Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Hoolidays!

   The Happy Hooliday Owls are perched to wish you all the merriest of days as we end the old year and begin anew…I just can't resist a pun, and with a little marker extra on my Hero Arts clear sentiment stamp I can change Holiday to Hooliday with ease! I love my new tree die--so many ideas I won't have to fussy-cut now. 
   Made this card and an ATC for the recent Hero Arts Flickr friends Secret Santa swap. Sent it off to my friend Sally over in the UK. It's fun to think these little critters are watching over some joyful celebration across the pond.
   For the ATC I wanted something a little more sophisticated and I have had the idea to use a bit from the Brushstrokes Stamp Your Story set to make a tree. Worked perfectly on the 2.5x3.5 inch canvas size. I white embossed on white card stock, gold embossed a star and sentiment, then Distress Inked in Mowed Lawn and Mustard for the background. Easy and fun--can use this panel in a larger card for another design idea I have!
   

Monday, December 23, 2013

"Mammoth Man Turns Fourteen…"

   Dear readers: Imagine a 1930's radio announcer's voice…or a newsreel narrator excitedly uttering the words, "'Mammoth Man' turns fourteen…!" My son, whom we affectionately have nicknamed, is almost as tall as his father [will most likely surpass him in height] and is still growing accustomed to his size 12 feet as he navigates around the house. 
   We celebrate his special day today!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Season's Greetings

   It's that time of year for more than holiday cheer at our house. Lots of time spent on fundraising cards and haven't got around to doing our family ones, but here's a little bit of what I've been putting my own stamp on the past few weeks…

   All for now--miles to go before I sleep...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Enjoy Each Moment

   "That it may never come again is what makes life so sweet…" Emily Dickinson wasn't the only one to notice that or write something down about it. I'm feeling particularly lucky, grateful, and apparently nostalgic in my need to share this thought. I made this card a little late for Cath's last Trigger Tuesday over at Moxie Fab World--I'm often late in getting things done when overcome by the moments right in front of me. It comes from the tradition of being a military family. We celebrate things when we can, where we can, and try to make the most of every moment.
   You see, military folks know that they aren't always going to be able to celebrate special days the same day they fall on the calendar. They usually can't plan on attending ticketed events together because, if you're an aircrew family, planes will always break down for the one day you spent your entire quarter's expendable income on tickets to "The Nutcracker." Of course this is only a problem when the service member is actually "home" to even attempt this grand gamble of fate. Most often it seems they are deployed far away-actually living a different day/night from you and even in the age of instant communication it's difficult to talk in sync.
   But back to the Trigger and this card. I sometimes get an idea for something and I just have to see it through. And here is a little more nostalgia for you: living in Japan made a big impression on our family as we recognized a kindred feeling for treasuring a moment, or an essence of something. When I saw the red leaves from the creative prompt I wanted to capture the idea/moment of the precise ending of fall. That last leaf which would hit the ground ending my favorite season to begin another. 
   Endings mean beginnings too which brings me back to remembering the military life. We were always leaving and arriving and marking the passages of moments and people. Some had a little trouble with the sadness, most celebrated the joys of experiencing change. For change brings the potential of promise. 
   And Emily had something to say about that too:

"Hope is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -"

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Special Time of Year

   This time of year is special for many reasons around our house. It's a favorite season for its vibrant beauty and wondrous revelation. It's an end in harvest and the bee cycle in the hive out back. It's a beginning to a new school and 4H year for the kids. It's a remembrance of our nation's military Veterans and their service to our country--a time for grateful thanks of freedom, prosperity, and plenty. 
Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger: Enthralled with Fall
   Inspired by the theme over at Moxie Fab World for this week, I made several Fall cards to take to our county 4H night for the families to write messages for our state's veterans. Here's a few quick photos of the work which was gladly filled and signed by our neighbors:
   My embossing folders got a workout to make a good number of cards in a hurry and some gold embossing added just the right touch considering who will receive them. 
   Fall is all about leaves to me which is probably why I have so many different leaf stamps! Whether they're stamped in color or metallic embossed I just never tire of creating with them. How about you?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

See What Matters

  

   I'm always inspired by Cath's ideas over at Moxie Fab World, and this week's Tuesday Trigger is no exception!

Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Apache Tears
   I had a lot of fun playing with this color combination--not one I would have put together myself! Here's a couple other iterations from my wonderful afternoon inking in the autumn sunshine:
   
   I think Thoreau had it right when he wrote this...it's our unique perspectives, and how we see things that make this world an interesting place. I hope you see wonder around you today.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Autumn Grace

   Autumn is my favorite season. Around every bend in my travels I think I can't see some color more intense or more splendid than the last...and then I can. The patterns change by the minute it seems, and when the sun shines through God's kaleidoscope I am part of unimaginable grace, beauty, and love. May you know these today wherever you are--in whatever season you live.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy World Card Making Day!

   It's fun to join in all the celebrations for World Card Making Day! Thinking of all our paper crafting and admiring friends out there. I'm also busy creating cards to sell for our VFW Ladies Auxiliary Antique Button Show. Our resident cancer survivor is also an award winning button collector and she brings a small portion of her wonderful exhibits to raise money for our Cancer Aid and Research. I didn't know before becoming a Ladies Auxiliary member that the VFW makes grants available to smaller research organizations that have innovative and ground breaking ideas in the field but perhaps don't have the extra resources and personnel to solicit funding.

      I had no idea buttons were so fascinating. The history...the science...the individual stories. It's always amazing to learn there's a whole new world out there and people passionate about what they do! This is for all the button folks--they know who they are! And finally--another fall card since it's all around us here in New England:
   Enjoy your day wherever you are!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Resistance is Futile--and Golden!

   Who can blame me for not being able to resist gold?! This is the other idea I had for Cath's All that Glitters Challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I took an old background stamp and inked it up in Tuxedo Black Momento and it was the perfect chalkboard for some golden words of thanks. It reminds me of a "Keep Calm..." sign. It was fun finding sentiments from Hero Arts' clear thank you set to make the subway layout. I embossed the background card with a Sizzix impressions plate, then took the embossing ink to the raised areas to heat emboss with gold. This is one of my favorite techniques for making backgrounds; the ones in silver look like old tin roof tiles! 
   I made two of the chalkboard panels because I liked the look of it so much. I'm starting to do that more often now--it doesn't take that much more time, and I have two [or more] when I'm through:
   You might notice this background didn't stamp all the way--no problem though--just got a piece of foam sponge and filled it in. I also makes for a great realistic chalkboard look!
   Remember to pop over and check out the gold challenge--there's still a few days left to show us how you put your own stamp on it!
   Cheers!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

All that Glitters...

is golden.... Dusting off my flaxen glitter to add the perfect touch to twinkling Big Eyes' Venetian mask. In honor of Moxie Fab World's Midas-type golden challenge, I've dug out, panned through my accessories drawers, and assayed all the chunks, powders, dusts, and veins of rich gold so they can sparkle in the autumn sunshine! I thought it the perfect foil to embellish a chalkboard style card with some spahklies and the handmade paper has beautiful shiny bits to complete the effect. Sent this to a special friend of mine who celebrates Halloween all year round--and who follows the Yellow Brick Road--hugs to you Oz!
   
   Next up:  I had a little fun with this Hero Arts background stamp. Took a Brushstrokes stamp [from a Hero Arts Stamp Your Story set] and used it to emboss a lovely gilding of Egyptian Gold. It really catches the light and adds a bit of glam to a casual, fun card--kind of like the current fashion trends don't you think?!
   Thanks again for a fun challenge Cath--Moxie Fab World rocks--and there's still time to play King Midas and put your own stamp on the Golden Challenge!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thought for the day...

  Hello and happy fall to you friends! Catching up from a busy start to the season--sharing the latest card for our beloved piano man. Can't wait to finish cleaning out and reorganizing my crafting space...lots of autumn ideas are signing out to me. How about you?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Last days of summah...

   The family isn't headed to any exotic destinations...just sticking close to home for the holiday weekend. Hope you enjoy whatever you're going to do--be safe, and if you happen to be close to internet access and would enjoy a little music...here's part two of Eyran's concert:
Kassel part II

   As Rani says and plays, "Here's to life...."

