Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Introducing the SDI System. You are Welcome.

Y'all know already how I feel about people who pollute iced tea. If you don't, you can read about it here, which I recommend before reading the rest of this post.

When one lives in a hazardous environment, such as mine  - filled with rattlesnakes, scorpions and polluted tea, one must develop defense mechanisms.

For the snakes - good boots and pattern-spotting skills. (These both also help protect you against serial killers.) For the scorpions, again, good boots and good blood-curdling scream (unless your roommate is my friend Melanie, who will just sleep right through it.)

For polluted tea, there's only one defense available to you. The quick-draw straw.

The straw works on a pay it forward system, so to initiate your SDI - Straw Defense Initiative - you must bring the inaugural straw from home. This straw must be unwrapped and in your paw when you pull up to the window.

The protocol in a normal place is to hand you your drink while they take your payment. This is when you must kick off the omega sequence of the SDI.

Plunge the straw quickly into the perhaps polluted tea. Take a lightning fast sip where only a nanoliter of the potentially dangerous liquid touches just one SINGLE TASTEBUD. This is enough information to signal your brain to either fling the polluted sludge back through the window and ready a second straw for the replacement, or to breathe and slide the icy goodness into your cup holder.

Now let's say your tea is unblemished, as God intended it to be. The straw that they handed to you now goes into your chicken box (console thingy) for your next outing. This will be the straw you unwrap while you talk into the clown's mouth so you're ready for SDI at the window the next time you're out and about. It's now an eternally ready, armed SDI system.

You're welcome. Unless you drink polluted tea - if so, just bless your little pea-pickin' heart. You're in my prayers. I made this card for you.
Hero Arts Prayers Card by Understand Blue
CG736 Flowers for Coloring Bold...
[ HA ]
CM260 Hero Florals Rose Stem | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Prayers - Stamp and Die bundle
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
PS640 Pool Mix Layering Papers (12) |...
[ HA ]
Hero Arts CLASSIC VELLUM LAYERING...
[ SSS ]
Artist's Choice 110lb White Card Stock
[ GNK ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Plus VELLUM ADHESIVE Double Sided...
[ SSS | MFT ]
Plus REFILL Vellum Adhesive Double...
[ SSS | MFT ]
Copic Sketch Marker BG15 AQUA Blue
[ SSS | ELH | ART | MFT ]
Copic Sketch MARKER C5 COOL GRAY Grey
[ SSS | ART ]
Copic Sketch MARKER C7 COOL GRAY Grey
[ SSS | ART ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | SBC | MFT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS | CST | BMS | ART ]

This was a super fun card to make. First I stamped the Bold Prints background stamp in Intense Black and colored just the background with my BG15 marker.

Then I stamped and cut out the rose image and traced around it with a C5 marker, leaving about 1/4" between the border and the flower, and filled that in. Then I glued the flower down, and used a C7 marker to create a darker shadow closer to the flower.

I used this truly invisible vellum adhesive to add a strip of vellum with sparkles in it from an old Hero Arts kit, and adhered the Prayers die cut over that.

The card base is the Aegean layering paper from the Pool Mix package.

So go forth into the world with your new SDI knowledge today, and do something nice for someone.

Loveyameanitbye.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Storied History of Pink & Green - Blog Hop & Giveaway

Pink and green might actually be the reason I'm employed full time in the crafting industry.

I've stamped since I was a young teen. I was one of the people of my generation that embossed first over a gas stove. I, of course, do not in any way endorse or support crafting with actual fire anymore, but back in the olden days, we were less risk-averse, and also, heat guns hadn't been invented yet.

But if you fast forward to 2001, I went to a Stampin' Up! workshop where the demonstrator rolled two rollers over a white lunch bag, and we all lost our danged minds. The rollers were Posy and Vine, and the inks were Pink Passion and Green Galore.

There was actual screaming coming out of our actual faces.

She tied some organdy (gags me now) ribbon on it and called it a "wow bag." It was a wow, alright.

I've loved that lime/hot pink combo ever since, but it's evolved a bit now that I watercolor and color with colored pencils.

Two things in nature make excellent use of this combo - prickly pear cactus, and succulents.

So I have succulents for you today. I did these on vacation. I had picked up some Mi Teintes toned grey paper, which I love to use with pencils, and I stamped this image from Technique Tuesday in Fadeout ink. I like to use a coloring glove when I color, because pastel paper will absorb the oil from your skin and you can get prints on your paper, which would be sad after spending time coloring an image. When I got home, I trimmed the paper with this stitched edges die (a staple in my crafting diet), and matted it on Melon Mambo, cut with the same die. I mounted that on some woodgrain cardstock - and guess what I found?? The site that carries this cardstock also has matching WOODGRAIN ENVELOPES! Those are on their way to me! WHEE!

The sentiment die is also from Technique Tuesday. I've longed for a die that just says "hey" - pretty much my favorite thing to say. The matching stamp set is beautiful too.

The image is colored with these pencils.
Technique Tuesday Dies, Sweet...
[ ELH ]
Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society...
[ ELH ]
Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society...
[ ELH ]
Technique Tuesday Dies, Magnolia...
[ ELH ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
My Favorite Things Die-namics,...
[ ELH ]
Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils...
[ BLIC ]
10710-2013 - Canson Mi-Teintes Pads -...
[ BLIC ]
8 1/2 x 11 Tindalo Brown Wood Grain...
[ PPR ]
A2 Tindalo Brown Wood Grain...
[ PPR ]
Melon Mambo 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS | CST | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Coloring Glove - Anti-Smudge
[ AMZUS ]
Derwent Battery-Operated Eraser
[ BLIC | AMZUS ]
Ipoint Orbit Pencil Sharpener, Turquoise
[ AMZUS | BLIC ]
Global Art Classic Leather Pencil Cases
[ BLIC | AMZUS ]
Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers
[ BLIC | JGG | AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
[ SUP ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | SBC | MFT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]

This card is part of a fun blog hop with my friends at Technique Tuesday and My Sweet Petunia. I adore Bev and Teri - they are long time buddies and great people. If you have not met Teri Anderson, I highly recommend it. She's sweet, hilarious and has the most beautiful, soft voice I've ever heard.


If you leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop, you will be entered to win one of two prizes - $50 shopping sprees at these two sites! Leave your comments by Monday, May 28th at 11:59 PM Central Time to be eligible. Winners will be announced on the My Sweet Petunia and Technique Tuesday blogs on Tuesday, May 29th.

So here are all the hop stops - enjoy! I have another card in this hop - you'll see it when you get there. :)


Loveyameanitbye.
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