Saturday, July 6, 2013

In the Kitchen... and a Technique!

Hi there!  Yesterday I ended up being in the kitchen most of the day, so the blog was neglected.  Something had to be done with the food in the fridge before it went bad.  Made some beef barley soup and crock pot zucchini bread.  All that grating, chopping, measuring, dishwashing, etc took a long time!  lol  Since it was way past my lunch time, I also made some healthy (?) nachos.  I  reserved a little of the cooked ground beef that was for the soup to add to my cheese smothered tortilla chips.  Then piled on some healthy baby spring mix lettuce and tomatoes.  It was yummy!  Kind of makes up for the cookies consumed on the 4th while stamping at my friend's house.  Not!

Today I spent some time in the studio creating.  I tried the ink blowing technique, where reinker is dropped onto white or other light colored cardstock and blown around with a drinking straw.  (Yep, working with some expensive tools here!)  Just do 2-3 drops at a time.  Otherwise the ink will dry before you get to it.  No two designs will be the same.  Give it a try.  Rest a little in between colors so you don't get lightheaded.  We don't want anyone fainting!  So here is the card I made with this technique.  It resembled some sort of sea life to me so that is what inspired a nautical theme.
The "compass" was made with the Clockworks and The Open Sea sets.  The screw brads around the "port hole" were from my non-Stampin' Up! stash.  I'm not crazy about this card but thought I'd show you what can be done.  So have fun with this technique.

All Stampin' Up! supplies used unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Clockworks, The Open Sea
Paper: Smoky Slate, White
Ink: Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush
Other: Screw brads (non-SU), white Bakers twine, transparency for port hole (non-SU), Circle Framelits, Dimensionals, glue dots

That's it for now.  I'll be back Monday.  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping in for a visit!


  1. Very cool abstract art look! I like that you used three muted colors and then a POP of red. So artistic, and it looks great against the light gray. TFS!