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Finding my way to forming this blog has been an interesting journey. In the past I never really thought about expressing my creativity. Growing up in Wyoming and in 4-H I did learn to sew but that was solely for making my clothes. I have continued to make most of my clothes since I first began to sew. Still not really thinking I was being creative.
When my husband and I purchased a ranch, I started learning how to quilt, because a rancher friend wanted to learn, we could learn together. As well, I could really use the quilts. I ended up giving away more than I have kept for myself though. Still not really thinking I was being creative
About the time we got the ranch I started sending some handmade Christmas cards. They just seemed more personal and authentic. Then about five years ago I discovered a web based company that offered stamps, card stock and inks that all coordinated. Plus the owner offered online videos of how to use these wonderful tools. And within her website she had an area where other crafters could post their creations and I could communicate with them. Over the next several years I concentrated on doing Christmas cards for family and friends creating about 100 each time. Slowly as I grew in confidence and skill I developed an interest in doing other celebration type cards and now I spend a lot of my time crafting cards whenever ranch chores allows. So maybe being a little creative.
Well as fate would have it, that original site no longer offers a place where I can exchange ideas and card creativity in quite the same way as it did, so this blog was born. It has become a way to stay in touch with friends and post what I create in my craft room, almost daily. I still sew once in awhile and would maybe make a quilt again some day.
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These flowers are fussy cut from a used coffee filter that was sprayed with blue oxide spray. Once constructed with hand sewn buttons I sprayed them with shimmer spray for added bling. The wreath, leaf, sentiments and bronze bg were all cut on the Silhouette. b&w bg is printed from a pp download. All is mounted on white cs base. Everything used for this card was leftovers or from my stash, nothing made just for this one but the white cs base.
For the Alphabet Challenge they wanted to use something related to coffee. I took the coffee filter out of the compost bin, rinsed well and let dry. Sprayed with a blue oxide spray and while wet placed a stencil on it and then pressed a piece of white text vellum on top and pressed and then let dry. Placed the mandala stencil back in the same place and sponged on the green oxide that had been sprayed on the glass mat. Once that was dry, I sponged the blue spray along the edges. Used the gold water colors to splatter and added along the edges with my finger plus white splatter. Mounted on white cs base. Adhered the Silhouette cut sentiments.
I knew I wanted to make a very girly card without flowers. By layering on the pp, doily made out of sticker paper and then gelding flakes added to sticky side, lace and Silhouette cut label and sentiments I got the feeling I was looking for. The base is pink cs and the pp with the butterflies is a bg I made so long ago I don’t even remember making it. The tag had the swirls on the top and bottom but I cut the top part off and added it to the base of the Dream sentiment.
I had a couple of blogs I wanted to enter that frogs were the challenge. Not having any stamps I went to the internet and found this digi from a free coloring book. Printed in black with copier on white Text Vellum. Used markers to color frog and ink pads with bristled finger brushes for bg. Thought this was pretty cool mounted to maroon pp then white cs base but then remember one of the challenges wanted fun folds. SO I cut the inside of the card off, added easel (with a fold). Then cut the back of the frog with X-acto knife to create pocket for note and used said pp to fold the note. Stamped the outside in white heat set embossing powder and the inside with black ink. Leaving enough space for a hand written note.
Here is where I recalled how to fold a note to an envelope. We did this all the time as kids. I trimmed the pp to 4″x5 1/2″ before folding.
I knew I wanted to use the colors for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge, so when I came across of piece of glossy photo paper that had missed the file bin (I was actually tidying up) I added the blending solution to wet. Dropped in the three colors from reinker bottles and dabbed stencil brush till colors moved to my linking. The stencil of these birds was still on my work station so I decided to take Golda’s advice and practice more. Using black modeling paste and spatula I was able to set finer details and less bleeding by moving slower and using more of a gentle flicking instead of pushing. Added the pink with a paint marker only on the beaks and then glossy accents. Splattered gold water color, then trimmed down. Used round punch for corners and layered on black cs. Cut sentiment strip and stamped in black. Added gold twine and black ribbon.