Sunday, June 29, 2008

Shootin' the Curl

Yesterday my hubby sweet-talked me and the kids into going shooting with him (he's into shooting as much as I'm into stamping...and since I hadn't gone with him in about ten YEARS and he asks me to go quite often, I figured it was high time). It was a gorgeous day and we all had a blast (no pun intended -lol). My hubby and I were both excited to find that I hadn't lost my aim (he started calling me 'Annie' again -lol) -- I even have a few pics as proof! ;). The kids proved to be pretty good shots as well, which was surprising since they've hardly ever shot before (and they sure made their Daddy proud...what he wouldn't give to have one -- or all -- of us competing with him one day). We still have some work to do on reinforcing the safety rules, though I think that'll be a never-ending task regardless of the kids' age.

So...since I haven't found any time to stamp this weekend, I'm going to share with you a card I stamped on Friday (our first real day of "nowhere we have to be, nothing we have to do" since we finished school a couple weeks ago).

My soon-to-be 19-YO son has taken up surfing this past year, and since I don't {yet} have any surfboard stamps, this is what I came up with for a quick 'thinking of you' card for him. It took me far longer than it should have for such a small and simple card, and you'll notice I didn't get carried away with embellies (there are NONE - yes, I was having some anxiety over that...but after I reminded myself that this is the boy who throws my cards away soon after opening them, I felt better about it). I didn't think ribbon would be appropriate and I couldn't find my twine, so the best I could do was to add a second layer of waves and with the first set curled over to be 'crashing' (although my 10-YO son said it looked like a bunch of shark!). So, I guess they'll be whatever he interprets them to be, but I'm happy that they added a little dimension and interest to the card. ;)
I think everything is pretty obvious, so I won't bore you with the details except to say that the patterned paper is one I made using the various different word stamps from CTMH's Hang Ten set (I've had it for quite a long time and this was the first time it's seen ink...and I think I used every single stamp in the set with the exception of the two hibiscus flowers). But if you have any questions, just ask. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: Husk (ret.), White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Orange (CTMH); Stamps: Hang Ten, Say It In Style (CTMH); Inks: Desert Sand, Topiary, Orange, Sunflower, Crystal Blue (CTMH); Other: sponge, stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots, sandpaper

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

i am Yours

Okay, so this isn't why you come to visit my blog...BUT a friend just emailed this to me and I, too, thought it was worth sharing. To be able to enjoy it without the distraction of the blog music, just scroll down to the lower left side of the blog and turn off the music there (you can do that anytime you don't feel like listening to my blog's music). Hope you enjoy it! ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Think Pink x2

Last month my hubby's aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. I know. It was a shock to all of us. And while no one ever wants to hear those words, we were very relieved to hear that they caught it in the early stage and she came through her surgery and subsequent radiation (it was a new type where you go 2x/day for 5 days and you're done!) treatment with flying to be exact (sorry, sometimes I just can't help myself). ;)

So anyway, in wanting to send her some love, I couldn't help but make a card for her using this causabella image and sentiment from Stamping Bella. And knowing that Caard{varks} was having a "Think PINK!" challenge this week, I thought it would serve as my entry as well. Always thinkin'.... lol

I used Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #21. For some reason I can't ever get the exact link I want from her blog, so if you take a trip over there (and you should -- she's very talented!), just scroll down to June 21. Here's the sketch:
I LOVE this soft pink found in these Sugared designer papers by BasicGrey, and the coordinating brown has pink undertones to it too...really pretty! Unfortunately the pics don't do justice to them here (I just can't take a decent picture -- sorry -- but I'm not gonna give up!). And maybe that's not such a bad thing because none of my cardstock or inks matched perfectly, so the ribbon is not exactly what I'd envisioned (even if it does give a little relief so everything on the card isn't the same color -lol). ;) The dress was paper pieced, there's some Stickles added to the flower on her dress and on the ribbon, and I added little thin lines with my marker for her 'heels' (I still don't get why her shoes don't have heels). The little flowers were inked and Dew Drops are used as their centers.

And because I goofed up and cut my paper too small for the image I wanted to use on the first card, I had to go ahead and make a second card. ;) I used the same sketch, though left it more simple. I think I actually like this card better. Go figure. Karen Lockhart's Chintz Butterfly is so fun to color, and by using my waterbrush I was able to create a much softer pink (as opposed to using the marker like I did on the causabella ribbon). I also went over most of the image with my Stardust Clear Gellyroll pen to give the wings some sparkle. I'm not sure if you can tell in that picture, so here's a closeup: (Oops. In looking at it just now, I noticed that I inadvertently left part of the lower right wing --no, that's not a political reference -lol-- un-sparkled, so I'm off to go remedy that right now.) Oh, and the sentiment is from Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month for last month, Say It In Style.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies Used:

(Think Pink card) - Cardstock: Colonial White, Baby Pink (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: Sugared "delectable," "attractive," and "pleasing" (BasicGrey); Stamps: causabella, think pink (Stamping Bella); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Baby Pink, Vanilla Cream, Cocoa, Desert Sand (CTMH); Other: circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), slot punch (SU), scallop decorative edge scissors (Fiskars), flowers (Prima), sponge, stipple brush, paper piercer, Liquid Glass (CTMH), brown organdy (May Arts), striped ribbon (American Crafts), Mens Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Cotton Candy, Frosted Lace, Cinnamon Stickles (Ranger), pop dots

(Chintz Butterfly Hello card) - Cardstock: Colonial White, Baby Pink (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: Sugared "delectable," "attractive," and "pleasing" (BasicGrey); Stamps: Chintz Butterfly (Lockhart Stamp Co.), Say It In Style (CTMH); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Baby Pink, Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Grey Flannel (CTMH); Other: circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ticket corner punch, mat pack (SU), Mens Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Stardust Clear Gellyroll pen (Sakura), brown organdy (May Arts), paper piercer, waterbrush, stipple brush, Liquid Glass (CTMH), sandpaper, pop dots

Saturday, June 21, 2008

There's Only One Me!

And I'm sure somebody somewhere is thinking Well, that's a relief! lol Okay, so I'm supposed to be stamping (I don't get the chance too often), BUT in searching for a sketch to start with, I stumbled onto this and thought it was worth a minute (or less) of my time. Kinda interesting....
LogoThere is
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Okay...back to some real FUN...stamping! ;D Hopefully I'll be back with a card or two to share with you tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Real Quick...Caard{varks} and QKD

I'm not trying to toot my own horn...I'm just excited and thought I'd share with you because I knew you'd understand (you do, right?).

Last week I stopped by Caard{varks} and saw there was a contest going on for masculine birthday cards. And knowing how difficult I find those to make, I thought it would be fun to browse the gallery -- there is always a lot of talent there! Anyway, on a lark I decided to submit my two most recent masculine birthday cards (both of which have been shared here with you in the last few months), and I discovered today they apparently liked one of them (click here if you'd like to see it) enough to select it as their winner!! Talk about unexpected -- wow! I have absolutely no idea what the prize being offered is, and truthfully I'm just honored that they liked my card (there were a LOT of really nice guy cards submitted), and would be just as happy even if no prize were being given. That news just made my day. ;)

Oh, and one more thing while I'm at it...and so I won't have to bore you with another post like this...I'm told that on Saturday (June 21st) QKDbloggers is featuring me (or is it my blog?). Tanis contacted me a couple weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in being a "Princess," so I thought that was really fun and I'm excited about it. ;) For those of you who don't know, Queen Kat Bloggers Club is a blog that showcases a different "Princess" each day. It's a great way to check out other stampers' artwork and blogs, so check it out if you haven't already.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hummingbird Thanks

