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Thinking of Arizona

We have had our first plant killing snowfall of the year.   As usual, we all winge and moan about how crazy it is that snow came so early, when in fact it does this every year.  In fact, the rarity is if we don’t get a September snowfall.  What this inevitable snowfall does for me is to get me thinking about Arizona and my upcoming trip down south again.

Right now, Phoenix is in the middle of the Scrapbook Expo, and so, I wish I was there.  Also this week, I signed up for a number of classes for Creativation in January, so the excitement for the winter season in Arizona is rising.

The challenge this month for the Phoenix Papercrafters group is Southwest/cactus.  Recently, I made some cards using a paint dragging technique (inspiration from a Jennifer McGuire video).  This technique really lends itself to the Southwest colours/desert sunset type of background and so I decided to combine that with some stamps/dies from Scraps of Love and Concord and 9th.

The paint dragging technique is super easy to do, but oh so difficult to have it end up just like you envisioned it.  That is part of the charm of the technique……………………….you have to give up control………………….and embrace some of the weird parts to make it work.   Actually, what I did was keep on thinking that the NEXT one IS going to turn out just like I envisioned it until I had eleven sunset backgrounds drying all over my house.

In the end, I loved all of the cards and the not quite what I envisioned backgrounds.  Take a look:

 

Sook, this one is from Moab, Utah but still Southwestern in theme.

Concord and Ninth

It is no secret that I am a Concord and Ninth fan, but I seriously want everything in their February release.  I continue to be amazed at how they build in extreme versatility into every set.  I had to get the Birthday Stacks set.  Who can resist a stamp set with images that can be a balloon or an ice cream cone, a banner or a party hat, a flat card or a 3 D card, an outline or a solid image.  It is truly an outstanding stamp set.

I am making more cards with this set, but these two examples show how versatile it is.

 

 

What is this? A card for no reason?

I am so far behind, that I think I am first!

I have had no time to enter any of the usual challenges, and the 25 days of Christmas Tags was only 12 days long for me before the wheels fell off.

Because of being busy with other things, my “new” drawer is starting to overflow as well.  There are many amazing stamp sets in there, that definitely need to come out and play.  One of them is the plaid maker from Concord and Ninth.  This is a brilliant stamp set both in its simplicity and engineering.  What is great about it, is that they had the clever idea of making the thin lines of the plaid on a wide base with two of the thin lines on it.  The lines stay straight and the wider stamp stays upright when lining it up in the Misti.  I rarely make more than one card front at a time, but this plaid maker stamp is “the best” for mass production.  Just keep stamping the pattern in black on to various colours of cardstock.  The thin lines are not necessary as you have a lovely Buffalo plaid without them, but you can add them at a later date, to co-ordinate with whatever image and occasion you opt to work with.