I did a trio of hello cards – one goes in my basket, one goes in a pile for Offspring3, one goes in a pile for my mother-in-law.
Here are the other two cards:
Supplies: Stamps – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Pop Tone Black Licorice, paint chips – Home Depot, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, Prismacolor pencils – PC911, PC933, PC1011, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl
I thought the daisy stamp worked really well for this color block chip, as well as just the single color chip below.
Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Newton’s Nook, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Curious Metallics Shadow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Black Licorice, paint chips – Home Depot, Lowe’s, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.
My creative mojo has been mostly absent for the past year. Pandemic concerns. Elder care and assistance.
But crafting has been my art therapy, my happy place for 18 years.
Was I bored with my crafting?
Was I overwhelmed with the crafting industry “buy this now” monthly release push? That answer has been YES for a while. (Yes, I know my being overwhelmed is MY problem, not a problem with the industry!) Sensory overload for me.
Was it time to move on?
So, I have been struggling along, making the bare minimum of cards for family.
I finished making my New Years cards in mid January (because I bailed on making Christmas cards, but I had purchased holiday postage stamps – have to send something!), and here come Valentine’s Day cards…
But my mojo peeked out from under the couch next to my craft table and asked me…
I am enjoying crafting. I have ideas. I STILL LOVE COLOR.
Alas, I have discovered that my card basket is very picked over (thanks to Offspring3 and my cousins! Love you! ❤ ). Lots of categories that need to be refilled.
Paint chips were begging to be stamped upon. So, two cards to help refill the basket.
Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Behr paint chips (Home Depot), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, ink – VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powders – Gina K Designs Fine Detail Silver, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper
I had an extra paint chip on my craft table after that last Father’s Day card. Sometimes I just have to paint chip!
Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Home Depot Paint Chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Essentials by Ellen (life ring), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.
I die cut watercolor paper with the photo frame die, then stamped the seagull, embossed with clear powder, and watercolored the square.
Alas, I cut the paint chip, and set it aside without checking if it was straight. I always ASSume that paint chips come to me with cuts in perfect perpendicular form (If the sides are not straight or the paint lines are not level on the chip, I lose. I use a precut side to start my downsizing of the paint chip.). So, it was glued down when I noticed it was wonky. BOO. But, really, my Dad is not grading me on this (other things – YES, he is. Still.).
Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Smoky Slate, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Light Gray (091), Orange (070), dies – Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.