Sunday, August 31, 2008
The colors for this past week were Brocade Blue, Bravo Burgundy and Night of Navy. I just got the Snow Swirled set and was itching to use it. There is a beautiful tree in this set and once I get a little caught up, I'm going to try these colors again with a silver-embossed tree. I think that will be quite nice also.
The scalloped square is actually 4 scalloped squares put together to make a larger square. The snowflake circle is punched out with the new 1 3/4" circle punch. Both the square and the circle are popped up on dimensionals to add some interest. I used a round ice brad for the center of the main snowflake.
I know there are other entries for this week from Stasia, Colleen, and Kelly. Please check them out also. Great job ladies!!!
Did she get screwed by the judges - oh no, it's the second lamp getting screwed.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
But anyway, today was the trip to DE to get her settled into her apartment. We started out at 9:30 picking up a mattress and boxspring for her at the home of one of the teachers from my school. Then we caravanned to DE, got her moved in, ate some lunch, set up what we could, said good-bye and then hit the road to come home. I would absolutely be murdered if I told you any bridge stories so I won't go there, but I will say that it took us 45 mins. to get out of DE - a 10 mile trip on Rt. 95 to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, with me driving and a pile of cardboard in the back of the van obscuring my view. The passenger of the car (HWNSNBP) was intermittently turning on the radio to hear the score of the Yankee game (even though I asked him not to do that because the traffic pattern had changed since we had last been through there and I was annoyed that I couldn't see out the rear window to switch lanes on my own). Do you have any idea what an AM station sounds like two states away - LIKE A GNAT BUZZING AROUND MY EARS IN STOP AND GO TRAFFIC!!! Okay, I'll calm down now. We switched drivers as soon as we crossed the bridge and I attempted to "nap" with the buzzing.
I may post a picture tomorrow or Monday of the fledgling in her new digs, but until then I will entertain you with a picture of something that I entered into a Stampin' Up! contest last month. The theme was 3-D Trick or Treat. This is actually mechanical. When you pull the string on either end, the three medallions spin (the one in the middle goes in the opposite direction of the other two). It is based on a frame from $Tree and the "wheels" that help the medallions spin are actually recycled from the plastic wheels inside used snail tape cartridges. Someday in the near future I will do another project similar to this and take pictures of the stages. I was in too much of a hurry to get this done and in on time and forgot to document it, but at least I did get a picture of the finished product.
BTW, I didn't win the contest (boohoo for me!) but I still think it's pretty cool.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I wanted to use this card as a thank you, so I got out my All Holidays set for the sentiment which was stamped in Sage Shadow on Apricot Appeal and sponged on the edges again with Pink Pirouette. What else - let's see - the file tab punch in Sage Shadow with a Pink grosgrain knot in the corner.
I really look forward to this challenge each week. Cindy's teapots are very inspirational and the cards that she makes are just out of this world. Please make sure to take a trip to her glob (her word) and check it out. You'll be in for a real treat!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
And here is my card for the challenge. I did add a little color with the background (and I have been told by my very astute daughter that I should have used blue instead of yellow because the yellow reminds her of, I won't say what). I did pick up the ribbon at Michael's while I was away, but I didn't want to make a traditional bow with it. Instead, I gathered one edge and pulled it just enough to leave a little room for the diameter of the button so the button wouldn't hide the ribbon too much. I left a loop in the top of the ribbon (maybe you might think it's a teapot handle???, I know it's a stretch again).
The black and white background was created by using a cuttlebug embossing folder on Whisper White cardstock, then inking up my brayer with Basic Black ink and running it gently over the raised areas. So, although you can't see it that well in the picture, the background is very textured. '
I mounted that on Kiwi Kiss and then on Summer Sun (the Summer Sun is only one layer, the Kiwi Kiss is the card). The sentiment is from the new Wow Flowers stamp set and backed with Basic Black cs. They are both popped up. Oh, and I almost forgot that I used the All Scallops border set and the scallop border punch for the scalloped design on the right.
Maybe she's right - it would be better on blue. What do you think?
Friday, August 22, 2008
We ventured to Millville yesterday. Basically, we were going for tea. Yes, HWNSNBP accompanies me to tea once a year. It's not as frou-frou as you think. Most places serve a regular lunch menu in addition to serving Afternoon Tea. Millville is in south Jersey about an hour from where we are staying in Barnegat. It would be a much longer drive from home were we to begin there which is why I chose to take advantage of my once-a-year endeavor this week.
The name of the tea room in Millville is The Vintage Rose. I did have the Afternoon Tea which was very delightfully served on a four-tier server in beautiful pink plates. The scones were delicious - nutmeg currant and blueberry, and served with fresh lemon curd and clotted cream. The next tier had 5 "finger" sandwiches - a mini-croissant with chicken salad, a cucumber and mint on white bread, a pastry cup of crab salad, egg salad on marble rye in the shape of a flower, and a toasted cheese on crostini with tomato and basil. The sweets were excellent - a small fruit cheesecake tart, a walnut bar, assorted fresh fruits (some cut out in heart shapes) and a rose shaped mini chocolate cake and teapot sugar cookie. HWNSNBP had an egg salad on marble rye sandwich and a slice of their fresh zucchini quiche. He had raspberry ice tea and I had a pot of Peach Ginger tea. It was a great meal and I know that I am so lucky that he treats me to this.
When we were done with tea there was a group of little shops down the road and I found this little shop called Earth Gatherings - Findings for the Embellisher. Do I need to tell you that I was in Button Heaven. You must enlarge the photos above to see all the wonderful buttons and findings that I took pictures of - and remember that this was only a fraction of what was there. I picked and collected in a little wooden drawer a bunch of buttons and charms.
