Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesdays Around Town - The Landing, Shakopee, MN

Last Saturday, I took a little drive to Shakopee, MN to see some fine art at The Landing. It's a history village set along the Minnesota River, and there is usually admission charged to cover the cost of keeping up the buildings. Costumed volunteers lead tours. 
Because of the fine arts fair, admission was free last weekend, but I had gotten there only an hour before closing, so I skipped the tours and concentrated on the booths and the outsides of the buildings.

The top two photos show the scenic overlook above the Minnesota River. With all our heavy rain last month, the river is still quite high, but I saw no evidence that any flooding had occurred here as it had just down the highway at Valley Fair.
(Above) Live music at the town square. (Below) Several of the authentic 19th-century buildings on the site.




Two photos of the chickens and coop. These are a huge breed of chicken (not sure what breed).

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Picket Picnic Invitations

Our annual family picnic is next month, so I made a batch of invitations. The picket-fence design took shape as I was wondering how to use the little phrases from a sheet of Jillibean Soup cardstock.

I cut out all the "remember this" and "good days" captions I could find from the cardstock sheet, then arranged them on a standard card, but they just seemed to fit better on something tall and skinny. I had the wood-patterned paper, so I adhered that over plain cardstock and snipped the top into a point.

I also stamped the bottom with a leafy vegetable. The actual invitation is on the back, printed on my computer before I did any cutting. I also attached small magnets to the backs, so people could stick them in a prominent location.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Moxie Fab Over-The-Door Storage

One more (for now) storage idea to share with Moxie Fab World Creative Spaces Link Party - Show Me Your Storage Ideas. This over-the-door shelf unit fits on a closet door in my studio and holds some of the most-used paper punches: squares, circles, ovals, etc. Looks like I have room to add a few more wire shelves.

Moxie Fab Paper Punch Storage

Here's another storage idea to share with Moxie Fab World Creative Spaces Link Party - Show Me Your Storage Ideas. This time I've used the thread spool holder to hold Fiskars edge punches. They fit just perfectly in between the "slats". I've also used each peg on the right side for a few handle-punches.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Moxie Fab Desk

My studio/office has been in need of a thorough cleaning/downsizing for a long time, and I now have a little more incentive to get the job done. Moxie Fab World is hosting a Creative Spaces Link Party - Show Me Your Desk. So, here's the drafting table that I use for all my card-making (and homework when I am in school). The wall hanging is from Peru, brought back by my mom from one of her many trips.

My favorite craft item - the cutting board that always stays sharp and never needs replacement blades - is at one end. The little acrylic unit to the left of it holds just the essentials like a glue stick, scissors and a few blank notecards. It is a cosmetics organizer.  

Another view of the cutter and organizer (with containers of paper packs in the background). It's nice to be able to work from two sides of my desk, and I can stand or sit in my tall drafting chair.

The items at the other end of the desk include an old DVD organizer that I now use for ribbon. I had originally hung it on a wall vertically, and tacked fishing line across the bottom of each "shelf" so the ribbon wouldn't roll out. My pencils, pens, scissors and much-used punches are contained in a teapot and mug set, and a big "chick" mug I found after an Easter sale years ago. On the far left you can see my first camera from the '60s.

I'll be back soon with more views of the studio and organization ideas.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Moxie Fab World Edge-Punch Storage

I'm sharing a photo of my studio with Moxie Fab World's "Creative Spaces Link Party - Show Me Your Storage Ideas."

These are Martha Stewart edge paper punches stored in a former thread spool rack. Each punch can be taken down without disturbing the others, and it's so nice to be able to see them displayed rather than hidden in a drawer.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cherish This Day Card

I designed an anniversary card for the Moxie Fab World "Photo Pocket Page Challenge". The journaling card is the rectangle on the right with the "T" and the sun. I added a cloud and butterflies over that, and arranged all the other pieces over a base of blue cardstock.
This is a large card - 6.5 by 4.5 inches. For some reason, it just seemed to need a little outline that I drew around everything. All die cuts, stickers and journal card are by Jillibean Soup - the Chilled Cucumber Soup collection.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Lovely Day With Washi Tape

It's that time of year again: the annual Papercrafts Magazine Gallery Idol contest. The first round requirement is to use Washi tape. I decided to buy some tape for the first time and play along.

The first card (above) was made by creating a scenic background with three patterns of tape. I left the edges roughly torn, then stamped the sun, house, fence and sentiment over the tape. I used a corner punch to add interest to three of the corners before I layered the whole thing over black cardstock.
For the second card, I stamped and punched some "gears" to wind the Washi tape around. The background is metallic cardstock and the sentiment is printed on vellum. I added a brad to the centers of the gears and attached them with dimensional tape. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, Neph!

Next school year, I will really have to make all my cards ahead of time (like this summer). I keep a calendar of occasions on my bulletin board, but some weeks, I was too busy with homework to even look at it.

So, this birthday card for my oldest nephew is a couple of weeks late. Starting at the base, I used a wood-grain embossing folder in my Big Shot. The fun technique to create the background color is just some brushes of watercolor. That panel was layered over black cardstock after I stamped the sentiment and punched a little branch in one corner.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day, Everyone! Whether you are Irish or not, it's a good day to wear your favorite green sweater, maybe catch a parade, have a green bagel (Bruegger's) or a green beer (if that's your thing). The card below is one I made and posted here several years ago.

May the Irish hills caress you
May her lakes and rivers bless you
May the luck of the Irish enfold you
May the blessings of St Patrick behold you
I hope to post a few more times while I'm on Spring break from classes.