Friday, December 30, 2011
I used a bunch of scraps for my holiday cards this year...didn't get to them in time for Christmas greetings, and decided to go with Happy ______ [fill in the blank with whatever makes you happy!] I had some of these pieces of blue embossed paper I made last year for a color challenge over at the Hero Arts blog. They've been in my scrap [cardboard shoe] box since then. I made some fresh snowmen [my favorite one in my extensive collection of them] and proceeded to build some fun. I discovered a few tricks along the way I thought I'd share in case you could use them too!
I liked this layout the best of the set...thought it balanced well, and I really like how the snowflakes turned out--that's the first thing I discovered while making these. I wanted just the same color as I'd used in the marker to color the scarf, and found out that just drawing some lines on photo paper scrap not only dried instantly with my water-based markers, the technique will lend itself to a variety of free-hand designs I plan to experiment with later!
Here a couple more I made for the set using the marker, snowflake punch, inchie punch and layering ideas. Also used my marker to add some color to the swirly [hee hee] background just like I did in this card and this one. The second trick I used was to cut off the fringe of the scarf [instead of embossing two new snowmen since it didn't take as well as it could have] and I like the way it looks too! [Don't you sometimes have the nicest accidents, and discover things in the process of covering them up!?!]
Lastly, the best trick I use all the time and always try to share with every stamper I meet, is an old newspaper layout one. I wonder if most modern newspaper folks even know about this old method what with computers and such now....Introducing: The Dummy Sheet. That indispensable, visual/sanity check for layouts of all kinds.
These handy 4.25 x 5.5 inch recycled paper beauties are kept in vast quantities on my desk near my right hand for all stamping projects. I can run through any number of them while experimenting to find the look I'm after on a card. These are the ones I used to develop the snowman set, and I never worry about wasting my good cardstock trying to find the right proportions for something. When I get a new stamp set, I'll make several of these and keep the ones I like for later use. I save my dummies of all the cards I love and only end up making one copy. Sometimes I'll get them out years later and make them again...especially if I need a quick card and my brain is tired!
So--thanks to my mom and dad who used to own and publish a small newspaper when I was in high school! I use tools of the trade all the time in my hobby life--my mom is still a terrific graphic design artist...something that didn't used to have such a fancy title; she used to be the one to work up ads for all the businesses that supported the paper and they were always pleased with the results!
Hope you found something useful, fun, and/or informative today! Thanks for visiting--and know that I wish health and happiness for you and yours in the coming New Year!
See you soon!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Now--the Dance. [This was forwarded in an email from our Texas 4-H friends and the title in the subject line was rather suspect, "Wyoming Pole Dance." I know the sender isn't prone to email account hijacking so I went ahead and viewed it. Totally made my day and it fit right with today's post!
I really had fun making this for the annual Hero Arts Flickr friends Holiday Card Exchange! This Large Flower Pattern stamp lends itself so well to so many fun ideas. In this version I embossed with Judi-Kins Egyptian Gold powder [a bright gold with holographic glitter] and the result is spectacular. I wanted traditional colors, so I embossed another panel with regular silver embossing powder and cut a strip to layer with the sentiment. I used the remaining red/silver to make a card for the Monthly Hero Arts contest based on one of their sketches:
Using a pink panel for the sentiment and stamping the background one more time on pink cardstock with red ink, I think it makes a lovely pointsetta holiday parade! I embellished with some red marker-colored pearls, and it shines in the Christmas tree we finally put up last night! Let the season begin!
* for some other ideas with this stamp you might want to see here, here, and here.
p.s. If you click on the photos...it makes them larger if you want to see detail!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Tomorrow will be a fun-fulled day of Mindstorm Mayhem as the family travels for my son's FIRST Robotics team challenge. Make it a great weekend everyone!
Monday, November 21, 2011
|[copper embossing, and metallic paper for a layer behind it]|
Friday, November 4, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
As I type this, it's snowing at the rate of about an inch per hour. We're in for it...yup...winter's here. It was fun driving down into town seeing everyone filling their gas cans for the snowblowers; the local tv news interviewed our 'naybahs' at the Home Depot telling how they've pushed the leaf rake displays back and brought out the snow shovel cartons, and the snow throwers--which have apparently already sold out online.
I can tell you from experience that it is not a good idea to wait to buy one of these pieces of equipment. We bought one of the last three snow blowers on the North American continent last January...the man at the Sear's store [a Scottsman] regaled us with his tale of foresight. Seems he procured an extra palette from a Canadian Sears--they apparently were all well prepared. You see they only manufacture a certain number of snow blowers--of any brand--each season. Once they're gone, there aren't any more until the next year. So, if you're thinking about it at all--just buy it now; you'll probably thank me...tomorrow at least!
