Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stamping with Distress Stains

Happy Saturday!

I've been struggling with my mojo again - happening more and more often lately. I guess you could say I'm getting used to it. The one good thing about having no mojo? It gives me plenty of time to check out blogs and videos, and eventually something inspires me and gets the juices flowing again. This time it was videos from Shari Carroll. I love when she uses blues and browns in her designs, so I grabbed my Distress Stains and used them on the new, Hero Arts, Leafy Vines stamp.


After randomly swiping the Distress Stains onto the stamp, I spritzed with water before stamping the image.

I've been gearing up for Valentine's Day at work. Getting all my orders in, checking and re-checking to make sure I'm ready for the big day! I am honestly not looking forward to all the work involved with cutting each bouquet that comes in (it's hundreds!) It took us eight hours last year to do all that cutting. Once that part of it is finished though, it is such a relief! I'm hoping to take a couple of photos to share with you again. 

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the visit! :)

30 comments:

Jeanette M. said...

Beautiful card, Barb! I love the blending of the blue and brown.

Cat Craig said...

Lovely card, hose colors work well together, and I love your twine and bling bit.

Jacqueline said...

This is GORGEOUS, Barb!! So glad you got some inspiration.
Good luck with the cutting for Valentine's day!

CinnamonSally said...

Great use of your distress inks Barb the effect is beautiful.

Virginia L. said...

Oh, Barb, this is stunning! I love how Shari's work inspired you! I adore the inking with the Leafy vine and the use of twines is fabulous! Hope you get more mojo going to cope with the Valentine's Day work load! xoxo

Barb Ghig said...

This is a GORGEOUS card, Barb! I hear ya about 'Mojo', but I think Shari would be very proud to see your take on her style! I'll bet it's even prettier in real life...I love it!
I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of the bouquets you create at work, too...sounds great!

Laura Jane said...

Beautiful watercoloring Bab!

Sue said...

Hello Barb,
Your choice of stamp with the watercolour effect not only relates a warmth to the onlooker, but creates wonderful movement as well, adding the twine element enhances this feeling to the onlooker. A gorgeous one layer card.
Smiles:)
Sue

Cindy C. said...

Wonderful, I love how it turned out!!

natashakara said...

This card is just gorgeous! I love the watercolor effect you got. :)

MarcyK924 said...

Wonderful interpretation and one of my fave cards using this stamp, my friend! This is my idea of your inky goodness! MWAH!

Helen F. said...

I totally hear your "struggle with mojo" complaint, Barb ~ but, this card shows no signs of that!
It is absolutely gorgeous {{{HUGS}}}

Cris said...

Wow! You made this gorgeous card with your mojo gone? It is stunning! And I just looooove that stamp! Good luch getting everything ready for Valentine's day, it must be crazy :-)

paula laird said...

Hi Barb, I'm sorry to hear your Mojo is not playing nice! Your card is stunning & I to love those colours. I also adore that stamp! So very pretty. This card is gorgeous!!!

Brenda said...

Aah Barb! One would never say that you suffer from Mojolessness! I love t when you use Distress Stains, they are like magic in your hands! Blues and browns - such an awesome colour combo! And I love your twine bow!
I do not envy you that Valentine rush, wow!
Have a super day Barb!

Karen B. said...

I simply cannot fathom how busy you must be at work! This card is gorgeous. So soft and flowing.

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful blending of the distress colours, Barb! I've always enjoyed all your flowers photos and am looking forward again this year!

Sorry, that your mojo has been down lately and hope it will be back soon!

Nancy said...

So soft and gorgeous, Barb!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love how you used the stains on your leafy vines, Barb! So soft and pretty! Don't work yourself too hard getting all those Valentine bouquets ready!

stamplover2011 said...

Wonderful mix of color, Barb!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Love this technique Barb! So pretty! I have this stamp and haven't used it yet, but now I'm inspired. :)

Rosemary said...

so soft and lovely, barb!

Dawn Turley said...

I can't wait till my stamp arrives, Barb, as this one really makes me want to CASE it... you have done an awesome job on this card.

sheila said...

You are doing beautiful things with this stamp Barb! I love the blue/brown combo....is that now replacing your love for pink/green combo?

Nat said...

so very beautiful Barb, has such a delicate watercolor look. I know what you mean about mojo as I am having the same problem for about 5 weeks now! Totally love your card :) Hugs, Nat

Maureen Morton said...

Barb, this is a masterpiece! Love how the colors meld and blend. And such a great combo. Is valentines more busy than Christmas? Probably more concentrated, anyway. You have MY heart, dear friend.

Kelly Booth said...

Just gorgeous in Every Possible Way....Love Love Love this Barb!! xoxo

Michelle said...

Barb, this card is so beautiful! Good luck with all that work for Valentine's Day! I hope it passes quickly and that you have lots of fun in the middle of all the hard work. ;-)

Trinh said...

Gorgeous, Barb! I would never know you were lacking mojo!

Elizabeth Allan said...

The blues with the browns is a dreamy combination Barb!