Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Difference

Hi peeps!  Happy Wednesday!  I was wondering why things were so quiet on my blog today and then realized I never actually wrote a post. {sheepish grin}  It's definitely been one of those days.  You know the kind where you have to drink about three times the coffee just to cope?  My computer crashed and I lost several hours worth of illustrating and now my computer has been in this cycle of installing updates and rebooting for what seems like an eternity.  Maybe the universe is telling me I should just give up on being productive and stamp today!  {grin}


Speaking of stamping, today's card is one I made for our latest Verve release.  It uses Bloom & Grow, Faithful Phrases, the Floral Circles die and a frame from an older set, Framed Wishes.

I've been wanting to spread my artistic wings a bit and am really interested in learning more about mixed-media.  Right now I'm just reading blogs and magazines, watching you tube videos and collecting supplies trying to get up the courage to break out paint and canvas.  But while I'm in the discovery stage, I thought I could apply a little bit of what I've been reading about to card making, using supplies I already have.

I started with an inventory tag.  Then I used a harlequin stencil and brayered on some Scattered Straw ink to give a nice diamond print background to the tag. Next I embossed the large solid flower from Bloom & Grow in Concord Crush, then the two leaves in Peeled Paint.  I stamped a smaller flower over the big one and embossed in white, then stamped an even smaller flower on a Floral Circles die cut, then snipped and sponged to make it shabby and layered on top with a dimensional.  Next I stamped the small flowers and leaves in the background all over the place. 

To make the sentiment stand out, I stamped and embossed the frame from Framed Wishes off the edge, then embossed the sentiment from Bloom & Grow in white and sponged peeled paint all around inside the frame.  I distressed the edges and sponged the tag, then added some little rhinestones to each of the tiny flower centers.

For the top section, I stamped the God Bless stamp from Faithful Phrases in Concord Crush on a floral circle die cut.  Then I masked off the sentiment I used in the frame so that just the YOU would stamp below the God Bless.  I added some background stamping with one of the small flower stamps, then inked up with Scattered Straw, punched a small hole in the top and tied to around the tag with some lemon divine twine.  The pear pizazz ribbon was tied through the hole in the tag, then I wrapped another piece around it and frayed the edges for the wispy fibers.  I then added some dew drops in the center of the flower and the O in YOU.  A Kraft card base, stamped randomly with flowers was the perfect finishing touch.

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Bloom & Grow, Faithful Phrases, Framed Wishes (Verve)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU!), Natural White (Neenah),
inventory tag (Scarlet Lime)
Ink: Concord Crush, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories:
Floral Circles Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Lemon Divine Twine (TCP), lavender rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Pear Pizzazz ribbon (SU!), Clear detail and white embossing powder (Judikins), Harlequin Stencil (Crafter's Workshop, Oregon Raindrops (Pink Hedgehog), crop-a-dile

11 comments:

Shirley said...

Who says stamping isn't producive?? hehehehehe!! That is ALL I have done today!!

squirrellyshirley

Maureen said...

oh, I like that message from the universe :) What a feast for the eyes today! I have to go back again and look at all the lovely details...way to get out of the box!!

Keva said...

Oh, this is beautiful. I'm sorry your computer is acting out. Hopefully, it will right itself soon.

Keva said...

Oh, this is beautiful. I'm sorry your computer is acting out. Hopefully, it will right itself soon.

Heidi said...

WOW, I love all the images, techniques and texture. Makes me want to go and create!

Jessica said...

This is awesome Julee, I love it and can't wait to see more. My computer was crazy today too must just be the day!

Jessica said...

This is awesome Julee, I love it and can't wait to see more. My computer was crazy today too must just be the day!

alma said...

So, so pretty. I should be so non-productive ;)

Dawn Easton said...

Julee, this is beautiful! I've been reading up on different techniques too but can't seem to break out of my box...lol
So glad you did...this is wonderful!

Marisa said...

So sorry you lost your work, Julee! Darn computers, can't live with them and can't live without them at times! Well done on putting some of your new found techniques into practice. Your card is lovely.

Lori Craig said...

Saying a little prayer over your computer issues. So sorry about that. I've been there. I do love everything about this tag...the colors, the different look and feel. I have all of the mixed media tools...just not the courage to break them out. I think it could be so soothing...Hugs, Julee!