Today marks the halfway point in the 100 Day Project---gotta say it went really fast. There were several prompts that arrived with the email this morning: What are you learning (about yourself or your process)? What's working? What isn't? What would help? What do you want for the next 50 days?
I've definitely kept with my original goals for the project: trying new techniques, using new stamps and tools, digging out old favorites . . . Interestingly, I've also been inspired to do some purging, and a lot of reorganizing of my supplies to make it easier and quicker to find what I need/want. Traveling definitely put a damper on the process, so I added watching technique videos to the list of "acceptable" projects for a given day. And that's proven to be helpful, too.
I've averaged a card every other day the last two weeks---most of them being made in the last week since things were really hectic when we first got home from Chicago. Some of them I've shared here, here, and here. Some days I worked on a technique but no card was made; some days I made cards with images I created earlier. I'm hoping to keep up the same pace for the next 50 days, knowing there are two trips during that time as well.
For my birthday I received several gift certificates to online stores so have had some new playthings arrive in the craft room. I thought I'd share two cards made with one of them today. Some others will show up shortly. One of my good friends gave me a gift certificate to Simon Says, and I used it to purchase some new blending ink pads by Wendy Vecchi. Blending inks is one of the techniques I've been working on during the #100DayProject. My initial impression is that they are much easier to use than a regular dye ink pad, but we'll see how they do in different situations. One of my next projects involves a technique which a bit more difficult than using them with a stencil.
Once I ordered the ink pads, I got busy and repackaged and rearranged my stencils so it would be easy to flip through them. They are now all in the clear storage envelopes by Avery Elle in an open box instead of piled up in a box with a cover. What a difference it makes. I've rarely used my stencils just because it took so long to dig through them.
I'm linking up the first card to this week's challenge "Inspired By: Floral Clusters."
For the first card, I pulled out a Simon Says stencil, " Zig Zag Dots," and blended some Cornflower Blue ink creating a subtle ombre effect from the top to the bottom. The beautiful circular diecut is Papertrey Ink's new "Shape Shifter Circle 2." I layered flowers and leaves stamped and die cut with Papertrey's "Botanical Bounty" set to the side, and added a sentiment from an older Simon Says set, "Thanks."
I worked on blending inks here, too, with the Papertrey Inks, following a tutorial by Lizzie Jones for Papertrey's Make It Monday challenge this week. I originally thought the Detail Blending tools would work well with these, but it turns out it they don't work as well as the Mini Round blenders. Here you can see the difference the blending makes. (Excuse the glare from the lights; the photo was taken at night in my craft room.) No blending on the top flower; blending a second color on the bottom flowers.
I've certainly not mastered this technique but it's a start.
Here's the second stenciled card. Another thank you note since I'm gratefully in need of a few more.
For this card, I blended two colors of ink through a Crafter's Workshop "Mini Squirreley." I die cut the main panel with a Simon Says "Stitched Rectangle," and die cut a banner from the "Stitched Banners"set.
The sentiment is from a new-to-me Papertrey Ink set, "Thank You Kindly," that was on sale because it is being retired. I don't ever remember seeing it before, and it is chock-full of great thank you sentiments in a wide array of fonts. I know I'll use it a lot. I added three enamel dots as a tiny embellishment.
I'm hoping to have a card ready for the Papertrey Make It Monday challenge and the Papertrey Blog Hop on Friday. Tomorrow is a busy day, so there won't be much crafting time. Friday, however, is a rare day with nothing on the calendar, so I haven't given up hope.