Saturday, August 11, 2012

Reviving my blog

Think it's time I posted something on my very neglected blog.  Obviously, I've forgotten about it and honestly, it is rarely a priority for me these days.

Of late, I have been doing more cardmaking since it is almost always instant gratification.  There are so many great stamps out there as well as digi images.  I'm loving copic coloring, although I have a long way to go before I consider myself good at coloring with Copics!  My Silhouette Cameo finally arrived and I am having a blast learning to use it!  I don't think I will ever have a need to use the Cricut Expression again and certainly will never invest in any more of their expensive cartridges.

I am fortunate to live only five minutes from my local scrapbook store, Photo Scraps, and they are now carrying Silhouette products so it will be very convenient to replace mats, etc.  It is at Photo Scraps that I have had the opportunity to participate in their Demo Day once a month.  The store provides several card projects and layouts for customers to make at a very very reasonable price.  Everything is usually cut and/or stamped for the sake of time and the customer puts it all together all the while learning about new products and/or techniques.

This month I am demonstrating a card using a My Favorite Things stamp:  Fred Bear and the Pinwheel.  He's definitely a cutie and I chose to embellish him with a pinwheel we'll be making that really spins.  It should be lots of fun this Saturday.  Here is a pic:

Enjoy the weekend!  I am off to take a couple of great classes at another fav of mine, The Queen's Ink.  It's all about collaged tags, transparencies and inks today!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Missing in Action

It's been a very long time since I've posted.  My absence was deliberate while I attempted to re-prioritize what was important in my life.  It was so easy to get caught up in the excitement of Ustream classes, YouTube vids, kits, etc.  It seems I was spending way too much time in front of my computer and less time on my marriage and that, my friends, can be dangerous.  I feel as though I am back on track again and working things out.  I am more aware now of my computer time and have learned to use it wisely and without neglecting the important people in my life.

These days I find myself trying my hand at cardmaking.  Although new to me, I find I can complete a card in very little time and immediately feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

The card below is simple.  I love the botanical stamp and the colors too.  I used seam binding dyed with copics and was rather pleased at the outcome.

I merely colored the ribbon with a blue copic, and then spritzed some alcohol blender on my mat and ran the ribbon through it wiping up all the alcohol in the process.  It gave my ribbon a "mottled" hand-dyed look and it dried quickly too!

My next attempt will be a twisted easel card using another Stampendous stamp.  Will share when I make it!

Til next time!