Thursday, August 21, 2008
I had a busy day yesterday and made a lot of headway upstairs. I decided to change the sheets on the bed last night when my ankle turned and BAM fell right down on the basement floor. I must have caught myself on my right hand/wrist (it happened so fast I can't really remember), which is of course my dominant hand. I had to stay down a few minutes while I tried to squelch the nausea and shooting pain. My ankle is fine (amazingly, since that is what I normally hurt) but apparently my wrist/arm has some pulled muscles...I can't twist my arm whatsoever without getting sweaty and wanting to, well, puke. I don't think it's broken but I think I was darned lucky.
DH got me an elastic bandage and wrapped me up...it's helped somewhat since it keeps my wrist in the only position I can have it in, and the only reason I can (kinda) type at the moment.
Saturday/Sunday is going to be interesting since I have a scrap demo and workshop, I hope this feels a bit better tomorrow so I can pre-cut and package my stuff together. I really need to do some more laundry and hopefully if I"m careful can do at least one load so I don't have to go out naked this weekend and scare everyone.
With that, better sign off...I have to keep my right hand in a strange position when typing and this has already taken me forever to type. LOL
Take care out there...it's dangerous!
Monday, August 18, 2008
There is hidden journaling behind one of the photos that you pull out with the ribbon. Whoops-A-Daisy patterned papers on White Daisy bases. Large mats (Watermelon cardstock) cut with Coluzzle File Template. Stamp sets: Happiness and Solos Number 5. Title made with Dimensional Elements (Uppercase, Lowercase and Classic Alphabets). Small daisy from Happiness stamped on letters in Watermelon and Ocean; "five" stamped in Ocean (on letters). Large flower stamped in Watermelon and Ocean, cut out, layered with 3-D Foam Squares underneath for dimension. Stem/leaves in Sweet Leaf. Inking on edges of cardstock with Watermelon. Silver Hinges. Bling is pink rhinestone flowers (previous Connection Club Reward).
Friday, August 15, 2008
Here I was uninspired and not thrilled with the idea of working with these papers and I ended up really liking the darned things!
Used Game On patterned papers. Base: Desert Sand textured cardstock, Grey Wool and Colonial White basic cardstocks. Stamp sets: July Word Puzzle, Delightful Alphabet and Sans Alphabet. Inks: Star Spangled Blue and Clover Meadow. Dry embossing on Grey Wool cardstock; inking with Foam Distressing Tool on Colonial White and around Desert Sand base pages in Black. Also sand distressed Desert Sand bases. Journaling on Vellum with Photo Marker. Marker: Star Spangled Blue. Natural Hemp. Pewter Brads. Stars on Grey Wool cut out and adhered with 3-D Foam Squares for dimension.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Here is what I came up with:
Life Is A Highway
Left Layout (top), Right Layout (bottom)
Details: Free Spirit papers. Cardstocks: Indian Corn Blue, Cocoa, Honey and Colonial White. Stamp sets: Rustic Alphabet, Sans Alphabet, Star Struck. Stamped and edges inked with Cocoa around edges of "Life Is A"; Highway stamped in ICB. Square window charms used on ICB/Honey combo squares. Silver hinges. "Vacation" journaling on Colonial White, sponged with Black Stubble Tool in Honey and edges inked with Cocoa; printed in Cocoa RGB. "The shortest distance between two points is under construction" was printed on transparency in Cocoa RGB.Tabs and signpost QuicKutz dies, in ICB, Honey and Cocoa.
Now I have to get a layout done for the workshop I have tentatively planned for the 24th. That one has had me stumped too but think I've got some ideas now. It's about time since the workshop is the week after next! LOL
I also want to make the cards from a card kit that is on special beginning the 14th. I don't have the other one yet but at least have some pictures of it that I can print out for display purposes on the 23rd so that everyone can get an idea of what it is included.
