Gelli Plate Printing

When inspiration escapes me, I start making backgrounds. I don’t have a clue as to what they will become but that’s the beauty of the Gelli plate. In the words of Forrest Gump, “… it’s like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Magazine transfers are a fun way to start filling a blank page. A thin layer of black acrylic holds the image then a thin layer of various acrylic colors will allow the image to transfer onto paper. Eureka! I have created an interesting background.

Daffodil Bunch of love

The stamps by Stampendous are always on the list of my favorites and their Daffodil Bunch cling stamp is on my “go to” list also. It’s very versatile so easy to use. The flowers are large enough for easy shading and being that I am not a skilled realism artist that is a huge plus for me. The image also has enough detail that it is also stunning when simply heat embossed on a dramatic background.

For this card I stamped the image with archival ink then put blotchy watercolors in appropriate areas and splattered each color randomly. When that was dry, I added detail and shading with colored pencils then re-stamped the image to intensify the outline. I trimmed the Canson XL panel and embossed it with a We Are Memory Keepers embossing folder. The sentiment is stamped on vellum with versafine onyx black and clear heat embossed then wrapped around the panel. I mounted that on a black cardstock mat the attached everything to a 4 1/4 × 5 1/2 top folding note card.

I plan to send this card to a life-long friend who is going through a rough patch. She knows that I love her, I tell her every day when we talk on the phone, but sending this handmade card will be a little piece of my love she can hold in her hand.

Hello, Barbie! Let’s go party!

I always enjoy finding new ways to use the stamps I already own (and my wonderful husband pays the crafting bill with only a little grumbling) and the girls in the Beautiful You set are a favorite. I kinda think of them as Barbie Dolls; I can dress them how ever I want, send them on vacation to the beach, the North Pole, or even outer space. My girls don’t just stand around looking pretty.

To stage or not to stage

Lately I’ve been paying attention to the way the “pros” depict their creations or cards, art journals, mini books and other artsy crafty endeavors. Of course, the photos are promoting a product to increase sales.

I’m not trying to sell anything but I do like the pretty displays being photographed. In some cases I think the card looks even prettier placed on a delicate china plate and flanked by a silk rose.

I think I’ll try this staging business for a bit (heaven knows that I need something more to obsess over) I have pretty plates and some silk flowers. I may start to fancy myself a pro.

The Elbow Explanation

I’ve been asked a few times, “Why the Sexy Elbows?” and I thought this snappily dressed old bird would be the perfect card to accompany the story of how this old bird got her name.

Several years ago I was staying with my son, Jeremy. His roommate, Ian, was a bartender. Now you have the cast of characters.

One evening, Jeremy and I decided to dress up and enjoy a relaxing dinner out, instead of cooking and clean-up or delivery of wings and pizza.

We went to the restaurant where Ian was tending bar; I always think it’s best to know your bartender. I guess Ian had never really seen me at my CoverGirl best; I try to avoid make-up and hair goo whenever possible.

Anyway, Jeremy and I find a spot at the bar, exchange our hi-how-are-yas with Ian and order our drinks. Ian delivers the very well poured Tanqueray and tonic for me and as he places it before me he says, “Mrs Williams, you have really pretty eyes.”

Of course, I’m beaming with the compliment, and Jeremy is scowling (he always was, and still is, a Mom protector). Ian, noticing Jeremy scowl, turns a shade of red that a strawberry blonde should never sport and sheepishly continues, “and, I might add, very sexy elbows.”

I laughed, Jeremy grunted something, and Ian grinned. And that was the beginning of Sexyelbows.

The card features a stamp by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous and the old bird is colored with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company and embossed with a sparkle pink embossing powder from Hero Arts.