I hope this finds you doing well and not being too frazzled by the preparation and anticipation of this season of celebration. I'm thankful for a wonderful hobby that provides relaxation when there are high levels of frustration. If I feel there is too much vexation, stimulation, and aggravation, then I'll resort to a libation, but not to the point of defenestration!
Sorry. I'll stop, seeing as how there are hundreds of words that end in 'ation,' which explains my fascination.
I was fortunate to spend time with crafty friends in Portland in June. One of our techniques involved making some alcoholic backgrounds and then using the Alcohol Lift-Ink pad to stamp and remove ink from the background in the shape of the stamp. (The star on this card and the ornament below are from Stepping Stone Designs.) The results of my play session have been patiently waiting and it felt good to make them into cards.
Twofer (a) and (b)
After you use a stamp to lift off the alcoholic ink from your background, you can then press the stamp onto a blank card panel and get two cards for one! 👏 Cool!
I didn't take a photo of the ornament alcohol background, but I did get a shot of the stamp-off above.
My Christmas cards were done, so I used the two Christmassy images to make 18th birthday cards for Adam and Henry who have one of those dreaded close-to-Christmas birthdays on the 20th. I like how they turned out, especially with Hammy's winkifying!
We went out to celebrate the milestone at their favorite steak restaurant ...
Until the new year ...
With apologies to the little Penny Black mouse who had tail surgery and turned into a hamster, Hammy and I wish you and your families good health over the holidays and in the new year! I send hugs if you need them and I hope wherever you are, you are safe, warm, and content.
hank you for your visits to the Playhouse and your supportive comments throughout the past year. You keep me going! I hope to get back on track and return the flavor more often in the new year.