Ah, it is good to be back!
I’ve been home for a little more than a week now, and have caught up on my sleep. Not caught up on laundry, work tasks, blogging or stamping — yet!
My experience as a Red Cross caseworker working with flood victims in the Midwest is difficult to describe. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done (well, okay — childbirth is right up there, too!) but it was also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. My heart still aches for the good people of Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa as they deal every day with putting their lives back together. My sincere thanks to all of you who made a donation to the American Red Cross. If you missed that opportunity, it’s not too late! Click here to make your donation now.
Now that I’m back and have my hands on my beloved computer, I have much to post and much to tell y’all. So much has happened in the worlds of Stampin’ Up!, rubber stamping, home decor and scrapbooking!
This takes a half sheet of card stock for the base, shown here in Purely Pomegranate. Did you know this color will be retiring August 10th? Better stock up now!
Fold the base (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches) in half, then fold the front half in half again. The larger bird on the front was stamped in black Stazon, a little yellow was sponged on and I used an aqua painter to put some grass under the birdie’s feet.
For the inside, I stamped the smaller bird in black Stazon on the Whisper White piece and on a scrap piece. I cut out the scrap bird to make a masking template and temporarily attached the masking template over the stamped bird before stamping the umbrella. Some easy coloring with an aqua painter and it was time to add the raindrops. These are just drops of Crystal Effects.. and I have a hint for working with Crystal Effects.
Don’t cut the tip off the Crystal Effects bottle. Instead, use a wood skewer to dip into the bottle and place the drops where you want them. I find it so much easier to control the placement and my Crystal Effects does not dry out in the bottle…although I use it so much it really doesn’t have a chance to dry out! You can pick up a package of skewers at a grocery store.
To finish this card, I used the ticket corner punch, added a bow, stamped and punched out the circles and put just a little dot with my white gel pen in the corners. A little more dotting with the white gel pen on the umbrella and I was done.
By carefully placing the two focal pieces and the circles the “rainy” birdie fits directly behind the “sunny” birdie when the card is closed.
The ladies in my stamp clubs enjoyed making this card, and even those who were a little scared of watercoloring the grass and puddle were happy with their results.
Speaking of stamp clubs, I’m offering an open stamp club class next Thursday, July 24th at 6:30 p.m. in Duluth GA. If you’re in the metro Atlanta area, you are welcome to attend as a guest — we’ll make the cutest ever summer card and I’m featuring scrapbooking techniques. You’ll leave with three completed projects and oodles of ideas for a supply fee of only $10! Call me at 678-467-1330 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 7/22/08 to register. This offer is available to the first 6 people to contact me, so don’t wait!