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Love Mail!

All images, note card, patterned papers by A Muse Art Stamps; Pitt Pastel Pencils by Faber Castell; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Ice Blue; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Postage Edge Scissors by Provo Craft

Doing layered collage work has always been a struggle for me–I admire so many other’s creations, and yet, I have one heck of a time bringing the elements all together with *happy* results whenever I try it.  For this one, I relied on a collage layout scheme I spotted on a design in a book, only I down-sized, and eliminated a few layers it to suit the square format of this card and the images.

I know; I need to practice more, and it WILL get easier.  So, on with the particulars of this design, which I was so pleased with when I finished!  Yippeeeeeeee!!!

I love postal images, and that "special delivery" sentiment is so useful for so many different card designs.  I was bemoaning the fact that the scalloped heart didn’t fit my postage stamp punch, and then D’OH!!!!  I have postage edge SCISSORS in two sizes! What a moron!!!  Anyhoo, the little postage scissors didn’t give it enough oomph, so I had to switch to the larger ones.

The scalloped heart and the little heart buds?  They are part of a collection of images actually drawn by Linda’s oldest daughter, who also happens to be a Hailey!!! (grin!) Every year, Hailey draws some designs to raise awareness and funds for Scleroderma Research!  Hailey’s gramma (Linda’s Mum, and one of the most delightful ladies I’ve *ever* had the pleasure to know) suffers from Scleroderma.  If you’d like to support a great cause AND, get some darling stamps, please be sure to check out all the cute images Hailey has created!  They are signified by the initial code HH, or Hailey’s name, and most easily found in the "love" section, at A Muse’s website.

The power went out prior to me having an opportunity to get this entry uploaded yesterday.  It was out ALL afternoon/evening until about 1 am. GAAAAAAH!!!   We’ve lost power 6 times in the course of about 6-8 weeks now, due to windstorms.  There was a MONDO black cloud hanging over Whidbey at the time, so it was gloomy and dim inside the house.  You know, it really bites when your mojo finally starts to kick back in and then you are plunged into darkness!  ARGH!  So, I naturally did the only thing I could:  spent more quality time with my Big Shot.  (wink!)

Someone has asked about my sketching and preplanning of a design.  I don’t always do that, but I find when I’ve hit the wall, it is very helpful.  I’ll try to talk about that a little more in my next entry, but for now, I hope you’ll enjoy the above design.

Now, go forth and stamp HAPPY! (grin!)


The Day It Rained Hearts

All images and note card by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Warm Red; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Pitt Pastel Pencils by Faber Castell; Mega and Giga Scallop Circle Punches by Marvy Uchida; Word Window Punch by SU!; Silver Eyelets; Ribbon by May Arts

I had lost my mojo for a while, and found myself just sitting and staring . . . feeling generally uninspired . . .  I hate when that happens . . .  I’m sure the exhaustion of the holidays, Hayley’s injury, and some deadlines had a lot to do with it . . .   But, it seemed to spark a little tonight, and I developed 3 Valentine designs.  They all 3 turned out as I had sketched and visualized!  Uh oh–look out now; the girl is startin’ to bounce again! (rolling eyeballs)

No fancy stamping for this card . . .  no clever tricks whatsoever, in fact!  The Pitt Pastel Pencils lend a nice, soft touch of color–I just blended them out quickly with my pinky finger after coloring.

If you are familiar with author Felicia Bond, you just may recognize the storybook that inspired this Valentine . . . Originally titled "Four Valentines In A Rainstorm", it has been re-released with the title "The Day It Rained Hearts".  Felicia Bond’s stories are always very simple, and her artwork so delightful!  Cornelia Augusta knows just what to do, the day it rains hearts . . .  My children have always loved this story, and in fact, when Hayley spied this design in my studio this evening, the first words out of her mouth were, "OH!!!!  I *love* that story!!!  Mom, it looks just like the book!" 

(happy sigh, and smile)


All Rubber Stamp Images, Patterned Paper, Plum Pink Note Card, Heart Twinkle Sticker by A Muse Art Stamps;  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown by www.clearsnap.com ; Cuttlebug "Red Tag Sale" Alphabet Die by www.provocraft.com ; Brown Gingham Ribbon by May Arts; 1" Circle Punch by www.eksuccess.com ; 1" metal edge tag from office supply; Mini Pop Dots by All Night Media for www.plaidonline.com 

For just "pennies apiece", bwah ha haaaaaaaaaa!  You can make these adorable spinner cards!  Once the power came back on, I couldn’t wait to do this design which had been rolling around in my head (for a few weeks, but life just got too hectic to sit down and do it!) for A Muse’s new globe image–I must confess, I think the globe is my absolute favorite of all the images in the Valentine 07 release.  I wonder if I could use my powers of influence (wink!) on Linda and convince her to produce yet another sentiment stamp to go with it . . . "You’re outta’ this world!"  Wouldn’t that be cute?  She did do one that says, "You mean the world to me!", and I like that saying, as well.

Anyhoo, when you tilt the card from one side to the other, the globe spins along that channel from one end to the other–very fun and interactive! I’ve watched adults sit there and play with them just as much as the little ones do! LOL!

Now, if you don’t know HOW to make a spinner card, you’re in luck t’day, kidzzzzz!  There’s a nice tutorial over at www.splitcoaststampers.com that has full step-by-step instructions, complete with photos.  Just visit this link:  Spinner Card Tutorial by Cambria Turnbow, stamper extraordinaire, Queen of all things Pink, and one of the original Dirty Dozen Design Team Members.  She explains it so nicely, there is no sense reinventing the wheel (literally!!!). (very big grin and lots of chuckling!)

I simply *had* to use my new Red Tag Sale alpha dies for this, so I Xyroned (Xyron is a brand name of sheet adhesive that is applied with a Xyron machine.  If you don’t have one, you can simply purchase adhesive sheets in packages or use spray adhesive–I’m very sensitive to the fumes, so I much prefer the Xyron) plum pink paper to white coasters and then die cut the letters I needed.  I love the added dimension it gives, but it’s very lightweight!  The tag, which serves as the letter "o", is elevated with 2 layers of foam tape to give even more dimension to the piece.

Now, go dig out those pennies and get busy whippin’ up some spinner cards of your own! (wink!)

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