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Look Ma, No Coloring – Part II

Posted by Catherine on February 26, 2009

…look at me go! COPIC markers still snuggled nice and comfy in their little Angel Hello Kitty case feeling a little bit left out. Sorry COPICs, that’s the way the ball crumbles and the cookie bounces!

I am having so much fun trying different ways to stamp – some of the experiments I tried didn’t work, almost kind of worked or turned out okay, but it’s getting me to pull eeeeverything out and trying new things! Never distress embossed before? Never used acrylic paint daubers on a project before? Never distress inked anything before? Who cares! Bust them out and fake it ’til you make it! That’s the fun part about distressing – even if it’s kind of messy or imperfect, nobody else needs to know that, just tell everyone it’s “distressed!” What? It’s not ripped, it’s distressed! What? It’s not splotchy, it’s distressed! Have fun, get inky, get meeessy! *gasp* I know…You know when your craft table is messy? When you set something aside so that it doesn’t get inked on and five minutes later, you can’t find the thing you set aside. So you make another one because after searching frantically, you still can’t find it and then when you go and set something else aside, you find the other thing that you couldn’t find before. HAHAHAHA…I don’t know who that happens to…………….

Aaanyways, after a few misplacements, I finally was able to get it together but I did have a bit of trouble today. Work sucked the rest of the mojo out of me and left me with not much else to work with today! Here is my completed project:

Hey, do you know that movie that came out a while back called Inkheart? This post has nothing to do with it, except for the word ink. *LOL* What DIDN’T I ink in this project?!

Starting off with a piece of glossy cardstock and my oh-so-useful, oh-so-trusted foam ink applicator, I used a couple colours of Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo) and inked up the entire surface going around in circles with my foam ink applicator. Next, I turned to my rich and creamy Versamark Dew Drop in Jumbo Java and inked up my Butterflies a-Flutter stamp and hit up each corner with a nice thick coat. When the ink dried (with the help of my heat gun) I rubbed my finger around over it to give it a more “distressed” look (or did I just not stamp it right? Who knows, that’s the beauty of distressed! *LOL*) Okay, I lost track of what I was talking about…HAHAHAHA!

Oh right, using my ONLY Nestability set, I cut out my verse. I was going to go a different way, but since today is the first day of Lent, I thought I would go the biblical path. I also cut out a larger oval to mat my verse. For the verse, I misted it over with Perfect Pearl mist (left over from yesterday, no sense in that yummy, shimmery mist to go to waste, right?!), dried and then inked over with the Versamark ink. The ribbon was a sheer PURPLE when I pulled it out of my ribbon drawer, but with a couple swipes of my little Dew Drop, voila! Now it matches everything else! Took a little bit of Cinnamon Stickles because I haven’t bonded with them in a while and Stickled certain areas!

That’s it for me for now, please come back later on for a little bit more SillySkittle-isms! I’ve got my last installment of pictures for the giveaways – it’s THIS WEEKEND! Please come by on Sunday and visit for a chance to win my blogaversary THANK YOU prize! Thank you for stopping by!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Butterflies a-Swirl by Pez-a-Doodle Designs
Ink: Versamark Drew Drop in Jumbo Java, Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo
Paper: Glossy Cardstock (NOT the same as photo paper!)
Embellishments: Stickles, Ribbon
Tools: Oval Nestabilities, Foam Ink Applicator

CURRENT MOOD: LAZY CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: SUNGLASSES

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My, Oh, MY…

Posted by Catherine on February 12, 2009

…*YAWN* WOW! I can’t stop yawning…I think things are catching up with me pretty fast and I just can’t get ahead of the game!

If you didn’t already know, I work in an educational setting (post-secondary institution) and they’ve all announced some serious budget cuts over the next few years…and we all know what budget cuts REALLY mean, right? Anywho…to get started on that, everyone’s positions and departments are being “re-evaluated” and esentially it pretty much wants you to describe what you DO in your job and how that contributes to the whole organization. The questionnaire was initially about 25 pages with blanks and spaces to fill in, but when I was done with mine, it came to 60 pages. (It wants us to compare our jobs to when the last “re-evaluation” was done – which was a million years ago, so the job has definitely evolved since then!) Anywho, to really WRACK your brain to think of EVERY SINGLE thing you do and how what you do contributes to the organization and to defend what you do and rationalize why you should stay (without actually saying that) and also to rationalize why the position could possibly go up in grade and pay (since a LOT has been added to the job) is SO exhausting, time-consuming and just…BLAH. By the end of the day, I felt like my evaluation papers grew arms and legs and kicked the living daylights out of me.