I really ought to dishes....what a toss up.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I can't remember if I mentioned it a while back but I lost touch with my GrD's mother when they moved late last year (our only contact was through our myspace accounts). She had mentioned they were moving in town here, and the name of the mobile home park, but that was all. I kept looking on myspace but she hadn't gotten back on there, didn't have a phone number or email. *sigh*
Well, a couple of weeks ago, just hoping for some luck, I called the office of the mobile home park she mentioned they were moving to. A very nice lady answered the phone, knew just who I was talking about, let me leave a message with my phone numbers. Lo and behold C. called me within a day or so!!!! I was ecstatic! She had lost my phone numbers when she lost her cellphone so it was great to get back in touch...and lucky too because I found out that they are moving this weekend to a different park!!! Whew, what luck.
ANYway....we got to see my little GrD a few days ago; we wanted to take over a few gifts and give C. some extra money to help with school clothes and whatnot. GD has gotten SO big and is still as adorable as ever. One of the gifts I got was a "makeup" kit....she immediately opened it (with grandpa's and my help LOL) and began playing. She also beautified me with nail polish, body ink and body glitter (see photo below, except the glitter doesn't show up LOL). I was covered in it! We had a blast.
We didn't stay too long because I knew C. was tired and since they are in the process of moving, we didn't want to keep them from what they needed to do. It was absolutely wonderful seeing them again and at least I now have her phone number and new address! :)
Here is the card I made for her (as if she cared about it, just give me presents!!! LOL) Watermelon, White Daisy and Ocean cardstocks. White Daisy ink. Stamp sets: Happiness and Solos 5. White Daisy grosgrain ribbon. Lots of bling from Sparkles and flower from Summer Connections Club. Daisy cut out and mounted on 3-D Foam Square.
AND, the day after GrD's birthday was DD's 21st birthday! She is glad that is over and has of course already visited the DMV to remove the "under 21" notation from her driver's license!!! LOL Oh, that reminds me, I don't think I ever mentioned a couple of weeks ago she comes home and says she lost her wallet!!! This was about a week after she lost her cellphone!!! KIDS!!!
Anyway, I asked if it had her green card, etc in it and she said no (that was a relief, those are $$$$$ to replace!!). Well, a few days later, what do I find in the mailbox...her wallet!!!! Some nice soul had come by and put it in there. Makes one feel good about humanity when that happens. I took a peek through it to see if all was there (no cash of course!) but her green card WAS in there!!! I don't know if she was afraid to tell us or if she really thought it wasn't there but boy am I REALLY glad that wallet came back!
So, she had a great birthday (threw up in the bar and everything...really rolled in turning 21 as she ought ) and had a wonderful couple of days with friends, etc. She took the day after her birthday off from work because I reckon she knew she wasn't going to be up for working!!! LOL
Here was the card I made for her. The cash we gave her tucked in nicely. Why bother picking things out for kids once they reach that age???!!!! I convinced DH to just give $$$...easier on us and we know she'll like it!!! Groovy Blossoms patterned paper. Cocoa and Hollyhock cardstocks. Cocoa ink. Stamp Sets Solos U, R, 2, 1, and Star Struck. Pewter conchos and brads. Cocoa organdy ribbon. 2, 1, r and arrow mounted on 3-D Foam Squares.
I guess that's about it for now! Hope all out there had a great weekend! It's finally cooled off a bit here, humidity is down, so that is wonderful!!!!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I'm as caught up as I'm going to be! Whew! I have some card kits to finish up and then I have promised myself to do a scrapbook layout! I might even get my August workshop finalized (a layout too). Yippee!!! I am determined to work with the Game On papers. It's going to be challenge. I like them, but nothing creative really pops out at me when I look at them, if you know what I mean. I have seen some other artwork examples and they look great, especially if you use a bright color; they really pop on the black and other neutrals. Anyway....it's gotta be done! I won't be able to work on it until Monday, though, since I don't get the papers until then. I have plenty to keep me busy until then and I have GOT to get my scrap room moved! Life will be so much easier when I do, if I can just get the can in gear.
