Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another Father's day card

So I know Father's day was a while ago, but I didn't publish this card I made for my dad.  It's kind of basic, but has lots of masculine adornments.






This is my 'go to' masculine card layout - having the card edge held together with grommets and twine, but the card is a little too light for my taste. If I were to do it again, I would have the card base in a bolder color - maybe navy or kraft to give it more punch.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Birthday Button card

Today's post is a card I made for my sister's 50th birthday.  She is into fun and whimsical images so I inked up this mason jar filler set from PTI with daisies, added it to the cloud paper, layered on black then on the green card base and added in buttons and shine for the fence.  Voila - a birthday card!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

MFT Sketch Challenge - School girl

Good morning bloggers,
Happy Saturday.  It's another rainy day here in New England, but Sunday is going to be sunny.  Yeah!  Here in my town, the last day of school was Thursday.  I was reminded of how dishelved the kids have looked this week going to and from school and had to laugh about how different it is from the first day of school.  Parent's and kids put so much thought and effort in the outfit for the first day and almost no thought or effort into the last day.  This girl is in a 'first day of school' kind of outfit don't you think?


Friday, June 24, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Things with Wings





Good morning bloggers.  Happy Friday.  Today's post has two cards.  I just got this 'just right' stamp set and really wanted to ink it up.  Today's challenge was 'things with wings.'   Butterflies have wings so I am all set.  For those who don't know about the Just Right stamps - they are very flexible.  This stamp came with 4 circle images (all butterflies) and 4 round border images.  You mix and match your circle and border to make an image to suite your card.  I think I like the brighter colors on the purple card, but the pastel is nice too.  Which is your favorite?  Oh and can you help me?  I have been asked to make Nascar themed cards for someone.  Do any of you know of a paper line or stamp set with race cars or checked flags?  If you know, thanks for posting.  I'm going to go to the local stamp store, but I'm not sure what I'll find.

Do you have a stamp set with wings?  Then play along with our challenge this week.  Make your card, post it on your blog and then link it in below.  No time to make your own card?  See what the others have created?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Copic Markers - Flicking, Blending & reverse imaging

Hi bloggers,

Well it's Thursday and that means it's time for a copic post. I made my first instructional video for you!  It's short and I hope you enjoy it.

The video shows how I made this card above.

Basically you pick two colors that are somewhat contrasting.
You start with the side of your copic sketch marker and put the side on the paper and quickly and loosely flick the marker up and away so the ink goes from the edge to the center.  You do the entire edge in one color, then turn your paper and do the other edge in the opposing color.  You repeat this several times until there is no white left, just your two colors.

To do the reverse imaging, you put colorless blender on your stamp and stamp down.  Where the colorless blender goes on your paper, the ink pulls away and leaves white where the stamp is.




I realized when I watched this back that the lighting is TERRIBLE in this video.  Oops!  I'll adjust it for any future posts.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make it Monday - Reverse Masking

Today's post is for the Papertrey ink make it monday challenge.


The URL below includes the 10 minute you tube video explaining how to do the technique.  It's really quite simple and fun.  

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2011/06/make-it-monday-20-reverse-masking.html

If you try the technique with PTI stamps, post your submission on the blog you are entered to win a free stamp set.

I used the mason jar additions (spring) tulip stamp and the background stamp set Argyle.  I kept the colors fun and whimsical to add to the feel of the bright and playful tulips.

Oh, and for all you papercrafters out there, I read in Ladies Home Journal today that if we use our hands - we will be happier.   How great is that?  "Working with your hands can flood your brain with natural antidepressants.'  They also go on to say that it will decrease stress levels.  So, stamp away my friends and BE HAPPY.  The article is in the July 2011 issue of Ladies Home Journal.  It is titled 'Want to be happier?' and it was written by Catherine Newman.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Impression Obsession Challenge - Hot Fun in the Summer

Isn't it fitting that I post my 'Hot fun in the summer' challenge card today.  Today is the summer soltice.  Here in New England the sun was up at probably 5am and tonight it won't set until close to 9pm.  I can't imagine how people adapt when they live in really northern climates.  I haven't been sleeping much lately.  I wake up in the morning and don't have an easy time falling back to sleep.  I suppose those in the far north use shades for these long days.  But, no, I am NOT complaining.  Compared to the short days of winter, I love this time of year!  My favorite way to enjoy the heat (or beat the heat depending upon your preference) is to be a the beach.  I love my beach chair with a cool drink, a good book and some sunscreen.  What's your favorite thing to do on a hot summer day?

