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Monochromatic Experiment....

I am trying to master the art of "ink smooshing" and decided that the new set by Tim Holtz that he designed for Simon Says Stamptember event would be a good one to practice with.  I first saw this technique done by Laura Bassen on her you tube channel.  I have linked her blog, but do yourself a favor and when you have some time to spare, grab your your favorite beverage and go watch some of her videos.  She is so fun to watch.

This is the set I used. I love the blueprint sets that Tim designs and I look forward to creating some more cards with this set.  As you see, he put a coordinating sentiment on each stamp.  

And here is my monochromatic ink smooshing project.  I first put some antique linen distress ink on my craft mat and spritzed it with water.  I then picked some of it up on my transparency sheet and smooshed it on my watercolor cardstock.  Once I felt I had enough of that, I did the exact same process using tea dye distress ink. I did dry my cardstock between each color, though you don't have to. 

Here is a bit closer look at the background.  Doesn't it look just like I was a total clutz and spilt my coffee all over my cardstock?  I stamped the coffee cup image with rich cocoa memento ink.  I had first thought that I would color the cup with copics, but when I saw the smooshed ink layered behind the cup, I chose to leave it as is.  I also masked the sentiment off when inking up the cup, as I wanted it to be separate. 

Next I masked the bottom of the cup and inked the sentiment with versamark ink.  I stamped it on brown cardstock and embossed it using Simon Says white embossing powder.  Now I have to admit that I first thought I had made a mess with the embossing powder, but then I took a closer look at the stamp.  I was so happy to see that Tim had put all of those little lines and dots on the stamp and that I actually wasn't a sloppy embosser. 

A few final notes.  I used Simon Says stitched dies for the watercolor cardstock and then the next size up to die cut the kraft cardstock.  The focal image was popped up on the kraft using fun foam.  Both panels was then layered on to a brown card base.  The sentiment strip was popped up, also using a small strip of fun foam.  I then scattered a few doodle bug spinkles in the bon bon assortment for a bit of embellishment.

And with that, I called it done.  I will definitely be using the smooshing technique in the future.  Very fun and you get a different look every time.  

I hope that you have had a great weekend.  Yesterday was a bit of an ugly day, but today is a perfect fall day. I think that I am now going to settle in to watch the Bengals.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. 


Love, Hate.....

If you know me, you know that I have a love-hate relationshiip with "white space".  I love it on other people's cards, but hate it on my own.  Let's examine this little number.  I used the Simon Says What's Brewing set that I recently purchased.  I absolutely adore this stamp set.  I love the sturdiness of the mug.  I can just imagine it in my hand filled with hot, creamy coffee.  I can almost smell the aroma.  Oh, wait, that is actually coming from the cup of coffee I just made. Ha!  The set has some cute sentiments and sweet little faces that you can add to the mug.  I chose the "hello" to add to my mug.

I stamped them with Memento ink so that I could color them with my copics.  I wanted to put the spotlight on the center mug using shades of bright yellow and kept the outside mugs in shades of gray.  

I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Charcoal Shadow Ink.  I used the same ink for the steam, but I stamped it off once before stamping.  

I used a very soft aqua copic marker uder the cups to ground them.  If you squint you will see the color.  

And here is all of that white space.  UGGGHHH!  I can't tell you how many various embellishments I pulled out to try to break up that white.  I just couldn't decide how to place them so they actually tied in to the design. I thought about adding some clear Wink of Stella over the yellow cup and I might still go in and add it.  Maybe that will take my eye away from all of that white.  

 There you have it, a quick little one layer card.  I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.


Do You Remember the song....

Shake It Up by The Cars?  "Dance all night go, go, go. Dance all night get real low.  Just shake it up."  It has nothing to do with this post, I was just curious.  
What this post is about is the shaker card that I made over the weekend.  Shaker cards were fairly popular 37 years ago when I began my journey in cardmaking and is now all the rage again.  Just like those bell bottom jeans that I wore 74 years ago, they have also made another appearance in the fashion world.  
Now let me just tell you, this card design was not planned.  You probably recognized that without me telling you.  I was actually playing with several new items that I recently purchased and just kept layering them all together.
I started with this cute WPlus9 stamp set called Doodle Buds.  I colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I've got a ways to go before I have them mastered, but I do love them.  Once the coloring was done, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I then put them off  to the side for use at a later date.
Next up, I decided to pull out some watercolor paper and play around with some watercolor backgrounds.  I think this one was done using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I love the look but still need to practice with the technique a bit more.  Once that was done, it was put in a stack with a few others I had done.  I then pulled out the the Simon Says Stitched Rectangles die collection and ran them through my die cutting machine.  It was right about here when I thought that maybe I should think about putting a card together.  
Here's another look at the final product.  Please don't judge, remember that this card was not thought out - at all.  But hey, it's the first shaker card that I have made in 37 years.  All in all, it turned out okay.  That cute little sentiment is from the Simon Says Handwritten Borders set.  I love that set.  
Well, that is pretty much it for now.  It's about time to fix a bit of dinner and settle in for the evening.  I hope all is well you.
Thanks for stopping by!


