Monday, August 31, 2009

Sweet, Cold and Cuddly!

Had a chance to stamp last week.  Everything is too fiddly for a workshop, but I got to use some new stuff.  SU came out with some cool Halloween and wintery stuff in the new Holiday Mini.  Sweet Vivian, my upline, loaned me her Cold and Cuddly set (among other things I have yet to play with) and I bought the Sweet Centers for myself.  First up, my cute little polar bear.  Lots of fussy cutting, one of my favorite things. 

 Cold and Cuddly bear

Then, here’s my cute little pekwin, as my Aussy buddy calls penguins.  Both cards use Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Brilliant Blue cardstocks and Brilliant Blue and Real Red inks.   Popped up lots of stuff with Dimensionals.

Cold and Cuddly Pekwin

It took me a while to make this Sweet Centers shaker card.  Had to wait for my 1 3/4” circle punch, then I had to find some confetti to put under the window sheet.  Found the bats and pumpkins at the Party Palace.  Sentiment is from new Grateful Greetings.  Black embossed everything and mounted it on a panel I used my spiral punch on for interest. Cardstocks are Basic Black and new In Colors Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry.  I’ll be playing with this set some more as I got some of the sweet cups to put candies in that fit in the center.   Not real sure about the candy thing.  Who wants to destroy a cute card to get at a handful of candy corn?  LOL

Sweet Halloween 1

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Goodbye to Mr. McK.

Ocala lost one of the good guys on Aug. 15.  I worked as his legal assistant before he retired in 2006.  His family knew I made cards with rubber stamps, so, I used one of my favorite sets, sentiments and poems to try to give them some comfort.  Here’s the card, inside and out, and the poem I enclosed. Click on either picture to enlarge it.  I printed the poem, trimmed it and stamped the lighthouse on it like I did the inside of the card.  The lighthouse is Cape Hatteras Light, NC, one of my favorite lighthouses, from SU’s retired, but not forgotten, Coast to Coast set. 

Hatteras Sympathy

Hatteras Sympathy Inside

Miss Me

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me

I want no rites in a gloom filled room

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not for long

And not with your head bowed low

Remember the love that once we shared

Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take

And each must go alone.

It's all part of the master plan

A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart

Go to the friends we know.

Laugh at all the things we used to do

Miss me, but let me go.  


At my Dad’s funeral, one of his VFW buddies read this poem which I recently found on the internet.  I hope it gives some comfort.  So sorry for their loss.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cheryl’s 8/16/09 Workshop

I finally had time to process the pictures and figure out what to do here to answer everyone’s questions about the various samples I had at the workshop or that we made.  First up, the pictures.

Here’s my sample of the quilled rose we did as our first make and take.  I used Whisper White, Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive cardstocks, the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, the scalloped circle #2 Big Shot die (both sizes for both roses), the little leaves Sizzlet, the large oval punch and the scalloped oval punch.  Sentiment came out of Oval All, stamped with Pink Passion ink.  If you don’t have the Big Shot die, you can also use the scalloped circle punch and make two small roses.  As bases for the roses, I used the 1” and 1 3/8” circle punches.  For a really cool video tutorial on how to make these roses, check out Valita’s blog here.  The roses tute was her first, but she has several more. 

Elegant Bouquet 2

Next is our second make and take made with SU’s new Autumn Days.  Cardstock was Sahara Sand for base and Soft Suede and Crushed Curry for the Top Note layers.  We dragged or sponged Soft Suede and Dusty Durango inks across the top layer, fussy cut out the sheaf of wheat and pheasant, popped them up on Dimensionals and finished off the pheasant with white Signo pen on his neck.  We had stamped the pheasant on the top layer, so we wouldn’t have to cut out his legs and feet for the popped up bird. 

Autumn Days 5

Here’s the second table with the “Ettes,” Pat, Pam and Marcella.  Pam is a very good friend who gladly helps out as my “staff” at a lot of my workshops.  I don’t know what I’d do without her! 

Pam and Pat

Here’s me, Edie and Maureen at the first table. 

Me, Edie & Mo

Now for the questions.  I had a nifty box full of chocolates, made with Flamingo designer paper, with Top Notes on the top and bottom.  There’s a picture of the box with a link to the instructions on my April 5 post. 

I had a matchbox with an alligator on it with my black brads for the Autumn Days card.  My June 23 post has pictures of my alligator box and cards and a link to Angie Juda’s blog, Chic ‘n Scratch, where she has video tutes on how to make all kinds of cool things with punches.  It was Angie’s blog that showed me how to make the little bear bookmark we did at Cheryl’s workshop, as pictured on my June 1 post.  That’s where you’ll find the little sheep.

Cheryl was a great hostess, again!, and fed us all really well.  Love, love, love Marv’s Marvelous Soft Ginger Cookies!  When I end the summer boycott of my oven, I’ll make me some.  If Cheryl says it’s okay, I’ll post the recipe here.

