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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27 September 2010

A lovely update . . .

I wanted to share with you all the wonderful update the Teapotters received about Miss Eula, our 108 year old card recipient.  See my earlier post for a reminder 108th birthday.  Cindy (Mothermark received and update on our birthday girl) and you can read about her on Cindy's line This is My Story: Mission Accomplished!  My card is on the bulletin board second row between the yellow roses card and the red flowers card.

Here is the last verse of the poem Miss Eula references (Thanatopsis by: William Cullen Bryant 1794-1878)

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged by his dungeon; but, sustain'd and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

18 September 2010

Clean and simple (CAS) circle card

In looking at some other blogs by SCSers I was directed at one of them to this great blog called Clean & Simple Stamping and I decided to join in this week's sketch challenge which was a circle card.  I have never done a circle card before and had to do a little bit of work in my SCAL to get a circle card shape which met on top for the fold (most of what was out on the net was just a cicle shape.  I will says that while I loved this sketch challenge there was nothing "simple" about the part where the sentiment goes - not easy to create a layered band across a circle!  Special note: the image I used is from my StampPatch sister Jacque's company Scrolls Work which has a blend of lovely images like these, wonderful realistic photo images and steampunk to make any steampunkers heart sing!

Image is "Kelly & Trina" by Scrolls Work stamped with Tim Holtz's Distressed Ink Tea Dye and colored lightly with copics for the hand colored vintage photo feel; Sentiment from All Night Media; DP is DCWV (of course!) and all those circles and scalloped circle are free SVGs using SCAL on my cricut.  Red pearls (it needed a little bit of bling for color balance) are Queen & Co.

17 September 2010

Late (really late) summer thank you card

I created a card (Hot Diggity Dog) for last week's Midnight Madness Sketch challenge over at prisillastyles blog for the very first time - and got picked by the random number generator to win their bonus prize of a $25 coupon from McMahon Five Designs - woooooo hooooooo!  I picked out a bunch of yummy embellishments.

So the moment I saw this week's sketch challenge MMSC71, I knew I HAD to play again as it featured a large flower type element in the design.  In my never ending quest for inexpensive ways to use my Cricut with the SCAL software, I found this amazing site, SVG Cuts, where they sell awesome SVG files to use with the SCAL for not a whole lot of money.  They have these whole sets of 3-D realistic flowers that I fell in love with and so I got the Fall Flower kit.  Easy to use and they even have a video you can view on the web on how to make each flower.  Just took me minutes to create - love it!

While the center of the actual flower file is realistic looking, because the sketch seemed to show a button in the center of the flower, I opted to go with one of the new brads I got when I won a give away over at Paper Craft Magazine.  The brad is from Basic Grey "Stitched" (think covered button meets brad - yummy).  The pearl and fimo flower flourishes are what was left from Prima Marketing "Say It with Pearls" Swirls Fimo Brown that I used on an earlier card.  The green paper lace ribbon is Basic Grey "Ribbon doilies"  (also part of that prize package).  The sentiment label is from Cricut cartridge Accent Essentials.  Sentiment is Inkadinkado "Just Saying" and DP is DCWV.

15 September 2010

It's Moxie Fab . . .

. . . that it's my birthday and Moxie Fab World is having a Jolly Holly Greetings Challenge as part of their launch of their Holiday Cards and More release. This challenge is for holiday greeting cards. So if you are a long time reader of this blog (that would be about 4 of you LOL) then you know I created my prototype cards for this Christmas in July as part of a Christmas in July challenge over in my yahoo group. As I know I have lots of new readers I am going to re-post one of the favorites I created and I'll give you a link to the initial post.

So here is my moxie fab Christmas card - it has been a favorite over in SCS:

Here is the original post:  . . . and Christmas in July Part 3

Check out the other July posts for the rest of the cards.  I can report that my snow man cards are almost complete - I have completed the whole front panel for all the cards and have stamped the inside sentiment to the card base and adhered the front panels to about half of them.  For the card above I was missing something for it but I have now gotten that item so once the snowmen are done its on to this card - maybe my cards will be done before Thanksgiving?!?!?!?

