Saturday, February 25, 2012

Passing the Torch

Hello again.  I've really been getting a lot done lately.  Wish I could be this productive all the time!  This is a digi from A Day for Daisies that was another freebie for the CDAC Challenge #12.  Honestly, this is so much fun!  I love seeing what everyone does with the digis that are provided.  There is so much variety and so much talent out there!  It's overwhelming.  So here's my take on the challenge:

I am very pleased with the coloring.  I had in mind that crisp fabric that is somewhat irridescent but wanted to capture it in colored pencil without stickles or other embellishments to give it that sheen.  I really like the way it moves from one color to the next and back.  Anyway, I had a LOT of fun with this card.  I just happened to have the flourish and green roses in my stash, how perfect! 

I am also entering this card in the challenge at Always Crafting.

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hello again.  I'm really excited about the card I'm showing off today.  I don't do flowery very often, so that was the first challenge here.  It's a gatefold that I cut on my Silhouette, intended to be a standard center fold, but I turned and folded it so that it would open as a surprise onto a center panel.
This is an anniversary card that I made after the first lesson in a class called Silhouette 101 from My Creative Classroom.  This was the first time that I typed out my caption, changed the size and font and then welded it.  I did make a shadow but decided not to use it. 

This beautiful paper is from a DCWV 12x12 stack that I picked up at Ross Dress for Less for about five dollars.  You really can't lose at that price. 

Now, when i gave this card to my friends yesterday, I told them that the outside was for her, but the inside was for him... 
Stella and Gus are from Bugaboo and the sentiment came with them.  When you've been married as long as we all have a sense of humor about marriage is mandatory.  The pretty paper here is a free digi from Create with TLC.  I actually printed Stella, Gus, and the sentiment right on the paper, then colored them.  First time I've done it right this, but I think I'll be doing it again.  It really makes a difference in the bulkiness and weight of the card.  Much easier to mail this way...

I'm sorry my pictures are blurry.  Can't decide whether it's the camera or the photographer (me).  I really do not see well, so I'm betting on me!

Have a great day,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Little Boys Are Made Of

I have a card for you today using a digi provided by Fred She Said for the CDAC Progressive Challenges.  If you haven't checked them out, you should.  Easy to join and participate in, and the digis are fantastic.  This is the first of the cards I have made for this round of the challenge, will post the second in a couple of days.
Isn't he darling?  Who could resist a smile like that!  I used colored pencils to color him. The kite is a wooden pre-painted shape from Michael's.  The designer paper is a scrap from my stash, I'm sorry I don't remember who it's from.  The slider (strung on a waste piece of cardstock) was part of a great package I received for Christmas, all sorts of embellishments from the dollar store!  That was probably the most fun of the gifts I received at Christmas.

Hope you're enjoying a lovely day, and maybe even a hint of Spring?  I need to know that there is green out there slowly creeping our way!


Monday, February 20, 2012

 I know, Valentine's Day is long over (well, a week long, anyway).  I didn't want to post these until they had arrived at their intended destinations.  I really had a great time making them, lots of fun!  The card above is made with Valentine's Subway Art instead of a sentiment, a look that I enjoy, and a free digi from Elizabeth O. Dulemba.  If you aren't familiar with her blog, you should check it out.  It's a great mix of things, always fun to read.  Every Tuesday she has a free coloring page which is where the chickens came from. 
I actually made two of these great "hogs and kisses" cards.  This was my second best, but I didn't take a pic. of the first before mailing it off.  Sorry, because I really thought it turned out best.    I cut it with Make the Cut and my Silhouette SD.

Which reminds me, I'm taking a class on how to use my Silhouette from My Creative Classroom, Silhouette 101.  If you are new to the Silhouette this would be a great place to begin.  Classes are videos that can be watched on your own schedule with pdf files to print out that go with the videos.  I like to save the pdf's for reference.  I just cannot remember everything at the same time.  Anyway, this particular class is taught by Jennifer Priest who does a very nice job and although she said that we wouldn't actually do any cutting after the first lesson, I was able to write out a caption and weld it, make a shadow and cut both yesterday.  I'll post that later on, because the card I made turned out very well, or at least I like it.

My husband just told me that it's snowing, a nice surprise.  We've had lovely weather, about 20 degrees above normal, but it is SO dry...  Can't help but worry about the summer.  I like long and hot, but I do not enjoy water rationing!  See, I'm never happy!

Have a great day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Something Different Today

The virtual run will be on Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m. MST.

Today I am deviating from my usual post to spread the word (I hope) about an event that is happening tomorrow.  Sherry Arnold, the woman for whom the event is being held, was a teacher in Sidney, Montana where I taught for several years back in the 80's.  I didn't know Sherry, but as a teacher and as an ex-resident of Sidney I can certainly feel for her and her family.  For those who are unaware of what has happened, in January Sherry went for a morning run as she usually did, and disappeared.  Sidney is right in the heart of the "Bakken" oil boom area.  When we lived the the area it was a wonderful place to live and raise children.  Now there are strangers everywhere (no, I do not have anything against strangers in general, just in large masses like this).  The oil companies have brought in workers from everywhere and have told them  not to bring their families because this boom won't last more than a few years.  Consequently every motel is full, every apartment is full and renting for $1000 or more (compared to $350 in 1984 for a 3 bedroom townhouse), and every bare spot of land is covered by what they euphemistically call "man camps."  That's nothing more than a collection of small trailers that house as many men as there are beds, and are set within 10 or 15 feet of each other to maximize the body count per acre.  I cannot imagine how anyone feels safe any more.  Last year, in Watford City, North Dakota (just 50 miles away from Sidney), there was ( and still may be) a man camp on the perimeter of the elementary school and park.  Yup, you can easily guess; a paroled pedophile was living in one of the trailers.  Now, I have nothing against that man earning a living, but to house him anywhere near a school is immoral and also unfair to him.  If he is trying to stay clean, the proximity to children cannot be anything less than a major temptation.  This is no way for anyone to exist, and the oil companies should be ashamed!  They feel no responsibility for the effect they have on people but are only interested in the profit they can take out of an area.

So, I'll quit ranting and I hope you will forgive me.  You can see that I feel strongly about this. I would invite you to read the following excerpt about the Saturday event, and if you can to stop and give some thought to all those who endure terrifying things, and for the families that are left behind.  Thank you for bearing with me.

The website for the run is:  Shut Up + Run
The virtual run will be on Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m. MST.
  • Mark your calendars
  • Print out a running bib and pin it to your shirt
  • Gather your friends, your running club members, your families
  • If it’s wet where you are, “laminate” your bib with postage tape and punch holes in it
  • If that time doesn’t work, go when you can
  • GO. Run as far and as long as you want. Walk, hike, cycle, rollerblade if you don’t want to or can’t run.
My goal is to get the MOST love, momentum and energy moving in honor of Sherry. This run symbolizes the beginning if healing and honors a woman who was courageous, strong and loved by so many.
For those of us in the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area I will be organizing a group run at the Boulder Reservoir that morning. I hope we can get a huge clan together and make the earth MOVE!! Stay tuned.