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Sneak Peek Daisy Delight!

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All stamp images, Note Card, Paper, and Mini Dot and Star Twinkle Stickers by A Muse Art Stamps; Blank Coaster by American Coaster Co.; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown; Big Impressions Texture Plate (Weave) by Ellison; Cuttlebug Oval Slider Die; Ric Rac by May Arts; Pink Gingham from Michael’s; Larger Green Crystal Sticker by Heidi Swapp; 1 " Circle Punch by EK Success; Coluzzle Circle Template (used for largest daisy); Big Shot Machine by Ellison.

This design was inspired by some beautiful, glittery patterned paper I’d seen at CHA:

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Isn’t it purdee???  Yum!  I swapped out the yellow color and lavender colors for more of  a soft, celery toned, green (A Muse’s Moss) and aqua (A Muse’s Surf) and orange crush.

I wanted to try texturizing the bark layer, so I ran it through with my Big Shot–I think the effect is nicely subtle–it’s not as bulky as the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders?  I like those, too, but sometimes, you want something that isn’t quite so pronounced, UKWIM?

The stamping is pretty straight forward, one color ink, right onto colored paper, and then punched out or cut out with the Coluzzle.  Easy, cheesey, lemon squeezey! (wink!)

Ran the ric rac stems through my Xyron "X" and layed them down in varying heights, and 3D mounted the Daisy Spots.  I did have to use my Adhesive eraser to remove any excess sticky residue along the edges of the ric rac.   And, then I embellished the centers with A Muse’s Twinkle Stickers, and used one of Heidi Swapp’s larger celery green ones, for a bit o’ bling!  I’m now wondering if I should have applied glitter to the edges of each of the circles???  BUT, overkill is an easy thing to do, so I hesitated . . . I dunno.  What do you think?

I originally cut the slider from blank coaster material and then tinted it with a pink chalk ink pad, but it was too much/too intense.  So, I tried again with just some scrap Moss Xyroned to the coaster and then cut it.  I liked that much better.

I’m such a sucker for dots and daisies . . . I can’t get enough of ‘em–but that’s OK!  They always make me smile!  These two new funky daisies are from A Muse’s Spring Release–be sure to check ‘em out tomorrow, as that’s when they’re scheduled to be uploaded.  OMW (Oh, my word!) Ya’all are gonna FREAK when you see this release . . . I haven’t stopped bouncin’ since I first saw ‘em  . . . (ginormous grin!)

Now, I have a serious back-log of emails that I’ve been trying to get to, and I beg your understanding if I don’t always return them in a timely fashion, or if I miss yours. I try desperately to respond to every one, in order of highest urgency, but, sometimes, I just cannot get to them all . . . (sad)

I had to do a tremendous amount of keyboard work prior to CHA, and during CHA–and, every time I reached out to shake someone’s had at CHA, I nearly passed out in pain when they clasped my hand, and since getting back, I’ve had to do even more keyboarding . . . it has taken a toll on my right (stamping) arm, even tho I kept my brace on . . .  I have been icing it, but I still can’t even hold a coffee cup in my right hand. (wince!)  Anyway, please forgive me, if I don’t get to your emails right away.  The arm just craps out on me after a certain point each day and I hafta stop.

Hayley’s ACL surgery is scheduled for this Tuesday a.m.  I know it’s a good and needed thing, but I’m still nervous.  I’m ridiculously squeamish about this stuff . . . to think my Grams  used to dream of me becoming a nurse . . .

Sneak Peek, A Muse Spring 07!

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All stamp images by A Muse Art Stamps; Maize Note Card by Memory Box; Black Pigment/Craft Ink by SU!;  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Lime Pastel and Chestnut Roan; Clear Embossing Powder; Popsicle Stick from craft supply store; Ribbon by American Crafts; Waterbased Markers; Sakura Turquoise and Orange Glaze Pens; Mini Orange Brads from Oriental Trading Co.

This is a sneak peek featuring Little Dino from A Muse’s Spring 07 release; these images should be available next Monday on A Muse’s site under "new images".

This is my idea of a kiddie Jurassic Park!  chuckle!  The landscape was hand cut and pretty easy to do, and then LD, and the balloon were black embossed and colored in.  He doesn’t actually come with polka dots; I felt for a birthday celebration, he might enjoy sportin’ some festive party dots, so I added those with the Sakura pen.  I wanted his balloon to have a high gloss finish to match his spots, so Sakura again.  After all, it is somewhat of a formal affair, for a dinosaur. (wink!)

