We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. ~ Isabel Allende
This Heart Couple Die is one of my favorite ways to create wedding cards ... and with sparkle, it's extra special. I love how you can customize the card like using the colors from the wedding (in this case Wine and Blush Pink).
I die cut the Bride & Groom from Glittery Wine cardstock & then attached it to the Blush Pink cardstock base. I finished with a sentiment from Impression Obsession Words for Art.
I am having such a relaxing birthday morning ... rain outside, but it is light enough to have the windows open and let in the cool autumn air ... Premier League Soccer on the television ... and lots of ink in my studio ... nothing better.
I'm still joining the Winnie & Walter World Card Making Day Challenges. For my next card, I made a Clean & Simple Card Design. I used my MISTI to do more ink blending with the Morse Code Stencil from A Colorful Life ... I used Dusty Concord, Broken China & Seedless Preserves Distress Inks and my Make-Up Brush on Water Color Paper.
Unfortunately, most of my stencils have been mailed to New Jersey for the Gel Press Extravaganza that Lauren & I have planned for this week, so no pumpkins or leaves ... but I did have this lovely Classic Harlequin Stencil from Technique Junkies by A Colorful Life. Remember, there's a World Card Making Day sale going on at Technique Junkies.
I pulled out my MISTI because it's not only a helpful tool for stamping ... I also use it for Stenciling. I positioned my water color paper and held it in place with my long magnet. Next, I placed my stencil in the corner of my MISTI, so it stays in place in place and then I only have to add a single piece of tape at the top (rather than taping down multiple sides).
Another great thing about using this MISTI Technique for Stenciling, is it's easy to lift up your Stencil and see how things look, and then put it right back in place to add more ink ... look at that gorgeous blending of color.
For my finished card, I used inspiration from Jennifer to mat my card with gold (I normally would have reached for a darker brown) and added a wrap of twine, as well as some glittery autumn leaves. Rather than stamp my sentiment on a strip of paper (I felt like it covered-up too much of that gorgeous ink-blending) I used Acorn Versafine Clair ink to stamp the Sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Comfort on top of my blended Distress Ink. I also used Jennifer's inspiration for a combination of a bigger & smaller word for my sentiment.
One of the World Card Making Day Challenges at Joy Clair is to share your crafting space. I thought about cleaning my space-up, but decided to share today's reality instead.
Here's where I've been creating today. My MISTI is always right at hand ... as is my Pink 3M Tape Gun.
My Gina K. Cleaning cloth on top of the scissor basket (I like my scissors) ... and stamps, dies and inks everywhere.
My paper trimmer on my other table is currently covered with birthday goodness ... gifts and cards that arrived in the mail ... including a handmade card from my Gran, the original paper crafter.
Also I got my first Danial Smith Water Color Split today from Lydia ... so pretty.
My auxiliary room (aka Guest Room that is a craft room when we have no guests) is in decent shape ... love my new rug.
Here are a few more pictures of my space, so you can get a sense of the larger space where I work (when my paper cutter was much cleaner). The far table is where I have my MISTI (near my large computer screen, so I can see challenge photos while I create). The door to the left is the Guest Room.
I have my Paper racks on the wall by the front door (the first table is what you see when you walk into our Condo).
The Third Challenge at My Favorite Things is FLOWER POWER ... and big surprise, there was a never-been-inked flower stamp set in my stash. I thought the colors from the current MFT Color Challenge would be perfect for a bouquet.
I stamped the six blooms from MFT Large Desert Bouquet in Ripe Raspberry & Peach Bellini-like hues and cut them out with coordinating dies.
I stamped the leaves in Lime Green and then added a sentiment from Queen for the Day.
I die cut the MFT Grand Greenery from scraps of paper in the three colors at the Color Throwdown Challenge (love when a card is entirely composed of scraps) and then stamped a sentiment from Brushstroke Expressions in Green Grass Ink. Do you hold your papers up to your computer monitor to try to figure out if you have the right color (or is that just me)?
I just love that room ... I would live there.
Since I had more greenery ... I made a second card ... because you never feel like making a sympathy card when you really need one (so I always make sure there are plenty in my stash).
Today is World Card Making Day ... tomorrow is my Birthday. I always secretly believed that they picked this weekend for World Card Making Day, so I absolutely HAD to spend my birthday weekend making cards ... and so that is what I will be doing today (because there are lots of prizes ... and prizes are like presents).
I also like to give presents (seriously, I like to give them more than I like to receive them ... just ask my family ... I'm weird that way). So I filled an entire MEDIUM FLAT RATE BOX with stamps (seriously, there are a lot of stamps) for one lucky winner. It includes all of my retired Essentials by Ellen stamps and lots of others that are ready to move on to a new crafty home (I see a couple of large Hero Arts backgrounds and some brand new Kitchen Sink Stamps at the top of the pile). I'm heading to New York City next week to hang out with Lauren (my favorite birthday present), so I'll pick a winner a week from SUNDAY (October 14th) when I return.
So what do you have to do to be eligible for this beautiful box to come live with you ... just leave a comment telling me one of your favorite Autumn Memories. Fall is also my favorite time of the year, and some of my favorite memories involve the Maple Leaf Festival in my home town ... riding on floats or marching in the parade, the Band Festival, and just seeing the beautiful Maple Leaves in full splendor.
I used a strip of Gel Press done on navy cardstock for the vertical piece in the sketch and then trimmed bits of two designer paper scraps that were on my studio table.
I also am focusing on making cards with Never Been Used Stamps in my studio (after my Junkiefest purchases this summer, I still have quite a pile). I used this Cassette Tape from Darkroom Door to make a card for their Facebook World Card Making Day Challenge.
I added an SRM Sticker on the Cassette Tape and then lots of other bits and bobs using the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketches.
Remember ... favorite Autumn Memory comment for a chance to win the box-o-stamps.
And ... in case you don't have a MISTI ... or already have a MISTI and need a second or third (because seriously, everyone needs multiple MISTIs), there's an awesome sale at My Sweet Petunia.