Good morning!  How are y’all?  We had a great July 4th, entertaining most of the family with great food and a few fireworks.  In preparing for the day, and because it had rained all week before, I decided to open the garage set up tables inside, just in case it rained.  Thankfully we had a beautiful day and had lots of room for everyone to mingle and talk.

Over the last three weeks I’ve had this little bug the majority of the time . . . mom was away working . . . and she’s become quit the camera ham.  Instead of saying cheese, “selfie” is the one that really gets the smile . . .

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We’ve had lots of fun playing on the deck, gathering sticks and watching lots of Disney!   Needless to say, this grandma is ready for informational television and restful sleep . . . but oh my, how blessed I truly am!

Even though I’m ready to hit the studio with both feet, I was a little busy and didn’t have any extra time for creating until yesterday.  I slept in and after the morning coffee and puzzles I headed to the studio for some creative play time . . .

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As with my last few projects, this one was created for Quietfire Design, so you’ll need to hop over to the Quietfire Creations Blog to get all the details and more photos.  One day I really will have a project that I can post all of it here for you . . .

Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!

 

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Well happy Monday!  Here it is the start of a new week and I was actually in the studio creating this weekend.  Well at least I was creating on Sunday.  Saturday I walked a 5K race with some of my friends . . . in the rain and all but we still had a great time!  I’m looking forward to the next one . . . . whenever it might be . . .

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During one of my walks this week, it occurred to me that I’ve been stamping for a long time.  I purchased my first stamps back in the 1980s but had to put them away when my girls were small.  Once they were in high school and we didn’t have the scout troops, the swim lessons and they were essentially growing up, I took them all out again.  When they both left home and were in college or out on their own, we had 5 years of being empty nesters.  I had a lot of time to get my creative mojo on with no outside pressure or demand on my time.

Then one day I turned around and they were all home again!  One graduated from college and came home with illness and the other got a divorce and came home with my granddaughter.  Neither of my girls live here now . . .  they have a house together, along with the granddaughter, 2 blocks away from home.  I can’t see their house from mine, but if I cut through the neighbors yards at the end of the street I’m in their front yard.  They’re near enough if they have a problem . . . like the house being hit by lightening . . . and yet far enough away that we don’t see each other all of the time.

Of course, I am the childcare provider for my granddaughter  . . . so I do have her anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week.  It just depends on whose weekend it is.  She keeps me grounded and makes me step back to enjoy the moment.  I wasn’t able to do that with my girls.  I worked full-time until they were both in grade school and missed with them what I’m able to enjoy with the granddaughter.  We take walks, and build houses, and make puzzles and sing the Hot Dog Song with Mickey.  Now that the weather is warmer we play in the water and blow bubbles for hours on end.

My time for me is limited again, and I’m learning to live in the moment and enjoy things as they come.  I’ve worried a little about the mojo being gone . . . but you know what . . . it’s still there!  It’s just buried for the moment.  I can feel it bubbling up and have so many ideas in my head of things I want to work on.  Maybe it won’t be cards or canvases, but it surely will be creative.

I walked into the studio Sunday morning and cleaned things up a bit.  I threw away the trash, put things away and organized a teeny tiny bit.  Then I made this card for the Quietfire Creations Blog

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I loved the process!  I was all in the moment!  I didn’t come upstairs until it was done and my photos were made . . . .

Of course, I probably wouldn’t have walked in the studio without the deadline for Quietfire; but quite honestly I’m glad I did.  It made me want to play and to create!  Finally!!  I can’t and I won’t make promises that I’m going to be here everyday  . . . but I am going to try to make it once a week.  Let’s see how things go . . .  It’s all about balance for me . . .  trying to find the happy median that will work for me and then work for the others that depend on me to be wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

Anyhow, I do hope you’ll hop over the Quietfire Creations Blog and take a look at my card.  I’m pretty sure it’s going to need some love.

Thanks for stopping by and joining me . . . gee I’ve missed my writing . . .

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Hey y’all!  I know I’ve been away for a week or more, but I had a few days of feeling under the weather and then . . . of course, when I have the grand baby . . . well there just isn’t any time for work!  I’ve got some big projects coming up, and I’m toying with the idea of some new directions . . . we’ll see!

Here’s a little peek of a card I have posted over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today . . .

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It’s clean and simple for me, so I hope you visit me at Quietfire to see more photos and get the details.

Thanks for checking in here today!

 

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Good morning y’all!  All weekend, I’ve been playing with Ken Oliver’s new product, Color Burst!  I have to admit that I messed with Color Burst a little at CHA, and watched Ken for hours making backgrounds (distress without the mess) and showing us the ins and outs of the product; but until I actually got it in hand and started playing with it myself . . . Well, Oh My BADness!

