Greetings from the Clarity SHAC-Shack! I hope you are safe and well? Day 4 in the house, and all is well. It occurred to me this morning that I am experiencing a shift in my attitude. I can only speak for myself, but today for example, Dave had to run the gauntlet and go shopping for Mum, Dad, and ourselves. Check out the message on his hat…
When he finally got home, we had a pretty weird half hour, dancing around each other in the garden with gloves on, wiping down all the packets and disinfecting the shopping. Very strange really. But suddenly, I am accepting of things which would have irked me, and I am grateful for things I so took for granted a month ago. He couldn’t get bread. Never mind. We’ll bake some. He couldn’t get spuds. Never mind. We’ve got plenty of rice. Then I saw the lemons – and I was so grateful! Happy even! There is a shift inside me – and I dare say in many others too, where things that we didn’t even register, like lemons, bread and loo roll, are now a comparative luxury. I am actually enjoying the sense of gratitude and humility.
Speaking for myself, I think I have lived in excess and surplus for far too long, and whilst I don’t want to be boiling nettles for tea, and wiping my derriere with dock leaves, I’m certainly coming to the realisation that we musn’t take anything for granted. Hahahaahahah! You wouldn’t want to get that the wrong way round, would ya! Boiling dock leaves for tea …..
Today, I want to step up the little card I made yesterday, using Sam’s Shape stamps. They are so addictive and fun to use! When you hone in on the sets, you see just how many designs there are! Look!
I may have another little play later. I like the look of that scribble stamp underneath the rectangle one.
Right. Here goes. A good little exercise in Less is more….
To recap, a whole sheet of A4 Adhesive on the back of the copy paper scrap – er… sorry, print. A4 double-sided adhesive HERE. Special Offer .
Now we can chop it up and make loads of pieces of art!
Next stop, decided which stamps you want to play with. I used Distress Oxides on top of Black Archival. Because the Oxides are quite chalky, they sit on top of the black
A stencil and Spot-on Sponge are perfect for adding block colour too.
Wanted to try the stamp with paint. Sam always uses paint, so I thought I’d try and add a little highlight on the black. Only wanted the swirl, not the block. So covered it up with masking tape. Used a brayer to roll the paint out and add it to the stamp. Worked quite well. Using concentrated acrylic paint instead of diluted certainly keeps the white white.
To add an edge to the piece, I placed it on a blending mat, so that the sponge moves easily, and then added the same Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick by using small circular motions all the way round.
Tell you what! This is where you appreciate the double-sided adhesive sheet on the back! It makes the copy paper rigid and thick enough to take the rubbing and the ink very easily.
Next thing is which way up on the black 5×5 inch cardblank.
Eenie meenie miney mo…..
It’s time to give this random piece a little meaning. Reaches for her sticker booklet. Great thing, even if I say so myself.
And then she roots around for that little boy from the Wee Folk Stampset, (No. 1), who is welcoming the world – or observing the 6ft apart rule! I prefer to think that he will not be beaten, that he will keep going in the face of adversity.
Both kids, Mark and Grace, are in the States, as you know. One in New York and one in San Francisco. Mark has been on lockdown in San Fran for 3 weeks now, working from home. He is doing ok. Runs round the Presidio near where he lives every day, to get some exercise, but otherwise he’s indoors.
Grace is not leaving the apartment in Brooklyn either, but her partner, another lovely Mark, has to still go to work. His company is insisting. Now you see, that make me wild. That poor bloke has to walk one and a half hours to work, in an attempt to avoid contact with anybody, in a mask and gloves. Sit in a damned office avoiding people all day, then walk back. WTF??? I wish I had his boss’s phone number. No wonder New York is the Epicentre of the pandemic in the States now, if they are still forcing people to go to work! I feel so sorry for them. Gracie is putting on a big smile, and they are taking all the necessary precautions, but you have to wonder about the mentality of a company who INSISTS on making staff run the gauntlet when they could easily do their work at home.
I have to calm it Kermit, can’t change it, let it go and hope that it will be okay, that his bosses will see sense. For once I wish we were wealthy, so we could tell Mark to tell them to shove their job, and stay home. That we will cover their rent and they can stay safe. It sucks.
Thanks for keeping me company.
Stay safe, keep calm and carry on crafting!
Love and Hugs,
Tomorrow, we’ve got a crossword puzzle for you, created by our lovely Hazel. I do like a crossword, don’t you?