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 November 2010

Been up to a lot of stuff!

Wanted to share with you what I have been making this past week.  I am hard on to the scrapbook projects for my two goddaughters and I have a page to share with you.  I also have done a couple of card challenges that were fun.  First, we have this week's KennyK  Krafty Girlz challenge "Think Pink" and I decided to make a predominantly pink Christmas card.

Image:  KennyK Downloads "Xmas Shopping" colored with copics and then lips and earring done with sakura glaze gel pens and glittered up with stickles and elmers 3D glitter glue;  SU embossing folder using Bazzill basics pink CS and glammed up with Queen & Co pink gems, popped up punched out snow flakes MS punch and then glittered up with icicles stickles and pink elmers 3D glitter glue.

Then I never got around to posting last Tuesdays Teapot Tuesdays challenge.  So . .  . We’re off to London! Where’s my passport? Where are my tickets for the Queen Mary? We must be ready to meet the queen! I suppose we need an umbrella . . . ummmmm . . . what? Not THAT London?!?!? But we were suppose to play golf on the Scottish links. I know they said Tee Time . . . ohhhh . . . TEA time. Well all this confusion must mean its Teapot Tuesday and a new story: THIS BRIDGE IS A LEANIN' THE TOWNFOLK ARE STEAMIN'! MMTPT121.

Now Bonnie MacDonald (not those McDonald’s) some guys named Brice and Bricke tried to warn her not to cross but nothing would keep Bonnie from a nice round of golf). Imagine her surprise when she arrives, ready to play, and discovers that they said TEA time! Oh well at least she has on a lovely hat! Where are the cookies? (We have to give Pete a few treats - right?)
I started off with a frilly Victorian image and then when I came up with a caption of "Did someone say Tea time?" I remembered my image from Digital Two for Tuesday of the lady golfer and I KNEW what I had to do. Image is colored with Copics; sentiment is computer generated (as is the inside that says "Oh Dear, you said TEA time"), paper is from stash.
Finally, as promised is the page I did for the oldest goddaughter's christening page (so little here and yet she is a sophomore in high school now going to her first semi-formal this coming weekend).

I used a MS punch for the gold doily border and computer generated the title/description one the strips around the edge.  DP is also from our girl MS.

19 November 2010

The Big Poppy?????

This is for this week's Teapot Tuesday MMTPT120 "Route 66 is over-rated! 88 is completely shaded" where we are bringing birthday wishes to Evelyn who is turning 88. See here for the whole story.

Now Miss Evelyn is from my neck of the woods and is a citizen of the Red Sox Nation (as well as a citizen of MA). So I stopped to pick up a card for her at the Spoil An 88 Year Old Grandma For Her Birthday Shoppe where they had 42,000 different cards. I said I wanted one for a Red Sox fan maybe something with a picture of The Big Papi on it (David Ortiz). I think the shop owner was so confused after having been visited by 42,000 cannoli eating, espresso and tea drinking teapot partiers (oh and one cow trying to sell signs to her) that she thought I wanted a card with a big poppy on it. So Miss Evelyn, Happy Birthday from "The Big Poppy!"

Image: Scroll Works - Poppy stamped with Tuxedo Black Mementos ink and water colored with water soluble crayons; Sentiment: Inkadinkado Garden Flower set; DP is DCWV and ribbon is SU.

14 November 2010

I promised you scrapbook pictures and . . .

. . . scrapbook pictures you are going to get!  I have completed more then these pages but these are the ones I have taken photos of so far.  I have never done scrap booking before but I wanted to be able to document my goddaughters' lives so this will be one of their Christmas presents (they are both now old enough that these are presents that will be appreciated).  Their mom (my BFF Trisha) has raised them to make hand crafted items for one part of their presents every year - soaps, candies, pot holders, ornaments, etc. - so they expect and appreciate the hand crafted gifts they get from their grandma and from me.  I think in part because they understand the work that goes into making a gift verses just buying stuff.

