Welcome on this rather nippy Monday morning. This week is the half term break for schoolchildren and although neither of my granddaughters are yet of school age, by necessity they have to attend nursery while Mummies and Daddies go to work and their nurseries are also closed As a result, from this evening I will have Alexa having a sleepover at Mamma's and staying until Wednesday evening and tomorrow she will be joined by Izzy who will be sleeping over until Friday evening. I doubt very much I will get any crafting time to myself :(, I probably won't have the energy either ;) but if Izzy and Alexa have a play with their 'stash' I'll post some pics next week, lol!
I'm so thankful we could manage on my Hubby's salary when our kids were small so I didn't have to contend with the constant juggling mums and dads have to do these days. I would have hated other people seeing/hearing their milestone achievements during those first precious years while I missed out. Unfortunately, most of today's young couples don't have a choice as two incomes are necessary just to keep their heads above water.
Anyway, before I crack on with all the jobs I have to do before they descend upon me (there'll be no housework done for the rest of the week either ........... I don't multi task anymore, lol) I just wanted to share a couple of cards I made recently.
Although I already know the basics for most of the techniques I wanted to refresh my inkpad knowledge and use the spur of the classes to revisit techniques I've not used in ages. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and still have things I didn't get chance to finish during the course but I have the lessons saved so I can work through them when my mojo deserts me for a while. Anyway, the piece shown above was my very first attempt at creating a background by stippling. I have always used Cut'n'Dry foam to create a similar effect and once in a while I've used brushes but in a sweeping motion not actually stippling with a pouncing action. I was really chuffed with the effect I achieved and then continued by adding the stamped Clarity trees and Chocolate Baroque wild flowers to complete the picture. The poem excerpt is also a Chocolate Baroque stamp.
And finally, I turned it into a card I wanted to send to a blogging friend who needs some TLC at the moment.
My second card was actually made to add to some parcels I was sending out. Way back in January, I joined in the Pay if Forward group of crafters whereby you agreed to send a piece of your artwork/crafting to the first five commentors on that post. You had until the end of 2011 to send them out and I finally got mine parcelled up to send and wanted to make a little card to include. This was the result.
I blended Distress Inks on the bottom left corner, dabbing a little through some sequin waste and then created layers of one leaf stamp using the same colour DIs. Apart from the darkest colour, I stamped off onto scrap once before stamping onto the card. I stamped the sentiment using Onyx Black Versafine. The leaf image comes from a Hero Arts clear set which I bought from Snazzys stand at the Happy Stampers show a couple of weeks ago and the sentiment is from a Paper Artsy set.
It will probably be a couple of weeks before I have anything else to show you of my own so in the meantime, I wish you all a happy time and for those of you with small children, time to enjoy them this week.
See you soon and as always thank you for taking the time to visit.