Archive for September, 2010

Because He’s Eleven

Today is my son’s birthday.  He is a trombone player and loves music.  When I happened upon a set of stamps that featured misbehaving musical notes, I knew this was a set I HAD to have.

Here’s the card I made him for his birthday:

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He’s a proud member of the band at school, so I chose to use his school colors.  It’s very simple without a lot of embellishments because the notes have enough personality all on their own. 

Besides, what middle school boy wouldn’t love a card that is mooning him?

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Columbines!

Anyone who knows me knows that columbines are my favorite flower.  I have several in my garden and I enjoy their blooms each year.  Stamps of roses and daisies are in abundance, but stamps of columbines?  Not so much.

I was quite pleased to find a beautiful columbine stamp this year at Stampaway by Purple Daisy Designs.

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Of course I had to come home and play with it right away!

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I embossed the images with gold and silver detail embossing powder and then colored them using a watercolor technique with markers.  This is definately a stamp I will use again and again!

Evening at Michael’s

Recently, I attended a free crop night at Michael’s.  It was a relaxing evening getting to make some new friends and getting reacquainted with old.  I was suprised to find one of my neighbors a couple streets over was the hostess for the event.  We used to see each other regularly but we both have children in the process of growing up and heading in all kinds of directions so you know how that goes.  It was so nice to catch up.

Rather than working on my old pictures, I decided to complete pages from some more recent events.  Here are the pages I did for my son to record our family trip to the zoo:

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My daughter’s pages are somewhat similar:

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These are pages of photos my son took in a photography class this summer.  He submitted several as exhibits in our county fair and won 2 second place ribbons and 1 first place ribbon.  The first place entry went on for display at the state fair!

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Power Punching

It’s hard to believe that fall is here already!  The fall classes are in full swing at Ramona’s store.  I recently taught the fall edition to my punch art embellishment series.

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Participants made a dozen different fall themed embellishments.  What fun we had!  Prior to class, I prepare each participant a packet of punched shapes.  This time, I had some help!

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Introducing the latest addition to my craft arsenol — my Power Punch Pro!  This fabulous machine is basically a level that makes it so much easier to operate those stubborn punches.  The punch fits underneath the lever and the lever does all the work!  It comes with templates that aid in holding the smaller punches in place.  It took me no time at all to prepare for my class!

A Closer Look

Here’s some more close ups of some of the cards I posted yesterday!

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Thanksgiving card colored with Koh-i-noor pencils and Gamsol.
The Angel Company Winchester Paper collection.

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Thank you card colored with Koh-i-noor pencils and Gamsol.

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Masculine birthday card colored with Pebbles Shimmer Chalks.
The Angel Company Amberley Grace paper collection.

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Movable Parts 101 Fluffy Cats.

Cards, Cards, and More Cards

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I have a habit of working on pieces and parts to cards and then putting them aside thinking I will finish the cards later.  Even though I love my craft room, sometimes it’s nice to sit curled up on the couch watching a movie with my hubby.  However, it’s seldom that I can just sit there only watching.  Often I will stamp up several images, grab my colored pencils and gamsol and color.  It’s manageable to cart these few items up to my livingroom.  I received a lap desk for Christmas last year so it’s my little workspace away from my craft room.

Recently I found I had quite a number of already colored images that were begging to be made into cards.  I decided it was time to do something about that.  In one evening I found I’d put together over 30 cards!

Quite a number of the cards feature images from The Angel Company’s “Wonder and Joy” set.  I loved coloring these images — as you might have guessed!  Here’s a closer look:

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