Some days you feel like crafting.
Some days you don’t.
I had the day off yesterday, and grand plans to make both a birthday card and a Valentine’s Day card for my Valentine (aka husband). Even though I got up at my normal “workday time,” all the other stuff that I hadn’t gotten to the day before (read: errands :-p ), took twice as long as I’d hoped and I didn’t get back home until late morning… and by that time I was fighting the crabbies from having to be up and down and around town that long (without even a visit to a fun store like Hobby Lobby! HA!).
After putting all my stuff away, I started my afternoon in the craft room, but it was only through forcing myself. Instead of jumping into a card design, though, I decided to work on some of the techniques I’d learned in day one of the Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Edition I’m currently enrolled in at OnlineCardClasses. So I picked up a cute little image that’s been on my desk for about a month now that I’d colored with some alcohol markers I had picked up at the time at Hobby Lobby, and incorporated Kathy’s (genius) ideas into improving it. Here’s the before and after:
I lost myself in the process for a few minutes, but then began to get a little impatient (I was fighting a bad mood, still!), so left the room and went and got in a good sweat session… those often help, and help it did, because I didn’t even take the time to change back out of my workout gear to get busy on making this image into a Valentine for my husband! 🙂
I had purchased the new Stud Puffin set from Lawn Fawn a week ago while at one of my favorite stores out of town, but that may have been where I got hung up earlier in the day – I just kept looking at this cute little pair laying there on my desk and felt drawn to it. And I pulled out a few other elements that brought me joy to add to my collection but I haven’t gotten much use out of yet in the dies. And then I went to town.
I’m particularly jazzed about my moon, which I masked, blended around, and then went back with a colored pencil to try to free-hand some sort of lunar craters to make it look more obvious as to what it is (vs. looking like a fortune-telling crystal ball).
So far, no glitter yet… but Valentine’s Day is still several weeks away… and I do intend to come back to this in the daylight anyhow to see if it needs any final finishing touches (I finished it up after dark after all in a room where the lighting just doesn’t help for anything other than locating the right top or pair of pants, and even then… lol).
Oh, and did I mention acetate? There’s a reason I save some of the plastic packaging from some of my purchases… and I finally gave that reason a real purpose for the window in this card to allow the front sentiment to “hover” in the open air.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂
This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges.
|Title: WT775 From My Heart To Yours
|SCS Keywords: WT775, CC774, CAS569, Lawn_Fawn, lawnfawn, Valentine, galaxy
|Stamps: Winter Skies (Lawn Fawn), Love You (Stampabilities – outside sentiment), P.S. I Love You (Stampin’ Up – inside sentiment)
|Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Night of Navy, Versamark
|Paper: Core-dinations White 110#, Night of Navy
|Paper Size: A2
|Technique: CAS, ink blending, heat embossing, window card, galaxy
|Accessories: Subtle dynamic embossing folder (SU!), Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White embossing powder, alcohol markers (Hobby Lobby), colored pencils (Crayola), White Gelly Roll pen, Martin’s bleed proof white, acetate|