Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Painting with Lindsay the Frugalcrafter - Orchid


Another one of my attempts to paint along with Lindsay, the Frugalcrafter.  Here is the tutorial and inspiration video and/or blog.  There is plenty of critical eye issues with this.  The blooms aren't quite round enough in the focal orchid.  The color mix is a little too garish compared to the original.  Yada yada yada... 

But you know what, I am happy with it, I painted this with Koi watercolors and Derwent watercolor pencils around midnight in my basement craft area with somewhat crappy lighting even with my task light and the husband's puzzle light.  Seriously, I'm lucky this even looks like a flower!!!  

Thanks Lindsay for the inspiration to try and try again!  I'm thinking this might be my Mother's Day card for my own US based mother.

Ingredients
Inspiration - Lindsay, The Frugalcrafter youtube - Orchid Watercolor Full Length;
Card Size 5" × 6-7/8"(127 mm × 175 mm);
Card stock - Strathmore Watercolor Greeting Cards;

Color - Koi Watercolor; Derwent Watercolour pencils;

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Going to move some things around

I find that I am limiting my sharing because of the ban issues.  I don't want that to be the focus of my blog or to be reminded of negativity every time I visit my blog so I am going to attempt to move those posts to another page.  I don't want them deleted, I just don't want to see them when I want to share card ideas with crafty friends who don't know and/or aren't interested in what has happened.  I'm ok with that.  The information should be on another page if they want to look and it shouldn't be in their face if they just aren't interested.

Moving forward isn't about burning a bridge, it is about acknowledging that path is no longer available and to go forward with peace and love.  Thanks for all the support during this, it has meant the world.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Banned forever for citing FCC rules on Splitcoaststampers!

As my previous requests for clarification had been ignored I really didn't expect anything yesterday when I sent off a request to "Contact Us" on Splitcoaststampers, so imagine my surprise when this arrived and I have thus asked for further explanation.  I honestly don't expect to be reinstated but it is rather ridiculous that they don't see that they are being bullies by only allowing certain favored people to speak freely.  This is the response and my response and I have only taken out my email address.  I'm all about honesty and integrity in communication.


Now we have to ask ourselves why Administrators on Splitcoaststampers don't want Forum Members to know about FCC rules?  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Splitcoast ban update - from 2 years to Never

Yup! That's right folks. Because I commented that there are consumer protection laws and that I personally put more stock in a customer review than a person who is gifted a product I was banned for 2 years which has since increased to "Never".



I did use "contact us" and asked for an explanation as I obviously haven't posted on Splitcoastampers.  I'm not holding my breath.  

And I will repeat myself that I am a very happy owner of MISTI and firmly support the product and those that use it.  The only person that has been personally slighted and harmed by any of this seemingly deliberate misunderstanding is me. 

I am bemused but not sad, and just thought that people following the saga deserved an update.  I bear no ill will as life is too short for such pettiness.  I will however always be amused by protestations of any altruistic behavior when some can't forgive a simple misunderstanding.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Mad Tea Time Birthday!


So my goddaughter's birthday required a special card as she became a teenager!  I had noticed at Christmas that she was hinting toward an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday so when I found this image at Saturated Canary I just had to work with it.  I took the color theme from Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and the overall eclectic appearance of the Mad Hatter.


Once I finished coloring her I decided I needed to card it up and where would I put the sentiment?  Again I took inspiration from one of the close up Mad Hatter movie poster which had hats repeated in the background. I decided to repeat "Happy Birthday".  So I masked my image with rubber cement, or thought I had, and let it dry. Then I airbrushed in the greens and pinks.  After that I used my MISTI to repeatedly stamp over the image to get the background completely confident that I had masked my image.



I rubbed off the mask and I should have taken a picture.  She had "Happy Birthday" written all over her in the strangest of places!  Luckily I had already printed off a second image so I colored in the image again and fussy cut for dimension.  I probably should act like that dimension was all planned but I really think it is important to acknowledge how to save your work and when to call it quits.  I was ready to declare this a successful save when I dropped the pen I was edging the 2nd piece with and left a blemish on her face.  YIKES! Will the disasters ever stop?!  Thus she gained a pearl beauty mark!  Of course this is just between us and if anyone asks it was all planned! 

