“Fire” is a season in Oregon… and other musings on a hot & smoky afternoon

It’s almost hard to remember back to last month when our sky was blue. Things have been coated with a pale tan haze for several weeks now with at least another couple to go before prevailing winds and autumn rains cleanse the sky.

Many people joke that Construction is a season here. I refer to spring as Mud Season in a semi-loving manner, but in reality it’s Fire Season that is the hardest. Our state burns in the summer (as do many others in the western US.) Today has been one of the worst days. Smoke is visibly wafting across the back field, even though the closest fire is separated from us by about 50 miles. We are not even close to an evacuation situation, and we do recognize that there are many areas that have it worse than we do.

I worry about our animals during these smoke filled days that are reaching 100° and above. I try to avoid walking near where I know my little feral cat, Joy, sleeps outside because she runs to greet me when she sees me out checking on the goats or the birds. I don’t want to rouse her from where she sleeps in the thicket of Red Valerian and Honeysuckle we refer to as the Old English Garden to pull her out into the heat and smoke, and she will if she sees or hears me so I sneak (or at least imagine that I do.)

After being part of our family for 6 years she’s a strange mixture of the completely feral cat that I discovered living in the culvert by the driveway in the field and a sweet loving kitty who craves a family but is afraid to commit to being in the house with the rest of our kitteh pride. I am allowed to touch her, but everyone else is given a wide berth or is lucky to catch a glimpse of her at all. By touch I mean just that too; stolen strokes along her sides while she’s rubbing around my legs. There are no stereotypical kitty snuggles. I’m working on her trust issues while she works on my patience issues.

Our crazy goose decided to start setting her nest with the last of her eggs awhile back. They should have hatched by now and yet I can’t bring myself to disrupt her to take them away. Geese are supposed to know what their eggs are doing and will abandon their nest when the eggs are infertile or won’t hatch. She’s still diligent and committed to her nest though her partner and I grow increasingly concerned. He and I don’t chat about it much though as he is still protecting her right to privacy and he’s mean af on a good day.

Our back pasture on a Not-Fire-Season Day
Our back pasture today…
Joy. Cats Paw Farm’s feral

Watching You Watching Me

This is a card I did last winter, and now the DSP I used is back (in the clearance section.) The Feels Like Frost DSP is beautiful so if you are going to create wintery cards this year think about picking it up.

Watching You Watching Me is a Window Card. The illusion is formed by cutting a 1-1/2 inch gap and then adding a 2 inch x 5-1/2 inch piece of clear window acetate between the cardstock and the DSP panels on the card front. The sentiment bar spans the front making it look as though it’s what is holding the card together. Cool effect and has a lot of other applications too!

Watching You Watching Me – Window Card

Before stamping the deer on the inside I used white pigment ink on a blending brush to lighten the cardstock area and the result looks like a snowstorm in the moonlight. I added some stamping around the perimeter with a dot stamp. You could even add a few well placed “flicks” of white ink after stamping the deer to give a feeling of snow in the air, too. Vary the pressure of the blending brush and keep layering to get the brighter “snow” in the foreground.

Watching You Watching Me window card
Watching You Watching Me – inside of window card

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Evergreen Elegance

I have so much fun with the Evergreen Elegance cling stamp set. A few simple evergreen trees, stars, some awesome sentiments, some beautiful DSP, and some trial & error coupled with a little imagination and you have some great cards for holiday, for the guy in your life, for nature-loving friends…you get the picture! Have fun friends!!

Evergreen Inspiration
Evergreen Inspiration. Stamped in Mossy Meadow over the DSP and then Window Sheet overlay stamped in Stazon (be careful, stamps have a tendency to slide on window acetate.) The stamped image was flipped so the inked side is towards the card to protect the image from scratching/rubbing off.
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Evergreen Friends
Evergreen Friends. Another example of stamping on window acetate. Window Sheet overlay stamped in Stazon (be careful, stamps have a tendency to slide on window acetate.) The stamped image was flipped so the inked side is towards the card to protect the image from scratching/rubbing off. Use black Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the window sheet to the card surreptitiously. You can see the foam if you look, but it’s not super obvious and it elevates the window sheet for a fun 3D effect. This was my first holiday card of 2021 and it definitely put me in the mood to make more.
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Evergreen Memories. This DSP is Beauty of the Earth (same with all cards in this post.) I wanted wild foliage, but also didn’t want it to be the focal point, so the vellum overlay really helped push it to the background. I stamped the trees generationally and then used markers to go back in and add ornaments. The beautiful sentiment is cut out using Tasteful Labels Dies (a set I absolutely adore for it’s stitched details.)
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In Symmetry MYODSP

Stamp your own DSP with the component stamps from In Symmetry photopolymer stamp set. Using a different color for each stamp and beginning with the largest stamp you can create a field of flowers, leaves and hearts to serve as a beautiful and simple background for your card. Add a pop of ribbon and some rhinestones and you have a quick card that will bring cheer to your recipient!

In Symmetry Card stamp your own DSP

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Here’s another one done in Just Jade!

Welcome!

Hey there! This is my little blog home where I’ll post my Live crafting tutorials and supply lists, and probably other little tidbits of what’s going on in my life. I’m R’Chel. My husband and I have a little farm we call Cats Paw Farm and my current job is a cumulation of about 45 years of education (both formal and heirloom) in formulating and creating skincare & haircare, handcrafted soap, and culinary products under the Cats Paw Brand. We also raise Pygora goats – renowned for their luxurious fiber which is high sought after by handspinners. And my down-time and relaxation is found in papercrafts – something else I’ve done nearly all my life.

My earliest papercrafting memories are helping my great grandma create Victorian Lady cards using buttons, felt, feathers, and shells. Now I’m a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and I do especially love making cards, and sharing my tutorials and techniques with my friends. Currently I do a Live crafting session on Stampin Stuff with My Inky Paws Facebook Page (most) Sundays at 3pm PT. Maybe I’ll see you there, too!

I’ll be working to get my previous videos up on here, too. I’d like to have everything in one place for reference. 🙂