Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Snowflakes - Winter's Butterflies

I put these cards together the other day.  I need to add cards to the box so 2 more is good thing.  I have 93 card in the Christmas box.

Light blue textured card stock.  A four inch square of designer paper featuring a winter blue design.
I printed the snowflake greeting on vellum and ripped the top and bottom edges. Trimmed it to the width of 4 inches like the DSP.
It is held in place at the top of the card with a star brad with a snowflake confetti on the left and a tiny round white brad on the right.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mosaic Monday - This Week

I was motivated last week to cleanup the storage room.  It has been on the To Do list for most of the summer.

I had some of supplies still stored from when I made lots of handmade paper from recycled paper. Three boxed of brochures, manuals, etc. hit the dust.  Now the remaining supplies like my instruction book, moulds and deckles and a few naturals inclusions remain. 

I can actually see the floor. The boxes on the right contain craft supplies which I can now remove easily and put away right away. I can easily access the chairs for classes. 

I am very happy.




It has been raining for the last couple of days.  The temperatures are much cooler than last week.  I know it's going to happen but a bit more summer would be nice.  I'm sure will have a bit more.

I bought myself a shirt last week.  I paid much more attention to the details this time.  Yellow is a favorite color.  The seams on the front for the buttons and button holes are completely finished and lay flat. No more ironing them flat.  I will wear this shirt open over a t shirt so insides will be visible.  The sleeves roll up and have a tie so it will be a good summer shirt as well as a long sleeved shirt in the winter.  It has a pocket.  I generally need a place to put sunglasses when I take then off so it will come in handy.
I made a couple of apple crisps in take away containers with apples from Mom's tree.

I had a friend over for tea and we shared the missing half of this container.  The other container headed out to a birthday party.






Monday, August 22, 2016

HB Metallic

I made this card for a friend who is turning 93 today.

I cut the Memory Box Jumbled Happy Birthday from gold and silver foil card stock with 2 passes.  This allowed me to change the spacing of the words.  I adhered them to the navy blue card with quick dry adhesive.
I placed an embossed border at the bottom of the card in light blue done with the Anna Griffin Acanthus set.

Quick and bright card.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sympathy Card Set

I made this card for a friend who lost her daughter recently.

I chose a light blue card and then cut the sheet of 12x12 designer paper by Scrap Works - Ethan Kate - Intimates Brooch Felt.  It is a nice soft color palette of blue, green and white.  This is the solid side of a pale blue.  I cut the DSP with the Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage die then mounted it to the card front ensuring the corners and the spaces between received adhesive.
I stamped the sentiment with the greeting from the Stampin Up Simply Sketched stamp set in Gable Green.










The extra cards were done with the same supplies but using the other side of the paper which features designer flowers.  They are wrapped and tied with a bow for delivery this morning.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Apple Rhubarb Crisp with Tea

I picked some apples from the ones I picked from my Mom`s tree last weekend.  I removed the ends and stems, cut them into quarters, cored them and sliced them.  I filled my casserole with sliced apples and some rhubarb.  I added the crumb topping and put it into the oven.










Here`s the apple rhubarb crisp out of the oven.  I let it cool a little bit. I love my Kitchen Aid casserole.  Its a great color and it cleans up real easy.












I made a cup of tea to enjoy with my crisp.  Chai Tea is one of my favorites.  I recently purchased this Cochin Masala Chai tea.  This small white teapot works well for tea for one.













I plated a serving of crisp on a Myott The Hunter in blue cobalt plate.  I added a small cup of tea for this evening dessert with a bit of honey and half and half.













Yes, I did add a bit of half and half cream to add the bit of decadence to the serving.   There was some sugar in the crumb topping but no additional sugar in with the fruit.  It was not too sweet at all.

I really enjoyed this dessert.







Sharing with Cuppa Tea Tuesday hosted by Ruth at Antiques and Tea Cups.

Share Your Cup #211

This is one of the books I read recently.  A couple who are separated in their teens but make a pact to meet in 11 years.  He has always tried to find her but she made choice she was not proud of so, took steps to make it hard to find her.  It was a very good book from this great author and it was hard to put down.

 
I added some letters to my Alphabet Photography collection.  A wonderful S and an I.




 Some colorful flowers and nature shots I took during my walks this week.

My latest offering in photo calendars.  It meant many trips to get the shots I wanted and then vetting them to get the 12 best ones.







I've been working on digital watermarks for my photos as well.  I have started participating in Flickr challenges and see some nice ones on the site.  I thought I could design one for myself from my own art.  I'm not sure it's the final ones because it's a bit on the big side.  It is my first effort and I will have to sit with them for a while then decide if any changes will be made.

You can check out my Flickr page.

