Sunday, 17 May 2015

It’s a Road Trip!!!

Howdi!
Thanks for dropping in.
Well here’s where we say goodbye to San Francisco,
- it’s been great fun spending time with Mark -
and HELLO OPEN ROAD!

First stop Yosemite.
The weather is a bit ropey apparently,
but hey!
The last time I was in Yosemite, I was driving a 40ft RV along a cliff edge in a storm.
Mark was not even a year old.
I remember it well. In fact, what I remember most clearly was my dear old Dad the co-pilot, with his hands over his eyes!

Ah yes, and then there were the bears...
but that’s another blog altogether!

While we’re on the road,
here’s a little crafty offering, 
using those wonderful Sunglass stamps which are on special offer.
Buy one get one free.

Here is a neat technique on thinking outside the box or is that Bubble!



Line the stencil up on the Gelli Card and then take the Black Micron Pen and draw through each of the Bubbles



So now we are going to go freehand and let the Bubbles float all over the card!
Position the stencil on the card so that some of the Bubbles are on the blank area of the card and draw through them, as before.



Keep moving the stencil around and repeat the process.

When you have finished, you will have something that looks like this. Notice how I have just drawn one of the largest bubbles.



Next, take a selection of Aqua Markers, I have gone with 7 different colours and start to colour in each Bubble. Start with 1 colour first and colour in randomly, then take the next colour and then next until you have used all 7 colours and all the bubbles have been coloured, leaving the largest bubble white


You will end up with something like this.
Interesting....


Now take some of the small stamps from the Summer Shades or Ladies Glasses set and add to the Bubbles. 



Lets add some colour to the white Bubbles. Take a piece of scrap paper and lay it over the car, then position the stencil back over to protect the rest of the area



Take a makeup sponge and Adirondack Mushroom and add some colour under the car so that it is not floating.



Then tear some hills into the scrap paper and repeat with the Adirondack Peach Bellini



Position the stencil to create the sun, again using the Adirondack Peach Bellini


Do the same with the other white Bubbles, so that they blend in.



Trim down 2 pieces of the 8x11 Gelli Card as follows:
 7.25" x 7.25" and 7.5" x 7.5". 
Now choose 2 colours you have used and create a border around the edges using a ruler.
 Mat and layer to finish off.



Memories.
Yep.
I am gathering them in spadefuls over here.
And loving every minute of it.

Doesn't this also make a fab wedding card using the 
Wedding Wee Folk 6 and the Wedding Stationery Set



Actually the Bubbles are just crying out for any of the Wee Folk or any of the miniature stamp sets on the website!
 
Much love,

64 comments:

  1. So colourful! Great use of the stencil. My birthday today!!! My sister has made me (using tons of PVA and red glitter) my very own pair of ruby shoes as I love the wizard of oz! How cool is that! Crafty family, had some beautiful hand made cards this morning. Xx

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    1. Happy birthday Donna, hope it's a good one and you're having a great day, and a good year to come for you. And now you've got your ruby shoes all you need to do when times are hard is click your heels!!! Are you going to own up to which birthday you are celebrating this year? ;-)
      (I was going to suggest we have a wee go at colouring in our teapots again, test my eyes, but we'll wait until you've stopped celebrating). Love Brenda xx

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    2. Happy birthday Donna birthday hugs xxx

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    3. The big 40!!!!!!!!!! As I said to my sister its just a number to which she replied yeah a really big one! How rude ;)

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    4. Oooh it is a big one, welcome to the club ;-), although I'm heading for 50 next year, now that's scary!!! Have you still not learned - you'll get nae sympathy from a sibling!!!! Hope you've big celebrations going on, enjoy, after all this is when your life begins! xx

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    5. Happy Birthday Donna - enjoy yourself, and 40 is still young. Actually Brenda M 50 is still quite young too!!! That's what I keep telling myself....x

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    6. Oops, sorry Susan ;-) And sorry to all the other older than me people on here, guess I walked into that one!!! 50, 60, 70, 80... (thinking fast now), only as old as you feel, and this arty crafting lark and Barbara's blog sure to keep us all young at heart :-) Am I forgiven yet or do I need to grovel some more!!!!! :-) xx

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    7. Happy Birthday Donna hope your havin a great day...I love the Wizard of Oz to I think
      my mum did to hence my name BIG birthday Hugs .....xx

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    8. Happy birthday Donna hope you have had a fantastic day. 40! Great age! I'm just clinging on to the last few days of 49 and I'm the younger sister so role on retribution in bucket loads! Haha. Have a wonderful year and enjoy your fab shoes xxx

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  2. Love this!! Good timing too, as I was needing some inspiration for a birthday card. Hope you have a great time in Yosemit.