This first set of pictures is part of the pages I have made for the youngest - Kate.  I used my SCAL a lot as well as some standard cricut cartridges.  The paper of choice was mostly DCWV as they have a female children's block DP set that had lots of orange and Katie LOVES orange and absolutely HATES pink!  Wish you could see the double layering on her name - one in orange shimmer paper from Bazzil and the shadow layer in orange CS.  Butterflies are all MS punches and border punches.  Kate is much older then this picture but this is my favorite of her and as Auntie Gale is making the book then Auntie Gale gets to pick the feature photo for the opening page!

These are most all of her school photos including nursery school (1 year was missing which Mom has now finally found so I will add that to the set in the upper left corner).  The title is a free download SVG file from SVGCuts on my SCAL using Bazzil shimmer and basic papers for a paper piecing title image.

I created the titles for the troop numbers in SCAL.  The flower is an awesome 3D flower from SVGCuts Fall Flower kit.  Florishes are a part of Prima Marketing "Say It with Pearls" Swirls Fimo Brown.

08 November 2010

Don't be square . . .

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I have been busy as a bee but only this one card to show you - for now.  I have been working on scrapbooks for my goddaughters.  I have never scrapbooked before but I figured it was like a cross between altered books and card making.  I have used SCS's scrapbook gallery as inspiration and so far things are going pretty well.  I will have pictures as soon as I am SURE the girls do not read my blog - I think they are too busy with their own lives to worry about what Auntie Gale does.

So today's card is for two challenges: Kenny K's Krafty Girlz "Anything But a Square" to make a card that is not square or traditional card shaped; and Teapot Tuesday's Challenge #119 "Daisy, Lou and the Blue Canoe". 

So here is my story:  This is Daisy's friend Delilah who made up the story about Daisy's lovely boat and a lovely trip by the water.  Delilah meant no harm in lying to us all, it is just Daisy is so good to her and Lou and she had to do something special for Daisy.  See Daisy is feeling as blue as her canoe because she is in love with Lou but he never notices her and all he ever wants to do is go cruising around on his barge and catch piranhas - yuck!  Delilah figures if Daisy has a beautiful canoe then Lou might notice her while he is out on his dingy old barge.  Now we just got to forgive her, right?  I mean all IS fair in love and war they say . . . Delilah's contribution to this whole flower power canoe deal is this lovely pink shasta daisy she found growing all by itself on the side of the Amazon river.  Who'd of thunk?

Image: Kenny K's Queens Cutie colored with copics with white gel pen and sukra glaze pink gel pen for her lips (hey a girl needs her lip gloss right?); DP is DCWV, CS is Bazzill (pink) and from stash; Daisy is SVGCuts 3D Mums and Fall flowers Black-eyed Susan using SCAL for cricut machines with a center of Basic Grey glazed brad (so is her earring).  Sentiment is a free font cut with SCAL on cricut.

01 November 2010

Lovely challenges

Its been fun to have challenges where I just got to create pretty cards.  Here are two recent creations for challenges over at SCS.  The first is a new challenge in town and I thought I would check it out Weekly Occasion Challenge.
The idea is to read her story and pick an occasion to match with the story and make a card. For this story Guava's best friend Ronnie just moved and is having a party which Guava wants to bring a card to . . . so I thought house and thank you and created a thank you card with a lovely home theme to it.

Image is Digital Two for Tuesday water colored with water soluble crayons; Ribbon is American Crafts; Sentiment is savvystamps.

The second challenge is this week's Teapot Tuesday challenge MMTPT118 ~ That's Not Hodge Podge, Rauge! Get Back to the Taj Ma Lodge!  We were to bring cards in black and white. I sort of pushed the envelope and brought grey (well that is black and white mixed together).

DP is Me & My Big Ideas "Black and White"; Image and sentiment is Inkadinkado's "Garden Flower" stamp set by Brenda Walter; Pearl flourishes by Zva Creative and black pearls by Queen & Co, Ribbon from SU