Taubotne means Thanks or Thank You (informal version) in the language of the Nipmuc people. It is one of only a few words that I know in the language. It is one of only a few words that many people know in the language, because it is a language was once considered extinct – no one has spoken it fluently for many, many years. The Nipmuc Language reclamation project will change that. Now, the tribe is holding classes and workshops to revive the language of this place I call home. Though I’m not currently involved in this work, I find it to be equal parts fascinating and complex.
I’m not going to give a history lesson here, or dive too deeply into my feelings about the loss of an ancestral language, but I will give a shameless plug: I created an online exhibition a little over a year ago, titled “From English to Algonquian: Early New England Translations.” The exhibition explores several 17th century Algonquian-language texts (the Nipmuc people spoke a dialect of the Algonquian language) and how those texts are being used to revive native languages. In addition to the work happening in Nipmuc Country, this reclamation work is happening now among many other New England tribes, including the Wampanoag and Mohegan. Please check out the exhibition or other pages linked if you’re interested in knowing more.
As for this card, I kept it pretty simple. First I did a simple watercolor wash and then used letter dies for the sentiment, cutting them from the panel and popping them up across the front of the card. I then stamped a simple thank you as a sub-sentiment to provide the English translation of taubotne.
I can’t wait to make more of these, using other words, very soon!
This week I’m sharing a card that uses no stamps! Instead I decided to hand paint some florals to make a pretty background. Before I started painting, I perused Pinterest for some floral inspiration (I keep an inspiration board there, and often look through it when I need a little help with ideas). I should also say that it’s kind of amazing how little blobs of paint somehow turn into flowers. Honestly, I’m not spectacular at this, but I still think the flowers and leaves came out pretty well (and at certain points I was literally just painting blobs)!
I had masked off part of the card so that the pattern only covered about 2/3 of the panel. I did this mostly because I imagined the card turning out a bit differently, but sometimes you have to adapt. I added a line of gold embossing along the floral/no floral line before adding my die cut sentiment.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die. I cut it from white card stock several times, stacked them up and glued them onto the panel. I added a few clear droplets as a final touch. By the way, I used Canson watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors for the painting.
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Hi! Sharing a quick card I made several weeks ago, using emboss resist, this background stamp, watercolors, Journaling Alpha dies and a sub sentiment from this Wplus9 set. Simple cards with pretty watercolor washes make my heart happy!
Recently, I feel like I’ve entered a very creative period when it comes to crafting and card making. It feels great! Especially after going through some stints there where I found it tough to be creative whatsoever. I’ve just been letting the ideas flow, and I’m excited to share some of them with you in the coming weeks. This week – tags! I’ve been making them like a crazy person.
I think when you’re in a creative rut, the best place to start is somewhere simple. And that’s what I did here. I had recently gifted two coworkers with some soap, and I wanted to personalize the bars I gave them, so I grabbed a piece of scrap watercolor paper that I had previously painted (but had no idea what to do with), and just started cutting tags out of it. I used a die that seems to no longer be available from Simon Says Stamp (womp), but I really liked the simplicity of the whole thing. I also added some initials to the tags to personalize them. So, that got the wheels turning. I painted more panels in the same striped fashion and started cutting tags from them.
After that I just couldn’t stop! :) I started painting some watercolor paper with really loose and haphazard washes of color, and made more tags in a rainbow of colors. Now, I have no shortage of cute embellishments for packages, and I’m also selling them in packs of 10 in my Etsy shop.
Hello Friends! The summer seems to be winding down here, which means the summer staffers who’ve worked for me this summer are headed back to school in a few weeks. It’s always tough to say goodbye to them, but so great to have been a part of their summer job experience. Lately, every year, I’ve made cards for the two summer staffers, and we have a nice BBQ celebration to mark the end of a busy summer and to celebrate their efforts. This year is no different, and I’m really looking forward to some burgers and hot dogs on the grill!
These two are pretty match-y, but are obviously different colors with different sentiments. I heat embossed the Mini Scenery: Madison stamp in white onto each panel, and created watercolor washes over top, as ya’ll know I love to do.
The YOU part of the sentiment was cut using Journaling Alphas dies, and the sub sentiments, embossed in white on black cardstock strips, came from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.
A few sequins on each to finish them off (and some confetti tossed around) and they were finished!
It’s amazing how the weather in New England can fluctuate so much from day to day. Two days ago I was sweating to death in my not-air-conditioned house and today I’m wishing I wore a sweater and looking forward to hot soup for dinner! Though some of my flowers and veggies are doing really well, this fluctuating weather seems to have also taken a toll on my garden this year. So for now I’ll have to settle for lots of floral cards in bright colors to get me by!
I created this one by stamping several floral images from the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set onto a watercolor paper panel. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder to stamp and then emboss the images. Over all of that, I painted two layers of watercolor washes in pink and purple-toned shades.
The die-cut sentiment comes from the Painted Happy Birthday die. The rest of the sentiment was stamped on black paper and heat embossed in white, then mounted to the front of the panel with some foam tape.
You can just barely see it in the photos, but I also added a bit of string just behind the sentiment for added interest. I wrapped some string around my fingers in a circle, then placed it on the panel, pulling at it here and there to create a less perfect look. Some light pink sequins scattered around the panel finished the whole thing off!
I’ve also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #76!
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It’s almost Father’s Day, which means the weekend is approaching! This Father’s day card includes some watercolor and my favorite Journaling Alpha dies, which are great for creating sentiments when you have zero fathers day-specific stamps or dies…
I did several watercolor washes on a Canson watercolor paper panel in various shades of blue and green. I also added some blue spatters with the watercolor and white spatters with some white acrylic paint. While that dried, I cut out the letters to spell father from some white cardstock and fun foam, and layered the cardstock on top of the foam with some multi matte adhesive, and set those aside. When the panel was dry, I figured out where I wanted the words happy and day to go. This part of the sentiment comes from the Bold Blooms stamp set, I just cut the stamp apart to separate the words. Yep. Cut it apart. Photo polymer stamps are easy to cut apart and they will fit back together nicely once mounted onto an acrylic block if you want to stamp the whole thing again, so it’s really no big deal if you want to do some stamp surgery!
Anyway, I stamped happy and day on my panel in black ink, and then mounted my die cut letters. I felt the panel still needed something, so I distressed the edges a bit with a distresser tool and then mounted it onto piece of vellum that I tore the edges from to make the whole thing look even more distressed. Unfortunately, the photos don’t pick up that detail. I mounted everything onto an A2-sized card base and called it finished!
Do any of you have special plans for Father’s Day?
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