Here's a last tribute to Autumn created for the Moxie Fab World Trigger Tuesday inspiration:
|Moxie Fab World Trigger Tuesday "Autumn Woods"|
|Hero Arts stamps used: Mix and Match clear set, Papercut Alphabet Set|
Monday, October 24, 2011
|Hero Arts contest sketch card|
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
|CAS-ual Fridays Challenge|
Speaking of moons, I made this one using glossy cardstock and sponging to make the color I wanted! This is one of my favorite inking ideas to create custom colors, and my brayer is in my most-used tool drawer! Do you have a favorite trick or tip you'd like to post?! I'd love to hear it!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I stamped a music staff background on each of the colors of the week, and cut them into strips for the quote mats. I tried to mimic another music staff idea I had a while back as in this card:
The colors were a bit dark to use the same coloring technique, so I modified! Now I'm off to my own private jazz session in town! We always come home singing and smiling from Rani's!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Last week we took a homeschool field trip in honor of my daughter's love for Central Asian history and culture. Someday I think she'd love to be a history professor...probably in Mongolia. We were introduced to a wonderful man who has made his career's work teaching, studying and documenting the music of several groups of people living in Central Asia--an Ethnomusicologist. If you feel like an exotic trip for a few minutes go to the Smithsonian Folkways site which showcases this body of work. Watch the videos in the sidebar, and I guarantee you will be transported! The tenth cd in the set will be out this Christmas--I know what's on my daughter's list already!
We enjoyed a unique afternoon soaking in the experiences and insights from an educator who clearly is passionate about life. Thank you again Professor for inviting us into your world!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|Check out Play Date!|
Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear about connections you've made traveling yourself, or even traveling through your art!
Monday, October 3, 2011
Made a quick card to send something to a friend--grabbed my scrap box, and found the letters I needed in their little pouch. I keep extra die cuts in a clear container like a paper candy jar.
A little tip: I needed an "h" but all I had was a "b." My little trim scissors helped me out to create what I needed by loping off the bottom. Reminds me of when my kids used to bite off their alphabet pretzels to spell what they wanted...those were the days!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I know my supplies have come in handy for many uses besides enjoyment and entertainment over the years. What fixes have you come up with using your crafting tools and various bits? I'd love to hear about them! Make it a great weekend!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
|A Little Rhythm Card for Rani!|
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
|Check out CAS-ual Fridays|
I just finished a story that inspired my entry into this week's challenge, and I have to say I learned a lot from reading it! I am not a quilter, but I was touched by the lovely analogy stitched by Sandra Dallas in her novel, The Persian Pickle Club. Did you know that another name for paisley design is Persian Pickle? I enjoyed the story very much, and thought it would be perfect for the "Black and White and Read All Over" challenge.
Inspired by the novel's novice quilter to make a simple 9 Patch design to get started and using the splash of red in a Persian Pickle pattern, I had a blast making my own paper quilt square. Everyone in the 'Pickle' had a piece of the precious, store-bought, exotic paisley fabric and it stood out in all their individual quilts as bright and unique.
The Hero Arts clear stamp set Exotic Decor was just the thing to produce my idea. I embossed, inked, and used black, white, and red cardstocks to make my patches, and arranged them to my liking to mount on a square...akin to quilting--or so I imagined as I was crafting. I think my 1-inch craft punch and adhesive are a little easier than sewing though! Missing from the experience was the hen clucking--as the men folk described their wives in the Pickle--but I did put some birds into my quilt!
My mom's birthday is coming up, and this will make a lovely card since she's just getting into quilting herself.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A card a day keeps the mojo to stay...that's my story and I'm sticking to it! I've got a little pent up mojo on account of not being able to get to my stamps and supplies! I still have a lot of work to do, but I've been sneaking a little break into my day now that we have more things settled from our move! Made this little quick card based on a Moxie Fab sketch, with the Play Date Colors, for my girl to send to her girlfriend--in honor of one of this month's themes for the Hero Arts blog! Nothing like three with one blow! Sometimes it's easier to combine these and sometimes it's more difficult. Do you have any thoughts on this?
|This Week's Play Date Cafe Color Challenge|
|Moxie Fab World horizontal sketch Challenge|
Monday, August 29, 2011
|A theme on Embraceable You|
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
1 unbaked 8-in. pie crust 2 lemons
1 1/2 C sugar 1 cup cold water
3/4 C flour 1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 8-in. pie pan with the crust. Grate one of the lemons until you have 1 tsp of zest. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, and lemon zest. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of this mixture over the crust. Peel both lemons, removing all the white pith, and cut the lemons into very thin slices removing seeds as you go. Place the lemons in the crust, either arranging them in careful circles, or simply piling them in and leveling the top. Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the lemons and pour the water over the top. Stir very gently [if you've been careful to make a pretty pattern!] and dot with the butter. Bake for 10 minutes; lower the heat to 325 degrees, and bake for 40-50 minutes longer until the lemons are lightly browned. Serve warm, or put in the fridge for a chilled delight! Both ways are delicious!
Let me know what you think if you try it! You're in for an easy treat if you do! Enjoy and make it a great day!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
In the meantime, there's the usual out of state moving details of deregistering the vehicles, and registering them here, getting new drivers' licenses, getting re-established with everything again...seems like only last year we were doing this. Me--I'm wicked excited to have vanity Veteran's plates!