Long time–no see!  Let me say that many things in my world have changed but what hasn’t is my love of creating and I’m finally posting a project. I have tons of cards to post but it’s one day at a time.

During these shelter in place days it has been difficult to get my creative juices flowing but I am finally back creating in my studio. I’ve organized and reorganized my space since the flood but it’s getting close to being finished…until tomorrow anyway. I am in California, just outside of San Francisco, so we’ve been under a Shelter in Place order for one month and twenty-five days to be exact. Our daughter is a high school senior, she doesn’t get to have the graduation that we were all looking forward to but so many are in the same situation. She was born in October 2001, just after 9/11, and 2020 will go down in history as the year the world shut down. Our 2nd year college student is home from the University of San Diego attending classes by ZOOM. We are all a little stir crazy but are healthy and are grateful to our many blessings. Our three dogs are very happy to have the constant company inside their house.

I am enjoying a Spring Card Class with Jennifer McGuire & Kristina Werner, actually it’s my second, and I am loving the challenges posed by the marvellous teachers to stretch my creativity. Today is Day 8 and Daniel West posed that we should use a stamp for something other than the reason it was created. Hope that makes sense. Daniel was extremely clever in using a birch tree stamp to create carrots! Yep and then he put a bunny in front of them and it was so cute!! My take on the challenge is close to my heart or should I say hair. I had my hair cut and highlights added just before the quarantine started in California but it’s been months since I’ve seen Dawn (my stylist) and I miss her. I don’t have the same rim of grey that my image does but it’s dark up there and needing a touch of summer highlights, ok…maybe more than a touch.

I looked through my stash of stamps and picked out a Picket Fence Studios Stamp Set called Hello Beautiful as my base stamp. Using my Misti Stamp Tool, I stamped the image on a piece of masking paper and fussy cut the hat. I left the stamp in the Misti, cleaned it off and placed the hat on the stamp. Then I inked the image again (with the mask on), took off the mask and stamped the image on a piece of Neenah white 80lb cardstock (cut at 4.25 x 5.5 which I trimmed down later).  What I have now is an image without the hat…looks funny right? 

Next, I chose a stamp set called Under the Sea Floor (also from Picket Fence Studios), picked out a seaweed stamp to use for hair, stamped it on masking paper and fussy cut. I stamped the image on the top of the head, masked it off and stamped on either side of the mask. Then masked the edges and stamped a little bit more. Thus creating crazy hair on top of the head. Perfect right?!?

The word die is also from Picket Fence Studios and can you guess…it’s called Seriously plus it comes with the backing die!!! I put a scrap piece of black cardstock over a piece of a Sizzix Adhesive Sheet and die cut it twice. So much easier to use an adhesive sheet to get these letters backed with adhesive. I used a piece of Lawn Fawn yellow cardstock for the backing and I also cut a piece of white foam (purchased from Simon Says Stamp) to pop up the piece. Before I put this piece together, I used a copic marker in Black to go around the edges of the yellow back piece plus the white foam. I wanted it to be a bold statement and pop off the card…it does!

I trimmed the white cardstock to 3 x 4.75″, rounded all of the corners with my cropper. Backed this with a piece of white foam cut just a bit smaller and I used liquid glue to adhere. The black cardstock is 4-1/8 x 5-1/4″ (approximately) and the card base is 4.25 x 11″ (scored at 5.50″). I colored the images with Copic Markers, trimmed it to 3 x 4.75″ and rounded the corners.   < USE THAT LINK and you and I will get 10% off our purchase at Picket Fence Studios. 

Stay safe and happy crafting!

xo Carole Anne