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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Edwin

I don't know how many little boys these days romp in the fields with butterfly nets. I know mine was more inclined to grasshopper cages, bug boxes and tomato hornworm houses. I'll never forget the time he gathered up some of those horrible horned worms and insisted on making a home for them in a cardboard box on top of our dryer, While watching TV in the living room one evening, I happened to look down only to see a parade of  huge green ugly worms inching their way across the carpet directly toward my poor defenseless bare feet!!!! Those things were bent on terrorizing me and they succeeded. Ordinarily I'm not the screaming type but in this case I made an exception. Needless to say, poor son of mine had to round 'em up, head 'em out and get rid of them
or lose his happy home! I'm not sure he's ever forgiven me for that but at least I'm still alive and breathing, which is more than I can say for the HORNWORMS! In spite of all this, I have forgiven my son and find the illusion of a son with a butterfly net intriguing, if not realistic.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Frequent Flyer

I had to make time to finish this little Happy Hopper. I got sidetracked with OWH and the SCS Breast Cancer challenge so I set this one aside for awhile. However, he was so irritated with me for ignoring him that I had to get him done before he flew away. Okay, okay, I wish I could fly, too. I hope he's happy now!

Thanks to Eve G for the cute image swap that allowed me to make this easel card. Used some pearls, Prima flowers, the big Sizzix pendant die and a trusty nestie die for the frames. Added some string to the kite and popped it out of the frame. I love the DP with all the flowers and swirls. Reminds me of a kite on a windy day. and here in SoCal that's exactly what it is today - Santa Anas blowing for what they're worth! Dust, dust everywhere - yuck!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What Better Friends Than These?

A sewing challenge! I knew SCS Hope You Can Cling To would eventually have a paper sewing challenge so when the day arrived today I was all geared up. In addition to stitching, real or faux, the card is to represent a "Grateful for Friendship" theme. While I was googling some appropriate digi embroidery patterns, I ran across this one, free of course!. Voila! I found my theme. Needless to say, I didn't use the pattern for sewing, but as a digi stamp - oh clever me :) I covered the jars with Crystal Effects, hand embroidered the little daisies around the nestie inverted circles and topped it off with some stash ribbon and Thickers. I'm sure this isn't quite what SCS had in mind for "friendship" but I can't think of any more perfect partners. I think I can be assured this duo never goes to bed angry!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

You Are My Sunshine

Another card for SCS Breast Cancer Awareness. This one gave me the opportunity to stretch out into another hobby I love, crochet. The challenge was to create your own embellishment, so I crocheted the sun shining down on Singing Tilda's head as she serenades Edwin. Maybe you can't see him, but you know he's there somewhere. I tied a button to the middle of the sun, added some punched musical notes and used red Copics for the first time on her gown. I learned one thing - red is rough! I'm going to need some practice before I get the shading right, but I do so love the vibrant color. I created the sentiment with the JustRite font set, put it all together on BG Citrus DP and popped her in the box of cards waiting to be sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
Now off to do some much needed craft room cleaning, and try a few more cards for my military friends.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vintage Tilda

Vintage? Did they say Vintage? OMG, I don't do Vintage! It's just not ME. However, it's for such a good cause - SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge for Breast Cancer - that I had to take a deep breath and dive in. I found some Prima pearl flourishes with tiny pink flowers attached, dressed my Tilda in subdued, hopefully Vintage colors, distressed the paper with Tim Holtz antique linen, and added some delicate ecru lace I had left over from a crochet project I had done several years ago. (Anyone ever heard of the Princess Dolls?) Some Mulberry flowers and a few more pearls seemed to finish it off. I don't know if this is truly Vintage or not, so any advice or criticism is more than welcome.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Christmas Snowman

I've been making some Christmas cards for OWH and this is my final project for this month. I took dark green Bazill cardstock and stamped then heat embossed white stars all over it. I then cut out a window and attached the tree scene in the cutout. The snow on the trees is Liquid Applique, the snow under the MS fence punch is FlowerSoft. I then popped little Santa Snowman (a free digi image from Spyder's Corner) onto the front of the card for a 3D effect. The trim on Santa's suit is Liquid Pearls and he's colored with Copics. As the card has to be 4 1/4 x 5 1.2 (A2 size) I had to cut off one of the trees from my Magnolia stamp so the image would fit. Now I have a little tree left over to use on another card. One with Edwin in his snowsuit maybe? I'll think on it a while :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tiny Fairy Tilda

