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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28 July 2010

and Christmas in July part 3

Okay I think I have come up with my 2010 Christmas cards!  I came up with another idea last night and this with the snowman from my last post will be the ones - simple to do, inexpensive supplies, elegant looking, and will work well in an assembly line approach to making them.
Inkadinkado stamp, cuttlebug embossing folder, oval nestiblities, sakura glaze gel pen for the pop of red and clear adhesive gem by Queen and Co.

I sponged on soft leaf memories ink with the die cut still on and then after taking the die cut off I stamped the tree with memories forest green.  I layered this on dark green CS (need to check my supply of this).  Really lovin' this look.  Now I need to spend some time putting the pieces together and maybe getting these cards done BEFORE Thanksgiving!

26 July 2010

Christmas in July Part 2

Another quick post - I wanted to take the Christmas in July challenge opportunity to try out a card design that would be a good card for this year's Christmas card.  It had to look elegant or pretty, and be easy to do in mass quantities with inexpensive supplies.  Here is what I can up with:

Its an Inkadinkado stamp and I think also the sentiment (not sure on that as its from a mini stamp set that could also be "G").  I stamped it with blue memories ink and colored lightly with copics and a touch of sakura glaze gel pens.  Nestiblities oval die and cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder was also used.

24 July 2010

Christmas in July

Just a quickie post.  Did a challenge card for the yahoo group Club_Stamppatch.  Our challenge was Christmas in July. 

I was a little frustrated getting this Inkadinkdo image stamped - I used gold brilliance ink and it puddled and mottled on dark blue linen style CS.  Then I tried white staz-on on the blue CS and the image came out too pale.  I then moved to this glossy CS and the image was okay but not as crisp as the paler image I had done - but I went with it anyway.  I layered it on some silver CS and made my own background paper with a snow swirl stamp from the same Inkadinkdo set and blue memories ink.  Wrapped that with some pretty blue and silver ribbon - like a present - and then layered that on more silver CS.  Sentiment is from same set.  I blinged it up by adding adhesive gems to Santa's magic snow trail and one over the "i" in Christmas where the stamp had a star.

20 July 2010

Soooooo about that artist trip . . .

I had posted that I was going to be doing an artist day and would have some interesting photos and stuff to show . . . well the day turned out cloudy and the light was flat.  So instead my friend Betsy and I went to check out her friend Barbara's pastel exhibit and open studio at "The Selectmen's Building" in West Barnstable.  Then we went to The Cahoon Museum of American Art (after we tried to go to the Cotuit Center for the Arts which looked closed - or at least not open to visitors as there were plenty of people working around the place).

I hope to get out on a sunny day soon and take some light and shadow pictures to add to my Cape photo collection.  The sunny days we have had have been too hot but I am hopeful that will change soon.

So in the mean time, here are some cards I have been working on.  The first is for the Teapot Tuesday Challenge which was also for get well cards for my friend Kim's daughter who had her tonsils out.  The story was about hearts - lots and lots of hearts.

Image (Digi): Arthur’s Free Clip art colored with copics, sentiment Fiskars’ All Year Greetings, Nestiblities Big Scallop Ovals, DP unknown. I added red, rose and pink hearts I punched out as some additional heart rain.

The next two were just "because".  No challenges and no place to send them - yet.

This is another Arthurs Free Clip Art image - I love this one (colored with copics).  The "Hello" is also Fiskars All Year Greetings too.

I love the MS punches I used in this one.  This is an easel card.  

I had to do this pun  (the two boys singing "la" with a sentiment of "Just a note") . . . I meant to do this card with the cuttlebug music embossing folder but forgot - guess I have to do this card again!

12 July 2010

Last Night and Today's Creativity

One of the interesting trends I have been seeing in card making is the addition of "hat pins" to cards.  In reality most of these are either beaded corsage pins or stick pins, but regardless they are an interesting embellishment to cards.  I actually make hat pins and stick pins so I have been mulling over using one of my stick pin creations in a card.  I got the opportunity with a 1 for 1 swap card I was making with a butterfly theme.  I had a great stick pin already made with a butterfly on it which had beading that matched really well.
The stamped image is an old PSX stamp colored with copics and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up 5th Avenue set.  The butterfly embellishment is cricut Home Decor cartridge which I got on a major sale! Sorry I can't tell you the DP manufacturer.

I was all over the place with my colors mainly because I made the butterflies with the cricut without pulling out the background paper and I swore there was blue in it, so I had to get creative in making everything go together.
The other card I made today after seeing that the challenge for the Clean and Simple challenge at SCS was for dry embossing.  I needed a simple card to send to someone from church who has been facing some real health challenges, just to say I was thinking of them and praying for the doctors to figure out what was going on with him.  I had this CS I had played with embossing just a corner of using the Sizzix embossing folder I got a while back - it was part of a multiple EF set with a stylized watermelon image and a great raspberry image.  Here is what I came up with:

Sizzix EF, Inkadinkado sentiment, unknown DP and "Classy Red" Queen & Co. adhesive pearls.

