We have Eastern Phoebes nesting near (maybe somewhere on?) our house this year. One of these birds is frequently perched like this on our feeder pole. Phoebes have no interest in bird feeder fodder–I think they prefer live bugs–but I guess this is a good spot from which to keep watch over the nest while also being ready to snatch some poor insect from the air. I have looked for but not found the nest. I will miss seeing this bird here when he or she finally moves on.
I was having a pretty blah day on Wednesday when the mail guy came down the driveway with my July card kit from Simon Says Stamp and turned my day around. I am loving this kit–the colors are great, it comes with a nifty SSS red ink pad, the stamp set is fun, and I’m having a ball with it.
This is the first card I made with the kit. I stamped the sentiment, from the kit stamp set, with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I stamped the envelopes on dot patterned paper in the Lipstick Red ink from Simon Says Stamp that came with the kit and added the little heart stamp to one of the envelopes. The puffy priority mail sticker seemed to fit just right up there, maybe because I messed up the size of the blue patterned paper–a happy mistake, as it happened.
Here I used a Martha Steward “punch anywhere” punch to punch the window in the floral paper, backed it with the dotty paper, and punched out the stamped hello to stick in the window.
Sweet and simple: the hello is die cut with a Simon Says Stamp die from patterned paper from the kit, glued to “hello” paper from the kit, matted on that nice dark blue card stock, all on a white card. I just love the clean look of these colors together. (My son called this one “greety” thanks to all the hellos on the background paper.
“Greedy?” I asked.
Ah, got it. “Greety” it is!
Over the past week or so I’ve been assembling this collage of painted papers in one of my art journals. I spent a couple hours painting with black and white and making black and white mono prints one day, and pieces of a lot of those papers ended up here. I also added some drywall tape; I love art supplies that come from hardware stores. There’s something about this collage that I really like, and it’s a direction I might be pursuing on a more displayable substrate.
For some reason I have no backlog of birthday cards, which means I have to make them individually every time a birthday comes up. Which is fine. Only sometimes I forget. So I’m trying to make a few to have on hand (duh!). I made this one using the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp and a sentiment from a new-to-me stamp set, Friendship Messages, also by Simon Says Stamp. I love the script, and the set has really useful sentiments for all kinds of cards.
This one started with the flowers from the June card kit–I just wanted to do the white embossing and ink over them. Once I had cut them out I needed a destination for them, and the card evolved from there. Again, the sentiment is from the Friendship Messages set. Sweet. Don’t tell anyone, but one of those pink dots is covering an ink smudge…
This week’s Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is “anything goes”–so I think these qualify! Check out the challenge and the fun inspiration on their blog here.
Last week’s challenge from the Art to the 5th folks was to chronicle a week of gratitude. It was a good week for me to do that, not because I was feeling thankful but because I wasn’t, particularly. Things were just hard, and I was a little too wrapped up in my own hard emotions to notice the good stuff all around me. So it helped to be pushed to look a little harder.
In my planner I started by mixing some paint and glazing medium for a bright background. I used a lot of simple stamps and some rub-ons. I like how it all came out. And it is always a good thing to stop and say thank you to my Savior for his abundant goodness to me, even in (especially in) the hard weeks.
I always have several projects going in various stages of completion. I work in stops and starts. Prime this, let it dry. Paint a background, let it dry, think about what might go on next. Cut this out, set it aside. Paint over an idea I’ve given up on. Let it sit for a couple weeks. Paint over it again. And so on. It looks something like this:
(Yes, I cut into the canvas with a box cutter. I thought a long time about that move!)
Some of these may never see the light of day; I’m working on being OK with that. Everything is a learning experience.
A Pileated Woodpecker: I hear these in the woods behind our house far more often than I see them. This one was cooperative one cloudy morning last week.
Here’s another card I made from the June Simon Says Stamp card kit. I stamped the flowers and leaves with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with Zing white embossing powder before watercoloring them with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers. Pretty fun! I pulled the sentiment from another stamp set.
Pink was never a favorite color of mine. Too girly. Too vulnerable. But these days I’m trying out pink, and I’m finding it’s not so scary after all.