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I’m Doing Panels at Contraflow V This Weekend

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Today Contraflow starts, our local science fiction convention, and this year I’ve put myself forward, and I’m going to be on a couple panels. Here’s my panel schedule:

Saturday, 2 PM — Dreams and Creativity

Saturday, 9 PM — Writer’s Block: Myth or Madness

Sunday, 11 AM — Cultural Appropriation or Building Diversity: An Exploration Of Issues Involving Real World Cultures In Fantasy and Science Fiction

Brandon Black must have written that last title, I think. ūüôā

I’m excited about “Dreams and Creativity,” because two of the five stories I’ve sold, were based on dreams I had. So I have some stuff to say about that.

If you’re going to the con, some see me. I’ll need your support.

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Why I Haven’t Posted in a While

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Here are all my Christmas supplies, pulled out to make Cards. (And also a cat.) I have to clear them off the dining room table tonight, so my husband can start wrapping presents. Given that tomorrow is Christmas Eve, I have to admit defeat on making Christmas cards this year. I have hand-made unique holiday cards for our close family and friends for years. I love doing it. But not this year.

My Mom died of cancer in October. This is the concrete manifestation of my grief — I am creatively shut down. I haven’t written a word or stamped a thing since she died. I just can’t.

I hate this. I realize I should give myself a break, losing your mom is a big deal. But not making Christmas cards feels like such a defeat, such a failure. I’m really upset about it. And no one can fix this for me, either. I just have to live with it.

So that’s why I haven’t posted in a while. ¬†Nothing to post.

Valentine’s Day 2015

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There has been work and much illness in the family, and I just haven’t had time or inclination to do any arts & crafts for some time. ¬†But I made a special effort to make a couple Valentine’s Day cards.

I like Valentine’s Day. ¬†Many people decry it as a manufactured “Hallmark” holiday. ¬†But like anything else, you can make of it what you will. ¬†One day in the year to put forth a little effort in appreciation of your loved ones. ¬†A bunch of flowers, some candy, and a card. ¬†If you like to cook, cook a nice meal for your love. ¬†If you don’t cook, make a reservation at a nice restaurant. ¬†Really, it’s not too much to ask.

My husband has become used to getting his handmade Valentine’s cards. ¬†He was bleating for it on Friday night, but I didn’t give it to him because it was not yet the day. ¬†Here it is:

 

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The shiny panel is a Shimmer Sheet which I ran through the Darice “Ranunculus” embossing folder. ¬†I painted and heat-embossed a chipboard heart to add for some texture. ¬†Husband liked it quite well.

I also made a card for a couple, friends of ours, who got married the day before Valentine’s Day:

 

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Here I have used some flocked red scrapbook paper, and heat-enbossed a Stampendous stamp called “Gothic Heart” on pink card stock. ¬†Simple to create but quite fancy looking. ¬†I hope they like it.

It’s late, that’s really all I have time for now. ¬†Thanks for looking!

UPDATE: I am submitting the flocked heart card to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge — they have a Valentine’s challenge that runs through March 8.

 

One Sheet Wonder Inspired

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While working with the Indie Chic Collection Kit I have, I noticed a lot of the pre-made sentiments and embellishments — the die-cuts and such — were really too big for the 3-inch squares of DP we are using in the One Sheet Wonder class. They needed a bigger ground. So I cut some three-and-a-half inch squares, but otherwise followed the templates. (More or less.) Here are some.

 

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I really enjoy the bright colors against the kraft cardstock. ¬†I didn’t think I would like kraft, until I started working with it. ¬†But this contrast is something I keep coming back to again and again.

 

 

 

 

More One Sheet Wonders

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Here are more cards I’m learning to make using Jessica Taylor’s One Sheet Wonders technique:

 

 

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The paper is the Indie Chic collection from MME. ¬†(NBUS) I got the entire Collection Pack real cheap on Craftysteals.com, so it came with ALL the embellishments. ¬†And I used them. ¬†Maybe too much — but I wanted to honor the boho, artsy style of the collection itself. ¬†Thus I used more embellishments than I usually do. ¬†Not my usual style, but it’s good to try different things from time to time.

Stretch Your Stamps 2 — Background Images

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The first kind of stamp we were working with in the Stretch Your Stamps class was background stamps. ¬†Fun! ¬†I think there’s two kinds of stamps a cardmaker can never have enough of — background stamps and sentiment stamps.

This card is uses a version of Tasnim Ahmed’s technique of fussy-cutting and using portions of larger background stamps.

 

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I cut out and layered progressively smaller sections of this background stamp. ¬†I didn’t raise them up on dimensional adhesive — this stamp is so elaborate, I thought it would be too much. ¬†I added a little dot of Avocado Green Liquid Pearls to the center of the medallion, to finish it, and bring the color of the outer portion into the center. ¬† I always add a gem or pearl or glitter glue, or something, to the center of a medallion to center and ground it.

Those of you have been following the blog for a while may recognize this stamp as the Basic Grey Spice Market stamp I bought when I won a gift certificate on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. (I did a haul video, heh.)  First time I used it.  Looking at this card, I think this stamp is so elaborate, I could just stamp it all by itself on some different colored cards, and it would make a nice set of all-occasion note cards for a gift.

The paper is from a DCWV 6×6 pad called “Weathered Aspect.” ¬†There is a nice tone-on-tone distressed quality to the papers that it turns out you can’t quite see under this elaborate stamp, but I still like the soft colors.

