Thursday, October 16, 2014

Artfully Sent Thank You

For my design team duties over at StampinBuds.com this month, I'm featuring the Pathfiding paper with various stamps.  Today, I paired it with the new Artfully Sent cartridge to bring you this:


I'm falling in love with the ease of Artfully Sent.  The hardest thing about this card was the photography.  Well, to be honest, adding the shimmer trim had some challenges.  More on that later.
 
I used the trifold card from p. 34 with one small change.  I adjusted the size to 8.5 x 5.5.  It made my circle a little more oblong, but I have this weird need to make my cards end up at the standard 4.25 x 5.5 A2 size.  I need to get over that soon, but at least I always have the option to be psychotic.
 
There are a few details here which should be pointed out.  The first is the sponging around the circle frame.  If you've been paying attention to the supply list over the past few weeks, you've noticed that sponge daubers show up a lot.
 
A lot!
 
That's because they are a quick, easy way to add a "frame" to make something stand out.  I also highlighted the "thank" with a marker to make it stand out.  I stamped the sentiment twice in Chocolate ink, once in the center of the wreath and again on Champagne cardstock.  After I trimmed out the "YOU" part, I just glued it over top of the other "YOU" inside the wreath.
 
Now...about that shimmer trim.  Here's my hard-earned advice.  Don't try to do the trim in one long piece.  Line up the shimmer trim against the background panel of Champagne cardstock on the right side/back of the card by beginning at the middle fold.  Then, start again by pressing the folds flat, lining up a second piece of shimmer trim starting on the top/left side and stick it down so it lines up with you first/back strip.  Once the top/left strip is adhered, open the card and continue adhering until your two strips line up, then trim the edge of your second piece.  Here's what happens when you don't take my advice...at least here's what happened to me.
 
 
Yeah.
 
So, I fixed it by adhering two more of the gold shimmer dots over top.  What can I say, rescuing flubs is my specialty.  Mostly because I've had lots of practice.
 
Let me know if you have questions in the comments section, and then come back to check for my answer.
 
Until next time,
Becca

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writer's World Wednesdays - Useless Research

This week I regretted that I write historical fiction.  I was privileged to tour a building normally closed to the public.  It was like being on a movie set only cooler because it was real.  Oh...what I wouldn't give to be able to use some of what I saw and learned!

I even got to take a lie detector test. There were two finger sensors on my left hand, my right arm was in a blood pressure cuff, my chest had two bands to measure my breathing, and a butt pad...yes, you read that right...to measure whether or not I squeezed the gluteal muscles in an attempt to fool the test.  The best part was that the woman who gave me the test spent almost a half an hour talking to me about the process.  She told me the questions she was going to ask.  She told me which question to lie about. And even after all of that, I failed the test.

There were also demonstrations of codes and cyphers which were used hundreds even thousands of years ago.  While not as cool as the high-tech stuff, at least it might come in handy in some story later.

**Giggle**

Until next time,
Becca

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wiiner, Winner!!

The winner of the books offered in this post is...

Karen Duston!!

Karen commented on my Facebook page.  Congratulations to Karen (which seems somewhat fitting since my news was about another Karen).  The books will be delivered soon!!

Until next time,
Becca

Friday, October 10, 2014

It'll be Okay!

This week for Color My Heart, we are working with Goldrush, Honey, Crystal Blue, and Pacifica.  The colors reminded me of a sunrise I saw the other morning.  I may not like everything about the climate or scenery in Oklahoma, but you can't beat their sunrises and sunsets.


I feel like I'm channeling this card; however, when something works it works. 

The supplies are simple...two sponge daubers and the four colors in dye ink.  I started with the Honey first and worked it from the bottom edge toward the center.  Using the same sponge dauber, I topped the Honey with Goldrush. Then, using a different sponge dauber, I repeated the process with Crystal Blue and Pacifica starting from the top edge and working toward the center. To make my black tree and sentiment stand out more, I used pigment ink.  The land was hand drawn using a black marker.  The stars were dotted on with a white gel pen.

So simple and quick!

When I first got the Keep Your Chin Up stamp set (tree and sentiment), I was pretty sure I wouldn't be using the "It'll be OKAY" sentiment...and then my friend's son crashed his car.  It was bad.  And yet, miraculously, he not only survived the crash but the ensuing fire that engulfed the car.  They have a long road to recovery ahead of them, but it looks like he will have no permanent injuries.

It'll be OKAY, indeed!

