Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Imitation, the Highest Form of Flattery

Silhouette Meadow Flowers_Mar 2010

So, if this adage is true, Jennifer McGuire will feel pretty good should she happen upon my card. It wasn’t my intention to copy her card until I looked it up to make sure I had the technique down and realized I had to attempt a card as beautiful as hers.

Instructions not being my thing, I should probably let you read them on the Hero Arts site. I stamped the Friendship background stamp on Colonial White cardstock with Desert Sand ink and then stamped the Silhouette Meadow Flowers stamp on the background with VersaMark before embossing it with clear embossing powder. The flowers and leaves were filled in with inked up sponge daubers.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Moonstruck cardstock; Desert Sand, Crystal Blue, Moonstruck, Garden Green, Olive, and VersaMark ink pads; Hero Arts Friendship Background, Silhouette Meadow Flowers, and Anytime Messages stamp set; Button and Jute from my stash; Clear and white embossing powders; Embossing heat tool; Ecru crochet cotton; Sponge daubers; Edge Distressor.

How was your day? Mine was OK. Youngest son (30 in June) Dustin was here from the time he finished work at 5 until a few minutes ago. He’s considering a career change and had a two-hour, interactive “Day in the Life” thing to do and needed a computer with a faster connection than what he has living in the country. He also filled out an online job application before sitting down and visiting with his mom for a while. I so love that boy. He was the baby that smiled at the sound of my voice when he was only a couple of days old. “Oh, it’s just gas,” they told me. No, it was not. If I’d talk, he’d smile. We repeated the exchange several times before those around me finally realized that he was truly reacting to the sound of my voice. He’s been smiling ever since. Honest, ambitious, and incredibly funny, he inherited the best qualities of his dad and his two grandfathers. What did he inherit from me? A nasty cowlick in the same place as mine. Mathias has it, too. Nothing like passing on my finest features. LOL.

To answer Kari’s question from my last post, my large printer is currently parked at an angle on my computer desk and the file cabinet that sits next to it. Luckily, my scanner fit on the slide-out printer tray. The set up is not ideal but will work until I figure out what I want to do with my space. 

For tonight, I’m off to bed. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Wednesday!


Alanna said...

This is gorgeous Kathi. I've got to check out what inspired you so. I'm glad you had some time with your son tonight.

Sharli said...

Wonderful work, Jennifer should be very proud! I LOVE your card! I loved her's too but wasn't brave enough to try it. Really beautiful, Kathi!

I love when you talk about your family - it makes me feel all happy and warm!

Laurel said...

Gorgeous Kathi!

cardcrazy said...

This is just beautiful, I am going to check out what inspired you!

Jeanne said...

Stunningly gorgeous, Kathi! Wow!

I, too, love when you talk about your family. I'm sure your son inherited more than you say and I got all warm and fuzzy inside when you said he responded so well to your voice. Love it!

Have a great day, my dear sweet, cowlicky friend! *Ü*

Mare said...


I love this card but I'm feeling kind of lost on the technique. You heat embossed the flowers and leaves with VersaMark ink and clear powder after you stamped the background but how did you get the ink to stick to the image if you colored in after embossing? Sorry for not understanding the directions because you noted you don't really like posting directions. :( I love the card and would love to do that technique, if I can figure it out. :) Thanks, Mary Crosby (mcrosby57@hotmail.com)

Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous card! I'm not good with instructions either, lol.

Carolyn Christie said...

What a gorgeous card!! I'll check out JM's card. Love that your son smiled at the sound of your voice... I don't believe it was gas. hahahaha too funny!

It's been one of those days!
Have a great day my friend!
oh and thanks for answering where you parked it. ;)