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Crafting Forever -- Do Something Creative Every Day

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Crafting Forever stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I mentioned in my post for the blog hop that I was initially drawn to this stamp set because of this jar of paint brushes.  When I saw the jar I immediately thought of my mother.  She is an artist who taught decorative painting all over the United States.  Virtually all of the painted items in my home were designed and painted by my Mom.  Unfortunately, Mom hasn't painted in years due to her health.

Recently, my Mom sold her home and we had to dismantle her work room.  Needless to say, this process was distressing for my Mom as she spent thousands of hours in this room designing and creating.  We kept her jar of brushes, though.  While going through all the items in her work room, we found a number of painted items that none of us had ever seen.  We asked Mom about them and she said that most were projects she had designed for publications that were never submitted for one reason or another.  Finding these items was a nice surprise and I think the discovery helped remind her that her work was well worth the investment of time and resources, that she met and mentored a large number of wonderful people, and that sharing her talent made a difference.   

CraftingForever_DoSomethingCreativeEveryDay

This card begins with a card base of Night of Navy cardstock.  A panel of Berry Burst cardstock was randomly stamped with the scissors and thread spool images using Versamark ink.  The Berry Burst panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Soft Sky cardstock and the panels were adhered at the center of the card front.

The jar of brushes image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The image was re-inked and stamped again on a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  The jar part of the image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the jar part of the jar stamped on the Whisper White cardstock.  The paint brushes, pencil, and craft knife in the jar were watercolored with Blender Pens and the following ink colors:  Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, and Tranquil Tide.  [Tip:  With the Classic Ink Pad closed, squeeze the top and bottom of the ink pad together to push ink from the foam pad to the inside of the ink pad lid.  Pick up the ink with the tip of the Blender Pen and color the images.  However, when working on Whisper White cardstock, it is important to apply the color using light strokes and avoid over-wetting the cardstock as it will cause the cardstock to "pill" (the cardstock begins to disintegrate).]

The Whisper White panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and then a slightly larger panel of Night of Navy cardstock.  The panels were adhered at the upper left of the card front with the top and left edges of the Night of Navy mat 1/2" from the top and left edge of the Berry Burst panel.

The "Do Something Creative Every Day" sentiment was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Circles Framelits (1-5/8") and matted with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits circle (1-7/8").  The sentiment was adhered at the lower right corner of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.

CraftingForever_DoSomethingCreativeEveryDay_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever." sentiment was stamped on a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits circle (1-7/8").  The sentiment was adhered at the upper center of the liner.

The scissors and thread spool image were stamped near the sentiment using Basic Black Archival ink and colored with the Blender Pens and the following ink colors:  Smoky Slate and Lemon Lime Twist for the scissors, and Berry Burst and Crumb Cake for the thread spool.

CraftingForever_DoSomethingCreativeEveryDay_Envelope

A piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope and Paper Snips used to trim the paper to match the edge of the envelope flap.  The "Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever." sentiment was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Basic Black Archival ink.

As far back as I can remember, I can see my mother creating:  painting, sewing, jewelry, paper crafting, and so much more.  Her style evolved over the years as she worked with different mediums and surfaces; fabrics, threads, and laces; beads, gems, and findings; papers, inks, stamps, and mixed media.  The consistent theme was her love of creating and sharing that love with those around her.  First with friends and family and then in classes and publications.  I think that example is what gave me the courage to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  It's all about sharing what you love.

Card Measurements -- 

Berry Burst:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Lemon Lime Twist:  2-7/16" x 3-5/8"; Night of Navy:  2-9/16" x 3-3/4", 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Soft Sky:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Whisper White:  2-5/16" x 3-1/2", 2" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 2-1/4" x 2-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Crafting Forever; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Versamark; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

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