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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The "40 to 40" Kickoff

If you are wondering what this is all about, well let me tell you... 

As of today, this is my last year in my 30's. Instead of being depressed or fretting, I decided I wanted to challenge myself to just love the journey. I am actually excited to be crossing 40 (today anyway). To mark the event, I decided to post 40 entries over the course of the year, embracing all that I am doing, so I can be thrilled, feel accomplished, and just simply enjoy my 40th Birthday. 

I have so many projects and posts on-the-go in preparation for this. We will still have contests and monthly challenges starting with September as part of the 40 posts; however, there will also be posts on our Trade Shows, holidays, family moments, and celebrations. I will also share some tips on business, camping (of course), and whatever else this crazy brain of mine decides. 

So join me on the journey this year as I welcome the days until my 40th birthday!

To kick off the posts, I thought I would roll out one of my newest cards,
"The Biker" for my Nephew.

I stamped the Sand Dunes and the Biker in Archival Ink.

Then, I used the Rectangle Mirror Stamp to drop in some paint.

After dabbing the colours, I misted the paint blobs.

This one was over saturated with water. Whoops!

This was the paint direct to dry paper.
It didn't move enough to simulate the spray paint tagging effect I was going for.

This was PERFECT! A mist of water to the paper first & then I pressed the paint dabbed rubber directly to the cardstock. The wet paper helped the paint blend.

Next, I spray the Tim Holtz Corrugated Texture Cardstock.

Once dry, I roughed it up with Tim Holtz sandpaper.

I washed the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and my waterbrush. Then, I stamped Walnut Stain and Pumice Stone on my Craft Mat and lifted the colour with my waterbrush and painted the Sand Dunes. Evergreen Bough, Black Soot, Festive Berries, & Hickory Smoke Distress Markers were used directly on the Biker to colour him in. To finish off the card, I used the Happy Birthday Stamp with Mercury Rising Embossing powder.

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  1. Happy birthday, Kim! You are just a baby! Your card is gorgeous and a great start to your last year of crafting in your 30's! Love that background! Big birthday hugs to you!

  2. What a fun way to countdown to Forty! Great card Kim! :)

  3. Can't wait for all the things that will be part of the countdown!! Love the card! :)

  4. Awe Thanks so much and if you getting this a second time, well that explains yesterday :)

  5. Wonderful card! And great way to welcome 40!