Home!

Once again, I am home… and home for awhile.

My weekend in New York City was unbelievable. The perfect weekend.  I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful I am feeling.  Nichol (from Kansas) and Kelly (who lives in NYC) are true gems, and I am so very thankful to call them friends.  We had such fun laughing, chatting, eating, giggling, eating, walking and eating some more. I was able to cross a few things off my bucket list (including seeing a show on Broadway, etc.) and that feels so good.  Anyone who knows me knows that my mind is always going and never stops, much to my dismay. The only place that had ever made it stop was the Caribbean. However, it turns out the hustle and bustle of NYC shuts it down, too – such a good thing for me.  If you ever have the chance to escape with friends from faraway, do it.  You have no idea how much it will feed your soul.  We all deserve that.

So… lots to catch up on now!  All good stuff.  Before I share a card, I thought I would mention some new classes in a new location!  If you are in the DC area, I will be teaching at Angela's Happy Stamper in August.  Angela has been asking me for a very long time – longer than anyone else – so I knew where to plan my first store trip.  I can't wait and hope to meet a few of you there!  For info, click HERE.

On to a card…

This one is from the Hero Arts site.  I wanted to give a close up of this – the technique is so cool in real life, and so easy to do.  The center piece was white cardstock with the image white heat embossed.  I then rubbed the Hero Arts purple chalk ink over it – swirling it around as I pressed the pad onto the paper.  As it dries, the chalk ink leaves a chalky finish (go figure, huh?) that is super cool.  Take a close look at the center area, you can see it there…

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(c) Hero Arts.  Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (scalloped flower center and flourish background); Hero Arts white embossing powder; Versamark Ink; Soft Lilac Shadow Ink (for background); Hero Arts notecard, gems, flowers; May Arts ribbon; Neenah white cardstock; Hero Hues purple chalk ink.

THIS is the chalk ink that works for this cool look. It is also great for fool-proof stamping, rich colors and tone-on-tone backgrounds…

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And the center of the flower has THESE gems and pearls.  60 pieces on here, a mix of colors, sizes, pearls and gems.  What a great way to mix it up…

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On another note, a big hug and prayer to all of our military families.  God bless you all for your sacrifices.  You are appreciated and thought of often.

OK… off to check email.  Night!  (Oh, and an update on the Cards for Kids will be coming soon…)

63 CommentsCards, Classes

  1. ragnhild

    like the card :)

  2. christina b~indiana

    Welcome HOme!! Glad you had some awesome girl time

    LOVE the purple! great technique. where can i get some chalk ink??? :)

  3. I just signed up for your classes in August. I’m sooo looking forward to it! Love the floral card :)

  4. Kristine

    So fun to hear about your trip to NYC – we live in the area and were inspired by some of the fun places that you visited and the good food!! We will have to take a little trip on the train!

  5. Dixie C.

    I haven’t played with chalk ink in FOREVER! I think I need to pick it up again! Thanks for the fantastic eye-candy and inspiration!

  6. Mary Kay Swadener

    Welcome home, glad you had a good trip. Just got back ourselves from the military welcome home in Colorado. Happy to have my boy back in the USA! Not a purple person usually but you have been rockin it lately! See you soon.

  7. Susan McRae

    Love the colours on your card!

  8. Ivania Flores

    What a beautiful card! I’m glad you enjoyed NYC. I’ve been there once and fell in love with that city soooo much to do.

  9. Fun trip and fantastic card, the colours feel so rich and zesty

  10. Marie

    As always, a stunning card. You are such an inspiration!

  11. judi

    Thanks for the great card and techniques! Love them all. keep em coming!

  12. Robin

    Gorgeous! I’m such a fan of purple!

  13. Wow! This card is gorgeous! I will have to give this technique a try!!

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