YAY! for Birthdays

Hello again,

Thank you for all the lovely comments left on my previous post, they mean so much. The rebuilding process for Qld (both in SE and Nth Qld) following the floods and cyclone as well as the fires in the Perth area will take quite some time, given the vast area of destruction and devastation. And some fairly significant storms/showers/rain patterns continue to roll through the SE area as well. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Also, for our neighbours in NZ following last week's earthquake. There are still some significant aftershocks hitting the Christchurch area, hampering recovery efforts and adding to the fear and distress of those in the area.

Now...onto happier things. Here's another card I made recently for a birthday.
I purchased this Penny Black stamp from my "new" LSS and couldn't wait to get it inky.
And, I remembered to stamp this one on watercolour paper as I was planning to colour with my Distress Inks and blender pens.

I used this super cute paper from Prima's Jack'n'Jill collection as my inspiration for colours and it all came together from there. The 6x6 page already has the cream distressing printed around its borders, however, as this was cut to fit the Australian A6 card size (1/2 of an A5) I had to add to the distressing by swipping my PTI Vintage Cream around the "new" edge.

I've been guilty of hoarding several packs of Thickers for some time now....and here I have actually used them for the first time!! I likey....and need to accept that when you buy these lovely things, you need to use them and if they run out or you don't have the right letters left....you need to buy more!! Heeeee...my note to self for the day.

The only thing I'm not keen on with this card is the shadowing I added under the stool on the image. I really need to practice getting that right. I also purchased a new circle cutter, but need to start driving it a bit better. I don't tend to waste to much paper/ribbon/DSP etc, when I'm creating so I stamped this wee fellow in the corner of my watercolour sheet, however, the circle cutter really needs the paper to be 'grounded' on every side whilst cutting. The image moved a bit and ended up not being cut perfectly along the lower left of the circle. Out came the distress tool (actually I just use an old craft knife for this) and a few swipes to roughen up the edge around the entire image and voila! no evidence of crooked cutting left to be seen. Really going to have to work to overcome my reluctance to stamp in the middle of a sheet of paper!!

I'm awaiting some new stamps/papers/dies from PTI, Hero Arts, MFT and Sweet November Stamps to arrive any day now!! Eeeee.......might need to go home and clear away the items I've been using during the past week or two so I can get inky with the new things when they arrive.

Thanks for stopping by.
Michey xxxx

Stamp: Penny Black (I'll come back and add this stamp's name once I get home)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa (image), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (various - watercolouring)
Cardstock/Paper: SU Kraft (base); Prima Jack'n'Jill 6x6 DSP; SU Blush Blossom (Retired - matted underneath image); Watercolour Paper (A5 pad purchased from art store)
Miscellaneous: American Craft Thickers; SU Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon; PTI Vintage Cream Ink; Circle Cutter


Edna Morrisedie said...

Let me just say that now you have started with the thickers it will be SOOOO hard to stop, I love the things and use them on all sorts of things!! Cute stamp too... and I love that paper pack as well, different and FUN!

So glad to see you back MicheyMoo!

Joy said...

Super cute, cute card Michelle, love it and great colouring, cannot wait to see what loot you get..photos please :)

Amy said...

Super cute card Michey, love that hedgie! Your coloring is beautiful and if you wouldn't have told us the story on the circle we would never have guessed it was a 'save'! I don't stamp in the middle of my paper either, I get as many images as I can out of a sheet! Love those Thickers, I may have a few packages in my stash too! ;)
Take care and it's good to have you back in blogland!

Kathy said...

Cute card! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a little blog bliss:) I can't wait to see your creations with your new goodies.
Have a great week,

Sammi said...

Haha.. I thought you did the distressed circle on purpose.. well It looks great!! :D I don't like wasting paper so I do the same thing haha!
LOVE your colouring on this gorgeous image!
Where is your new LSS?? Or perhaps I should not know! haha!

Alice Wertz said...

this is so sweet! lovely card!