Sunday, October 14, 2018

My Leisure time

Wow, I haven't done a layout or a challenge is ages! We recently moved into our new home so things have been a bit crazy and most of my crafty things are scattered around...little by little they are finding permanent homes  you know how it is you put it in one place but then you sit to craft and all of a sudden that's just not the right spot for it LOL Anyway I saw the October challenge for More than words and I couldn't wait to join in!
for the past couple years the only real leisure time was spent crafting but since the move I take time every day to sit on my new 3 season porch and enjoy my morning coffee (sometimes afternoon coffee and after dinner coffee LOL) I really enjoy being out there and it has a pretty nice view! Right now the leaves are starting to change so it's really beautiful!

 I took this photo from my porch this is my view right now!
 I used lots of inks and some distressed stains to go with my fall theme...there is plenty of splatters....Geez, I have missed making a mess!

thank you so much for coming to take a peek!

Trial and error

I have a new found appreciation for all the card-makers/crafters that take the time to mask even the smallest of images to create Fabulous cards! I have watched thousands of videos on card-making and stamping and am in awe of the creativity and effort each person puts into their cards. that being said I am still new to stamping, I've been making cards for a while now but mostly using my silhouette portrait and maybe a sentiment stamp or maybe even a single stamped image and a sentiment LOL Like I said I've watched other people do it using plain copy paper (tried that but I always end up crumpling up the paper and messing it up) the post-it note idea is really cool but all my post its are too small... I've seen that neat sticky paper for masking but I didn't have any on hand then it dawned on me yesterday when I was trying to make clouds that I have two huge rolls of painters tape hubby bought! (for a project that never got done LOL) so I tried it with the clouds and LOVED the results...that made me brave haha I pulled out a couple simple stamps (polar bear because they didn't need to be colored much) and trees! Talk about mix and match haha I used five different stamps from 3 different companies!
now came the hard part...stamping on tape and fussy cutting the tiny images....

I took my time...which by the way people who do this all the time WOW! I don't know how you have the patience. It's not so bad once you have the masks all cut out then its just a matter of placing them, Oh and make sure you stick it to your shirt before you put it on your card you really don't need it that sticky LOL!
So here is the first one I did.

On this one I learned I needed to wait for the ink to either dry on the masking or wipe it off, you can see some of the green kind of blended in the snowy area on the right and I need to make sure my hands are clean before touching the card! I have a bit of green here and there from where I touched green ink but since I used a bigger piece of paper to start with it was mostly cut off woohoo me! So I was really encouraged by the end I didn't mess it up too bad so I added it to a card base and really liked the end results ( haha this one goes to my Daughter!)

So I slept on it and this morning I wanted to try again...with a bit more knowledge I made this one with no smudging! I tried to space my trees a bit better. I did notice I didn't get the masking just right on the green scarf but I'm okay with it there are no big blobs of it and the bears don't have (much) blank white space around them! I just need to remember for next time to double check the masking placement next time!
All in all, I call this a success!
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