Hello and welcome!
I'm back from our road trip to the Black Hills (I'm sharing some pictures today and a few more the following weeks as I took too many to squeeze them all in one post.) If you're here here to see some travel photos simply scroll past the card.
We had a really good time and beautiful weather on our trip but the hiking we did makes me feel like I need another week to recover LOL. It was hard to get back to the craft room but I managed as I got a chance to use a couple new goodies I treated myself to for my birthday which were perfect for this week's theme at Allsorts challenge which is............Summer chosen by our dear Brenda. We're having 2 fabulous prizes this week, a fun summer themed stamp set by Stampendeous from Oakwood Direct and a choice of 3 digis from Ruth Hamilton Designs. Hope you'll join in with us!
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Another blogger (sorry I forgot who) recently introduced me to this gorgeous retired PSX stamp (G2891) and I was lucky enough to find it on eBay at a reasonable price. Then I also finally got a set of Brushos, been admiring work done with them for years so I was really excited to try them.
I started out by spritzing my Bristol Vellum card stock with water then sprinkled some brushos powder onto the paper. (A tip I learned from others: do not open the containers, instead simply poke a few holes into the top (I poked 6) using a paper piecing tool or needle. You only need a tiny amount of powder on your project.
I was impatient to wait on it to dry completely so I placed a piece of paper over it to speed up the process and to help the ink distribute too.
The image was stamped on a separate paper, lightly colored with Zig Clean Color markers and fussy cut. I think cheese cloth fabric is a great accessory for nautical themed cards so I layered a piece under my fussy cut image. I also used Lavinia's Bulrushes stamp around the image for an extra detail.
The sentiment is from this retired Hero Arts My Monthly Hero stamp kit and it's been cut out using a retired Whimsy Stamps die. natural jute twine was tied around the card. The stamp with the 3 birds are also from the Hero Arts kit, the single small bird close to the image is part of the PSX stamp.
The Badlands National Park, South Dakota and Bear Country USA
Below are some pictures taken at the Badlands National Park. If you are ever in the area or drive through the area I hope you make time to visit. There is a small fee per vehicle to enter the park. If you or your significant other are a US veteran or active Military member be sure to get the annual America the Beautiful annual park pass which is free for Veterans and Military members and all those in the same vehicle, and good at any National Park within the US for one year.
We drove into the park from the east and entered via the town of Interior entry. Before we even got to the park we stopped at the Ranch store to buy food for these cute prairie dogs that live right next to the Ranch store. They were plain peanuts and very inexpensive. We spent a little time here and fed these cuties and watched the run around. They surely look like they enjoyed posing for pictures.