How to choose colors for your cards. 

Tonight we are in Hebron, Ohio. Tomorrow, early to mid afternoon, we will arrive in Ono, Pennsylvania to begin moving trucks to auction in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. 

Darleen Messenger, a friend and subscriber to my YouTube channel, recently asked how I come up with my color choices in card making. 

I take my cues from nature. I am, after all, pretty well immersed in it daily. Let me show you a photo I have borrowed from http://www.commons.wikimedia.org. A very moody sunset. An author would call this a “bruised sky” I would imagine.  Purple, mottled blue, a peek of yellow, deep dark colors. 

  
Translate these colors to your creations. 

  
Think about a rose garden or a bouquet of roses to translate into your card or scrapbook layout. 

http://www.fanpop.com  has a photo of a bunch of roses. Deep red, sunlight yellow, a full pink, snowy white, bright red, dainty pink. The green leaves in the background, plus really great lighting, showcase an array of colors you can work with on a card or scrapbook layout. 

  
I am working on a video to show how I make my color choices. It will be a few days before I get that made and uploaded. Hopefully this little peek will help you in your color choices. 

Leslie

Traveling Hoarder Show – Sullivan, Missouri

Some of you know that I have had to go back out on the road in my “Day Job” as a truck driver.  The middle of December 2015 is when I ended my retirement. 

Not being able to get my creative “Fix” in December and January made me a bit grumpy and antsy. So…..I packed up my card making supplies.  

  
Our first stop on the way to Ono, Pennsylvania is Sullivan, Missouri. About 435 miles from home……and well into our 1350 mile trip to Pennsylvania. 

A small table and a chair are in the hotel room, with the bed close by. Plenty of room for a little creativity. 

  
Using Operation Write Home – Card Sketch #62 – I made a couple of masculine birthday cards. 

  
Lighting is bad, as I knew it would be, but I made a video of the card making process. That will be edited tomorrow as we continue our journey eastward into the frigid northeast.  But, for now, it is time for bed. 

Leslie

Tell a story with stickers.

It has been quite a while since I blew the dust off this blog.

Recently I have been watching videos about making your own embellishments for cards, scrapbook layouts, artist trading cards, and just to have a stash of things you like and will use.  And, as usual, I got sidetracked in my room as I began hunting through my sticker stash to create embellishments.

I’ve made three tags, over the last few days, using my stickers from 2005 and an old 2013 Atlas.

Road trip tags using stickers.  Front

Road trip tags using stickers. Front

Road trip tags using old maps.  Back

Road trip tags using old maps. Back

The “Process” video at the end of this post will show you how I made the center tag.  The same steps have been used for all three of them.  Each with a little bit of something different but the theme remains the same.

The tag I made today is about a stop necessary on any road trip.  Getting gas and all the other important things that get done at a gas station.

This is one of those creations that starts out with promise and quickly ends up going in the dumper.  I did NOT like what I had created.

This was too much of a mess for my liking.

This was too much of a mess for my liking.

Cut out all the stickers and start over.

Cut out all the stickers and start over.

I went to my computer and typed out the words I had originally hand written.  I have a Xyron Sticker Maker.  I cut the printer paper down to a size sufficient to be fed through the Xyron then cut the pieces out.

Used my computer to create the phrases.

Used my computer to create the phrases.

My Xyron Sticker Maker is ideal for this.

My Xyron Sticker Maker is ideal for this.

Cut the paper down to size and feed through.

Cut the paper down to size and feed through.

So easy and it creates the stickey back automatically.

So easy and it creates the sticky back automatically.

I like this now!

I like this now!

Get all my  phrases cut out.

Get all my phrases cut out.

I spent a little time for placement of my new stickers.  Before I attached them I cut them down to better word strips.  After attaching them to the tag, with an additional bit of glue, I drew around them with a black micro pen.

Placement tryout.  Change things around before they are applied.

Placement tryout. Change things around before they are applied.

Now that looks so much better!

Now that looks so much better!

I even saved the old truck I stamped from the Stampers Anonymous “The Journey” stamp set.   The truck went on the back of the tag as part of the map feature.

Back of tag is complete.

Back of tag is complete.

Here is the “Process” video if you want to see how to create  your own tags featuring the stickers you have in your stash.  Enjoy your creative time.

Leslie