Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy, Happy, Happy

My brother-in-law is celebrating a birthday soon.  I combined several challenges to make him a card.  I'm not sure if he's a Duck Dynasty fan, but I thought the sentiment was fun anyway.

Here are the challenges:
The stamp set is "Here We Go" from CTMH stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics Y02 and Y08.

In addition to being clean and simple, this one was quick and easy!  Gotta love that when it needs to get out in today's mail!

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Writer's World Wednesday - Public Humiliation

Shame.  It's a powerful tool to modify behavior.  The Amish shun. Our forefathers used public stocks.  The French sent people to the guillotine.  For the rest of us, there's always Facebook.

What is it about social media that encourages us to take swings at one another from the comfort of our homes?

We talk about cyber bullying like it's limited to teenagers.  It's not.  This week, I watched a string of comments publicly humiliate people for a choice they made that upset someone.  People piled on the condemnation in support of their friend.  No one paused to consider their might be two sides to the story.

For shame!

We've taken sides on everything from Miley Cyrus to the Middle East.  We've decided innocence and guilt based off sketchy facts.  We've debated global warming like the PhD's we aren't.  And don't get me started on those political rants.  The name calling and spite is vitriolic.  All this by people who don't know each other but are willing to tear each other to shreds in what has become America's town square.

Before the Internet, before cities became so large you stopped knowing your neighbor, you had to face the people you disagreed with on a regular basis.  You knew their children, sat next to them in church, or served on the PTA with them.  If you wanted to take a swing at them, there were ramifications to consider before you acted on it.  Not any more.  Now it's open season.

For shame, indeed!!

As an author, I'm encouraged to interact with people via social media.  Well, this week I wanted to "interact" by reaching through my computer screen, grabbing a couple of necks, and bopping some heads together.  Let's get back to basic civility, people.  Let's check our facts and our egos. And lets relearn how to discuss issues as opposed to using our opinions like boxing gloves.

End of sermon...until next time,

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gold Sequins Butterfly

I do NOT have time to be playing around with card challenges, but the new Runway Inspired Challenge could NOT be ignored!!  Plus I got over the half-way mark with my novella that's due June 1, so I deserved a little creative therapy.  Right?

I used a combination of old and new supplies for this card.  I started with Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Broken China. The background stamp is from Stampin' Up! with a copyright date of 2002. I added a little grunge feel with Black Arrow Washi tape from CTMH, some of it colored with Copic markers in B24 and G28.  After the Washi tape was down, I used a spritzer to add shimmer tinted water. I dropped, spritzed, whapped, and touched all over trying to get a good reaction, but I think I laid down too thick a layer of the distress ink.

The butterfly was cut using CTMH Artiste cartridge.  I added gold with a metallic pigment ink to the corners and embossed them with gold detail powder.  I then added splotches of more gold by using the direct to paper technique with just the pigment pad.  The gold sequins are from CTMH.

The sentiment is from CTMH "Banner Wishes" which I attached using yellow tinted staples.

This isn't my normal look, but I like how it turned out.  However, now I really need to get back to the job at hand which is a birthday card for my son-in-law.  Somehow a motorcycle morphed into a butterfly. 

How does that happen???

Until next time,

Friday, April 17, 2015

Scrap Happy Hexagons

Hello, my name is Becca Whitham and I'm a paper addict.  I save itsy, bitsy, teensy, weensy pieces because I think I'll use them all--someday!  Well, with an "overseas" move looming in my future, it's time to start purging scraps.

For design team duties over at Amie Kiger's blog, I decided to cut hexagons using the Artbooking cartridge until I had used up several scraps.  But then I went and trimmed out even more pieces with scissors using the Cricut cut hexagons as guides.  Here's what I had when I was done:

Then I pieced them together to make this scrapbook page:

Here's the supply list (with links for your shopping convenience):
Don't be intimidated by the number of paper packs used on this example.  One of the great things about CTMH patterned paper is that they are printed on both sides.  You can cut your hexagons, flip some of them over, and you'd achieve the same effect.

You'll notice that I wasn't trying to be fussy about lining up the hexagons symmetrically.  The scraps which were only small bits required me to use a random approach. 

Using multiple colors in little bits like this is great for two types of scrapbook pages: 1) where the photo itself doesn't have many colors (like this one), and 2) when there are lots of different colors in your pictures (like maybe a birthday party where your' guests weren't kind enough to wear color coordinated outfits).

I actually used up six scraps to the point of having to throw out what was left over.  I'm so proud of myself!

