Friday, April 18, 2014

With Sympathy

Sympathy cards are both easy and hard...just make something as beautiful as you can (easy) and then figure out what to say on the inside (hard).  For this card, I wanted to use the soft purple and yellow combination from Dynamic Duos #98.

I clear embossed Dalia from Our Daily Bread Designs, dropped Gypsy and Honey ink (CTMH) on a clear acrylic block, placed my embossed paper over the block, and swirled it around.  After it dried, I used an iron to lift off the embossing powder then went over the whole image with pearl paint to give it some shimmer. 

If I were to do this over again, I would use pigment ink for my sentiment to make it stand out better.

On this Friday when we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, it is good to remember Resurrection Sunday which gives hope and tempers our grief.

Until next time,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Picture Perfect

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I'm here with my third Skylark post for  I have a very cool plan for a scrapbook page, but I sold my Cricut Expressions in order to purchase the new Cricut Explore--which is now on backorder.  **Sigh**

So...another card this week, but I love how it turned out.

I trying to stick to supplies in the New Consultant Kit because the promotion for signing up this month is phenomenal...your choice of a Cricut cartridge.  Since the True to Life stamp set coordinates with the Art Philosophy (AP) cartridge, I have chosen to create projects using supplies which come with the AP bundle.  The "U and me 4 ever" ticket is from one of the AP coordinating stamp sets.  Like my card from two weeks ago, only the Baker's Twine doesn't come in the New Consultant Kit.

Because I am currently without a Cricut (**sigh**), I hand cut the tag, tickets, and "way cute" sentiment. The tag was stamped on Skylark paper in Desert Sand ink then paper pieced to create the multiple colors.  The sentiment is from the Believe in Yourself stamp set.

In a couple weeks, I'll be packing my bags for a mother-daughter trip to Paris.  Once it's over, I plan to send my daughter my favorite picture of the two of us from the trip.  I'm guessing there will be a lot of **sighing** going on trying to choose which one to send her.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Writer's World Wednesday-Research

Ahhh...research.  If I could be a research assistant for a famous writer, that would be my dream job.  I love research.  Put me in a dusty library or send me on a field trip to take pictures any day.  Love that part.

In addition to on-line research, nothing beats good, old-fashioned books.  I always check out a whole bunch and then find one or two which are gold mines.  Out of this stack, my best ones are: Land Rush of 1889, The Germans in Oklahoma, and Women Who Pioneered Oklahoma.  The bottom one is actually a German cookbook.  My heroine makes a mean Apfelstruedel, and God has blessed me with a couple of first generation German women who are helping me with recipes and language. Irmgard loaned me her recipe book with blue duct tape holding the binding together.  Ingrid has helped with language questions.  When the novella comes out, if you are paying attention, you'll notice my small tribute to each of these ladies.

As for field trips, stayed tuned.

Until next time,

Friday, April 11, 2014

hey there

This week over at Color My Heart we are working with Creme Brulee, Sorbet, and Juniper.  My card this week is an example of the 60-30-10 color rule (aka "gallon, quart, pint").

Supplies(italics = CTMH product):
  • CardstockCreme BruleeSorbet, and Juniper
  • Ink: Black pigment 
  • StampsBalloon Talk (April Special);
  • Accessories: black sequins adhered with Liquid Glass 
The general idea behind this color principle is to choose one color to take up 60% of the design, one to take up 30%, and one splash of color at 10%.  It doesn't mean the color takes up that much space on the whole card, necessarily, just that much space in the part that has color.

And that's it. The quick and dirty version of how much of each color to use on a project.

I do need to give credit to Sylvia from Sylvias Stamping Place for this card idea.  You can see her project here.

Off to a women's retreat this weekend.  Woot, woot!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Curing Writer's Block

Happy Thursday, Everyone.  It's Becca with my second Skylark post for  This month we are featuring projects which can be made from the new consultant kit.