So….all that blah blah blah up there pretty much means, is that I didn’t have time to really do up a very fancy sort of card… *sad face* I did end up turning to my Footprints stamp again as first of all, it’s my only religious/inspirational stamp (so far…) and secondly because I really felt like I needed it after the mental wringer that we all went through.

Anywho, there it is…with very little embellishing or detail – with the stamp there, I really don’t think it needs much more anyway! But I did pierce around the edges and add stitching (which took up the majority of time) and then used my Tim Holtz paper distresser to distress the edge. Inked it up a bit with Distress Ink (I can’t even tell you what colour right now, my brain is so fried..) and just embellished with ribbon and that little picture frame charm. It looks cloudy right now, but I glued some paper in it and inserted a heart-shaped pearl heart and filled in the frame with diamond glaze.

P.S. A little bit out of left field, but if you ever wondered where I took my pictures…I use the bathroom sink. *LOL* Just throwin’ it out there…

Off to get some SLEEP – I need to conserve my energy to keep up with Hurricane Marti. Good things coming and some fun announcements!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Footprints by Inkadinkado
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink and Distress Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny Back to Basics Black and K&Co.
Embellishments/Tools: Foam ink applicator tool, Vintage Flowers with SwirlyPop centers by Sugar and Scraps, ribbon and metal charm from Dollarama

CURRENT MOOD: WRECKED CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: CHOIR PRACTICE

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Footprints and full moons…

Posted by Catherine on February 9, 2009

…my favourite EVER religious/inspirational story (that’s not in the Bible) is Footprints. I remember it making me cry when I first read it and it’s always stayed with me ever since. I know everyone has different ways of coping and getting through things and I know a lot of people have experienced different/difficult/hard times, but for me, this story has always helped me through those hard times.

Like TODAY! Let me walk you through a little bit of history and proven facts. Lunatic is borrowed from the Latin word lunaticus which is derived from the stem luna, which if you watch enough Dora (thank you, my little niece Tiana) means the MOON. So all of this was taken from the theory that there is a commonality between madness and the phases of the moon. Based on today, I would like to second that motion with a nice, clear, loud “AY-AY!” I swear it must have been because of the full moon that the MOST difficult people in all of university’s UNIVERSAL history came out today and ended up in/on my line. I kid you not when I say that I could have generated a whole household’s worth of heat for the whole day the way that my blood pressure was rising. ANYWHO…I do not mean to belittle anyone’s actual sufferings by comparing it alongside my trivial workdays, so MOVING ON! (P.S. Thanks for letting me vent a little…)

So when I saw this stamp at Michaels, I knew I had to have it – even after I’d already dropped some change on COPICs and Nesties – and today I used it for my main focal point for Mojo Monday!

Here’s the sketch for MM:

And here’s my take:

Can I just say how much I’m loving participating in these sketches? It’s just like its name, definitely gets my crafty mojo going! I’m only really just getting into sketches and challenges, but for someone with a short attention span and not a fan of being told what to do, these sketches are great! Definitely inspirational!

So I would say that mine is a sort of loose take of the sketch…I didn’t follow through on some things, but it all came together and I am still loving how everything turned out! Before I finished, I kept looking at it and considered adding different things to it just because…but I decided that this was really all it needed. I didn’t want to take anything away from the quote and the simplicity of it all. When I realized I left out a little part of the sketch (ie. for the sentiment) I added the little flower but I’m considering taking it out just to keep things nice and neat. We’ll see how I feel about the flower when I wake up tomorrow!

Anywho, for today’s MM card, I also decided to get my fingers inky! I got out my Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) and my foam tool and…well, let’s just say what DIDN’T I ink?! *LOL* I stamped onto nice and clean, bright cardstock and thought it was just too bright with the paper that I wanted to use, so at first I just inked the sides…and then I made a teeny mistake and then I just ended up inking the whole rectangle…just darkening the edges for a nice ‘vintage photo’ look to go with the name of the ink! I dragged the edges right along the stamp pad to really make the edge stand out.

Thanks so much for looking! If you’ve just misplaced your mojo and can’t seem to find it, I definitely recommend checking out MM and seeing if your mojo is hiding there!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Paper: K&Co. (Costco)
Stamp: ‘Footprints’ by Inkadinkado (Michaels)
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink (Black) and Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Tools: Foam applicator tool
Embellishments: ‘Faith’ ribbon slider (Dollarama), embellished flower (Sugar & Scraps), ribbon

CURRENT MOOD: CALM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: THE HEATER GOING

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