Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2017, we need to reflect on this past year and make plans to correct our mistakes.  I always feel that I must count my blessings, as my life is much better than others that I know or hear about.  I try not to feel sorry for my own circumstances, but to work on ways to improve them.  I don't really make New Year's Resolutions, but prefer to just make positive plans for the future.  We must take each day at a time and do the best we can with what we are facing.  I make no promises, just try to do the best I can.  I always want to make my dog proud of me.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Changing seasons

Since I live in the southern Nevada desert, our seasonal changes are different than in many areas.  We had beautiful fall colors until yesterday.  These photos were  taken 2 days apart in my front yard.  We had a small amount of rain during the night and lots of wind.  A few of the leaves are piled against the fence, but most are being shared by neighbors down the street.



While the wind was blowing and leaves were flying outside, I decided to make some cards that will probably arrive at their destination after Christmas.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Seasonal cards

We have each been raised with our cultural differences.  I was raised to believe that we celebrate Christmas because of our Christian beliefs.  I realize that others have different beliefs, so I do make seasonal cards for people who do not celebrate the holiday season in the same way.  Here is a card I made to send to others during the winter season.
I embossed this glossy paper with a snowflake embossing folder, then patted white Brilliance ink onto the raised snowflakes.  Glossy paper does not photograph well.  The color is really much closer to the other colors on the card.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas cards

I've received many nice cards from other card makers on Gingerwood Bulletin Board.  They have been trying to inspire me to make cards again.  Last month, I received a birthday card from one of them.  I was impressed by the stamp and die set that she used, so I asked where she got it.  It was the Fancy Banner set from Taylored Expressions.  I had never been to their website and was very impressed.  I ordered the banner set and will try to use it soon.  I also bought a Nativity Die and liked it so much that I made Christmas cards this year, first time in years.  I made them all alike, except that some are cut from gold glossy paper and some from silver glossy paper.


The sentiment is an old rubber stamp from My Sentiments Exactly.  I removed this portion from the wood and used it with my Mini Misti stamp positioner.  The edges of top layer are rubbed with Versamark Ink and dipped in embossing powder.  This gives a nice edge on that top layer.

Time will tell if I succeed in continuing to make cards.  I'm impressed by the quality of the dies from Taylored Expressions and may need to get more of them.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Birthday Boy

I haven't been making cards for some time.  I was motivated to begin again because my brother will soon turn 95.  I've been making cards for his birthday for many years, so I couldn't stop now.  I used a card base that I made a few months ago and embellished it.

The card was made with watercolors and I added the balloon stickers.  I mounted the balloons onto cardstock, then popped them up on dimensional tape.  I placed the gold embroidery floss between cardstock and dimensional tape, then tied a knot and glued it down with liquid adhesive.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Watercolor Fall cards

I've been waiting for inspiration to make cards again.  Since it's getting to be fall weather, I'm trying to make Thanksgiving cards for family.  I found a technique that I decided to try.  Here's my inspiration from Jennifer McGuire's blog.

Since I'll be using watercolor paper, I decided to use my Mini Misti tool, since stamping on watercolor paper more difficult to get a good image.  Since my stamp was a wood mounted rubber stamp, I had to remove it from the block.  I then used Wackytac (a temporary liquid adhesive) on the rubber and let it dry.  This did keep the stamp in place until I removed it later, leaving no residue.

I used a very old two toned embossing powder by Moon Glow, called Sunrise Salmon/Gold with Versamark ink.  I then followed Jennifer's technique of applying Distress ink with my fingers.  I used a variety of colors, but didn't write them down.  I embossed with an embossing folder, sandwiched with a Tim Holtz embossing diffuser.  This is and acrylic piece, with and oval removed from the center.  This allows a flat area for the sentiment.  I also traced inside the oval with a gold pen.
 

The next 2 cards were done using the same technique, but using white embossing powder.  The second card was debossed by mistake (folder upside down) and the third was embossed properly.  I then tapped some ink onto the raised areas.

I'm going to study these for a while before making more cards with this technique.  As Jennifer says in her video, the ink does wear off your fingers.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Friends in nature

In case anyone wonders, I'm still doing fine.  I just haven't had a desire to make cards.  I've evolved many times in my life.  I'll be passionate about something for a while, then lose interest and find other things to fill my life.  I'm enjoying my little dog, Tex, and spending time in my yard.  Desert weather has cooled for fall and I've been trying to revive flowers and shrubs.  I discovered one of the many wonders of nature recently.
The praying mantis was just resting quietly on an oleander leaf, just below the flower.  This is one of our friends in nature.  They aren't often noticed while they sit quietly on a leaf eating other insects.  We must pause our busy lives so we can be aware of lovely occupants of our yards.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Learning with new tool

I discovered in the last post that I had problems stamping on textured watercolor paper, so I ordered a Mini Misti to help with my stamping.  This is my 'learning to use it' post.  I made 2 cards, using previous technique.
The background is made with watercolors brushed onto watercolor paper.  After the card had dried, I spritzed it with water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  After allowing for drying, I trimmed the background to card size and placed it in my new Mini Misti.  I made my first mistake.  This was a wood mounted rubber stamp.  I peeled rubber image off the wood and adhered it to what I thought was a cling background.  It wasn't and wouldn't remove from the Misti.  I finally tried UnDu adhesive remover and was able to clean off stamp and Misti.  Lesson learned!

Before removing the stamp from Misti, I stamped image onto background with Versamark ink and repeated inking and stamping.  I then embossed with gold embossing powder.  Image was still not sharp enough, so I added more Versamark ink and more embossing powder.  I mounted the watercolored image to glossy gold cardstock and then to a ivory card base.  Now, to try another card.
My friends on Gingerwood Bulletin Board have suggested making some sympathy cards to have in my stash because we often don't feel like making them when we need them.  Using my new tool, I placed the sentiment where I wanted it on the card, then closed lid on Misti to adhere the cling stamp to the lid.  I stamped, reinked & stamped again about 5 times with Colorbox Raven Black ink to get a good image.  I then added clear embossing powder.  Next, I placed the wheat stamp where I wanted it and closed lid.  This one only took 2 inkings and embossing powder.  I adhered this to blue cardstock and a white base card.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Watercolor birthday card

I've once again been away from card making and blog updates for quite a while.  Health problems continue to affect my life.  I'm been wanting to make cards for family birthdays, but just don't feel that I can do a good job.  I found a technique on Kristina Werner's blog that I wanted to try.  My first attempt was a failure:

The background turned out okay, but I had problems stamping the sentiment.  Stamping on watercolor paper can be difficult because of rough texture of the paper.  I attempted to use a stamp positioner and stamp it again over first stamping.  It wasn't perfectly lined up and gave a double image.  Next, I used a Versamark pen to fill in blank areas and more gold embossing powder.  This resulted in an unreadable sentiment, so I started another card:
This time, I accepted the first stamping and made it into a card.  The border layer is gold glossy paper and mounted on a white card base.  The butterfly is made by adhering a shiny candy wrapper (from dark chocolate Hershey Kisses) to cardstock and cutting it out with a die.  I adhered only body to card, so the wings can be raised.

This process finally convinced me to order a Mini Misti to make correcting stamped images easier.  I'll try this again after it is shipped to me.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Desertscape

I finally forced myself to make a card.  Today is my brother's 80th birthday and I thought I owed him a card.  This is another watercolor card and the desert is because he lives in the desert.