Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
- Tiddly Inks - sketch
Friday, September 24, 2010
What a most glorious Friday it is here in northeast Ohio! oh my goodness gracious me, the air is crisp and clean, the trees are marvelous in the colorful splendor of oranges, browns, yellows, and reds, and you can see pumpkins popping up all across front porches everywhere! What a beauty to behold! I am truly blessed to live in such an amazing area! :)
Baby Bud Designs is kicking off their first challenge EVER in honor of this wonderful season!! From today through October 27, make any kind of a papercrafting creation that celebrates autumn - it can be through colors, images, embellies, papers, you name it! You can make it Halloween, fall, Thanksgiving - the sky is the limit! If you would like to use a Baby Bud Designs image, for today only there is a cutie free one avavilable on the blog as part of the monthly Freebie Friday promo. But remember, she is only there for free today. After that Orlagh the Golden Fairy Queen will be found in the Etsy store for sale with all of the other adorable Baby Buds.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Good morning, everyone! I hope it is truly lovely where you are!
I want to show you a different kind of wedding thank you card that I put together. This is an image I fell in love with long ago and just had to have from A Day for Daisies, Dress #4. I hope to eventually aquire the entire collection of gowns, as they are each a treasure in and of themselves. When the mag publication call went out for wedding cards, I thought to make something a little different. This one wasn't chosen, but I still like it just the same. I'm sure I will just change the sentiment at some point to suit whatever purpose happens to come along, but for now I like it just the way it is! :)
I used Basic Grey Sultry papers. The main image is sprayed with tea rose glimmer mist. The flower is made from vintage dress pattern papers that were punched and then sprayed with the glimmer mist for a pretty shine. the little prima rose was then added to the center and then that whole bit was added to another flower punched from the BG paper to resemble a leaf. some pretty vintage buttons and May Arts ribbon finish off the card.
yes, I will submit again. even if I keep getting told no. yesterday I learned that a card I made was the very last in a competition. that was a tough one to take, especially when it was a card I really liked and thought I did well with. I mean, VERY LAST. whoa nelly, that did some damage to my self esteem. but then I realized, in the end, life is more than just a card. it is really about people and the relationships we have. and I am more than just a piece of paper. yeah, I am still a bit shaken by it, but today I will go back to my crafting table and start fresh with another blank piece of card stock. and another piece of ribbon. no, I am not Renoir, or Van Gogh, but I don't have to be. I just need to be me. and that is enough. :)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
- Little Red Wagon - Stars (I sure hope I am making the deadline this week, ladies! giggles!)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
To start.... Ryan texted me as soon as he got to school this morning. He is not only in the HS play, he has one of the lead roles! woot woot! way to go! I am so proud of him!!!! a good Monty Python monologue to audition will never fail... tee hee!
Next.... I have been accepted into one of the most amazing new Design Teams EVER! well, every Design Team is simply amazing, and this one is no exception! I will be working with Tammy and some other phenom crafters over at A Day for Daisies! You know that I have long been a fan of her artwork, so this is enough to give me heart palpatations! in fact, I screamed so loud when I got her email that David had to keep asking me, 'What? What? What? Are you okay? What is happening to you?' before I could finally get my mind together enough to respond.......
So on to my projects...
The first one is a card I created for several challenges going on in blogland. I used 2 of Tammy's images, Rose Tree & A Magical Read. This card shows the true wonder of digis - being able to resize and flip the images. The girl reading & playing with butterflies has been cut out and popped up with foam tape. The butterflies as well as the roses on the tree are painted with pink shimmerz. I used Basic Grey Two Scoops paper, some of my fave blue vintage lace, a few buttons, this gorgeous German cut paper butterfly that has been sprayed with pearl glimmer mist, and a library card. oh my, can't forget the pretty pink Prima rose! I lightly touched it with rock candy distress stickles.
