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A 'tini bit happy . . .

Tinyhappy
Cosmobella by Stamping Bella; Sentiment hand-lettered; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir by Stewart Superior; Derwent Watercolor Pencils; AquaPainter by SU!;  Blush Blossom Water-based Brush Marker by SU!; Cryogen White Card from Paper Zone; Celery, Bashful Blue, Navy Card Stocks by SU!; Silk Daisy by Bazzill; White Mulbery Flower by Prima; Daisy Sequin by Doodlebug Designs; Mini Brad by Queen & Co.; Navy w/White Polkadots Organdy Ribbon from Michael’s; Sakura White and Red Glaze Pens; Coluzzle Circle Template;  Wavy Deco Scissors by ProvoCraft; Pigma Micron .05 for lettering

This design’s pretty straightforward (geeze, isn’t everything I do these days pretty much straightforward?  I guess I need to be more adventuresome, but, I’m too lazy, I guess . . . )

Cosmobella is just too flippin’ cute–she makes me grin big time, because when I have an appletini, I’m just so HAPPY! (More on that in a sec, LOL!)

Because I didn’t have a "flesh" colored pencil, I did color her features in with a Blush Blossom  (SU!) marker first–I keep an old one because it seems paler in tone than the current one (?).  Anyway, it’s perfect for flesh tone–For some reason, I really hate seeing people images stamped on white paper, and left with just white skin tones–they look all pastey and unhealthy!  So, quicker than a trip to the Fake & Bake, I give ‘em that nice, sunny glow! (wink!)

When I wanna take the time, I do enjoy watercoloring an image, and the Bellas have some nice expansive areas that make it fun and easy to do so.  I used pencils here in this case.  Cosmobella is a bit skinnier than I am IRL (Bwa ha haaaaaaaaaaa!!!), so she does have a tighter "frame" . . . 

(no big billowing skirt, and, gee, she’s got that coveted hourglass figure, whereas I am just nicely rectangular from the neck down.  Why come I don’t look like that in a pair of jeans????  I know why . . . that darn stash of chocolates up on the top shelf of my studio that nobody but me knows where it is . . . chuckle!) 

But, I digress!  On with the deets:   For added control, I applied the tip of my AquaPainter directly to the watercolor pencil to load it with color, and then painted.   I always have to add some shadow/grounding under my peeps–otherwise, to me, they just look like they’re levitating in mid-air?

Friday night, hangin’ out  at home in my studio, preparing for a  relaxing session of stamping, just for  moi, I made 2 appletinis . . .

Unfortunately . . . I neglected to "measure", and used the "eyeball" method instead . . .

Evidently, this method is not so good . . . I drank what we now have surmised as the equivalent of 4 . . . F-O-U-R ‘tinis . . .

My children claim I was quite "entertaining" that evening . . .

Apparently, it seems as I was nearing the end of glass #1, which was the equivalent of near the end of ‘tini #2, I had recognized I was simply giggling a lot, as opposed to actually stamping . . . at which point I evidently deemed it time for a 2nd ‘tini (which equates to #3 and #4), and decided to settle myself on the sofa to watch a Harry Potter (3rd? 4th?) movie with the children, proceeding to interject a lot of commentary about the characters and different aspects of the movie I guess I had never noticed from the first few times I’d seen it while sober . . .

Just to tickle the funny bone . . . !

You know how sometimes you just do something purely for kicks?  Because it simply makes you smile, and laugh out loud?  Purely for fun?

I did that today. (grin!)

I was playing today with the A Muse polka dot mondo Monograms, and wanted to make a card with the "u".  If you needed to select one universally versatile letter, in addition to the one that represents your name, of course, get "u"It ROCKS!

So, as many of you know, I love A Muse’s chicken, too . . . 

So, where am I goin’ with this?  (at this point, you’re either highly irritated with me, for funnin’ around, or curious, bwa ha haaaaaaaaaa!)

Well, as I sit here be-boppin’ to John Mayer’s "No Such Thing", I hope the design below will encourage you to play with y’er rubbah . . . and, I do mean that with great sincerity! (chuckle)

Chickenup
Chicken, Solid Dot, Polka Dot Monogram "U", Orange Crush Band Note Card all by A Muse; Karen Foster Snap Stamps (Mini formal, 1/8") for sentiment; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Rouge; Memories Black Ink by Stewart Superior; Brilliance Pearlescent Yellow by Tsukineko; Ribbon by May Arts; Mini Glue Dots

This just cracked me–I do so love a card that cracks me!

I had purchased some Snap Stamps and my first use of them got me what I wanted, which pleased me, BUT, it was rather exhausting to assemble all the letters to say it . . .  (see the "I love you more than chocolate" design of some weeks ago)

Being somewhat on the slow side, I decided I should prolly give it yet another go; with practice, I could get faster, eh?!  ROTFLMAO!  And, this one did go faster–it dawned on me that during my first use, I kept looking at the rubber and trying to read the letters backwards, instead of the index on the top of the letters, as I worked . . .  Make no mistake:  I can be quite the moron at times . . . (insert rolling eyeballs)

Nevertheless, as I sat here groovin’, it put me in the frame of mind to not care how long I spent messin’ around, nor be concerned with the outcome . . . it wasn’t about making something "pretty", or  intricate, for submission, or anything deep . . .  it was about mood, feeling, and saying exactly what I wanted to say . . . just for kicks . . .

And, giggles, of course . . . (wink!)

I think I need to listen to music more often, as I stamp . . .

One of my weaknesses . . .

Sympathybird
Bird and cage images from Canary set by Kodomo, Inc.; Flourish from Flourishes Set by Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves; "With Sympathy" from Paper Tray Set by Paper Trey Ink; Patterned Paper from the Blush Collection by Basic Grey; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Ice Blue, Blush Rose, Warm Red; Memories Black Ink by Stewart Superior; Clear Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards USA; Marvy Uchida 1 1/2" Circle Punch, Marvy Mega Scallop Circle Punch; Piercing Tool; Silk Seam Binding Ribbon by 7 Gypsies

Sympathy cards are never easy to design . . . but, a very dear friend of mine recently suffered a loss, and I wanted to send comforting thoughts to her . . . her love of gardening and nature influenced the images and papers I decided to work with.

I’m not very good with patterned paper, and am trying to get better . . . it prolly has to do with me just hating the idea of covering up beautiful paper–especially paper as lovely as this.  I love the sweet little blossoms and vines and, oh, my!  the colors . . .

The layout is pretty simplistic–in this case, I had to be very careful or the overall design became so intricate that the focal image got "swalloped up", for lack of a better term . . . using pale tones of chalk,  after stamping the sentiment, seemed to enhance that area,  rather than detract from it, so I’m glad I experimented with it.  I stamped the little blossoms using 2nd generation ink (ink stamp, stamp off once onto scratch paper, and then stamp onto the project with the remaining ink still left on the image), so they wouldn’t be quite so intense.  The centers seemed to beg for a little something, hence the tiny clear crystal stickers.

I suppose this sympathy card is kinda’ on the "unusual" side, but, I hope it lets her know I am carrying her in my heart through this time.

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