Sunday, June 29, 2008
Answer each of the questions below.
Below are the credits for each photo---they did not come out in the right order of the questions. Odd. The lower right is actually the first question and the middle is for the last. Then from upper left to right.1. Witchy, 2. peanut butter and stuff sammich, 3. most precious blood, 4. End Of The Day, 5. "Captain" Jack Sparrow and The Fair Elizabeth, 6. "Captain" Jack Sparrow and The Fair Elizabeth, 7. Gingerbread House - Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 8. Thursday's Miffy Bento, 9. Taller in many other ways, 10. Each war is different, each war is the same, 11. A cozy chat., 12. Old scholl Tram, 13. 10 Jan 2008: Palma Old Town
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My card base color was pulled from the embossed flowers. The same went for the green of the leaves. All eventually was layered on a plain black card. When I did the green layers, I didn't have much paper left, so I did L's. It all gets covered up so no one knows. I am anal about not wasting paper. Maybe that isn't always a good thing but it's who I am-a heartfelt recycler and hoarder.
You can see the embossing paste better with this photo. When you look flat on, the paste can look flat and you won't see that it's quite substantial and this card is heavy. I didn't want to use ribbon or stamped words, so I dug a bit and found some mini brads that captured the colors of my oils and added sets of two in the same color on each corner except the middle one. I pop dotted the layers for more dimension using teeny poppers. I think these are from All Night Media and I have had them for forever.
I would like to thank all the independent stores I visit especially Stacey . I may not leave the ideas the way they started out but the ideas multiply and I usually get carried away, which is what happened with all this embossing samples recently. Who knows what may happen next?! Today I bought some metallic paper, so my head is full already. I just need a break and some extra arms or hands to do the crap stuff so I can do the craft stuff. See ya later peeps.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Here is a close up on the flowers and you will see that I have used dotted buttons for the flower middles.To fake a stamen, I used some fibers that I looped thru the holes and tied in a knot. Just pop dot layers for more definition. If you only have plain buttons, use an alcohol based marker for the dots or stripes or whatever you make. These were in my button jar, so already done. But you can make your own.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Stacey has three kids-boy girl boy and they are all beautiful but that little one Chase! OMG-I hope I am around to see him when he is in college. I told Stacey he is a mini Brad Pitt right now. I hope when I am in my 70's, I can still say hubba hubba!
Here is another embossed and gold leafed card. The same idea as before using a brass stencil and gold embossing paste. When the paste is dry, tamp on heat and stick glue, heat til tacky with a heat gun and then tamp on with a stiff stencil brush the gold sheets or pieces to your design. Round swirl the image to remove any extra flecks and save for later.
I then just added several layers to a plain card in colors of card stock I felt were pulled from the gold leaf. I used a small awl to punch tiny holes in the corners before attaching so the under layer color would show thru. It just didn't very well. That odd circle you see in the upper left-not an illusion. It's just my time honored tradition to spill something on at least one of the cards I make. I have a bad habit of not closing the pop topper on my water bottle.
You could add a rub on or stamped sentiment on the lower part under the tree or leave plain.
I have one more embossed card for you this weekend and then I am taking a long break. I need to refresh and get some actual work done in the next few weeks AND recover from this jaw surgery. I am only a third way thru it and it's been more than I bargained for-and the worst one is next time.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Last Friday after spending several days at home because of storm watches and warnings and the roofers blocking me in my driveway, I decided I HAD to use my 50% off coupon at Micheal's. I knew exactly what I wanted. So even after another storm watch was issued, and looking at radar and seeing nothing to worry about, I left. Jackson was left outside to chase the squirrels (he is obsessive compulsive about that). I wasn't gonna be gone long anyways. So Marley and I set off.
Getting a bit more of the wide shot-but no rain yet.
A close up on the clouds-mind you to the south, the sun was still peaking out.
The rain starts to come down toward the south but dry where I am.
I just like these colors and am gonna try stamping landscapes or skyscapes on them.
It starts to get much darker to the south and I am thinking of leaving. I call hubby who is on I75 at the Oakland/Genesee County line and he says it's sunny yet and nothing going on, so he tells me to stay put and we will get dinner. I remind him I have the dog with me.
As the rain abated, I tried to amuse myself. I took photos of my shoes, my junk mail on the floor and Marley's hanging out tongue. Then I took the above photo. Sorta interesting but a bit cluttered. So I used the zoom which to me is just unstable at times. And I got this one below. I didn't know what I actually had until I downloaded the photo just a few minutes ago. I took only one. I just think this one is perfect. No photo shopping. Not cluttered. A lot of textures. And lonely.
This one is the keeper.
I had a hard time deciding which one to show you-so I chose this one. Have any of you seen the wonderful movie Raise the Red Lantern? As soon as I started to make this card, I knew what my title for it would be. You have to see the movie to understand but it's so worth your time to do so. Most good rental shops have it as does Netflix.
