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Bloom

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.

Here are a few cards that I made using other stamps by Catherine.  Click the image to jump to the online store.

 

Goodbye 2016

Well, holy cow…we are in 2017!  Really? TWENTY SEVENTEEN!  I swear that just yesterday was whole the “Y2K” scare and suddenly Poof!  Fast forward sixteen years…it’s just crazy how time flies.  I can remember exactly what I was doing the night of December 31st, 1999.  My husband and I owned a bar back then and we had a big New Year’s Eve Party going on with a band and free buffet (to soak up all the booze). 🙂  What a great time that was – and to think we all thought the world’s computers were going to blow up with the dawning of a new century.  Clearly they didn’t.

As far as my card making goes, I am very happy to have survived the Christmas card exercise this year.  I managed to hand make and send around 40 cards.  For a few nights, I had a little help from my darling husband and as much as he would hate to admit it, I think he had fun.  I made a handful of designs – I am not one to mass produce because…well, BORING!…so I mixed it up quite a bit.  It was a successful and very rewarding undertaking for me – lots of really great remarks from people who I think genuinely appreciated them.

This picture encapsulates 9 of my most well-liked posts from Instagram last year, which I struggled with because honestly I think I have made at least 200 cards (if not more).  I started my Instagram account in November 2015 and since then I have posted 154 times and gained 134 followers.  Almost one new follower per post!  Well…here’s to a bright and beautiful 2017 with many many more cards to come.  Happy New Year!

 

Penelope has a pencil

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Good morning and welcome back to standard daylight time!  When I woke up this morning at 3:30 am I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me – and then I remembered we “fell back” last night.  Trust me, 4:30 am is still the middle of my night on most days but had a bout of insomnia this morning I guess.  So here I am doing some blogging and will probably tackle a few more cards on my to-do list for the week before I have to face the fast approaching Monday.

This finished card is from an all time favorite stamp of mine – made by StampingBella.com.  They have the most adorable collection and the artists there who design the stamps are so talented. This cutie is from the Tiny Townies collection called Penelope has a Pencil.  For this card, I decided to emboss it and then use watercolor instead of the alcohol markers.  I love to emboss when using watercolor because quite honestly, it helps me stay in the lines.  🙂  But, one of the cool things about water coloring is that it’s ok to get a little messy and color outside the lines.  The face on this sweet girl is a bit messy but I think that is what makes her special.  I also deviated from my standard card size on this one and with with a square shape which required then required a custom envelope.  If you are a card maker and you don’t have one of these, you are missing out!  Final card size is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.

This one going up for sale on my Etsy store if anyone is interested…

Enjoy your Sunday everyone… Monday is coming!