Friday, August 18, 2017

Freshly Made with an Angle


For this Freshly Made Sketch, I chose neutral papers with muted colors; the flower embellishment was chosen to punch up the color a bit. 


Fusion with Orange and Black

I found the flower in my stash; it's one I stamped and colored a couple of years ago.  Seems to me it works well with this particular Fusion Card Challenge.  (The "ripples" on the card are shadows from the blinds in my window. It makes me think I could have used linen cardstock.) 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Tuesday Card

About 6 years ago, I began sending a card every Tuesday to my wonderful friend from college years when she was diagnosed with cancer.  Three years ago, I added a young friend to my Tuesday mailing; she was living with her family on an isolated cattle ranch miles of narrow gravel roads from "civilization."  My old friend passed away in July of last year; I continued sending cards to my young friend.  This month, she and her husband moved with their three children, 150 cows and calves, a few horses, and several dogs to a new home in the valley just 35 miles from me.  During the time they were moving, I didn't send a card, but I've resumed the practice.

As I said in the card, the sentiment (from Technique Junkies) seems perfect for their situation. Her husband no longer has a regular paycheck, and she is taking a job as a visiting nurse.  Their children, who were the only students in a tiny one-room school, will be attending a school a few miles from their new home.

Obviously, alcohol inks were used to create the colorful background.  My 8-year-old great-niece organized my two containers of AI colors while I worked on the card.


Monday, August 14, 2017

A Vehicle in One Layer


The dreaded one-layer card is back for this week's Less is More.  However, it also includes a vehicle, which I just happened to have--two old pickups from Tim Holtz designs for Stampers Anonymous. The sentiment is also from SA.  I chose Kraft cardstock and just had to add some texture with an embossing folder.  I think this card would be perfect for a masculine retirement or moving card. 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Watercolor with Salt


Coarse sea salt was the special ingredient for this month's CAS Watercolor.  For this challenge, I washed red and yellow watercolors on watercolor paper and added the salt.  When it dried, I brushed off the salt and cut it with the Hero Arts die.  Then I layered it on coordinating papers from My Favorite Things' Watercolor Wash Brights 6x6 pad, adding the "carpe diem" diecut from Joy Crafts.  


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mixing it up with Alcohol Inks


Alcohol inks are a favorite medium for me, so it's fun to have a challenge using them.  This month's CAS Mix Up provides some alcohol ink fun, plus some stamping and a Penny Black die.  (The ink technique involved dropping the AI's onto glossy cardstock and adding some blending fluid.) 




Monday, August 7, 2017

Freshly Made in Neutrals


Neutral papers jumped into my hands when I started this card for Freshly Made Sketches 299
The first choices didn't make it to the card, but a Graphic 45 pad appealed to me and I decided on a black card base. "Imagine" is a favorite Penny Black die.