Hey there! I hope you’re enjoying the happy CHA buzz and inspiration. I, for one, am throughly enthralled in all of the photos and samples pouring in from the show already. I’m grateful to be at home enjoying the show from my computer while being able to lay down – I’ve been absolutely knocked out with a migraine for the past 24 hours. Boo!
The fantastic news on that is that this migraine is a product of me *accidentally* being off my daily migraine meds for three days (trouble with the pharmacy). This means that the medicine has truly been helping me; it’s not just a fluke. I couldn’t be happier about this realization. :) I also had the chance to try out acupuncture on Tuesday. It was absolutely fantastic. The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing is a fantastic center, and I’m always happy to persue health and happiness by looking at it from other angles. Eastern methods of healing, therefore, are a fun and welcomed change of pace from the Western prescription-oriented viewpoint.
If you’ve been considering acupuncture, I highly encourage you to give it a try! Do you research and find a good place, then go for it. I have a very low pain tolerance and only 3 of the 24 needles hurt a bit when they were being placed. The other 21 went in feeling much like being poked softly with a mechanical pencil. My acupuncturist also instructed me to focus on using blues and greens more in my artwork this time of year to help improve my liver function; the liver apparently needs all the help it can get during the winter and can even lead to an imbalance that causes neck and head tension. So I plan on incorporating that into my art this week. There’s no doubt in my mind that color has healing properties of its own!
I’ll share more about my alternative medicine adventures in the coming weeks as they happen if you’re interested. I love learning and exploring new things, so I don’t mind sharing my findings. :)
Today I wanted to stop in and share a card I made using the Cup of Wishes stamp set from Mama Elephant and my favorite spray inks – the Dylusions Ink Sprays by Dyan Reaveley. She just announced an additional six colors to her line, so this is a bit of a celebration of that.
To color the teacup, I first stamped it in Stazon Ink (so that the mists wouldn’t at all blur the lines since they are water based) and then sprayed over it with Bubblegum mist. I then masked off the tag area (the heart) and sprayed on London Blue and Crushed Grape mist to cover the rest of the cup. The result was this gorgeous ceramic-like appearance. Oh how I would love a cup that looked like this in real life!
I stamped the sentiment steam and coordinating finishing phrase in Bubblegum Mid-Tone Shadow Ink and covered the misted hearts with Icicle stickles for a little extra pizzazz.This also muted down the neon pink color into a more “cozy” feeling pink. Love!
Since I’m deep in the glorious depths of CHA 2013 Winter coverage, I thought I’d also share some of my favorite products that are coming out over the next few blog posts. I’ll also be tweeting my favorite links to coverage and favorite new products throughout the new couple days as well, so look out for that on my twitter!
Here are some of the products I’m incredibly excited about from Ranger. All of these are available on preorder from Simon Says Stamp right now and will ship when they’re available, except for the stamps. Those will ship in a few days!
And I hope you understand just how excited I am about the introduction of Distress Paints. Holy cow! These are going to be SO MUCH FUN! (You can see Tim Holtz himself introduce the new medium here.) Remember this chart that I made to share with you a few months back? Well now it comes in handy for choosing what colors to buy first of the new line of distress. (You can view the original color wheel blog post here with free printable so you can make this chart yourself.)
Here are my top 12 colors that I’ll be picking up first of the new Distress Paints. If I HAD to pick just three, I would go with Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Broken China, but you know I’m not going to be able to stick to just three. ;)
I can’t wait to do millions of videos showing you fun things and experimenting with this new medium along with all the new products are coming out. Now that my new computer (read: my new most prized possession is here and my computer processing power has increased tenfold, I hope to be producing videos again in no time. I know! Exciting, right?! Let me know in the comments below what you are most excited for so far from CHA. I’ll be back tomorrow with more coverage and favorites!
P.S. What would a blog post be without a picture or two of the Princess? She and I have been spending lots of time together this week, and I could not be any more in love with her. She’s perfect.
Leia is absolutely infatuated with anything that moves on screen. She especially loves watching sports (because of the ball and people moving) and cat videos. We must’ve watched 8 Maru videos the other day because she kept looking at me asking for more! Above, she’s watching the people move around the screen on Downton Abbey while I tried to craft.
She’s possibly even more obsessed with this new toy the vet gave her as a present last week. It’s called a moppy mouse, so we call it Moppy (naturally), and she plays with it for hours and hours on end. It has a slight rattle in it and is the perfect size for her to pick up with her mouth and carry it all over the apartment. In other words, my cat’s a total dork and I love her. Above is when she put Moppy in her food bowl. I don’t know why; I just found her like this, eating around her Moppy. I know, the implications of it all just kill me with the giggles. :)
P.P.S. No non-neon cat toys will ever be allowed in the apartment ever again, however. After Leia caught a *real* mouse the other day, I would prefer not to re-live that panic attack again. Ha! No sightings of the mouse since Tuesday, but I certainly know Leia will be the first one to alert me if it infiltrates our little home again. ;)