Tuesday, July 22, 2008

For a friend - sort of...

Hey there...while visiting a friend yesterday at her work she reminded me of this stamp set we have (and papers et al). While I do love how the papers are in the pinks and browns, I wanted to try a totally different colour combo. And of course I am lovin the heat embossing and brayering lately so had to incorporate that. I started by rolling a little Parchment ink on white cardstock, stamping my image from the Adorable stamp set with Versamark and heat embossing with clear powder. Then of course the dramatic roll with Moonlight ink and start building the card. On the base I used the same stamp and Moonlight ink on Moonlight cardstock. I included both flash and no flash image - the true colour is somewhere inbetween on my moniter. So while I say this is for a friend - maybe she will get it, maybe she won't - but she did inspire me to do it - Thanks!!

Sorry for the zany layout of pictures - I am still figuring this out and not sure how everything lines up once I post.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Paper Garden

While at work today I thought about building this card but wasn't sure which paper pack I was going to use but was definitey about the stamp set. I did end up using Paper Garden although in my head the design was brighter. It'll do for now but I think I will play around with it a bit more with different paper packs.

Everything used is CTMH

Paper - Paper Garden

Stamp Set - Playgul Petals

Inks - Petal, Sweet Leaf

Marker - Petal

Brads - Garden Green

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Brayered fun

Here is a little card I am giving a few people with their recent orders. I started with white cardstock and brayered Buttercup, Honey and Goldrush along a piece of torn post it notes. I then sponged some Cranberry ink right along the edge. Remove the notes, sponge New England Ivy on the remaining white, stamp your images then mat and attach to a card. Soon with enough practice I hope to be able to brayer without leaving any lines!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gettin 'er done

Mike you darling up on the scaffolding throwing on a coat of primer. I will be so glad when this outdoor painting is done (me and my big ideas). It'll be great, we just need to get there before the snow flies...

We were interrupted by a light and sound show which worked out fine for me since I was able to go to the basement a work on this card. It is inspired my Michelle Zindorf of Split Coast fame. Here is a link to her tutorial. My card is just a tad dark - we'll be working on that. http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/07/08/isc-flutterby-tutorial-blog-candy/

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The wedding dress

First I must now learn to keep better records of who's artwork inspires me to create. I spent a few hours one day looking for designs to make a card for a bridal shower. I found a pattern and then I found a similar card finished. The label says "mayodino" so I am gonna guess May is the owner of that particular card. For the one I created here I used Delight in Everything stamp set (CTMH) and heat embossed the skirt with a mixture of white powder, prisma glitter and a touch of silver glitter. The way it shimmers just doesn't show up on the scan but it sure looked good. The card ended up about 5x7 so I needed to create my own envelope and that took longer than the card - go figure.
You may notice on the side bar a few dozen blogs listed. A big chunk of them are Close to my Heart consultants with amazing artwork and designs. A few just inspire the pants off me and I can look at their stuff forever!! It's small wonder I create anything I spend so much time looking around. So grab a coffee and spend a few minutes (hours) checking them out. You will be wowed I am sure!!

Monday continued.

Well that is the image I have tried to load all day to go with the last post. This pic is 2 1/2 years old and in need of some updating. Since I have to work tomorrow I promised myself I would not stay up past midnight. Um it's 12:08 - time to go pop a movie in the player and lay my head down. Dang I don't like night time with Chuck away fishing (lucky bum). Tomorrows objective: upload artwork. Ciao...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Scattered to the Wind

I wish I could say it is like a revolving door - but mostly it is just a great big exit sign at the edge of town as a multitude of moving vans head out loaded with the life of Mackenzie. Ok, I admit, that was a tad dramatic and a large part of the population is still here with no immediate plans to leave, but I guess that since I am now affected I don't like it. Them thar boys be a leaving and I am not impressed. Josh and Mark seem to have a great opportunity in Grande Prairie and I hope it works out, there is lots of training to be had and potential for a future. Mike has come home after a month or so to regroup and re-evaluate. It is a bit tougher for him without a drivers license. Just the same, this mother hen is not that good a letting go it seems. But realisticly it is the best thing that could happen. Chuck and I were much younger when we headed out and we went way farther than a 5 hour drive. They need to have the opportunity to spread their wings and that is tough to do living a block away and sharing multiple meals a week. The nice thing is that when Chuck and I left home there was no internet so you called or wrote home (at 8cents a stamp). Now with email/facebook and the like we can have almost instant contact at no extra cost. I think it just might be time to co-ordinate a new family picture before the wind carries them all too far away.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Here I am...I think. So new to this but desperately want to do it. Not that I have much to say of real significance - just the rambling meandering of a middle age gal with big plans and dreams and little motivation - read "lazy". I hope this becomes a little about who I am, what I like, my creative side, my greatest love and them darn boys (who would prefer me to call them men now I am sure).