Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Remake!

When I first started stamping, I remember being particularly wow'ed by three things:

  • Heat embossing, which inspired my very first homemade Christmas cards at some point in the 80s. I embossed an image of a chile ristra in gold and colored it with some hideous 80s markers and thought I was in crafty heaven.
  • "WOW bags" - at the first Stampin' Up! workshop I went to, the demonstrator used those Rollagraph rolling stamps to roll alternating diagonal stripes of Posy and Vine in Pink Passion and Green Galore. I think I actually screamed. I'm neither proud nor ashamed of this.
  • The shaving cream technique.
I was truly amazed the first time I "marbled" paper with shaving cream. I must have made 100 really terrible cards with my experiments. My apologies if you received one.

But it was SO cool. It was the beginning of my mixed media fascination I think. So different from stamps, ink and paper.

But once you'd made a few backgrounds, that was kind of it outside of color combos.

But for my last retreat I thought I'd modernize it just a bit and see if it worked with stencils. I had been playing with brusho and embossing paste, and thought shaving cream might be less messy in a group setting so I tried it and loved it.

And I think (they can correct me if I'm wrong) the attendees came away with that as their favorite technique we did.

I asked them to bring their own stencils, and some of them were so amazingly intricate - and this technique preserved every detail - it was amazing. So I felt like it would be fun to do a tutorial on it.

Here are some of the cards I made. 

Fun right? I've been trying to see if I can replicate this with another inking technique and I've decided it's pretty unique.

So this became one of our Falliday Fest tutorials this week, and I'm super excited about it.

I made a short video on it with some super important tips you'll want to hear, so without further ado...

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do - it really makes your craft room smell nice as a bonus!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Stamping For Paws

At my favorite food trailer in Austin, I often see people with their dogs. It's a barbecue trailer, so I always wonder if the dogs are really mad that they end up there, watching people eat the most delicious smoked meats.

The trailer is in the parking lot of a convenience store, and so the line has to wind around so that people don't get run over, and the dogs are always so well behaved. There's a bit of a wait since it's a trailer, so it's fun to see people playing with other people's dogs, or, people like me talking to them like they can talk back.

This guy had a moment with someone else's little dog that was so sweet. I knew immediately he was a person who could be trusted.

I love all stamping causes that benefit animals and the people who rescue them, so I'm super excited about today's Falliday Fest card drive, which benefits an animal shelter in Minnesota. This is also an all year destination, so if you like making critter-themed thank you cards, feel free to keep this one on your list. Today's challenge is hosted by Kathy Baffone.

I had been enabled by Tracy Freeman (in this blog post of hers) into the CUTEST set with little fat animals by Clearly Besotted called Be Lucky - I loved her card with the chubby little unicorn. I colored the little chubster cat, cut her out with the matching dies, and paired it up with some A Little Foxy DSP, and the big bold Thank You from Thankful Thoughts.

I love that minty color with the orange kitty. So adorable.

I hope you'll join us for the challenges and the four card drives we have - it's amazing what a card can do! Even for our furry friends.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

It's About Respect

At my monthly class a few months ago, one of my team members and I have solved the mystery of what's wrong with the world.

That's right - you're welcome.

All of our modern ills - ALL OF THEM - come from a lack of respect.

The people who pull out in front of you without looking don't respect you. The people who drive down the shoulder because they are too good to wait in traffic, don't respect anyone they are passing.

People who don't return their grocery carts don't respect the store, or other shoppers.

People who are constantly looking at their phones, or talking on their phones in inappropriate environments (and by that I mean NOT inside their homes, in their cars, or NOT otherwise alone or at work) do not respect anyone.

We were watching the Ryder Cup, and I was SHOCKED at the behavior of the crowds - golf crowds used to really respect the players. Now, they yell during a player's backswing, or generally yell like they're at a boxing match. Patrick Reed had to tell people to silence their cell phones when he was trying to take a shot out of the rough. If they respected the players, their phones would have been off in the first place.

I've heard phones ring at church, at funerals, at movies.

Don't even get me started on people who don't leash their dogs, or who don't pick up their poop.

We are so culturally sensitive now that shame is out, and disrespect is in.

I, for one, would like to make a motion to bring back shame and put disrespect in its place. I'm going to do my part. When I see someone walking away from their cart or their dog poop or talking on their cell phone while the poor person at Target is ringing up their order, I'm just going to be that person that says something.

We brought birthdays back. We can most definitely bring shame back. Who's with me?

Teresa Kline, is someone who EMBODIES respect - is our Cards for a Cause host I told you about and a person I TOTALLY respect. She is hosting a gorgeous Falliday Fest challenge today. She has an incredible holiday mood board for us to use as our inspiration. It's very much in keeping with her style - pastel colors, sparkle and an overall peaceful theme. It was very easy inspiration!

I wanted to try some ULTRA watered down watercolor, because that's a challenge for me - I prefer vivid colors. So I set up a palette where I put tiny amounts of magenta, yellow and turquoise watercolor and then added a ton of water.

Then I masked off half of a panel of watercolor paper diagonally, and set up the Strings background stamp on my MISTI, and stamped the image in Versamark and clear embossed it. Leaving the mask in place, I used my pale solutions to paint that half - just keeping it dark enough so that you could see the funky, modern design. It almost looks like modern stained glass.
O Christmas Tree by Understand Blue

Then I removed the mask, and stamped the image and sentiment from the Take a Bough bundle in black, and added a strip of silver glimmer paper down the dividing line - she has so much sparkle in her mood board I couldn't leave that off.

I love the serenity of those pale colors. This was a fun card to make.

So I ask you to stand with me in our shame revival. And also to return your grocery cart and look around you before pulling out of a parking space.

And go make something pretty. :) You can start with my newest online class, featuring the Seasonal Bells Bundle. This class is PRETTY, y'all. :)


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