Sunday, April 13, 2014

Using My Pinterest Boards

Today's card was inspired by a pin on my Pure Inspiration Pinterest board. I'm trying to make more of an effort to use--actually use--my pins.

Somehow, if I use them, all the time I spend on Pinterest doesn't seem such a waste.

Anyway, here is the pin I used to make today's card:


And here is the card I made:

Quilts provide a huge amount of inspiration for card-making. Why not check out quilt pins and get inspired?

Do you use your Pinterest boards? Do you pin at all? Inquiring minds and all that....

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: dimensionals

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Easter

During Holy Week, my posting will be sporadic. We're having family in town for a visit, and I need to focus on them. But I wanted to wish you all a very happy Easter!

For those of you who are not familiar with Christianity, you might be interested to know that for the followers of Christ, this week--from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday--is the holiest time of our liturgical year. I'll post more on my blog Transforming Common Days for anyone who is interested in the meaning of Easter.

Blessings to you all!

stamps: StampinUp, Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: pink rhinestones, SU pretty in pink marker

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jonah Update and Cards I've Received from Nice People

I've received a LOT of birthday cards for Jonah and will deliver the second batch to his house tomorrow morning. Don't worry if your name isn't on the list of received cards yet. Jonah cannot open all these cards at one time. He's two days shy of five years old, and his attention span isn't long enough to open more than a few a day. Molly told me that Jonah really appreciates the creativity of all your cards and is very interested in where they come from. Rest assured, I will continue to deliver any cards that come in late because they are reaching a VERY appreciative audience!

Several of you have asked if Jonah is getting his dog or not. Here's what Molly, Jonah's mom, posted on Facebook:

Some of you have asked if Jonah is getting his big, black dog; something he has been looking forward to getting "when he turns five." We have decided not to get a dog this year. Jonah decided about a month ago that he'd like to wait another year - when he turns 6 - to get a "big black dog."

When we asked why the change of heart, he mentioned that he wanted to wait until his legs got stronger and he could balance better. We think he has anxiety about his peripheral neuropathy, his poor balance and muscle control, and being able to walk a dog that might put tension on the lead.
Also, Jonah's muscles fatigue easily - even when going for short walks. A big dog would require nice, long walks and a sure hand on the leash. Jonah's mobility, endurance and balance has, indeed, gotten a little worse this past chemo session. It takes a long time for these things to come back once chemo has stopped. So, waiting a bit longer to get a "big, black dog" is probably not a bad idea.

Jonah is demonstrating wisdom beyond his years and we respect his choice - as sad as it is to understand the "why" behind it. We are in no rush. We will wait until the time is right for us to get the "perfect" furry friend for our family.

This sounds like a very smart decision, especially given what we are dealing with in our house right now. Daisy is a very gentle golden retriever, but she is also very active. Keeping her quiet for 10 days while her surgical wound heals is nigh on impossible. A big, black puppy around an unsteady little guy would be tough. Very tough.

It warms my heart that so many of you have taken Jonah into your hearts, and I appreciate what you've done for him and his family through this incredibly difficult time. Y'all are amazing!

Several of you included cards for me in your mail to Jonah, and I want to share those here. Thank you so much to Heather, Joann, and Suzanne for brightening my day with your beautiful artwork!

Notice how gorgeous Heather's coloring is...and the
perfect touch of the white lines to add dimension.

Joann's use of black brings her beautiful card a great sense of unity, and
the fun paper folding offers a lot of movement.

Suzanne's use of washi is just so perfect and happy and fun!
The butterflies form a fab visual triangle, and BLING!

These three will be added to my inspiration boards. Again, thank you!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

OLS4: Road Trip!

The One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month is to make a card with a travel theme...showcasing either a destination or a mode of transportation.

I struggled with finding stamps for this in my collection. I used to have several travel-themed sets but sold them last year. Darn. Then, I remembered that Hero Arts Screen Shots set had some travel-themed stamps and sentiments AND I have the fabulous Hero Arts Map of America background stamp.

Here's what happened.

First up, I cut a piece of copy paper into quarters, and then used an exacto knife to cut a curve in it. Masking off the top of the card, I stamped the Map of America background in Hero Arts Tidal Pool ink. The edges of the stamped image looked odd on the standard card, so I trimmed both edges to just outside the inside portion of the image's frame.

(You know you're an experienced stamper if you can follow that last sentence.)

