Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trees and the Listening Heaven

Last week I read about a great tree vs. man story. An 800 year old oak tree in a village in Turkey was in the path of road construction. The villagers and environmentalists worked to get the tree declared a "monumental tree. Sometimes progress is to take a step back.  One of the newest stamps from Quietfire Design couldn't be a more fitting sentiment to reflect this story.   Glad the Universe was listening.

The Created Byhand Challenge this week is to use only ovals.   Stamp and emboss saying on white cardstock; cut out using Spellbinders Lacey Ovals. Sponge lightly around saying with Brilliance Sunflower Yellow. Use tip of Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy Dew Drop inkpad to color edge and lace. A Q-tip helps get the tight spots. Stamp and emboss three oakleaves; trim closely and paint with Twinkling H2O's. Use a stylus to trace veins and gently crease and curl to give depth to leaves. Add a piece of decorative paper to light green 5x7" base card. Attach saying with pop-dots and leaves with strips of double-sided tape at stem and main vein. Add three pearls in upper right corner.

Enabler’s List:
Trees are the earth's endless effort
Green textured cardstock and decorative paper
Twinkling H2O's (Golden Jade, Olive Vine, Wild Vine)
Corner Rounder, Martha Stewart
Oak leaf stamp, Creative Images

By the way, I have so far resisted the urge to unmount my stamps.  The acrylic blocks I've had for ages are uncomfortable for me so don't get much use.  I spotted the Tim Holtz grid set and decided to give them a try.  I am very pleased with them.  They're thin, lightweight and easy on the fingertips.  The grid really helps get things straight.  Hmmm, I may be sliding towards umounting at least some of my stamps.  Need to explore indexing and storage solutions for unmounteds.

Thanks for looking,

1 comment:

Quietfire said...

I love this! Beautiful colour choices and love the timeliness of the story and the stamp!