Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sigh, It's the End of Summer (West Coast)

We were relaxing in Yosemite last week, then came home to an abrupt end to our leisurely summer. We had three birthdays parties in three days, and a few other end of summer gatherings as well. It was really nice, but I am glad to have a bit of quiet print time this week.

My kids start back to school today! I don't know who was more excited, them or me! Not that I don't treasure the summer time we've had, we've had a blast. We have spent the past few months going steady with our group of friends out here—pool, beach, boardwalk. But I am anxious to get back to work and start printing again. I really want to get ready for our upcoming craft fair. I leave in two weeks to head out to see Amy, and do the Chicago Renagade Fair. It will be my first craft fair, but in stead of being nervous, I am excited. Yea!

This morning I worked on printing a few boiler plates for my cards—one for a flat note, and one for a folded card. I had made them up a while ago, but haven't had much luck with printing small text on my Kelsey. It usually fills in, or prints uneven. With the kids being in school, I had the time to get it right today. I went to work after drop off, and knocked out the remainder of my card stock. I am pleased with the results. I ended up removing all my packing in the press to get a cleaner print. Also, I was trying not to get a deep impression, so the text would not show through onto the inside of the card. I made up a gray for the ink on both, but the flat note is much lighter. I didn't want the ink to show through.

This past Sunday I worked on finishing up a plate for Boxcar Press to print out this week. It has shipped and should be delivered tomorrow. I am excited to have some new artwork to print from. If timing goes as I planned, I will be printing 3 days next week.

Thank you Amy for my care package and sweet new rubber stamp!

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