Then, I nudged the mask slightly up the card and used a silver metallic marker to define the curve better. I added the sentiment, which I love, from the Screen Shot set, curving it on the acrylic block to fit into the curve of the pen line. I added some bling, sat back, and said, "YAY!"

The second card uses all stamps from the Screen Shot set and a little Stickles to make the sun sparkle. I'm going to send this one to my mom, who's coming to see me next week!

Why don't you get into the spirit of travel? Join us at the One-Layer Simplicity challenge! Entries will be accepted until the 24th of the April. Looking forward to seeing your Road Trip!

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Hero Arts, VersaColor, VersaMagic, Memento Luxe (quite the mishmash)
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: metallic pen, rhinestones, Stickles

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Stuff and One-Layer Simplicity

First off, I'd like to remind you to play along with the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month! The theme is Road Trip! Just make a card that is either destination-based (your dream spot for travel!) or journey-based (the transportation used to get there). I've made a couple of cards that I'll share as soon as I get a chance to photograph them!

Next, I'll share the new product I used on today's card.

Aren't all those colors GORGEOUS!!! Almost too pretty to use!!!


And now for the card.

This card sat on my desk for the longest time, just in ink-and-paper form. It was missing something. When my shipment of Doodlebug Enamel Dots arrived, I knew I'd want to try one out on this card...and I like it! These aren't as thick as I thought they'd be, which is good, although I don't know why my photo editing software made the dot look red on my screen when it's in fact hot pink, just a bit darker than the butterfly ink. I hope it looks good on your screen!

Anywho, these dots are going to be so much fun to play with in the coming weeks!

Thanks for all the good wishes for Daisy. She's doing better today.

Finally, we got 7 more cards for Jonah today, including two from Canada and one from Australia! Thanks so much. I'll be adding the new senders' names to my Jonah Cards Page here shortly so you can see if your card has arrived yet.

stamps: Papertrey Modern Basics, Birthday Bash Sentiments
ink: Memento
paperL Papertrey Ink
accessories: enamel dot

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Quickie

Tonight's post is a quickie because I've spent the evening coddling a drugged-out golden retriever with a six-inch surgical wound on her neck. Daisy's going to be fine...the tumor the vet removed is likely a benign teratoma. Yay. After losing a golden to osteosarcoma, a gross little teratoma full of hair and teeth feels like winning the lottery.

And on that appealing note, I give you today's card.

Perfect card for Operation Write Home or my honey.

PS I received 9 cards for Jonah today!

stamps: Papertrey Wonderful Words: Hello, Heart Prints; Mama Elephant Trifecta
ink: Hero Arts tomato, Memento black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: dimensionals

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Importance of Properly Inked Stamps...and Bling

Today's card took two attempts to get right. Let's start with the second, "good" version.

In my second stamping, everything looked reasonably good, so I added an abundance of bling in shades of green to coordinate with the green spectrum ink. Note how five groupings of bling form a rough line from the upper left to lower right, with two other bunches creating a zigzag effect across each fern. Movement in a design is important, and you want the eye to move through the design pleasingly. I hope I achieved that with all this bling.

Yay, bling!

Now, I'm going to show you the unblinged version that I didn't stamp properly. The branch on the top left smeared close to the edge of the card. Now, this wasn't a huge deal (I debated trashing it at this point but figured I keep going just to make sure the design worked), and the second branch stamped nicely. Hmm, maybe bling would distract enough from the slight smearing on the top left.

But then I didn't properly ink the sentiment so that the final "L" looks awful. You can click on the image to see this better. Since I had dorked up the first branch AND the focal-point sentiment, I knew this version was not bling-worthy. But I took a picture to show you that yes, indeed-ee, I screw up. Regularly.

I'll cut the front off the card, put the clean back in my scrap drawer, and pitch the front in the recycling. Lots of people might flip the stamped front over and use it, but I generally don't, as paper does have two sides!

Most of my layers, however, go on plain white bases with dimensionals, and I noticed long ago that colors on the back of popped panels reflect out onto the white base, often with unfortunate, ugly results. If you layer on colored card stock or use mats of colored card stock, this won't be a problem for you.

And there you have it. My AR/OC thought process for this card.

stamps: Hero Arts branch (discontinued wood-mounted rubber), Papertrey Signature Greetings
ink: Kaleidacolor
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: lots of rhinestones