Happy November everyone!
I just got home today from a Wound Care conference in Ottawa, so sadly I've had no crafty time this week. So sad :-( I hope to get back into the groove this week as I think that was my last work trip for the year (fingers crossed).
This is a card I made for a colleague last week. I picked one of my yet uninked MFT stamps (I LOVE these cute little Innocence girls!) - and by the way - you HAVE to check out this month's release if you are an MFT fan. Oh Em Gee!!!!
I've stamped her with Memento on Xpress It. Now, I have been a faithful fan of the XPress It since it's release, however, thanks to a great lesson with Melanie Holtz the other week, I have discovered that Neeneh does in fact have some great advantages, especially for the really deep shadows that I like, and dark reds, in that it doesn't get so sticky. Great to learn! Also, my stampin' BFF Andrea, who's now on Susanne Dean's design team (so super proud of her!!!) has introduced me to the Cryogen paper which I had the chance to try at Susanne's workshop this summer - and I do really like it's shimmer effect for certain things. So I guess I will be stocking multiple papers in my supply!
I've used this really cute 6x6 paper pad "Happy Go Lucky" which has some of my favourite colours in it. And so I got to use my RV90's which I've been playing with recently. I just coloured my fave Yoga Magnolia Tilda at Andrea's house the other weekend in the RV90's and I'm so pleased with how that came out - I'll be sharing soon! And I just love anything at all with some turquoise or teal in it.
For once, a very rare thing for me, I've even decorated the interior of the card! I have discovered that I like using a softly patterned coordinating paper from my 6x6 pad to do the inside and then stamping a sentiment on it. Although more and more, I use my own sentiment (I bought a great book last month) and I just print it on my printer. Sometimes you need something pretty specific. i.e. There aren't a lot of "Congratulations on Graduating with your Masters in Wound Care" stamps.
I even used some of my very precious Prima Printery series flowers on this card! I fell so much in love with that particular line, that I now have a drawer full of all the accessories, so I won't run out. Slightly obsessive, I know - but I'm sure all of you fellow crafters can relate??
As I almost always do, I've used a Nestie to punch out my image. And then I inked the edges while still in the die. If you take one of my Copic classes at SGD you're virtually guaranteed to learn this technique, as it is one of my trademarks for sure!
I also picked up some of the new Smooch Spritz sprays the last time I was at SGD, and I've used it here. I really like the effect! I was in the store and saw women buying one of each colour - so OF COURSE - I had to have some! I do like the bottle a lot - it's glass and it's skinny. I stand it right in between my pens. SO handy.
In case you saw the photos of my new Copic case disaster by the way, I'm happy to share that I am now fully in love with it!! It's such a great traveler. I spent a whole evening happily colouring on Andrea's couch the other week, Ott light perched beside me, wine in hand, enjoying an awesome show she's introduced me to (Bedlam - it's British and it's spooky - check it out!). And clean up is so quick. No more careful slotting of markers into tiny holes. FANTASTIC!
Happy week and Happy stamping!
Stamp: My Favorite Things
Paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist "Happy Go Lucky. Copic XPress It
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Cool Carribean
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: RV99, RV95, RV93, RV91; E35, E34, E33, E31, YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20; BG75, C7, C6, C5, C4, E11, E02, E01, E00, E000, R20, BG10
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Prima Flowers, My Favorite Things Die, Smooch Spritz, Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen