No - this is not my house . . .

This photo was part of a creativity exercise I did a while ago which was a study of light, shadow and textures. This is one of a group of rental cottages in Truro, MA which is here on Cape Cod. Check out the slide show for more pics.

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29 June 2010

Easel Box Card

I decided to try an easel box because I needed a little gift box for one of my Goddaughters. The instructions for the easel box is at Joani’s Cards Made by Hand
This is also my submission for this week’s Mother Marks Teapot Tuesday’s challenge over at Split Coast Stampers MMTPT100.  You can also read the challenge story on her blog "This Is My Story".  Mother Mark is a hoot!

Here is my story:

So Silly Sydney is all gaga (that’s not Lady Gaga {snort}) over Kahuna Kai, leaving her little sister Suzie to gather seashells all by herself. Suzie has collected so many – at least 42000 - she needs her apron to hold them all (Suzie is a very old-fashion girl). Sydney can be as silly as she wants over some stupid boy (Suzie is VERY young and has not grown to appreciate the appeal of a hunky hunk like Kahuna) but Suzie is going to enjoy every barefoot moment at the beach! She loves the warm sand between her toes, the smell of the salt air, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach and the gulls calling overhead. The sea grass makes a lovely rustling sound when the breezes blow and it makes Suzie want to stay there forever. Humph! If that Sydney doesn’t get her mind off of Kahuna soon, Suzie thinks she is going to need to throw 42000 seashells at Sydney so she better start collecting more so there is still some left to take home.

Image - Stamps Happen “Girl at Beach”, sentiment – My Sentiments Exactly, MS border punch.  Colored with assorted colored pencils.

For my other goddaughter I tried out this cute little gift box/bag  - called a 2-5-7-10 box after where your folds go - that I found on SCS Resources.  No story with this . . . the image is one of the digi images from Arthur's Free Clipart

Hope you enjoy these!  TFL!

25 June 2010

Doing my first online class tonight since I don't know when

I use to do online classes all the time but yahoo's group chat function was removed so classes became impossible to do.  We are trying out the free version of DimDim tonight for my yahoo group's first class in a few years!  I hope it works!
Our class tonight is on making paper flowers.  We are going to do a simple 2 layer one using Designer paper and brads:

And then we are going to do a paper rose!  Should be fun if it all works!

I'll post how it all worked out.  Class is not until 10 pm tonight to accommodate our west coast members as well as one of our members in NZ (We just could not find a time that would include NZ and the UK as well while allowing the west coast to get in on it too - some one was getting up a 3 am LOL).

22 June 2010


I received this forwarded email from a friend who lives in Canada. Nope not another chain letter . . . Not another send this to 114 people and all your dreams will come true. This is a hit you upside the head reminder about how only 90 years ago women put their lives on the line so that we could vote today. My masters thesis was about this period and although I do try to always vote, I forget how hard won this right was for our mothers and grandmothers before us.  Please read this all the way through (any one seen this HBO movie they talk about?) and see if you don't decide to do what I did and send it to ALL your women friends. I have no idea who wrote this originally or how long ago but I thank this woman for reminding us all about what it took, just a short time ago, for women to get the right to vote in this country.  Its an important message because it is the women of this country who were instrumental is passing food reform laws, child labor laws, etc. and we seem to be falling down on that job today . . .

Gale R

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with terrible vermin.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because -- -why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?
Mrs. Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence.

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.
Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.
Conferring over ratification [of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution] at [National Woman's Party] headquarters, Jackson Pl [ace] [ Washington , D.C. ]. L-R Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right)

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote!
Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, 'Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.' 

20 June 2010

Father's Day without my father

This is the first Father's Day have I spent without Dad.  I still have trouble with Mother's Day without my Mom after 12 years so I am sure the feelings I have today are not going to get that much better.
My Dad (Halcyon "Rocky" Rockwell) was born in 1927, the eleventh child in what would be a family of 13 children.  He was the seventh boy!  He grew up in the small village of Hawleyville, Newtown, CT.  Here he is during our visit there just a few years ago, he is standing in front of the "little red schoolhouse"  he and his siblings went to for the primary grades.

Rocky served in the Navy at the end of WWII in the Pacific theatre and was trained on the fly to be a cook (they weren't putting a whole lot of people through cooks school by that time).  He was chief cook on an LST even though he never held the correct rank for that position on the ship.  A couple of years back an LST that was being refurbished came to the Mass Maritime Academy and I brought my Dad to see it.  He had a wicked time going up the gang plank but when the guys on board found out he was a veteran who had served on an LST they treated him like royalty.  We got a special tour and he got to go hang out in the galley for a while.  Here is a great picture I got from that day:

Dad LOVED trains - model trains sure but mostly REAL trains and especially stream trains.  My Grandfather worked for the NYNH railroad and their house was right by the tracks.  For Dad's 75 birthday - he had just had bi-pass surgery the year before - his youngest sister Vera (aka Rinkie) and I came up with a plan for him and I to go see her that fall after his birthday where she has lived most of her life . . . Scotland!  I had been over a few times but Dad had never been over there.  We planned a trip around trains.  We went from Edinburgh to Glasgow by train and then went up through the Western Highlands.  We had sunshine the whole trip - a rare event in the fall - and it was too beautiful for words!  Then we stayed at Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, where the next day we went on the steam train The Jacobite, which is the sister train to the one they used in the Harry Potter movies.  He loved the trip.  When we got back to Edinburgh my Uncle Bill, who had just returned from a trip to South Africa, arranged for us to go to a railroad museum.  It was suppose to be closed that day but he had called and arranged for us to be able to see it anyway -  a private tour!  There were people there because they were open to train some new engineers.  We thought it was for their steam train . . . nope, it was for the Virgin Atlantic (tm) high speed rail.  They let us tour the engine and let Dad sit at the controls:

Happy memories far out weigh the sadness of his last few months.  Chauncey and I miss him every day.  Happy Father's Day Dad!

