Hey there, friends! I have managed to go 8 days without blogging...again. My best-laid plans to blog regularly have once again gone MIA. Luckily, I am tenacious to a fault and so my stubbornness will win out on this. All a matter of not giving up, no matter how many times I stray.
I do stuff (and make stuff) every day that I can blog about, so that's not the problem. I'm still having trouble with not really wanting to share. Whether it's because I don't think anyone will be interested or I'm just out of the habit, I don't know, maybe both. Like they say, attitude is everything, so I'll be needing an adjustment, lol.
Neat & Tangled Sunburst stamp, then I used Copics to color the lighter yellow rays. Next, I took a stamp from the Stamplorations Holiday Artsy set and stamped all around the edge with it in black ink. Then, I colored, fuss-cut and adhered the Fist Hero digital stamp from Kenny K. Finally, I stamped my Bible verse, Luke 1:37, from Technique Junkies' Proverbs stamp set. The only thing left to do was to layer together two of the cards to give it some stiffness and I have a great tip for doing that in case you are like me and have trouble getting layers adhered straight enough and just right.
So, the most important thing when layering these is to line up the holes, right? Easier said than done when your eyesight and fingertips are both beginning to wonk out. But with the help of my Scor-pal scoreboards (I have 1/4", the newer 1/8", and the little Scor-Buddy which is what I use on my Rolo cards), I am now giving the layers a run for their money.
I'm showing you the board from this angle so you can see the right-angle well. Now this is recessed so that the scor-mat can fit into it, but it can also be used to line-up what you are wanting to adhere together.
I hold my second layer, adhesive-side down, over the bottom layer, line up the rolodex grooves and press down. Now, the above photo is a bit misleading, because I had to hold my camera to take the pic. But I usually hold the top card with both hands and it makes it so easy.
Anyway, I have also re-joined Paper Traders, a yahoo group that I used to be in but left when I quit swapping. After being an active swapper for several years, I left my handful of groups back in 2011-2012, because I finally faced 2 facts: 1) I have so many swap cards that the ATC's alone fill 3 3-inch 3-ring binders to the brim (and it got to where whenever I was making the cards I would be regretting not making them for myself); and 2) I have a ferocious allergy to cat hair and dander. I'm talking bad. After opening swap mail filled with the stuff would render me ill in many ways (I've had rashes, welps, horrible headaches and the occasional suffocation lasting so many seconds I thought I would pass out and die - just by opening my swaps), I just got "sick" of it. Let me tell you, cats and artists go hand in hand. Many artists' cat lounge on their desks, on their supplies, yadayada. And I quickly deduced that while I could ask them to de-hair what they sent to me, there was probably no way that could happen even if they actually tried. And I completely understand the love for them. They fascinate me. I hate having to be allergic to the one thing most artists love!
So, I have re-joined this one group, not to do swaps, but to do only ONE: a monthly one-to-one monthly Rolodex card swap. The Hubster and I have a gameplan we follow whenever I receive mail from anyone owning a cat. We take the mail outside, HE opens it and then he airs it out and uses a paintbrush to wipe off any dander/hair that might be on the art. Then he smells it. He is also allergic like I am, but not as bad. If he can smell that icky cat smell, then he knows we need to bag it up in a Ziploc before bringing it inside. And then I can only enjoy the art in a limited way (and usually have to end up trashing it eventually - sad but whatyagonnado?). Thankfully, most of my regular art pals send me stuff that passes the smell test, and for that I am very grateful.
I am hoping to blog again tomorrow because it will be Wednesday, and I've been wanting to join the link-up on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW) for awhile. But you know me, so we shall see. May take a bit longer. [SIGH] lol
Have a great day and thanks for visiting! I know folks are reading (per my stats), but I'd love it if you'd leave a comment, too, sometimes. It's gets a little lonely talking to myself. Have I left comments at YOUR blog? If not, leave me the link and I will! xoxo