Misti makes Sparkle

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Meet Sparkle.
This card I did for My Sweet Petunia.  I love my Misti, and use it every day, and not just for stamping. As you can see from this post, I used my Misti to make this background, using a stencil, ink and water. Water in your Misti - how could you? I am not about to mess up my Misti, so I use Saran wrap, aka cling wrap. The grid lines in the Misti help me keep my stencil and paper straight for this technique. 
For the stencilling I used Tim Holtz Rays Stencil and Distress Inks Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry. The technique is called Stencil Monoprint and can be found under my Awesome Tutorials page. 
For my flowers, I added Carved Pumpkin distress ink and I stamped and water coloured in my Misti, using the new Creative Corners to hold my paper in place, and I also rest my hand on the corners when painting so I don't mess up what I have done. Once I finished the water colouring I used do-Craft markers to add a bit of detail to the flowers, and Wink of Stella to the flower centres. 
I attached the stencil to my card base and added a thin piece of glitter cardstock to the bottom as I did not want to see the stencil at the bottom of the row of flowers. I styled the flowers and added along the edge on foam dots.
It was after this was done that I decided on the sentiment I wanted to use, which is from Penny Black's Sprinkle and Smiles Stamp Set.
To finish my Sparkle card, I added sequins of varying colours and sizes. 
I hope you enjoy this card and that you are able to visit the link I provided where I have a picture tutorial of my process. 
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
Products: Original Misti, Tim Holtz Stencil Rays, Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers, Simon Says Stamp Designer Flowers Die, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Wink of Stella, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Paper Garden Glitter Paper, Foam Dots, Sequins.

From Me to You

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Hello to you. This card is the sample I made for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, where I asked the participants to focus on their background for this challenge.
If you follow my blog, you will have seen the masculine card I did using this technique, called Cling Wrap Background. I also have it listed in my Awesome Tutorials for ease of reference. This background is a bit different from the Bister background, but I love this look as well. I did several of these one night  before bed.
For this card I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks Wild Honey, a tad of Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber spritzed with Perfect Pearls and left overnight to dry. I always have perfect pearls on hand to use for these kind of projects. I use the small ranger spritzer bottle which I mix the powder and water in. 
For the butterfly, I stamped and heat embossed using white embossing powder on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper, then laid down more Tim Holtz Distress Inks, being Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade, and dragged my butterfly through it. With a paint brush I smoothed out some of the areas. Once dry, I styled my butterfly and attached using glossy accents to ensure I would not come off. As the die cuts of the antennae, I fussy cut them and reattached. I stamped the sentiment on the tag die and attached, then added a few sequins to finish. I hope you enjoy this card today. I certainly enjoyed making it. Thank you for visiting.
Products: Stampendous PenPattern Butterflies and Die Sets, Sugar Pea Label Tag, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Sentiment is from Concord & 9th Many Mandalas Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Sequins.

Sunshiney Day

Saturday, 27 May 2017

I am dipping into the alcohol inks for this card, and using a die that I have not used before, which happens to be a sun. For the background, on aluminium foil I added the alcohol inks, spritzed with isopropyl rubbing alcohol then swirled with a cotton swab. I die cut the sun and on a separate piece of foil drenched in it yellow ink, and while still wet touched in some orange, then waited for everything to dry. I stamped the sentiment which is from a stamp set that I have had for probably 10 years, but I thought of it the minute I added the sun, and I think it is perfect for this card. A few sequins finished my card for today. Thanks so much for visiting.

Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, MFT Die-Namics Sunny Skies, MFT Sunshine Day, Ranger Alcohol Inks, Rubbing Alcohol, Neenah Cardstock, Paper Garden, DCWV Paper, Glossy Paper, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Sequins. 

