Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ombre Butterflies

My entry into Moxie Fab World's Card Creations Week Ombre Challenge turned into an anniversary card for cousins Sara and Jory (congrats on 15 years!). In the past week or so, I had the idea to use my new letterpress printing plate (by Lifestyle Crafts) to deboss a tree and then add butterfly punches. It's the first time using the letterpress plate with the Big Shot.  I had to experiment with different layers to get the pressure right, then inked up the plastic plate and ran it through. The butterflies are paint chips punched with a Martha Stewart punch. Paint chip cards are ideal for ombre patterns since they have multiple shades of each color. 

The rest was just gluing in place. The background is a Lifestyle Crafts embossing plate, lightly sanded. And the sentiment is PC-printed on vellum.

Jazz, the cat, was in heaven over being allowed in the studio for a few minutes while I worked.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Yee Haw! (is what we'll say when Spring finally arrives)

The March Gallery Challenge at Papercrafts Magazine is "Country Fresh".   Being a "city gal" in location and spirit, I don't have many country-themed stamps or papers, but I do have a little set of kids stamps that includes this western hat. I stamped it three times on white textured cardstock and cut them out, then added tiny flower embellishments. I found some checked- and denim-patterned paper for the background and added more flowers.

The sentiment was PC-printed.  The stamp set actually included this phrase, but it wasn't large enough for this card design. The hat closest to the top is attached with mounting tape. I added white cording around the edge.

[Edit: given to my friend, Vickie for her birthday in August]

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Chevron

Happy First day of Spring, everyone! Here in Minnesota, the snow is still thick on the ground and there's a wintery nip in the air, but the sun is shining stronger and warmer every day and the birds seem to be chirping a bit louder too. Today is also the 33rd anniversary of the day I moved into my house. So, I'm celebrating by taking a break from Spring cleaning and finishing a card I made for Moxie Fab World's Card Creations Week Chevron Challenge.

I was happy to use one of my new embossing folders: "zig zag" by Lifestyle Crafts. After I embossed and sanded the yellow cardstock, I embossed  and sanded three other colors and cut egg shapes out of them so that the chevrons would line up exactly when adhered (not as easy as it looks). 

The sentiment was stamped with an alphabet cling set by Recollections (found at Michael's stores). Since it wasn't possible to stamp before embossing, I tried to stamp as firmly as possible over the bumpy texture, then filled in the gaps with a pen.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Night From The Archives: Beware The Ides Of March

Here is a re-post of what I wrote in 2009.  I won't be doing a lot of this (re-posting), but sometimes, it's nice not to HAVE to think of a new post.  

Happy Ides of March

Since we studied the play, Julius Caesar in high school, I've always been aware of the term "beware the Ides of March". The Ides of March is the name for the date March 15th on the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of MarchMayJuly, and October, and the 13th day of the other eight months. In Roman times, the Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BC.

I still remember the passage I had to memorize from the play:

Cowards die many times before their deaths

The valiant never taste of death but once

Of all the wonders I yet have heard

It seems to me most strange that men should fear

Seeing that death, a necessary end,

Will come when it will come

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Playing With Pattern

                                   This Week's Tuesday Trigger

For the current Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger "Pattern Play", I used a Hero Arts flower stamp and a Hampton Arts leaf stamp to create this card.  I used the colors in the photo as inspiration.

The flower centers were punched from metallic cardstock and the sentiment is a PTI diecut.

[Edit: this card was one of five chosen for the challenge!  My reward is the right to post the Moxie Fab badge on my sidebar, many more than my usual pageviews, and nice comments]

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Dreaming in Color

It's possible our 10" of snow this week inspired all the white space in this card, but I know the Tim Holtz die was the starting point.  When I saw it deeply discounted at my local JoAnn store, I knew I must have it for the Emphasize the Negative Space Challenge over at the Moxie Fab World blog.  The challenge is one of several Cath is hosting to celebrate the release of Card Creations Volume 11.

The rainbow background was fairly easy and fun to make.  I simply sketched the lines of the rainbow on a piece of paper and then cut various colors of cardstock to fit and fill up the die cut "window".  The white layer is raised up on strips of thin cardboard rather than dimensional tape, which is sometimes a bit too thick for some designs.

Rather than extend the rainbow colors beyond the white layer, I matted it on a solid blue - like the sky.  I think white-on-white would have worked just fine too. 

Monday, March 04, 2013

March Fourth From The Archives

Today is the 6th anniversary of "Bungalowdays". Here's a look at that first post. Funny how I used that young photo of me just as a "test", because it feels now like a great fit with the early days of learning blogging by trial and error. There was a large gap between that post and the second one on December 4th of the same year, but then I settled into a regular schedule.  I was home working on starting my own business at the time, so it was easy.  
Several years since then have seen infrequent posts and very few have been about my actual bungalow.  Sometime this month, I will start to showcase some small and large house projects, so stay tuned for before-and-after photos that I can't wait to share.


March forth!! Today is the one day all year that is a command. Ordinarily I would mention that bit of trivia to a few people for the fun of it, but this year I chose to "march forth", or begin something new. In fact, I made a list of 4 new things to start today, and this entry is one of them. Another is to start re-decorating, which means to pull down some old wallpaper at the very least! More on the other two later :)
I will learn something new about blogging each day. How to upload a photo? I tried one of the house, but it wouldn't work, so the photo here is a's me at age 10, tee hee!
As for the Bungalow of the title, it would be best to show you the pics as I tell you about it, so for now, I'll just write that it was built in 1925, has a walkout basement, has less than 1000 square feet on the main floor and is my first home.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Signs Of Spring

Are these the new colors for Spring fashion?  JCP had this display near one of the entrances, and I love it!  The greens and yellows are 60's retro, bright and fresh! I'll have to check out my closet and then see what JCP has in my size. Meantime, maybe there's a great card to be made from the inspiration. 

Another display at Bachman's uses neutral earth colors in a bed-as-dining-table tableau. I like this one a lot, too - so understated and peaceful, yet exciting for we Minnesotans who still see a white landscape well into March (and sometimes after, ha ha).

I didn't buy one of these colorful cacti, but I may have to go back for one or two.

There was a miniature garden display. This one was in a large pot, but I've seen them incorporated into a corner of a full sized garden. The accessories available are like those for a terrarium.

The last photo is of a bonzai tree, quite old judging by the thickness of the roots. Another wonderful hobby if I ever tire of those I already have.