Thursday, October 12, 2017

Transition time.

With October's arrival, it's transition time. Temperatures are cooling and rain is starting to settle in again. This combination of change in the weather suits me just fine.
Time for warm comforting soups, hot tea and hot cocoa. Yum, bring it on!

My projects today are really a mixed bag of techniques. The wonderful fairy is a card topper (a freebie from "Cards and Papercraft" magazine) just popped up on a foam sheet over a very simple background paper. The topper is such a lovely piece of art. Added gold dazzles for the sentiment and corner embellishments for shine. Easy, peasy and done.

This seascape card was quite a bit more difficult. I used four shades of Ranger Distress inks to create the watery background. I started at the top with my lightest shade and blended each darker color as I moved to the bottom with a sponge blender tool. The jellyfish were stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder. I wanted to try to recreate the translucent look of jellyfish I've seen at the local aquarium. My sentiment, coral and seaweed were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Sprayed a bit of water to distress and added the clear bubbles for my final touch.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Trick or Treat and eat Pizza, too!

Yes, October is not only the month of Halloween but it's also National Pizza Month - what could be better?  Did you know the first official pizzeria in the USA opened in 1905 in New York City. Since then there's been no going back. 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month.  So, this month celebrate Halloween but also celebrate the joy of eating pizza. Sometimes on busy craft days pizza is just the right thing.

Here are a few cards I have been creating on my busy craft days.

These cards were made using items from the Simon Says Stamp card kit for September.  I also incorporated some items from my supplies. The background papers were included in the kit and are from My Mind's Eye. Just love the color combinations. The sentiment stamps are so versatile. For these cards I stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with gold and navy embossing powder. The navy embossing powder was a part of the wonderful card kit, it's rich and has a pearly finish when heated. I die cut the flowers and hearts for the first card and plan on using it for Valentine's Day (maybe).  This has turned out to be one of my favorite kits from Simon Says Stamp - can't you tell?  I'm sure I'll be using many of the components over and over again.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. Lily Tomlin

Kind of like not knowing what you what to be when you grow up... I still don't know. I'm already retired but my career did not define me as "what I wanted to be", I just was and am. I always disliked the question and try to keep  from asking the kids in my life that way. I just want them to DO whatever it is they are passionate about. Being retired has given me the chance to play nearly everyday with my crafts - right now that's my passion.

So here are the latest projects I've been working on.

A very simple birthday card (never have enough) in which I employed the "use up your scraps" mode. All the papers are scraps from other projects and the stickers are left overs I keep just because I might find a use for them. No inking on this one.

My photo has a reflection of light that is not great for displaying this card; I'm sorry. The background paper is a very shiny gold but not as reflective in real life. The plaid of this ribbon just called to be used in a Christmas card. I found the ribbon slide in my stash and started there. The red and gold ornament and stars stickers are Dazzles from HOTP. A quick simple greeting for the coming holiday season was very easy to put together.

Finally did some stamping in the creation of this greeting for Thanksgiving. My focal image is a cricut print and cut image I had uploaded a few months ago. Love his expression. The utensils and sentiment are stamped and embossed and my little pilgrim pig is surrounded by red enamel dots and gold glitter hearts. The background paper is from Paper Studio. Let me know what you think.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

It's here and so far it's wonderful! After a few soggy days the sun has returned bright and shiny, full of warmth for my tomatoes.  I have so many tomatoes to ripen on the vine yet and I'm hoping for a few more sunny days at least. The longer I can keep them on the vine the tastier they will be.  Last season it was October when the harvest was complete and I made and canned tomato sauce.  That time is fast approaching this year.

More cards to display today. Lots of September birthdays consumed some of my stash so I've worked on birthday cards, Christmas cards and still more Halloween cards.

The background for this card is sponged on distress inks. They blend so well to make a beautiful sunset. I've only tried this technique a few times but I really enjoy the look.

Another masculine themed card for a birthday boy. Boots and hat were cut using my Cricut Explore. The papers I used are specialty papers; hammered gold from HOTP and a shimmer glitter brown from DCWV. The plaid background paper is from my paper collection and I'm not sure who the manufacturer is.

My latest Christmas card is another House Mouse creation. What fun it is.

Finally, another Halloween card. Last year our son was superman for Halloween so when I found this Dearie Doll digital image I knew I had to use it to create a card - just because.

My inspiration!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Equifax - wrong on so many levels.

You've probably heard by now that Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus in the United States, had their databases breached in a massive cyberattack. The private data of an estimated 143 million Americans -- information like names, social security numbers, birth dates, even some driver's license numbers -- was stolen. These consumers weren't even necessarily Equifax customers. Equifax aggregates personal information and credit data from consumers all across the country. Now instead of taking responsibility for their failure to protect private information, Equifax is trying to get off the hook. They're doing it through  something called "forced arbitration." Forced arbitration is a clause companies bury in the fine print that protects them from liability. They can also prevent you from joining with other victims in class-action lawsuits. After Equifax announced this massive breach, they offered to allow people to sign up for their own credit monitoring service called TrustID. But anyone who signed up for this service had to waive their right to sue or join a class-action suit against Equifax.  They decided to remove the clause from the agreement for Trusted ID, but they still have an arbitration clause as part of their Product Agreement and Terms of Use on their main site. This is wrong on so many levels. We have no choice in the matter of the basic use of their product, our data is collected by them to be used by creditors. This isn't the way to do business. Equifax allowed private information from millions of consumers to be stolen. Americans need to know what they can do to protect themselves. Equifax needs to disseminate that information without attaching forced arbitration strings to it.

Now that I have that off my chest I'll show you a few cards that I've made

This is a card for Valentine's Day using a Paper Tole dimensional from HOTP mounted on a shiny background paper. Colors are red, silver and black with just a splash of white here and there. Sequins and ribbon add a little more sparkle.

This is truely the time of year for sunflowers. These are two different mediums I used to color the same stamped image. For the top card I tried watercolors on watercolor paper and I used colored pencils for the bottom card. The watercolors are way more intensely colored. I added Wink of Stella to the flower petals on both cards. It's hard to tell but it's there.