Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Monday, December 10, 2018

another adventure in blue

The postcard that I posted this weekend at Lost Coast Portal fit the cold & frosty theme, and I started with stencils and rubber stamps, but I neglected to pay attention to the challenge rule which clearly states that the main focal image should be stamped - so sorry!  I wasn't completely satisfied with my finished product, anyway, so I tried again:
And again:

Both include stamped and hand colored images, and the second one also has a stamped sentiment - much better!  Now if I could just figure out what's wrong with my camera's white balance...

Saturday, December 8, 2018

adventure in blue

The prompt at Sunday Postcard Art this week was blue, and seemed to coordinate well with the prompts for cold & frosty at Lost Coast Portal, W for winter at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and winter wonderland at Try It on Tuesday.  It took me five days, four different acrylic paints, four stencils (one gifted from another postcard maker, one from Stencil Girl, One from Stampin' Up!, and one I cut myself), three colors of Stampin' Up! ink (one in an alcohol spray), two different rubber stamps (including Imagine-Faith-Destiny-Inspiration from Lost Coast which has nearly disappeared into the background due to an unfortunate choice of ink color), some 5-year-old leftover punched snowflakes and a happy accident with the embossing powder before I had a background I liked.  It took me another 36 hours to decide on a focal point, and I'm not sure this is the one I love:

I started with a 12"x12" sheet of unloved scrapbook paper and cut three 4"x6" postcards and seven ATCs, so I will try again on the focal point.  Next time I work with a 12"x12" masterboard, I'm hoping to remember to cut at least four postcards, as seven ATCs is too many!  If you're interested in receiving one, leave me a comment :)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

adventures of Christmas past and Christmas present

Last year I showed you (almost) all the Christmas cards I made.  Here are the cards I will be mailing this present Christmas:

I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2009 and since then I've made the cards I send or give to people, primarily using Stampin' Up! supplies.  Prior to that, I made cards on and off when I felt ambitious - it was so much harder when I had to spend time finding and/or deciding what did and didn't match well enough!  In Christmas past, I sent cards that I purchased at after-Christmas sales. 

Today I was preparing a package that needed a note and I thought I could use a piece of stationery, especially if I could find some with a holiday theme.  Look at what I found, tucked under the side of my desk, behind a box of papers I can't decide where to file.
Sorry about the glare.  Note that the angel, kitten and Dickens designs are multiples, two or three boxes of each.  In fairness (only to myself), the silver gift-shaped set is an incomplete one that my daughter purchased and left with me.  I'm going to send them, as well as the kittens, to her, and I will be taking the three sets from the right side to the thrift store today.  I can't say for certain that I will or won't find a use for the ones I'm keeping, but I'm not ready to let them go. 

It's quite possible (even entirely probable) that the large set at the back was purchased primarily for the tin, from which it has now been liberated.  I haven't had the motivation to decorate my Christmas tree yet, and who knows if there will be wrapped gifts under it before the 25th, so currently I'm displaying my collection of Christmas tins there, and the big one is a great addition.

Monday, December 3, 2018

a floral adventure

Last week while thinking about Valentine cards for my upline's team meeting, I pulled out several sets with "love you" sentiments because I don't have a current Valentine set.  Many of the sets were also florals.  This morning I delivered to a customer her order, including the Basket Weave embossing folder, and she was telling me about the floral cards she was thinking of making.  I thought I should make one, too, before I put away this set.  The photo inspiration at Addicted to Stamps and More! made it easy:
stamp sets - Abstract Impressions, Best Birds; ink - Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand; card stock - Sahara Sand, Whisper White; Big Shot with Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder 

Friday, November 30, 2018

a last adventure with a sketch for the one sheet wonder

I know this is my second post, in less than ninety minutes, but of course there's a story. First, here's the card:
stamp sets - Merry Christmas to All, Patterned Pines (hostess, retired - on envelope); ink - Cherry Cobbler; Stampin' Write markers - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White regular and thick; designer series paper - Dashing Along (retired); Big Shot with Merry Christmas thinlits and Petals A Plenty embossing folder (retired)

And the sketch I started with, from Sunday Stamps:
I had their challenge page open while I made my card last night, and I accidentally linked my earlier card there instead of where it belonged.  As soon as I noticed, I commented to say I was sorry (I couldn't find a way to delete it) and to say I'd be posting this one tomorrow.  Then, I read that the link would close later today.  So, two postings today in less than ninety minutes.  Some adventures are like that. I don't really mind, but it would sometimes be nice if I didn't make my own life difficult.