Monday, May 18, 2015

Finally Spring!

Hoppy Easter
Beach Wishes
 Greetings Blogging Friends!

Spring is finally here and I am thrilled! My sincere apologies for falling so far behind in my postings these last two month....traveling for work....but now I am back and have TONS of great things to share. Before I get everyone caught up (it a long post so grab a beverage and stick around :)), I wanted to give a shout out to all of you....

A HUGE thank you to all of our supporters who designated Stamp to Cope, Inc. as the donation recipient when they shopped through Smile.Amazon and shared their Thrivent Choice Dollars.  Through your generosity in 2014, STC received over $1000 in 2015!  Thank YOU!!!

Creative Corner
Working on lots of techniques to share with our service area and prepare for our annual Berea Learnshops fundraiser July 10 - 26, 2015.  I will be conducting 4 workshops and am blessed that the slots are filling up! If you are going to be in the Berea area and would like more information, please check out the website for class offerings and registration information.

The cards pictured this post were created during both April and May.  The Hoppy Easter card took advantage of the paper doily craze that seems to have overcome crafters these days.  Patterned paper and ribbon offset the popped up bunny focal element. Using a few neutral soft leaded colored pencils gave the bunny some shading without it looking to over powering.  Three blue gems to match the eyes and paper to add follow the rule of threes.

The Beach Wishes card was create for my brother's birthday. He lives in the Ocean City, MD area and loves to walk the beach collecting shells. I stamped the bottle on a separate piece of white cardstock and used colored pencils to give illusion and depth.  Sometimes it is really challenging to create masculine cards so keeping it clean and simple seems to work best.

Dreams of Summer
Thank you 

Gracie's Birthday
For the Dreams of Summer card, I focused on a paper-piecing technique and adding dimension with pop up pieces. The jar was stamped on the pattern paper and then again on a piece of white card stock. The body of the jar was cut from the pattern paper and adhered onto the white card piece. I then stamped the label on cardstock and cut out to layer on top of the jar. The entire jar was then cut out and dimensional pop dots were added to the back and placed on the card.  The jar lid was colored with a silver gel pen and then twine and the mini clip were added.

I really like using white ink but I never seem to find a brand that actually keeps a crisp white look once it soaks into the paper.  It was really great to use the Fun Stampers Journey Whipped Cream ink and watch stay vibrant even after drying...YAY! Now I will have to try this technique on black and see if it will create a chalk board look.

This last card was made for my grand-daughter Lila Grace (her granddaddy and I call her Gracie). She lives far away from us so we don't get to see her much so making her special cards helps us stay connected.  I thought is stamp was so cute and she loves pink.

Upcoming Events

Stamping Workshop for Volunteers - June 3-6
Learnshop Fundraising Workshops - July 10-26
Walk with the Arts - September (awaiting exact date)
Survivor pARTy - October (awaiting exact date)
Womens Wellness Day - first weekend in November
Arts Day at Simmons Elementary School - November 24

Much more in the works so stay tuned.  Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week.

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