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Thank You!….& some fun news

I wanted to start today’s post by first of all thanking all of you for your heartfelt sentiments and support.  It’s wonderful to know that I’m not alone and that many of you either have been or are where I am now.  

I also want to reassure you all that neither I nor this blog are going anywhere.  I am deeply committed to getting this blog up and running again, and following my vision for this blog which I posted a few months ago.  

I think one of the things that’s been holding me back is the fact that I’ve been feeling as though I need to wait for everything to be “ready” – new banner, new buttons, new design….blah, blah, blah…….so that I could launch with a bang LOL! Well, with the way life has been I just hadn’t gotten to the re-design. I kept telling myself: “next week – next week I’ll finish my designs and then get the blog up and running and then write a great post, and then keep sharing great content….and then we’ll all live happily every after.”  For those of you with blogs, I’m sure you know what I mean. 

Of course things rarely go exactly the way we envision, and when they don’t we get stuck.

Well, I’ve decided that I’m going to do something quite revolutionary……for me that is…….and take it one post at a time.  And I have to say, it’s heartwarming to know that as I work on re-connecting, there are actually readers (aka friends) that are willing and happy to reconnect.

So, for today I wanted to share with you some fun news. About 6-8 months ago, in one of my posts I shared one of my goals which was to get published. Now I’ve been wanting to get published for awhile, but I’ve never actually gotten around to submitting anything for publication. The rules of publication are pretty stringent in that what you submit cannot be posted publicly anywhere – not on a blog, not behind the password protection of Paper Crafter’s Library, nowhere.  So of course that was a pretty big deterrent for me since I would say 99% of what I create is for either the Paper Crafter’s Library blog or the member area.  

Well this past fall, I decided to take the plunge and set aside time to create for the express purpose of submitting it for publication. I submitted different projects to two different magazines….and…….I got accepted for both first time round!  Isn’t that exciting?  

So the first magazine I got accepted into is the Paper Crafts Card Creations Volume 11 (released in late winter/early spring):

PaperCraftsMagazine

I had the following cards published in that magazine: “Happy Birthday, Ace” on page 25

FlyingByBirthday

 And “Ouch Feel Better” on page 63

OuchCard

 I also got accepted for the Paper Crafts May/June 2013 magazine, but the projects I submitted were put in the online digital version rather than the print version

Magazine Cover 

The first project is a Father’s Day Card:

DadEnjoyYourSpecialDay

 You can see a snapshot of the digital page here:

Card1

The second project I had was a gift bag I created using some May Arts Ribbons I’m absolutely in love with (ruffled gingham):

ThereisNoOneLikeYouGiftBag 

You can see the magazine page here:

gift bag

The second magazine I got published in is the Summer 2013 Cardmaker magazine:

Cardmaker

 And I had the following cards published: “Make a Wish” on Page 17

MakeAWishBirthdayCard

 {Reely} in Love on page 32

ReelyInLove

 “Live Out Loud” on page 97

LiveOutLoud

 

Pretty cool eh?  Now unfortunately I haven’t had the time to create for submitting for publication since then, but now I know it’s not as bad as I had thought it would be. So I’m making sure that I make some time this summer to try and create for submission some more.

So that’s all for today!

 

Happy Halloween Spider Card

I don’t know about you all, but I just love Halloween.  We’re not one of those families that go all out and decorate our house for Halloween or throw Halloween parties, but we enjoy taking the kids out trick or Treating, and I enjoy creating all sorts of nifty Halloween projects.  We’ve got a whole bunch of them planned over the next few weeks.  Today’s card is a quick and easy one using the supplies listed below.  I have to say, Stampin’ Up!’s spider paper from the Frightful Sight collection is just too cute!  When I saw it, I immediately knew that it would go perfectly with my glittered spider stickers from Jolee’s Boutique.