Ingredients:
Card Size - 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in
Cardstock - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth; Recollections: Black;
Stamps - Saturated Canary: Teacups; Kitchen Sink Stamps: 3 Step Daisy;
Ink - Memento: Tuxedo Black;
Color - Copics; Dr Ph Marten's Bombay India Ink: white;
Accessories - Glossy Accents; stickles; rhinestones; pearl.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mothering Sunday 2015


This card was a get it done card and I'm happy with it but I'm not going to pretend I reinvented the wheel with it or anything.  I went with traditional flower for an English Mothering Sunday, the daffodil and a small greeting (I think from Hero Arts).  I think if I did this card over I might bring the image a bit further up and to the right on the card.

This is actually the second card I used my MISTI on.  I didn't get a very good impression of the sentiment and restamped it.  It isn't perfect because my card moved and now I have bought magnets that are working well!

Ingredients:
Card Size5" × 6-7/8"(127 mm × 175 mm)
Card stock - Strathmore Watercolor Greeting Cards
Stamps - Gina K Designs: Sending Sunshine; Hero Arts: Celebrate Everyday;
Ink - Versamark;
Color - Koi Watercolor;
Accessories - Gold embossing powder.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

So tired of being bullied.

Little in my life has changed except I don't get to debate with the awesome ladies in Current Events on Splitcoastampers.  I miss them.  Even the ladies whom I strongly disagree with.  I felt there was a camaraderie there that we could agree to disagree.  And I tend to live my life like that.  I hang out with a lot of people whom I disagree with.  I love it.  I don't poke the grizzly.  I just love talking with them and working out why they think a certain way.  So I get to today and we are a couple of months down the line from "the 2 year ban" with no further explanation.  And find myself publicly sledged on two sites.  Wow. Instagram and Facebook. I don't get people that have to put other people down to lift themselves up.  Different strokes for different folks I guess.  

I honestly wonder if the people building themselves up whilst trampling on me consider that is what they are doing?  I'm a person that wants to believe the best of people.  Yeah, I know I have slung a bit of mud back at the "mean girls" but am I really supposed to walk away and let this carry on?  Am I supposed to thank them for being so cruel and be like Oliver Twist "please can I have some more"? Am I supposed to go gooey hearted and thank them again when they talk about their new love of one another over a "difficult time" (me being that "difficult time").  

I guess I should actually be proud of myself for bringing like minded people together. According to Instagram without me, that crafty retreat invite would never have happened, now there is some glitter to put on your card! LOL!  

I am a genuine person with feelings who doesn't have crafty friends in high crafty places because I like hanging out with the crafty masses who lift each other up not push people down to lift themselves up.  That is like building a house on a foundation susceptible to erosion.  And yes, that is what it feels like at this end of my crafty non-famous life.  And now I wonder if I am repeating the cycle of put downs by presenting my side and my continuing hurt over how all this was handled.  

Let's just stop being vague.  Jennifer and Lydia, I never meant to cause Jennifer distress when I asked if she had purchased the product.  I never meant offense stating that I consider that when I researching products I would like.  Nor did I mean offense when stating that consumers have the right to know and linking those federal rights on SCS.  I have stated before I have no ill will toward you and am happy I seem to have brought you together in real life.  Now can we stop the slights and set downs?  I'm sure you have used your power and influence to hurt me far more than I have or can ever hurt you.

As for Facebook, I joined a closed group about MISTI.  I am a big supporter of the tool and how to use it and how to get the best out of it.  I added my blog to a list and the next thing I see today (yup same day as the Instagram) is a link to the administrator of the group and owner of My Sweet Petunia.  Seriously?!  It is a document on her site, I'm not talking smack and have been supportive of the product since the early days.  I was one of the 1st to talk about being covered as a company and patent on SCS.  I asked if one person got their tool free and I am black balled forever? Thus, I deleted my information from that document.  People need to understand there is a difference between information gathering about a product and being mean.  Stop being mean because I haven't been mean to you.  The evidence is all there on the internet.  

I'm still good in my heart, I'm just saddened that this is still going on.