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Thinkin' pink . . .

All images and daisy printed Note card by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown, Creamy Brown, Rose Coral & Warm Red; Pebbles Shimmer Chalks-Pastel; Marvy Giga Scallop Square Punch; Pink Eyelet; Pink Organdy; 3M Foam Mounting Tape

Hey, whaddya know?  It’s NOT a Halloween design!  chuckle!

This cozy little image is one of my all-time favorites.  Makes me think of a pretty, overstuffed chair in a storybook cottage.  (deep happy sigh!)  After stamping the chair/lamp image, I determined I wanted to break the sentiment up (it’s a single line).  I inked up the "thinking" part first, and stamped it above the chair, then I thoroughly cleaned the image.  I even tapped it against my scrap paper to make sure there was no residual ink anywhere on the image.  Then, I inked up the "of you" part, and stamped it to the right of the lamp.

I love being able to do that with a sentiment stamp–just makes it all the more versatile!

The images were colored in with Pebbles’ Shimmer Pastels (chalks)–they are soooooo pretty, and sparkly!  I love the effect, and wish you could see the glimmer that the camera just couldn’t pick up.  These are readily available online, and at well-stocked scrapbook/stamp stores.  Lovely, lovely stuff!

The tiny heart made the perfect little pillow to nestle into the chair; I wanted the recipient of this design to feel loved . . .

After all the stamping and coloring was done, I centered the scene into the punch–I always work with my punches upside down so I can see what I’m punching out and position everything as I want it.  Then, I decided to ink the edges, very delicately/reservedly with creamy brown chalk ink, just to give it a little definition.  But, the creamy brown just didn’t do it for me, (muttering, frowning) so I came back with the rose coral chalk ink, and took a chance applying it OVER the creamy brown, and it ended up having a nice antiquey sort of effect, muting and toning down the hue of the rose coral ink, as the two blended together. 

Aaaaaah, yes.  Success.

Some of you folks have emailed me to let me know that you’ll be at A Muse’s Grand Opening this Saturday and taking some (or all) of the classes!  I’m so excited to get to meet you in person!  I’ve been designing up a storm and just DYING to share these great projects with you!!!  Saturday can’t come soon enough!!!  GOOD TIMES!!!!

Addendum:    A few folks have asked where to buy the McGill File Folder, Round Tab and Oval Slide Mount Punches, that I had shown in a previous post.  You can order them online at The Frantic Stamper  No, I haven’t had time to play with them yet. (chuckle!)

What's brewin'?

All images and square notecard by A Muse Art Stamps; Palette Hybrid Inks in Orangerie, Sunflower, Noir; Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink Black; Clear Embossing Powder; Waterbased Markers; Black Fine Tip Marker; Sakura Glaze Pen in Black; Scotch 3M Foam Mounting Tape.

My husband’s birthday is Halloween.  So, as you can see, I can’t help myself when it comes to making Halloween cards.  There’s just something so especially fun, and "wicked" about them!

You may not recognize the black bottle.  It’s actually a Valentine image, called "Love Potion #9"!  After stamping it with Noir, I colored it in completely with the Black Glaze Pen, because I needed a witch’s potion, UKWIM?  I drew some teeny cross bones on a little scrap of paper and glued that on to resemble a label. 

The cup was stamped and embossed, and then cut away from the rest of the images, which is actually a trio of coffee cup images, one of my favorites.  I embossed the mug so the details would be glossy, to match the bottle’s black glaze, although I wasn’t able to capture the gloss effect on film (muttering).  After coloring and trimming it out, I mounted it with foam adhesive for dimension.

In hindsight, I think I should have stamped the sentiment a little lower on the panel, more directly above where the steam is rising, for better balance.  If I make another one, I’ll keep that in mind.

Meantime, it’s kinda fun to look at an image and see if there’s any other conceivable way in which it could be used!  I feel kinda smug that this idea worked out as well as it did! (cackling and rubbing my hands together in devious delight!)

Addendum:  After I read about buddy Ellen’s experience with Palette Hybrid Ink on Fabriano, I grew curious at my results differing so much from hers!  So, I had to go back and re-test.  I added a little more information to my initial review, which you’ll see highlighted in yesterday’s post.

The Four Seasons

Images, notecard and solid papers all  by A Muse Art Stamps;  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown; 1 3/8" Square Punch.

Ya’ know how you reach that point where you’re at a crossroads in a design?  Do you leave it be or . . . ?  And, so begins the internal struggle:   Mebbe it needs "just one more thing" . . .    Should I color the images in?  Glitter?  Hmmmmm.  Brads–Oh, yes, what about them?  Perhaps some buttons . . .

The problem?  I LIKE it.  Just as it is!

I draped things onto it and everything seemed, well . . .  "wrong", for lack of a better word.

In my head I had this idea to use blocks of color to convey the changing seasons.  This tire swing image, as I may have mentioned before, reminds me of the one in my front yard–we have (2) apple, (1) italian plum, and (1) pear trees; I like to delude myself with the notion that we have an "orchard". (chuckle!)  Hayley broke the rope, and now the tire leans against the fence . . . but, I digress!

How many times have I added and added more to a design, all the while, thinking, "Well, that looks out of place, so what can I counter-balance *that* with????" and I add MORE stuff in an effort to save the design.

Sadly, my rescue attempts usually end up killing the design.

The focal image here is quite bold, and fairly large; there isn’t much "canvas" left.  Sometimes, a design speaks so simply, but clearly, and strongly, it’s best not to tamper with it.   I think I’ll just let it be . . . for now . . . (wink!)

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