Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lonely Tree


I was digging around in my box again and picked up one I made with a brayer. I remember when I was making it that I wanted to use colors that looked great on the inkpad, but had previously given me pause because skies don't really look like that! But since I frequently color things with colors that don't happen naturally (especially flowers) I decided it was worth messing around with. The bottom color looks like a cove blue - but it is eggplant and is not translating well on to this photograph.

I think I'm going to start one more blog! Trying to determine what needs to be accomplished each day in a small business is turning out to be the biggest decision of the day. I frequently get side tracked by the curse of the immediate, and sometimes wish that I could go to another small business blog and read about what to do next! It occured to me that none of us have the time!!

I've been looking around for some to follow - but my idea of a small business doesn't seem to compute with whats out there. Everything is professional and uptight. I want the poor shmuck like me who stayed up to late glueing things and had to get "readers" because they're having trouble making straight cuts. When I started my store in Anchorage, I looked around and looked around for a plain old common sense commentary on the realities of daily living with a cottage industry....but had little success. I do think we don't have time for that sort of thing. I don't even do this blog properly! Look! I didn't even put a watermark on my picture today (signature on the picture to stop plagiarism). I think I'll call the blog "the Small Business Schmuck!" I've heard that shmuck stands for a certain part of the male anatomy in Yiddish. Do you think that's true?? If it is ... I probably shouldn't call the blog that!

Products Used

* Cardstocks were pulled out of the leftover box!

Stamps by Stampscapes (go visit the website!)
* Ledge - 054F
* Oak Tree Large - 179G

Inks by Adirondack
* Cranberry
* Slate
* Pitch Black
* Eggplant
* Butterscotch

* Stamped on Inkssential Glossy Paper
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

River Cabin


I was going back through some of my cards and came across this one. Sometimes I go back through my stash and say..."What was I thinking?" But when I saw this again, I couldn't help thinking what a wonderful company Stampscapes is! Where would I be without these amazing and realistic images that take you away to the vacation you wish you took last year??

I did use the tonal applicator on the edges of this card (I know the applicator brings up memories of endless tapping and unintended pear shapes!) but when done right...it's just looks like nothing else (you can see my yucky part in the upper right hand corner!)

Other than that, I used a sponge and inks from the Adirondack line to give impressions of color. You can't be precise with a sponge! I'm always careful to include white as one of my colors, and left it on the mountains and the cabin roof. I learned this from Kevin (creator of Stampscapes) and try to do this every time. If you haven't been to the website - you really must go...there are endless galleries, tutorials, and ideas that will entrance you for hours!

Products used

* Inkssentials Glossy Paper
* Various Cardstocks fished out of the bin!


Stampscapes Stamps
* Gulls - 302A
* Cattails - 016B
* Tonal Applicator 084E
* Cloud (Cumulus) - 018E
* Rocky Peaks - 188F
* Cabin with Fence - 144F
* Sedge Bank (left) - 234F


Inks (dye)
* Adirondack / Eggplant 
* Adirondack / Denim
* Adirondack / Slate
* Adirondack / Butterscotch
* Adirondack / Espresso
* Memories / Hunter Green

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blackwork



Let me just start by saying....I know a great dentist if you need one! One abcess tooth, an extraction and one temporary bridgework later and I'm a new woman! Done just under two hours by the way! She's awesome! Dr. Randa Jundi here in Port Huron - just around the corner from me - is my new hero! I didn't feel a thing....mostly! :)



So here's the last card for Connie's latest copic class at Destination Marysville. I kind of threw everything out the door that I've learned about mulitiple colors in the same family blending into delightful cohesiveness....and drove down the rabbit trail with hardly any markers. You can't tell from the pictures, but I used the dotted swiss papers from Bazzill since Connie has quite a collection at her store. I think I'm in love! (But not as in love with them as I currently am with my dentist!

Products Used
* Bazzill Dotted Swiss / Tahitian Princess
* Bazzill Dotted Swiss / Irish Eyes
* Bazzill Prismatics / Black


* Sakura Black Glaze Pen
* Sakura Clear Glaze Pen
* Versamagic / Wheat VG-82


Copics
* Cool Chadow
* W3 Warm Gray No. 3
* YG03 Yellow Green
* G85 Verdigris


Stamps
* Hero Arts Cling / Blossoms / CG148
* Memory Box / Just Note / B1053
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