On a different note:  Today would have also been my Mom's 87th birthday.  Bea is where I get about 85% of my artistic and creative talent from.  When she was 70 years old she went back to school to take painting classes after having only done pastel work occasional for the previous 50 years.  She studied water color, acrylics and even Japanese bamboo painting!  I have her still lifes hanging in my dining area.  I still get angry when I think about how she was taken from me only a few years after that because of a hospital mistake, but most of the time I just miss her - she'd have been ALL OVER this card stamping and papercrafting.

Mom and me c. 1964 at Sterling Forest Gardens in Tuxedo, NY (this beautiful place opened only a few years before this picture and closed in 1976)

Mom, my late brother David and me at my high school graduation.  David had not let any one take his picture during his college graduation the previous year so Mom convinced him to put on the cap and gown he still (mysteriously) had and pose for this picture.  I am so glad he did!

Beatrice Rockwell (1923 - 1998)  I love you Mom!  Happy Birthday to us!!!

13 September 2010

Triple Challenge - Hot Diggity Dog!

Today's card was for three challenges: This week’s KennyK’s Krafty Girlz Challenge #10 to use embossing (dry or heat) ; Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #70 (Just managing to squeak this one in); and of course Teapot Tuesday’s Challenge MMTPT111 “It's the Fast and the Furriest! Aren't You Just A Tad Bit Curious?” where we are handling car racing dogs and all the support team that goes with racing cars fast (go fast, turn left).

Image: KennyK Downloads (this was July’s free image) colored with copics and highlighted with white gel pen; Cuttlebug swiss dot EF; DP is DCWV; Pearls are Queen & Co. Leaves are free wingding cut with SCAL on cricut. MS border punch. Tea cup and flowers were from my stash. I used a tiny bit of green Elmer’s 3D glue with glitter for the relish on the hot dog.  Sentiments were computer generated.

Here is "my" story:
Danny Dogvito is a dashing daschette hound with brains and wit. He heard the word about the race and decided that with all those dogs and teapot partying ladies coming, they were going to be looking for fast food to go with their fast cars! Danny dug up an old hot dog cart (he’s so smart) and after prepping and cleaning it (no dirty water dogs for this wiener), Danny ordered up 42,000 cases of frankfurters, 42,000 cases of buns and a whole bunch of mustard and relish! His sign on his cart reads “Teapot Tuesday’s Race Day Dogs”! Now someone suggested he get one of those bun costumes to wear for advertising his wares, but he said no way Jose! Jose, is his cousin who was the understudy for the Taco Bell dog and Jose suggested that the best advertising was showing a happy customer eating a hot dog, hoping Danny would pick him and he would get another shot at fame. But Danny is no dumb dog, and following in the footsteps of marketing greats like Frank Perdue, Col. Sanders and Orville Redenbacher, Danny set up his own shot for his Teapot Tuesday’s Race Day Dogs with the slogan “Hot Diggity Dog! It’s Teapot Tuesday (relish the fun)!”

08 September 2010

Challenges and a case of a cased card

I created a couple of cards for some SCS challenges and I also made a birthday card that was a case of an earlier card I made which was a case of someone else's card (sounds like an old Nancy Drew novel "The Case of the Cased Card").
The first card was for the SCS Featured Stamper for this week: Emily (Stampingout).  She has a very Clean and Simple (CAS) style which always comes out elegant.  A card that got cased a lot was called Music of my Heart.  I wanted to create a card featuring the Music embossing folder I got this summer and this seemed like a perfect card for that.

Song in the Heart of a Friend
Punch is MS and sentiment is Serendipity Stamps. Glad I found a reason to use that music charm I have had for ages!  I will say it did not seem to have a lot of appeal for the group participating in the FS challenge - but then a lot of cards in that challenge barely got viewed or commented on.

