Best way to “de-stress” yourself?

Well, I don’t know what you like to do to “de-stress” yourself but I like going out to nature and enjoying the trees, birds and just “delighting in life”.  You may have noticed that one of my favourite stamps is “Delight in Life”  I love using that stamp because it is useful for many occasions.  Anyway, for those of you not in Australia, the place we went to, is in the snowy mountains called Thredbo in the State of New South Wales and the river is so clear and pure you can see the bottom and even fish on occasion.  Despite the hundreds of people milling around it is still peaceful and rejuvenating just to be there, somehow the trees and the hills around the village just make you feel relaxed and at peace.

The photo at the bottom – crow trying to steal someone’s lunch – didn’t come out very well because I only had my mobile phone to take photos and I didn’t want to scare it off before I took the photo, but it was quite determined to get that lunch, it was really banging into the bag, luckily whatever it was trying to get was in a solid container not just plastic or paper wrapper.

I cannot say I have “caught up” because I have heaps more to do but I hope I’ve given you something of interest for now and I’ll be back in a while – as soon as I find something else interesting to post.  Cheers for now.

Clear, cool waters of Thredbo, NSW.
Thredbo River, Thredbo NSW Australia
Bush on the edge of Thredbo River
Rugged Thredbo River, Thredbo NSW Australia
Thief crow!
Crow/black bird trying to get into someone’s lunch!
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Catch-up!

Hi there,

I seem to be playing catch-up these days and it’s very frustrating.  Just when you think you’ve caught up with everything, you suddenly realise that you still have heaps more to do, or something totally unexpected comes along.

You all know I’m occasionally card captain for a week for the Michael Strong Stamps group, well, last week it was that time again, only this time I wasn’t prepared but as we didn’t have a Card Captain, and I needed to make some cards to send out, I jumped in.

The cards I’m going to upload today or rather tonight are the 5 cards I made for last week.  Some you will like and others you won’t, but then that happens all the time, doesn’t it, we can’t like everything:) all the time.  I also went to a workshop on Saturday but I will do that as a separate post.  For now, I will show the cards I made for the Michael Strong Stamps group.  I have only 4 cards here because I have already shown Day 4 – COTD because of the technique which I had to show for members to see.

 

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Day 1 – COTD MSSG 

I’m start the week with a card that was to be an “art journaling” card and I wasn’t sure about it but it grew on me the more I looked at it, so here it is with a sentiment added.
And before you ask, the background will be explained on Thursday as a technique.  I’m sure you have all tried it but “all will be revealed” on Thursday.
Hope you like my first card for 2016

Delight in Life
Day 2 – COTD MSSG –

Yes, it is aluminium foil, double layer.  I had to use it for one of my punches that wasn’t quite cutting sharply so, kept the cuts and used to dress the flower.
And of course my favourite stamps, coffee and the sentiment.

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Day 3 – COTD MSSG

So Wednesday card is a simple layer card, simple because after you emboss the patterned paper you just assemble the card.  However the hardest part is deciding what and how.

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Day 5 – COTD MSSG

I have enjoyed making cards this week because I’ve been challenging myself to step outside my “safe zone” and try different things.
Today’s card was put together from off cuts, “left over die cuts”.
Well, that’s it from me for a little while. Enjoy!

Card of the Day – Day 4

Hello everyone,

Well, I know some of you have been waiting for the promised technique for my “teaser” since Monday.  Thank you everyone for all your enthusiastic and encouraging comments.
Well, this week’s technique is not that difficult but it is or can be messy, so before you start you need to have the following:
  • your waterproof, stain/paint proof craft sheet, you also need to ensure that you don’t have anything close to the area where you are going to be spraying water (or paint);
  • choose 4 colours of Ranger Ink pad or Stain, I used Dried Marigold, Aged Mahogany, Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo (or Brushed Corduroy), I honestly cannot remember the brown as I didn’t know I was going to use the card for a ‘technique”;
  • have a dry cloth and wet wipes or similar, tissues/kitchen paper(paper towel for those down under), as you would when working with any water or paints/stains;
  • choose your card stock – better on watercolour paper and cut 1-2 cm bigger than you need or to whatever size you think appropriate, you cut or trim to size later;
  • mister or small spray bottle with fine spray.
Once you have everything ready:
  • “stamp” your pads on the craft sheet side by side to for a square – different colour on each corner (in a square not the corners of the craft sheet);
  • spray with your mister to give you some runny colours, then place your pre-cut watercolour paper/card on top, of course on the side that you want the colour on – if you want on the smooth side or the slightly textured side – your choice.  You need to hold one corner or edge of the paper and swirl the card around on the wet craft sheet. Mine was only a trial and it seems to have turned out well.
  • check and see if you have an effect you like, if not, put back and give it another go!
  • let the card dry – it might take a day or so before you can work with it, perhaps use your embossing heat tool, but you need to be careful that you don’t burn the paper.  I suppose that could also be an effect too:)?
While you’re waiting for the stained paper to dry, gather your other items:
  • card blank – in the colour to blend with the stained card;
  • sentiment stamps or dies, flowers, washi tape;
  • and what other embellishments you wish to use, such as ribbon, “diamonds”, stickles, etc.;
  • double sided tape, glue, clue dots, etc.
Today’s card is the other half or two-thirds (give or take) of the card I used to create the background, so in effect I had a piece that was big enough to make 2 cards.
I wasn’t sure what would eventuate.
For the first card (Monday) I used the “steam” from Michael’s coffee cups set and sponged/distressed with Black Tuxedo (Momento) ink, then stamped the “steam” to show a little around the edges of the BLANK.
Once dry, cut your stained/painted card in half or to fit your card depending on how much of the Blank you want to be visible, then use it as a guide to how much or how little stamping on the blank you need.  Sponge/distress the edges of the stained/painted card to blend with one of the colours used and attach to the blank in the position you have prepared for it.
Then embellish or decorate as you wish. Wow, it’s a lot easier to do than to write it all out, I’m exhausted just from writing all this!
As I said today’s card is the other half of the stained card I used on Monday’s card.  I have also made it the sketch card for January 2016.  This card doesn’t have any stamping behind the stained card background card.  I have only used double sided tape to fix everything in place.

I think that about does the “technique” happy to take questions which I will answer as quickly as I am able.  Likewise if I have forgotten to mention something.

Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoy the card.

Cheers until tomorrow.  Lola.
Technique Day
Card of the Day – 4. Technique Day