Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I've been working on a big office/studio-organization project. The storage cubes I'd been buying at Michael's one-at-a-time with coupons were finally on sale for a week at 50% off! So, sick or not, I had to get over there and stock up. I was able to spend several nights just sitting down, putting the cubes together. You'll see the result in a day or two. In the meantime, here is a card I made before my sinuses went berserk. It's another recycled 3x3" card (a card I received in a swap). Everything from the black and white check layer outward is my addition. The checked paper is made on the PC in Excel. It's fun to custom-design paper that way. Anytime a geometric print - especially one in small scale - is needed, it's available, although I don't know how the price compares between designer paper and using my own ink.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Don't get too close. I'm battling a sinus cold, but I hope to be back in the next couple of days with a new post.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Splitcoaststampers Thursday challenge is to use embossing powder, so this is the card I posted in my gallery there. I made it for a friend's 58th birthday, so the outside reads "Party Like It's 1858" (since Minnesota is celebrating 150 years as a state this year!). The lower right says "Or..." and inside reads "Party like you're 58!" I used colored pencils on the American Gothic stamp to give it a faded photograph look (although a photo from that era would have been in black and white or sepia). The trellis stamp is done in gold embossing powder. EP is magical. It's a powder that sticks to a freshly stamped image. After tapping off the excess, a heat gun is used to melt the powder until it becomes shiny...and voila! - a raised or embossed image. It comes in all colors and metallics and glitters. I've even tried to emboss print from my PC, and it works. That's a case for not wanting the print to dry too quickly.
I was gone all day yesterday getting some car maintenance done. My 1992 Grand Am has over 187,000 miles on it and will hopefully reach 200,000 if the body stays intact (you know those MN winters and road salt). The temps for the next few days here are going to hover around zero F, so I wanted to make sure my car would start even after being left outside all night (the garage situation is another story).

Monday, January 14, 2008

Another card using recycled pieces. I drew stitch lines on the gold layer to mimic those already on the strips of patterned cardstock by DCWV (Die Cuts With a View). The giraffe and the tilted square are cut from another card. some lucky family member will be receiving it. With the temp at 10 degrees, it's a good day to stay in and design the cards I hope to sell online.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Kite-flying at Lake H today. C and I were just driving by when we saw these giant kites. It's only in the 20s today, but there was quite a crowd out on the ice with all sizes of kites. Now that I have a compact camera that can go with me everywhere, I'm more likely to capture moments like this.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What is this? Last night, brother C and I attended a members-only party at Walker Art Center in conjunction with the Frido Kahlo exhibit. There was music, a buffet and a cash bar. Downstairs, we participated in an art project - open to all ages. To get inspiration, there was a double roulette-style wheel with words and phrases. The outer wheel gave a theme and the inner wheel a perspective. My spin gave me "you and the natural and/or animal world" and "close up". So, I looked through the art supplies and chose a 6x6" canvas board, craypas, a piece of fake fur and a green stone. C helped with the hot glue gun and this is what I came up with. Since there was a space on the back of the canvas for a title, I called it "Closer Look". It's hanging up on the wall of the art room with all the other works. Oops, I just remembered I didn't sign the front!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Two years ago, cousin LL introduced me to and I introduced her to the swaps at that site. So, we both have made many sets of cards and swapped them with other designers. It's a great way to get inspired and see what everyone is doing. I also found it was fun to challenge myself to remodel many of the cards sent to me. That's what I did with this card. The cake image was taken off another card and the rest is my work using patterned papers and a little glittery pen and a few plastic jewels. I uploaded the photo to my gallery (Clee1953) at SCS for one of the daily challenges - in this case, a sketch challenge (the sketch being the general layout). There are no prizes; again it's just another way to get inspired and get a card made!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Can you count the layers? I saved a bit of each paper so I can compare with some wallpapers of different eras. I only know that the top layer was put up in 1979 or early 1980 by the man who did a quick remodel of the house for resale. The other 4 or 5 layers might have been put up every 10-15 years or so. The bottom left patch is the bare plaster wall. It looks like no paint was ever used. Now I hear wallpaper is making a big comeback, but I'm on to paint, paint, paint!
Happy New Year, everyone! I had my quiet New Year's Eve and stayed up long enough to see and hear midnight. As usual, I opened my front door to hear the horns and whistles and see a few fireworks shot off by neighbors. The next day was the traditional breakfast at a restaurant with Mom and C, and bowling or mini golf. This year mini golf is back at the Mall of America, so we played 18 holes and I got my only hole-in-one on the last hole where it counts! It was good for a free round of golf in the future.

So, now it's time to pack up the Christmas ornaments and start the redecorating I've had planned. This photo shows the library north wall before I took the wallpaper off. It's a nice neutral leaf pattern that coordinates with the beige paper on the other 3 walls. Nothing too terrible about this color scheme, but after 28 years, it's definitely time for a change to color!