So, these are cards made in the July workshop:
Blue Ribbon patterned paper. Cardstocks: Honey, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue and are edge distressed. Cranberry eyelets with Designer Ribbon Rounds Ric-Rac. Stamp set: Whimsical Wings; stamped in Outdoor Denim, then colored with Cranberry and Buttercup markers. Cut out and adhered to matting with 3-D adhesive and wings folded back.
Random stamping with Vintage USA stamp set in Desert Sand, Outdoor Denim and Cranberry. Sentiment and star from Vintage USA (star on 3-D foam square). Outdoor Denim striped ribbon.
Base White Daisy cardstock. Cranberry cardstock under Blue Butterfly patterned paper from Blue Ribbon. White Ric-rac ribbon attached to photo hanger. Sentiment from Say It In Style on Indian Corn Blue cardstock with Thank You stamped in Cranberry. Circle is Cranberry cardstock.
Blue Ribbon patterned papers, Cranberry & Colonial White cardstocks. Vintage USA stamp set. Cranberry eyelets and Designer Ribbon Rounds - Ric-Rac. Inks Outdoor Denim, ink distressing Desert Sand.
Blue Ribbon patterned paper. Honey and Indian Corn Blue cardstocks. ICB CS dry embossed, sanded then ink distressed. Ink distressing in Desert Sand. Dragonfly square sanded with ink distressing in Outdoor Denim. Cranberry eyelet, Clear Craft Button with patterned paper adhered with Liqued Glass, and Cranberry Waxy Flax. Designer Ribbon Rounds - Ric-Rac surrounds Dragonfly. Stamp set: Whimsical Wings.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Made with the Creative Basics - Boom-Di-Ada collection. I love these...they come with 24 patterned papers (2 different patterns) and a big roll of coordinating ribbon! They change the collection with each Idea Book and are such a great buy! Matting with Hollyhock cardstock under Buttercup cardstock, which was stamped in Buttercup ink with Spot On Backgrounds. Floral stems say "thanks" (from Alpha Solos "T" stamp set), stamped with Sweet Leaf, and leaves colored with Sweet Leaf marker, the flowers with Hollyhock marker. Top edge corners from Star Struck stamp set, stamped in Sweet Leaf. Hollyhock Sassy Strands tied in bow (from Autumn Garden Sassy Strands set).
Random stamping with Free Spirit stamp set in Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Hollyhock (second generation), and Olive (second generation) on White Daisy cardstock. Striped B&T patterned paper and Hollyhock ribbon (with edges frayed) from Creative Basics Boom-Di-Ada collection and matted on Hollyhock cardstock. Additional bird stamped in Buttercup and sentiment in Olive on Sweet Leaf carstock and cut out, with a 3-D foam square under bird for dimension.
(Version 1) Top portion of card is Sweet Leaf textured cardstock, sanded. Bottom patterned paper and Hollyhock ric-rac ribbon are from Creative Basics (Summer 08 Idea Book). Three matting tiles are Hollyhock cardstock (sanded) and Colonial White. Flowers from stamp set Cottage Floral with Buttercup ink and kissed with Spot On Backgrounds stamp. Centers of flowers are the ric-rac ribbon; flower tips pinched. Sentiment from June Word Puzzle stamp set, in Sweet Leaf. Clear buttons on edges, with Hollyhock cardstock adhered by Liquid Glass.
(Version 2) I ended up liking this version better...I love the fluffy flower centers :) Created the same as the first, but frayed the end of the Hollyhock ribbon and adhered to the centers of the flowers, so that the centers were "fuzzy".
Yes, I know this card is totally different than the others. :) Since it was July I guess I was feeling all patriotic (and since the papers I had to work with were patriotic!!!), I started making some cards, probably to send to our troops. My July workshop (photos to be posted soon) were with these same colors so I was getting in the mood to plan them out.
