Good afternoon! This new year -- 2016 -- got off to a bit of a rocky start. Those of you who are close to me know the details. I have tried to find time to get crafty, because it really is very therapeutic. "Stress crafting," as I call it, can work wonders in reducing stress -- seriously.
Without further delay, here are two designs from this new year:
Oh how I loved this design! (My mother loved it, too -- she just went on and on about how beautiful it was. So sweet of her; I will never forget.) For papers I used A Muse bubblegum (base), Bazzil kraft, and then, for the little die cut book, a bit of a 12"x12" sheet by Doodlebug Designs. I stamped the images, from the Lawn Fawn set "Science of Love," in Memento Rich Cocoa. (The book die was from the corresponding set by Lawn Fawn). I used the Martha Stewart floral lace border punch to add a beautiful edge, and finished the card with Xmas Red Stickles and a bit of A Muse ribbon. Oh, and I used a corner rounder (I favor my Stampin' Up! one) on the kraft piece.
And this year... for the first time since I began crafting NEARLY TEN years ago... I actually got around to making some cards for St. Patrick's Day! It was a minor miracle, and truly an act of sheer will. I broke out some vintage images and supplies for this one -- the pot of gold, small shamrock, and sentiment are all by A Muse Artstamps. The shamrock line is a Studio G image I grabbed at Michael's for $1 many, many years ago. (The rubber is a bit warped and I had a heck of a time getting it to stamp well -- I guess you do get what you pay for in this instance.) I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Forever Green mid-tone) and VersaFine Onyx. The card base is a vintage Cottage Green Argyle notecard by A Muse Artstamps. I carefully applied Stickles (in Gold) to fill up the pot o' gold. Overall I did like how this design turned out, though I wish that dang shamrock line had just worked better. Alas!
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