Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Calling :)

I have a chemical engineering degree. I am a Professional Engineer, registered with Professional Engineers Ontario. But stamping is my calling. I've been stamping for 4 years now and have been home for 5-1/2 years to be with my kids. And I have to say (likely much to my dad's chagrin as he's a chemical engineer too) that yes, without a doubt, stamping is my calling. I love the creativity it brings out in me. The feeling of satisfaction when I have completed a beautiful card. And the fact that I feel like I am good at it. Well, not always, but overall I get good feedback which makes me feel not only good about stamping, but it makes me feel accomplished :) Best yet, I get to share it with like-minded women (and sometimes men) and teach others this craft I love so much.

I sat down today to do the Pals Paper Arts Challenge. We were challenged to use an element of style: lace. While I was at it I figured I'd make a card for my monthly card class - Fast and Fabulous. I had just received this stamp set today - Faith in Nature. It's a hostess set, so you can get it by hosting your own private stampin' party or placing an order of $200 or more in my Online Stampin' Store. Anyhow - back to my story... I sat down, and in 5 minutes I had this lovely card. Five minutes!!!  I find the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder somewhat lacy, so I knew I had to use it. I also used the Lace Ribbon Border Punch, topped with Pear Pizzazz Polystitched Ribbon. Simple, yet striking (in my opinion ;) ).

Tips & Tricks:

*Faith in Nature just screams "WATERCOLOR ME!!!". I didn't watercolor this card, I stamped in Concord Crush and used my Pear Pizzazz marker to color it in (Isn't it fitting? Pear Pizzazz for a pear? Just realized that as I was typing, lol!) But for my next stamper's group, we'll be watercoloring and you can bet that we'll be using this set.
*I love how wide the Lace Border Ribbon Punch is. At first I found it daunting (it's about 1" wide). But I'm finding so many different ways to use it. I love this layered look! Haven't seen this anywhere yet.
*I find the Polystitched In Color Ribbon tends to fray. So when I'm not planning on sealing the ends of a bow with my heat tool - because I simply can't have ribbon fraying on a card - I just tie a simple knot in it. I like the look of the knot (rather than a bow) with this ribbon better anyhow.
*To ensure my pear and greeting were aligned properly, I mounted them together on the clear block and stamped just once!  Easy peasy :)
*Even with the embossing, this card took me 5 minutes to put together. Now there's an efficient use of tools and stamps!

We make six simple but beautiful cards (2 each of 3 designs) the last Wednesday of every month for only $20 or a $30 order - join us on September 28th if you're in the Ottawa area. You'll get to make the card above as well as 2 other designs - fall and Hallowe'en. Email me at if you'd like to come. 'Til next time, keep letting stamps bring out your creatvity!


Linda Callahan said...

Your card is lovely and the colors are stunning together! Must be all of that chemical engineering - you know just what to combine :)

scare_easy said...

I love that stamp, and I love this card!!

Oops a Daisy Designs said...

Very pretty. Love the watercoloring. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.