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  3. Hi Barbara dave &steve love this card so many things you can do with the Stencil and the wee people like you say stay safe as you move on bye mark God bless love June horrocks xxxx

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  4. Great card, some fab ideas as always. I went to Yosemite when I was 5months pregnant with my eldest son (he's now in his 30's!) and loved it.

    We stayed with a work colleague who had a house built right in the middle of the national park and it was stuffed full of English antiques purchased during the war when they were stationed over here. I loved feeding the deer from the decking during breakfast and watching the raccoons 'wash' their food before eating it. Your mention of it has brought back some lovely memories, thanks.

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  5. Hello Barbara. Yosemite is a magical place and I bet your fairy wee folk would look amazing in that stencil too. We had quite an encounter with bears whilst there, the girls were terrified and then insisted on swimming in the river which was freezing. Such happy times. I hope you enjoy it just as much the second time around. xx Margaret Col.

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  6. Very pretty cards Barbara.
    Enjoy Yosemite - I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun, no matter what the weather!
    Take care and safe journey to you all xxx

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  7. Hi Barbara, Dave and Steve, your road trip sounds fab....and it is great that we get to join you on your travels...I love this bright and colourful design....even though all those bubbles make me want to go and eat some Aero Chocolate.......hugs...xxx

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    1. I think I have a sachet of Aero drinking chocolate in my emergency bag, No. xxx Maggie

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    2. Actually if you did what Barbara has done and coloured all the bubbles green with lighter green on the background then added brown ink all around the outside it would look like mint aero chocolate!!!!

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    3. Yum! You are making me hungry, Jane. xxx Maggie

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  8. Hello Barbara

    So clever. Keep on enjoying your trip.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  9. What a fab card, very clever
    Jackie x

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  10. Hi Barbara stunning idea love the bubble stencil so versatile will have to put on my wish list tempted to the offer too lovely memories you make .we are due to go home to the bungalow Saturday yippee 8 weeks it's taken but it's looking lovely cannot wait to get back to my crafting can print out the mindfulness boots to colour happy crafting hugs to all xxx

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    1. That's great news Sheila. Guess the upside of all this is a newly decorated, newly floored and furnished house to go home to :-) xx

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    2. So pleased for you Sheila - great news!

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    3. What great news Sheila, so pleased the end is in sight for you xxx

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    4. Thank you for your lovely messages goodnight xxx

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  11. Hi Barbara, I love this, just my kind of thing, be very enjoyable to make, will definitely be giving this a go (that stencil is on my want /need list), thank you for sharing :-) Yosemite, is that where the big geyser is? What came into my head when I read Yosemite - Yogi Bear and Boo Boo!!!!! You can tell what kind of upbringing I had!!!! It was my brother that was cartoon daft though, I didn't 'get' cartoons, but clearly did a lot of subliminal learning, eh!!!! (Ok I know he wasn't supposed to be living in Yosemite but he did get associated with the bears there.) So glad you're having such a good time and making loads of brilliant memories. Thank you so much for sharing your holiday with us. Love Brenda xx

    Dot, the names of the CD's I have are Sweet Dreams Baby's First Mozart, Baby needs Baroque, Baby needs Bach, and Baby needs Beethoven. They are proper classical music pieces, played by orchestras. Hope it helps xx (I guess now I've looked them out, I should keep them out and try and get past the bad associations and see if I can use them again!)