Wow! It's been a week since I've posted (sorry), and over a week since I've stamped -- Yikes! It meant a lot to me to have some of you check in on me to make sure everything was okay (thank you so much for thinking of me). I'm fine, just been a little busier than I anticipated. In this past week, I've had visiting relatives from out of town (and they're still here; the side benefit of that is that now my house is clean -lol); the kids are still in swimming lessons (three weeks down, one to go); and my sweet doggie injured one of her paws in a big way so she's needed some trips to the vet (with more to follow) and a lot of extra time, love, and attention. Crazy week, but it's all good...and since it's officially our first week of "summer," I'm a happy, stamper. ;D

Tomorrow's planned out for me already and that means I won't get to stamp again until Saturday, so today I'm gonna share a card with you that I made a couple weeks ago during the Kim Hughes Blitz over at Cornish Heritage Farms (remember that?).

This particular challenge required that we use a winged image, so I used Kim Hughes' Pretty Birds (for the hummingbird, floral image, and paisley), and then I used Silhouette Blooms II for the sentiment. I just adore Kim's style, and the quality of the stamps put out by Cornish Heritage Farms make it so fun to create with them -- a winning combination in my book!

If these patterned papers (Wild Asparagus "Sweet Little One" plaid and paisley by My Mind's Eye) look familiar to you, you're not crazy -- they remind me a lot of the other Wild Asparagus papers I used on a couple cards last month, only they're a little different. ;) I think this paisley paper is so beautiful -- the soft colors, the design, and the shabby look all really appeal to me. And as with the other papers (which also have pretty much the same colors), the cardstock colors here are White Daisy, Hollyhock, and (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue.

The sketch credit goes to Beate Johns for her Weekend Sketch Challenge #51, and I really enjoyed working with this one. I think the finished size for my card was 4.5" x 6.25"; I'm sure it would easily be adaptable for just about any size variation you could come up with.

The focal image was cut and dry embossed using several different sizes of the rectangle classic and scalloped Nestabilities and adhered using dimensionals over the ribbon. I stamped the floral images on the White Daisy cardstock using Jet Black Staz-On, and then again on the patterned papers so I could paper piece the flowers and leaves. The hummingbird was lightly stamped in Key Lime ink and then I rolled some of the edges in Desert Sand ink. The flowers were outlined with Star Dust Stickles, and I also added some to the belly and wings of the hummingbird. I also sponged on some Heavenly Blue ink 'sky' and used a waterbrush to create some 'grass' beneath the hand-drawn 'ground.'

The wide strip across the center of the card has a few layers -- the gingham layer was scalloped and pierced, and the top patterned paper layer was stitched. In keeping with the paisley feel of the predominant patterned paper, the Hollyhock layer behind all that was lightly stamped with a paisley image from the Pretty Birds set, though it's almost invisible in this picture.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus "Sweet Little One" paisley and plaid (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Pretty Birds, Silhouette Blooms II (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Heavenly Blue, Key Lime, Desert Sand (CTMH); Other: classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Mountain Lake craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Black Pigment Pro pen (American Crafts), scallop decorative edge scissors(Fiskars), sponge, waterbrush, paper piercer (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Double Dose of Father's Day

I absolutely {heart} Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try this week -- and her sample is just SO cute, it made me want to give it a go.

I decided to use it for my dad's Father's Day card, but then realizing I would likely end up short on time this week (nothing new...but the kids are in swim lessons and it's our LAST week of school -YAY!!, so it's a bit crazier than usual, but in a good way), I thought I'd just tweak it a bit and make another version for my hubby's Father's Day card too. I'm not sure why I don't 'stamp smart' like this all the time -- I sure should, especially since I've got to be about the slowest stamper on earth. And because of my time constraints, there are a few, um, imperfections here so don't look too hard. ;)

Here's the first one I made that follows Jen's sketch:

And here's the second one -- very similar to the first, just changed up a little:

Despite their rich earthy tones, both cards look a little washed out here in the pics. Sorry.