I stamped the sentiment with black craft ink right on the popsicle stick and heat set it to dry quickly; I wanted to mount it to the card front with mini brads, so I drug out my Crop-A-Dile for that.  I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the Crop-A-Dile.  I can’t seem to set eyelets with it–I’m clumsy and always knock the eyelet off the tool and onto the floor where they roll into the dust bunnies in the nooks and crannies of my studio . . . well, that and it’s painful for me to use with the tendinitis in my right hand/arm . . . (insert grimace).

In my frustration, I finally gave up using it for setting anything, and just use it for punching holes through thick materials.  And, for that, I find it extremely awesome!  Went through the popsicle stick piece o’ cake!  They released a green version of the tool at CHA, (oooooh!)  but I’ll hafta be satisfied with my pink one . . . All tools should be made out of celery, IMHO; I don’t know why they bother with any other colors . . .  pppppfffftttttttt!!!  LOL!

But, I digress . . . So, after knotting the ribbon around the card front, I determined where the popsicle stick looked best, marked holes through it onto the card, punched them, and then bradded it (BTW, that’s a new word I just made up, and it means secured something to something else with a brad!) to the card.  Done!

I like to think a kid would find this card fun to receive . . . do little kids appreciate cards these days?  Mine do, but they are the children of a card maker; lack of proper appreciation for a hand-made card results in loss of ice cream for an unspecified period of time or until such time as proper adoration in the form of genuine oohing and aaaahing is set forth!

Lastly, thank you for all the compliments to the previous card design uploaded.  Every once in a while I nail it, and it was so great to know others thought so, too!  And, thank you for the compliments to my lettering as well! 

Because of the wonky-ness of the letters and how they are sometimes positioned, I really have no idea if it would be feasible for a computer font?  But, I’ve often thought it would be fun to have some sentiments I’ve never found in stamps, made into a little set of expressions, in my own lettering.  That’d be a kick!  (grin!)

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Toaster Image (debuted at CHA 07) by  Sunshine Designs (available in the US only through American Art Stamps), Long Skinny Oval by A Muse Art Stamps; Fabriano Mediovalis Reply Card, plus scrap remnant; Black Pigment Ink; Creamy Caramel Classic Ink by SU!; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Ice Blue; Clear Embossing Powder; Derwent Watercolor Pencils; AquaPainter; Pigma Micron Pen (for sentiment); Ric Rac by May Arts; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Prisma Glitter Ultrafine Multi-Iridescent

Having been away from my rubbah for so long, I desperately needed some creative play time, just for me and only me, so I cut loose with the above, which was so fun to make!  Isn’t this just the most darling toaster image?  When I saw it I went AGOG!  Don’t even ask me WHY I like toasters!  They just make me think "cozy"!  ROTFL!  This one is easy and quick to watercolor, and the image is large enough that you can do a few fun things with it that you might not be able to otherwise, were it any smaller!

I had a scrap of Fabriano left from a previously botched design, so I black embossed the toaster  and quickly watercolored it in.  I cut a slit into one of the toaster slots with an X-acto knife, and then free-hand cut a tiny piece of toast from a scrap of vanilla card stock, to insert into it, sponging it so it would look toasted . . . After I trimmed the toaster out, it looked too flat and one dimensional on the card, so I stamped the skinny oval with chalk ink to give it a shadow to sit upon and then 3D mounted it with foam mounting tape.

The heat waves rising up were hand-drawn and the sentiment was hand-lettered, as I didn’t have any stamp that remotely said what I needed. 

A trick I learned from somewhere online, is to pencil your lettering lightly first, then go over it with a pen, and then erase the pencil lines!  This helps you determine placement and whether or not the writing is level, prior to committing it to ink! Slick! Well, at least it’s pretty slick if your hand isn’t shaking from the java jitters!  Bwah ha haaaaaaa!!!

The ric rac was glued on by first running it through my Xyron 1.5 (the little "X" machine); after applying it to the card front, I trimmed off the ends, and then used an adhesive eraser to remove any excess adhesive along the edges of it.

I tried wrapping ribbon, even very narrow ribbon around the gutter crease of the card, but it didn’t balance well to my eye, and it seemed a little too nekked without some ribbon somewhere, due to the white space in this landscape orientation . . .

I noticed Sunshine Designs images are scheduled to be uploaded late February at American Art Stamp’s website–they have a refrigerator image that is so flippin’ cute, I gotta have it!  Too fun!  How much longer before the end of February? (nosed pressed against the glass door)

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