Thursday, May 29, 2008
Any guesses? Please leave a comment if you have any ideas. It's definitely a mystery! I didn't pick it up so I couldn't guess on the weight.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My friend Cindy was just honored as a recipient of the TWIN award - Tribute to Women and Industry - and I thought that I would send her a note of congratulations. There's meant to be a little humor to go along with this card - Cindy belongs to a neighborhood book club and the last couple of times that she has been the hostess, she has politely sent her e-mail reminders to ....... the wrong contact list.
You can guess what kind of responses she has gotten, especially having done it more than once. But it's one of those things that we love her for. So I'll hope she'll use the bookmark in the next book her book club chooses and know that we're all very proud of her accomplishment.
The second picture is a close up so you can see the colors a little more clearly on the bookmark.
Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Carte Postale stamp set and wheel, Canvas
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark, Mellow Moss Ink and Marker, Bravo Burgundy and Almost Amethyst markers
Accessories: Bravo Burgundy 1/4" grosgrain, Mellow Moss Taffeta, Cutter Kit, Slot Punch
Note: If I didn't need this to be flat to be used as a bookmark, I would have popped up those squares!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
My friend Kathy will be celebrating her 53rd birthday this weekend. I can tell you how old she is because we are the same age, actually, I'm the oldest in the group according to birth month, but that never accounted for anything!!! I actually have several very close friends that have been my friends since before high school that I still keep in contact with. They're the "golden" ones that the song makes mention of.
Anyway, even though I've known her for so long, it wasn't until last week when she called to thank me for the anniversary card that I sent (see this post) that I knew that her favorite color was purple. So when I went to start creating her card, the one thing I was sure of was that I would be using purple or some form of it.
Here's the recipe for this birthday card:
Stamps: Priceless, Doodle This
Paper: Lavendar Lace, Basic Black, Whisper White, Prints Pack Bashful Blue
Ink: Lavendar Lace, Bashful Blue, VersaMark, Elegant Eggplant Marker
Accessories: Heat and Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Circle Ice Brad, Sponge
I sponged the Bashful Blue and Lavendar Lace on the Whisper White cardstock to highlight the swirls. Then I stamped the swirl in Lavender, positioned my stamp-a-ma-jig over it and stamped again with VersaMark so that I could use the Heat and Stick to adhere the Dazzling Diamonds. This sounds very involved and it kind of is, and it wouldn't be so much if you were using craft ink which stays "open" longer and would have allowed me to eliminate the need for the SAMJ and the VersaMark. But, since I don't have craft ink in the color that I wanted to use, this worked. I hope you can see the sparkle from the Dazzling Diamonds.
The flower is made by stamping the large flower from the Doodle This stamp set, cutting it out and gently bending in the petals to make it 3-D. I really like these flowers - can you tell!! It's a good thing that I will be hand-delivering this because I don't know how that flower would make it through the mail.
Stamps: Celebrate Everything
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Afternoon Tea DSP
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Double-stitched Wasabi, Sky, and Guava ribbon, ticket corner punch
Monday, May 19, 2008
After sitting in the rain for quite some time, she did become agitated and got up and much to my dismay started towards the road. Deer do make a sound that is similar to the bahhing of a sheep when they're in distress and she was making that noise but none of the deer that I saw across the street or later in the next yard came to her calling. It was the noise from two passing cars that sent her back up to the rocks for awhile. She came toward the house looking for a dry area but could not find any and headed down to the road again and again was scared back up towards the house. Then she managed to find shelter under some hemlocks that are on the property line. I kept checking back every now and then and finally an hour or so later, I did not see her anywhere. Fortunately, there was no evidence of an encounter with a car on the road, so I have to assume that mom finally came for her.
Paper: Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, VersaMark
Pastels and Markers: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, Styled Silver Hardware, sponge dauber
The boxes are covered in Afternoon Tea DSP and I added Styled Silver Hardware.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I grabbed the binoculars that I keep on the kitchen counter (doesn't everyone????) and could make out the form of, well I know you can guess by the title of the post - it was a fawn. So I carefully tiptoed outside with my camera, not sure how close I was going to get and not wanting to spook it.
But as you can see, I was able to get pretty close (I did use the zoom but it allowed me to get up to about 5 feet away). It's beautiful and was so calm. I did say hello (doesn't everyone talk to animal visitors????) and told it how pretty it was and not to be scared and snickered out loud that it was going to love our yard just like all the deer do!!
I kept checking every once and a while to see if it was still there and whether the mother was around anywhere. There were a couple of deer who came down into the yard around 3, but they didn't seem to notice the baby.
When my husband came home, I discouraged him from working near the fawn (he wasn't too happy about that because he is in the process of taking down our old pool which is right behind this area). It was still there as night fell and needless to say, I was quite worried that we were going to find it still there in the morning but dead as it hadn't obviously eaten anything since I first saw it earlier in the day.