You are Awesome

I am a very happy lady today, as Google (Michael) came through for me in the end. If you are not sure what I am talking about, I refer you to this post earlier this month.  I received an email late yesterday afternoon advising me that my iphone model is now supported for text messaging for problems with emails.  That made me very happy, but to be sure I attempted to log into kiaskards gmail account, and yes, it worked.  I am elated to have it back, a bit late in the game, but hey, "better late than never" 
say I. 
So, to Google and to Michael .... you are Awesome, and I thank you. 
I could not let this news pass without a card, and this is a different kind of card for me, but I do think it is more on the masculine side than the last card I made thanking Michael. This technique, Cling Wrap Background, is from Lydia of Understandblue. I did several one night before bed and left them to dry overnight. So easy and so fun with great results. I have also listed this under my Awesome Tutorials page. This particular background was done with Bister powders sprayed with Perfect Pearls, giving it that shine. I kept it simple with just the sentiment, adding the "you are" embossed with black embossing powder, and the "awesome" embossed with copper embossing powder and, a few sequins. 
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.

Products: Altenew Super Script Stamps, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Bister Powders, Blue, Green, Yellow, Neenah Dessert Storm Cardstock, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Vellum, Copper Embossing Powder, Black Embossing Powder, Sequins.

My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamps Blog

Friday, 26 May 2017

It is time for another hop, and I am delighted to be sharing with all of you a collaboration between My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamps. 
I will have more information on the hop and the prizes below, but first I would like to share the 
cards I made for today's hop. 
For today's hop I used the Unity Stamp Happy Snail Mail Sentiment Kit for May 2017.  The set is full of 17 fun sentiments, a heart, and this wonderfully fun snail atop a mushroom.  Who can resist, which is why I did 2 cards.

I wanted to use this frame in my design, so I laid it out in my Misti for placement. To prepare I removed the foam padding, as the stamps are red rubber stamps mounted on foam.   
I arranged my stamp inside the frame and picked it up with my Misti door. I stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed using gold embossing powder.
I find it easier to paint inside my Misti as I use the creative corners to hold down my watercolour paper. For a bigger piece I would also add a couple of the magnets. I proceeded to watercolour using Zig brushes and Daniel Smith Watercolours. 
 I fussy cut the snail and mushroom once I finished painting it, keeping a bit of the grass. I then die cut the matting pieces and heat embossed the image on the designer paper, also in gold and attached the pieces to my card base. I attached the frame, then styled the mushroom and attached within the frame on foam strips.
To finish, I stamped the sentiment and die cut a banner, attaching it to the bottom of my card. I added Wink of Stella to the circles on the mushroom, as well as to the snail, and finished with a few sequins and crystals.
A close up of the snail and mushroom showing
the sparkle.
For my second card, I stamped the image on watercolour paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, and painted with Zig brushes and Daniel Smith Watercolours. I did the watercolour background and splatted it with a darker blue and white acrylic paint, then die cut the piece with a stitched rectangle die. I added designer paper to my card base and attached foam strips to the back of my panel before attaching to my card, and finished with my trademark sequins.  
More sparkle and an up close of the snail.

Thank you for joining the hop today, and I hope you 
have enjoyed my process to make these cards. 

Now on to the details for the hop and the prizes! 

Everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for a chance to win.  The prize from My Sweet Petunia is the winner's choice of a Original Misti or a Mini Misti, and from Unity Stamps 3 prize packs.  Please comment by May 30th at noon Central Time in order to qualify.  The winner's will be posted on both the My Sweet Petunia Blog and the Unity Stamp Blog on Wednesday May 31st.  Now on to the hop.  Have fun everyone!

You should arrive here from Kary Lim's Blog

Kia Gibson-Clapper - you are here
Products: Misti Original and Mini, Unity Stamps May 2017 Sentiment Kit Happy Snail Mail, Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels, Zig Brushes, Daniel Smith Watercolours, Wink of Stella, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Ink, Neenah Cardstock, Lawn Fawn in the Meadow 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Sequins, Crystals, Foam Strips.

