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Lawnscaping: Blue Skies


I’m over at Lawnscaping today–check it out! :)   Today’s challenge is a sketch and this is my take on it.  I had to modify it a little and ended up with a taller card, as opposed to a square one:



At first glance, you might think my coloring is “sloppy”, but I was actually trying to mimic the art style of some textile patterns/vintage table cloths from the 1940′s and 50′s–incomplete or off-set swatches of color–I’ve always found it so charming:


Image source: Pinterest

Hope you have a chance to git yer craft on and play!




One Layer Kraft Card: Thank you ever so much!



Normally, I prefer to stamp on kraft card stock with pigment or chalk inks; dye inks tend to “sink” into kraft paper and lose their vibrancy… become dark… dull…

Dark? Dull? Ack. No likey. (hair flip)

So, out of curiosity, I tried stamping with white ink first, then over-stamped with water-based dye inks. Just to see if that would give the dye inks more “oomph”.

Hey, Mikey! I likey!

I don’t know if the single images in this sweet floral set, Water Blooms by Mama Elephant, are supposed to be identical to their counterparts in the grouped images, but IMHO, they don’t necessarily have to be, nor do they have to be stamped “perfectly” over top, in order to pull off this effect.

Have a great weekend! :)





Congratulations Card for some BIG news…



The back story: My son-in-law, Michael, is an Airman for the US Navy and stationed at NAS Whidbey. He is responsible for the maintenance of the scrambler jets in his squadron, which is a pretty important job, all things considered. :) Brace yerself; sap ahead… Honestly, whenever I hear the sound of freedom flying overhead, it makes me smile with pride, as I know he is very meticulous about his work and so very dedicated.

The rest of the story: If you’re military,  you may recognize these colors… and you may have already guessed the significance of this particular card itself… Michael has received orders for Pensacola, headquarters of the Blue Angels. If you aren’t familiar with the Blue Angels, the first thing I’d wonder is whether or not you are from this planet… (hello??!!!)  LOL! OK, in the one-in-a-gazillion off-chance you aren’t familiar with them, the Blue Angels are an elite squadron comprised of our nation’s top military fliers.  And, Michael is among a select few that have been chosen to join the maintenance department of the team.




I know right?! We could not be more proud of him nor more excited! This is a BIG deal!!!

So, this card is for him. :)

I love the way this background stamp helps create the visual sensation of the jets soaring overhead . Yes, I know the real Blue Angels fly in *perfect* formation. And, no, my little jets are not doing that on the card. :p  Yes, I know my little jets also do not look ‘zacly like the real Blue Angels. “Hey!!! I need an EXACT REPLICA stamp of a Blue Angels jet!”, said (almost) no one ever… *chuckle*




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