I've been having a lot of fun with the Paper Smooches cross stitch die. Being inspired by crafting guru, Jennifer Mcguire, I made this background using up the bag full of leftovers threads. Years ago (maybe 25+ years) a friend would send me all her left overs. Yes, I asked her to send me the leftovers. She and her daughter crossed stitched some amazing things! During my divorce I purged 90% of what I owned but the box of thread survived. It's so relaxing to just play with color and stitch away while binge listening, (because I don't really watch)what's on the T.V. The cards turn out colorful and happy. So glad the threads made it through the purge of 2011. :)
Iwas inspired to make this card for my friends at Stonewater Arts who weave the most amazing things. They do everything except raise the sheep. They take the raw wool from start to finish, having much more patience than I will every have! It's always great after a really bad week at work, to have some down time and create something positive. This card idea has been floating around in your head for awhile. The card turned out just the way I wanted it to and now on it's way to the gals at Stonewater Arts!
I will be doing another workshop at FabMo's new site, which is amazing! Tons of space to move around and plenty of natural light! I decided to make back grounds for my kimono die. Watercolor, Washi paper, patchwork and wallpaper. I have tons of this very textured wall paper that I picked up at FabMo, works super for back grounds. The ribbons and gold trims also came from FabMo notions department. Never know what your going to find there! Workshop Sunday (my only day off) 4-15-18 from 10:00 - noon. Send me an email if your going to attend. :)
So I did finish these cards last week but it does take me awhile to post them on my blog. I sat at my crafting table until I had at least parts of each stamp image done. Sorry of the dark lighting but I finished right before bedtime and didn't want to get out all my photo lights. Simple and basic type of cards but still enjoyed the quiet time in my creative space. :) I haven't heat embossed for a long long time, but the kindness card needed something. Thankfully I used my Misti to stamp it so it was easy to stamp VersaMark over the image to add clear embossing powder.
I'm really trying to use all the things I picked up at the use rubber stamp sale. These 3 stamps are up next for me to do something with. The elephant stamp wasn't something I picked myself, it fell into my box (so it picked me) but I thought I would still buy it and try to do something with it. Everything is still in the design stages but I hope to get some cards done by the end of the week.
With the weather finally getting warm enough to work out in the yard it's always a tough call what I should do on my only day off. Being outside give Annie more play time while I pull weeds but I do want to go through my purchases from the last used rubber stamp sale. I did want to make a special thank you card for a good friend who made an amazing quilt for another friend of mine's first grand baby. The photo of the quilt really doesn't show the true size or workmanship, but it's awesome!
Last month was my birthday and I received some very thoughtful gifts. My daughter (who went to Hungary for Christmas) brought this tea mug back for me. For my birthday she got some tea, which she knew I would love. Another friend gave me a tea towel from Italy. I don't use paper towels so it's a perfect fit for me!
My goal for everything I buy at the used rubber stamp sale, is to use what I get before the next sale. This year was an especially good haul, so I will be very busy! I picked up these two dies and pink card stock, so I'm off to a good start! Several months ago I made a stack of backgrounds using my watercolors. I finally found a projects to use them up! This card will be my Easter cards to my crafty friends. :)
My favorite event of the year is Cranberry Hill's used rubber stamp sale. It's this weekend and I stock up on some super cool stuff. There are so many new releases, it would break my bank account if I got everything when it's first comes out. So I've learned if I wait a few years, what I want will come to the used stamp sale. In my next post I will show some of the stamps and or products I've been waiting for.
I've been cleaning up my project boxes which always seems like an endless crafter's task. I put together a kimono die cut and a quilted washi paper background. The background just fit the die cut so I guess it was just meant to go together. Great way to use up all those scraps you just can't throw away. :)
I have a super good friend who makes some amazing quilts. I asked Patty if she could make a whale quilt for another good friend who just welcomed her first grand baby. I wanted a ocean theme because that is what we have in common. It turned out so awesome!
Flat Fish Paper Arts was born many years ago when blogging first started. My family did a lot of camping and diving along the California coast. California halibut are huge fish that start out as any normal fish. As they age, one eye will start to move to the other side and the halibut will become flat so it can lay on the bottom of the ocean with both eyes facing up.
I always like the idea that we all start out the same but life experiences slowly changes us. In my case, my creative talents went the way of paper arts. Flatfish are always looking up when they mature and as with any artist, we see inspiration in everything around us - always looking up.
Evan and her flatfish
Years ago a local dive shop had a photo of a diver who caught a halibut so big he had to throw it over his jeep to take the picture. Our little spoof with our daughter sitting in her toy jeep with dad's halibut on the hood. 1987