A Summer Rose

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Hello all. I am back today to share a card I did for
Art Neko Stamps.
As most of you know, I love clean and simple design, and I also like bold colours. But today I went for the light and airy look, keeping my colours a little more subdued, but adding a punch with the sparkle and gold embossing powder.
To start I stamped using the leaf background stamp inking in a citrus green colour and trimmed the panel to the edge of the stamp outline. I then die cut a piece of vellum using my stitched rectangles and attached the leaf panel to the vellum. I stamped the rose stamp using gold embossing powder, and fussy cut one of the flowers out, which I watercoloured with Zig brushes in lemon yellow, with the leaves done in the same citrus green. I styled the rose before attaching to the panel on a foam dot, then attached the panel to my card base using foam strips. To finished I heat embossed the summer sentiment in gold embossing powder and added a few sequins for a bit more sparkle. Even with the gold, the card remains light and has that airy feel. I hope you enjoy this card, and thank you for visiting.
Products: Art Neko Leaf Background, Old Fashioned Rose 3, 4 Season Kanji and English, Neenah Cardstock, Gold Glitter Tape, Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Vellum 40lb., Gold Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Strips, Foam Dots. 

Celebrating the Memories

Sunday, 21 May 2017

This is my sample for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week. I used Bister powders to do my background, and also used left overs from the die before laying down the powder and spritzing. There are faint hearts in the background design. I kept the colour towards the right to give room and a background for my die and also so I could use this new sentiment stamp, which I heat embossed using black embossing powder. To the stacked hearts I added back three of the heart die pieces and painted one with gold Wink of Stella. The panel is matted with another white panel die cut using my stitched rectangle die. And, sequins, let me not forgot to mention the sequins - a little sparkle is a good thing. I also added a crystal gem to the gold heart. 
I hope you enjoy this card, and thank you for visiting.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Stacked Hearts, High Hopes Celebrate the Joys Stamp, Blue Bister Powders, Gold Wink of Stella, Neenah Cardstock, Black Embossing Powder, Crystal Gem, Sequins.

Sunshine Butterfly

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Hello Sunshine! I am playing with the Inspiration Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers where we visited a beautiful blog called Sew Paper Paint. Autumn, the owner of the blog, does mostly mixed media, which is not my thing, but it did not stop me from finding inspiration. I picked this card for my inspiration. Instead of using designer paper, I did some stencilling and dry embossing. I stencilled my card base using a Donna Downey stencil and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks. For the oval, I used a deckled oval die cut that I dry embossed and sponged with the citrus ink. For a bit of dimension I attached it with foam strips. I then stamped and watercoloured my butterfly using the picked raspberry ink and once dry sprayed with Perfect Pearls. Again, once dry, I styled the butterfly and attached with foam dots. I added a few Sprinkles and Nuvo Jewel Drops along with the little sentiment, stamped in the picked raspberry and heat embossed using clear embossing powder, then die cut with the banner tag. 
I hope you enjoy Sunshine Butterfly, and thank you for visiting.
Products: Donna Downey Bubbles Stencil, Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp and Die Sets, Stampendous Spring Sentiments, Frantic Stamper Deckled Ovals Die Set and Label Tag, Elizabeth Crafts Swirly Curves Embossing Folder, Neenah Cardstock, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Perfect Pearls, Sprinkles, Nuvo Jewel Drops Key Lime, Sea Breeze, Lemoncello, Rosewater, Foam Strips and Dots.

Dragonfly in Colour

Friday, 19 May 2017

My art teacher Colleen has such faith in me and I keep saying, I can do it on a card, but a larger piece gives me a run for my money. This dragonfly is from our Wednesday night art class and when I saw that the challenge at Splitcoaststampers today was "Wing It" I decided to do this card, and I am happy with the outcome. I am not sure of the name of the technique, but you use a straw to move the paint. It is so much fun, and anything with wings would be perfect for this.  I used a previously done background for my card. I made it using Bister powders dumped in water then added the paper. I used 3 different colours of watercolour and finished with ink. I have two sets of watercolours. My largest is my Winsor Newton paints, and my smaller scale is a mixture of colours that I just love to use on my cards. These are some of those colours, Daniel Smith Manganese Blue, Schmincke Cobalt Turquoise and DaVinci Leaf Green and I added Daniel Smith Prussian Blue to the body of the dragonfly. Once painted I finished with ink using a Pilot Envelope Pen. What is that you say ... here is a link. I die cut my piece using my Scalloped Stitched Trimmings die and added some Nuvo Jewel drops in Key Lime and Sea Breeze. 
Thanks for visiting today ... I will see you next time.

