Celebrate Today and Every Day

I was feeling very zen as I left an early morning yoga class. The neighborhood was still and quiet. It’s been raining here off and on for days (weeks actually). When I stepped out of the door of the yoga studio, the sun was shining and the air was crisp and clear. The first thought in my head was:

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.

I’m not particularly religious, so on the one hand it was startling that a Bible verse would come to mind. And yet, with all that is going on in the world, it felt good to take a moment to find beauty, rejoice, and be glad.

My new found zen inspired me to combine a stencil, stamp, and sentiment that have been sitting unused in my stash for quite some time. I stenciled the background with Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mustard Seed. While the stencil was still in place, I applied a layer of transparent matte texture paste.

Rowhouse Greetings | Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions

After coloring and fussy cutting the image, I attached it to the card with foam adhesive squares (I use Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives). However, the squares do not adhere well to texture paste. So I applied a little liquid glue to each of the foam squares to ensure that they bond to the background.

That’s all for now. Go celebrate today and everyday!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Solar White #80
Stamps: Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions; Pretty Phrases by Paper Smooches
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass
Stencil: Glorious Petal Stencil by Hero Arts
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Transparent Matte Texture Paste by Ranger
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); Y15, Y19, Y38 (hair); B000, B00, B02, V20 (leotard); V20 (shoes & socks)

You Add Color to My World Featuring Neat & Tangled

I spent yesterday at the Creative Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention at the Lancaster Convention Center helping out Tracy in the Photo Scraps booth. It was great to see so many people stop by the booth where Tracy was selling her custom scrapbook papers. When things slowed down a bit, I had some time to walk around and check out the other vendors. I couldn’t avoid the temptation to shop, so a few new stamp sets, stencils, and embossing mediums made the trip home with me.

One of my purchases was this Paint Night stamp set from Neat & Tangled. Being a colorist myself, I couldn’t resist both the cuteness of this stamp set and the endless possibilities for its use. I mixed various stamps from the set to create this scene and colored it with Copic markers (see colors below). I wanted to keep the design fairly simple, so I used texture instead of color to add interest to the card. I embossed the background layer using one of the Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folders from Sizzix, adding texture to the background without competing with the colored image.

So that’s it for today! What’s waiting for you on your craft table?

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It by Copic; Borders from the Simply Spring collection by Bella Blvd.
Stamp: Paint Night by Neat & Tangled
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embossing Folder: Texture Fades by Sizzix Tim Holtz
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E93, V20 (skin); E41, E43, E44, E47 (hair); B21, B24, B28 (dress); C00, C01 (apron); C0, C5, C7 (shoes); E23 (easle); R32, R35, R46, B24, B28, Y02, Y15, Y19, YG05, YG09, RV55, RV63 (lettering); B21, B24, YG03, YG05, YG09, Y02, Y15, Y19, R32 (landscape)