Thursday, July 30, 2009
and here is my card...
This card actually serves a purpose. It has been a sad week in our little town. A young man the age of my son was killed in a car accident. I work with this young man's mom, so I made this card to send to her. I have really been struggling with this because I feel so much for this family. I know there is nothing I can do to ease their pain, but I hope they feel the support of those around them that love them.
Have a good and safe weekend!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I used an image that I received in the image chain for Magnolia-licious. You might think an image chain keeps you from needing to buy stamps, but it actually has the opposite effect. Once you use the image, you sort of feel the need to have that stamp.
I am short on time this week, so I will come back at a later date to give more details, but did not want to delay the post, so I included some closeup pictures to include more detail.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
What a week. My son broke his arm on Tuesday. It was just one of those boy things. He was jumping over a rail, hit his ankle, lost his balance, and landed on his outstretched hand. He now has a new catch phrase - FOOSH (Fall On OutStretched Hand).
Three hours in the ER, three hours in surgery, and a night stay in the hospital before he was all fixed up. Poor Josh. Now he is house bound for a while. What a way to spend the summer.
Friday Sketchers challenge for this week is to use this sketch...
and here is my card...
Stamps:Tilda in the Sea (Magnolia), Just Beachy (Stampin Up!)
Ink: Memento, Copics
Paper: Bazzll Blings, Pacific Point, White card stock, vellum, NRN Designs paper
Embellishments: Flower Daisies 2 die, Fire Rhinestone brads
Other notes: I used the Copics Airbrush System to add some blue to the white vellum to give a water feel. I trimmed Tilda's legs out of the vellum to give the more realistic feel of Tilda standing in the water.
I had this idea in my head from the time I got this stamp, and this sketch worked perfectly for this idea. I liked the idea of having the fish under water showing. I love the way it turned out.
I am still working on remembering to decorate the inside of the card. I tend to be lazy too often, but really like the completed look, so I am going to try to be more consistent about this aspect of the card.
The designer paper is some I have had for years and loved it so much, I never used it. Do you know how that is? It came from a scrapbook pack and has a beach theme. I love the colors and fresh, bright feel it gives.
As usual, I used Copics to color Tilda. Isn't this Tilda just the cutest!
These are the colors I used.
I hope you have a great Thursday!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Here is the sketch...
and here is my card...
Stamps: Stylish Tilda (Magnolia), Graceful Words (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Memento, Copics, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Designer Paper from Stash (paper pack I found at Hobby Lobby)
Embellishments: Prima’s, half pearl, heart button, linen thread organza ribbon,
Saturday, July 11, 2009
We were recently remodeling our master bedroom and ran across some of my early cards. I must say, this is really frightening. This is one of my first works of art, a card I made for my husband about 12 years ago.
Button Bear was my very first Stampin' Up! set. I still have him in my stash. Though I have not used this set in years, I will never part with it as it is very nostalgic for me.
Do you ever feel like your work is just not good enough? I feel like that all the time. There is this perfectionist in me that wants to be the best. I know many of you struggle with the same thing. When I see this card, it makes me realize how far I have come. It is a process. Through our lives, we continue to learn and grow.
Of course, part of it is the lack of available supplies 12 years ago, and the abundance of supplies now. But there is more to it than that. I see things differently now. I am starting to understand color and balance, and what draws the eye. I am just still learning to put it into practice.
I must confess, I am really jealous of those wonderful artists out there who do not have these simplistic works of art to laugh about. I see new stampers that amaze me. How did they learn this all so quickly? You guys just blow me away!
So, you can help me out here. I love all the wonderful, supportive comments, but if you talented stampers see something that is out of balance, that does not work, that you would have seen differently, please share that info with me. I really want to continue to improve, to move on to the next level in this journey. I welcome your insight.
I will continue to post some of my blasts from the past for those of you who feel that your work does not measure up to remind you that this is a journey. You and I will continue to learn and grow together.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Blogger's Challenge this week is to CASE a fellow BC member.
Stamps: For My Mother (Sweet N Sassy Stamps)
Paper: Pixie Pink, Glorious Green, Blush Blossom
Ink: Copic E00 and E01, Memento Black, Glorious Green
Embellishments: Grosgrain Ribbon, Dew Drops
This was a really fun challenge. The Blogger's Challenge group has so many talented artists, it was hard to decide what to CASE. After a little random searching, I found a card that had a technique new to me, so I decided to CASE this card...
I found this card on Creating With Chrissy. It uses a technique from Technique Junkies called Splatter.
I must admit that I like Chrissy's card better. I just love the colors she used.
I sat looking at my card for a while and kept thinking, "something is wrong." I finally figured it out. I had stamped the flower on white cardstock, but mounted on the Blush Blossom. It just did not mesh well. So, I removed my flower image and used my airbrush system with Copic E00 and E01 to change the coloring to the blush color. I like it much better now.
I plan to get back in the swing of things next week. Have a great weekend!