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Friday, January 14, 2022

Spinning Into The New Year

 Hello there again!

I have several cards in this post to share. I saw a video  by Ardyth Percy-Robb last week using a salad spinner and so I ordered one and tried the technique. Do I order a salad spinner for lettuce? Oh NO, just for crafting!  HAHAHA Little did I know that this technique has been around a while, mostly as a kid's crafting tool, but I did find several other card makers besides Ardyth who have tried it.

While all of these were created with alcohol inks, I also tried my Catherine Pooler Reinkers on watercolor paper and glossy cardstock.  Those I will show at another time.  These are all using alcohol ink on Yupo paper.

Card #1 Supplies:
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Yupo Paper
Black cardstock (Lawn Fawn maybe?)
Sentiment Die - Well Hey There Hexagon by Catherine Pooler Designs

Card #2 Supplies:
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Gold Foil cardstock
Yupo paper
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Slimline background die -On The Rocks by Catherine Pooler Designs
Thank You Glimmer Foil sentiment and die - by Spellbinders

Card #3 Supplies
Neenah Solar white cardstock
Black cardstock
Yupo paper
Tim Holtz alcohol inks
Loon Die - Gina Marie Designs
Thanks die - Catherine Pooler Designs

Card #4 Supplies
Neenah Solar white cardstock
Black cardstock
Yupo paper
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Polka Dot cover plate - Catherine Pooler Designs
Thank you die - Scrapbook.com

I did find that depending upon how much I spun or how many layers of ink I applied, I got different results. My spinner also had a stop button you could press to stop the spinning more abruptly.  I think that also played a factor in my results.  Some were splattered more, while some became more soft looking with less definitive lines.  Still, I loved trying this technique and creating some very interesting backgrounds. 

I'm glad you stopped by to visit. Hope you come again!  

Spinning Ink Blessings!

On Your Special Day

Hello there! Happy New Year!

It's been a very long time since I've been here. 

2021 definitely was a challenging year for me creatively as maybe it was for many others.  Halfway through the year I finally realized I needed to just go with the flow.  Then about 2/3 of the way I decided to take a bit of a break from crafting, stepping down from 4 Crafty Chicks and basically leaving my craft room more than not.  I dabbled a little here and there but not significantly.

And, then came the holidays and my holiday spirit took a nose dive creating even more of a gaping hole in my creativity.  I couldn't wait for January to be here so the holidays would be over.  Mind you, I was thoroughly excited to have both our boys back under our roof for the holidays and to celebrate with the family.  I just wasn't into all the normal hoopla of decorating, baking, etc, even though I did both. Our youngest son and his girlfriend moved back to the East coast in mid-December.  Presently they are in NC splitting time between their two families and preparing to move a little north to Virginia.  Our oldest and their wife are still with us as our daughter inlaw will begin her last semester in grad school this month. So while I haven't been too festive or creative, I have been enjoying my family. 

Now the tree and decorations are put away, a new year has begun and so has my creativity (thank goodness).  This card I created for my older brother, whose birthday was on the 5th.  I wanted to wait to share it until I knew he had received it.  I used the Winter Forest Layering stencil by Pinkfresh Studio to create my background and basically the card. I added a few extra lines of trees to fill it up.. The die trees are by Memory box, cut from inked paper in each of the green inks by Catherine Pooler Designs.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you will visit again.

New Year Blessings!