Both use the same supplies: Close To My Heart's Colonial White cardstock as the base and focal panel piece, Cocoa cardstock for the upper half of the card front, Olive cardstock for the lower half of the card front, and touches of the Ancient designer paper (that I sponged here and there with some Olive ink) from the Basic Grey's Archaic 6x6 pad I picked up at my LSS. The tree is from PaperTrey Ink's Father Knows Best set, as is the blocked sentiment on the second card; and the sentiment on the first card is from Verve Visual's Father Figure set (and was stamped in Timber Brown Staz-On...something I should've done for the other card as well -- it makes it much easier to read). The focal images were adhered with dimensionals and I also did a lot of fast faux stitching (minus the piercings) on both cards. I sponged in a mix of Heavenly Blue and Indian Corn Blue for the sky, drew in the ground with a marker, and used Olive ink to sponge in some tall grass (I hope my hubby doesn't take that as a hint that he needs to get out and mow the lawn -lol).

The first card uses Print Pattern on the Cocoa cardstock, and I crinkled up the Olive cardstock a little before sponging on Cocoa ink. The second card uses two different backgrounders, though in hindsight I think I might've used a heavier hand with them so they'd show up a bit more: Burlap on the Cocoa cardstock and Scratched Grid on the Olive (the Olive piece was also sponged with the Cocoa ink). Both of those background stamps are by Cornish Heritage Farms.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: Colonial White, Cocoa, Olive (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Archaic -Ancient (BasicGrey); Stamps: Father Knows Best (PaperTrey Ink), Father Figure (Verve Visual), Print Pattern (SU), Burlap, Scratched Grid Backgrounders (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Cocoa, Olive, Heavenly Blue (CTMH), Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: classic circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pigment Pro pen (American Crafts), copper brads (Making Memories), Liquid Glass, sponge (CTMH), foam mounting tape

Is This Scary or What?!

No, it's not a spider. lol

While looking for a particular recipe on one of the blogs I follow, I ran across this interesting little widget and had to check it out for myself.... Here's what it said about me:
62%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me that I'm somewhat, shall we say, for the sake of this post, addicted to stamping, but I never thought of myself as being addicted to blogging! The scary part here is that I've only been aware of the blog world since January...makes me wonder what it would say if I'd been blogging for a year or two. On second thought, maybe I wouldn't want to know. lol

Yes, this is silly and I have NO idea who comes up with these things or how the results are calculated...just thought it was interesting (and just a wee bit scary!). The odd part of it all is that there must be a lot of people 'addicted' to blogging because there sure are a LOT of blogs out there!

So, how addicted are you? And I know you've gotta be somewhat cuz you're here reading my blog! lol C'mon now, ladies, it's time to 'fess up! ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My First Award! ;D

I've been seeing various awards on other people's blogs since I first discovered the blogging world back in January (I know...I'm a little sheltered -lol), and wondering just how they came about and how MANY different ones there are. I still have no idea. However, I was recently honored with the Arte Y Pico award by my blog friend Barb, so I now know a little bit about this particular award. ;) And if you click on her link, you'll find that she included me in with some pretty good company (that's humbling!).

This award is given to someone who inspires you in your creative endeavors. It may seem kinda silly but I feel really honored to think my creations inspires anyone; and, ironically, Barb herself is one of those who inspires me on a regular basis -- not just with her artwork, but by who she is as a person -- thank you, Barb!

Anyway, I'm just cutting and pasting this from Barb's blog because I couldn't explain it any better than she did. She wrote:

"The rules appear on the original blog and they are in Spanish. Here is a rough English translation for you. The main requirement is to award five people who inspire me."

I'm really at a loss here. Trying to narrow it down to just five people would be virtually impossible. And if you've taken a look at my blog roll, I'm sure you know what I mean (would YOU be able to choose just five?!?). There are SO many talented stampers out there! So, I'm gonna take the easy way out and let anyone who reads this and wants to pick it up do so. ;)

Thanks again, Barb. The kind comments you leave me and the sweet words you wrote when you passed this award on to me mean so much. I'm blessed to 'know' you. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

With Love For You

Here's the second card I made for the Kim Hughes Blitz over the weekend over at Cornish Heritage Farms. Not a great picture, but I think you can get the idea. ;)

