The Perfect Word For You…

Oh, Children! The tales I could tell (but my therapist assures me doing so would only scare the average reader/viewer and expose myself to some embarrassing litigation). The short and sweet version is that I’ve been MIA for much longer than my liking. Ideally, I would love to maintain this blog with new content every three to four days minimum. I actually wish I could commit to daily content, but I know that would only lead to guilt the very first time I missed a deadline.

So for a bit, I lost my way. Not so much that I didn’t craft. Oh, no…I continued to make projects and explore ideas while I was gone. I just never had the heart or the “oomph” to get them photographed and uploaded. One could say that was extreme laziness on my part (and I can’t defend myself), but I think I attribute it to a weather phenomenon where Fall refused to arrive (until only recently). It made me moody and restless. I was so over Summer (like in June). Nonetheless, I’m going to try and be a more hospitable and accommodating host henceforth.

Today’s project is one that I sort of “forced” myself into. If you’ve followed this blog for sometime–or even flip through some of the most recent projects I’ve posted–it becomes fairly evident that I love color. In general, I am not a pastel person. I like bold, deep, intense colors and tones. I love intricate and dense patterns and designs. (I’m fairly certain this has do with my being a Leo–as we seem to have some foolhardy notion that we were royalty in another life–and in my case, presently.)

So, now and again, I like to challenge myself to something in a softer palette. I was of the mind frame that I wanted to explore some subtle colors like ecru, eggshell, and linen to see what I could come up with. So I grabbed my Copic Sketch markers and rummaged around in my Papertrey Ink goodies and came up with this little number.

Using an image from Papertrey Ink’s “Year of Flowers” series–in the case the gladiolus (the flower for August)–I stamped the image on some white cardstock and cut around the image. I tried to limit my color selections to muted colors, with the obvious exception of the leaves and stems. I think what makes this combination work particularly well is the background mat paper. I used several dyes and inks to create a water-stained look using sponges and water. It took some experimenting to prevent the paper from becoming to saturated with liquid and creating dimpling and curling. Patience helps–and allowing drying time between color applications.




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The Colors Of Forever

This card project is an explosion of color. In fact, for a while I wondered if it was too much color. Everyone I showed it to seemed to like it; But I have to admit, this is way more color than I’m use to working with. Though, I suppose pushing one’s boundaries is a good thing–sometimes. What’s interesting to me, in particular, is the variations and types of color used in the card. From alcohol inks, metallic inks, color spritzes, and a bold background color–the colors give the card a sense of texture without the actual bulk of layers. This weekend, I played around with alcohol inks and surfaces quite a bit. This was one of the projects I worked on.

The cardstock base and ribbon is Stampin’ Up! in Dusty Durango (which is a very in your face color). The cardstock mat is a piece of Stampin’ Up! Glossy White cardstock (4″ x 5″) with the corners punched with a Martha Stewart poppy corner punch. I used a Tim Holtz alcohol ink applicator and felt pads to apply Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks in Shell Pink, Red Pepper, Meadow, and Gold Metallic to create the splattered background. The floral die-cut is made from dotted Grungeboard that was cut with the Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix die called “Tattered Florals” and my Cuttlebug.

After I cut the floral piece, I used Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Ink in Cherry Ice and Gold Glow to add the color and sheen to the flower. After it was completely dry, I went back with some Smooch Ink in Gold Lame and highlighted the dotted portions of the flower. A few pearls, crystals and a sentiment later, I ended up with this card.