Monday, May 30, 2011


I had a completely different stamp in mind when I chose this theme. Wanda has that covered on the Challenge blog post.
Friday I got the new plate of rubber from Quietfire.
My mind is full of at least 100 ideas for the 20 plus stamps on this plate. Yes they are good for cards and I also think the quotes stand on their own. any quote with a bit of you added will make a work of art.
Create Without Limits! made easy.
I layered-white with Perfect pearls mist on the background card, a pearlized watercolor on the next layer and added pieces of a doily, and pleated silk ribbon with doubled sided tape.
The 'pearls' are drops of the new Ranger Liquid Pearls. tear-like?
Spellbinders deckled ovals are the layered label for the quote . I stamped in black and thermal embossed with a pearlized powder to soften the lettering.
Thankfully I don't have anyone to send this card to right now.
Here is a close up of the quote.
Please leave a comment and post your own entry in this weeks Challenge.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Rubber from Quietfire

Confession-I made most of my cards to order-and when I need to send or give a card.
This new rubber(shameless ad) forces you to make something with it.
Shout out to SJJ for the loan of the tripod-what a difference it makes-and the only baby I can think of I know about getting ready to be born is her sister's daughter.
This would make a great gift tag for the shower gift and I think the quote stands on it's own.
Come back tomorrow to see the stunning card with more new rubber in the Challenge.
A Stamp Artist Place, my LSS had a yard sale with lots of great stuff raising money for the March of Dimes/Children's March.
The 'pearls in the center of the ribbons are drops of the new liquid pearls from Ranger. I like it. Jury is still out on the new stains.
Leave a comment if you have one about the new stains- or anything else. Comments are legal tender in the blogosphere.
Here is a close up of the quote.

Monday, May 23, 2011


A suggestion was made that I offer layouts as part of the themes in the Created Byhand Challenge.
One of the DT members reacted very negatively to this, an she spoke my mind.
Still it put a bug in my bonnet and i tried to make a card using this weeks theme- Queens/Purple-and a card layout from Gina K. I enjoyed using her scoring background, and then I lost it. I don't think I was cut out to be a follower.
I went with the purple.
I scored the background and inked up the debossed side with pumice stone Distress ink-right from the pad. the ribbon is more purple than the scan shows- stash-stop by if you need any ribbon!
I tried my best to layer and line everything up- embrace imperfection!.
The rose I stamped by coloring on the stamp with distress inks and the cut and dry nibs.
The quote was stamped black and thermal embossed clear.
I used the ink blending tool to add a little milled lavender to the image.
Stamp club at ASAP, my LSS is this weeks so I can use this for our card exchange. I always get inspired at stamp club. This month we are going to bringing our fav images and cardstock and swap stamping images. Fun!
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To read what is on my heart please visit Still Waters Refuge.
I think it's a good one. lol.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Just Do It

Another quicky. Honestly this ATC took less than half an hour, not counting stressing about getting it done.
This weeks theme at Created Byhand Challenge is Emerald/Glitter.
I stamped the background with Distress shabby shutters and stamped the quote with perfect medium and thermal embossed with Ranger green embossing glitter. the glitter is a bit big for the detail of this line art and I think it looks ok here.
The Goddess and wings were an after thought and i doodled a bit with Stardust pens.
I hope I gave my children both.
Sometimes I feel a failure for not creating a perfect world for them to move into; at least a kind world.
My daughter has said I allowed them to create the inner landscape. I see the fruits of each of their own unique creativity and that helps to get me through the scary times.
Demonstrations in Chile, wildfire season, uncertain job security and all this crazy world throws at them.
Blessings to all our children. The best we can do for them is to be kind to ourselves.
Create without Limits!
Post your own entry and please leave a comment.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tooth Brushing

I was going to take this week off from entering the Created Byhand Challenge.
An international conference WARP- Weave a Real Peace, Mother's Day, Deadline for a garment in the Southern Highland Guild annual fashion show on Fiber Days.
and then I got a new punch-the sheep- and the ink took over and here it is.
Pure whimsey.
I'm not going to take the time to link to everything so if you have a question leave a comment.
I lined the paper with markers, stamped some flourishes, harlequins and Art, punched and embellished.
In my Spirituality and Art retreats I often say you wouldn't go to bed without brushing your teeth. The same with art and prayer. 15 minutes a day of art and prayer- at the least.
Try it you'll like it.
thanks for looking- take the time off if you need it( after brushing your creative teeth, of course) and post an entry and leave a comment.
To read what is on my heart, please visit Still Waters Refuge

Monday, May 2, 2011

Thanks Mom

Mom loved daisies. Mom always had a craft project going-usually more than one. She love string art, beaded flowers, knitting, she did lovely pen and inks of most of her pets,and everything as seen on TV.She dressed simply-we buried her in her favorite jeans and tee shirt. I got my sense of color , design and balance from her, as well as willingness to make a mess and see what happens.
If you can't make a mess you can't make anything at all.
And love- lots of it-unconditionally-slow to judge and quick to hug.
Thanks Mom. this one's for you.
I stamped the daisies with antique linen distress ink, and put mustard see, wild honey and tumbled glass on the craft sheet, misted with water and used them to water color the card.
Let it dry really well before you stamp over it.
Stamped the quote in versafine vintage sepia and clear thermal embossed.
That's it- another in the simplicity series.
Please post your own entry in the Created Byhand Challenge- the theme is 'Mothers/Pearls'. I have the pearls on my drawing table, I just couldn't seem to work them into the card.
Please leave a comment;I appreciate each one.