I am really happy with how this card turned out.  Sometimes that happens.  You start with something that you aren't really sure is going to even be decent and then it surprises you by being wonderful.  I love this stamp from I/O (H1743 - A day at the beach) but I find if I color it too much it gets busy.  So I chose to add only slight hints of color to get a washed out and mellow effect.  I used my copics E41 and E00 for the sand.  Then I only added a hint of gray with W5 for the chair, fence and buckets and then I added a Y32 for the lemonade and beach ball.  Lastly I put in some BG10 for the beach blanket, umbrella and floral accent on the basket. 

The image is layered onto some coordinating webster pages Yacht club papers and I did a bit of stitching on the star paper layer.  A ribbon bow, button and some die cut scallops and circles round out the card using a new favorite sketch layout.

You still have time to enter your card in the challenge.  Just use at least one IO stamp and make it a summer theme.   Post it on your blog and link it into the IO blog before 10pm Wednesday night.  Below is the IO blog link and a listing of future challenges.  When you enter the challenge you enter a drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to I/O.

http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/


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Monday, June 20, 2011

MFT Sketch Challenge - icecream girl


Good morning bloggers,
Did you have a nice Father's Day weekend?   We had beautiful weather.  My in-laws came for a visit.  My father in law went golfing with Eric and Bob Saturday.  He was thrilled with his fathers day gift of greens fee's.  My mother in law is very easy going so I didn't have anything planned for her, but she was happy to go to Target with Sarah and I and get her first ever frappacino from Starbucks on our home.  Sunday Eric had a double header baseball game.  This summer he is playing on a senior babe ruth team and loves it.  The boys are all good players but they don't take it too seriously.  They laugh a lot.    Then yesterday I got busy in the garden.  My front bed had become very over grown from years of neglect so I've been trying to go out for 1 hour per evening to work on it.  It's coming along nicely.  Although today my shoulders are sore from digging and weeding.

Today's post is for the weekly MFT challenge.  I'm trying to play every week in June to be eligible for the bonus winner.  This cutie pie is the pure innocence ice cream girl.   She is adorable on this October Afternoon school days papers.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your week!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

PTI Make it Monday - Rock and Roll



Today's post is for papertrey inks 'make it monday' technique.  this week the technique was rock and roll, which basically means mixing two colors of ink on your stamp.  You do this by covering the entire stamp in light colored ink and then rolling the edges of the stamp in a darker ink.

I chose to do this with my new melon stamp from papertrey ink.  Check out the blog and watch the you tube instruction video and play along..

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2011/06/make-it-monday-19-rock-and-roll-technique.html

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Masculine


Good morning,
Today I have two masculine cards for the bloggers challenge.  The first is using the Amuse panda, bamboo and sentiment 'you are one of a kind.'  This one is set on green and brown double sided paper.  I think he's very cute.  The second is using a retired stampin up golf image.  The second card is using sahara sand, very vanilla and artichoke.

We had exciting news this week.  My daughter Sarah applied to the peace corp in January.  She got her invitation this week.  She is invited to teach english in the Ukraine.  She is excited and praying about the opportunity.  If any of you have information about the peace corp or the Ukraine, let me know.  I'm excited for her, but will miss her terribly if she goes in September.  It is a 2 year assignment and a great opportunity for her.

Check out the other bloggers entries or enter your own masculine card below:



Well, off to walk my doggies and pack my lunch before heading to work.  Have a great day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Copic Markers

Hi all,


So, on Saturday I went to the copic certification class and I just don't think it would be fair for me to keep the information I learned to myself.  So, I hope to create one blog a week about Copic Markers.  First, a clarification.  I do not work in the crafting/card making industry.  I work for a semi-conductor company Mon-Fri to pay for my stamping addiction.  I am purely a hobbyist and have no compensation what so ever from any stamp company or the company that makes Copic Markers.  However I am biased in that I love my copic markers... so now that you know where I'm coming from here goes.  Also, I must give credit to the teachers of the class.  Lori Craig, Debbie Olson and Maryann Walker are the true experts on copics.  I encourage you to check out their blogs below for a look at really good use of copic markers.  My blog will be a learning environment.  You will see my practicing, it will be a long time before you see the super great results these ladies produce.

