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Waiting and Wishing for Spring, and CPS 153

I’m sitting at my desk by the window looking at 4′ tall berms of dirty snow alongside my front curb… there are coke-slurpee-like puddles in the street and under all that snow is the planter I put in last spring and I can’t wait to get flowers into it. It’s still at least two months until bulb flowers even have a chance at blooming! For me, February is the longest, not the shortest month! The card below is more for myself, but I’m sure I can think of somebody to send it to.

I recently purchased my first digital stamp from Bee-Crafty where there are some super sweet images. I also recently splurged on Copics, so I’m still getting my feet wet with those. Papers are Let’s Get Together by CTMH, with gems and ribbon from my stash.

My next card uses the same image and is my take on the CPS 153 sketch.

I used papers from Creating Keepsakes (from JoAnn’s), Heidi Grace rub-ons, a stamp from CTMH and some pearlies. I colored the girl in with Copics. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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2S4U… Kazan #39

PICT0002 I haven’t done a challenge for awhile so everybody is gone from the house tonight – Peter on a business trip and Matt at play practice… so since I’m home alone… well I decided to play and do a 2S4U sketch of the week.

What’s old is new again… old stamp – 2000 from SU!, scrap papers and a small scrap of ribbon (save everything!). Noodled it up with my Cuttlebug swiss dots and some nesties, stickers, punches and gems.2s4u122

Thanks for looking!

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Mojo Monday, #108

Raspberry Tart paper by SU! is sitting on my table… I’ve had it for a year and have just started using it. I love the colors, I don’t know why I didn’t pull it out earlier. Stamps are CTMH, Nesties Labels 1, some button stacking and that’s about it! Here is the link to Mojo Monday #108 – Thanks for looking!mojo_108

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July 12, 1959

My mom was 18, my dad was 20 — and they snuck out of L.A. with two friends, to elope in Tijuana, Mexico because Dad was too young to get married without permission from my grandparents! Fast forward 50 years, 4 kids, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild later, through life’s ups and downs, they are still together… I wish we could be together on their day to celebrate, but we’ll have to postpone that until Christmastime when we all go to Arizona from Minnesota, Idaho and Utah to celebrate as a family.gummi_gramper1

I woke up way too early this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep — I think I was dreaming about this card. 7-4-09,_CPS_123This is my first CPS sketch and it was fun! My papers are Coredinations and miscellaneous papers from JoAnn Crafts; stamps are CTMH, punches are SU! and CM, and miscellaneous embellies from my stash. CPS Card 002

Off to get this card in the mail — thanks for looking!

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Mojo Monday #93

Haven’t done a Mojo Monday card for awhile so here goes… this is sketch #93:
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Here is my take using up some CTMH chipboard and stamps; KI Memories lace paper and miscellaneous embellies… I think it has a little bit of a Hawaiian feel to it…
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It seems to be working…

…It seems I was avoiding my scrap/craft room for the past month for a couple of reasons…
1. It really has been a super busy month.
2. It’s a mess in there.

So this week, instead of being my normally overwhelmed self who thinks I can’t create until it’s PERfEcTLY neat… I told myself “just clear off 3 feet of desktop and empty that basket, then you can play.” The next day I said to myself, “clean off the rest of the desktop and clean out THAT basket, then you can play.” And of course, once I start playing, the next day I want to create some more… wow, I’ve really been missing it! So maybe baby steps are in order in my scrap dungeon, and creative play and a little cleaning is better than avoiding eye contact with the big mess and doing nothing.

Meanwhile, looking at Jennifer McGuire’s blog today and seeing this video, inspired me to try some Layered Stamp Resist technique. Scroll down through her post; the video tutorial is towards the end, and it’s the first technique on the tutorial.

I created the card below using only one color of ink… Vineyard Berry. My background stamp is Sanded by SU! and the the other stamps are Western Flourishes and something else??!? from CTMH. The quickie version of the technique is
1. Stamp with your background stamp in one color.
2. Stamp over your stamped image with flourish/shape/whatever stamps in Versamark.
3. Emboss with clear embossing powder.
4. Brayer, pounce, sponge with the same color as the background – the embossing will resist the ink. I used a brush to color mine.

And here you go:

Layered Stamp Resist Technique

Layered Stamp Resist Technique

The strip in the middle is the one that I tried this technique on. I’ve also used some May Arts ribbon and some gold-foil stamped chipboard from XY&Z/Colorbok.

Thanks for looking!

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2Sketches4You – Kazan#28

Finally had some fun being creative today — it’s been toooooooooo long. I felt in the mood for something patriotic and summer-timey. All the papers and stamps are by CTMH from “Blue Ribbon”, and the stamps are all CTMH too. Here is the sketch…
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And here is my card — BTW I tipped the sketch on it’s side…

America - Home of the Brave

America - Home of the Brave

I did a little distressing by razor edging and inking the edges and embellished with some twine, a little button and some mini-brads.

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