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    1. Thanks Brenda your a wee star will have a wee look for them...hope your able to have
      a wee listen again yourself...xxx Hugs from the young 60 yr auld LOL...he he..xxx

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  12. What a lovely cheerful card. Reminded me of Pudsey Bear...maybe he lives in Yosemite when he's not working for Children in Need. Thank you for the inspiration. Hope you have a less scary drive than last time...think Dave would do more than cover his eyes though!. Happy holiday! Xx

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  13. I love this one. Tomorrow night, I will play with it. Those Wee Folk just fit everywhere, don't they. Hope the rest of your trip is just as great. By the way, will the Aquamarkers work as well or the Distress pens? xxx Maggie

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    1. Hi Maggie, both aqua markers and distress markers are water based so work the same way. Both have a brush tip and a fine tip. I think the only difference is the distress markers are the same colours of the distress ink pads, the aqua markers aren't. But the aqua markers work out cheaper per pen. Hope that helps xx

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  14. I love the idea of using the Bubbles stencil to make little scenes with pretty coloured bubbles in between. Hope you road trip goes well and that you reach Yosemite you don't get any trouble from the bears..lol. Sounds as though it is a beautiful place but you need to keep your wits about you. x

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  15. I love the idea you have planted here!!! Fantastic.
    Say Hi to El Capitan whilst motoring through Yosemite - no doubt still have some snow on the ground here and there - such a beautiful national park - a place of natural beauty - keep drinking in those memories.
    Much love
    Kim xx

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  16. Love it! all those colours ! Enjoy Yosemite - is that where Yogi and Boo Boo live or is that another one? Have a lovely time!

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    1. Hello Jackie

      I thought Yogi Bear lived in Yellowstone, but I could be wrong.

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    2. Hello Jackie

      I thought Yogi Bear lived in Yellowstone, but I could be wrong.

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  17. Love this Barbara - really hope you enjoy your trip and that the weather is on your side! I might need to have a little play with my bubbles stencil whilst the dinner is cooking!!!

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  18. Wonderful cards! Your trip sounds so cool! xxx

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  19. Love those card and the coloured bubbles xxx

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  20. Right ive got to get that stencil now as that is lovely...safe trip to Yogi and Boo Boo .....
    keep the memories going...Dot..x

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  21. What a great way of using Jo's Bubble stencil - you may have just helped me solve a design dilemma!!! :-) good luck on your road trip. I hope Yosemite Park brings back happy memories and that you all creat some fab new ones. hugs xx

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  22. So glad you are enjoying yourself and relaxing. Wonderful idea for a card, will certainly try this. xx

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  23. Hi Barbara
    What a great idea. I have the stencil so will be trying this out with the wee fairies first. Have a wonderful time in Yosemite.
    X Chris

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  24. These are really great, travel safely and take lots of photos...

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  25. Hi Barbara
    Love these bubbles, I must get the stencil it is so useful. I love the way you create small works of art in the bubbles, just amazing. Well Dave, Steve and Barbara enjoy your road trip , drive carefully, are you taking the 'bear necessities ' with you :)take care
    Love Diane xxx

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  26. Hi Barbara a gorgeous card. I love the design. I also love reading about your travels. Enjoy the rest of your time. Hugs Jackie

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  27. lovely idea. a bit labour intensive but fab result and so adptable. enjoythe rest of the trip, hugs xx

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    1. I reckon it is another mindfulness project, Theresa. Good for the soul. xxx Maggie

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  28. Fabulous Barbara! I love all the colours! And those mini sets work so brilliantly with it!
    Safe journey on your road trip! Xxxx

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  29. Oh I love this design, just right for a birthday card for my 8 year old great niece. Thank you barb - you're fantastic.X

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  30. Hello Barb, what a fabulous idea, both cards are brilliant, love the bright colours. Thanks for the inspiration. So glad you are enjoying the trip, travel safely. Bx

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  31. Love Jo's Bubbles stencil and love this colourful idea, too!

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  32. Lovely idea, I will be giving it a go later....drive safe and beware of the Bear! xx

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  33. Hi, I have just joined you all, lovely blog, love Clarity. Have a wonderful trip. Sue.

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    1. Hi Sue, welcome to our Clarity extended family :-) xx

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  34. Great card need to get this stensil.have a great trip look forward to reading more.

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  35. Hi Barabara, love both cards. I have recently bought this mask so will give it a try!

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  36. Morning Barbara, I absolutely love these cards, the bubbles are fabulous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  37. Lovely card Barb! I just got my bubbles stencil, and a great idea to use it, as I have two little people stamps too! Enjoy your road trip!

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  38. Lovely artwork , I have this fab stencil xx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x