Monday, June 30, 2008

Flower Medallion. This is my first attempt at a card for a swap I joined. It's supposed to be 'beautiful' and include some technique like watercoloring or fancy cutting. The stamp I used is by Anna Griffin for All Night Media. It's stamped on four different colors of cardstock, then parts of the stamp were cut out and layered over each other. The stem is rick rack over an edge-punched piece (Fiskars punch). The checked paper is PC-generated and the dotted paper is by DCWV. I don't know if I can make 6 more of these with all the cutting, but we'll see. At least it fit into three Splitcoaststampers challenges!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sailing Into Another Decade. My cousin Steve, who lives in Saskatchewan, is turning 50 on July first. I think he has or had a sailboat, so I made this card for him. The idea came from the book, The Card Shop, but I changed the folded 'water' to include the whole card. The original card had a sky and water, and fewer folds. Origami folds made the little boats, and I added the PC-generated banners.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Denim Pocket Cards. My brother C always wears denim bib overalls to work, so I made him these two thank-you cards. His co-workers have been very thoughtful since he had his bypass surgery and he wanted a special card for them. I made two versions with Stampin' Up's Pocket Fun stamp on designer paper (the paper is either ProvoCraft or DCWV). Both versions feature a PC-generated red tag. The 5 x 6.5" size has a tag label by Basic Gray and hand-drawn lines at the 'waistband' and 'beltloop'. The smaller version is 4.25 x 5.5". Both very simple and masculine cards.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Cool Couple. I bought the girl penguin stamp at Archiver's just to make this anniversary card for my cousins L&J. They are celebrating 18 years of wedded bliss! :) The inside sentiment says "to a couple of cool cousins". Mr and Mrs Penguin are stamped in black Stazon, then colored with markers and glitter gel pen - can you see the bra top and the shorts are glittering? I added paper flower embellishments and a tiny heart punched from metallic cardstock. "Happy Anniversary" was printed on my PC and then silver embossed before the ink dried. Slow-drying ink from inkjet printers is a GOOD thing: there are limitless fonts and sizes of sentiments waiting to embossed! Of course, printing on vellum is the trick. On normal paper, the dry-time is usually instantaneous. But I use my PC for almost all of my sentiments. I could never buy enough stamps to cover all the lines and verses I like to use on my cards.

Friday, June 20, 2008

I Heart You. It's been a busy week and I haven't even mentioned that my brother 'C' had bypass surgery on Monday. Mom and I were at the hospital throughout the surgery, receiving updates on his progress. Considering the seriousness of this type of operation, he did very well and is now on the way to a summer of recovery. I made him this card with the new penguin stamp I bought. The materials are almost the same as the previous card with the exception of the Marvy Uchida sun punch and the metallic cardstock punched into the tiny hearts on wire. Inside, I printed "I heart you", with a little red punched heart in place of the word.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Beach Penguin. I found this little guy at Archiver's - it's a clear stamp by Imaginisce. Today's sketch challenge at SCS was the perfect way to use him. The beach is a piece of photo-paper by DCWV, the sky is light blue cardstock stamped with a stem from SU's Watercolor Garden, and the orange paper is by Anna Griffin. The penguin image is cut out and adhered to the card with foam tape. He's hot and he's cool! Oh, and the PC-generated sentiment was punched out with a Martha Stewart punch and also mounted on foam tape.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Miniature Beauty. This mock-orange blossum is only about 1" across, but the fragrance is intoxicating. The four bushes in the front of my house were there when I moved in and produce these wonderful flowers every spring. I love the scent so much that I would not consider going on vacation in June so I don't miss the short-lived show.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

For Your Consideration. I haven't made any cards for a few days, so I'm posting this trio that I made last year. Each card is made with parts of 3x3 cards that I received in several swaps. I found a fun way to attach them at an angle so that the edges of the two pieces are parallel. I added coordinating embellishments and PC-generated words where needed.
Card #1 - the 3x3 on the left is the original...the one on the right is the back of the card with my PC sentiment added. I also punched the flowers and added the flower brad.