Cranberry ink mixed with Delta Ceramcoat paint for stripes, on Colonial White cardstock; bottom edge torn and inked with Outdoor Denim, sides distressed with Edge Distresser and inked with Outdoor Denim. Cranberry cardstock matting sanded and edge distressed. Bottom of card features Outdoor Denim textured cardstock, sanded with cranberry paint mixture randomly added. Stamp sets Vintage USA and April Word Puzzle. Cranberry paint mixture added to sentiment block and outlined with Outdoor Denim marker; edges distressed. Stippling done on all Colonial White pieces with Outdoor Denim. Silver star brads from My Accents accessories. Retired Outdoor Denim gingham ribbon stapled to sides of sentiment.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Heirloom patterned papers. Garnet & Colonial White Cardstocks. Stamp sets: Lovely Lace, Memories, Say It In Sytle. Lace and small flowers embossed with White Embossing Powder, with Black Bitty Brads in flower centers. Inks: Garnet and New England Ivy. Sentiment from Say It In Style, stamped in New England Ivy, cardstock ink distressed with Garnet. Flourishes around sentiment from Memories stamp set. Inspired from "Overview" in Originals Card Program.
Simple Pleasures patterned paper. Stamp sets: Alfresco, Goodness of Life, and Say It In Style. Cocoa cardstock mattied under Colonial White cardstock, stippled with Bamboo ink. Twilight second generation stamping with sentiment and on the 3 flourishes below. Designer Ribbon Rounds - Twilight.
Let's Get Together patterned papers. Take Flight & For Every Occasion stamp sets. Markers: Cranberry, Sunflower, Garden Green. Inking with Olive & Cranberry inks. Cranberry eyelet. Hemp. Cardstocks: Garden Green, Cranberry and Colonial White. Inspired by Originals Card program - Centerline.
Expedition patterned papers. Autumn Terrcacotta & Colonial White cardstock, with edges distressed. Edges inked with Autumn Terracotta. Stamp set, Life's A Jungle (July 2008 Stamp of the Month). Autumn Harvest Sassy Strands (Sunflower) for mane. Image stamped in Brown Bag, colored with Autumn Terracotta Watercolor Pencil, then outlined with Chocolate My Legacy pen. Green Garden Organdy Ribbon.
Monday, June 30, 2008
These first few cards are done with the stamp set Happiness. First one used the striped B&T patterned paper. The flower is a combination of watercoloring and chalking. The flower was stamped first with VersaMark, then chalked with the Summer chalk set. The leaves were waterbrushed with the watercolor pencil (Citrus Leaf, I think). I added Hydrangea eyelets, a pewter spiral clip and some Bubblegum Organdy ribbon. I tied one of the Connections Club reward charms with Bubblegum Waxy Flax in the bottom left hand corner.
This card also used Happiness stamp set. The pink paper I used a Watermelon reinker and water and brushed it on the paper. I added some White Bigger Brads to it before adhering. The flower is waterbrushed using the watercolor pencils Hydrangea, Bubblegum and Citrus Leaf and then inked the edges with Hydrangea. The base is White Daisy with Hydrangea using my rubber brayer to cover.
This card also used Happiness but I used the technique where I spritzed my stamp first with water, colored the stamp with the watercolor pencils, and then stamped it on my paper. I love how it's more "impressionistic" than just stamping and coloring. I used my brayer again on the base, with Watermelon this time, then added the dot B&T patterned paper. The flower is matted with Hydrangea. I used a clear button and adhered some of the dot B&T to it with Liquid Glass, then used Waxy Flax for the holes. I stamped Smile (from the same stamp set) in the lower right hand corner in Ocean.
The next two cards used the June SOTM "With Love". I used stripe B&T and Watermelon cardstock on the base. The flower is stamped with Hydrangea and Watermelon, the leaves in Citrus Green. I added some White Daisy Sassy Strands across the card front. The sentiment "Happy Everything" is from the same stamp set, in Hydrangea, in the lower right corner.
