I didn't quite make it to post yesterday. Or Thursday for that matter.
It has been a really long week.
The big kids and grandpa (my dad) picked sweet corn that he planted for them and then sold it. We did that twice this week. Two early mornings of picking corn and then a quick shower to wash the dirt and sweat off and then on to selling it. They are having a good time, though, and are enjoying the income. :)
The AC is out on the upstairs (top floor) of our home. The repairman is on his third trip here this week. :( Luckily the main floor/basement are okay as it runs on a different unit but my office is upstairs. And I like air conditioning. A lot. It was simply too darn hot to come up here last night after a long day.
Wednesday morning Chad and I had to make the extremely difficult decision to put our little thirteen year old Bichon Frise to sleep. Our first baby. Our first pet together. We got him when we had been married not quite a year. He had started throwing up his food (food he loved, btw, because he was on a specialty diet for some other health problems and it was soft and he would seriously wolf it down as fast as he could). The throwing up wasn't too much of a concern until it turned into NOT eating or drinking at all. We took him in and after blood work they determined his kidneys and liver were failing and they didn't think he would survive the surgery. His red blood cell count was super low and after a year of taking him in almost monthly with some sort of ailment they advised us that it might be time. Chad and I were with him as he passed and I can honestly say I don't ever want to do that again. Ever. I will wait outside. I thought I would handle it better than I did because he has been such a pain for the last year and a half but I was wrong. I was cleaning out the pantry yesterday and came across a few leftover cans of dog food and I cried some more. That little dog is going to be missed.
So now that I've caught you up on my week (and reasons why I am justifying my lame blogging), I have some cards to share!
Two for today both utilizing My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamps.
I started by stamping the Hero Arts Modern Lines Design Block stamp on a Hero Arts Grass Folded Card using Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I added a bit of ink to the edges of the card with the Ink Blending tool as well. I like the way that softens the background a bit.
Next, I stamped the same background stamp on a scrap of Hero Arts Daffodil Layering Paper using Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink. I inked the edges on this, too. I like to be consistent. ;)
I punched a border using the Martha Stewart Loopy Edger Punch and cut a really thin strip from a scrap of Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy cardstock. I layered everything together and adhered it to the card base.
Next, I used the Spellbinders die and some Neenah Solar White cardstock to die cut and emboss the label. I meant to share a video of the die cutting and embossing but it's just too darn hot in here. I promise I will share that next week.
I stamped the MFT Pure Innocence stamp on the die cut label using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink. It's a recommended ink for Copic Marker coloring. I stamped the greeting as well. Then I stamped the image again on a sticky note and cut it out to create a mask for my design. I stamped the Cloud Background stamp over the image then removed the mask to reveal a perfectly white area in which to color. I love coloring. Have I mentioned that? ;)
I also stamped the Hero Arts Hello Flags on a scrap of Neenah cardstock. Then I colored the images in with Copic Markers. I used these pictured below:
The stamped and colored label was attached with foam adhesive. I also love foam adhesive. I don't know what I ever did without it.
I cut the flags out and used more foam adhesive to attach some jute string to the flags and to also give them a bit of dimension. I tied some string though a couple of Papertrey Ink buttons, tied them in bows and adhered the buttons with a foam adhesive dot too. Foam adhesive dots = good.
That little blue dot by the boy's leg: that happened when I took the cap off my blue marker. I could have started over but I didn't want to. It's not all that big and I was almost done coloring so the little blue dot stayed. Oh well.
Inks: Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Pool; Tuxedo Black Memento Dy Ink Pad; Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink; Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink; Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; COPIC Sketch Markers (E000 Pale Fruit Pink, E00 Skin White, E01 Pink Flamingo, E21 Baby Skin Pink, E31 Brick Beige, E35 Chamois, E47 Dark Brown, Y000 Pale Lemon, Y02 Canary Yellow, YR65 Atoll, YR68 Orange, YG13 Chartreuse, YG17 Grass Green, R24 Prawn, R29 Lipstick Red, B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B02 Robin's Egg Blue, B24 Sky, B29 Ultramarine, 0 Colorless Blender
Embellishments: Pure Poppy & Lemon Tart Buttons by Papertrey Ink; Jute String by Papertrey Ink
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Machine; Sizzix Big Shot Silicone Rubber Pad; Sizzix Big Shot Impressions Pad; Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels Dies; Loops Edger Punch by Martha Stewart; Ranger Inkssentials Ink Applicator; Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick Craft Sheet; Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz; Fiskars Stamp Press
I created this next card with almost all the same colors of the first card. I mean, all this stuff was already out, markers were still strewn across my table...why not? :)
I knew I wanted to incorporate some polka dots somewhere to play along with this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge. Check it out HERE. But other than that, I just grabbed stuff lying on my table and played. :)
I started by trimming the Daffodil notecard to 4 1/4" square. I used the Hero Arts Cling Dots background stamp and Wild Honey Distress Ink to stamp the background. I used the Ink Blending tool to distress the edges a bit.
I stamped the MFT Pure Innocence girl stamp on Neenah Solar White cardstock, punched her out with a 3" circle punch and die cut a scallop circle using the Big Shot and Sizzix steel rule die. Easy peasy.
I stamped the greeting on the piece of card I originally cut off.
*Note* The greeting really looks like this:
After I stamped my image and punched the circle, I stamped her again on a sticky note, cut it out and used it as a mask to stamp the Cloud background over it. Just like the first card. That cloud stamp...I love it so....
Time for a little Copic Marker coloring again. I used the colors below:
I finished the card by adhering the scallop circle with foam adhesive and threading jute string through Papertrey Ink buttons and adhering them randomly as shown. I even adhered a couple with foam adhesive for dimension.
Inks: Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Pool; Tuxedo Black Memento Dy Ink Pad; Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink; COPIC Sketch Markers (E000 Pale Fruit Pink, E00 Skin White, E01 Pink Flamingo, E31 Brick Beige, E35 Chamois, E47 Dark Brown, E49 Dark Bark, Y000 Pale Lemon, Y35 Maize, YG13 Chartreuse, YG17 Grass Green, B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B02 Robin's Egg Blue, B05 Process Blue, R29 Lipstick Red, R30 Pale Yellowish Pink, C00 Cool Gray No. 00, 0 Colorless Blender); COPIC Glitter Pen (Llipstick, Lemon & Clear)
Embellishments: Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores & Summer Sunrise Buttons by Papertrey Ink, Jute String by Papertrey Ink
HOW ABOUT THE SKETCHBOOK 2 CLASS WINNER?!!!!!
The randomly selected winner of Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook 2 class is:
Ayana Posadas!!!! Congratulations Ayana!
Thanks to all of you for playing. I promise more giveaways coming soon!
Thanks for stopping by!