I have been stamping for years and am excited to share and learn along with you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

One of those "hard" cards to make

One of  my least favorite and most difficult cards to make is for someone with a serious illness such as Cancer.  I never know what to say in these cards other than so sorry and/or thinking of you and that seems so inadequate.  When someone is going thru treatments and the outcome is unknown though, it really is all you can say.  It always seems to be enough however, once the recipient opens the card.  To them it is more about your caring enough to take time for them.

I just found out that my new next door neighbor is going thru Chemo for lung cancer and this is the second time he has had to do so.  He was given only 6 months 3 years ago.  Each day since has been a gift for the couple but the news that the cancer was growing again was quite devastating none the less.  The fact that I haven't gotten to know them yet makes card made even more difficult.  Thankfully inspiration struck and the above card is what I came up with.  It's simple and pretty to look at, without being too feminine.

I used a damp sponge to applied diluted distress inks on hot press watercolor paper.  The colors I used are Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.  Once the ink/paper was dry I stamped an image from Stamp Oasis/Rubbernecker called Forest Cathedral with a Versafine Vintage Sepia ink pad.  The image is actually larger than I wanted so I then trimmed some of the image off and used only the center portion.  I use only a portion of images a lot.  I cut part off or I ink up only the section I want using the corner of an ink pad.  It is a great way to get more use out of the stamps you have.  You might want to keep that in mind next time you are stamp shopping, great way to stretch your $$$$ and get more use out of those stamps.

You will notice I cropped the top corners only of both the image and the green CS I matted it onto.  This visual "trick" helps enhance the archway or Catherdral effect of the stamped image.  I also used a white gel pen to color in the doves at the top of my image, they looked odd speckled in colors of orange & greens.  That is the only coloring I did to the image though.  I then glued the matted image onto white cardstock that has vertical line texture.

Next I stamped the bible verse from Stamp La Jolla in the same Sepia ink I had used already.  I cut  it out leaving a very small margin of white all the way around.  While it was drying I cut a Spellbinder Fancy Tag 2 die.  The bible verse is longer than the die so I cut the tag in half and glued the halfs on to the the back of the bible verse.  I added the bible verse tag to my card using foam tape.  It slightly overlaps the stamped image and this eliminated that visual conflict.  It also helps with the feeling of going into the forest.

Lastly a simple Thinking of you stamp (by a company no longer in business)  using Sepia Brown again for the inside and it was ready to deliver.

So next time you need to make "one of those" cards don't get overwhelmed by the task.  Making a card by hand is what they will remember, not what the inside of the card says.  Lastly a big thank you to my RSC family for helping me work thru that same feeling of "what to say" and reminding me to just keep is simple.  Y'all are the best!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Just a couple of tags I made

These are tags I made one evening while trying to get my creative muse going again.   I use white cardstock on both of these but the one on the left is on glossy cardstock and the one on the right was made using regular CS.

The tag on the left:  I first took the Cuttlebug Script embossing folder and inked the side where the images are depressed ( pushed in) with Old Paper Distress ink and ran it thru my Big Shot.  This gives the background color and leaves the embossing the original color.  The three flowers at the bottom are a Sizzix die.  I added glitter glue that matched the fairy image I wanted to use on my tag.  The fairy image was a RAK, so I'm sorry I cannot tell you who makes it but came with areas already accented with glitter and using the same silver glitter on the rest of the tag ties it all together nicely.  Next I cut out an oval using a Spellbinder die and used Old Paper distress ink around the edges, leaving the center white.  I then stamped the sentiment from Innovative Stamp Company using Marvy Pink sentiment.  Then I stamped the flower clusters which is a peg stamp from Rubber Stamp Tapestry using the same pink ink pad.  I added silver glitter to the centers of these flowers like the once at the bottom of the tag.  I then  decided to change things up just a bit and added a white iridescent glitter to the edges of the oval.  This way it matches the rest of the tag because it has glitter on it but the difference in color is slight enough to help draw attention to it.  To reinforce the tag hole I added another  Sizzix flower die that I added the same glitter color as the oval since it would mostly be covered up by that oval and I wanted it to blend into the background.  I used foam tape the adhere the oval so it was slightly raised above the fairy graphic.  The rose at the bottom was cut from a tissue box.  I then use colors of glitter glue that matched the image.  Once dry I glued it to the bottom of the tag from the back side.  A bit if ribbon and done.

Tag on right:  I first stamped a face stamp from Lost Coast using Tattered Rose Distress ink color.  I then masked that image and most of the tag before stamping a script stamp from Rubber Necker using Old Paper Distress Ink.  Other images used on the tag are: Stamp image and paint brush are both by Lasting Impressions with Panache using Tea Stain and Broken China ink; Wizard by Lost Coast was stamped with Old Paper and the girl at bottom (also from Lost Coast) was stamped multiple times with Tea Stain; lastly the rose and leaves are Rubber Stamp Tapestry images and were stamped using a very old green pad from PSX and a reddish color called Henna by Ancient Page.  Once everything was dry and all masks had been removed I used Old Paper ink around the edges of the tag and then colored the images using chalk pastels.  I sealed the tag to keep the chalk from rubbing off.  Lastly I added fabric strips (scraps really) and embroidery floss for ribbon.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Remember Me

I am so sorry to have abandoned you.  I should have known that trying to start a blog my son's senior year would be tough.  In addition to that I have been in a major creative slump, ugh!!  Stress of everything that has been/is going on had been nipping at my heels for a while and caught up with me finally I think.

I do have a few pieces to share including my Mardi Gras doll but in the mean time I hope you like the ATC I made in way of an apology.  Notice the texture in the Tree trunk, I used a Fiskar texturing plate.  The tree is from Eureka stamps and the fairy is 100 Proof Press.  Colored with chalks except for the fairy's wings which I used irredecent Twinks on.

I have also been doing some major cleaning/re-organizing of my crafting room because of this:

An all stop, while I looked for new shelving definitely was a priority before everything came crashing down but weeks later I'm still at it.  What a mess!  Here are a couple more before pics: I'll take some pics of the now over the weekend and post them next week.  Just remember the room is still a work in progress. 

Later y'all, it's trash day and I need to do some more "work" in my stamp room before they get here.....