Just popping to give some updates since I have not posted in quite a while. I hope to make more regular posts now and I think I might be able to make it happen. I ended a job on Friday and will start a new one on Monday, however this new job will allow me a bit more flexibility and time to dedicate to “CardsbyCheryl”. I’ve never had a job that allowed me to work from home, and I’m excited to try it now. I really am looking forward to being able to spend more time in the craft room as well.
Knowing when to scrap a project and start over versus spending the extra time in trying to fix a mistake is a constant struggle for me. Especially in cases where there is quite a lot of effort put into the project leading up to the dreaded mistake or design flaw.
For example, the image below shows a couple of practice cards where I was playing with the layout and how I wanted the card designed. If you are familiar with the masking technique, you already know that it can be a bit tedious and planning is super important. You have to know which images to mask off and when before you stamp and so I took a few minutes to practice on a few cards before I settled on my final design which is the colored panel in the below image.
I recently discovered stamps designed by Catherine Scanlon (produced by Art Gone Wild) and I was SO hooked! I purchased several of her stamps but this one called 15 Orbs was the first one I saw and it caught my eye immediately. It was screaming water color me, so I inked it up on some 140 lb watercolor cardstock and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. One of the things I loved about this stamp is the center orb was left blank. I pondered for a few days on what to put inside that empty orb, and even asked for help from my IG peeps. Someone suggested the word bloom and it was perfect! I absolutely love how this turned out and instead of making it into a card, I framed it. It’s sitting on the buffet in my front room at the moment but this baby is making its way to my Arizona house on our next visit.
I love February…for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s the month I celebrate my birthday and for the most part I really enjoy my birthday. Second of all it’s a reminder that March is right around the corner and that means GOLF season is almost here. (YAY!) Thirdly…I get to make a lot of birthday and Valentine’s Day cards. I start making holiday cards around October and make nothing but Thanksgiving Cards and Christmas cards for what seems to be weeks on end. Don’t get me wrong, I love making Christmas cards, but let me tell ya, by the time January rolls around I am READY to put away my snowflakes, holly berries and Santa stamps.
Don’t you love it when an experiment turns out beautifully? I was messing around with embossing some dies that I had and ran across this cute tea cup die from PoppyStamps.com. Instead of die cutting it, I embossed it onto water color card stock and used