Oh, I stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black, to get good coverage and fine detail.

CASEing and cheating

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LOL, this is my first card for the new Online Card Class, Stretch Your Stamps 2, and it is pretty much a total cheat.  Only the sentiment is a stamp!

 

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The stamped piece Kristina Werner made for her first cards, an intricately colored background stamp, reminded me strongly of a sheet of patterned paper I had in my stash. So I decided to just use that paper! ¬† ¬†Because it fit, and I wanted to contribute something, but it’s late, and I don’t have the stamina tonight for a session of intricate stamping and coloring.

This card is similar to Kristina’s second card, which had a wide strip of the stamped and colored sheet, and a black die-cut sentiment. ¬†I don’t have any die-cut sentiments (yet), so I used a strong sentiment stamp instead.

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey, and the stamp is Technique Tuesday. ¬†Both are NBUS. ¬†The blog is “Crash Your Stash,” right? ¬†ūüôā

I am working the late shift all this week at work, so I may not have a chance to do much for the class until the weekend. But I wanted to do something.

Watercolors: Basic Washes 2

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just a quick card i made with a wash of Distress Ink treated as watercolor:

 

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This is something I’ve seen in the blogosphere a lot lately — bright washes of watercolor, paired with thick black sentiments or diecuts. ¬†So I though I’d try that. I took this picture with my phone, which is why it looks weird. ¬†The inks are Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Mowed Lawn. ¬†The sentiment is from Momenta. ¬†I’ve never used it before, so it’s NBUS. ¬†As I work through my stash list I’m also trying to use the stamps I’ve bought but never used yet.

Thanks and a Link

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I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by from What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday for their kind and supportive comments. That was really nice.

Thanks to the ladies at Glitter and Glue from WOYWW, I’ve found a new stash-crashy challenge! ¬†It’s called Craft Hoarders Anonymous. ¬†The rules are: use products from your stash; follow the rules of the challenge– theme, color, manufacturer, sketch, etc.; and the usual stuff like no back-linking, linking to the post and not to the blog entire, etc. ¬†You can combine any number of challenges. ¬†Challenges are biweekly. Occasional prizes are awarded to top contestants, and not by random draw.

This is a fairly recent challenge; they’re only on Number Six.¬† I like that other people around the papercrafting blogosphere have had the same idea as me — to quit buying so much stuff and use what you have!

I will add this challenge to the original Things to Visit post and my blogroll.

And now, here are three cards I made, using paper and embellishments from the Basic Grey “Spice Market” collection. ¬†I love any products with that Oriental or Middle Eastern style. ¬†No stamps here — well, one, the sentiment on the white card. Doesn’t it go perfectly with the style of the embellishments?

 

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My office isn’t fully clean, but I really felt the need to make something. ¬†I’m not even really sure why, but I feel I *need* to craft these days. ¬†The blank card is my canvas, it is my way of expressing myself. ¬†And it brings delight to others, as well. ¬†I also make jewelry, although I have fallen away from that somewhat lately, and write fiction. ¬†I’ve found I need to create something regularly, even something as small as a greeting card, or I feel my life has no purpose.

So, that being said, thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. It means a lot to me.  Have a good Sunday, everybody.

 

 

Fusion Challenge Number 7

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I ought to have been cleaning the house today — some people are coming in town soon for visits — but instead I made cards. Oh well…

I made a card for the Fusion Challenge number 7:

 

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So far in my work for Fusion, I have combined the inspiration photo and the sketch — but this time I just used the photo; the sketch is too fussy for me. ¬†Here’s my card:

 

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The elements is used from the photo are, the script, the brick wall, a textile, and the color gold.

I used kraft paper for the base. I created the brick texture myself by scoring the card in a brick pattern, and then lightly tracing the lines with a white gel pen, to represent the mortar between the bricks. ¬†(Believe me, if I had a brick-texture embossing folder, I would have used it! ¬†But I don’t, and I realized I could do it myself.)

The script is the Impression Obsession “Script” Cover-a-Card background stamp. ¬†The twine is hemp, from Lawn Fawn. ¬†This is the first time I have ever used twine on a card. ¬†The faux seal is made from gold hot glue — one of the very first techniques I learned, way back in the day from one of those old papercrafting books you can get at the library, like I told you. ūüôā ¬†And I stamped it with a fleur de lis, because I live in New Orleans. ¬†My husband found that stamp for me.

I own neither a dress form stamp nor die, and I probably never will. ¬†That girly, vintage kind of stuff generally doesn”t interest me. ¬†However, the script on the dress form, and the twined scarf, made me think of an old-fashioned letter tied with string and sealed with wax, and that’s what I was trying to invoke here.

It’s too bad about the sketch, but it’s just too busy for me. I didn’t want to mess with it this time.

Here’s another shot of the card, an angle I’ve seen Gayatri Murali use a lot:

 

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It looks better when Gayatri does it. ¬†Her camera must have a macro setting. ¬†Mine doesn’t.

I’d like to get a better digital camera so I can take better shots of my cards. ¬†Mine is a Canon Powershot. ¬†Any suggestions?

Anyway, my card looks nothing like the sketch, and not much like the picture, but I feel like it is a good interpretation of the challenge nonetheless.  I like it.

I have another Dazzles project to show you, but I don’t think I am going to be able to show you that tonight. ¬†Maybe not for a couple days — I have a rough couple days coming up at work.

Until then, happy crafting everybody.