Life's Path

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Hello to you today! I stamped this over a week ago and never did the colouring as I was not sure what colours I wanted.  All I knew was that I wanted to use this sentiment which I received recently. I decided to mix my colours up a bit, and I mixed it up with my paints as well. I used distress markers, Zig brushes, Daniel Smith watercolours as well as Schmincke watercolours. To stamp the flowers I did some masking in order to overlap the blooms and add the leaves. Once I finished the panel I attached it to a light purple card base on foam strips and added some Nuvo Jewel Drops, which are light and airy. I am happy with the outcome, and hope you enjoy this card, and I will see you next time.
Products: Altenew Beautiful Day, High Hopes Life Path, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron,  Zig Brushes Cornflour Blue, Purple (which paints as Pink IMHO), Winsor Newton Yellow Cad Pale Hue, Hookers Green; Daniel Smith Yellow Medium Hue, Phtalo Green; Schmincke Leaf Green; Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper, Paper Garden Light Purple Cardstock, Nuvo Jewel Drops Rosewater, Key Lime, Lemoncello; Foam Strips.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

For the Clean and Simple Challenge today at Splitcoaststampers the design team were to use something related to technology for our cards. I do have a little camera I could use, but I decided to look at the challenge differently. From my Misti, to the stamps and dies I use, to the paper designs and sequins, there is technology everywhere in this industry. Stamps and dies are designed on computers before they ever come to life.  So, I used my Misti and flower stamps and matching dies, along with other dies to make my card. My background wood designer paper is die cut using a die. The flowers are stamped, then die cut and coloured with Zig Brushes, then attached, along with the die cut flourish and butterfly. And, yes, even my beloved sequins begin on a computer somewhere. So, there is a whole lot of technology involved to make this card. Alas, what matters to me in the end is if I like it, and yes I do like it, and I hope the person I share it with will also enjoy it.
Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you enjoy today's card.
Products: Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Designer Flowers Die Set, Penny Black Bookmark Die Set, Neenah Cardstock, My Favorite Things Tranquil Textures, Zig Brushes, Sequins, Foam Strips, Wink of Stella.

Thoughts of you

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The background for this card I did some time ago using the floating inks technique. When I do special techniques I usually do quite a few of them at a time, so I have them in my stash for later use. This particular background was done using Tim Holtz Adirondack Inks Lettuce and Butterscotch. 
For my card today, I started by doing some splatters on the background in the yellow and greens. Then, in my Misti I arranged my stamps in a falling floral design and heat embossed in stages to avoid any overlap. I did another flower, using the same background and die cut to attach to the arrangement and also cut a label for my sentiment from the same background. And yes ... no surprise here, I added a few sequins for a bit more sparkle. I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting today.
Products: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Artful Flowers, Spring Flowers, Designer Flowers Dies, Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiments Banner Dies, Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Winsor Newton Cad Yellow Pale, Daniel Smith Yellow Med. Hue, Schmincke May Green, Versamark Embossing Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequins, Foam Dots.

Birthday Blues

I have a clean and simple birthday card to share with you today using stamps and dies from the new release  by Frantic Stamper called Life Moments.  I made the background paper by using one of the new 6x6 rubber stamps called Streamers and Confetti and heat embossed using dark blue ink, then cut and tore the paper for my card front. I then added the die cut streamers and happy birthday brush script sentiment which I coloured using Martha Stewart Glitter Markers. And, I finished with my favourite embellishment, a few blue and white sequins. 
Thank you for dropping by.
Products: Dies and Stamps by Frantic Stamper, Neenah Cardstock 110lb and 80lb., Tim Holtz Distress Inks Chopped Sapphire, Embossing Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Glitter Markers.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