I think that covers everything!  Thanks for stopping by.  Leave any questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August Creative Images Pics

Hi, there. It’s time to post the pics from the August meeting of my stamp club, Creative Images. This will be a little hard for me as I wasn’t there, but Therese took the pics and Pam actually remembered who did most of them and without the list I usually make! Way to go, Pam! Someone with a memory! August’s exchange card theme was “Teapots and Teacups.” So here goes!

This one is Connie’s three teacups on a pretty paisley background. I think Connie is a new member brought to us by Holly!


This is Holly’s Mad Hatter’s tea party card. Love the little brads she finished this off with.


This is Linda’s stack of teacups, just because!


This one is Lona’s primary colors with three tiny teapots. I spy SU’s large and scalloped oval punches!


This card is my mystery card. I have no idea who did it and haven't been able to find out. Lovely watercoloring job mounted on the Cuttlebug Textile (I think) embossing folder.


Here’s Pam’s three lovely teapots inviting a friend for a cuppa tea.

Pam's Cuppa

This last one is Ursula’s three teacups. I can’t tell if she chalked or sponged in using a template, but that’s what it looks like from the pic. If I’m wrong, she can let me know.


Linda did the project for August, something totally different. Therese gave me some kits to make them, but no instructions. I won’t have time to figure it out for a while, but Pam sent me a picture of her completed card.

Pam's project

Pam said everyone was covered with glue when they were done. The background is fabric and so is the butterfly, with glitter finishing it off.

Last, but not least, here’s a couple pics of an egret that came calling at my house Saturday. He was just strutting along the fence, enjoying an evening smorgasbord of bugs. His neck goes from a coiled up “S” to almost straight up. Amazing!

Egret 4

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He was pickin’ ‘em up and puttin’ ‘em down when he decided he was done posing!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Discovery Roll Out

Here's a cool pic I found when wandering around NASA site looking for next launch date (Aug. 24 in the middle of the night!). This is Discovery during rollout from VAB to launch pad. Sooooo cool! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Testing, One, Two, Three

My Auzzy Buddy is showing me a different way to post pictures.  I hate learning new programs, but this seems easy enough.

Here’s a pic of the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Dora.  Click on the pic to see the details like the gingerbread roofline and all the lovely lightning rods on the roof of this gorgeous Victorian.  This is my favorite Florida house, so far.

Masonic Lodge Mt. Dora3

Here’s my favorite picture of the Jupiter Lighthouse.  Very tall.  We climbed that sucker, too.

Jupiter Light 2

Here’s proof!  

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That’s it for now. 

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Monday, August 3, 2009

OMG, Two in One Day!

Well, I promised Dee I would let her know what Russel thought of her birthday card to him, so I will do one better and post it here. The scanner kind of washed it out, but it's lovely browns and coppers. The brown ribbon is accented with copper cording for a definitely guy touch to the ribbon. The brads and anchors in the center of the wheels is a nice touch, too. Russel wanted me to make sure and thank Dee for the card, so here it is: "Thanks, Dee!" He likes it, he likes it!

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Tracy's Take on Foil Technique

My Aussy Buddy, Tracy, loved Russel's card with the foil and decided to play herself. She made this gorgeous card with the Wow technique we learned with shimmery CS and watercoloring. Tracy did her own little photo tutorial on a better way to do the embossing on foil, here:

I'll do mine her way in future. Thanks for stopping by.
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Card for My LoveR's Birthday

Well, it was hard to wait, but I wanted to put this on my blog AFTER my LoveR got this card for his birthday, which is today! I don't know why I waited, he never looks at my blog unless I tell him to, but I also wanted his reaction. Before he opened the card, he asked if there was a motorcycle in there. He wishes! Poor guys knees are shot from years of abuse, so no more bikes. Inside the card, it says "Just like you."

This card was made totally without stamps! GASP! With the help of Allison Fillo's blog, I got the picture of the motorcycle here: bike Not being at all technical, it just didn't work, and kept printing out too large. My Aussy Buddy is more computer literate than me and she fixed it up as a .jpg so I could make it as small as I needed, then she changed it to be brown, too. Thank you, Miss Tracy! I printed off the "Vintage" and the inside of the card on SU's Sahara Sand CS and I was almost done. As my finishing touch, I wanted to try a background with Dawn Griffith's embossing on foil technique, here: foil I used a store brand of heavy duty foil (not all that sturdy!) and my Argyle embossing folder through my Cuttlebug and it came out looking sorta kinda like diamond plate, a definite guy thing. It needed one more thing, well six more, LOL, so I put some brads on there.

Oh, bottom line. HE LOVES IT! Has it on the shelf above his monitor. My work here is done! Thanks for stopping by!

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