Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June, The Wedding Month

Happy Summer!  To kick off the most popular wedding month, my friend AJ brought over this fun project last week  for us to make for her niece who was married on Saturday.  It is a "wishing well" box, with a slot for guests to deposit their cards.  
The Wilton kit came as a set of flat pieces to be folded and slotted together.  AJ brought along the tulle, ribbon and faux flowers for the decorations.  We used my glue gun to attach everything.  She liked the way it turned out and was pretty sure her niece would too.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm Sew Excited - Button Up Your Overcoat - Card


Another Moxie Fab challenge - due tonight at 11PM CDT - finished under the wire!  I couldn't resist using this cute cardstock by DCWV for this sewing-themed challenge.  I designed a template for the overcoat and contrasting cuffs and collar.  The sentiment was made with a label maker on plain paper, then brushed with ink pad.

And for the inside, maybe one verse of the song...

...When the wind is free,
Take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

Or something like "you matter to me" for a friend or relative. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rainbow Bright Birthday Banner


                                    Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger


This Happy Birthday banner was another "happy accident" (I seem to have a lot of those lately).  I started out making a card for the Moxie Fab Rainbow Bright Tuesday Trigger challenge.  I had an idea about using the punched out balloons in all the colors of the threads in the photo, and I would attach them to the word "birthday" printed from my PC.  However, my printer ran out of ink, so I had to look for an alternate plan.  Luckily, I had these cute chipboard letters by K and Company.  They turned out to be a little large for a card...that's what led to the banner idea.  This is about 9" across. 
The balloon letters are punched from black paper and glued over the glittered cardstock by DCWV.  I used the spiral from a notebook for the hanger and attached it over either end of a length of balsa wood.  I found 2 wooden beads to cap the ends and used a pliers to squish the soft balsa just enough to fit inside the beads.  
I used actual thread for the balloon strings, but the chipboard letters coincidentally have a thread/sewing theme!  They would have been perfect for the "Sew Excited" challenge due tomorrow, but I have something else planned for that - I think :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesdays Around Town - Fort Snelling State Park

Nothing like temps in the 70s and a free day at Fort Snelling State Park to make us forget about the 99 and 103 degrees of the past week.  On Saturday, Mom and I parked the car in the lot beneath the Mendota Bridge and set off on a walk.  The free day applied to all Minnesota State Parks and Ft Snelling is the closest.


The first thing I spotted was this small (half inch?), bright green beetle that flew in front of us on the path.  According to my web search, it is a six-spotted tiger beetle without any spots.  There was a matching photo at www.dpughphoto.com/beetles.htm
The flowers above look a bit like phlox, but are called Dame's Rocket - the difference is that phlox has 5 flowers.  The white flowers below look a lot like my "mock-orange" bush at home, but the leaves are geranium-like.  An internet photo identified it as Canada Anemone (look close to the right of the flower - I captured a dragonfly).

The flowers above were on the tree below - wonderfully fragrant even at a distance.  Mom thought it might be a Russian olive...my internet search confirmed that.

We stopped at the visitor center for a break before leaving - and found free cake and lemonade in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Park (1961).

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ice Cream, Anyone? - Card


It was great summer weekend and I did manage to spend a lot of time outdoors.  But I also made another Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger card, using the above image as inspiration.


I started with the color combo (that never looks quite the same when trying to match real colors to internet colors) and then went with a summer theme.  My punches worked out well: waves, sand castles, abstract leaves, sunflower, and stars.  I added a sentiment sticker and glued some of the punched stars on top of the layers. 

Edge punches by Martha Stewart, Fiskars and EK.  Round sunflower punch by Fiskars

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Blue Apples And Sunflowers - Cards

                                 
It was a warm weekend, perfect for a stroll around the Edina Art Fair on Saturday and card-making in my breezy, cool house on Sunday.  The photo above was the Trigger Tuesday image at the Moxie Fab blog and the cards were due to be uploaded today.

Coincidentally, I had these beautiful magazine clippings that needed a good "home".  For the first card, I made a frame of grey metallic cardstock over blue patterned paper with paper-punched edges and corners.  Then, I cut out the apple and stem and used decoupage medium to adhere it to the frame.  I brushed more decoupage medium over the entire image and even the gray c/s; this gave more stability to the leaves hanging off the edge.  The grey and white patterned c/s is by DCWV, as is the grey metallic.
Looking through my stickers, I found the word "Paradise" that seemed perfect in font style and size to complement the image.  It wasn't until later that I realized HOW well it fit....Apple = Eden = Paradise!!  I added a little dragonfly sticker to balance the black. 

For the second card, I wanted to incorporate a bit of the pink in the flowers by the bedside, so I framed a little metal embellishment ("Wish") with some pink cardstock and hung it from a bit of embroidery thread, then inked the edges of this simple card.  The sunflower image was adhered over the card itself.