It is Wednesday again, and time for another Wednesday Evening Post. I've got a TON to share with you, including 2 projects with RECYCLING. You won't believe what I used! I've also got what I think is a really cool "Pic of the Week" at the bottom of the post, and a photo to share.
I also want you to meet a brand new blogger! Lee and I "met" when she sent me an email wanting to know if we could be "pen pals". Lee lives in St. Agnes, Cornwall and was such a sweet lady I immediately agreed. She sent me several emails and we corresponded back and forth for several weeks. Then I got to see a card she did and it was wonderful. I started bugging her to start her own blog, but she kept telling me she wasn't computer literate blah, blah, blah. So, long story short, she agreed to start a blog because I offered to help her set it up. She is now up and running and I know she would love for you to visit. Here is the link to her blog: LEES CRAFTY CORNER. She has already got quite the following and has only been up a few days. Happy blogging Lee!
OK, on to my cards. . .
The first one is a sympathy card I did for a very sweet neighbor. Her father passed away recently, and I wanted her to know how sorry I was. Here is the card:
If you click on the picture, you will see that I added Flower Soft to the silhouetted images. I stamped the image several times and left the space for the sentiment. I did my own mix of Flower Soft for this card. I had a jar of Nut Brown and a jar of Bright Orange. So I mixed up a little of each to come up with what you see. The stamp is a Penny Black. Now, here is the RECYCLED part of the card. . .can you see it? It's the little buckle on the ribbon. . .can you tell what it is???? It is the pop top from a can of Coke! I got this great idea from one of Gina K's videos over at Stamp TV. I think it is one of the best sites on the Web. You can color them with markers and I made mine look like tortoise shell with a copper and gold marker. The last thing I did was color the white of the ribbon with a tan marker to soften the white.
My next card is my first Fall card of the season. . .
This card started out as a different technique using bleach. "How did that work out for you Curt" you ask???? Not so much! Gina K made it look flawless, but mine just looked like I spilled bleach. Oh well. . .So I started all over and went to a new technique. Painting with Ranger Distress Inks and an Aqua Brush. I am so in love with the Ranger Distress Inks. I honestly believe they are the best and most versatile inks on the market. I stamped this Hero Arts image with Versamark ink, then embossed it with fine detail black ep. I used Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive, and Fired Brick inks to color them. I stamped the Ranger ink on a clear acrylic block then picked up the color with my Aqua Brush. The colors are so vibrant. Your going to see lots more projects where I'm using the Ranger inks. The sentiment was computer generated.
My last card that I want to share with you is again one with some RECYCLED material. It is also the first of the Thanksgiving cards I've made this year. . .
Can you tell what is the recycled piece on this one???? Here's a clue, it is part of the pumpkin. . . take a look at the picture below for another clue. . .
LOL, do you think I've lost my mind???? The picture below is the backside of the above. . .
Is this fun or what??? A blogging friend of mine in Texas had made a great card using a pumpkin made out of this. I went nuts over it, and she surprised me be sending me some of it! So, I made my card using the pumpkin I made out of it. Makes you kinda want to start pulling other packaging apart doesn't it??? LOL My pumpkin was created by cutting out 3 ovals with my Nesties and then I distressed the edges with distress inks and then glued them together. The "stem" is ribbon obviously, and the sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Designs "Peaceful & Plenty" stamp set. I forgot to look who did the paper. Sorry. It's a simple card but I think it is really sweet and has a country/folksy kind of look.
That's it for the cards, but I am hoping your will indulge me for just a moment. I took the boys to a local park today for their daily jaunt. When we take a rest, Gunther has this thing he does where he plops down and starts rolling back and forth (no, he is not rolling in anything smelly - LOL). As he rolls on his back, back and forth, he makes this guttural, growling noise as if he is frustrated about something. He has done this for years. However today, he really was into it and when he finished this is what he looked like:
OMG it made me laugh right out loud. He had all those sticks and leaves stuck all over him, and his bandanna had come up and hung sideways on the top of his head. I was laughing so hard that I could barely hold the camera still to get the photo, and I was so thrilled at how it turned out. He is such a HUGE CLOWN! Thanks for indulging me on this picture, but I just had to show it to you all.
OK, all done. I hope you've enjoyed your visit! Please don't forget the "Pic of the Week". I think it is really a unique one. Not the greatest shot I've taken but still unique.
I'll be visiting you all in the next few days to see what you've been up to! Can't wait to see. I hope you are all well and having a great week.
Hugs to all of you!
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."