Saturday, May 30, 2009

Neighborhood Sculpture

What a beautiful morning! The temperature was just right and the breeze was beckoning me to go for a walk. So, I walked around Lake Harriet and through the neighborhood just above the east shore. I don't remember these sculptures from last year, but the spheres don't look new. The black metal forms a modern trellis over the front walk.
Reminds me of the song "Aquarius"..."when Jupiter aligns with Mars..."

Closer to home, these are some of my favorite flowers - alliums. They grow 3 feet tall and turn to silver in the fall.

My own poppies are stunning this year! This probably looks like the same picture I took last year, but I couldn't resist.

Back at home, I whipped out this card based on two SCS challenges - using buttons, and taking inspiration from a book cover. I'm reading "The First Eagle" by Tony Hillerman, set in the Four Corners area of the southwest U.S., so I decided to use the cover as a starting point. The black paper was cut with a Martha Stewart edge punch. I was trying to cut a simple pinked edge when I remembered this punch that looks very "southwestern", and the dots match the buttons as a bonus! The sentiment is stamped from a set of word rubber stamps, maker unknown.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rooster, The Sequel

The Monday Clean-And-Simple challenge over at SCS was to makeover one of our own cards. I chose the rooster image I'd painstakingly colored a few weeks ago. Keeping it simple, I stamped it, trimmed it, taped it to the background paper and added a button wrapped in black netting - 10 minutes from start to finish!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Seahells By The Seashore

Two different Splitcoaststampers Limited Supply Challenges led to this card. The combined "limits" were:
One stamp set - shell stamps by Inkadinkado
One sentiment - PC printed, inside the locket
Only one embellishment - the reuseable locket
Think circles - if it's not immediately obvious, I stamped the shells in a circle...and of course the locket
It was also a Clean-and-Simple card, although I couldn't find a challenge to fit it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Mom, Aunt C, brother D and I visited Fort Snelling National Cemetery today. Dad was buried there 25 years ago next month (I'm planning a post about him on June 7). Mom's dad, her grandfather, my dad's uncle George and Aunt C's husband all served in wartime, but none died in a war, for which we are thankful! On this weekend each year, we take the opportunity to remember all our relatives - military or not - who've died.
Dad would've loved seeing these old cars that were parked in the lot of Bridgeman's where we ate lunch. Hard to believe, but these cars weren't old when Dad was a kid!

D - see what you missed when you didn't come with us?

The decorations make me long for an old-fashioned small-town parade :)
(I didn't mention the card because it was very basic - 3 buttons, 2 patterned papers and a word stamp - done! - the sketch was from SCS)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

At The Circus

This circus-themed card started with a Taylor's Cupcake Challenge sketch and an Autumn Leaves stamp set. I colored all three animals with colored pencils and cut out the hippo and lion. The lion is attached with foam tape and the hippo is layered over a stool that I drew. The sentiment is PC-printed and all the paper is from a DCWV previous summer mini mat stack. I dotted silver glitter gel pen around all the figures (like lights under the big top?).
The card also fits a Limited Supply Challenge at SCS to get inspired by ANY May holiday. May 19th was Circus Day!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Love Bus

As soon as I saw this VW bus on an ad that came in the mail, I knew I was going to design a card around it. My brother C has an orange VW camper that he hopes to restore one day - it has sentimental value. I don't think he'll ever paint flowers all over it, but it worked out beautifully that I have a "mod" flower paper punch to coordinate with the image. Splitcoaststampers has a Clean-And-Simple (CAS) challenge every Monday and this is my first card in that category. It sure feels good to pare down after some of the multi-layer, heavily embellished designs I've been doing. And saving time and materials is always a worthy goal!

Urban Renewal

The best part of my day is leaving work for a 10-block (optional) walk to my bus stop, camera in hand. This distinctive building in downtown Minneapolis was an insurance company when it was built 45 years ago. The architect, Minoru Yamasaki, also designed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center!
According to the sign, the reflecting pool is being renovated and is due to be completed this spring.

Hennepin Avenue drivers are treated to this colorful sight if traffic is running smoothly enough to allow a glance.

Walkers, on the other hand, get to view things close-up.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Anniversary

The sketch for this card was a Splitcoaststampers challenge. I used two coordinating designer papers, gold-embossed the sun stamp and the sentiment, and added two snap embellishments. If it's your anniversary today, I hope you receive this on time; I forgot the postage went up 2 cents on Monday!!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

My Kind Of Town

It's been over 10 years since I worked in downtown Minneapolis and a lot has changed. In fact, a detour due to a change in some major streets led me to discover this beautiful area on my way to work this morning. My first bus had to take a different route, causing me to miss my connecting bus, so I walked the rest of the way. I've already walked the 10 blocks several times, so I know the route well, but my bus dropped me off a block north, and I discovered one of the newer residential areas I've heard about!
It was a beautiful, fragrant morning, making my adventure all the more memorable. Of course, I didn't have enough time to take any photos before work, so these were taken on my way home.

This is the warehouse district, so there's an interesting combination of new and re-purposed buildings.
The building above looks restored, but non-residential. Next time, I'll have to get a closer look at the Creamette Company building (below) to see what it is now.

In the courtyard of one complex - one of my favorite flowering trees....another one I can't name! The flowers have an unmistakeable spicy scent

The Weekend Bzzz

Happy May and Happy Tuesday! It was a beautiful first weekend in May and my brother C and I enjoyed drinks and appetizers outside TGI Fridays on Sunday. I joined an internet site called that offers its members the chance to try new products or restaurants or games in exchange for their reviews. I received a gift card, several coupons good for a free appetizer or dessert and one of their regular Margarita glasses! When I have a chance to read over the "rules", I'll tell you more about it (I'm testing a lotion as well).