Debbie Olson's Blog
http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com

Lori Craig's Blog
http://loricraig.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com

MaryAnne Walker's Blog
http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com

So for today I thought I'd start with 10 common questions about copics.

1) Should I buy copic markers?  This one is pretty simple. Do you have some discretionary money?  Here's a clue.  If you have a credit card balance that you can't pay off you probably don't want to get into copics.  No, I'm not preaching on fiscal responsibility.  But what I am saying is that copics are like potato chips.  You really can't just have a few.  Be prepared to make an investment in this art tool over the first year.  If you don't really have any discretionary money now, don't worry.  You can get some great coloring results with prisma colored pencils for a lot less money.  Go to your 'big box' craft store with a 50% off coupon.  Buy a pack of 24 or 48 prisma colored pencils.  Get a bottle of Sansador solution and a blending stick and use that.  However, if you have a little discretionary income and you want to buy markers - definitely get copics.  If you want markers - they are your best investment.   Don't waste your money on other markers. 

2) How many markers should I start with?  I would recommend you buy at least 20 markers to get started.  If you spend $6.00 per marker, that is $120.00 (see question 1.)  If you buy less than this, I can assure you that you will be back to the store within a few months adding to your collection. But wait, here's an idea.  Do you have kids or a husband who need good gift ideas in the $20.00 range for birthdays & holidays?  For that kind of money your kids can get you a set of 3 copics in a new color.  Wouldn't you love to open that gift and have a genuine expression of excitement over the gift?  I know I want copics in my christmas stocking and it's an easy thing for family to buy you.

3) What paper should I buy to use with my copics?  I recommend papertrey ink stampers select white.  This is my 'go to' paper for MOST copic coloring.  This 110 pound thick paper won't cause any feathering and you'll be able to do some decent blending and shading with that.  Once you've been using your copics for a while you may want to invest in the more expensive XPress it paper.  That paper is better for more significant shading and highlighter you want on larger images.  Other people like Neenah Solar White and Bazzill Simply smooth but I find that I add a lot of color in my coloring so my images generally feather and I am not happy with my results.  If you have those other papers though, use them.  Just use them with a 'light touch' and be careful not to oversaturate your page or you'll get feathering.

4) What ink can I use to get my stamp image on my paper?  Use Momento Black or Ranger Distress Inks.  Do NOT use Stayz On or Versafine.   These will ruin your markers (see question 8.)  Stampin up and other home based stamp company inks won't work for you either.  These are water based inks and your image will bleed through them. These others won't ruin your markers, they'll just ruin your stamped image.

5) What colors should I buy?  Look over your stamp collection and decide what types of images you have.  If you have a lot of My Favorite Things Pure Innocence or A La Mode girls, you'll want E000, E00 and R10 to do skin color and pink cheek highlights.  You'll also want some light browns (E33, E34 & E35) and yellows (Y21, Y23 & Y26) for hair color.  If you have a lot of critters (like Cat's Pajamas or Penny Black) you'll want mostly earth tones for brown bears, dogs and bunnies.  If you have a lot of flowers (like papertrey ink, Lockhart or Just Right Stamps) you'll want to get a few pastel color schemes to do your tulips, daffodils and pansies.  Always buy THREE of every color family.  Start with a few favorite color families and using the color chart - pick your favorite color and get the two colors just below that one.  Also get a colorless blender.  It has many uses. You should also get a BG000 as a nice shading color for your images (more on that in future posts.)

6) What does the copic numbering system mean?  The first letter is the color family.  Y is yellow....  The second letter would be a color combination. YR is yellow red.  The first number is the amount of gray.  A 0 means it is pure color (no gray.)  A number 8 or 9 means there is a lot of gray and the color is more muted.  The second number is the intensity of the color.  So again a second number of 0 means very light.  A second number of 7 or 8 means very bright.  YG23 is a nice bright green.  It is pretty pure tone and not too intense.  R89 is a very dark but muted red.

7) Which style marker should I get?  Copic sells the sketch marker, the Ciao, the original (square barrel) and the wide marker.  If you are using them for coloring stamped images I recommend the sketch.  The brush tip of the sketch is great for feathering and also does well in tight spaces.  They also come in the widest range of colors.  The original is okay too, but I don't always like the smaller tip for the larger images I color.  I find the sketch markers are the most versatile but I have colors in each of the 4 types and I use them.

