Happy Friday, friends! I'm so excited for the weekend! More so than normal because tomorrow starts the first day of 9 days of vacation for me! Hooray! I need some time to recharge my batteries and let my wrist heal up, so Mark and I are taking a week off from work to just chill out and do some things on our very neglected "honey do" lists. That means that if you email Verve or me personally, I won't be responding until the week of May 23. My fabulous assistant, Katrina, will still be here shipping orders so the only thing that will really be affected by my absence is email responses. Oh, how fabulous to finally be able to say that! How I've longed for the day I'd be able to take vacation and not have a mountain of work piled up when I return!
Okay, on with the eye candy! Today I've got another mixed-media type of card to share with you. I used the Text Objects set and the flowers from Hope Blooms in the background. I've been thinking about blossoming this week, and found this definition of blossom that I really loved... a period or condition of maximum development. Sounds good, huh? I'm so ready to do a little maximum developing, and I wanted to make a little card for myself to remember the definition. So I found some free vintage clip art from Far Far Hill that matched my new blog design and I added the definition and printed onto ultra premium matte photo paper. I've attached it here. If you want to use it, link me up, I'd love to see what you make!
I love the Gandhi quote in Text Objects, "Where there is love there is life." It just speaks to me of making sure to guard the things you love, because they are the things that make life truly vibrant. I know a lot of gals in the same boat as me - their hobby is their business, and it's sooooooo important to guard the passion that made you love your hobby enough to turn it into a business in the first place! Not only by making time to work on the projects YOU want to make, but also in respecting yourself enough to say no when faced with commitments that will overextend you and slowly rob you of the joy of creating. My new plan is to set aside a few minutes every day for learning.... researching art I'm interested in, watching tutorials, trying new techniques and exploring my creative side. Even if they're just baby steps, they're forward motion and that my friends, is a GOOD thing!
The Making Of:
I started with a square of kraft, which I brushed Gesso on to prepare it for paints and inks. I did the same thing with an ivory time card. I stamped the background from Text Objects in coffee archival ink, then added some paints and distress inks and then stamped some flowers from Hope Blooms and the life phrase in pink. I used mainly distress stains on the kraft background and added a paper doily, then some pink glass glitter and some wrinkled ribbon to finish it off.
Stamps: Hope Blooms, Text Objects (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Kraft, Early Espresso (SU!), Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte (Epson), time card, paper doily (Scarlet Lime)
Ink: Coffee Archival, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Stains (Ranger), Lipstick Glimmer Glam (Tattered Angels)
Accessories: Gesso (Pro Art), shabby wrinkled ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy), Pink Glass Glitter (Melissa Frances), Paper crimper (Marvy Uchida), Distrezz-it-all (Zutter), pink distress crackle paint (Ranger)