- City Crafter Challenge - Tree of Books
- Shabby Tea Room - Fresh Living
- Cute Card Thursday - Tweet or a Flutter
- Creative Belli - embellies starting with 'B' (buttons, butterfly, blue lace grins!)
The next card was created for the new challenge beginning today over at A Day for Daisies. Challenges run for 2 weeks, so please play along! The theme this fortnight is 'Celebrations'. I decided that this precious Dreams Do Come True image would be perfect for a celebration project! What girl doesn't love dressing up in her favorite party shoes!?! :) of course hers are painted with pink blingz for that extra special shimmery shine! I used papers from the Basic Grey Porcelain collection here. Little added touches from the Making Memories Vintage Findings kits were also added. The main image was edged in walnut distress stickles while the card base was edged first in white craft ink and then rock candy distres stickles. I really wanted some bling on this baby! :) it is a party celebration afterall! giggles! The lace was sprayed with tea rose glimmer mist and the pink crown envie & sentiment banner with walnut gold. So put on YOUR party shoes and come play along!
Thanks for sharing all of the excitement with me! Enjoy your weekend! :)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This cutie is one I had long admired, but had yet to get inky..... horrors! so out came the fun Cosmo Cricket DeLovely papers, my bright Prima and crochet flowers, sparkly glitter pens. and great trims from May Arts! of course my mood lifted as I was working on it, just as I knew it would.
So the important thing for me to remember is that I must keep on creating even in the midst of rejection. for it is the process of creating that matters. and someplace, somewhere, there is one person who enjoys what I make. and hopefully I am using a talent granted me by God and bringing some pleasure to Him.
- Shirley's 2 Girls - Dots and Spots
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I have been wanting to make a card for a special friend I have kinda sorta lost contact with for a while now, and today seemed like the day to do it! We used to do all kinds of things together when our kids were in youth group together, we were at church together, and so on. but then they moved to a different church, she ended up getting divorced, her daughter graduated from HS and her son moves in different circles than mine, and you know - just life. but we still run into each other at the library from time to time, and well, gosh darn it, I miss her! so I thought I would send her a little note to say, "wassssup?"
She loves to sew and has a talent like not many others. So I thought I would combine this cute image, "Button Flower Pot," by Cheryl Alger at Squigglefly with this fun quitling bee vintage photo and some neat Cosmo Cricket Material Girl papers. I have long been wanting to try my hand at making one of these neat tissue paper punched flowers, but thought using some vintage dress pattern pieces would be fun to keep the theme going. oh yes, I will be doing this LOTS more often! :) the photo was sprayed with walnut gold glimmer mist and then sponged with caramle ink to help age it more. I actually added my own little bits of thread and twine on the digi image - yep, pick yourselves up off of the floor, it is as close to sewing as I have come in a lonnnnnnnnnnnnng time. ;)
Mick starts his lab job today at Bowling Green, and Ryan has play auditions this afternoon. He is using the monologue from Monty Python's Holy Grail, holy hand grenade scene...... oh my, he should do very well. tee hee! he is most certainly his father's son! :)
Have a great one!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Well if you read my post from earlier today, you know that I was working on a card for Tyler all last week..... but what I didn't mention was that I also had a 'berry' belated birthday card in the works as well...... pardon the pun but you will see what I mean here in a second......
I happened to miss an important birthday the end of August. well I have missed more than my share of birthdays this year, but we soooooooooo aren't gonna go there today. Tiddly Inks has a challenge ending today to make a birthday card, so in my process of trying to figure out what to do for Tyler, I was also tossing around ideas for this belated card. This is what ended up getting finished today.
I used this cute little assorted berries image from Tiddly Inks and typed in my own sentiment prior to printing. oh, the joys of digis! :D I had this wonderful quilted heart sitting on my craft table just begging to be used for longer than I care to mention, and the Basic Grey Olivia papers happened to match up perfectly along with the colors I added for the berries. It's kinda busy, but I like the way it turned out! shabby and messy and oh, so like me! some faux stitching seemed appropriate as well as a bitty baby prima and some spica glitter pen accents. just love the way the black makes everything pop!
have you hugged those near and dear to you yet? well, whadda ya waiting for? go get 'em! wet, sloppy kisses and hugs that let 'em know you mean it! :D mwah!