I think anyone who is a card maker gets this play on words, which I hold dear. So I did a background which I'll call a play on stamps to go with it. This card I did for Art Neko using one of the sentiments from the Half Sheet Assorted Texts and Fonts set along with the Old Fashioned Rose which I used for my background. I stamped the rose around my panel and die cut with my stitched rectangle die and attached to my deep yellow card base. For a bit of glam I added Wink of Stella to the flower centre's. I stamped the sentiment and die cut with the stitched label die and attached to my card on foam strips. And, no surprise here, to finish I added a few sequins. Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Products: Stamps used are all from Art Neko Stamps, Frantic Stamper Stitched Double Fishtail Labels, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Wink of Stella, Recollections Cardstock, Sequins. 

Beautiful Day Wishes

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

I would like to share this monochromatic card with you 
today. It is such a wonderful look, no matter
what colour you choose to use. I picked green for my card,
only as I wanted my stencil to be done in
green. I use the back of my Misti when I stencil as it is easy to hold the stencil in place with the magnets and I don't get ink on the edges of the inside of my Misti. Works great for me. On to this card, with Clarity Brushes I stencilled the stone
wall and added Wink of Stella to the green areas and die cut with my stitched rectangle die. I stamped
the flowers and leaves and die cut, attaching the leaves to the base, and the flower on foam dots. I then stamped my sentiment in intense black ink.
And, for a bit more sparkle I added a few clear sequins.
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for 
visiting my blog today.
Products: Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp and Die Sets, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Prima Stone Wall Stencil, Altenew Inks Olive and Parrot,  Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Wink of Stella, Clarity Brushes, Sequins, Foam Dots. 

Sunshine Roses

Monday, 8 May 2017

The sun is rising on May flowers.  The clean and simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers today wants to see some May flowers. Roses are not May flowers in my neck of the woods, but they are for my card! I used my Clarity Brushes to brush on the sun rays using Tim Holtz Distress Inks Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed. I die cut the landscape edging die in the white and added the roses with a few on foam dots which are stamped using Altenew Inks Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, and Grapevine. Although you cannot see it in the picture, I added Wink of Stella to the bottom of the rays coming out from the roses and a scattering of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello and Rosewater. I did not add a sentiment as I felt it would ruin the look, so I will add the sentiment inside the card. 
Thank you for visiting today ... see you next time.
Products: Altenew Vintage Roses Stamp and Die Set, Tim Holtz Rays Stencil, Mama Elephant Landscape Trio, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Altenew Inks, Neenah Cardstock, Nuvo Jewel Drops, Foam Dots. 

Floral Thanks

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Hi there!  Sharing the beautiful Majestic Bloom with you today. I did smooshing for my background panel and matted with white before attaching to my card base. In my Misti I stamped the flower layers and leaves, then die cut them. I placed everything back in my Misti and arranged how I wanted the placement, and using a mask I stamped a few leaves, then attached the die leaves and my flower, which is on foam dots. This bloom is a big bloom and I love how it commands attention on the card. I stamped the thank you sentiment using the evergreen bough, stamping several times to get
the nice dark colour.  And, yes ... sequins to finish! 
Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Altenew Majestic Blooms Stamp and Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Neenah Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Sabby Shutters and Mustard Seed, Sequins, Foam Dots.

Falling Petals

Saturday, 6 May 2017

I rarely use blue to colour. I am not sure why, and, I have not used my Prismacolor Pencils in a very long time. So today was the day. I arranged the petals in my Mini Misti and stamped using Intense Black ink on both the top and second layer of my card. I then die cut the panels and coloured only the top panel using Cloud Blue, Blue Slate and Denim Blue blending the colours with gamsol. I stamped the sentiment and attached the top panel on foam strips, finishing with a few sequins and crystal gems. 
I like the look and think I will do more flowers in blue in the future. 
Thanks so much for dropping by.
Products: Neenah Cardstock London Fog, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Altenew Mini Blossoms, Altenew Painted Butterfly for sentiment, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, Foam Strips, Sequins, Crystal Gems.