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Come on in...

   You can see what I've been doing from about a mile away...painting the front door red! Do come on in and listen to a concert recording! Our piano mentor, Eyran Katsenelenbogen, gave a summer concert in Germany and he has posted it online for everyone to enjoy. Open up the link and prepare to be transported:

   Before you go, here's a thought for today:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NiftyFifty!!!

   Hello from the "other side!" It was a BIG one this year on my birthday...and I made this card for my junior high buddy who shares my birth year. While the card design wasn't selected for PaperCrafts milestone bday spread, I still had loads of fun making it last winter in anticipation of its giving for this year! You'll notice that everything is stamped except the washi tape; I made my own glossy cardstock background with a brayer, and patterned papers with each birth year stamped individually...distressed with Ranger inks. I even made my own number stencils to be able to have the years' at the right width for the number stamp! It was a labor of love and I'm sending it off months early to my physicist pal so she has time get used to the idea of being half a century old! [there might even be a 'half-life' joke in here somewhere...?]
   On my big weekend my family had a few surprises in store for me with special meals and a terrific hike up Mt. Kearsarge! And...coincidentally enough it happened to be the 50th anniversary of our area's Model A auto club annual drive to the top of the mountain:
on the approach road to the state park
kids and I in the summit hike parking lot
just imagining what it might have been like so long ago...
a fun little climb with spectacular views:
a little senior photo shoot opportunity
view of where we started
censored at the summit!
   Back home we had our Champagne Cake and ate it too! It's a wonderful life!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Little Trip


   You might already know we have an awesome piano mentor--Eyran Katsenelenbogen--and that each week I make a card to give him for our lesson. And you might also know that he sends them to people all over the world. He collects them in a special file and chooses just the right one for each recipient. Last week he told us that he'd even sent one to Barbara.... STREISAND! Wow! That was just too cool to hear. 
   Well, this week's card was inspired by last week's using the new Hero Arts Stamp Your Story:

I really love these brushstrokes--and the giant notes in the first card came out just the way I'd hoped they would. The Kaleidacolor ink pad lends the Caribbean Sea splash and the travel sentiment was perfectly timed to a release of a new performance where you can see Rani and Tal really move along the keys!



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Flutterbys

   I'm still in Mixy Matchy mode courtesy of Cath over at Moxie Fab World! Here I mixed a couple of stamps--DeNami's polka dot circle and Hero Arts' Happy Wishes along with a pair of butterfly stickers from my stash. It was so easy since the embellishments were pre-embellished themselves with glitter and rhinestones! 
   And, since we're all about vintage at our house especially in the fashion and color department, I was inspired to take these colors further with a little get well greeting:
   Just the stamps ma'am.... This couldn't be any simpler and the butterflies from Hero Arts in their new Stamp Your Story are an absolute dream....what are you dreaming today?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Simple Summer


   Happy Summer to my northern hemisphere friends! I am smitten with sand-inspired colors of late and here's a whole set of cards I've made with yellows and greys. The new card contest over at Hero Arts is about one-layer, keeping it simple too! Pop over to check it out and enter something of your own--I'd love to see how you put your own stamp on this challenge! Me--I can always use a flat card to send in the mail to my friends and family, and Operation Write Home can always use some too!
   I think this would be fun in lots of other colors, don't you? It was so easy to stamp the shades over the owl and then just fill them in with dark grey marker! no masking, no fuss! [I tried them in red too!]
   I used watercolor and marker on the white embossed background texture stamp then punched a heart from it. Dimensionally mounted it on a dry embossed tweed background, and it's really fun to hold. I am making more physical texture cards ever since my mom told me how thrilled her blind friend was to receive them. Her husband reads her what's written inside, but she usually doesn't get to appreciate greeting cards! [another reason to love stamping our own, eh?]
   A little collage to use up some scraps!
   A monogram design for my mom! 
   I will make a notable for these and add it to mom's new stash! And now, I'm off to enjoy a summer swim in our sunshine! Thanks for stopping by--wishing you a simple summer!