Tyler came home this weekend to celebrate his 20th birthday..... no longer a teen - now truly a young man. just any birthday card would not do. I struggled all week trying to come up with what would be just the right image to use, just the right thing to say. and kept putting off making the card because nothing seemed to be exactly 'it'. and I watched him this weekend, sitting on the couch with Mocha, one of our labs. She seems so much older than her sister from the same litter, Latte. (yes, I named them! and I get teased about it all the time!) I think it is because she was hit by a car when she was just a young pup. I have heard that really ages dogs. Tyler is usually more of a cat person, but I watched him with Mocha, giving her extra attention, cuddling with her on the couch, checking to see where she was at various times, and then I knew how to make his card.
I chose this beautiful, heart-string tugging image from Tammy at A Day For Daisies. this is one of the very first images I bought from her. it reminds me so much of all of the guys with our dogs. but this weekend it reminded me of Tyler with Mocha, and then with Riley, another lab of ours when she was older, too. He was so gentle with her as well then. it brought back memories.
I kept the card simple, using some Basic Grey Max & Whiskers papers, some fun SU! punches, a few buttons, and twine. nothing fancy. but the message was in the image and on the inside. it read, "as you look forward to the future, remember we will always be here for you. Happy Birthday!'
so give your pets a big hug today. and your children, too! awww, go ahead and give all of your loved ones big fat juicy kisses and hugs and everything else you can think of! they deserve it and so do you! :)
- City Crafter - One for the Boys
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
- Paper Sundays - Mixed Mediums (watercolor, glimmer mist, craft & dye inks, shimmerz paint)
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
It is amazing how much peace, how much inspiration, how much restoration, I can find in a garden or in the woods. and the older I get the more I truly need this time in nature. It revives my soul. I find myself closer to God, which is silly I know since He is everywhere. Our boys (I really need to stop calling them that - boys - they are such amazing young MEN....) are discovering the same thing about themselves. We are a family who needs trees and all the little critters who inhabit them! grins! yesterday David and I just walked around a nursery for over an hour to just gaze upon the gorgeous plants, shrubs, and flowers that workers so carefully maintain. How I thrilled to see the honey bees swarming around perennials in these last few months before winter starts to make its way to northeast Ohio. we even ran into a long time friend and spent a while catching up.
So you must be wondering why in the world I am rambling on and on about gardens and bees and the like......... well you see I received word yesterday that a very special friend is not doing so well. she has been in the hospital for quite a while now, in a specially equipped room that allows for no windows to be opened, no fresh air to enter to replace the stale medical environment that she now calls home. Her beloved dogs can not sit on her lap. She can not see the beautiful gardens that surround her house, the gardens that cause hundreds of people to tour every year - that is just how fantastic they are. and yet this amazing woman will gladly take a cutting here and a pinch there and share with her friends because that is just how wonderful she is. and she wanted to take a little trip out of the hospital to Starbuck's (yes, she is THAT fantastic!! tee hee!), but it caused a fever to spike, so I long with all my heart to sent her a carafe of that famous coffee......
But instead I will make her a card. for right now that is all I can do because she lives so far away from me. and I used this most beautiful image from Tammy over at A Day for Daises. Because my most special projects always seem to use her artwork.........There is a lot of behind the scenes work that went into this card. if you would like the details, I would be happy to send them to you. but I have nattered on here long enough. suffice it to say that I pullled out my beautiful vintage buttons because my dear friend deserves only the best. and I used my precious pink shimmerz because it will make her giggle. My heart is in this card....... David said it took his breath away. I only hope she feels the love I am sending her.
Thanks for hanging in here with me to the end. and may you feel the love I am sending you! :)