Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Inking -- My Favorite Way to Play

Yes, I love to play and get dirty! I always have. In fact, to this day it is really risky for me to wear white.  It is a magnet for me to spill on or get some smudge or smear up.  So I guess it's a natural for me to love ink and all the wonderful things it can do to make pretty backgrounds, unlike the smears on my white capris.  The fun is in not knowing what your going to get and so I keep trying new ways to get the ink onto the paper.

So, with that said, here is another card that I made for my card class at Anna's house.

I used the foam applicator to apply Ranger Distress Inks in Scattered Straw and Barn Door to the card and then stamped the beautiful Penny Black stamp called Dreamy in Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The sentiment stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and embossed with clear embossing powder is a Penny Black stamp also.

That's all I have to share today! My Navy son's girlfriend are going to make a scrapbook page to send to him. It gets displayed for the sailors on his ship to see how awesome his family and special girl are!
I'll be back soon to share more inky goodness.
Hope you are having a marvelous summer so far.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Penny Black Poppies for Anna's Class

I haven't posted many cards from all my wonderful Penny Black stamps. These stamps are really my faves.

One of the cards that I made for the boards in January (all designed by Angela Kennedy) used this super fun Poppy stamp.
I love all of these cards, I need to make some more just for my personal stash. Aren't they awesome? Well the same stamp looks very different when I changed the background.

The background was created with Distress Stains, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Picket Fence on my Teflon mat with a little spritz of water.  I used a manila tag and dragged it through these wonderful colors. Patting the tag into the color that I wanted more of and then heating the tag with my heat gun to dry it.
I stamped Penny Black's background stamp called Circles and Lines (40-084) in Picket Fence Stain on the dry tag and heated that and blotted the tag with a paper towel where necessary. I applied Peeled Paint Distress Stain  and spritzed it with a little water onto the stamp Verdant (4310K) and stamped the card a couple times and dried the tag again. Finally I stamped the Poppy Image  in Versafine in Black Onyz and heat embossed the image with Stampendous Detail Clear embossing powder. As a finishing touch I used a Picket Fence Distress Marker to color in the buds.
I mounted this image on black and then yellow that I embossed with a Darice embossing folder called Stripe Background to carry the stripes in the stamped image.
This is one of 7 cards that I'll be teaching at Anna's on Saturday, June 22nd at 10 am. If you're in town come on by I'd love to make cards with you.
Have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's who have given their time and resources to raising great kids.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Happy Graduation - Mojo Monday297

The sketch below was great inspiration for a graduation card I need for Friday. I love Mojo Monday sketches because they're so creative. This week I just couldn't wait to add my touches to a great beginning.
So this is my take on this weeks sketch. It's a graduation card for my son's girlfriend who is graduating from Nursing School. I fell in love with a 6 x 6 pad of designer paper I got at Target!! It's called Color Crush by American Crafts. The colors in these papers are so pretty and the designs are super fun and easy to work with. Combine that with a beautiful sketch and you have a "Happy Graduation" card for a brilliant new nurse!!
I used an old stamp (one of the first ones I ever bought years ago) from Autumn Leaves for the flower and Swarovski crystals to embellish the central flower and some of the others. The sentiments are from Hero Arts. I didn't add the panel that is in the sketch because the pretty flowers in the paper would have been covered up.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my creation. I hope you are having an awesome week. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Update on Life

When one doesn't update their blog since March and it's June, I think a word of explanation is necessary.

 This is my dear mom and her dog Molly. Recently we found out that my mom has a bad liver. This was caused by taking too many vitamins over the years that were too much for her liver and so her liver has become very damaged. The doctors thought her swollen belly was caused by ovarian cancer. They took the ovaries out and saw this bad liver while they were there and guess what? There was no cancer, but there was cirrhosis of the liver!! 
So we've been going to lots of tests and scans to see how bad it is. She's taking it pretty well, but there are lots of days that she doesn't feel well and can't sleep. Please pray for her she is a pretty wonderful mom and grandma.
It has been nearly impossible for me to concentrate on making cards and being creative, as you might imagine, but I hope to get and keep motivated.  We all need a creative outlet to keep us happy and healthy and while it is difficult I am going to try to get my mojo back. You are my witnesses.

With that said, today I am going to share a card I made for my son, Chris's girlfriend, Ashley back in March.

The background paper on this card is from Paper Pizzaz that I get at Joann's. The other papers are from My Mind's Eye and the charm is from Frost Creek Charms, I think. I like the sentiment that I stamped onto vellum.
I hope life is a bowl of cherries for you on this nice warm day!!