Card #2 - the 3x3 on the left is original...the one on the right is my duplicate complete with PC-generated words on the tags.

Card #3 - the original is on the right this time. I added the PC-generated word panel on the left and the flower cut off of the original, with a brad (the prongs open on top of the card to look like leaves).

Saturday, June 07, 2008

More Hawaii Photos. It's been awhile since I posted photos from our trip to Hawaii in April. I'm still in the process of editing and "enhancing" them before I print a selection for an album.
This is the view of the road from our rental apartment to Lahaina. It's the southwest edge of Maui.

We parked our car and took a self-guided walking tour of Lahaina. This is the remains of an old fort.

The famous banyan tree - what you see is all one plant. There's one in Santa Barbara like this. I'm not sure which is larger. I took a photo of the Santa Barbara tree when I was a teenager and I remember asking Dad to "move out of the picture".
This tree is too large to capture in one frame, because moving further and further back just brings buildings into the shot that obscure the tree.

Mom and C in the banyan tree. Everyone was posing this way, although a sign said "no climbing".

And another beautiful native plant that I can't identify. KR, if you see this, let me know :)

EDIT: Carol left a comment and identified the flower as Plumeria. Thanks, Carol.

Mutual Muse. Danyelle was inspired by my last post to make a POP-py Card

Check it out! Ok, DK, now you've got me thinking what stamp I own even comes close to resembling a poppy. And if you need an antidote to inspiration, take a look back at this wall (it's been like this for a year!):

wallpaper archaeology

Friday, June 06, 2008

Poppies! As I posted last week, my front-yard poppies were still in the bud stage when the hail storm came through. It doesn't take much to damage an open poppy blossum, so I was lucky. I've taken pictures everyday they've been out, because they seem to look better each day, and they're still not done blooming!

(The white picket fence belongs to my neighbor.)

Danyelle's Inspiration Piece. You must head over to Danyelle's blog to see the card she made with my vase photo for inspiration. I love her version - and all her other creations. She has kindly commented on my blog many times and her own blog is filled with wit and humor.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Inspiration Card. Danyelle left a suggestion on the previous post that I should make a card inspired by the turquoise vase. So, I did! Splitcoaststampers hosts an inspiration challenge every Saturday by posting a photo of a magazine or catalog ad or a piece of art, etc. The inspiration can come from any part of the photo - colors, patterns, mood, or even an item in the photo, although it isn't necessary to recreate an actual object. But, for this design, I immediately envisioned incorporating the curving shapes of the vase and set out to make an abstract version of it.

The 'vase' is light blue cardstock stamped in turquoise with Sculpted Style, then stamped again in blue with Watercolor Garden - both stamps by Stampin' Up! I used a circle template to cut out the two curved shapes and attached the top shape with foam tape. The pattern on the flowers is white c/s stamped in turquoise with another Sculpted Style stamp. They were punched out with a Martha Stewart punch. I drew the stems with silver glitter gel pen. The sentiment was done on the PC, punched out and layered over a punched scalloped circle (MS punch). I also traced over the printed letters with more silver glitter pen. Thanks for the idea, Danyelle!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Happy June. Yesterday's hail storm left a little damage to the spring flowers, but my poppies haven't opened yet, and my favorite flower, lily-of-the-valley, was untouched. I always try to bring in several bouquets so I can enjoy the fragrance indoors as well as out. This is the perfect vase for them - in scale and color! I've had it such a long time that I don't remember where it came from. The name of an Arkansas pottery company is on the bottom, so I think it was a souvenir gift brought back by my parents from one of their driving vacations.

I have a small collection of blue pottery collected on other trips and this may have been the one that started it all.

May went out like a lion. After a warm, sunny Saturday, a storm came through, bringing rain, hail, and an immediate drop in temperature. The above photo of my front yard maple tree was taken from just inside my door. Hail was bouncing out of the grass like grasshoppers. Below is a photo of the space between my house and my neighbor's, showing their sidewalk and my grass white with icy pellets. They weren't terribly large (see my hand - and I have a small hand), but they rained down so fast and furiously that streets turned to 'snow'.