Sunday, April 24, 2016

Onward I Go!

I've been working with little man "Peanut" trying to come up with a Mother's Day card for Mommy. Two things about crafting with Peanut:. one, he talks non-stop about anything and everything Superhero.  Two, he does not like to color or even attempt to hold a pencil for coloring. I believe the reason is due to his inability to decide which hand to use - his natural instinct is to use the left. He fights it and keeps trying to use the right. There has been no pressure here as to which hand he wants to use; the struggle is his and I can't help. Since he doesn't like to color, I decided our project would use chalks and allow him to dirty both hands.

We started with powdered chalk, card stock and cotton balls. We did several color combinations.

End result was this.

Then we followed up by stamping the chalk background with Fun Stampers Journey's Paper Floral stamp using Versamark ink and embossing, some in clear and some in black.

Peanut picked his favorite, along with a ribbon because "girl's like ribbon." He asked I take his picture showing how he picked the ribbon - "this one because it feels good on the eyes."
Such a ham!

His resulting card, while I can see the errors, is more than perfect in his eyes and I doubt it's going to stay a secret till Mother's Day.

Parting thought:
Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. 
                                                                   Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Hello world, it's me.

I have tried my darnedest to create like promised. Last week I finished one but have refrained from posting because, if I'm honest, I'm just not happy with the result.

I started with the intention of sending a card to a nephew who enlisted in the Navy and is going through boot camp. This means I needed to stay as simple as possible. I think I stayed to simple and need a finishing touch but have not found it yet, so into the mail it will go.

I started with a stamp from Stampassions called Lighthouse by the Bay. Colored with Prismacolor pencils, rounded the corners and mounted onto a base card stamped with Fun Stampers Journey stamp, Geometric Genius.

It's clean and simple. I welcome thoughts of whether this is too simple and if so, how should it be finished. Don't worry about hurting feelings because you won't. If I don't ask, I don't learn.

I look forward to reading those thoughts!