Sunday, July 1, 2012

Making cards at the cabin, nothing could be finer

One of my favorite things to do is to sit on the porch, with my best friend, Debby, and make cards.  We both have trailers at a campground near Balsam Lake, Wisconsin called DN Campground (stands for Do Nothin' Campground).  I just love sitting in woods, listening to the birds, chipmunks running around, favorite music playing, neighbors waving or stopping in to say Hi while we are stamping or scrapbooking all day.  It was a bit of a challenge in the warm weather.  It was 93 degrees yesterday, and the humidity was high, but sitting in the shade with a fan blowing on us kept us comfortable, most of the time. 
Debby and I made a challenge for ourselves this weekend to use our newest stamp sets, and try something different from our usual style.  I don't often CASE a card, but you could say I did with this one, kind of.  I used a similar technique a couple weeks ago to make an anniversary card using this sponged background, but on that card I used only black images.  The card that inspired me for this card was made by Sara H.and  had actually used white images on top and you can see it here.  I did not have my embossing tools with me, so I tried to stamp with the Very Vanilla Craft ink.  It really could not produce a strong enough image for this card.  I wish I could remember why I purchased the Very Vanilla Craft ink, because it really does not work very well for me.  I must have used it at a card making workshop along time ago, and thought that it was a must have.  How many of you have done that? 
So, the quick and easy explanation is, using my new stamp set Serene Silhouettes, I stamped the bonsai trees on either side, and the tops of the wildflowers across the middle of a large rectangle of Whisper White paper using Calypso Coral.  Then I stamped the same images using Basic Black ink.
Then, I sponged the center using Daffodil Delight, rubbing in a circular motion, following with Calypso Coral ink rubbed around the outside.  I cut the rectangle into 3 strips, and mounted them on Basic Black paper, and used a Calypso Coral card.  Added a few black brads, and my fast and simple card was complete.  Inspired by a beautiful sunset, and a serene stamping spot. 
Hope you have a good weekend, and stop back again soon.
Mary

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