Thursday, June 27, 2019

You Don't Need No Stinkin' Sentiments!

Are you a procrastinator?

Has procrastination been forced upon you by life events?

Come sit by me. You are my tribe.

I've always maintained that the reason I can do so many different things is because I'm an epic procrastinator. It means I don't have ANY extra time to spend on the things I need or want to do, because I do them all LITERALLY at the last minute.

I never miss deadlines because of procrastination. If I miss a deadline, it's because I forgot about it or didn't write it down. But never because I waited to do it until the last possible second.

This is why - if someone asks me to do something, they need to not talk to me about it before the actual deadline. Just tell me when it's due and then leave me be. It's what works for me.

Other people don't like to have anything on their to-do list, and so they do all their tasks immediately. Weirdos. :)

It's funny how our wiring can all be so different.

Over the last few years, in addition to my innate skill at procrastination, I've had a series of events that forced procrastination of some things I have wanted to do onto me, and so I finally did one of the little luxury things I wasn't able to get to in the last few years and I can finally show it to you today.

But first - cards.

In a Facebook group, I recently ran across a new-to-me brand of dies, and I was SMITTEN. I rushed to Simon Says Stamp to buy them, and they came a few weeks ago when I was out of town.

What struck me about them, aside from the stunning positive/negative play, was that they make WOW cards with no sentiment needed.

I find myself sorting through my cards almost daily, looking for one with just the right sentiment for someone, and I decided I need a decent sized stash with no sentiment at all, so I could just write what I wanted to say at the right moment.

So, needless to say, I'm in love.

First up - this amazing rose die. These are edger dies, so they're meant to go off either size of the card for a full-card design.

Do me a favor and turn your head 90 degrees to the left. The card is just as gorgeous in that orientation, AND you have the white space at the top for a sentiment if you want one.

For this card, I used the die on a 5.5" x 4.25" piece of black cardstock to cut out the roses and just mounted it on a white card base. So pretty.
 The second die I bought was the sunflower edger. I couldn't resist cutting this one out of cold press watercolor paper and using my Daniel Smith watercolor for a loose application of color before adding it to a black card base. I feel like my Kansas co-worker Lori is going to be needing this die.
 Finally - a background from my last video went behind a diagonal cut with this stunning fuchsia die. Tilt your head again, this time to the right and you'd have plenty of room for a sentiment in the horizontal orientation. These dies are PERFECTION for using with those Gel Press prints.
Now I can show you what I've been forced to procrastinate finishing for two years.

I took an amazing class at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in December of 2017. It was a class on creating flowers with alcohol ink techniques on white tiles - we used these, cleaned with rubbing alcohol first. I was so tickled with the results. I took them home with the intent of sealing them and getting them hung on my wall, but life intervened. So this weekend, I took a break from some chores I HAD to get done this weekend and I started coating them with a varnish sealer and a UV protectant. I still need a few more coats of the UV, but now at least they are sealed and have one coat of UV protectant. (In case you can't stand the suspense, I did get all my chores done and donated a bunch of things I no longer needed this morning.)

I'm especially proud of this bluebonnet field scene. This was at the end of the class, so it used all the techniques we learned, which I've forgotten, mostly. But I enjoyed it so much and now I have this tile! Memory is overrated. If you're coming to my class at Junkie Fest, this is a clue to something fun :).

 I also did a fun galaxy tile, which I love. That purple is dreamy.
 And - since I'm on a bit of a sunflower kick today, here's my big flower. I could have made hundreds of these. I created the main part of the flower with an air can. I used a sharpie to finish the center. I did the sky part first with very diluted ink. These are the inks I used.

Isn't that fun? What project is waiting for you to finish it? Tell me in the comments!

All the supplies I used are below. Loveyameanitbye.

Creative Expressions RAMBLING ROSE...
[ SSS ]
Creative Expressions SUNFLOWER EDGER...
[ SSS ]
Creative Expressions FUCHSIA EDGER...
[ SSS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Jacquard PiƱata Colors - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
Daltile Restore Bright White 6 in. x...
[ HMD ]
Krylon Kamar Varnish - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
Krylon UV-Resistant Clear - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ] Falcon Dust-Off...
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ 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...
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Cut Align
[ MSP ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | ART | CST ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
[ UTR ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | MFT ]


  1. Love your spirit and comments, totally relate. Love the sunflower projects thank you.

  2. Wowza! Those tiles are stunning!! Great tip in using the sharpie for the sunflower center, I forget they are alcohol and play well with other alcohol inks. I'm afraid of what would happen if I used an air can, lol. Your edge die cards are gorgeous!

  3. Words fail me. Except, fabulous, beautiful, thank you.

  4. You are right that FUCHSIA die is stunning as are your tiles. A garage purge is my procrastination project.

  5. I'll be checking out those dies for sure! But those tiles - WOW!!! Simply stunning! And you can sit by me anytime :)

  6. Stunning. Everything is stunning. I have been trying to add "thank you" and "sympathy" to my stash but I still struggle to find a card I need with the correct sentiment. I used to make a lot of cards without sentiments. I might need to start doing it again. With the gorgeous die cuts you used the cards certainly don't need a sentiment!


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