Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hollywood 2. I tried another version of this Hampton Arts Stamps image in black-and-white. The sketch, use of an inchie, and the paper-piecing are SCS Sketch Challenges. The dress is paper-pieced, meaning the image was stamped on patterned paper, then the dress portion was cut out and attached to a second stamped image. The sentiment is a sticker and the inchie is one I received in a swap.

Folding Cranes. On my walk through the Peace Garden on Thursday, I came upon this sculpture with a necklace of folded paper cranes. And then I saw that it was not a random act of origami adornment. All around the sculpture, set into boulders, were copper plaques detailing the directions for folding a paper crane. I will have to return someday to fold a crane or two.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Peace Garden. More of the photos I took last Thursday while walking around Lk H. The pink carpet of flowers is Phlox. Below left is Grape Hyacinth and below right is and Iris.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Hometown Tourist. When I walked around Lake Harriet on Thursday, I brought my camera "just in case". What a gorgeous, perfect day! I ended up taking about 50 pictures of the many flowers and trees that are in bloom. Here are a few:

The bandshell was repainted in the past year or two. It used to be a soft blue, but apparently the taupe was the intended color when it was built. I liked the blue better, but the neutral hue does make a nice backdrop for these flowering trees, doesn't it? These flowers are all blooming in the Rose Garden to the east.

There was just this one sailboat out on the water and I managed to line it up with downtown in the background.
Storage organization. I'll have a new post soon, but in the meantime, this link will take you to photos of my studio/office where I have pictures of the storage cubes I'm using. Someone at Splitcoaststampers asked to see what was inside, so I took photos of my "stuff" :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hollywood Card. I bought this Hampton Arts stamp because it was cheap and I didn't have any detailed stamps like it. This is the first time I've used it and I'm happy with the way it turned out, but I don't know how versatile it will be. I wouldn't mind having just the woman on a stamp so I can try paper-piecing her dress in different ways. Anyway, this is for the SCS Sketch Challenge this week. The turquoise cardstock is by DCWV, and the black/white polka dot paper is another of my PC-generated designs. The image was colored with watercolor pencils and an aquapen.
Tomorrow I will post some of the Spring color photos I took around the lake today. It was glorious weather and I played tourist instead of doing my yardwork. I started Memorial Day weekend early!

Father's Day Card. If any of the dads in the family are reading this, sorry for spoiling the surprise. I made these cards for my brothers and cousins. The sketch is one from Splitcoaststampers and the idea came from the tool embellishments I had on hand. I wanted to find a quote that might be a play on words relating to tools...something like "measuring up" or ? Even Barlett's Familiar Quotations was no help, but a phrase started to form in my mind and the sentiment evolved into:

A man holding the right tool can create great things
A man holding his child's hand can create miracles!

The card is made from DCWV photo-papers that I distressed along the edges. I even used the little "tracing wheel" tool that came with the kit to deboss a line of holes along the outer edge of the card (it may be hard to see in the photo). The tools were attached to the sentiment with wire and brads.

The colors of Spring. There's no doubt that Spring is here when you see these flowering trees all over the city! The first two photos are along Minnehaha Parkway. Tuesday I met a friend for lunch at a restaurant close to the Mississippi River and took the Parkway to get there. This used to be my route when I worked at Foster Wheeler and it's the one thing I miss about not commuting each day.

But the last picture is a tree I can see from my studio window, so I'm not really missing anything, am I?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Another SCS multiple-challenge card. I used last weeks sketch plus the challenge to use "inchies". I have a stash of these 1" pieces of art from several swaps I joined last year. The inche on this card was one I received - it is stamped, colored and embellished with a bit of gold. I decided to use it after I'd already chosen the fern image, and the mat colors followed. The fern image is the first thing I ever stamped at a Stampin' Up party. It made a nice simple card, but it was more fun to recycle it! The sentiment is a Hallmark stamp that I've had for years. I had never used it and don't even remember why I bought it. Thanks to Splitcoaststampers and Stampin' Up, I now know what to do with all my stamps and other 'hoarded' craft supplies.
An impromptu trip "up north" (as we Minnesotans say) on Thursday with Aunt C.
I took a photo of this tree one year and used it on my Christmas card. Don't you love how it stretches so far out over the water and causes such an artistic reflection?

The photo below is the dock jutting out into water of Lake Nebagamon (Wisconsin). You can see from the tree color - really, lack of color - across the lake that Spring is slow in coming. But we had excellent warm weather for the day-and-a-half we were there.

A tiny plant making its way up through the leafy ground cover.

And the view to the right of the dock showing the mirror-like surface of the morning lake.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My first card using a pull-out message strip. It's my version of an idea I saw somewhere (probably Splitcoaststampers). I've already mailed the card, so I can't show you the 'before' view. The sentiment is hidden behind both layers of cardstock with just the flower on the right side showing...to be pulled out by the recipient. The image stamped on watercolor paper is from Stampin' Up - Send A Celebration. I colored it with watercolor pencils and a aqua-pen, added a bit of glitter and the metal charm. The striped cardstock is DCWV. It's an anniversary card for my youngest cousin and his wife. Happy Anniversary, P and A!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day, everyone! We had a beautiful day here in Minneapolis - sunny and a bit cool and breezy. D and I took Mom to the Sesquicentennial celebration at Boomington's town hall. We remarked on the fact that Bloomington became a town and Minnesota became a state on this date, but that Minnesota wasn't doing anything special today. The Startribune had a story about it in todays paper. Apparently, the state celebration is off to a slow start, but more is planned for next weekend. The Bloomington celebration included demonstrations of corn-shucking, candle-making, etc, along with cake and ice cream, and the dedication of a new flagpole. Afterwards, we drove the '61 Ford to meet C at The Chart House in Lakeville for the buffet. It was delicious and filling!

I made this card for many of the mothers AND daughters in my family...and a glitzier version for Mom. The sketch was another SCS challenge. It made me think of my Fiskars sunflower circle punch. The centers of the sunflower halves were just patterned paper punched over and over with a small hole punch. The sentiment is printed on word-pattern designer paper, matted over orange cardstock, and popped up on foam tape.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

End of Hawaii, Day One - this is the convenience store/gift shop in Kula where we stopped to eat and buy some very nice souvenirs. There was a power outage up on the volcano as we were making our way down. It meant the cash registers couldn't ring up our purchases, but we didn't think much of it until we arrived in the 'upcountry' town of Kula. A restaurant where we wanted to eat was closed in the middle of the day. The shopowner next door said the power had just been restored after several hours, and it would take time for the restaurant to open again. So, we bought sandwiches and drinks from the coolers here and ate at the picnic table outside. It was a beautiful warm day. Next door was this flowering tree. Maybe sister-in-law K will tell me what it is.