Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Moxie Fab World Trendy Triangles Challenge

The Moxie Fab World Trendy Triangles Challenge came along at just the right time for me to make a Jamaican-inspired card for a Reggae-loving friend with a birthday. The colors of the triangles in the inspiration photo kickstarted my card.
I punched the triangles out of cardstock, adhered them to the card base, stamped a few extra triangles and then the words.

For the inside of the card, I printed the Jamaican birthday song using the CK Yah Mon font. 

Now dis is de birthday sang
Fah JoEtta fram me
Enjoy your special day
Mek sure ave some fun
Suh gadah roun right now
Cum an sing alang
Appy Birthday
To yuh now JoEtta
Appy Birthday

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is Mom's birthday - she would have been 86. I gathered a few photos mostly from this blog to re-post as a remembrance. At a later time, my brothers and I can put together a longer version as we go through the family photos and letters.
Mom and Dad in the 1950s.
Hawaii in 2008 (with Craig).
Her 2010 birthday.

With me at Fort Snelling park in 2011.
2012 with Craig in New Ulm at Schmitt Brewery gardens.

2012 birthday at Lake Minnetonka.

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).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesdays Around Town - Water Tower Painting

Quite a few years ago, I noticed a water tower being painted and that it was entirely covered with a giant tarp to contain the paint from splattering the surrounding grass and buildings. It looked like something very alien and I have been taking photos of "shrouded" water towers ever since.
The painting on this water tower in Bloomington was just being started when I drove by. The tarp had not been dropped down yet and looks like an exotic cap worn by a strange creature. 

Here's a close-up.
I was in the neighborhood several more times and hoped to see the tarp covering the whole thing, but I was told the painting had already been done and the material rolled back up the same day. So, I missed this photo-op, but I may be able to find some of my old pics of other "encased" water towers.

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.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Happy For Hexagons - Part 2

My second card for the Moxie Fab World Happy For Hexagons Challenge also uses punched out shapes, but this time I started out with plain cardstock over a plain background. I didn't even decide to stamp over the hexagons until I had them all adhered. The arrangement that I started to form suggested molecules to me, so I printed "Chemistry" from my computer.

This will be another anniversary card with an appropriate "you've got chemistry" caption on the inside [Edit - this is what I wrote:]

Chemistry may have given you a start
But a successful marriage is an art

Happy For Hexagons - Part 1

For those of you who don't already know, I went back to college in September and have had to neglect my blog ever since. But I've been taking the usual photos and will get caught up one of these days (probably this summer). I'm still trying to make cards for friends and family, and occasionally participate in an online challenge. This is the first of two cards I made for the Moxie Fab World Happy For Hexagons Challenge.
The hexagon background was pieced together from punches made in a single matstack to get the coordinating patterns. I printed the sentiment (using a free font from Papercrafts Magazine) on cardstock and matted it over vellum before adhering to the card. The matstack came with a peel-off sticky backing, which made the whole process a lot easier.

I decided to add a few faux rhinestones. This will go out - LATE - to some wonderful cousins (you know who you are!)

Friday, January 03, 2014

Twelve Days Of Christmas Cards

Here is my 2013 "Seven Swans A-Swimming" Christmas card. I finally got them done and mailed after New Year's Day. The inside sentiment reads:

Thinking of You,
Wishing For You and Yours
All the Beauty and Grace
Of This Christmas Season
Continuing Throughout
The Coming Year

I used several shades of cardstock for the base. This is the first year I've drawn only the "gift" and not the cat, since I started the series in 1998.

There were years I sent other handmade cards and some years I missed altogether. 2007 was the "Six Geese A-Laying" card. I don't have a copy of the card - this is a copy of just the drawing. The "Five Gold Rings" card was not a drawing, but a photo of my cat Cubby, with actual metal wire for the earrings and bracelets piercing the photo. (I don't have a copy of that one either, but I may be able to re-create it.)

"Four Calling Birds" was the 2004 card. I liked how the birds turned out, but I was going for a more stylized look, as in the swan and goose.

2000 was "Three French Hens". I used Zane as the model for the cat drawing. Again, the cat turned out not as stylized as the hens.

"Two Turtledoves" was the gift in 1999. I wanted to draw some cats I'd actually had, so the black cat represented Angus, who was with me 15 years. It's really hard to draw black cats with much detail!

The first card was in 1998: "A Partridge In A Pear Tree".  It was my intent to draw a cat in each one, along with a gift in some form that a cat would like. I was also thinking of each of the drawings as part of a poster, so I thought about which way each cat was facing, as well as where the other elements were located on each card. The first six cards can be placed in two rows of three and coordinate quite well. The seventh card departed from this: there's no cat and it's vertical. I may decide to just start over, but I will continue the series until it's finished. Next year: Eight Maids A-Milking.

For anyone who's interested, "The Real 12 Days of Christmas" by Helen Haidle gives the history of the hidden meaning behind the 12 gifts. The song originated in 16th century England as a way to teach children beliefs when it was strictly forbidden outside of official state church teachings.