First thing that took me by surprise (and I truly can’t believe that it did), was that it’s a powder.  A very concentrated powder . . . why did I not realize this at CHA?  I have no earthly idea!!!  Maybe it was the fact that I watched Ken mist the paper and then sprinkle on the Color Burst . . . and it immediately burst into color all across the page.  Then he would mist it with water and it would spread even more . . . Yes, call me a ditz!  The first time I used it here at home, I had to ask my other teamies if mine had dried up or was it actually powder . . . okay slap my forehead!

I know I’ve mentioned this here before, but the first few things that ran through my mind when I saw Ken work with Color Burst was Faux Batik and of course, distress without the mess.  One thing I played with this weekend was using Color Burst for a “Layered Textured Wash”.  I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Color Burst, misted with water again and watched the color “burst” on the craft sheet.  I tried watercolor paper and then white coated tags.

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As I picked up color each time I was amazed that no matter how muddy my craft sheet looked (ink pooling all over the place), when dried on the paper the colors didn’t muddy!  I LOVE it!!!

One of the other things I thought of immediately was the Faux Batik Technique.  (That link is to an old tutorial I did using alcohol inks . . . I think I need an updated video!)

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This card is really very simple to do.  The image was stamped with VersaMark on watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Using Color Burst to watercolor with, the image was watercolored and when dry, the embossing was removed with a craft iron (see tutorial or either video) creating the Faux Batik.

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The seam binding was dyed with Orange Color Burst to match the color in the flowers.  I haven’t made any mists up yet, so I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Orange Color Burst, misted with water again and dropped in my damp ribbon.  As I dried the seam binding, I continually picked up the color off the craft sheet.  Love all the shimmer and different shades achieved with the Color Burst!

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A background for the image was die cut/embossed from watercolor paper with Romantic Rectangles.  The image and the card base then trimmed to fit the die cut rectangle.

By the way, the stamp used is Stampendous Garden Background.  I’ve had it for a few years and when I searched for it online, it’s not on the Stampendous website.  I did however, find it at Frantic Stamper, Amazon and 123Stitch.

That’s it y’all!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today!

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One of the big projects I worked on over the Holidays, was a special gift for a family member.  Before I give you the project though, I would love to share some back story.

My grandmother was the oldest of 9 children.  She passed away in the early 80’s never having the opportunity to see my girls, her great-grandchildren.  Her mother, my great-grandmother passed away in 1985 . . . I was pregnant with my oldest at the time.  My grandmother has one sibling still living (age 86) and I get to see my Great-Aunt and her family once a year at our family reunion.  Luckily, I have been able to connect with a few of her children on Facebook and we can stay in touch more than simply at the reunion.  This past year, my Great-Aunt and Uncle celebrated their 70th anniversary!  One of my cousins who I have contact with on Facebook and who has seen my cards, canvases, etc., asked me to make something special for her parents’ anniversary.

We talked a little at the reunion this past October to firm up what they were going to do.  Since it was their 70th and platinum is the standard gift (and difficult to find), they settled on the colors of silver and purple.  They scanned and sent me a picture they had of my Aunt and Uncle when they were both young and starting out.

Knowing this project was for such a special occasion, I wanted it to be fabulous.  After thinking about it for more weeks than I want to admit, I went to work with my heart and soul to create something that would pay tribute to my Great-Aunt and Uncle.

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The stand is one I found at Hobby Lobby.  It was black and I believe the center might be a chalkboard.  I couldn’t say for sure, because I just didn’t think to write on it to find out.  I spray painted it silver, leaving all the rough texture from the distressed black.

Since I had the picture, I needed a frame.  Numerous pieces of chipboard were die cut, glued together to make a deep frame.  A piece of silver metal was then die cut, embossed with an embossing folder and antiqued to add just a tad of aging.

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Most of the flowers are from Prima, but in order to add some balance and fill space, I die cut and made the larger purple roses.  I also found a poem that I printed out to celebrate the many years of the marriage.

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A tag on the bottom, computer generated and backed in black, was attached with dyed seam binding, to commemorate the occasion.

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I think that’s all . . . except to say what an honor it was for me to create this special gift to help celebrate my Great-Aunt and Uncle.  In some small way I was also able to honor my grandmothers.  As I stood in the shower the morning I was to deliver the gift, it occurred to me that my grandmother, if still alive, would be 103 years old this April!

My next big project is to make 50 fabric flowers to be attached to take-out boxes for an event the first weekend in February!  Stay tuned . . . they are of course, fabulous!

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