This last card used the Hydrangea on White Daisy brayer technique again. I added some stripe B&T and matted Ocean cardstock under it. The diamond shape is Watermelon cardstock. I stamped the vase in Watermelon, the flower in Hydrangea and the stem/leaves in Citrus Leaf. I cut them all out and adhered them on top of the card, with one of our 3D Foam Squares to pop it up a bit. A White Bigger Brad is in the flower center.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This is a coaster wall hanging completed with Sweet Harmony papers, Just Blooms Big Pinks, stamp sets are (oops, don't have my list, another thing to add later!).
I punched two holes at the top with my Crop-A-Dile (LOVE that thing!) and tied some twill ribbon through so it will hang (excuse the picture...I straightened out the ribbon so it's not all wonky after the picture was taken). I also used twill ribbon to connect all the coasters, adhered on the back with Liquid Glass (this stuff is the woman's answer to duct tape!). I then took shorter pieces of ribbon and knotted them in between each coaster.
Here is a closeup of the top coaster. Button from the Spring collection for the center of the pink Big Pinks Just Blooms, with some Amyethyst Waxy Flax in the buttonholes. I stamped the stem from the Ritzy Ribbon stamp set, cut it out, then highlighted the edges with Amethyst marker. The Colonial White cardstock is for a photo.
This is a closeup of the middle coaster. Sentiment is from Celebrate Life and stamped in Baby Pink. The flowers (don't have the stamp set name handy!) were cut out and chalked with the Spring Chalk set. Spring Buttons were added in lower right corner. Upper right Colonial White cardstock for a small photo or journaling.
Here is the bottom coaster. Clear buttons with coordinating papers adhered with Liquid Glass in upper left. Butterfly from Celebrate Life was colored with Watercolor Pencils and waterbrush, and wings were adorned with Prisma Glitter. The antennae are Black Waxy Flax. Flower is the large one from Big Pinks Just Blooms. The butterfly has pop-up dot underneath for dimension.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Here are some cards we made at my May 6-card workshop 4 1/4 x 5 1/2), all featuring the new Sarsaparilla papers and inspired by CTMH's Originals Card Program.
This card, Tilted Title, used the Large Blue Flourish papers (patterned and solid side), Colonial White cardstock. We stamped in Black with the Western Flourishes stamp set, ink the edges, added a few Black Bitty Brads and we were done!
This card (insert pattern name here! LOL) used the Stripe patterned paper. I used the Lovely Buckles stamp, first stamping in Black ink, then embossing with Silver powder. The belt was stamped with a light Bamboo, cut out, then we used Simple Stitches with Black ink to add the "stitching". I punched holes in mine, but they also looked fine being colored in.
This card (insert pattern name here! LOL) was made with the Words patterned paper. The vertical strip is Barn Red cardstock. The squares were cut from Colonial White, with three of the squares stamped with Western Flourishes in Black. "Enjoy" was from a stamp set whose name I can't recall (if only I would post soon after doing these!!!). We added some Black Bitty Brads in between the squares.
This card (um, insert pattern name here) was made with the Textured Blue paper (I LOVE this paper) with a small strip of the Large Flourish paper on the right edge. We inked the edges in Black. Black cardstock with Colonial White on top, stamped again with Western Flourishes. More Black Bitty Brads completed the card.
