Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pam’s New Catty Workshop

Pam hosted a workshop for stuff from the new catty yesterday, but due to various family emergencies, etc., only 4 ladies could attend, including Pam.  Turned out well, anyway, and everyone liked what I demonstrated and our two make and takes.   Click on any pic to enlarge it for details.

I’ve shown this pic before, but I just love it, so will share it again.  I did all the prep work of punching, sponging, and curling the magnolia petals and demonstrated how to put the magnolia together.  Therese won the rose box in my door prize drawing.  I gave Pam the magnolia I started.

Magnolia & Rose boxes

When Pam and I went to Mt. Dora last week (see the Sandhill Cranes below), I had to take a pic of this gorgeous umbrella that was in a shop window. Butterfly umbrella

Using the brolly for inspiration, I made this sample card using the butterfly punch and Butterfly Prints stamp set.

Butterfly Prints 1

With that same butterfly punch, I made these pansy petals . . .


. . . from which I made this pansy card!  Might demo how to make these at Holly’s workshop next month.


Then we put together this easel card using the pineapple motif from Friends Never Fade with the newly returned Baja Breeze and Pacific Point cardstocks.  The learning curve for the Scalloped Trim border and corner punches was pretty steep, but everyone ended up with the perfect frames.

Friends Never Fade easel 2

Because the easel card was kind of intense, the second make and take was this super easy one-layer card using a mat punched with the Scalloped trim border punch and a sponge.  The flowers are from Elements of Style and sentiment from Sincere Salutations.  This one uses Melon Mambo, but Pam’s guests got to play with the new In Colors.

Elements of Style 1 layer

That’s it for now. Comments always welcome.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gorgeous Sandhill Cranes!

Pam and I went on a road trip yesterday to Mt. Dora and Winter Park, getting good and lost, but the highlight of the day, besides finding the new Penzey’s spice store, was running, almost literally, into these two Sandhill Cranes. We were on a busy road after leaving my upline’s house in Mt. Dora and saw one crane on one side of the road and another on the other. Stopping traffic, they were, thankfully, and not getting their idiot selves hit by cars. I stopped and so did other cars. Once they were both on my side of the road, I pulled over to take these pics. As they were poking along, they went into a nice yard, so I pulled into the driveway to take these pics. A man working down by his garage was oblivious to us or the birds. Click on the pics to see details.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes Sandhill Cranes 2

One of these days, I will make it up to Payne’s Prairie in the winter to see them gathered by the thousands. But until then, I will catch glimpses, hopefully with a camera in hand, of them wandering here and there. I have never seen just one Sandhill Crane, always a mated pair, sometimes several pairs.

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That’s it for now. Comments always welcome.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July Creative Images Meeting

We had a great turnout last night, only missing a few, with one sickie and a couple from out of town.  Almost everyone brought thank you swaps and everyone brought an “Asian Flair” exchange card.  Everyone wore a name tag, too.  How will our treasury make any money that way?  Jeannie did the project, something interesting she learned last month at Stampfest in Orlando.  So, here’s the pics!  As always, click on the pic to enlarge it.

First up, the Asian Flair exchange cards, starting with mine, because I can.  Made this with SU’s retired Kind and Caring Thoughts and black magic.  Went wild with fussy cutting, too.  SU’s ornament punch made the vase.

Kathy's Gingko 2

Next up, Tange’s gold, red and black fans, also fussy cut and popped up.  IRL, the brushed gold was stunning.

Tange's Fans

Therese made this gorgeous dragon with the alcohol ink marbleizing technique.  He was glossy, so photograph doesn’t do him justice.  I have to try this!  Had all the stuff forever.

Therese's Dragon

Pam made this lovely fan card, which could also be a fan window?  She crimped the fan pieces.  Whatever, it’s pretty.

Pam's Fan Window

Jeannie’s Asian Flair card is a crane, a Japanese good luck symbol.

Jeannie's Crane 

Eleanor made this pieced washi paper beauty.  Love the tiny crane in the corner.  IRL, it is a brushed silver background.

Ella's origami

Connie made this watercolored, fussy cut, popped up and Glimmer Misted “perfect pear.”  She put sequins in the middle of her flowers, too!

Connie's Pefect Pair

Holly made this lovely Geisha girl.  IRL, the greenish card base is brushed gold.  She is also Glimmer misted.  Can you tell Holly and Connie were playing together with Glimmer Mist?

 Holly's Gold Geisha

Lona made this lovely bamboo tag with Kanji.  Love the bamboo curtain behind the tag.

Lona's bamboo tag

That’s it for exchange cards.  Next, is Therese’s swap card, a nifty, Asian-inspired, mountain lake.

Therese's Mt. Scape swap

Tange’s swap cards were in a French mood, with merci as the background.

Tange's Merci swap

Pam’s swaps were black magic done with SU’s Awash With Flowers stamp set.  It’s much prettier IRL.

Pam's Black Magic swap

Here’s my black magic swap card, done with SU’s retired Kind and Caring Thoughts.

Kathy's thanks swap

We didn’t explain the rules to Connie about swaps, so she made hers all different.  I teased her so much, she won’t do that again!   All of these are also Glimmer Misted.


Holly made these lovely swap cards with a rose stamp, fussy cut and, you guessed it, Glimmer Mist!  I think the base card is brushed gold IRL.

Holly's Rose Swap

Lona’s swaps could be used as a night light!  That chartreuse is radioactive!  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

Lona's nuclear swap

Next up, are samples from Jeannie’s project.  Although, this first one is just a show and tell of a card she made with the bear white embossed on vellum.  Jeannie has been collecting these Animal Spirits stamps for a while. Each image has multiple animals included in the design, with each one having a lady bug in there somewhere, a Native American symbol/totem for good luck, happiness and prosperity.

Jeannie's bear sample

Jeannie's Penguin sample Jeannie's dragonfly sample

These next pics are what we came up with, in varying stages of completion, using Jeannie’s technique of coloring, smooch spraying and antiquing (if we wanted).  I think the first dragonfly is Connie’s.

Connie's maybe

This one is Holly’s.  I can see this done with a vellum dragonfly so you can see the moon through the wings.

Holly's Dragonfly

I’ll be using this blue bear on a card for my BIL, who’s personal totem is the Bear.

Kathy's Bear

Lona is going to fussy cut and mount this dragonfly.  The smooch spritz is gold, not neon yellow!

Lona's gold butterfly

Pam made this dragonfly to finish another day.

Pam's Dragonfly

Therese started this bumble bee.

Therese's Bee

My little box for keeping our exchange spoons was getting boring, so I made another one.  Going to demo this magnolia at Pam’s workshop next Saturday.  Easy, but time consuming, with SU’s ornament punch.  It’s the prep work that is time consuming, punching, sponging and curling.  Actual assembly is a breeze.

Magnolia & Rose boxes

That’s it for now. Comments always welcome.

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