Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The background was one of my stenciled printed but I washed it with some gel stick color to eliminate some of the brightness.
"Celebrate" is actually stamped in black but the photo caught the glittery pen that I added to it. I added extra flowers and some die cut leaves.
I used a border punch on both mats, offsetting them a bit for a more lacey look.
It was an interesting challenge to replace letters with images.
Monday, February 24, 2014
"Wish" was stamped and cut out and I hand cut the candle to replace the "I." For a little glitz I added some sequins; the flame and letters have some glittery pen accents.
I tore the bottom edge of the card and adhered a contrasting color of cardstock to the card inside. I thought it contrasted with the grungy design better than the original white cardstock.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
To enhance the stenciling I traced the triangles with a black pen. After the stamped mask image was put in place I added some silver pearls. I stamped the mask, added some red colored pencil and a bit of glitter pen, cut it out and matted it with black. The tag is adhered directly to the card but the mask is popped up.
I stamped a leaf randomly on the card front and stenciled the chevron pattern using Versamark ink.
If I had seen that tag available commercially, I would have had no interest in it but since I was determined to use what I made, it became a challenge to put something together that worked. It's good to give the brain and artistic muse a good challenge now and then.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
There was a circular design as part of the print which seemed ideal for some text that I hand wrote. The flowers and leaves were die cut and I added some sparkly stickers, an arrow clip and a small ribbon bow.
I adhered printed deli wrap to the front of the card, cut the leading edge and added a punched border.
It was nice that I decided to try the stenciling and the gelli plate at the time I also thought it would be good to again make some cards with tags. It's a nice marriage.
Friday, February 21, 2014
For the background I stamped the leafy swirl onto deli paper and adhered it directly to the card front. I cut the leading edge and lined it with a string of red after I added three strips of washi tape.
One of the qualities of this type of printing is that you'll never duplicate exactly anything you've previously done. But variety is the spice of life. The fun is in the surprising results.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
And there's more than a multitude of stencils available in all kinds of designs and various ways to create your own. Those shown are thin plastic and I've added painter's tape around to edges to increase the area to hold them in place when they are being used. They are still easily washable.
By putting the basic supplies to use with the stencils and gelli plate you can create all sorts of backgrounds and entertain yourself for many hours. Work near a sink if possible and have the baby wipes close at hand.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Shown here are some basic supplies (minus the stencils and plate): thick acrylic paint, (I figured with the three primary colors I could create any color my heart desired) embossing paste, low tack tape, sponges, color sprays, baby wipes and brayer. I guess the phone is there because I did some YouTube research but I'd highly recommend keeping it a long ways away from your play area as the paint just sort of flies.
For putting the creations to use I managed to complete some greeting cards and will be showing those in the coming days.
Monday, February 17, 2014
It took us six hours to drive from Bend to Portland OR thanks to a winter storm featuring falling snow and wind. And it took as long to travel across the city as it took to get there with traffic moving at less than five miles an hour. But I can be patient as long as we move forward. Drivers were cautious and courteous which makes it more pleasant and certainly much safer. That was on February 6. The following day brought more snow and then freezing rain and the city shut down. I'm wondering how it came to be that I've been in Portland for their last three ice storms. hmmm The kids took this rare opportunity to go sledding, easily accomplished with hills in their neighborhood. We cancelled our "girls" trip to Seattle to the American Girl Doll store and also cancelled our planned viewing of houses and just hunkered down for the duration. Fortunately we timed it right for our travel back to Colorado and experienced only a bit of snowy winter weather. Although the trip wasn't what we had anticipated, we had a good time and were relieved to reach our destinations safely. Our house is still for sale.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I missed a couple days for posting but for good reason. We just returned home from Oregon and I had to upgrade the memory in my laptop. The upgrade took 24 hours but seems to have been successful. It's a great relief to have a fully-functioning computer again. And now hopefully I can post daily.
This is my friend, Razor. He was a pound puppy adopted by our daughter's family several years ago and lives in Oregon. He likes his naps and a daily walk and is a delightful pet.
I'll get back to my usual type of postings tomorrow. Thanks for bearing with me.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I punched a tab on both the front and back of this valentine and adhered patterned paper all over the front. The border is punched and topped with lace and satin ribbon (I'm seeing a theme here). The ribbon has a glitzy edge to coordinate with the small foil hearts. The hearts are die cut and the bow matches the ribbon on the lace.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A break from purple! In addition to playing with my punch board, I've also been using some stencils with embossing paste. In this case I mixed some Pearl Ex with translucent paste and stenciling the background hearts was a snap. The hearts have some shimmer and shine and, of course, a bit of diension. I simply added a die cut heart and satin ribbon.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The cards can be quite versatile as to where the tabs are placed, the card orientation, etc. I'll show some of the different things I came up with in the coming days. This was has tabs on the card front and back as well as the pull-out card. I covered the tabs with washi tape. The sides of the card are adhered to form a pocket and I embellished with a die cut heart and flowers, lace and ribbon.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Lace in many patterns, sizes and colors
Cameras that fit in the pocket
The increase in daylight hours
Automatic washers and dryers
Books (though rapidly disappearing)