Rejoice and be glad

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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sentiment from Christ is Born by Technique Tuesday

I keep meaning to start my Christmas cards but keep getting sidetracked. I had a layout in mind after seeing this wreath card, but when those attempts ended up in file 13 (recycling), I noticed the bird paper on my desk and ended up on a different path. By the time the rest of it came together, I knew I wanted a faith-based sentiment. This one, actually part of a Christmas sentiment set, made me think of the psalm above and how the right attitude in the morning makes such a difference in day-to-day life. It will put a song in your heart and help your step be light as a feather.

Notes: bird die Small Bird Trio by Gina Marie Designs, bird pattern paper Simon Says Stamp kit, remaining supplies Stampin’ Up!

Have you tried this?

I tried something fun last week, something new to me though it really shouldn’t have taken me this long to try it. Envelope art… where you decorate the envelope for the card or note that you are sending. I’ve watched so many videos by Kristina Werner where she paints/draws the most beautiful envelopes you have ever seen and never thought to try it myself. Maybe because I can’t draw? lol

Then last week, somehow – I’m not even sure how – I ran across a line of envelope art stamps by Inky Antics and the lightbulb finally turned on in my head about incorporating this into my card making. It’s fun getting something besides a bill or advert in the mailbox; how much more fun when even the envelope is personalized?

To give myself a little more room to write the address, I masked the top and right side of the matchbox stamp before stamping. This allowed me to extend the lines and make a larger box using a pen and ruler. I finished it off by adding the matches and giving it all a little color. There is a part of me that is wondering what the postal service will think about something with matches going through the mail…

So have you tried it? If you haven’t yet – I hope you will and let me know how it goes!

Are you stretching?

Adulting is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you differently…

I was about to get all serious and share life stuff, but you know what? You’ve probably got a lot of life stuff happening right now and know exactly what I’m talking about. So instead, how about I just encourage you: keep your wheels spinning by challenging yourself in a way that will stretch you creatively, help you see some progress in your life and won’t hurt 😉

Last week, I took a watercolor for card making class at Online Card Classes. I’ve been working at my own pace, filling up the recycling bin (sometimes stretching involves making mistakes) and picking up some things along the way. Like my need to be a little more patient – walk away woman! The card above was one that survived the reject pile of exercises from the first day. I’m hoping it will be a nice surprise for someone special.

Thanks for stopping by! And if you are going through something right now, take a deep breath, ask God for guidance and take a little stretch…

Thank goodness for men who grill

I’ve just spent a good portion of the weekend in my craftroom thanks to SplitcoastStampers and the generosity of my man. SCS hosted a Virtual Stamp Night where projects get posted every hour for 6 hours on Friday night and another 11 hours on Saturday. I didn’t realize I could make a card in an hour, much less repeat that several times. Some are meh, but some are actually pretty good! lol But it was only possible because my honey and sons were willing to fend for themselves food wise (i.e., eat the leftovers I prepared for this) and also grill for dinner on Sunday while I was tackling the last few challenges.

I encourage you to check out the gallery at SplitcoastStampers. But in the meantime, here are just a few of the cards I created. I would show you the steak and fresh veggies we had for dinner but no one took the time to photograph those; we didn’t even think about it until the last morsel had been consumed.

 

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Thanks for visiting today. As always, I appreciate your feedback and hope that you saw something that inspires you!

Blessings,

A

Stamp Review Crew – Tropical Chic Blog Hop

Hi everyone! The SRC has another great blog hop set up for you, this one using the new Tropical Chic stamp set from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. There are some great framelits to go along with this set, too. Be sure to visit the other stops on the hop for lots of ideas to create and share!

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My first card was made using only the seed image in the set. Although they do look like the seeds our Pygmy Date Palm drops, for some reason I thought of a delicious summer-time treat – watermelon! The seeds were heat embossed onto Poppy Parade cardstock to keep the look fresh and vibrant.

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Watermelon Note Card

For this next card, I changed track and went coastal. Palm fronds were heat embossed on watercolor paper, then I added a wash of watercolor in both blues and greens over the entire panel. To finish it off, I added a couple of die-cut palm fronds from the coordinating framelit set; there’s a second part to this framelit that will cut out the stamped image if you wish.

