Friday, December 6, 2019

From Black to Neon

Okay, so since I brought you a black and gold vintage holiday card, I thought I'd balance things out with a little neon action.

Grab your sunglasses - this one's bright, little kittens!

It starts with a piece of Duralar, that I dropped three colors of alcohol ink - IB3, BP5 and TB6. I love the dropper cap on these bottles! Keeps the alcohol ink from flying out before you're ready for it. I put puddles of the inks along the top of the Duralar, and used an old gift card to drag them into stripes down the card. You have to work fast, because as you drag the ink, it's drying. So get the puddles where you want them before dragging.

After that dried, I inked up this background stamp with alcohol lift ink and stamped it into the alcohol ink for a little texture.

I used the snowflake from Wednesday's card and then used this Christmas die for the sentiment for a bright and cheery 5 minute card! I used my invisible vellum adhesive to adhere it to the card base.


Duralar Matte - Yupo Substitute
[ BLIC ]
CG769 Arch Pattern Bold Prints - Hero...
[ HA ]
DI530 Christmas Word Fancy Die (B) -...
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Fancy Dies HOLIDAY MESSAGE...
[ SSS ]
Spectrum Noir Alcohol ReInker -...
[ CRF ]
Spectrum Noir Alcohol ReInker -...
[ CRF ]
Spectrum Noir Alcohol ReInker -...
[ CRF ]
Tim Holtz ALCOHOL LIFT-INK PAD Ranger...
[ SSS ]
Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
[ C&9 | ELH | SSS ]
Plus VELLUM ADHESIVE Double Sided...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Cut Align
[ MSP ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]


One more for the Christmas card pile! How are yours coming?

Loveyameanitbye.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

My Battle With an Unlikely Foe

I can be stubborn.

And while I'm a financially conservative person, I'm not a cheap person. I believe that you get what you pay for, and there aren't too many things in my life I want cheap versions of. I read a great little quote a while back about how poor people can't afford cheap things (I'm unable to find the original quote - let me know if you know the source), and that's quite true. You can't buy something eight times if you have a limited amount of money. You need to buy the right one one time. I really apply that to everything. If I can't afford the nicest thing in a particular category - I don't buy that thing. I wait until I can.

But I've been having a little war with myself over something really stupid.

Deodorant.

I like a particular kind of soft solid deodorant. It's completely unscented and made for sensitive skin. I buy this kind maybe six at a time - one for my suitcase and a few for the house. Because it's a soft solid, it doesn't last as long as the regular solid, which is what started the war. I hate the regular solid in the same brand. I just hate it. And it's not truly unscented, which makes me stabby. The whole POINT of deodorant is that you don't want a smell in your armpits. I certainly don't need them to smell like jasmine or surf or whatever the heck these weirdos at deodorant companies come up with at the water cooler.

But my Instacart driver brought the solid by accident once. And when I got down to my last of the semi solid I glared at this wretched thing and decided I should use it instead of just throwing it away. Every day I curse at this thing under my breath as I grudgingly put it on. It's awful. But I can't make myself throw it away, even though it's just a few dollars.

The worst part is - it's lasting at LEAST ten times as long as my preferred one, and I'm not even halfway through with it.

Such a dumb war, but it is what it is. We are our own worst, bullheaded enemies sometimes. Or at least I am.

So check back with me in ten years to see if that darn thing has been used up.

In the meantime, how about a simple, vintagey Christmas card?

I'm one of those people who love the look of vintage cards, but struggle with them because I like clean, white space. But every now and then I can get into a vintage groove.

Black is underused in papercrafting in my opinion. It adds so much gravity to cards - I love it.

I decided to start this card with black cardstock, that I embossed with a gorgeous 3D embossing folder in my Gemini Jr. I love deep etched embossing. This folder has so much texture, I thought I'd bring that out with my gold metallic ink. I just put some on a dry baby wipe (I leave one container of baby wipes open so I have a little package of dry, reusable towels - they last a million times longer than paper towels) and rubbed it gently across the raised design. It gave it a very cool, aged look.

Then I just die cut the Happy Holidays sentiment with no-shed silver glitter paper and glued it down.
Crafter's Companion 3D Embossing...
[ CRF | SSS | ELH | CRF ]
Spectrum Noir Metallic Liquid Ink...
[ CRF ]
Hero Arts Fancy Dies HOLIDAY MESSAGE...
[ SSS ]
Concord & 9th NEUTRALS GLITTER 6x6...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Cut Align
[ MSP ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]


So what stupid battle are you having with yourself right now? I'd love to hear the story in the comments!

By the way - I made these carrots this week and they're divine. My friend Lisa Stein pointed me to this winner of a recipe.  

Loveyameanitbye.
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