Saturday, October 25, 2008

Side Tracked!

With great intentions, I attempted to pack. Instead, I was easily distracted by all the stuff and created this little canvas. It's been a relaxing day and maybe I'll pack tomorrow afternoon.
The sky, roof and flowers are all Cuttlebug dies and folders. It was a great day!

Packing Time!

It feels longer than a week since I've blogged. Actually this week has felt like several weeks. My Monday was a Monday that joke material comes from. I have about a forty-five minute drive when I go to work and I was almost back to pick Clarissa up from school when I realized I had left my purse behind. My husband was still at the office so I called him and asked him to bring my purse home. No problem. I arrived at school in plenty of time and found my place at the head of the pickup line. Great...right? It's great if your car will start and mine wouldn't. I had turned my engine off while waiting and then all it would do was make that weird grinding sound. Being fifteen, this was so far the most humiliating thing Clarissa had experienced. Tears rolled down her cheeks while I asked a couple of men to help me get my car out of the way. So...another call to hubby...add jumper cables to that list and come NOW. About an hour later, he rolled into the parking lot with the jumper cables but no purse. The funniest thing was when I asked him where my purse was and he said he had forgotten. Then he asked me what was in it that I needed?

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

Saturday Play

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

Autumn Sun

It's been a relaxing afternoon and I've made a few cards. The stamp used on this one is by Hero Arts and it is chalked and shaded with distress inks also. The CB folder impression is emphasized with distress inks. Simple and easy.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Box Project

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

Fall Leaves

Fall is in the air and I am loving it! This time of year has come to mean "Retreat Time" which is something I look forward to every year. I'm part of a fantastic group of ladies that meet each month to create. We'll soon begin our 10th year together and in this busy world we live in, that's a pretty long time for a group of artists to hang together. From the first year, we have put together our own annual retreats and boy, do we have some stories to tell! I can't even begin to express how much joy it has been to be a part of this group. We've settled into a great location that we're returning to soon. OK, can you tell I'm excited?

Each member or team presents a project for the retreat and I'm working on some ideas. Here's what I've been playing around with. The three larger leaves are Spellbinder dies and the smaller one is a punch. The metal leaves were treated with various combinations of antiquing solutions and then put through CB folders. I've not 'found' where this project is going yet but I had to share my leaves. They need more zing...and I'll continue to experiment. I think they're a good start to fall and will hopefully end up being a decent retreat project. Happy Fall Ya'll!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Artistic Outpost Plates

These are projects that I used the newly released Artistic Outpost rubberstamps on as well as products from Rock Candy Studios. The blue box and cards were made using the new "Bluebird" plate.
I painted a bit of acrylic paint on the cardbase and then layered the images on. Embellishments are from Rock Candy. A dab of distress ink was used here and there to add color and interest.

The box was painted with acrylic and some images were stamped directly onto the box. Again, all the little doo-dads...bottle cap, metal photo corners, etc. are from Rock Candy.

This box features Artistic Outpost's new "Snowy Woods" plate. The box was painted with creme latte paint, crackled, and rubbed down with green acrylic. The image on the boxlid was stamped on tissue paper and carefully mod podged onto the lid. A second wreath was stamped on cardstock, cut out and layered onto the box for a little more dimension. Other images were stamped directly on the box using StazOn ink. Stamped images were colored using watered-down acrylic paint. I tried chalks but they just weren't vivid enough for the look I was working toward.
The open box features a fantastic Santa from the "Snowy Woods" plate...just love this image. The tag was stamped with a sentiment and I used a CB folder on it. Ribbon, tinsel and trims are all from Rock Candy.

Groovy Kind of Day

OK, here's the photo I promised. I think it was a fun day for the kids...I saw an assortment of afros, ponchos, and smiley faces. Sure brought back some memories!!!