Hello old friends... hope some of you are still out there and haven't given up on me... This has turned into a long post, so get some coffee...
.. it has been *quite* some time! My "little" break from blog land lasted so much longer than I ever thought it would. Suffice to say that life threw me for quite a loop and I just needed to retreat from crafting for a while to figure out what I wanted from it.
Since my last post, so much has happened... I lost 30 pounds... had to say goodbye to some people I loved, gained 30 pounds back, stayed pretty much out my studio for almost a year, and in the process did a major studio purge, getting rid of an insane amount of stamps, dies, ribbons and embellishments, had an "awakening" health-wise, lost 50 pounds over 8 months, trying very hard to make this a permanent change in lifestyle, and slowly... very slowly... got the urge to start creating again. I would like to give a big shout out to Jennifer McGuire. I have been following her for YEARS and she has served as a constant inspiration, especially during my "down time". It is largely due to her that I am back to crafting again.
I rearranged my studio and got a few new storage units - here are some pix of the new space...
After re-organizing my supplies, old and new, I felt even more inspired. I spent a lot of time in my former craft life trying to ignore my tendency to like things neat and crisp and precise, which is my natural inclination in most things (I'm an accountant after all!). One of the things I decided during my time off is that I need to embrace my own style and my own way of doing things, rather than trying to embrace someone else's style, which often times was in direct conflict with how I would do things. Not that there's anything wrong with a different style... it's just not "me". So...
... the funny thing is... I've come full circle. My paper crafting journey began with card making. My good friend Connie used to be a demonstrator for Stampin Up! and she would hold small workshops after work to teach us about stamping, and heat embossing (still magic!), and paper trimmers, and brads and eyelets, and dye inks and pigment inks, and ... the list goes on and on. And that card-making bug has bitten me again! I have slowly been re-building my stamp collection, slowly adding all the latest gadgets and gizmos that have come along since I left the card making world... and I'm actually having fun with it again!
Here are some pix of my first cards... made with whatever I had on hand... I'll list the basic elements under each card. Eventually I'll figure out how to do a product list with links, but for now... keeping it simple. Hope you enjoy.
Bumble Bee patterned paper (OLD!), flower and sentiment stamps by PaperArtsy Eclectica Ellen Vargo (EEV10) stamped with Onyx Black Versafine ink and clear heat-embossed, Memory Box ticket die, distress ink watercoloring for the flower, and clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen over the flower.
OLD (but beautiful!) patterned paper, flower by PaperArtsy Eclectica Ellen Vargo (EEV10), sentiment by Art Gone Wild - Catherine Scanlon Designs, distress ink watercoloring.
K & Company patterned paper, flower by PaperArtsy Eclectica Ellen Vargo (EEV10), sentiment by Fiskars, watercolor pencil coloring, blended with Stampin' Up blending marker.
Distress card stock, flower stamp by Art Gone Wild - Catherine Scanlon Designs, watercolor pencil coloring.
Distress card stock, leaf background stamps by Tim Holtz - several distress inks used on each stamp, then spritzed with water before stamping. Center leaf by Tim Holtz - gold heat embossed, sentiment stamp by Wendy Vecchi.
Made a set of these cards for a good friend who works with a cat rescue organization. Cat and sentiment stamps by Fiskars. OLD patterned paper, Distress card stock base, purple metal: Ranger foil sheet, embossing folder by Spellbinders, colored with Ranger Patina glaze and aged with black paint then lightly sanded.
Same techniques and products as above.
This card is completely inspired by (copied from) Jennifer McGuire blog - click HERE. Hydrangea stamp by Wendy Vecchi - white heat-embossed, saturated paper with blueprint sketch distress ink and then "lifted" the blue color off with water brush, then added mowed lawn distress ink to leaves, and picked raspberry distress ink to flower. Sentiment stamp by Jillibean Soup.
Patterned paper is from the "Old World" stack. Fine glitter paper by DCWV, flower stamp by Fiskars, flower stem is a border stamp by Fiskars, flowers colored with watercolor pencils and blending pen by Stampin' Up!, sentiment by Wendy Vecchi.
And there have been so many more since these were made, but I have to leave something to share in the future. I don't have any specific plan on how often I will do blog posts, but this is a first step. I hope any of you reading this are doing well, and thanks so much for stopping by.