15 June 2010

So do you like my new blog title?

This is from a design exercise I did with my friend Betsy about 2 years ago (the whole group of pictures are showing on the slide show just below the blog title).  I finally figured out how to create my own title graphics using Paint and how to get it into the blog without it looking odd (cannot tell you how many times I tried this on my other blog Gale's Capescapes).  The details of the design exercise are here.
I am not a photographer type but I will say using the eye of my camera to "see" things differently (texture, shade, light, color) really got my creative juices going.  I think this is the summer to try this exercise again and do it more often.  If nothing else I'll end up with some really neat pictures of the Cape!
Here's one of my other FAV pictures of the Cape:

It's a cranberry harvest at one of the bogs by my house.  My Dad and I came across them getting ready and he video taped the whole process - even went back the next day and the owner of the bog invited him to come get a closer view and ask questions.  I have to find where he put that video and get it changed to a DVD.

14 June 2010

So my project this past weekend was . . .

I have been racking my brain to come up with a new creative "giftie" to use for the end of the secret sister swap I am in - mind you the swap does not end until September but I am trying to get things done ahead so I can enjoy my free time this summer.  So this past week's Wednesday Tutorial at Split Coast Stampers was this awesome Stationery Box.  It was cloudy, damp and cold this weekend so what better time to try this!  So here is my try at this box:

I modified what went into the box to reflect sending this to a stamper - so while I made cards for her to use, I did not do the tags or note cards.  I didn't have double sided DP so I glued two layers together. The inside layer was a DP designed to be a scrapbook page with a border. I made sure I laid it out so the border showed at the bottom and then when I did the lid I had the border be in the front. That allowed me to use some neat soft cherry cs, ribbon and even some felt flowers mixed with a single layer of a paper flower cut out that I curled and then pinched the ends of the petals. I adjusted the box to include a spool of coordinating ribbon and post-it. I also lucked in and had a new pen that happened to match the box colors so I did not have to decorate it!

Here is the outside of the box with the lid on:

I saw some neat and interesting variations on this that others did, so I think I might do this for some gifts in the future with some of the variations I saw.  TFL.

12 June 2010

Challenging myself

So the other day I had to do a challenge inspiration card for my yahoo group Club_StampPatch.  I post the color challenge each month for the group.  With Independence Day coming, I wanted to do a red,white and blue theme.  I have almost no "patriotic" stamps (as I discovered when a swap came up with that theme).  I got rid of the ones I bought after 9/11 because I didn't seem to have much opportunity to use them.  I have a few $1 clear stamps from AC Moore, but they are small and can't really make up a whole card.  I have a digi stamp BUT I have used it for a card for the secret sister swap and it would have given away who I am to my swap sister. 

Hmmmmmmm . . .  what to do, what to do?  I got out some red,white and blue card stock, used the cricut to punch out some stars, got out some art glitter, and a sheet of background paper with flags that I bought for $0.69 and here is what I came up with: 

Not bad, I think.  I used some paper cord I had from when that was the HOT embellishment to have, and used them to attach some of the stars so they look like fire works!  I popped up the sentiment which I used the petite oval nestiblities on, and attached the paper cord with the stars behind that so they seem to be shooting out from behind that.  TFL.

08 June 2010

Dreams on the Coast

I decided that as my blog Gale's Capescapes has a very limited focus of working artist and my jewelry business, I really needed some place to share my other interests (stamping, paper crafts, cake decorating, tablescapes, etc etc) and to just comment in general on life, Cape Cod, and what ever else.  I may have no followers or a small group but if one post touches someone or inspires someone then I will be happy.  If nothing else it sure beats the cost of therapy sessions!
Today, lets talk about cards . . . I have been hanging on by my creative fingernails since my Dad (Rocky) passed away in August through working on handmade cards.  I got into a group called Split Coast Stampers (SCS) where I am inspired and challenged on a regular bases.  I saw a technique tutorial on their site for an acetate card and my friend Sandymice of Sandymice Stamping sent me a few sheets to try this technique without investing in a box of 100.  I tried out the technique and really liked the effect:

Stamps used are Inkadinkado using Stazon inks. Front sentiment is Stampin Up (SU) 5th avenue and popped up butterfly is MS butterfly punch stamps combo.

I enjoyed its look so much that when I had a card to do for a couple from church's 50th anniversary, I decided to use this technique for the anniversary card.  I wanted to use a lovely floral embellishment I had gotten which then made the card too big for an envelope.  To answer this issue I made a presentation box for it.  I was pretty pleased with the results:

Acetate card stamped with Staz-on Cotton White using Inkadinkado "Flourishes" by Brenda Walten, and their "Best Wishes" sentiment from "Floral Expressions". The sentiment panel is embossed with Cuttlebugs "Birds and Swirls". Metalic CS is Stardream gold and pearl (Marco's Paper). I cut the panels with my cricut using the Don Juan cartridge. The roses are Trellis Roses Ivory flower embellishments from Prima Marketing that I rubbed Brilliance Galaxy Gold over (used to stamp sentiments too). Butterflies are embossed with Sizzix and then punched with Martha Stuart (MS) butterfly and stamp punch set. Then a few little adhesive pearls to bling it up some more!
Would love your comments but if you are comment shy that's okay too - TFL!