Tuesday, February 11, 2014

With Love

It's not a Valentine, it's just a little "thinking of you" card to cheer up someone who's feeling a little blue.  In this case, that's my Auntie Nancy.  

I love going crazy with flowers and grasses like this, even if it weren't for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge: Can You Repeat That?  This was very simple.  I have these pre-folded cards from Bazzill Basics.   I used an old, old flower stamp from inkadinkado, using Stem Green and various pinks and purples, adding more wisps of grass with a stamp of unknown origin.  (I've had it since long before I knew to keep track of brands!)  The "With Love" is from Inkadinkado's Chelsea Sentiments set.  (This could just as easily be a birthday card!)

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


My idea for the  One Layer Simplicity Challenge: Can You Repeat That?  started out as a birthday card.   (After all, I have two more birthdays coming up this month.)  

The typewriter stamp (Stampabilities) was a Christmas gift.  It's definitely me,...even though it's a slightly older model than the one I first learned on!  I embossed the red "happy" and heart, and what'd'ya know?  It was looking like a pretty good Valentine!  

I didn't try to get too perfect stamping the "happy" across the card.  After all, this should look like typing, right?


Cardstock: Vintage B&W pad (momenta.com)
Stamps:  Typewriter (Stampabilities), "happy" and heart (unknown)
Wicked Black dye ink (Clearsnap)
Watermark ink
Red embossing powder
heat gun
Corner rounding punch (Fiskars)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Birthday Wishes

My cousin Carolyn's birthday is coming up.  For her card, I tried this for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge: Can You Repeat That?  and  The Hero Arts Club Birthday Challenge (Rainbow of Color category)

Oooops!  I just made a background of blue and green and discovered that I had the card upside down, so instead of giving up I blended purple in the center.  Stamped the dandelions in black and colored over them with light blue and sap green pastel pencils.
Long white pre-folded card: Bazzill Basics
Stamps:  Dandelion heroarts.com Chelsea Sentiments set inkadinkado.com
Dye Ink: black, Bahama Blue (Tsukineko)
Pastels:  blue, green, purple 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

My Uncle Douggie

Douglas Stephen Osburn
July 31, 1931-January 30, 2014

He was a small-town-Kansas son and a father of five boys.  He was my mother's teasing big brother.   He was a Marine.  He was the keeper of our family's genealogy, and he generously shared and passed this along to me.  
Douggie and Georgie
Douggie and Dorothy

Douggie and Bud

He shared with me his memories and opinions as well.  In a March 24th, 1992 letter he wrote:

...I do a lot of reading and music listening (am very talented at both)...a critic is very important.  If we didn't have readers and listeners, we wouldn't need writers and performers.  I am unable to perform and of the arts:  painting, drawing, writing or performing, but am an exceptional critic of each and every one.  Some people that don't realize how good I am think that I criticize too much, but am just doing my job.  I don't allow people to criticize the things I make, because most of them are not qualified critics.  You've got to have years of experience before you can do a good job.  Performers can begin young because there are experienced critics to lead them to the right path--but you must have lived a number of years to actually qualify as an experienced and knowledgeable critic...

I will always miss my most knowledgeable critic.

I love you, Uncle Douggie!