I shared a memory with the woman who owned the store, telling her about the tins of buttons that belonged to my grandmother who lived downstairs from us, and how my sisters and I would play with the buttons in those tins, sorting and stacking them for what seemed like hours at a time especially on rainy days in the summer. My grandmother worked at a sewing factory and she had quite a stash of buttons. I've always been attracted to bottles and tins of buttons at flea markets and garage sales, but to actually find a store that had all these wonderful embellishments, well, like I said, it was like heaven for me.
From there we went over to WheatonArts and visited some of the shops there. We did not get to see any of the glass making demonstrations - maybe another time.
I have to say that we both needed to use the rest room by the time we got there (remember he had a carafe of iced tea and I had a 4-cup pot of tea). Why am I telling you this - just a little rant. I want to know who the genius is that invented the TP dispenser that only lets you roll out 3 sheets at a time. Am I missing something? Who only needs to use 3 sheets? I like to make my visits to public restrooms as quick as possible. This is hardly possible when you're only allowed to roll off 3 sheets of TP at a time!
BTW, the lady in the button shop has an Etsy store. In addition to embellishments, she also sells beautiful handmade handbags and hats, and other vintage things. Check it out!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I had to share these pics. This is a sunset over the lagoon in Barnegat and a moonrise over LBI from the public dock in Barnegat. The moon is that pink ball almost center.
More details to follow.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My background paper is Bordering Blue CS, I used the Canvas background stamp in Brocade Blue first, then added the solid flowers from A Beautiful Thing. The squares are punched out of Brocade, Banana, and White, and the flowers were all stamped in Brocade on the various colors. The sentiment is also stamped in Brocade and punched out with the Key Tag punch. I softened the edges of that piece by sponging some Banana on it. The flowers are popped up to give the card some dimension.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
What you don't see inside is the pocket made with another piece of DSP and bordered with some Pale Plum CS as a scallop border using the new border scallop punch.
I hope she likes it.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Here is what I cooked up. I'm calling it Chocolate and Cherries. I had this cute little cherry charm that I added. What do you think? Are you craving a brownie sundae right about now?
Visit Cindy's glob to see her most delicious creation. Thank goodness these are calorie free!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Anyway, the story behind the card does involve the car. You see as I was waiting in the truck while HWNSNBP was dropping off the keys inside the dealership, I saw this woman standing at the counter next to him. She had on a red blouse with some black flowers and a muted background I couldn't make out through the window. She also had black pants on. I thought she looked like a giant ladybug!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This Sunday, I convinced HWNSNBP to take a ride to the Christmas Tree Shop to buy some sheets they had on sale. Although I did manage to spend some $, I was feeling a little dizzy so we didn't stay as long as we normally do (it is about a 50 min. ride and I am usually in the store for more than an hour, but I think I set a record for the fastest visit!). Anyway, you're probably saying "what has this got to do with the pincushion?" Be patient, I'll get there.
On the way to the Christmas Tree Shop we go through a little town that has a quilt store that I've always wanted to stop at - the Pennington Quilt Works. I had told HWNSNBP on the way down that I would like to stop at the shop if it was opened on the way back. I think he thought that since I was dozing in the car, that he was probably homefree, but I could tell when we left the main (straight) highway and were nearing the store. He didn't put up a stink - bonus points for that** - but he did leave the car running while I went inside to "browse" around. I have to say that my dizziness was a little enhanced by all the patterns and colors that were everywhere in this shop so I too wanted to make it a short trip.
Now, let me say that I have a considerable stash of fabric here at home. It's one of those things that are so pretty and easy to accumulate if you don't use them right away - much like scrapbook paper. But I kind of knew that I wanted to try the pincushion and I had a color palette in mind. I have to say that this is the least amount of money that I have probably ever spent in a fabric store!!!
The project calls for a golf tee and though HWNSNBP is not a golfer, I had a bag of them for some other planned craft project which I have forgotten by now. I searched and found the tees and got started on my new pincushion. Don't you think it's cute!!!
BTW, I managed to get my 30-yr-old-Kenmore-sewing machine-that-I-have-been-told-cannot-be-fixed working so I didn't have to sew the petals by hand. But I have to say that I was pretty pissed off that the people in the shop I took it to changed the stitch settings and the tension was all
screwed up. If you're a sewer, you'll know that screwed up tension is not fun.
So, in closing, I wanted to say thanks Lettie for a fantastic tutorial, a cute project, and providing me with a little diversionary creativity.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I love, love, love this stamp set. What you don't see from this piece is the other stamps that come with the set. There is a bird on a branch, a solitary acorn, and a branch with a plum-type fruit on it. This stamp set is retiring as of 8-11 (but I'll still be using mine!!!!).
Our colors for this week are Perfect and/or Pale Plum, Sahara Sand, and Always Artichoke. I'm not traditionally a purple-user, but I thought that this set would lend itself well to those colors.
I stamped the images in Basic Gray on Confetti White paper. I hope that this is okay since these colors are not included in the challenge, but I wanted to watercolor and I like using Basic Gray ink as it does not bleed with the water and it is subtler than black. I used my aquapainter and the ink on the lids of the stamp pads to color the images. You can see that I did use both of the plums so that the flower (and the butterfly) would have some interest
The Sahara Sand piece of cardstock was scrunched up to give it more interest. I toyed with the idea of splitting the paper to make it look like suede but decided that I liked it this way. The images were glued onto the SS piece with Tombow Multi adhesive to get it to stick better to the lumpy surface. Then I added a layer of Always Artichoke, stamped Pale Plum ferns on the background and the sentiment in Perfect Plum. Lastly, I added the Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware as accents.
This card will fit in a regular business size envelope which I stamped with the fern stamp in Always Artichoke.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The stages of a balloon flower opening.