Not My Best Work

My new stamp set arrived on Saturday and I couldn’t want to try them. It was fun to have new stamps to color. Yes, I’m a big dork, I really enjoy coloring. I tried several  each of the stamps and have decided that the one below is my favorite:

The actual stamp image is cute. I used my Memento markers for the center image and water-color pencils for the border.

This is another fun image. Playing around with the colors of the water was fun.  Just ignore that the corners on these cards are crooked.

I have discovered that I don’t have a lot of blues to work with. I have ooddles and ooddles of papers, mostly in pinks and beige. This does NOT mean I need to rush out and get more papers. When I mentioned the lack of blue paper to the Mr. he sighed and asked, “Does that mean we have to go back to Hobby Lobby?” No, not at all. I will just have to be creative with what I have.

A couple of my blog friends also had posts about cards this week.  I sent Sheri from My Leftover Life some cards and she did a blog post about it. That made my day. She is going to start making cards and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

The Shady Lady and her daughter Princess at Unschooling Royalty are making Artist Trading cards. They are little 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards that people can trade. Think fancy baseball cards. My friend Teresa gave me a book about making these types of cards. I didn’t have anyone to trade them with. Ms. Shady and her daughter are going to trade with me.

My upcoming week will be making Trading cards. I also plan on making a card for my dad using a cool image from The Graphics Fairy. I found a fun article about putting LED lights in an empty egg for Easter. My dad is a HUGE Easter Egg fan and I think he would enjoy trying that. I wanted to send him a card as well. He used to be a meat cutter and I have an image of how to cut up a cow. I think dad will get a chuckle out of that.

I hope you all had a great week. I look forward to seeing my fellow Project 2011 gals progress.


For those of you who saw the beer post on Wordless Wednesday, go check out the comments.  Al Fleckenstein stopped by and answered my questions about the beer ad. Which turns out was a label. It was kind of him to stop by and do that. Now I understand what a picnic beer is.  Thank you, Audrey.




  1. Well count me in for dork membership because I LOVE to colour. The best thing is that now that I'm a grown up and own my own home, I get to colour the walls.


    I love the seascape cards, they're really pretty.

  2. *sigh* I wish I had an ounce of creativity like this! I love the stamps! I enjoy coloring as well, but my coloring usually consists of scribbling on a Cookie Monster image as fast as I can before my two-year old nephew decides it’s time to turn the page in the coloring book (which usually isn’t very long). Between you and me (and the rest of your readers), I long to buy a coloring book and crayons at Wal-Mart and go to town!

    • Go buy one!! The Mr. and I have some coloring crayons here and some coloring books too. Sometimes you just have to get your color on.
      You are spending the weekend perfecting biscuits, I would say that is creative!!

  3. Talk about embracing your goals for 2011! You will need a separate room for your stamp collection soon :-)

    • You do realize that when this gets too far out of hand, I will come hunt you down. You understand that, right? *lol*

  4. ~~~Bernie,
    I absolutely love the photo at the top of your blog. Priceless.
    Where R U from?
    I am from Duuuuluth….

    Great blog :) xx

    • Thank you. I think she is a hoot as well.
      I grew up in Gary New Duluth. Now living in Billings, MT.
      I knew of some Sistos in Duluth.

  5. Bernie, for not being your best work, this looks like exemplary work! Absolutely beautiful work! The patience you must have to color those little details in! You are my hero, truly!

    • Oh, shush! *lol* Its kind of therapeutic for me. I go in my craft room, shut the door and turn on old radio shows. It helps to pass the time. I just have a hard time trying to figure out what to do with the stuff once its colored.
      Thank you. :)

  6. Very nice! And how creative!

  7. If I can find out what trading cards are I will make some to trade with you, sounds like fun!! I love the new stamp set, they look nice, I really love that realistic sea shell paper, very cool!

    • Check out the link of Shady Lady I posted. She has some links about it. Yes, you and Jenny can make some and I can trade with you guys too. That would be fun. (Paper is from of Hobby Lobby)

  8. I really love the idea of LED lights in Easter eggs. I bet those will come out great! And thanks for pointing down to the previous post. I missed it yesterday, and I learned something today! :) Who knew?!?

    • I went to Popular Science to find the article, but you can’t read it online. Maybe I will make a post this weekend of how to do it.
      Wasn’t that cool about the beer? I learned something new too.

  9. I love to color, so I guess we’re in the same dorky boat. ;P

    We haven’t had much time this week to work on more ATCs, but I’m hoping to find some time this weekend. I can’t wait to see what you come up with, but honestly, I’m a little scared. You are just so creative! I used to be…maybe it will come back to me.

    P.S. Thanks for linking to my blog! You rock!!

    • No biggie. I won’t get any made until this weekend myself. You are scared. Shush! I loved the samples you and Princess did. Mine won’t have any fancy do-dads. Just images and paper. Maybe some glitter.
      I wanted folks to see what those cards were and was so glad you blogged about them. I have wanted to make some for a bit and had no clue what to do with them.

  10. Beer bottle labels! Of course! It's so obvious now Al has explained it! :-)

    I love those cards – especially the first one. The sea shell paper really gives it depth.

    Don't be so hard on yourself, Bernie; they really are lovely. We never see the good in anything we create, only the flaws. Take my kids for example… ;-)

    • *note to self, don't drink when Sara comments* I damn near spit diet coke all over my computer at your flaws comment. *lol*

  11. I love the colors you used. I’m a sailor so I think it’s wonderful!

    Don’t be too critical with yourself. What you think is rubbish, probably isn’t. You just expect more. Put it aside and continue on. You may end up using for a thank you card or something some day.

    Love those water color pencils! Aren’t they great!?

    • Thank you. Do you have a sailboat?
      Thank you. Good idea about using them for Thank you cards.
      I do love the water color pencils and playing with using them dry and wet.

  12. Wow! I love the cards. I think they look beautiful! If you hadn’t mentioned the crooked corners I never would have noticed. You are like me with my cakes – too critical:)

    The cards you sent Sheri are perfect too. I can see why she wants to put them in a frame instead of an envelope.

    I am envious – I would love to make cards, but the few times I have tried, I just sit there and look at the supplies without a clue or idea in my head.

    • Thank you. I would never be able to make cakes like you, I would loose my mind. I used to do cakes when I lived in Mn, but nothing I would sell.

      Oh, I go into the craft store with no idea. I buy what I like. Hence lots of pinks and beige. Then I find some images and slap them together.

  13. I'd say "not your best work" looks pretty darn good to me. How fun! I just found some stamps the other day and thought, hmmm, I wonder what I could do with these!

    • Thanks, Ada. I just got into this in January. There are a couple things to do with it. Use a stamp pad and stamp it black and use some water color pencils or chalk. It gives it a nice punch of color, much more than a stamp.
      There are also things called “brushed markers” That is what I used on these images. I stamped them black and colored them in with the brush markers. You can also take the “brush markers” and color before you stamp. If you do that, be sure to huff on them to get the ink wet again. Feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions. Most of all have fun with the stamps!

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