Kind Of Amazing.....Just Sayin'

I love this sentiment and I am totally smitten with this sweet set by WPlus9 called Unforgettable. Seriously, how cute are those little elephants?  The die cut stitched panel (Lawn Fawn) was planned for another project.  I had watercolored the Cracked Pistachio distress ink in the bottom right hand corner but decided not to use it.  When I went to the mailbox Friday afternoon, my Simon Says order was waiting for me and inside was this cute set.  When I set down at my table this afternoon, I just had to ink it up.  I picked up the watercolored panel which would be perfect to sit that cute little elephant in the "grassy" area.  All I needed to do was put a wash of Tumbled Glass to create the little sky area.
I'm tellin' you, I am loving the watercolor technique that is all the rage right now.  I haven't totally perfected it yet, but I'm working on it.  This stamp set also has a couple of stamps that are blades of grass.  I had used the Cracked Pistachio to stamp them on top of the wash, but it just didn't show quite enough.  So, I pulled out a copic marker that was very similar and hand drew the grass.  
Oh my word, how can you look at these little guys and not smile?!  I used my copics to color them and added a few little "spots" using my white signa pen for a little texture and interest.  I've been seeing this done and it really does add just the perfect little detail.  How fun is he floating up on those balloons?  I think that I heard him giggle as he floated away. 
Let me just tell you how much I love the picture of these balloons.  They are also colored with copics and then I went over them with my clear wink of stella pen.  Look how those babies shimmer!  It is so difficult to take a photo and catch the shimmer - at least for me it is.  I was so excited that you could see it in the picture.  I used PTI Spring Rain to scatter a few of the little stars around the balloons to complete my little sky.
Here's a final liitle look at the card.  Those cute little elephants are popped up, along with the yellow balloon. The sentiment was stamped using VersaFine Black Onyx ink.
I can't wait to show this little set some more love.  *sigh*
Thanks for stopping by!  Now go forth and have a wonderful day - I insist!

What I've Done During My Blog Vacation...

 It's me!  I just might have had the world's longest blog vacation in the history of blogging.  Maybe.  The reason being is that I have had zero motivation to be creative.  If you google motivation it tells you that it is a noun meaning" the general desire or willingness of someone to do something".  A few synonyms for motivation is enthusiasm, drive, ambition.  Yep, I was definitely not motivated.  

I am happy to report that the creative bug is returning.  I have spent some time in my craft room the past couple of weeks and I actually made some cards.  I haven't photographed any of them yet to share, but I'll get that done soon.  

So in the mean time, I thought I would share some things that I have done during my blog vacation.

I have become a pro at binge watching tv shows that are now off the air.  I watched all six seasons of Parenthood.  I chose that one because during Whitney and my first Warner Brothers studio tour, we got to go through some of the set.  We walked through the "Braverman family home" and learned many of the "trade secrets".  So it was really fun to watch the show and I totally understood why it lasted for six seasons.  Then I binged out on seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls, also filmed on the Warner Brothers lot.  Here is where the problem comes in.  I get way to attached to the characters.  It is as if I know them personally, as if they are my friends and neighbors.  I become sad 10 minutes in to the first show of the last season and by the time the last episode ends - I am in full blown state of depression.  It's as if I moved away for Star Falls (the town where Lorilai and Rory live) and left all of my friends behind.  Yes, I know that I can go back for a visit, by way of Netflix, but it just isn't the same once you leave home.  See, this is why I should not binge watch....anything.

 This is my sweet little Sophie and she gave me quite the scare in December.  We were on our way out to get in the car for a quick little follow up at the vet and she totally passed out.  I got her to the vet and they sent us right on to Med Vet.  They discovered that Sophie is in the early stages of heart failure.  Luckily, she qualified for a study that was being done and lasted for five months.  The meds have helped her and she will always be on them.  And hopefully, she will be with me and Gracie for quite a while longer.  This picture is when we left our last study appointment.  Seriously, isn't she cute?

Oh, and this happened!  A coworker got tickets for the Ellen show and invited Whitney and me to go with her and her son.  So we made a really quick trip to LA and it was such a fun experience.  Thanks Julie!


Notice the name of the horse race?  Yep, it was named for me.  One of my Christmas gifts from Whit and Greg was a day of horse racing and one of the races would be named for me.  So, one Saturday in May we headed to the race track with some friends.  This was so fun.  When it is time for your race, they take you and your group down to the winner's circle area to watch the race.  They give you lots of fun facts about the horses and riders. And when the race is over, you go in to the winner's circle and have your picture taken with the winning jockey. Such a fun day.

Greg and Whitney has spent the summer having a home built and will be moving in a few days.  It is lovely home and I'll share a pic or two when they give me the okay to do so.  I'm so happy for them.

And there you have it, what Pam did during her blog vacation.  

I hope that things have been good with you.  

I'll see you back here soon with some actual stamped creations.  

Have a super day!