Stamps: 2009 Halloween Tags (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry CS, Cajun Craze CS, Basic Black CS, Whisper White CS;  Frightful Sight DP (Stampin’ Up!)
Accessories: Limitless Layers 1 ¾” Circles die set (Papertrey Ink); Glitter Spiders (Jolees boutique); 1 ¾” circle punch (Stampin’ Up!); Craft Thread (Michael’s)

Up, Up, and Away

I really loved this little balloon set when I saw it.  I knew that I needed to do something simple in order to show it off to its best advantage.  How better to do this then to create a simple sky backdrop to feature the lively colors in the balloons.  I simply created a background wash for the sky, and then for the balloons, I used direct to rubber with marker.  On the whole I think it ended up with a simple elegance that shows it off perfectly!

Supplies:

  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Distress Tea Dye ink (Ranger inc)
  • Paper:  Watercolor paper, Basic Black, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Up and Away
  • Other:  Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, scissors, Gold Krylon pen,  Stamp-a-ma-jig, brushes

Hope you enjoy,

March of the Turtles

Now that I have a new way of adding color to my solid image stamps, I have to say that I love using them.  These turtles are no exeption.  I stamped them out in varying green inks, then colored over them with color pencils.  The background was created with watercolor pencils and a variety of techniques.  I love the loose look of the ground, shrubbery and clouds.  This whole card was pretty simple to make, but alas, not fast lol.  The tip for making the ground can be found in my Snail Mail post on the Paper Crafters World blog!

Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Fox and Friends
  • Ink:  Kiwi Kiss, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Basic Black
  • Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Retired DP, Color Pencil paper
  • Coloring medium:  Prismacolor pencils, Caran D’Ache Supracolor watercolor pencils
  • Other:  Old Olive 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, mini glue dots, Sakura Stardust pen, Gold Leaf Krylon marker, retired white rub-on greetings

 

A Note From

Today’s Card was totally inspired, and cased from This One by Jessica Witty.  I love the whole concept of mixing colors right on the card, in big wet pools (something I like to play with anyway lol).  It is such a simple and lovely technique, that I decided to feature the technique in Paper Crafters Library.  The key to success is simple.  A good brush that holds plenty of water, and being very generous with the water.  The other thing which you want to ensure, is that you paint does not dry out when adding one color beside the next, or you will end up with water blooms.  So make sure you work quickly!  For the greeting, I just could not find the right one among all my stamps.  With such a bold abstract design, you need something that does not get lost.  So I turned to my trusty Silhouette to cut me a greeting which would work perfectly.  Hope you Enjoy,

Supplies:

  • Paper:  Basic Black CS, Watercolor paper, white copy paper (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ for paper airplane)
  • Color:Watercolor Paints (I don’t like using re-inkers since the colors are not quite as true, and don’t always blend properly)
  • Die Cut:  A Note from… (Silhouette)
  • Other:  Round brushes, 3-D glue, glitter, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin’ Sponges
  • Ink:  Tempting Turquoise

Bloomin Beautiful Watercolor card

Today’s card is fast and simple.  There really is not so much special in this design.  I watercolored the image with my Watercolor paints, then made sure that the flowers were popped up from the vase, and the bee was popped up from the flowers.  The whole image is popped up on the mat, and the mat is popped up from the card.  All in all, a popped up card.  The card itself is a non standard size… 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, with the mat being a 1/2″ smaller.  The image mat is 2 1/2″ squared, and the next mat is 2 5/8″ squared.  The image was stamped and colored on Hot Press Watercolor paper.  Thanks for looking,

Supplies:

  • Paper:  Early Espresso CS, Whispe White CS, Retired DP, Hot Press watercolor paper (Fabriano)
  • Stamps:  Bloomin Beautiful
  • Ink:  Staz-on black ink, Creamy Caramel (retired)
  • Coloring Medium:  Watercolor paints
  • Other: Aqua Painters, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way glue pen, Stampin’ Sponges, Seam Binding ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals