Monday, September 16, 2013

Clearly Besotted Background: You Tickle My Fancy

Clearly Besotted Stamps has a challenge to create your own background on a card.  The first set that I had from Clearly Besotted is Fancy Feathers and I've only used it once so it had to make a reappearance!

Tickle My Fancy

I'm not particularly good at using Distress Inks to do a wash of color.  Every so often I like to try and given there is a Distress Ink color called Peacock Feathers, this seemed like as good a day as any.  Don't get me wrong - Distress Inks are very easy to work with.  I've watched the videos, I have the foam pads and the craft mat.  The color goes on easily.  But I guess I know that I am a control freak - because it seems a little too random for me!

So many of you have asked about the Colorado floods and I just have to tell you that it is mind-boggling.  I sit high above Denver and away from the mountains, so I'm just wet.  The amount of rain that we have gotten only happens every thousand years.  Even the official reports from the National Weather Service referred to "biblical proportions".   I don't think you can turn on any news station right now without seeing pictures of the destruction.
You may not know that there are still over 1,200 people unaccounted for.  By no means do they think all of those people have died, but some have.  What the news just doesn't quite capture is the virtual impossibility of the rescues and why those people are unaccounted for.  There are entire towns that have been devastated that rescuers simply cannot get to. These towns only have one or two ways in, but through mountain canyons, and all the roads are simply gone.  These people are sitting in devastated communities without phones, power, water, or sewer, waiting for the helicopters to come.

A lighter story that I haven't seen on the national news is the rescue of 400 young children from mountain camps.  Lots of elementary schools in the cities send the children to mountain camps for one or two days.  None of these children were in danger - but remember, the roads are here's their ride home! (Photo from 9News.)

I have lots of posts written for the rest of the week and I promise they don't cover difficult current events - I promise to focus on cards!!
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted Fancy Feathers
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft
  • Ink: WPlus9 white, Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and Seedless Preserves, Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry
  • Accessories: Clearly Besotted Fancy Feathers dies, Avery Elle Royal Blend Sequins


  1. First, I am relieved to hear you and your family are okay. This is absolutely devastating. Mother Nature's force and mercilessness astounds me. My thoughts are with everyone struggling through this. Thank you too for the update - I think it is so important to be aware and to be informed.
    Your card is gorgeous! Those delicate feathers, and the perfect distress inking...ahhhh! Sometimes you just got to let go of the control and beautiful things happen! (said by the biggest control freak ever)!! :)

  2. Glad to know you are safe and sound, Kim!! The pictures we've been seeing are mind boggling! Water is indeed a very intense and strong force of nature! Hoping they find many that are unaccounted for. Stay safe!

    BTW, graet feather card. Love the kraft base with the white feathers and the focal feather is gorgeous.

  3. Glad to hear you are ok, it sounds pretty scary. Your card is beautiful, fabulous colours for your feather

  4. Hi Kim
    I am happy you are ok.... Fabulous card... Love those feathers..... Gorgeous
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  5. So glad you confirmed that you are safe! Your updates, while I know they're hard to write, and even, on many levels, to fathom, are appreciated. My heart and prayers go out to all those affected; the havoc wreaked by floods is devastating, the aftermath - clean-up, rebuilding - is an incredibly long, hard process. As long as lives are spared, though, we are a resilient people!
    Your card here is stunning; once again you rocked a 'new' technique and showcased lovely CB stamps/dies. My CB order - sent on the 7th - arrived today! Under 10 days! IMPRESSIVE! Off to look at this beautiful card of yours more closely!! Too much pretty to miss!

  6. Glad you're okay and I hope that those 1200+ are accounted for soon. There certainly seems to be a Herculean search and rescue effort underway from what I've seen on the news. While I'm sure the situation might have been a little scary I bet most of those kids were thrilled for a ride on the heli!

    As for your card, that inked feather is stunning! I don't play with my Distress inks much either but I should because I always admire the technique when other people use it. I love the feathers stamped in white on the kraft too.

  7. My heart goes out to this people Kim.

    Back to your card. I so can relate to your feeling about distress inks... yes maybe its the random thing. All my 'distressed'creations end up in the bin :)

  8. Your card is lovely.

    Such good news to hear that you are safe! So heart breaking to read the news about all the devastation...prayers for all those that have been affected by this...thank you for keeping us updated!

  9. I'm glad you're safe, but I watch the news coverage with horror each night. I pray every day for everyone who has been affected by the devastation.

    On a lighter note, I love your distressed feather. I recently got some distress inks myself and I feel quite at a loss about how to best use them. Everyone makes it looks so easy (including you) with their beautiful coloring, but I definitely need to practice more!

  10. Hi Kim! Wow! We don't seem to be getting these flood reports here in AUS. Sounds pretty terrifying. Glad you are safe & sound. Love the card! I don't have distress inks. Have been tempted ... But not sure how to use them. The inked feather is divine! Hugs xxx

  11. I'm very glad to hear you and your family are safe, the floods sound terrible...
    There aren't enough words to describe your card, Kim - what a stunner! I love how you used those feathers. Thank you so much for joining in on the challenge x


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