Until next time,
Becca

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home for the Holidays

This month for my design team duties over at StampinBuds.com, I'm featuring the Pathfinding paper packet with a variety of stamps.  Today, I'd like to stretch the very Fall patterned paper into Christmas using the Stamp of the Month: Home for the Holidays.


I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which coordinates with the stamp set to create two tags, one from white cardstock and one from the blue Pathfinding paper. There are lots of extra details on this card, one of which is the double matting of the main focal panel. 
 
Here's the card without the second matte.  I still have the paper pierced edge, the dot embossed bottom, that little edging of patterned paper (more on that in a moment), and the extra embellishments. It works, but that extra matte adds so much without adding bulk.  It's a technique to try, at any rate, if you are looking at your card and it's striking you as so-so but you don't know how to fix it.
As for that little strip of patterned paper, it came from the leftovers after cutting my tag.  Here's the shot of it straight off my cutting mat.  I trimmed off whatever would show above the Chocolate dot embossed stripe and glued it to the Glacier cardstock.
 
I should have sponged the edges of this little strip like I did with the tag itself, but I didn't think of it until after it was glued down.  Oops.  Live and learn, right?
 
The last tip I have for you is about the strings of the Baker's Twine on the two tags.  I didn't leave their flow to chance.  Those puppies are adhered with Liquid Glass where they cross and at the peak of their height.
 
As always, leave me a comment if you have questions about anything and then be sure to check back for answers.
 
Until next time,
Becca

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Writer's World Wednesdays - Big News

I have been sitting on this news since Friday, September 27, 2014 at approximately 10:05am CST.  For me, that's pretty close to eternity.  But here it is:  I have officially signed to be represented by the amazing Karen Ball with the Steve Laube Agency

To celebrate, I'm giving away a set of books.  Just make a comment and leave me your e-mail address or find my on Facebook so I can contact you if you win. 

Here's an excerpt from Karen's own website about her credentials:

During my 30 years in publishing, I've been blessed to discover several notable authors, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Liz Curtis Higgs, Sharon Ewell Foster, and Ginny Yttrup, whose debut novel Publisher's Weekly called "a masterpiece!" I've also had the honor and joy of working with many other authors, including Angela Elwell Hunt, Robin Jones Gunn, Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse, Gilbert Morris, Terri Blackstock, and Lori Copeland. It's been terrific!

My head is dizzy just looking at that list of notable authors. 

I met Karen back in February of 2011, and I was immediately drawn to her infectious laugh and generous spirit.  Ever since then, I have been working toward earning a place in her galaxy of stars.  My goal now is to learn everything I possibly can from this incredibly talented woman.  I'd love to climb inside her head and simply absorb all her knowledge, but since that's not possible, I'll settle for the hard way of seeing my writing overtaken by her red editing pen.

But there is more to Karen then just her professional credentials.  She loves nature, animals, and her husband.  She makes the best coffee and hot chocolate you've ever tasted.  She sings beautifully and plays board games fiercely. Her smile lights up a room and her presence announces, "The party is now HERE!"  And she has an acerbic wit that makes me laugh out loud.

I'm proud to be her client; I am more proud to be her friend.

Until next time,
Becca

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day

In honor of World Card Making Day, I'm joining the blog hop over at Operation Write Home (OWH) as well as doing some homework for Copic Markers for Cardmakers, Online Card Classes (OCC).


The image is from the homework for OCC.  I colored him using the technique where the image is filled with Colorless Blender before adding light colors, in this case W00, W3, and W5 to the main body (spots in concentrated W5 outlined with W3), and C00 on the snout.  The nose is tip-to-tip blending with R01 and E04; the tag is tip-to-tip blending with YR12 and E35; and the collar is R22, R24, and R27.  I also used the R22, R24, and R27 on the sentiment banner and to color the pearl accents.

The heart background panel and sentiment stamp are from the new CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge set.  The standard image creates a card with the hearts forming a cut-out front. I unlocked the sizing and adjusted the measurements to 8 x 5.25.  When the card was cut, I used my paper trimmer to cut it into two panels of 4 x 5.25, and used what would have been the back of the card base as the underneath panel for the die cut hearts.  The red card base is from some pack of paper that's been sitting in my stash for so long I have no idea who made it or the color.  Sorry.

I love how this little guy turned out!  The colors are more of a Valentine feel, but he could be sent to a loved one - young or old - any time of year.

Until next time,
Becca