I used the Baked With Love set. I bought it a little while ago with the intention of making some cute recipe cards to hand out to guests of my daughter's bridal shower, thinking she'd love to have some 'tried and true' recipes from her friends and family -- what new bride wouldn't, right? Well, with the wedding now on hold indefinitely, I felt bad and just had to find another use for these darling stamps...and I couldn't think of a better time to break them out. ;)

The cardstock is all from Close To My Heart (Cocoa, Baby Pink, and White Daisy). I used the Large Polka Dot Backgrounder on the Cocoa card front, then cut the edge using scalloped scissors. The Baby Pink panel was cut and added to the inside right of the card so it would be seen as part of the card front. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. I did add some Liquid Glass over the 'icing' and a dot of Christmas Red Stickles for the 'cherry' on each cupcake. The cupcakes were adhered with dimensionals.

Another simple card, with virtually no layers. So unlike me. But it was quick and easy...unless you count the creativity part. I didn't have much time (was having to stamp late at night with the deadline to post looming over my head) and I was having a bit of trouble getting started with this sketch. But that's all part of the challenge, right? It was fun and I enjoyed participating in the different challenges -- time permitting, I think I'll be trying to do more of them, as I found it was a great excuse to 'have' to stamp! lol I didn't win any freebies this time around, though, so maybe next time. ;) I also enjoyed just stamping for the fun of it -- I've NEVER done that before! My cards have always been for something in particular, be it an occasion or a swap. Of course, I didn't get the wedding card I *bought* one! Shhh! Don't say anything -- if I had a Kim Hughes set that would've worked for a wedding card, I would've gotten it done. I had my priorities, ya know. lol Actually I'm pretty sure the one getting married couldn't care less about receiving a handmade card (and the invitation was in yellow -- not one of my favorite colors to work with), so I figured it was okay...this time. I did get my Father's Day cards made, though. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: Cocoa, Baby Pink, White Daisy (CTMH); Stamps: Baked With Love, Large Polka Dot Backgrounder (CHF); Inks: Cocoa, Baby Pink, Cranberry (CTMH), Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Liquid Glass, Baby Pink organdy and grosgrain (CTMH), striped grosgrain (American Crafts), Christmas Red Stickles (Ranger), foam mounting tape

Friday, June 6, 2008

Hello, Pretty Bird!

I wanted to play along with the others over at Cornish Heritage Farms for the Kim Hughes Blitz going on Thursday through Sunday -- they're giving away two Kim Hughes stamp sets each day, so I thought entering a card would be a good idea. ;)

I didn't have much time last night, so I made this clean and simple card and managed to get it posted before the deadline. I didn't win a stamp set, but it was a great incentive for me to get stamping again (I hadn't stamped in about two weeks --YIKES!-- where does the time go?!). And there's always tomorrow.... ;D

The challenge was to use Limited this case, it meant using only button(s), ribbon, cardstock, stamps, and a color scheme of orange (my *favorite* color -lol!), lime green, chocolate brown, and cream. I've never participated in a challenge like this before, so I found it refreshing to gather up the short list of supplies and then get to work.

I used Chocolate, Key Lime, Orange, and Colonial White cardstocks (all by CTMH). The stamps I used were from Kim Hughes' Pretty Birds (yep, I used that cute little birdie again!) and Cute Curls (the tree, the 'ground,' and the sentiment). The sentiment was stamped in White Daisy pigment ink, and the other images were stamped with Timber Brown Staz-On. I used a Key Lime marker to go over the lines for the 'grass' and tree 'leaves,' and I sponged on some Orange in the upper left corner of the focal piece to kinda mimic the glow of a sunset and the rest of the piece was dragged across the Chocolate pad to 'frame' it. The bird was cut out and colored with the waterbrush, then placed in the tree with a dimensional. (The orange/cream focal piece was adhered to the Key Lime piece using dimensionals as well.)