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Writer's World Wednesdays - Getting My "Army Wife" On!

I've been sitting on some news for a couple weeks, and it's been KILLING me!  I couldn't really say much until hubby came home with a Request for Orders, or RFO for those of us army types who know what all the acronyms mean...or at least 10% of them.

We are heading to Alaska.  Fairbanks, to be precise, which is actually a shade north of North Pole, AK.  I'm told lots of layers will be the fashion, that Fairbanks is in a valley so there's no wind (which, as hubby so aptly pointed out, means forty below actually feels like forty below instead of much worse), it's dry (so it's a dry cold), and it's beautiful.  I'm quite excited.  For a Pacific NW girl, it's a struggle to live without a mountain view.  Here's what I'll be getting very soon:

Denali National Park seen from the Northeast

So...on top of having a novella due by June 1, I have to go get ready for an "overseas" move.  I'm starting to hyperventilate just thinking about it.  If my blog suddenly goes dark, you'll know why.

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Brushed Thank You

One of the scary things about getting published is how to market your book.  Not my forte.  In fact, if I could hole up in my little office and not come out except at feeding time, I'd be almost happy.  Fortunately, one of the authors in The Homestead Brides enjoys marketing, so we all piggy-backed off of her efforts.

I wanted to make her a set of notecards to say thanks for doing all the work.  We hit the Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association top twenty list for two months in a row, at #5 in February (when the book released) and #11 in March.

I'm combining two challenges for this card: Heart2Heart (Sketch) and Color My Heart (Brushed paper pack colors).

Here's the one I'll be sending her as a set:

 And here's the one I started with but didn't have enough of the Brushed paper left to create a set of five:

The frame stamp is from Artfully Sent, and the sentiment is from a hostess set that just retired.
I need to get these made and out in the mail, but I also need to hole up in my little office and finish the manuscript for the next novella collection I'll be in.  Guess I'd better get to work!

Until next time,

Friday, April 10, 2015

Vintage Typewriter

Some things are worth the the April Stamp of the Month from CTMH.  Every since I got my catalog in August, I've been drooling over this stamp set.  Love, LoVe, LOVE it!!

I went really basic with my card.  The image has so much interest in it that it doesn't require much help.  I don't normally do much with the inside of my cards, but I had a little bit of fun with this one.

Here's the supply list (with links for you shopping convenience):

Stamps: Typed Note (no link available)
Ink: Black (dye), White Daisy (pigment)
Paper: Seaside, Black cardstock, White Daisy cardstock
Accessories: Gold Sequins, Black Arrow Washi tape, Liquid Glass, Chalk Marker, Journaling Pen
ShinHan Markers: Colorless Blender, WG4 Warm Grey
Tools: Micro-tip Scissors
Non-CTMH: X-acto knife

For the paper coming out of the typewriter, I did a few things to add interest.  One of the great things about clear stamps is you aren't always stuck with the image as shown.  CTMH very kindly left a hole in the stamp where the paper is.  This allowed me to bend it into a more interesting shape.  It doesn't hurt the stamp; the image will correct back to it's normal shape as soon as you take it off the acrylic block.  Here's a close up so you can see it a little better.

One of the things you have to watch out for when you bend a stamp is that parts of it can come off the acrylic block and get ink on it.  My original intent wasn't to do two sheets of paper, but I ended up with a blob of black ink on the right-hand side of my bottom paper sheet.  Working on the premise that almost all mistakes are fixable, I stamped the second piece of paper on a scratch piece of white cardstock, cut it out, used and X-acto knife to cut a slit, and shoved the second piece of paper through. It was a tight fit which caused the top sheet to warp.  I put a dot of Liquid Glass over my mess, pressed the corner of the top sheet into it until it held, and Voila!  I really, really like how it ended up adding interest and dimension.

If you look carefully, you can see where I shaded around the typewriter and paper with the ShinHan marker.  I forget where I learned this trick, but adding that "halo" of shading around an image gives it great "pop".  The warm grey marker is too intense on it's own, so I scribbled it onto an acrylic block and then picked it up with the colorless blender for that nice, soft shade.

One word of caution...  Since I used pigment ink on the hand image, I cleaned it by scrubbing it against a pad with little bristles.  It's not the CTMH one, but it is made specifically for stamping.  The tip of the finger broke off.  **Sad Face**  Thank goodness CTMH has such a great return policy!

I can't wait to scrapbook with this set.  I've been holding off doing the pages for signing my book deal waiting to get this set in my inky fingers. Yay!!

Until next time,