Finding Joy

This week has been a rough week. I’ve had crap going on in both my personal and professional life. Sadly, I let my emotions get the best of me and my food choices this week have been horrible! I don’t think I’ve ever seen my weekly PointsPlus allowance on Weight Watchers go so far into the negative before. Even though I’ve been completely off track with my eating, I’ve still tracked everything, so I’m counting that as a big of a moral victor for myself as I generally avoid tracking at all costs when I’m off program. lol

Today is my RDO (regular day off) that I get every other Friday and it couldn’t come at a better time! I have an appointment to get my hair done in the afternoon, and then I’m heading out to a card making class at my local stamp store (LSS) this evening. Between having a little pampering in the afternoon and then spending the evening being creative, it should be just the thing to perk up my mood. nod

I normally don’t have a lot of time for any type of crafting during the week because 1) I work long hours and have a long commute, and 2) I’m usually just too tired to focus enough to craft. However, all that took a back seat on Wednesday night because I desperately needed to take my mind off all the stresses of the week and I knew playing with my inks and paper would be just the ticket! The result of my efforts was this clean and simple card. I really love how it turned out, so I thought I would share it with all of you. As always, you can click to enlarge the photo.

WPlus9 WreathThe stamp set I used for this card is called Woodland Wreaths from WPlus9 Design Studio. This particular set is a “building” stamp which allows for many different looks from the same stamp set depending upon how one layers them. I’ve always shied away from building sets because I struggle with getting everything lined up correctly. However, I recently purchased a MISTI stamping tool which makes lining things up an absolute breeze! Even though it was a bit spendy for a stamping gadget, I’m completely in love with it! I would try to explain to you how it works, but it’s probably just easier to show you. Here’s a great video from Jennifer McGuire demonstrating how to use the MISTI to create layered stamp images.

Ok, back to my card. For my card base, I used some Colonial White card stock from Close to My Heart (CTMH). I also used that same color for the panel on which I did the stamping. For the bottom (green) layer of the wreath, I used Pear CTMH ink. The next layer is the branches, so I used Chocolate CTMH ink for that as well as for the Joy sentiment in the center of the wreath. Finally, I used some Cranberry CTMH ink for the berries on the wreath and for the little bow which I stamped on a separate small piece of the Colonial White card stock.

Once I had everything stamped, I went over the berries very lightly with a red Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. I was careful to try and avoid getting any of the red link onto the rest of the wreath, but really wanted to add a little shimmer to the berries.

While the Wink of Stella was drying, I adhered a piece of Pear CTMH card stock to my card base using my Scotch ATG. I thought the little pop of Pear would help accentuate the matching Pear ink that I used for the wreath. I then adhered the wreath panel to the card base using some Scotch foam tape to pop it up a bit. I then used a couple of tiny pieces of the foam tape to add the bow to my wreath. Once adhered, I went over it with Glossy Accents to give it some glossiness and dimension. Here’s a close-up shot that shows off the glossy bow and the shimmer on the berries.

Wreath Close-Up

That’s it for my latest card making adventure. I’m sure I’ll post more in a few days from the class I’ll be taking tonight at my LSS. This class will be featuring stamping from Dare2B Artzy and lots of coloring with markers and/or colored pencils. I haven’t decided yet which I’ll be taking tonight. This will be my first time working with stamps from this particular company, so it should be a lot of fun.

Until next time …