I really struggled with this tiny little lady til today's SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge called for pink, turquoise and olive. Then I had this stamp that I've been wanting to use, so I stamped the image in olive Memento ink, cut a couple of nesties, the pink one is done on glitter card stock, and put a turquoise, pink and olive DP from Bearly Mine as the card base.. Well, then I scanned it. Haven't been able to use my camera for a while so I had to use what was available. I don't know what it is about the green shades, but no matter how I photoshop my scans, the colors just come out wrong. The point I'm getting around to making, eventually, is that I made another card for SCS and will save this for another occasion. So here's the less than satisfactory scan of a card that really doesn't look that bad IRL!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Tilda for Challenge

This was great. SCS Breast Cancer Awareness challenge today was to make a birthday card using paper piecing. I've never tried this before so I kept it simple, Tilda's yellow and turquoise clothes are paper pieced but that's all. Well, I'm so glad I tried this. It is really fun, I learned something new, and I'll definitely be doing it again.
This image of Tilda just cries out "I Love You This Much!" She's a real darling and I think might be my new favorite (until the next one).
I'm still working on my Copic technique. Skin colors only on this card. IRL it looks pretty good, better than in the scan. I'm really loving my new Cryogen White card stock and am looking forward to buying lots more Copics.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn Roses

.....and here I thought my October was going to be relatively stress free. Oh well, it's good stress because I suddenly became involved in a couple of new projects and they're keeping me very, very busy. That's a good thing - keeps me out of my son's hair, which he truly appreciates. First, the SCS Breast Cancer Awareness challenge, a new challenge each day of the month, is keeping me on my toes trying to be half way original, at least. Then I discovered that the deadline for Christmas cards to Operation Write Home is October 31! Oh boy. So far so good. I'm keeping up with the SCS group and I finished three Christmas cards today. I also managed to do another autumn card that I'm posting here. My poor back is in agony from leaning over my craft "table" all day, but before I throw in the towel I'd like to share this last card. Then I'm off for a cold beer, a little TV, and BED!!!!  Night all.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bubble Trouble

Got this adorable image in a swap with Eve and just had so much fun making the card. First, I had to determine  that they were playing with bubble gum. Both Eve and my son confirmed this fact, so I felt confident that, if three agree, it must be so. Therefore, as you can see, Maxwell's making trouble again! Someone's about to get quite a surprise.
I sent this to my partner in a card swap, the challenge being "orange, pink and brown", so I had to wait until she received it before I could post. I do think it's funny and I hope you enjoy it, too. Again, thanks Eve, for your wonderful image swap.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hang In There Edwin

Today's challenge at SCS was to use twine, so of course I ran for Hanging Edwin . I hope I haven't gotten him into too much trouble but if I have, I'm sure climbing Tilda will rush to his rescue! Off to have my nervous breakdown now, the pressure's getting to me (lol)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Card for SCS Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge Day 3

Today's  challenge is 4 on 4: 4 layers and 4 embellies. I'd like to be able to do every day's challenge, but that might be an impossible goal; nevertheless, I'll give it a try. Anyhow, this is what I came up with for today.

My Cuttlebug photo corners are covered with glitter, and the butterfly is a little extra something, from Prima.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Card for SCS Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge

SCS is sponsoring daily challenges throughout the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today's challenge is "Unsentimental" - translation: no sentiment on front of card. My card is "With Wings We Can Fly" and my message is one of Hope.
Tilda was colored with Copics and Prismacolors. I used a Gelly Roll Stardust pen for sparkle on her trim, and the pearl flourishes are Primas. The butterfly was cut and embossed in my Cuttlebug and the DP, which is so much prettier in person, is digital from Bearly Mine.
I hope you'll check the blinkie in my sidebar and join in on some of these challenges. All cards are to be sent to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas and the details can be found at the SplitCoastStampers website.

Friday, October 1, 2010

In Honor of Today's Weather

Well, Happy Friday, all. I must say our weather today is certainly different. Thunder, lightning (albeit pretty paltry showing) and some big, fat raindrops. This is Southern California and in my part of town this is not part of everyday life! Especially the 1st of October! In fact, it's so unusual that I went running out the back door to witness the phenomenon. Then I felt foolish because I grew up in Chicago, spent my summers in Michigan on the lake, and weathered storms suitable for the apocalypse. Anyway, if you haven't guessed, it doesn't take much to impress me! So, back indoors to the craft room. where I knew that, in honor of the unusual weather, I had to make something a little different. I plugged in my Cricut and got to work. This is the result.
Okay, it's not THAT different, but at least it isn't rectangular or square, or autumn. So there!  It is kinda cute, though.