Thursday, June 19, 2008

Orchids Thank You!

I didn't remember until after 5pm yesterday that I even had a blog! I was soooo busy creating cards and making contacts, that I didn't think to post all day! I'm making cards for a contest over at Paper Crafts Magazine. I'm not normally a "contesty" type of person, but I'm excited about entering this one. I'm also working on stuff for my class at My Creative Classroom.

Remember the orchids my neighbor gave me when I was convalescing? Remember me mentioning this stamp? I'll have to be careful how I say things, because Juanita B. decided she was my fairy godmother and granted my wish! She frequently encourages me with her comments on this blog. I was floored by her generosity. This card was made for her.

Stamps: Potted Plant, Fantastic Flourishes, Small Greetings Stencil Prints (Hero Arts)
Ink: Colorbox Wisteria Fluid Chalk Ink and White pigment ink (Clearsnap)
Other: Color pencils, tag punches, ticket corner punch, twill
I don't know if you can see the texture on the white background, but the card is Bazzill cardstock.
Finished size 5 x 7.
Edited to Add: Color this way all the time so I assume you all know what I'm doing. I forget that sometimes new people visit. The images on these cards were stamped in white pigment ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. Refer to the post called Coloring Solid Images on Dark paper . You can click this link or find it in the tutorials and tips section.

This second version was colored at the same time. I've decided to send this as an encouragement to someone out there in blog land. This is one of those cards where the front panel is folded back and the focus of the card is glued to that flap. I tried to take a picture of it from the side, hopefully you can see what I'm talking about.
Stamps: Potted Plant, Fantastic Flourishes, Small Greetings Stencil Prints (Hero Arts)
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Beige (Tsukeneko), White pigment ink (Clearsnap)
Other: Color pencils, ticket corner punch,

On a personal note: Someone asked me yesterday morning how was I doing since the surgery, so I thought it was time for an update.

I'm feeling better than I have in a couple years. I feel like I've healed up enough that I have no excuse when it comes to getting back in my exercise program. I can think of several actually, but, I'd be lying... Besides, the doctor has already given me her clearance.

I actually managed a short walk last night. The boys and I walked my neighbor home from the pool. Maneuvering that hill on the way back home really energized and inspired me. The plan is to walk this morning before it get's too hot. We'll see. Check with me. I'll tell you the truth... If I don't go, I'll be spending my time making up new excuses. (smile)

I'm looking forward to going to the Dermatologist next week and my headaches haven't been as bad this week. I'm going to see a doctor about that too. --Well, I have intentions to--I just haven't actually made the appointment yet. Other than that I'm blissfully happy in my role as a full time taxi driver and part time card maker.

Before I sign off and getting back to my taxi driving and card making, have you seen the new summer catalog for Hero Arts?
The stamps are BIG! I can't wait to play with them. As always, I'll let you know when you can see my work over there.

Have a blessed day! Choosing Joy, Jacki


Theresa said...

What a beautiful job you did on these cards. I love the stamp. You colored it so well. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Trish D said...

Ooh, both cards are beautiful, but I particularly like the blue & yellow version. As always, your coloring is beeee-yoooo-teeeeee-fullll! :)

Sharon in NE said...

I bet I studied those cards for 5 minutes. They are so well done!

I'm very glad you're doing well after your surgery. Hope your walk went well this morning!! ;)

nise said...

These are gorgeous, Jacki! Have been in a creative slump lately, so in a way you're bailing my bottom out. Not only did you inspire me, but I need a birthday card for my mother-in-law and just realized I had colored several images from you that could work in a pinch. Now to get it together and into the mail. Thanks and if I was closer, I'd walk with you.

Cindy H. said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Jacki!! I think my favorite though is the purple card:) It's a lovely image and you colored it so beautifully!!

loni.sue said...

Beautiful cards! Love the colors. And your cards from yesterday with the big flowers are awesome, too. Love those new stamps. Mostly I wanted to say how gorgeous and adorable at the same time your niece Jayla is. You'e right--America's Top Model in her future! xoxox

Anonymous said...

I love the way you colored the orchids. It would be great if you
would provide some tips on how you
used the two different color inks
on the flowers.

jacki jones said...

The image was first stamp only with White Pigment ink. and then colored with color pencils. Look along the sidebar for the tutorial on coloring on dark paper.