Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winter Olympics Card Challenge

Splitcoaststampers is holding another Virtual Stamp Night this weekend, and I haven't participated in a long time. I created this card for the first challenge - it's based on a sketch that's based on the Inukshuk, the symbol for the 2010 Winter Olympics. An inukshuk is a stone landmark or cairn that people make as a marker or point of navigation. Mom and I saw small piles of rocks in Iceland that were probably inukshuks...and I've seen the same thing closer to home that were the same form, but probably just for fun.

I used the leftover embossing powder from a previous project. It's a mixture of gold, silver and copper - almost Olympic medal colors!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Year Of The Icicle

Everyone loves a mid-winter thaw...until this happens! We haven't seen this much ice hanging from roofs and downspouts in a very long time.
As children we would snap off smaller icicles and use them as Popsicles - I can still remember the slightly sandy taste (no worse than drinking out of a stream, I guess).
An ice sword.

More winter beauty - a morning coat of frost that stayed into the afternoon (last weekend).

Birds in a bush feel like spring, even if these little guys don't fly south for the winter, but stick it out with the rest of us.

Valentine's Day Cards And Treats

I hope everyone had a sweet Valentine's Day! My weekend was pleasantly busy with a birthday party and the play, "The Light In The Piazza" at the Bloomington Theater, so I'm just getting around to posting this now. After two years of fairly fussy designs, I decided to go "clean-and-simple" with my cards this year. I made 34 of these for my co-workers, in addition to those for family and friends. I used a small heart punch on the red strip of cardstock, a larger scalloped heart punch for the popped up heart, and printed the sentiment from my PC.

Then to ease myself back into the work week, I discovered a new downtown shop that had opened the Thursday before Valentine's Day. It's called Cocoa & Fig, it's in the south wing of Gaviidae at 6th and Nicollet, and they sell cupcakes, coffee, granola and other confections. I couldn't resist trying this black velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing and the cake pop, which is their own invention - an iced mini cupcake on a stick. Seconds after I took these photos, both treats were history! You must check out their website and view the "mouth-watering" slide shows of all they offer - catering delivered or ready for pick-up, wedding cakes and more.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Art Stroll

The RBC building that I pass through each evening on my way from one bus to another houses a colorful collection of artworks in the lobby. I wonder if the offices are similarly decorated?
Not everyone appreciates abstract art, but the painting above is so bright and cheery that the subject matter is irrelevant.

How about a giant ceramic sculpture of a sitting man? I looked closely and saw that it was made in many separate large pieces and probably put together on site. I can't imagine moving it - easily - any other way.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Designer Colors

I could decorate with these colors - IF I didn't have my heart set on my beach house/oceans colors scheme. This is a nice and easy card made with cardstock by SEI, a jeweled buckle, grosgrain ribbon and a PC-printed word on vellum. Not including design time - 10 minutes! [edit: This was a Taylored Expressions sketch. I didn't post it on her blog because I didn't use any stamps].