Sharing with Carol at Art & Sand for Share Your Cup.

Cityscapes Photo Calendar

I've completed my black and white 4x6 photo calendar for 2017.  I was given some feedback last year that street photography and black and white photos would provide more variety to my the calendars I was offering.  Taking that to heart I started looking outside my comfort zone of macro photography.  I thought they would be landscapes and wide open spaces but I chose some cityscapes instead. The calendar includes buildings, bridges, parks, lighting and doorways.  I meant several trips to the downtown core as well as some early morning trips to get good contrast in my shots. I chose to also make it black and white.  It was a stretching experience and I am better for it. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Simple Sentiments

These are a new level of card I am producing.  It is a note card with a layer adhered to the front.  For this set it is one of my 4x4 inch photos I used for my photo calendars.  This is one way to reuse the photo once the calendar page has expired. 

The 4x6 calendar page was cut with one of the dies from the Sizzix Squares Thinlits which cuts at 3.75 inches square which is perfect. The sentiment is color printed on white card stock in Smoky Slate.

The set is 6 cards with envelopes with sentiments one might need without much notice.  Get Well Soon, Sympathy, a simple thanks, Thinking of You or plain card with no sentiment.


They are simply packaged in a cellophane portfolio so 4 of the 6 cards a visible.   An insert is enclosed with product information.





Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Mosaic #3

I was home to take care of Mom while she recovers from surgery.  There were meals to prepare and dishes to wash.

She is not able to do her regular harvesting of fruits and vegetables.  I picked raspberries. We picked apples and processed them for crisps and she found her body was letting her know she had over done it.  Sunday had to be a day of rest.  The crab apple tree on the right as you can see is loaded.
I watered flowers and tomatoes, lettuce, carrots in the garden and her wonderful grapes. I forgot to take a photo!!!

I picked Nanking cherries. She has several bushes and some had been picked but there remained one full bush to pick. They were gorgeous and plentiful. They are delicious and easy to pick.



 



The pansies are volunteer this year but it means she still has a planter of great flowers to enjoy up.  She was collecting seeds to plant next year.
I found this Rudbeckia - Prairie Sun on my walk this morning.  I love the two tone of dark and light.  It has a green center where many others have dark centers. 

Mom is doing well and we are blessed to have with us.
I'm sharing with Mosaic Monday hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Share Your Cup #210

These are a couple of books I finished recently.

I really enjoyed Robin's book.  She comes across as a regular girl as she describes her early years.  She clearly expresses the decisions she made along the way to change how the her own family would be compared to the one she grew up in.

Karen's books was filled with hope, despair, and much of the emotions in between.  I had a hard time to put it down.






This is the sun shining on my bedroom closet doors.  It's only there for a few minutes.  I noticed it the other day and made a point of taking a photo of it this morning.
Mom had surgery this week at the age of 82.  She takes good care of herself so I am pleased to say that she came through very well.  I will with her on the weekend to support her during her recovery.  We are fortunate to be several girls and each has taken part in the process to help Mom as needed.  Picture of the building.  In the morning, a wonderful marble sculpture in the foyer and the rainbow in the sky when we departed at the end of the day.  I took the rainbow as a good sign as to Mom's future.

Sharing with Share Your Cup #210 hosted by Carol at Art & Sand.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cards - Reuse of 4x4 Photos

Yet another design to re-use the 4x4 inch photos from my calendars after the year is through.

This one has a wonderful pink flower.  I selected a card in pink to coordinate with the flower. 
I found a nice label clip art on Graphics Fairy which I colored to match.  I added the sentiment in the center then printed the greeting layer on white card stock and trimmed it to leave a small border of card color. 
I adhered the photo within the frame printed in black on the sentiment layer.










This card features a Canada Goose photo on a blue card. 
The clip art has been colored appropriately. Again, thanks to The Graphic Fairy.

















This card features a butterfly photo from the Retro Calendar.
It has a get well sentiment in french.
The clipart is from Clker.
The card is brown to pull all the elements together. 



Decorative Paper Cards

We had a good day on Saturday. Today, more cards for the Gallery.

I created these sentiment layers which have the words in the middle of the frame line.  I printed them on a white quarter sheet then trimmed it. I chose a piece of blue acrylic paper and ripped the bottom edge.  Trimmed it to leave a border inside the border.  Adhere to the sentiment layer then that layer to the card front on a textured navy card.  Punched a navy star from the same card stock as the card and adhered it to the card front with 3D foam tape.

This card features ink applied with a sponge onto Whisper White card stock.  Colors are Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry.  I printed the greeting in RR directly onto the decorative paper.  I punched a large daisy flower from the Crushed Curry card stock to match the card.  I glued the decorative layer to the card front. Placing the large daisy going with the movement in the pattern I drew a stem and leaves with a black marker.  I then adhered the daisy punchie and the black centre to coordinate with the stem. 