Daisy thank you

Friday, 5 May 2017

Yesterday I said I would do a thank you card for Michael, who helped me so much. A little frilly for a guy maybe, but hey! I
also have a friend who needs some thank you
cards, so this is for her as well.
This is another beautiful stamp set from Altenew, and I channelled the very talented Debby Hughes when making it. I wanted to do the daisy in white, with blue and lavender accents, but I think it would be too pastel for my liking. I first stamped the daisy flowers on white paper and cut them out to use as masks. I then arranged the stamps in my Misti, and masked and stamped with embossing ink, and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I painted the flowers with Winsor Newton watercolours, and did minor shading with Zig brushes. The sentiment is heat embossed in white on dark brown cardstock and attached on a foam strip. And sequins to finish ... no surprise there. 
Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Altenew Spring Daisy, Penny Black Thank you Stamp, Memory Box Scalloped Stitch Trimmings Die Set, Fabriano Hot Press 140lb Watercolour Paper, Neenah Environment 100lb Desert Storm Cardstock, Bazzill Dark Brown Cardstock, White Embossing Powder, Winsor Newton Cadmium Yellow, New Gamboge, Hookers Green Light, Zig Brushes Green, Mauve Shadow, Green Shadow, Brown, Foam Strips, Sequins.

Happy at last

Thursday, 4 May 2017

I am not a writer, and for that matter I am not a story teller either. But I do know where you can go for a good story, and I will share that at the end of this post.
I lost access to this blog 3 days ago, and just now did I get it back. It has been a nightmare that is hard to describe. But if you use gmail, you need to read this and you need to be aware of what happens to you.
While it is true that Google's list of products is vast, most blogger's use gmail and blogger, along with YouTube and possibly a few others. To give an idea of how vast the products are I have taken snips of their product page for you.

And, with Google there is so much more. So like most, I was sucked in. What I did not understand is that many of their products are not supported. And, gmail is one of them. The problem is my blog is linked to my gmail account, so when my gmail was locked, so was my blog. I could care less about my gmail, but the work I have in my blog I can never recreate. It has taken over 2 years to build my blog to where it is today, and as most everyone knows, this entails hours and hours of work. To have it locked and to find out from Google "tough luck" was devastating to me. I did not lock my blog, I did not do anything to cause this. My internet went out, so I had to sign back into gmail. Suddenly I was asked for a 2 step verification to text my phone. I did not sign up for this as Google does not support my iphone 5c. I was asked over and over again, and told at the end - basically "sorry about your luck" - we will contact you in 3 to 5 days via a pop up at the end of answering endless questions to prove I was me. Seriously! I doth protest, how is this right? It does not matter what I think. I am a peon amongst millions of other peons. Despite it being devastating for me, it is nothing to Google. I offered to pay to get my gmail back ... they do not even offer a paid service.
It is by coincidence only that I rescued my blog. In mid April I bought the domain for aplaceforkia and you will notice my name is no longer aplaceforkia.blogspot.ca - it is now aplaceforkia.com.
It is only through that purchase that I rescued my blog and, a fantastic person at Google Domains named Michael. He spent a great deal of time getting me my blog back and linking my blog to my domain. So, now everything that my old blog did, my website now does. Had I not bought my domain, I would be in the soup and lost everything that I have worked so hard at for the last couple of years. 
So, lesson learned ... my domain has more than one email associated to it and they all have admin capabilities. Yes, they all belong to me. I control my blog, not Google. As much as I love Google, this episode had me furious at them. 
So, if you have gmail, protect yourself, and if you have a blog, protect it from the host platform. Be sure you control all your hard work. 
That is the end of my story ... I am happy to be back and will post a thank you card tomorrow that I will make with Michael in mind. And to those of you who are subscribed to my blog, I have managed to transfer your subscriptions to this new website, and I can only hope it works properly.
For those of you wanting for some good reading, visit my friend Lydia's blog Understandblue. Not only does she write beautifully, she is funny and tells the best stories, and she makes beautiful art.