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The tiny pearls were lightly colored using an alcohol-based marker. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and comes as one longer sentiment. I don’t do stamp surgery often, but I know I will use this one in segments more than together. The “love & thanks” part will probably see a lot of ink on it’s own 🙂

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Topical Chic Love & Thanks

Thanks so much for bumping through my blog. I hope you enjoyed the projects and noticed something you can use! Your next stop on this journey is Debra Burgin. I can’t wait to see what fun color combos she chose today. (Going the other way? This link will take you to Charlet Mallett and her website, painted-orange!)

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Postcard Pals any occasion card

Like a lot of papercrafters, I enjoy watching Sandy Allnock videos. She’s a great resource for a lot of coloring techniques, but she also gives other good advice. One such tidbit is keeping the rest of the card simple to not detract from your coloring. As someone who really likes card sketches, I needed that bit of advice; my default is layers and more layers. Today, I took her advice and only used a little bit of patterned paper to help tie my chosen colors together.

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images are from Postcard Pals (Stampin’ Up!)

Isn’t he cute?

Copics (except*):

sky: B0000 + 0

Beak & Feet: YR 12, 16, 18, 20

Sand & Hat: E21, 23, 25, 27, 53

Vest: V34, 45, 95

Fish: *SU Coastal Cabana

Pelican body: W1, 3, 5, 7 ,9

 

What is artsy, anyway?

“I didn’t think you were artsy…?”

“Huh… aside from music, I didn’t think I was either.”

It’s still funny to remember the interesting look on my aunt’s face and how she kept glancing at me suspiciously. (If you are wondering, she liked the cards I had just given her.) Although I still have a hard time considering myself artsy, I truly enjoy the process of creating and love sharing the results with others. And here’s some truth: a layer of doubt fell off after visiting the Tate Modern in London this April. Walking around the museum and reading the placards made me consider that my concept of art was simply too narrowly defined.

One of the things I’m playing with these days is watercolor. I still can’t draw to save my life, so a technique worth learning is adding color to heat embossed images. The embossed lines help channel the color but continue to remain a part of the image, as well. You can find out more about the technique here.

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Beautiful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp), Wonderfully Made (Verve)

I haven’t decided whether or not to make this into a card. Maybe I’ll just slip it in someone’s Bible to give them a reminder of the artwork they are.

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One final thought, also shared at the Tate:

“I thought art was a verb, not a noun.” Yoko Ono

Happy Birthday, Human

Hi all! I’m taking the day off to spend time with my hubby and guess what? He’s busy cleaning up his desk and watching the first FIFA game. *laugh* So that gives me time to share this card with you! It’s based on a sketch challenge posted by Freshly Made Sketches just yesterday, so there’s plenty of time for you to play along, too 🙂

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Alien Invasion by Gerda Steiner Designs (images)

Can I tell you that coloring aliens is a lot of fun? You can color them any combination you want to! Of course, I couldn’t resist making one of them green – so predictable. I fussy cut them along with the earth image so that I could play around with the placement. Originally, they were just going to be in the clouds but my husband (who is supposed to be cleaning his desk) thought that was weird, so they got a spaceship and we earthlings got a cloudy day instead. 😉

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Simple Puffy Clouds (Lawn Fawn), Adventure Edges (Elizabeth Craft Design)

Thanks for checking out my card and putting up with my silliness. I would tell you I’m not always like this, but that wouldn’t be the truth. Sometimes, I just hide it better 😉

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Isabella

A couple of months ago, a friend and I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Orlando. It was nice just to be able to catch up with her and we both enjoyed being surrounded by crafty stuff! I was walking by one booth and trying NOT to let anything else catch my eye when my eyes betrayed me and I noticed the coolest line of stamps from Picket Fence Studios. They’re new to me and so unlike anything I have ever seen before. Let me introduce you to them with the lovely Isabella.

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Isabella Girl (Picket Fence Studios)

Isn’t she great? She just so captured my imagination that I couldn’t help thinking that she would be most at home in worn blue jeans and camera gear in her army green sack. Charming but marching to her own beat – no formal (straight) frame for her!