Ask any author about Writer's Block.  It's that dreaded condition where--particularly under deadline--you stare at the screen and words won't come.  They simply will NOT come.  With my first novella now under contract, I have been staring at my screen and pulling words out of my brain with the same painstaking (and painful) care as a dentist pulling teeth.  While there are as many cures for this condition as their are authors, I decided to try my favorite one first:  Chocolate!

The "prescription" reads: Take 2 pills per hour until cured

This was a very fast and easy project.  I cut a 2 1/8 x 6 inch strip of Skylark paper which already had the label area pre-printed, hand wrote my prescription, and used Bonding Memories Glue to adhere it around a McCormick spice jar.  I had washed the jar and peeled off any bits of the packaging label from McCormick but still had enough left to which the Bonding Memories Glue could adhere.

For the top of the jar, I popped out one of the flowers from the Skylark Complements, filed down the edges with a Sanding Kit (not included in new consultant kit), and used Liquid Glass to adhere it to the lid.  Even better, the lid is one for cinnamon sticks which has a large hole as opposed to the small, sprinkling type holes.  Makes it easy to pop a pill as needed.

Although this project doesn't take advantage of the free Cricut collection which comes as a bonus when you sign up as a consultant this month, it would certainly be a great way to welcome a new team member who might be worried about Artist's Block.  The same cure applies!

Until next time,

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Writer's World Wednesdays-Part One

I am not a public person. Though I can mix and mingle fairly well when required, I much prefer solo types of activities: papercrafting, scrapbooking, reading, and writing.  However, I'm about to become a more public person.  If all goes as expected, my name will be on the cover of a book which will be on the shelves at your local Walmart/Sam's Club in January 2015.

I'm thrilled. I'm petrified. I'm...not even sure what else.

To ease myself into the transition, I have decided to begin "Writer's World Wednesdays" here in the privacy of my blog.  I will share bits and pieces of what an author does with her time, where story ideas come from, research, etc.  But I'd like to make this a two-way communication, so please feel free to ask whatever questions you have.  No subject is off limits (though I will exercise some degree of censorship).

For now, please feel free to follow my Pinterest board called "Waiting on a Promise-novella" to see the faces, clothes, and living situation of Karl and Marta.

Until next time,

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Eggs for Grown Up Kids

Yesterday I decided to purchase Tic-Tacs in order to send my son, daughter, and son-in-law mailable. "Easter Baskets".  By the time I figured out what to do, they turned into "Easter Fake Magazine Holders", but I've done nothing for so many years that I wanted to do...something.

To begin, I peeled the labels from three different colored Tic-Tac containers and poured their contents into a bowl to mix up the colors.  After refilling them, I scoured my CTMH Cricut cartridges to see what would work to turn them into something darling so I could participate in this weeks Heart 2 Heart challenge.

The wrap around portion of the magazine file folder from Cricut Artiste (p. 47) cut at 2.75" was the perfect size. I cut three shapes from the Dotty For You paper pack then adhered them to the Tic-Tac containers.  This picture actually shows the reverse order of things, but it gives you the idea.  I used Liquid Glass to adhere the back of the Tic-Tac container to the paper.  I left the sides free to give a little wiggle room.  I folded the front edges over top of each other, glued them with Bonding Memories Glue, and wrapped Lagoon Washi Tape all the way around making sure the overlap would be hidden by my accent piece (aka, the flower).

The flowers were cut from Art Philosophy (p. 29) but, since they were cut for a different project, I don't know the exact size.  I used a 1/2" hole punch for the centers and accented them by running a marker along the edges.  I popped the flowers up on foam tape. It's not like it will cost me extra to mail at this point.  I'll put them in small, bubble wrap mailers and not have to worry that the flowers will lose their dimension.

Had there not been leftover flowers sitting on my desk, I would have gone with small egg shapes and used the Washi tape to decorate them.  I could have wrapped ribbon around the containers.  My boys will just have to put up with flowers this year.  At least they're getting something!

Until next time,