Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fun at the beach

This little girl looks like she is having so much fun! I remember when I was little. I LOVED the beach. I still do, but I don't live by a real beach anymore. I have Lake Mohave or the Colorado River. I haven't been in them yet. I grew up by the Atlantic Ocean.

Games people play

This is from a retired TAC set. It was very simple to color and mount on the red background.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Brownies or aliens in the garden

The stamp is part of a retired stamp set from TAC. In order to put the aliens in the wheel barrow, I stamped the image twice and cut out the front of the cart. I colored the front in and then pasted over the3 aliens. Whew. These themes are getting curiouser and curiouser.

Dates in History

I thought long and hard on this one and there were only two dates that came to my mind. One was 1776 and 9-1-1.
As you can see, I chose 9-1-1.
I don't ever want to forget but it is a sad day in American History. I hope it is taught for years to come.

Let it Snow

This is a sketchbook page that is for someone who has probably never seen snow. I hope with the glitter, I make her feel the snow. BRRRR

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stop and Smell the flowers

This was fun to do. I chuckled all the way through it.
I love the little skunks that TAC has.

Fill The Basket Sketch Book Art

I received the book with the basket stamped so I had to fill it. I actually stamped a border stamp then cut it up and used pieces to arrange in the basket. I watercolored the pansies using Lyra Aquarell pencils and my little aqua brush. I was pretty pleased with it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Sketch Book Challenge

This one was a winner. I had to do a self-portrait. With my tremors, it is hard to draw these days, but I gave it a go. My friends may not recognize me because, if they haven't seen me in a while, I lost a LOT of weight!

The drawing is close enough to recognize me, but not to submit for any prize - LOL!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sketch Book page

The picture is for a sketch book that I am doing a page in. I put this off because I had no idea what to do for this theme. I really do go out of my comfort zone on these books.

I love to do them. They really are fun. But some of them really really stump me.

Anything Goes Swap

Well, I missed a day somehow, but here is my card. The set is from TAC called "In Bloom". I stamped in Jumbo Java, Versamagic and just used glitter to color in the image. I stamped a swirl on the background and that made me lose inspiration. I had no idea where I was going to go from there. I had to wait until the card led me. The picture isn't great but the card came out well in person. So it will be winging its way to my 1-on-1 swapper.

Next I am going to alternate between my swaps for Stamper's Life (Christmas themes) and my sketch book pages.

See you soon!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Anthing Goes card is done

Inspiration found me when I wasn't looking. I just finished the card so I will upload it tomorrow afternoon.

On this card, I actually just printed off a pattern onto copy paper. A lot of Glitter!

Hope you have a lovely night!

Watch for my posting tomorrow. Let me know what you think. I initially hated the background but tonight it seemed to come together for me.

Talk to you later!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What is my problem??

This has been one THOSE weeks. I have no inspiration at all! Does that EVER happen to you? I need a kick in my butt!

Anyone offering to kick me? Please?

I have so many adorable sketch books that I need to add a page and move them along!!! They are so adorable.

I have swaps I have to do. I still haven't done the "Anything Goes" one that I said I would post, Monday!

It isn't like I was talking about something I dislike. I LOVE THIS STUFF!

I need a kick in my butt!!!!!


Monday, July 13, 2009

Make-n-Take for 7-3-09 Demo

This TAC fun shop had 14 confirmed guests. Two dropped out and three showed up. So I prepared 12 kits for the fun shop. I was so excited that I came up with a great card. (I am not usually this excited about cards I make.) I am still waiting for orders from 2 people so I guess it was a flop but I came away exhilarated knowing that it was the demo I ever gave.

I busily cut out all the card stock for the ladies and all they had to do was paste, stamp, color and USE the Crop-a-dile. I taught them how to use Gamsol with their prismacolor pencils and they wound up being very surprised about the difference the Gamsol made. I gave a little lesson on blending colors but they need practice, as I did when I started. Everyone but the hostess feared the crop-a-dile but loved it after I demoed it and they used it. They did have a blast and asked me if I would do more. I will have to think on that one.

So anyway, the card is called a triangular gate fold card. It was not easy to cut out at first but I got the hang of it and it zipped along. I used cording and glued the ends so they wouldn't fray. The center piece of the flower is a circle punched piece of the triangle paper. The stamp that I used was the sunflower in the set called "Flowers and Holly".
Well, that is all for today unless I get my swap done for "Anything goes".

3rd Swap for Today

The theme for this swap was "latest purchase" I just purchased tons of Hemingway paper for a TAC demo that I did. Thinking of that, I should post that card because I am VERY proud of that card! So I guess I will do one more post today.
This card was cased from the Serendipity magalogue . If you have the magalogue, you can see it on page 13, along with the stamp set, "want to fly". To me this has to be one of the most elegant samples and my favorite stamp set in this book.
I used Hemingway paper, along with Jumbo Java Versamagic ink. The brown ribbon was from my stash of ribbon collected when Michael's had a great sale on their ribbon. The strip that is horizontal at the bottom is actually crimped tho I don't think that is clear in the picture.
I have never cased a card before but I certainly could not improve on this. If you are the designer of this card, please leave a comment.
Thanks. See you in a few minutes.

Another swap card

First, I have learned I better check my spelling before I post!!!

This card theme is "Flowers, Flowers Everywhere"! Since there were supposed to be flowers everywhere, I thought of the Bella Flor paper and stamp set by Mabelle R O for TAC. I believe both are retired.
The template was lovingly shared by Vicki Hook (who also gave me the inspiration to start this blog.)
Since the middle section would have shown white on the back, I chose to use the yummy pink to cover it with a square tag that matched the flowery paper.
Of course I had to add a flower to the upper right hand corner. The leaf comes from another dollar store lei.
On to my next swap....


I have recently started doing swaps again and I have joined a Sketh Book Art Mail Club. You will be hearing more about the Sketch Book Club as I continue to Blog. Today I would like to share a card that I did for a Swap. The theme of the swap was "Patriotic".

I didn't want to do just any card. That has always been my problem. I put a lot of time into each card I do. So I don't get much done all at once.

This card actually was very simple but it needed a run to the dollar store for inspiation. I got the wired ribbon from there. While I was at it, I bought a 4th of July lei. I used the blue flower as the large flower while using other flowers I had hanging around the house. The stamp is a retired TAC stamp called "Liberty".
I hope you enjoy this card.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

My second day of blogging.

I have had a constructive day of moving my supplies into the new "art studio" - LOL.

Of course, this has been going on for quite some time.

I made two cards tonight for swaps that I am in. One is cased from the Serendipity manalogue using different paper and the other is my first try at the tri-fold card. Thank you Vicki Hook.

Tomorrow I will post the photos. That will be another new experience for me.

See you tomorrow. Hubby already went to bed and is probably asleep. Have a great Sunday!

Friday, July 10, 2009

My first blog post


I will post my first card tomorrow. Today I just want to enjoy the fact that I have finally begun a blog!