8) How can I learn to use them?  Go to the blog 'Ilikemarkers.com'  This blog has videos and instructions all over it.  It is the BEST teaching resource on the web.  You can also buy books at your local stamp store.  One is called 'coloring with copics.'  Another is called 'shadows and shading.'  Both are written by Maryann Walker.  You can also take a class.  You should also practice.  Like anything you will get better by using them.

9) Can I damage my copics?  Yes, but probably not in the ways you would think.  You cannot 'contaminate' your copic markers by blending colors together.  However, if you use the wrong ink, you can ruin them.

10) Where should I buy my copics?  The best place to buy them is at your local stamp store.  They will generally have colors that work for stampers and it is really nice to see the color in person.  I have yet to find a good website that does a good job showing the color.  Wait till you have a rewards card filled or watch for a promotion (buy 3 get 1 free.)  While you can get them a little cheaper online, it isn't that much cheaper and we all need to do what we can to keep our local stamp store in business.  I was sad to see another LSS announce their closing at the end of the summer.  Also, another good place to get them is from papertrey ink.  They sell colors in sets of three and they match the paper colors.  Lastly, a local art store is another good place to go.  Here in Boston, I like Blick's Art Materials near fenway park.  They have a huge selection and it is a fun stop when we are in Boston for other things.

So, that is my 10 questions about copics.  Leave me a comment if you found this useful.  Next week I'll post some details on one of the first basic techniques.  I may even try to make a you tube video! It may be comical - who knows!

Anyway, have a great day - start practicing!

Notes about products mentioned above.
Papertrey ink is only sold online.  The website is papertreyink.com.
Momento Black and XX are sold in big box stores.  You can get refills for this at your local stamp store.
Copics can be bought at your local stamp store, and art stores.  They aren't sold in big box stores.  Blick's Art Supply has a good selection for a good price.  They have stores and on-line.  www.dickblick.com.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Papertrey ink Make it Monday tissue paper effect

This weeks make it monday technique was to use tissue paper on your image.  It is a neat effect and I think I'll use it again.  Adding the tissue paper gives a much more muted effect to your image.  Since my circus/bright/stripe paper is also muted and distressed I thought it might work.

Below is the link to the Make it Monday Technique video.

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2011/06/make-it-monday-18-adding-texture-with-tissue-paper.html

Sunday, June 12, 2011

MFT Sketch Challenge - coffee girl



It's a rainy Sunday here in New England and I'm looking forward to going to church in a bit and then heading home and spending the afternoon in my craft room.  Some people go to church out of obligation, but I go because I really do love it.  I love the people - it's like my family.  I also love the music.  We have some great worship leaders and we can really rock the house.  I also love the messages. They are relevant and interesting.  Today our pastor will be preaching on prayer.  I look forward to learning some things.  I hope you are able to find a church that you love going to.  It's a great thing.

Anyway back to crafting....  I made this card for the MFT sketch challenge.  I inked up this 'A La Mode' coffee girl with my copics and layered on some papertrey ink everyday blessing papers. I finished her off with some stitching. I think she's adorable no matter how I work with her.  Below is the sketch challenge I worked with.

I am glad to have some time today to craft because I have a lot of things I need to practice from my copic class yesterday.  It was a great class.  Debbie Olson and Lori Craig were fabulous teachers and they are incredibly talented crafters.  I discovered several things I was doing wrong - especially with my 'large areas' to color.  I will do more posts on what I learned but the main thing I'm going to practice today is the flicking and feathering.  In the past I would saturate my paper with copic color and just keep layering on color on top of color.  It didn't always give me the effect I wanted.  Lori taught me that if I flick my pen from the edge of the image to the center I'll get a better light to dark effect with a lot less ink.  Feathering is similar but it is how you would flick one color from one end of the image and a lighter color in from the other.  Lori was very practical with us.  While she taught us the techniques she also emphasized the importance of practice.  So if you have copics and don't always like the effect you get with them, here is my advice.  Read 'I like markers' blog or go to a class.  Then take several sheets of paper with images and instead of making cards with them, practice coloring.  Think of it like tennis.  You take a lesson, then you hit balls with a machine or a back board or a friend.  Then you play a game.   Most people aren't born talented tennis players or card makers.  They get there with practice.  More on the class in the future posts.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Sketch Challenge - Graduation

