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The Masters is here…(And so are my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens!)

Do we have any golfers or golf fans out there?  I am so excited for this year’s Masters Tournament.  With the return of Tiger to the playing field and my all time favorite golfer Phil Mickelson doing quite well this year, the tournament is projected to be a nail biter for sure.  That is…if you love golf the way I do.  I love golf as much as I love making cards…and that says A LOT!  I have three T.V’s turned on in our house right now – all of them on the golf channel…so I don’t miss a beat.

A fresh start!

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.

Card Design Boo Boos – To fix or not to fix?

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.

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.

Is it February yet?

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.