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Well, another week comes to an end and my baby leaves me in a few days . . . She starts her Teach for America training next week . . . it’s starting to hit this mom that her baby is going to be states and states away very soon.  Shhh don’t tell her though . . . I’ll be taking over her bedroom as a new stamping area.

The other day when I was playing around with techniques, I did two of the Faux Batik/Bleach images.  One I showed you yesterday, and the other I have for today.


The image was stamped and embossed in clear embossing ink, then water colored with Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Ink Refills.  Once the image was dry (and I had to let it air dry because of the embossing), the embossing was ironed away (Faux Bleach/Batik Technique).


You can barely see it in the photo above, but while the image was still in the circle die template, the inside was lightly sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Oh and before I forget, I followed the Deconstructed Sketch No. 53.  I found it in a search the other night, printed it out and decided to try it today.  It’s been so long since I’ve followed sketches (well since my SCS Challenge Chaser days) and after looking back through my work for the last few years . . . I need to change things up and try new sketches!  PLUS, I find that I have some free time now too . . .  loving that!

That’s it for me . . . I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by today!   I’m going to help Mallory pack a little (if she needs me) and start working on my Spellbinders CHA projects.


Project Supplies:

Well hello there!  Here it is Tuesday afternoon and I’ve finally been able to sit down and write a blog post.  Yesterday was workout day and once I got home I started in on finishing up some class samples.  YES, I said class samples.  It was announced in The Queen’s Ink Newsletter that I’ll be there in June teaching some classes using Spellbinders™ Die Templates and Graphic 45 papers.  To be exact, I’ll be there the weekend of June 8, 9 and 10.  I’ll be teaching a Chunky Tag and an altered picture frame so far.  I have one more class planned but I’m waiting on product to arrive at my door step so I can finish up a sample.  I’ve got some samples to post in a few days so you can see what the fuss has been all about!

I’m pondering making enough samples for these classes that I’ll have some left over and then I can offer some classes for you local gals (Kentucky/Indiana area) as well.  What do you think about that?

The other day I mentioned that I had visited my friends from Our Daily Bread Designs at the stamp show last weekend.  One of my purchases that day was a poppy stamp from their booth.  Now I’ve searched their website every which way I can, and have only found the stamp in a set – Serve the Lord.   I purchased it as a single, Crocheted Poppy.  You know it’s hard for me to pass up a good flower stamp!

So anyho, here’s what I came up with . . . I started coloring it on Saturday evening when I got in.


The paper is some that I also picked up at the show, My Mind’s Eye Union Square – Rosy.  I just noticed that eclectic Paperie also has it, and it’s on sale!  (guess I should have waited to buy it)

I didn’t like the harshness of the border with the flower, so I went around it with a Stardust pen.  Hoping you can see the shimmer in the close-up.  If you can’t, click on the image to make it larger!


The seam binding is some extra that I had in the drawer (probably dyed with Antique Linen in varying shades) that I just grabbed and threw it together.

For those interested, here are the Copic Markers that I used.


When I was at the stamp show, Gary Burlin gave me one of his Copic Coloring Charts . . . boy is it easy to see what colors to use now!

I guess that’s all I have today . . . well at least my mind is telling me that!  Thanks for stopping by and remember  . . .  life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way today!


Project Supplies:

Good morning!  After I got all my bags unpacked and things put away yesterday, it was time to play.  Having not stamped for over a week, I just wanted to play with some stamps that haven’t seen ink yet.  I also thought it would be nice to add to my stash of card for mom.  I think she’ll enjoy sending this card to one of her friends.


Since this is meant for mom, I also completed the inside.


Granny was stamped and colored with Copic Markers, and then I found an oval Spellbinders Nestabilities that would fit the image.  Once the image was cut/embossed I used the Nestabilities as a template for the faux stitching, drawing the stitching on the inside edge of the Nestabilities.   The background paper is some that I picked up at CHA in a make-and-take and have no idea where it is from.

We’re having a major thunder storm here this morning, the little shitzes are in hiding and I get to spend time in the studio.  I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Good morning! Smiley from Mallory just told me that there are tons of frogs down at the pond, so I’m going to get this post written and then go for a walk. Need to grab the camera first, leash up the pups and we are walking to the pond today. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some pictures. Actually every time I walk them around the boulevard there is something I wish I had my camera for – I need to start putting it in my pocket when I leave the house. Duh – what an idea!

Today’s card is for the Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast. What a challenge to fall into my lap today, Crazy for Copics. The set I used today is called Peace on Earth, and is being released by Our Daily Bread Designs on August 15.


The image was colored with Copic Markers, masked, and then the background was airbrushed. I know this is rather a masculine looking card, but the paper colors just went so well with the image – I couldn’t resist. The edges of the image and all the cardstock were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

  • Stamps: Peace on Earth by Our Daily Bread Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Herbal Garden Dark and Tawny Dark
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress, and Archival Coffee
  • Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Venture Foam Mounting Tape; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ribbon; Eclipse Masking Tape

I hope you have a great day, and I’m off hunting!

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