Happy Friday,

This weeks bloggers challenge is a sketch challenge.  I needed more graduation cards (for boys) so used this sketch to make a graduation card for Alex.  Alex is a friend of Eric's.  He graduates from WCS tonight and his party is Saturday.  I used this Memory Box black and white paper.  I added in this red text box patterned paper as the accent for the lower border.  The words say things like 'seek truth', 'be unique' and 'laugh' so I thought it fit well with the graduation theme.  For the sentiment I stamped my happy graduation on vellum and then tucked it under the red paper and the twine so the tape/glue didn't show.  I attempted some stitching but it's not my best....  I am getting better, but definitely need to be VERY careful to stay straight!  I included the sketch for any of you who want to play this week in our bloggers challenge.

Tomorrow I'm off to meet Lori Craig and Debbie Olson at the Boston Copic Certification class.  I am very excited.  I just got my notebook ready (I heard I will want to take lots of notes) and inked up a few classic floral and girl images on two alternate papers (papertrey ink white and neenah classic solar white.)  They say we don't have to do this, but I'd like to try the technique's on the papers I have at home (in addition to any papers they have for us to use.)  It's a triple bonus day for me because 1) I get to take the class with Lori and Debbie, 2) I get to carpool with my friend Kimberly and chit chat during the drive and 3) the hotel restaurant serves sushi.  Yum!

Check out what the other team members did below and/or post your card and link it it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Let's hear it for the boys - Impression Obsession Challenge

Today's card is for the Impression Obsession Challenge.

The challenge was to use an impression obsession stamp and make a masculine card.  The timing was perfect for this challenge.  We have several graduation parties this weekend for Eric's friends, so I inked up the I/O stamp Book and Cap and did a masculine theme with blues and yellows.  This card will go to Michael.  He graduates Friday night and his party is Saturday afternoon.  I won't be joining the party (hubby and son will go) because I will be at Copic Certification in Boston. I am so excited for the class.

So do you recognize this stamp?  It is the same stamp set I used to make Sarah's ultra girly over the top card last month.  Isn't it amazing how the same stamp can create such different and interesting cards?
I wanted to use my new Webster Pages patterned paper and was happy to find this nautical themed page with the perfect graduation words.  I added twine and buttons to finish off the card.

Want to play in the challenge?  Create your card (use at least one I/O stamp), post it and then use the link in tool in the link below to be considered.  Randomly selected winners get $25.00 gift certificate. 

http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2011/06/lets-hear-it-for-the-boys-challenge.html

Monday, June 6, 2011

MFT Sketch Challenge

Good morning,

My friend Maureen and I had a great time at the West Springfield Stamping show Saturday.  I now have a new favorite paper - Webster Pages.   I saw some samples of this paper line with the MFT pure innocence and fell in love.  It gives these girls a whole new image.  I love it.  I had borrowed this set from my friend Kimberly but when I saw this at the Bella Art booth I decided it was time this Pure Innocence Girl came to my house for good.  I also acquired a few Impression Obsession Christmas stamps, several new stickle colors and some paper.  I was pretty good and managed to not pull out the charge card once, but only have coins in my wallet right now.  I spent every last dollar I brought with me.

This card is for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I decided to make my squares out of vellum.  I was also inspired to stamp french script writing on the vellum with Tim Holz Antique Linen ink.  It's very subtle but I like it alot.  I usually don't like to work with vellum because I find it hard to apply to my card since most strong adhesives show through on vellum.  But now that I am becoming more proficient in stitching, I decided to stitch the vellum on the card.  I carefully lined them up, used a few post it notes to hold it in place and then stitched a zigzag stitch around the outer edge of the 4 vellum squares.  Below is the inspiration sketch.


The paper is double sided so I used the yellow as the main page and then flipped it over and used the blue/purple paper for the circle and scallop edge.  The paper piecing on this girl is time consuming but very feasible.  To get the watering can and dress and hands I did three layers.  Yellow dress, blue watering can, yellow again for on-top of the watering can and then the hands.  Feasible yes - time consuming yes - worth it - probably.  Her shoes have a layer of glass effects on top of the Copic W9 grey and I finished the card off with a cream ribbon, off-white button and a circle sentiment of Hugs.