Of course the next card was for Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday Challenge.  This week we had big doings in the butterfly world: Look at Us Fly! We're So High! Time to Try a Fly-by!
We needed to bring some well behaved butterflies to the tea party to get Turbo and Tucker back in line instead of acting like Top Gun butterfly “fly boys”.
So here is my story: Wanda Wings was the winner of last year’s Butterfly Festival bringing awards in for appearance, grace and use of air thermals for flying. She would have been to this year’s festival but her application was misdirected (we suspect Turbo and Tucker were behind this sad state of affairs). Wanda spent time instead with the synchronized butterfly flight team, working on their new routine. There is hope that they will make this an event in the summer Olympics – but they need 42,000 signatures on the petition just to be considered. It was while Wanda was developing a pattern of hundreds of circling butterflies - see all the butterflies behind her - when she received a call from Tilly and Emma asking for her help. Their thinking is if Turbo and Tucker learn they can go to the Olympics by flying beautifully then they will put this top gun nonsense out of their heads.

This is a tilt card so the butterfly actually moves back and forth (see inset on the photo of the butterfly facing the other direction). I found the instructions here: Oodabug Alley.  Butterfly was sent to me in a swap as an image (no idea whose – wish I did). I colored with copics and then used Elmer’s 3D glitter glue in pink and clear. DP are DCWV and sentiment is MSE with Tim Holtz Distressed Ink.

The final card for this post is a birthday card for my Aunt Vi (one of my Dad's many siblings), who will be 87 years old later this month - she is only a few days younger then my mom who would have been 87 on September 15.  They are having a family gathering later in the month at the farm in Kinderhook, NY but its a 4 hour drive each way and staying overnight is not in my budget right now so I wanted to send her a special card.  This is a case of the first card showing one of my previous blog postings Playing in some fun challenges which was a case of a featured stamper.  I changed this one out by changing the orientation from landscape to portrait and changing the shape of the main image to an oval.

Image is Sarah Kay's "Isabella with puppy coco" colored with copic ciaos and cut out with nestiblities oval.  DP is DCWV and EF is Victorian from Sizzix.  Used MS border punch.  Leaves are a free dingbat download cut with my cricut with SCAL.

04 September 2010

How I spent my time waiting for "Earl"

After moving things inside, tying down garbage cans and stacking the heavy outdoor stuff there was nothing left to do except hang out and watch the Weather Channel.  So I printed off a bunch of my digi stamps - not knowing if we were going to lose power.  This way I could color during the day today if I was waiting around for electricity.  But the good news was Earl got downgraded to a tropical storm before he got to us - so he was all bluster and no bite!
Last night as Earl came along, I saw the Ways to Use It challenge over at SCS, which was to create a card using 1 sheet of CS, and I was intrigued by the comment that you could layer as long as it was from that one sheet.  So I printed off another digi image (in keeping with the 1 CS sheet theme) and here is what I came up with:

The digi image "Violet Elizabeth" from marjoriesmalarkies is on white CS. I colored the image with copics and fussy cut it. Then I stamped the teddy bear (PSX) several times with tuxedo black mementos on a 1/4 of the CS, cut that out with the nestiblites oval and sponged Tim Holtz's Tea Dye Distressed Ink on it. The remaining 1/2 sheet became the card - used Dotted Swiss EF on about 4/5th of the front of the card. I cut a strip of teddy bears from the left overs after I cut the oval out and sponged that with the same TH ink. Brown ribbon from American Crafts and dotted bow from Offray. Pink gems are from a Hero Art set. Sentiment is Inkadinkado. After I put it all together with Violet popped up - it still needed something . . . I took a scrap of CS left from fussy cutting Violet and stamped the Teddy Bear again and colored him with Copics and adhered him hanging off the edge of the oval.  Some how that seemed to make things balance better.