Sunday, October 18, 2015

YOU Rock... really you do!

Hello and welcome! You'd think with me having more days off I could blog more but that doesn't seem to be the case! And I'm getting ready to head down south for a week tomorrow so I thought I'd get this card onto the blog!

I'm always searching for a masculine type card to make and stars are always a good starting point! I used a Joggles "Shooting Stars" stencil and inked it with Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Black Soot distress inks onto white heavy weight Neenah Solar White card stock, blending an ombre effect downwards. Then while the stencil was still on I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls shimmer. Afterwards I used some Adirondak metallic silver paint dabber, Mermaid Lagoon and Black Soot Distress inks and watered them down to a "splashing" consistency and splattered the card stock. I stamped the ROCK (a clear stamp from an obscure and unknown company) with Versafine Black ink and filled it in (since it was originally outlined letters) with a Copic fine line pen and then made it shimmery with a Wink of Stella pen. I die cut the Avery Elle "Simply Said YOU" die from silver glitter paper and adhered it down with the Ranger multi medium in matte finish. Then I popped the whole panel up with black foam onto Gina K Designs base weight black card stock.

I wanted to add sequins or something else but anything else I thought to add would hamper the masculine part so I left it as is! Now I need a man to send it too! Possibly my brother's birthday in February!

Thanks for sticking with me and I'll see you after October 28th when I'm back in Alaska! I'll leave you with this moose calf photo... fattening up for winter alongside the road on my way to work the other day!

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Grateful eagle card...and great news!

Grateful eagle

Hello and welcome!

I know it's been awhile since I posted but a lot has been going on around here! I was gone for two weeks in September down south burying my brother who passed away suddenly in March of this year. I used the opportunity of being in the Lower 48 to see my two girls and grandson as well and we all met up in California.

Right before I left I got a call from a woman in Anchorage who asked if I was teaching One Stroke painting as she saw me listed as an OSCI (One Stroke Certified Instructor) on the One Stroke website. I had just changed that listing the week before to update the fact that I had moved from Haines! I hadn't started teaching since moving from Seward but wanted to check into the opportunity. So on my way to the airport to head south I stopped by the Joann's store on my end of Anchorage and talked to the education coordinator who was THRILLED that I wanted to teach One Stroke classes, card making classes and Cricut classes! So I've been in the process of quitting my job at the gas station I've been at since June and switching over to teaching at Joann's! Today I just got the final approval and so am now an art teacher at Joann's (plus I still work at the vet clinic two days a week)! I don't officially have classes until November 22nd but it's a card making class and I'm thrilled!! I'll unofficially do a class or two before then though!

And to add to that I'm heading south again in nine days to help my youngest daughter move from Colorado to California! When I get back from there at the end of October, my husband and I have decided to rent a different place on the Glenn Highway out past Sutton! It's a 1940's log cabin on 300 acres of farmland! Sweeeeeet! We are very excited but will only have days to move when I get back from California! Nothing like packing a lot of life into a few days, eh?

So now onto the card: I got this eagle stamp from my local craft store, the Stamp Cache, in Palmer. I knew when I saw it that it would make a great class stamp too! Plus I also knew I wanted to make a military thank you card for the veterans who give their all for my freedom. So I stamped this eagle in waterproof ink onto watercolor paper. I used distress ink in just a few colors to add feathers, eye and beak color. Then I splattered the panel with watered down distress ink in two colors. I added Glossy Accents to his eye and it's kind of weird the way it makes his eye look so real! Check it out:

The Glossy Accents gave the eye an amber color and made it look 3D! I mounted the panel onto a heavy kraft card base and roughed up three of the edges with my thumbnail. I stamped the GRATEFUL in archival ink and added a strip of glossy stars on vellum paper at the bottom with a thin black strip of velvety paper abutting the watercolor panel. No sequins or other embellishments for this card!

Thanks for sticking with me for this long post! I'm hoping to have more card making time since I'll be doing class projects! God bless your day!

Stamps: Deep Red "Bald Eagle Portrait", Winnie & Walter "The Big, the Bold, the Blessings"
Paper: Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor, Gina K Designs heavy weight kraft
Ink: Ranger distress (Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey ), Ranger black archival
Tools: MISTI, acrylic block (splattering), watercolor brush
Craft Stamper Blog: Take it, Make it October challenge