The sketch I used was a fun one I'd used for an Easter card a few months ago, created by Anna Wight. BTW, I just love her site. She and her husband live on a farm and raise all sorts of animals. In addition to her stamping and stamp designing, she's a wonderful photographer and she shares some really great pics of life on their farm. (Yes, for some odd reason I'm enamored by the country/farm life. Don't want to raise or care for livestock, but they're sure fun to look at. lol)

Even though I should be working on a wedding card, two Father's Day cards, and a few other cards for needs that have come up this week, there's a sketch challenge going on today (and two others over the weekend!) and I'm hoping to get started on that one after dinner. Maybe I can work it so that some of the challenge cards can be used for the cards I really *need* to make.... If I find the time and a big dose of creativity to participate in the challenge tonight, I'll share it with you tomorrow. Feel free to play along too (after all, who wouldn't {heart} a chance to win free stamps?!)...and be sure to come back and leave me a link to your creations! ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: Chocolate, Orange, Key Lime, Colonial White (CTMH); Stamps: Pretty Birds, Cute Curls (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Chocolate, Orange, Key Lime, White Daisy pigment (CTMH); Other: (ret.) Apricot Blossom gingham, waterbrush, sponge, glue dots (CTMH), buttons (JoAnn's)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Rescue the Princess

Well, actually, it's a little too late for that now. This card was made for (and sent to) one of my sweet little nieces for her fifth birthday a couple weeks ago. I really should've posted it sooner so I could've gotten some suggestions on how to gussy it up a bit, but alas, it's water under the {draw}bridge now -- sorry, I couldn't resist that one. ;)

The idea here was that the princess would be looking out through her window high up in the castle wall. Well, I thought it was a good idea anyway. The nightmare began when I tried to stamp on and cut all the layers of diagonal pieces -- let's just say it didn't go anywhere near as planned so it's a bit boring, and I won't be using this sketch again anytime soon. It really looked like a cute (and simple) one and I have no idea why it was so challenging for me, but it was. I'm not going to let it get the best of me, so I know I'll be giving it another try down the road, but I think I need to recover from my traumatic experience first...and maybe I just need to approach it from a different angle (no pun intended) next time. Does anyone have any tips for me on how to work with diagonals? If so, I'd really appreciate it if you'd leave me a comment or email me with them. Thanks. ;)

The details are rather straightforward and frills here...which is a little unfortunate because it was made for a little girl who would no doubt love the frills. ;( I was just more than ready to be DONE with this card, and my tired brain wasn't coming up with anything clever. I did use some of her favorite colors, so, if nothing else, that should appeal to her. ;) Of course she only turned five, so how much will she really even care about what the card looks like? For most kids, birthdays are usually all about the presents. At least that's what I tell myself. lol

I used a White Daisy cardstock base with a layer of Lilac Mist cardstock over it, adding some of my Echo 6x6 patterned paper from Memory Box. The Spring Iris cardstock was used as the 'window' (the rounded portion was cut using one of my scalloped oval Nestabilities and then cut to size, and the ledge is just a rectangular piece) and on the diagonal accents. There's also a little bit of Sweet Leaf cardstock peeking out from the diagonals too. The "Happy Birthday" was supposed to have been placed in the upper left corner, and "Princess" was to have been in the lower right. Was being the operative words there. I won't even go into that (and even though you don't realize it, you should thank me! lol).

The princess and the sentiment are both from Once Upon a Time by Lizzie Anne Designs. I stamped her on watercolor paper using Jet Black Staz-On and colored her in with a waterbrush and some CTMH ink pads and adhered using dimensionals on the portion above the window ledge. I also stamped, colored in, and cut out a second dress bodice so I could overlay that on top of the dress (not adhereing the outer portion of the sleeves) for some dimension. Her hat and trailing ribbons were also cut out separately and adhered using dimensionals. I added some Star Dust Stickles on parts of the dress, hat, and along the ribbons for lots of shimmer and sparkle. And if you're wondering about the unusual color of the princess' hair, my niece has strawberry blonde hair so I tried to match it for her. ;)