I had to photograph this on an angle to get the right shadows on the embossing.  I tried just stamping the sentiment on the embossed CS but it looked too blah so I thought the DP pattern seemed to reflect the watermelon and the swirls in the embossing.  Planning some creative play for this week so should have some interesting posts coming up if everything goes as planned.

08 July 2010

Variations on a theme

I had to make a sample card for the color challenge for the yahoo group I co-own.  I don't know why but I decided on pink, black and white.  I could not come up with a card right away so I posted the colors and then mulled over them for a few days.  Here is what I came up with:

I decided on using a soft pink and as I had no black and white background paper I stamped my own using Inkadinkado's Garden Flowers clear stamps by Brenda Walter (I love her stuff).  Then I stamped the stylized rose from Inkadinkado's Floral Expressions clear stamps and did a stylized coloring with my copics.  The sentiment is from Fiskar's All Years Greetings.  Embellished with black sticky pearls and pink ribbon.
Well I wanted to join in on this week's Teapot Tuesday's 101 party.  In honor of it being the 101 party the story is all about Duke the Dalmatian who was born without his spots -most dalmatians are born all white (get it - 101 tea parties, 101 Dalmatians . . . )  So Duke needs spots in order to take a job as dalmatian for Fire Engine 9 in Seattle and the tea party gang are suppose to bring as many dot - errrrrrr - spots as they can for Duke.  I decided I would take the above card and tweak it for the party.  Then I discovered it would also be a perfect card for this weeks challenge over at Stamping B's.

I love red with black and white - especially with polka dots - so I changed out the CS to red.  I had no black and white polka dot background paper so I downloaded some polka dot images from the web (actually sample "colors" for some house hold items) and made my own paper.  The rose is also colored with copics and I did polka dotted ribbon and bow to just add more dots.
- Gale

04 July 2010

Mashpee Wampanoag 2010 Pow Wow

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe (of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving dinner fame) has an annual Pow Wow open to the public every 4th of July weekend. It is three days of events with Indian Nations from across the US, Canada, Central and South America joining in the festivities. The best part is the dance contests with tribal dancers of all ages competing over the 3 days in shawl dances, bell dances, hoop dance, grass dance, fancy, etc. There are many tribal Pow Wows across North America and if you have never gone to one I recommend checking them out. If you ever go to Plimouth Plantation (that's the correct spelling of Plymouth), the Wampanaog members have an active homesite there - which is not a reenactment, but place to learn about their past and current traditions, concerns and issues (click on photos to enlarge and select browser back button to return to blog)

I try to get to the Pow Wow every few years.  This year's Pow Wow runs from July 3 through July 5.  I have not been for 3 or 4 years now because of Dad's health in his last few years.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much more organized this has become in just these few years away.  Parking was tough and I hope they are able to add more parking in the coming years.  They have added more local native American crafters and food vendors - which made me happy.  While I loved the crafts from South America and the food from the mid-West, I feel that with the current economy here in MA, helping the local artists and tribal members is especially important (okay enough of that or this will turn into a post that should go onto my other blog!)

I got some good pictures - although I had to do some cropping to get the crowd out of some of the pictures.

Part of the Veteran's Dance.  The men pride themselves on creating and sewing  their own dance outfits.
I loved this man in the center of the photo.

Head Dancers for the men and the women. They lead off all inter-tribal and special dances. Hard work as they basically remain on stand-by during all of the ceremonies and dance contests.

The young men and boys take their dancing very seriously.  I am continually impressed with their dedication to their traditions and their discipline.

Junior boys Fancy Dancer

I saw this young man standing in the shade in the crowd talking with some friends and I asked if I could take a close up picture of his bustle.  He was surprised but very accommodating.  I am sure he had some words to say to his friends about this white woman . . .
Teen Men Fancy Dancer

While wandering through the vendors, we came upon this young woman doing weaving in the shade of one of the trees (tempatures were high so space in the shade was at a premium).

As she was in front of the Ecuadorian tent I suspect she is from there.

Here is a short clip of the Veterans Dance.  The men and women veterans are highly respected and all dance - even those not competing and not in full regalia.  The music is live - there were at least eight different drum circle drummers and inter-tribal singers.

The Pow Wow is an amazing experience and I try to get people who live here or are visiting over the July 4th holidays to experience this tradition and to teach their children what comprises real Native American cultures to increase respect and understanding.  There were some vendors there selling tees with pictures of the great warriors who fought off the white men with the caption "Homeland Security - fighting terrorism since 1492" and I kept wondering what they thought about the Arizona law on illegal aliens (Probably wishing they had a way to do that a few centuries ago).

Inter-tribal dance

- Gale