I had already done the embossed piece. It used metallic embossing paste-silver in fact. If you go back to my other recent postings, you will find the directions for wet embossing-this is a Dreamweaver stencil and I used a variegated package of gold leaf flakes. I saw how the flakes took on the colors of orangy red and gold and knew I had some scraps left over that would go so well as mats. I almost just added that and matted to my card but I knew this card needed something special. I remembered having a textured 12 x 12 piece tucked away that I wanted to use with an Asian stamp set so I had to go digging. And I found it! The back is plain brown on this gorgeous sheet of blossoms.
The base card is simple black and when the layers were added, I tied some metallic Christmas ribbon (it has wire in it) into a flat bow and after using a Trio to lay a piece across the top, added it. I think this is my most goose bumpy card because of the reference to the movie. Sadly, there is an odd connection too. Just the fact that Buick is so popular in China (and not coming from here!) made me quite nostalgic tonight. Both my dad and hubby worked for Buick on opposing ends of the plant system (and polarizing sides of the picket line)-but I myself haven't owned one since 1980 (I am a Chevy girl now.)
I hope you will visit the history lessons above. And maybe just smile remembering your dad's old Buick.
Monday, June 16, 2008
So I am returning the link- go visit Wanda for a spell. And come back here tomorrow for a card I really really loved making. I am going to bed early-I think I ate too many blueberries. Blerbf.
I have below a card that shows so much better in natural light. There must be a better way to pick up the glitter from Spica pens, but I haven't figured it out. The pansy flower was colored using Copics and a blender pen, then it was highlighted using the glitter-it just soaks in, I think. Another layer of glitter wouldn't be a bad idea after it dries.
The printed card pieces are edged in Distress Inks. Two different pieces as the bottom layer and then bisected across the seams. I added the brads before gluing and cut the brad backs off . I just don't like stuff showing on the inside of my cards. The flower image was punched out using a scallop punch and then another contrasting color was done using a slightly bigger punch. If you don't have circles, try ovals or even rectangles. It would be fine that way, too
Stamp whatever phrase you want across the bottom This is a bit feminine but change the printed card stock and your stamped image to go more neutral or even very masculine.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I added some varying sizes of colored crystals but wish I had used something different. If I had filled each dot with a crystal , it would have been too much. I don't know what to add here-maybe dots of less fine/chunky glitter in another color? Any suggestions?
I really don't want to think of snow, Christmas and gloomy sunless days-give me the heat! OOOH-I hear thunder. Again. But the roofers are finally gone and good riddance to the noise!
So am I off the mark thinking this looks like an octopus or not?
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
This is Ben's father-in-law's campground. From Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most busy time for them with camping, tubing, all sorts of exotic animals to observe. They had moved this back hoe to what they thought would be high, safe ground. Underestimation by a long shot.
Ben is at the edge of a new river. This one crossed the road between his home and his in-laws.Most of the roads into town were blocked at some point, and a few just re-opened tonight. Just as they issued another tornado watch. Nashua is just northeast of the deadly Parkersburg tornado of a few weeks ago.
This is the water lapping at the registration building for Ben's father-in- law's camp. There is a play area, a fully stocked kitchen and laundry facilities inside for the entire camp. If you would like to see a map of Nashua, click here. He also has some tornado video from yesterday he is trying to upload to You Tube. When it's there, I will update here.
There are still hundreds of thousands without power in Michigan from Saturday's storms, which rolled in before the tornadoes Sunday. Detroit is giving out free ice and water but I think anyone who has gone this long sans power better throw it all out and start over. I have been there (last summer 3 days). And I see another watch was issued for the Midwest as I type and there was a tornado that hit a Boy Scout camp and killed 4 about 8PM. Just incredible.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
It rose from the ashes once before. It can be done again-but someone has to think it can . If you would like to see the original newspapers from 1953, click here, here, or here. It just is so eerie that today on the anniversary the area is hit again by wind, storms and tornadoes just as it was on the 50th anniversary.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
What were you doing twenty years ago?
What were you doing ten years ago?
What were you doing five years ago?
What were you doing 1 year ago?
Name your five favorite snacks.
1. peanut butter from the jar
2.pretzels and peanuts mixed together
3.saltines with peanut butter
4.peanuts from the jar
5. peanut butter girl scout cookies
Name five things you would do if you were a millionaire.
1. Move somewhere warm
2. Plant all my favorite flowers that I can't grow here in Michigan
3. Get the car of my dreams-a 100% all electric non-polluter
Name five things you would never wear again.
1. A thong-horrible butt/rubber band thing-nasty.
2.An under wire bra-I feel so "wired" shut-let them flow freely.
3.Open toed shoes-I have nasty looking toes from running.
4.Bikini-scars will do that and three kids!
Name your five favorite toys
1. My talking Jar Jar Binks puppet
2. All my Sims and Sims 2 cd-roms and updates
3. My electric screwdriver with changeable heads
4. My running shoes
5. My food processors-the big one and the prep one.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
I am now in the between period of the third OT for the Wings game. Peeing my pants, trying to balance the books, and wishing I had stuck my head in the sand. I had hoped for an outside day before the storms come tomorrow. Not to be Cherie.
Take a small scrap and make into a faux envelope. Add a button that is tied with jute and affix it to the top right. I love this punch and don't use it enought-in fact I should find a way to have them out more instead of dumped in a cloth bin under stuff.