Monday, April 4, 2011

Don’t Get the Wrong Idea

Elements of Style_Mar 2011The theme of my card has nothing to do with my absence from the blogosphere even though we have had a bit of a run on sympathy cards around here recently. It feels like one of those “You know you are getting old when …” type things. Not really funny … but kind of. Certainly nothing one can do anything about. 

Having made this card almost two weeks ago, I’m struggling to remember the details. One thing: I used the
“Saran Wrap” technique to add texture to the Kraft/Crumb Cake base. This technique amounts to a wadded up piece of plastic wrap used like a stamp. The result is a suede look that I love. The image was colored with Copics. One more thing: None of the cardstock colors I have coordinated very well with my image so I used a Copic to color around the edge of a piece of Colonial White cardstock and used that for my mat. One last thing: I mounted my matted image to my card using foam tape. I guess I remembered more than I thought I did. LOL.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake cardstock; Black, Olive, Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake, and Tim Holtz/Ranger Antique Linen Distressing Ink stamp pads; Copic markers; Stampin’ Up Elements of Style and Impression Obsession Sympathy Sentiments stamp sets; CTMH Speckled Background stamp (retired); KaiserKraft pearl accents; Ecru crochet lace from reasonableribbon.com; Sponge texture tool; 3M foam mounting tape.

A Slice of Life: And here I thought the new job with the new hours would give me more time for stamping and blogging. It’s not working out that way. For one thing, working while everyone else sleeps means I need to sleep when the rest of the world is awake for three days. That is not as easy as I thought it would be, and I am experiencing two, if not three, days of what feels like jetlag (or better said, kinda like I’ve been run over by a truck). I am not complaining but rather love the job and the hours. It’s just that I am not as perky as I thought I would be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. As for Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays until 7 pm, I have been trying to be more domestic, getting my house in order and spending more time with my family. I’ve also expanded my horizons a bit, exploring different crafts and picking up on an old past time or two. As for time, I still don’t have as much as I would like and probably wouldn’t if I were retired. Should I live long enough to do all of the things I want to do. Sigh… LOL.

I hope this post finds you healthy, happy, and enjoying spring. In the weather department, we have had a few nice days interspersed with some lousy ones. Typical “spring” in the frozen tundra where Mother Nature is usually kind of slow to make up her mind. With a few cards in my “bank” that I haven’t shown you yet, I am hoping to be back soon. In the meanwhile, take care and have a good week. It was good to “see” you again!

10 comments:

Lori said...

Your card is gorgeous. I are really liking these stamps with flowers. You colored them so pretty. I'm sure with time, you will get used to your new work schedule and be back to your perky self.

Laurel said...

What a gorgeous card, love the coloring!

Sharli said...

Hi Kathi,
This card is stunning - and if you used saran wrap to do it, I'll have to try that trick! The effects are so pretty.

I've been a "bad blogger" but I'm sure that will change next month when my Steve returns to his Northern home. I'll be trying to fill up my evenings with something distracting and stamping fits the bill perfectly. So, perhaps the fact that you have a delightful, full, life isn't such a bad thing.

Hugs!

Jeanne said...

Kathi, this is a beautiful card, your coloring is wonderful. Gonna have to remember that Saran Wrap technique, too. The bit of lace adds a lovely touch.

As for your life these days, it sounds like it's wonderfully full. I'm tickled to hear you are expanding your crafty horizons and I hope someday you'll share some of your creations.

Enjoy all that makes you happy in your world, you certainly deserve it! Hugs!

Jeanne said...

Kathi, this is a beautiful card, your coloring is wonderful. Gonna have to remember that Saran Wrap technique, too. The bit of lace adds a lovely touch.

As for your life these days, it sounds like it's wonderfully full. I'm tickled to hear you are expanding your crafty horizons and I hope someday you'll share some of your creations.

Enjoy all that makes you happy in your world, you certainly deserve it! Hugs!

Sheila H said...

Beautiful card.

Alanna said...

This is beautiful Kathi. Just gorgeous.

And doesn't it always seem that we will have more time and energy than we ever end up having?

Have a great Tuesday.

Sparkle said...

Such a lovely card!

Leslie said...

your card is beautiful. Have missed you. Glad you are doing okay.

Nancy said...

Beautiful card :) Love the colouring.