the funeral (Steve performed with the Bishop of New Hampshire).  It was a very close friend of Steve's (50+ years) and his family was there.  I feel so close to his widow, Susanne.  She is one of those people who make you feel instantly loved.  Our time together this visit was short, but we packed in a lot of story telling and as much laughter as possible.  

As always, it's good to be home.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Kitty sitters thank you note

The children across the street agreed to be my kitty sitters over the 6 days we were gone for a funeral.  I made a quick card with a fluffy image of a cat - and tucked some money inside for them.  I wrote the card as if I was Bilbo (my kitty) so it's really very cute!  

Stamps are from CTMH, but the gingham paper is Doodlebug.