This card we actually began working on at the beginning of the workshop but didn't complete it (and the next one) until last. That was because we were working with Liquid Glass and it takes a bit of time to dry. I of course don't remember the pattern name (sigh). On the left is Barn Red cardstock, the right Black cardstock with the edges sanded with our sandpaper. Stamped on the Barn Red is from the stamp set Free Spirit. The Dimensional Element - Flower in the middle is what we worked on at the beginning, covering it with the Large Flourish paper, cutting around the edges (yes, there was some grumbling LOL), then sponging the Black Archival Ink around the edges. We then added Liquid Glass around the edges. When it dries, it gives a really cool black paint look so it was worth the wait :)
This card did the same Liquid Glass effect to the Dimensional Elements. This card used the Plaid patterned paper on Desert Sand (or was it Bamboo? hmmmmm), with the edges inked in Black, with Colonial White strip on the front. I decided to use, in the workshop, a Colonial White base with Barn Red strip instead of the Colonial White on front and thought it looked better. The DEs were covered with the Blue Textured paper, then completed the same technique as with the above card.
As you can tell, I couldn't remember the pattern names for this card either. LOL I'll look up my notes and add them to the post...if I remember!!!
I've been on the computer for the past couple of days working on a huge project I've been wanting to complete for ages. It's going to take forEVER but I will be glad I did it! One is an inventory sheet of all My Acrylix stamp sets...AND which ones I own. I've found that I purchased duplicates and I HATE that! I have also gotten them in drawers, all sorted, and I'm feeling SO organized! If you had seen my room you would know why I am so tickled at this small, yet huge, accomplishment.
My other task is building my website at www.freewebs.com/ookoosdelights with techniques, tutorials, etc and am compiling a complete list of what cards/layouts were used in the CTMH Idea Books. I love to look at the artwork but trying to remember where to find it is nigh impossible. It might as well be useful so I am building list after list so that I can look back on it and actually find something!
I'm getting tired again just thinking about it. LOL I had better sign off for now.
Monday, June 23, 2008
My grandson turned 5 years old!!!! We celebrated at his mom's house with a lovely barbecue. The weather was perfect :) He made out like a bandit with presents and money! He was spoiled just like he should have been.
I have to update later with the stamp sets and other materials used...it's been so long I've forgotten and don't have my list handy! Grrrr....that's what I get for being lazy about updating. I will come back and edit once I have the info. I do remember using the Stitch Alphabet with Cranberry Waxy Flax for the "5". I love that stamp set, even if it does involve sewing!
Anyway...here's the card I made. He couldn't have cared less, of course, he liked the $$$ inside much better! LOL
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I absolutely love this stamp set, Flower Child, as well as Color My World. I used some papers from Sweet Pea paper kit but random stamped with Color My World on the left-hand card. I used coloring pencils and/or watercolor pencils for the children. Lilac Mist cardstock (on left) and Baby Pink cardstock (on right). I added Prisma Glitter to the petals on the large flower child and a Baby Pink My Accents spiral clip to the card on the right.
Also used Sweet Pea papers for this card, with Baby Pink and White Daisy cardstocks. Random stamped the sentiment "Happy Birthday" with For All Occasions stamp set in Baby Pink and sponged Breeze ink. Another fave, the Just Blooms Big Pinks flower in the center, adorned with a Spring craft button and Natural Hemp for the hole-fillers.
More Sweet Pea paper on the left and stamped with Color My World. The edges of the mats (Spring Iris and White Daisy) were distressed with our Edge Distresser and bottom edges torn to show the white core and so the stamped border would show. Some White Daisy ribbon (two pieces used: a straight piece with a knot, then a smaller folded piece folded and glued underneath). Ink colors were Citrus Leaf, Lilac Mist and Spring Iris.
The card on right was first stamped with VersaMark using the Simple Stitches stamp set, randomly placing the flowers on base. Lilac Mist used on the brayer and covered the base. White Daisy mat stamped with a sentiment from For All Occasions and Simple Stitches for the "stitching". I used a waterbrush to color a Just Blooms White Daisy flower, giving it a multi-color effect and added an Amethyst Bigger Brad.
Ah, the Creative Basics in the Spring 08 Idea Book. Love 'em. Sentiment and clock were stamped with Make It Count in Black ink. A Window Charms circle was added to the clock. The ribbon was from the Creative Basics kit.
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