Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I wanted to share a photo of Clarissa's beautiful pumpkin cheesecake. At fifteen, she has a love of creating in the kitchen and she is gifted at it. The recipe can be found at http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/. It is called Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow-Sour Cream Topping and Gingersnap Crust. This is her first cheesecake and I think she's off to a great start.
Thanksgiving Blessings to All!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is just a small sampling of the projects and techniques from the workshop. It was fast-paced and intense to say the least. I hope there will be more Anne Bagby weekends on Signal Mountain. I'm ready to sign up for the next one.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I worked part of the day and decided to get started and hopefully arrive before dark. Alone with my GPS, I felt confident and excited. I'd never been to Signal Mountain before and for whatever reason, the word mountain just went over my head. I totally depended on the GPS to get me to where I was going and that works most of the time.
By the time I was nearing Signal Mountain, I was weary and it was getting dark. The GPS, which Clarissa and I affectionately named 'Bertha', told me to turn and I did and I did again and again and again. I have to tell you that I was afraid, very afraid. Fog had moved in and settled and the road I was traveling on is referred to as the "W". I suspect that's because of the hairpin curves that are pretty much continuous as you wind your way up. I prayed and I squinted and struggled with a little bit of panic. Sweet Bertha told me I had arrived but there was nothing but blackness and a chained gate to my left and I knew I was nowhere. I did intend to turn around and take another look but knew that it would have to be a safe driveway for turning around because there would be no backing into traffic. After missing the next three driveways after Bertha declaring that I had 'arrived', I turned into the fourth drive and just happened to look at the mailbox and saw the address I was actually looking for! To say I was relieved at that moment would be an understatement!
Here's a couple of shots of the cute little B&B that my friends and I stayed in; it was our little home away from home and it was so close to the workshop.
The owner of this place is an artist and has several painted items throughout the B&B including this door.
We worked on our homework (yes, there was homework!) at this table in the evenings. I'd thrown in a small OTT light which is always a good idea and it really came in handy on this trip. The electric blanket was a good idea too!
I've more to post but short on time. It was a great weekend and I can't wait to share....Later!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
As I was unpacking, I found this card that was presented at retreat by my friend, Joyce, and thought I'd share. Strips of paper are glued onto paper and then that piece of paper composed of strips is cut into new strips...(clear as mud?) These new strips along with black Mituhiki cord was placed onto a sticky surface into a pleasing pattern. I think the size of my strips should vary a bit more but I'm pretty pleased with it. The center medallion is from a Spellbinders' die and is held in place with a brad.
I continue to unpack but I'm packing again as I go and it is a much lighter load for sure. I'm beyond thrilled to be headed to an Anne Bagby workshop weekend in East Tennessee. I think I first noticed her work in True Colors a few years ago. I've been an admirer of her work ever since and can't wait for the weekend. Later!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The photo was taken of my mother-in-law around the age of 18...(I can see Clarissa in her face). It is collaged onto a 5x7 board and of course I used the diamond background. Some of us wear diamonds and some of us paint them!
What did we do for texture before the cuttlebug folders? I guess the swirl folder is right up there with the diamond stencil. I'm crazy about them both.
I have at least a dozen gifts to make for Christmas plus several cards. The pressure is beginning to build!
Monday, November 3, 2008
This is a better view of the piece. Thanks Jules!
I'm not sure I had a favorite since I didn't want to stop one and move to the next. But then each new project was my favorite!
Hopefully, I'll have more to share later.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The sky, roof and flowers are all Cuttlebug dies and folders. It was a great day!
Have you ever heard the saying "Good things come in threes?" Well, sometimes not so good things come in threes. My stamp club friend Alice does a wonderful job of overseeing our retreat plans each year. She is the organizational queen of the universe. Our retreat is next weekend and being the organized person she is, she called one last time to make sure all things were in order at our retreat center. The center had us down for the wrong date! Whammy number three! How could this happen??!! We frantically began searching the internet for other options and tried to just relax.
Life improved on Tuesday. I drove all back roads until I got my purse back considering I didn't have my drivers' license. Hubby took my car in and had a new battery installed. But the miracle of miracle was that Alice found another location that has the very layout our group needs and they had availablity next weekend. Yep, a suite with a kitchen and a lounging-around area, enough rooms for us each to have a bed and a workroom with a huge window. We went and had a look on Wednesday and this new location might be more perfect than our old location. How's that for things turning around?
The rest of the week was pretty much uneventful but busy. I'm so excited because today is serious packing day for retreat. This shot is of my favorite paintbrush. It reminds me of the well-loved teddy bear that has one eye missing and is thread bare. OK, I'm off to begin the chore of packing and hopefully I can clean my space a bit as I go. Have a great weekend!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I'm having a lot of fun making cards using Cuttlebug folders this weekend. This is my favorite for today. Each end of the card is embossed using a CB Folder and then I masked up to the edge of the design for a clean line before rubbing color on. For color, I applied Encore's Sweet Dreams ink and applied it with my fingers. The sentiment is by Wordsworth and it was also stamped with the Encore pad.
This week has been fall break for Clarissa and even though we've been busy, our mornings have been slower. It was so nice to have a slower pace along with the cooler weather. I do love this time of year!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I played around a bit more with copper sheet and decided to try using the antiquing product on matboard instead. These boxes are the same box. The shot on the top is the matboard antiqued and left as it was. The second shot is after spraying the matboard with a matte sealer. I wanted contrast between the smooth, shiny wood and the faux metal but I didn't really like the first look. After spraying the matboard, the finish is toned down and I think I like that the best. Opinions?
The matboard was put through the Wizard using a CB folder. I'm totally hooked on those CB folders.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The other idea she had was to alter some old jeans and make them look cool. The first thing we did was to print some images using transfer paper and the inkjet. The image pictured is a peace sign that she jeweled up.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The shiny metal tape and vintage-style tinsel came from Rock Candy Studios. The stamp is by Delafield and the rest came from my stash. It's beginning to feel a lot like autumn but it's not too soon to plan for Christmas!