So I added a piece of white grosgrain along the upper left, and then placed some Water Dew Drops along both diagonal pieces and called it good. Well, it wasn't really good, but it was DONE! And the poor princess has probably been forcibly plucked from of the safety of her royal domain and plunged down into the trash can by now...never to be seen again and no one to rescue her. (In the aftermath of all the envisioned destruction, I wonder if my niece thought she pulled off the fair princess' legs or if she tore the card apart enough to discover that the poor little lady never had any to begin with?!) lol

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Lilac Mist, Spring Iris, Sweet Leaf (CTMH), watercolor paper (Strathmore); Patterned Paper: Echo collection (Memory Box); Stamps: Once Upon a Time (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Amethyst, Taffy, Vanilla Cream, Baby Pink (CTMH); Other: scalloped oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Water Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), grosgrain ribbon, waterbrush, Liquid Glass (CTMH), foam mounting squares

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Butterflies, {Inaudible} Hisses, and Funny Fish Kisses

It feels like forever since I've posted...and stamped. How do you all do it -- stamping all the time, I mean? I'm envious....

Last Friday was our home school field trip to the Butterfly Pavilion, which was about an hour south of where we live. Well worth the drive and a wonderful day! Knowing that Jeanne lived near there, I was so happy when she and her youngest daughter accepted my invitation to join our group for the day. After being acquainted through email, egroups, and blogging, it was so nice to finally get to meet her in person, and her daughter is every bit as cute in person as she is in the pictures Jeanne has shared on her blog. ;)

Here are a few pics of some butterflies (and a HUGE moth!) during the Butterfly Release that I was fortunate enough to have an unobstructed view and a quick shutter -- you should've seen the ones that got away! ;) I noticed that Jeanne has posted a few pics as well, so if you're interested, you can go check them out by clicking here.

Here's the GINORMOUS moth. What was so fascinating about this creature, beyond its size and the fact that the male of the species only live about a week and the female just a little longer (only long enough to lay her eggs), is that the markings on the edges of their upper wings look exactly like a snake! Can you see them? We were told this 'camoflauge' is to confuse would-be predators -- amazing! It's body is beautiful too, almost polka-dotted, and it's antenae are plume-like and so colorful!

There were so many interesting things to see and learn, and I think everyone really enjoyed their time there -- I know we sure did. This next pic is of {one very brave} Jeanne holding a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach during the hands-on portion of the field trip because the girls weren't too excited about the idea (thanks, Jeanne!). The kids got to become 'scientists' for a short time and experiment a little with these creepy crawly creatures (nice, controlled experiments -- no torture going on -lol), though I don't think anyone actually heard them hissing. ;)

There were several other exhibits to see and touch throughout the facility, all of which were invertebrates (and I've decided to spare you those pics -lol), such as "Rosie" the tarantula (nearly ALL of the kids waited in line to get to have Rosie crawl in their hands -- ewwww!). They had several Rosies so that when one got tired of being gently prodded to crawl, they could bring out a fresh, energetic one. lol There were all kinds of spiders and beetles, some honey bees, a sea cucumber, a couple lobsters, crabs, and even some fish -- some of the sea creatures were also hands-on.

The kids all thought they'd found Nemo and his dad in this exhibit:

And I just had to take this guy's picture. I didn't catch his name, but he seemed friendly enough...and he looked as though he's ever ready to give away kisses -lol! Mwah!! (Wonder how he eats? lol)

Yep, I was just a picture-taking fool on Friday -- and thanks for humoring me if you've read this far. ;) I've got just one more for ya (yes, I'm easily amused and, sadly, not a very good photographer -lol).... On our way home from the field trip, the kids and I stopped and watched some horses in a pasture near our home where there were about five baby horses grazing with the herd (is that right? a "herd" of horses?...yeah, us city folk don't know the proper names for much in the way of farm animals -- it's just shameful, I know...but I'm tryin'). The babies seemed to either be nursing or following their mommas around so I rarely got a good shot, but this one seemed good enough to share. Isn't he a cutie?!

I should be back tomorrow to share a card with you. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!