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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta


It's been a fun and a dramatic weekend. With two of my high school girlfriends, we saw Motown, The Musical, in Seattle . . . fabulous music, even more fabulous singing talent. Then I drove to Olympia/Tumwater for my 45th high school reunion; it's true, you see them as you remember them in school and not what they look like now. Sunday started out slowly and then I was horrified to see the television news about the mass shooting in Orlando. And I continued my ongoing prayers for 3 friends who are each hospitalized with serious and life-threatening conditions.

It was difficult to think about being creative; my mind was scattered and bouncing all over the place. I started 2 projects and couldn't continue them because my heart wasn't in it. I took out my left-over class kit from Lisa Lee's Little Village workshop. It made me think about community, and all of the positive reasons why community is so important.

I stamped the Inchie ATC with the Seattle Skyline stamp by Josephine Kimberling for Impress; it was stamped with Memento in Gray Flannel and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I know you cannot see most of what I stamped but I wanted the Space Needle in the background. I placed some of the Fireworks! spray in Summer Sky onto my craft mat and painted it randomly across the background of the skyline to make a "high cloud" sky.

The Penny Black die of city buildings was used on white card stock. I used direct-to-paper coloring with Memento Dew Drops; I also "distressed" some of the building colors since not all of our buildings are "brand new." The red building was covered with glossy accents to give it a little shine and to also stabilize the top. All of the building die cuts were adhered with glossy accents except the red, orange and green buildings; they were adhered with mini pop dots. I colored in the doorway of the orange building with a black alcohol marker.

The Spellbinders'background die was used on So Silk card stock in Fair Blue. It was adhered to an A2 white card base. Using my MISTI, I used the Hero Arts monthly club kit stamp set for the sentiment with VersaFine ink. Then I adhered the ATC.

Seattle Skyline stamp by Josephine Kimberling for Impress 5487G

Hero Arts "My Monthly Hero Creativity in a Box" stamp set May 2016 (sentiment)

Penny Black Creative Dies "Metropolitan" 51-169

Spellbinders' Shapeabilities "Contemporary Strip" Die S4-454

Inchie Arts' ATC Size Art Board in White

Ranger Inkssentials' Glossy Accents clear, dimensional embellishment

IMAGINE Crafts' Memento Inks by Tsukineko in Gray Flannel; Memento Dew Drops in Peanut Brittle, Tangelo, Summer Sky, Rhubarb Stalk, Pear Tart, Bahama Blue, Rich Cocoa; VersaFine ink in Onyx Black; Fireworks! Craft Ink Spray in Summer Sky

Neenah Classic Crest 80# Card Stock in Solar White (building die-cuts)

Conqueror 118# Cover Card Stock in Diamond White (for A2 base card)

MISTI Stamp Positioner

The Inchie Arts' Little Village art board sets are so much fun to work with; the next time I work with them, I am going to actually make the buildings with the art boards supplied in the set. Either way, the concept that Lisa Lee has created has so many possibilities. I hope to order the RubberMoon stamps that have been designed to go with the Little Village sets. Lisa is teaching another Little Village class at Art 'n Soul in Lacey, WA on July 9. I know you'll be able to either purchase and/or order the Little Village sets and the RubberMoon stamps from Art 'n Soul, too.

Jean Okimoto has put together a very vibrant and cheerful colored card for Memory Box.

Click on this link for Jean's posting on the Memory Box blog:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your Tuesday is filled with treasured moments.


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