My sister is soon to celebrate a milestone birthday.  She is also an avid gardener.  This card may be the one I use for that occasion so the inside will have a nice birthday sentiment.

I hope you have a nice Monday.  Leave me a comment if you can!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cracked Glass - Paper Trey Ink Make it Monday

So this week's Make It Monday was about creating cracked glass over a stamped image.  I had never tried this before, but it is an interesting technique that I plan to use again.  I already have ideas to use this for my new snowglobe Christmas stamp.  The video is short and informative.  I had all the supplies but one and easily found the embossing powder it calls for at Michaels (with a 40% coupon.)

You can watch the video with Heather by clicking the link.  This will also allow you to see all the other people who tried this technique.


http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2011/05/make-it-monday-17-cracked-glass-technique.html

So, here is my card....




I decided to stay with the floral theme (like Heather did) and I started with a base of so saffron and inked up my tulips from my PTI Mason Jar additions set.  I added a scallop layer of peach pizazz and then layered on so saffron patterned paper and used my new PTI edge die.  I put a final mat of black underneath.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for leaving a comment.  We have a beautiful, sunny day here in New England.  I am off to church and then hope to get a nice long walk with the dogs this afternoon.  Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Pets






Add a few curves to this women (she is VERY skinny, I am not), add some lined crocs for shoes, add a pooper scooper to her hands and take away the poodle from this picture and this is representation of what I will be doing in a few minutes.  I love taking my two dogs (Tank and Joey) for their two walks a day.  Usually we head out around 6:30am in the morning for a nice 20 minute walk and then after dinner around 7:30 at night, they get their second walk.   I love walking in my neighborhood.  The morning is peaceful with the birds singing and scuttering about.  The evening is fun, often the neighbor kids are out and they greet the dogs warmly as we go by. 

Today's BC theme was pets so I pulled out this often neglected stamp from DeNami.  I paper pieced her dress, which was challenging.  It was awfully small to cut at some points.  Then I layered the card together with this beautiful paper from SU.  I just read this papers is being discontinued so if you want it, order it now.  It's called 'Elegant Soiree' and it's really, really nice.  I may order a second pack.  I added a grommet and a Baja Breeze bow and voila - my card is done.

This weekend I am off with a stamping friend to the West Springfield stamp show. I am bringing $50.00 cash (no charge cards for me this weekend) and I will browse around and find some goodies.  Can't wait to see what they are showing.  Springfield had some tornadoes Tues evening but the fairgrounds where the show is are okay.  What are you doing this weekend?

If you want to play with the challenge, just make your 'pet' card, post it to your blog and add your link below.  Have fun with it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Artist Trading Card - Bon Appetite - Melon

Good morning,
Are you enjoying some summer weather to kick start June?  Here in New England it continues to be hot and summer like.  Wednesday is my day off so I am hoping to get some weeding and gardening done.  I am also hoping that the Yoga/Pilates class I take will be held outdoors under the gazebo.  It's so nice to do that class with a nice fresh breeze blowing and the trees in full bloom around us.





Today's post is an Artist Trading Card.  These are little 2X3 creations that are meant to be shared and traded.  I am heading off with some friends to the West Springfield Stamping show and they are hosting an ATC swap where the theme is 'Bon Appetite.'  I don't have any cooking related stamps, but I just got this adorable melon stamp and die set from papertrey ink and figured melon is a food so it works.  When I make my ATC's, I just make a miniature card.  Other people do all kinds of interesting things so I will be curious to see what I get in the swap.  I plan to make 10 of these while my car is at the shop today having the AC fixed.  This morning I'll precut the paper and melons, then I'll bring along my stamps, glue and ribbon and work on them there in the dealerships air conditioned waiting room.  I'll have to take over an entire table, but it should be pretty quiet at 1:00pm on a Wednesday.

Recipe for this card:
Papertrey ink Melon stamp set
Papertrey ink Argyle stamp set
Papertrey ink Melon die  (one die cut in white, one die cut in melon card stock.)
Papertrey ink Melon felt
Papertrey ink Melon card stock
Papertrey ink Melon ribbon (twill)
SU patterned paper in old olive
SU ink Cameo Coral (retired) & SU old olive ink.