Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Underwater Beach Scene

I haven't spent much time at the beach this year, but I was inspired to make this card by a past "Tuesday Trigger" challenge at the Moxie Fab blog (see sidebar). Also, I just finished reading "Abduction" by Robin Cook, a suspenseful science fiction story set in and beneath the ocean.

All the images were punched from glittered or glossy gold-toned cardstock. I left a few on top of the patterned vellum, but most are sandwiched between the vellum on top and a "water" print paper underneath. Rather than matting the papers on top of the card, I cut a window and framed them. Look at the difference between the top and bottom photos. The light shining through the window in the card changes the appearance considerably. It looks like an underwater scene, don't you think?

The sentiment is a sticker. Some lucky family member will be receiving this soon.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Summer Birthday Girls

We managed to make it through another hot weekend by celebrating K's June birthday and Mom's August birthday at McCormick and Schmick's in Edina. My photos don't do justice to the food, but my taste buds will remember the savory stuffed salmon and side dishes of mushrooms and risotto.
K had a wonderfully tender steak
Mom had shrimp tempura and a complimentary mousse-in-chocolate-cup dessert with candle, which she shared with us.

Brother D was also there - he took the photo of Mom with my camera. I was sipping my sangria :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cool At Last

70 is better than 90! That's my own personal fact! Here in Minneapolis, we've had over a week of temperatures in the upper 80s or low 90s with 80% humidity (at least according to my indoor hygrometer). Waking up to sun and breeze and 70 degrees was enough to make me feel alive again! I just came in from 2 hours of weeding in my backyard and didn't mind a bit. I even look forward to working out there again this evening when the shade returns.

In the meantime, I thought I'd finally post some simple invitations I mailed out a few weeks ago for our annual family picnic (Dad's side).
The green striped paper was chosen to mimic watermelon skin and coordinate with the other printed design. I used a circle cutter to slice post-card-sized circles out of the designer paper, then cut them in half to make 2 cards each. "Picnic" was printed from my PC, with a punched out dot for the "i".

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Butterfly Birthday

We celebrated 3 family birthdays this weekend and I managed to finish these cards despite the building heat. For Aunt C, who gave me the caterpiller that turned into a butterfly, I made this birthday card using a chipboard butterfly I'd picked up at an Archiver's make-and-take weekend. My first attempt at decorating the chipboard with paint and metal-stamped debossing was not very successful, but I like how the designer paper covered up the "mistakes". I even used a gold paint pen to highlight some of the debossed designs. The same gold pen was used on the butterfly edges and to turn the silver metal embellishment to gold.

The blue "sky" and the white mat were shaped with a corner punch and an edge punch. I added the two small punched butterflies because something more was needed in that space, but I tried to keep it "clean and simple".

Cousin L received this card made with one of my clipped magazine images (the flower) adhered over some thin chipboard. The band of designer paper is edge punched and 2 small pieces of ribbon balance the PC-sentiment.

Mom was the 3rd birthday girl, and I gave her this card.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Butterflies Are Free

It all happened so fast. Last Sunday the chrysalis was the beautiful jade green with gold seen above. But Monday morning, it had changed color - actually transparent with the butterfly's orange wings seen through it (on the bottom right).
I hoped I would get home from work in time to see the butterfly emerge, but it was not to be. The chrysalis was empty and the butterfly gone! Luckily, it didn't take long to find it sitting in my dining room window. I was able to film a bit of it moving before I opened the window and set it free:

Uncharted Birthday

Splitcoaststampers had a mini Virtual Stamp Night last Friday and I started several cards for the challenges. This is the only one I had ready to upload by the deadline and I forgot! Now I realize it was due to "butterfly activity" (more on that in the next post). But this was also a card for a cousin-in-law who had a birthday Monday, so my goal of getting it into the mail by Saturday was a success.

The theme of the challenge was something from nature and I had the perfect tree image cut from a magazine page! I matted the image, stamped a few designs over it, and inked the edges of everything. My compass embellishment is actually cut from a poster, then layered over a punched cardboard circle. I used a metallic gold pen to gild the edges and used the same pen to turn the metal "birthday" tag from silver-edged to gold.

The inside reads: "Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time", a quote by Leo F Buscaglia