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5MQ: Birdie says "hi"


Been crazy busy designing for upcoming classes, but realized I had forgotten to share this 5MQ with this funky little bird by Savvy Stamps–it was inspired by some dessert/appetizer type plates I'd seen in a mail order catalog–and thank goodness I tossed the catalog, or I'd have been ordering a gob of dishware I really don't need, despite how gosh golly cute it is! LOL! Before I knew anything about stamping, I collected dishware. Even tho I hate to cook, I just love pretty vintage plates and teacups and whatnot… They're just so charming… But I digress.

Back to the quickie! *wink*

Anyway, the birds on the dishware had just a portion of them colored in with happy, bright colors so that's what I did to this li'l guy!

It hit me that I didn't have a single stamp that said, "Hi!" I know, right?! What's up with that?!

Initially, I tried my Dymo Label Maker, but it really didn't look right–ended up looking too "boxy" for the layout. So, I decided to use THESE.  POIFECT!!! These come in black & cream on one sheet and have a fun canvas-like texture. Has upper & lower case plus numbers! Anyhoo, I haven't tried it yet, but I think I could color the cream ones with my Copics, if I ever needed a specific color. Cool. *grin*

Hand-drew the speech bubble with a Copic Multi-Liner.

And, Bob's yer Uncle!

P.S.  This is a "4 bar note card"; it measures 3.5 x 5" when folded.




Just The Way It Goes… and deep thoughts…

And so it went. My mojo. Gone. Hopefully, it will find its way back home soon.

Meantime, here is a card I made a while back and forgot to share. And, it's kind of apropros, considering that my mojo is on the lam. If you spot it, tell it to go home. *snort*  Deep thoughts further on down the line. OK, not overly deep.


Every once in a while, especially on a particularly simple design, I like to have a little tiny window down in the lower right corner of a card with something sweet peeking out. In this case, a tiny heart that's been popped up and coated with Glossy Accents.


Then, when you open the card, it's still there. :)

I was wishing I had a BIG alphabet for the inside of my card to stamp "OK", and then I remembered I had this old (and probably long retired) Cuttlebug alphabet (I think it's called Red Tag Sale?) so I just die cut the letters I needed.

I've had one of those extraordinarily unproductive weeks in the creative department and it finally hit me why… something Ali Edwards had written about recently (in "52 Creative Lifts"?) that reminded me of something that's always been true for me–sometimes you need to quit looking at what everybody else is doing.  I've been spending a lot of time in online galleries, admiring lots of different works. Don't get me wrong–that's not a bad thing!  But, I know me well enough to know what happens when I do too much of that; my senses become over-loaded and the creative side of my brain gets "bewildered".

Time to get outta' da' house! :)

Have a gooder!



(little punched out heart is from Martha Stewart Heart Confetti Punch [retired?])


Sprinkling Flowers


Ric rac, zig zag… chevron… whatever ya' wanna call it. :)  It's a classic pattern I've always loved and so fun that it's so "in" right now… I never get tired of it–such a versatile pattern!

I'm using it here as grass for my flowers, springling down from the watering can.

I'm also crazy nuts for this color of ink, lately–Adirondack Mountain Rose by Ranger. It's like a soft, washed out red–not pink, not red, not coral exactly… LOVE!

Had to accent the little flowers with some Buttercup Liquid Pearls–so sweet!

I precut and scored a whole bunch of 4 bar note cards (3.5 x 5") the other day, so I could bust out some 5MQs–so totally worth doing that!

June 1st already… How the heck did that happen?!

Today's the first day of Washi Workshop over at Studio Calico–can't wait to see what the other contributors have done!





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