Then about 9:30 this evening, I turned out the lights inside the house and turned the outside light on and, oh how I wish I could have taken a picture of the scene that I saw in the dusk. The mother and the baby were standing in front of our birdbath which is about 20 feet to the left of where the baby was lying and she was licking it as it was nursing and nuzzling her neck. I could just barely make all this out through the binoculars. Then they slowly walked away, the mom leading the baby into the darkness. I am so glad that she came back.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The story behind this card - the staff at my school is very generous and for Christmas, they have given me a nice cash gift which I tuck away until I find something that I wouldn't normally buy for myself and splurge. Last year I got my Cuttlebug with the money. This year, after my $7 Christmas Tree Shop tote bag blew it's zipper, I decided that I would get a Vera Bradley bag. I got the new spring catalog and after some deliberation, chose the new Yellow Bird pattern. I had sent the $ with Rachel (my DD) when she went to visit her friends in Delaware. Why? Because that's where she got all of hers and there's no tax in DE. The only problem was that the store was closed every weekend that she went. Then I found out through one of the teachers that I work with that there is a VB store in the mall - now I have my new bag. I was inspired to make a card based on that pattern.
This was a labor-intensive card for me, but I was home this afternoon with Rachel after her surgery and had the house quiet so I could hear the bells if she called me and I was able to concentrate on what I was doing. I also got some exercise as each item on the card is stamped in color, then overstamped with VersaMark and then embossed. So I was back and forth from the dining room table to the kitchen counter for each motif. Aside from the fact that the light colors got muddied from the black ink as it was sponged on, I think it came out pretty good.
Stamps: Always, Priceless
Paper: Basic Gray, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Summer Sun, VersaMark, Basic Black
Markers: Going Gray, Summer Sun, VersaMarker
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, Styled Silver Brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Surgery Update: Rachel is doing fine although she does have a lot of pain. She has managed to eat some ices and is drinking which is important so she doesn't get dehydrated and spike a fever.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Okay, so somehow between watching the Yankee game and Dancing With the Stars I managed to come up with a card to fit the challenge. Luckily, I had two of the flowers already stamped on the watercolor paper leftover from a previous project, so I masked them out and added the third one in the middle. I colored them with my aquapainter and Elegant Eggplant marker. The leaves are stamped in VersaMark and then colored in with a VersaMark marker on the Artichoke backing. I added the EE grosgrain ribbon on the corners of the main image. I had been wanting to try the "out of the box" technique. How do you think it came out?
I will use this as an anniversary card for our friends Bill and Kathy who will be celebrating their 31st anniversay on Wednesday.
As a side note here - my daughter is having her tonsils out in the morning - if you can, say a prayer that she has a speedy recovery and not a lot of pain. Much thanks.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I have to tell you that once I decided to do this last Sunday, I tagged along with my husband as he went to Sears and I went to the Dollar Tree. I was looking for another type of frame for a project I had done in a previous post and when I couldn't find that, I was almost resigned to the fact that I wouldn't participate. But then I saw these frames. (I had 15 mins. to shop, mind you, so I was really taking a leap of faith that I would come up with something.) I originally thought that I would use the Bloomin Beautiful set in the openings, but then decided to use a stamp set from the main catalog instead of the mini. So here you have it.
Stamps: Pretty Amazing, Weathered
Paper: Very Vanilla, Regal Rose, Watercolor
Ink: Black Stazon, Basic Black, VersaMark
Markers: Old Olive, Tempting Turq., Taken w/Teal, Brillian Blue, Ballet Blue, Always Artichoke, Cameo Coral, Basic Black
Pastels: Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Accessories: Blender Pen, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain, $Tree frame
The stems and leaves were stamped in Black Stazon directly on the wooden portions of the frame. And here are the close-ups of the main images:
I decided to use up some of the cardstock that I had cut for the talk I did at the Women's Club meeting, so instead of a card front, I made Magnetic Bookmarks using:
Stamps: Live Your Dream, Canvas
Paper: Kraft, So Saffron, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Ink: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Photo Corner, 1 and 1 3/8 circle, and Scallop Punches, Sheet Magnet Pieces
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The weather was great - not too hot, not too cold and we even had some sun at times. The game was great - Mike Mussina pitched for the Yankees and they won 6-1, HR by Johnny Damon. And my favorite player, Derek Jeter was on the cover of the program with a nice article inside.
It was altogether a very good day, but very exhausting. Maybe the last time we'll be in the old Yankee Stadium.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Stamps: Lots of Thoughts, Doodle This
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive, Summer Picnic DSP, Prints Pack Hostess
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Coluzzle, Scallop and BoHo Blossoms punches, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain, 1/4" Bashful Blue grosrain
The flower is made by stamping the large flower from Doodle This on the wrong side of the Prints Pack paper, then cutting the petals to the center and folding them inward to make a 3-D flower - pretty cute, eh - not my idea!!! - saw it on Splitcoast. I know you can barely make out the BoHo punched flower in Bashful Blue in the center of the flower. Looking at it now, I should have highlighted the edges of that punched flower to make it stand out more like I did to the scallop punch - oh, well - next time. What do you think?
Edited 5/2 4:00 PM: Aha!!! It's a Kickstand Card - that's the name of the fold. Thanks to those of you who commented on my gallery post at SCS.