Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy 31st Anniversary, AJ and RJ

This is an anniversary card for my friend AJ and her husband that I'm posting to the Moxie Fab blog for this week's Tuesday Trigger: Winter Blossoms.  I repeatedly stamped a Studio G (dollar stamp) flower on different shades of white and tan cardstock and paper, cut them out and highlighted just the centers with silver glitter pen.  One of the papers I used was tissue, like some of the flowers in the Trigger photo below.  The flowers are layered over some sheer ribbon over a diamond pattern paper to which I've added an "argyle" line.  The sentiment is done with stickers and the little metal clock embellishment is attached with thin wire over the flowers.   

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winter Whimsy

After a long day of job-searching, it was fun to finally finish a card I've been working on for The Punches Challenge over at Moxie Fab.  As it started to come together, I thought it would make a good banner for my blog, so I photographed it before I added the sentiment and then keyed in my blog name in a text box to use as my banner. 
We were to use a punched element in an innovative way.  I happened to have this EK ornament punch on my desk prior to cleaning up the post-holiday chaos and the thing that caught my eye was the tree-like shape that could be made when the punched piece was turned upside down.  So, I played around with a combination of shapes and patterns to create this wintery scene.  All the "trees" came from the EK punch - I only snipped a bit off of the tall trees and left the round trees exactly as they were punched.  The sun was made with a Martha Stewart punch and the sentiment is separate rub-on letters.  The paper is all DCWV: Blossoms & Butterflies 4.5 x 6.5 stack.  The size of the stack is important here, because of the smaller scale of the pattern.        
And if you want to see the ornaments as they would normally be punched and used, here's the card upside down.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Hello 2012 - Happy New Year

I started the New Year off with a bit of a change to tradition.  Usually, Mom and brothers and sis-in-law and I get together for breakfast and bowling or a round of miniature golf.  This year we were invited to Cousin Keith's house, where we had dinner and shared memories of his sister Laynie, who died of cancer in October just short of her 42nd birthday.  Knowing how hard it is to go through the first holidays after a loved one's death, it was good to be with extended family and hear their favorite Laynie stories.

Nancy G decorated a theme tree this year, something she says she does every so often.  I love her color scheme and the idea of a theme tree.  Many years ago, I decorated a tree in a southwestern USA theme, using sandbakels tins that somehow really fit; looking like the silver jewlry of Arizona and New Mexico, I suppose.  But I have now collected too many ornaments to leave any unpacked each year.   

Another member of my cousin's family was there - their pet chinchilla (I have forgotten his name).