This card features spattered dots of liquid purple ink which has silver mixed into it. You can see the silver pooled to the center. 
I printed the sentiment directly onto the decorative paper.  It was trimmed to fit the card front leaving a border. It was then adhered to the purple card front.
I die cut the candle with the QuikKutz die which cuts the solid and decorative one.  The decorative one and the flame is silver foil.  Adhered the candle layers together then glued the candle to the card front.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mosaic Monday #2

I'm sharing a few things which have happened this week.

I took the dandelion photo last night for a challenge on the Flickr Group - Macro Monday. I went for a walk with a friend around a man made lake in the evening and the sun caught this flower making it sparkle.  You can find my photo here.

The London box I found at the Re-Use center when I dropped off my donations last week.  It was in pristine condition and it reminded me that several of my Blog friends visited England this summer.  I think I will fill it with small note cards and give it away.  I love that it looks like a suitcase.

Photo calendars are projects I spend much time on throughout the year.  I am always with my camera in hand and snap shots for creating these 4x6 photo calendars for the fall craft sale season.  I decided bring more of a focus for a couple of the ones I am creating this year.
 
Tea Time features tea tablescapes.

 


I created Owl Art through the process of paper piecing for this one.

Check out my calendar page for details.


 
I'm sharing with Maggie at Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday #2.

I created my mosaic in Photo Elements with my own watercolor background.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tea Time Photo Calendar

This calendar features tea related tablescapes which I photographed.   I tried to vary the colors, the layout and tea pots.  I have collected tableware that I like and mostly they all coordinate so I can mix and match pieces quite easily.  
The calendar features heart shaped teacups and saucers by Steeped Tea, white bone china teapot and tea cup by Royal Worcester, a clear glass Sophe teapot by Primula, Cobalt 365 mugs from Ikea, yellow Infusion teapot by Maxwell and Williams, white teapot from Stokes, earthern ware mug in warm blues from a local potter, Johnston Brothers Regency white teacup and saucer, golden yellow cream and sugar set by Chantal, and finally a vintage Sadler lamp shape pink teapot with pink roses & periwinkle forget-me-nots with gold trim.  It was my aunt's and my research suggested it is 75 years old.  
I see that some of my other tableware did not make it to this calendar so there is tablescapes to create for another calendar.

Owl Art Photo Calendar

I've been working of my 4x6 photo calendars for the fall craft sale season.  A few years ago I had a cute Blue Bird calendar with art work designed by my sister.  This year I wanted a cute one so I designed and created this owl.  I drew all the pieces. I then printed the body on the back of the designer paper and cut it out by hand.  I then printed the wings on card stock or coordinating designer paper ensuring they were mirror images and cut those by hand.  I designed the branch digitally.  For each owl I colored the branch appropriately and printed it on the 6x6 inch background paper.  I cut the beak and feet from coordinating card stock. The eyes are .75 and .5 circle punches. I assembled the paper pieced owl and applied the googly eyes.  Once all 12 were assembled I photographed them to add them to my calendar template.  Only a few have nods to the celebration in the month.  January has a frosty type back ground, February is Valentine designer paper, October has pumpkin coloring and finally Christmas designer paper for December.
You can find it for sale on my Calendar page.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sidewalk Sale - Saturday

I will be participating in the Sidewalk Sale held at the Center for Visual Arts on Saturday.  I will be launching my 2017 Photo Calendars - Tea Time & Owl Art.

I will be clearing old stock of greeting cards so the prices on those will be good.

I have several pieces of mixed media art of sale.

I would love to see you and get in on the deals. 


Hot Air Baloon Mixed Media Art

I've added a hot air balloon to my painting that I did at reunion a couple of years ago.

I hope to be able to sell it today at the sidewalk sale.

Sympathy & Get Well Cards

I made this card for a friend who lost her husband to brain cancer recently.  He fought a brave fight for several years.  I will miss him. 

I started with a warm brown card. 

I cut a piece of designer paper to 4.00 x 5.25 inches then cut it again at 3.5 inches.  I flipped the larger piece over to reveal the polka dots.  I taped these pieces back together then placed a piece of ginger colored ribbon across the join and taped the ends tot he back.  This layer was then adhered to the card front.

I punched a Stampin Up Decorative Label a coordinating blue card stock and printed the greeting in the same blue onto ivory card stock.  Punched the greeting.  I cut the blue label in half crosswise and trimmed the points off.  I then adhered the halves offset to the left and right sides. I adhered the greeting to the card front aligned over the ribbon with 3D foam tape.

The get well card was assembled in the same way as the first card but I placed the dots on the top this time.