Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
(sorry guys, it's been a long week; i think i'm gettin' punchy!)
i was dying to make a card that follows the sketch for the second-chance card challenge at sketchy thursdays
(do you LOVE this sketch as much as i do?! it's a keeper, for sure!)
i also wanted to play around with prompt #24 ("the one where we go neutral") from a fabuous site leah found called the creative type, (thanks, leah!) to use fonts prominently on a mostly neutral color palette.
here's what i came up with:
(digistuffs: paper (re-colored): indian summer nights, marcie reckinger, funky playground; stars, stains & mesh brushes: bad boys kit, gretchen thomas, designer digitals; ledger & logos: bits of history, scrap artist; smudges & flowers: floral art no2, anna aspnes, designer digitals; cardboard corner: torn paper reveals, katie pertiet, designer digitals; distressed edge toolkit: rhonna farrer, house of 3; fonts: typewriter from 286 & dirty ego; software: broderbund printshop; scrappistuffs: chipboard alphas: heidi swapp; bling star & flourish: mambi; sparkly foam stickers (colored with copics): michaels; rub-on letters: k&co; ink & edge distresser: ranger; adhesives: tombow monorunner, staples & sewing machine)
in reverse of my usual procedure, i've layered about a thousand digi-products, and then topped off with only a few "real" embellies. i have too much attachment to both bling and texture to ever go completely digital, but the great thing about dabbling is, having saved the custom background as both a .jpg and a printshop project, i can use it a lot more times: with or without changes to color, size, fonts etc.! gotta love that kind of flexibility, right?!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
the back is bugging me and life maintenance is taking up more time than usual. i have 3 or 4 things half finished, but nothing that's ready to post. so howsabout a little laugh as a down payment, and i will owe you a proper crafty blogpost tomorrow or the next day.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
over the weekend my friend trish and i took a sewing class at flirt brooklyn's "home ec" classroom. we made totebags, from start to finish, using a commercial pattern. it was one of the best craft classes i've ever taken: our instructor, patti, was both knowledgeable about sewing AND great at teaching, and has developed the class so that a complete novice can confidently finish the project, and yet someone with a bit of experience is not dying of boredom. i also liked that we learned the "WHY" in addition to the "HOW" of each step in the process, so that we can translate the same techniques to anything we might like to sew in the future!
so do you want to see my totebag??
(resistance is futile...you know that, right? might as well say yes...)
the outside is the sort of grey-on-grey pinstriped material from which business suits are made, reinforced with iron-on interfacing; the inside is a lightweight cotton; the flower pin--which came from a trimmings shop in manhattan i stopped at on the way home--is layers of velvet, sheer tulle, and silky fake organza.
i have to confess that my expectations were modest: i hoped to have a fun day out, learn some cool techniques, gain a TON of valuable experience, and leave the class with a rather wonky but entirely lovelable item that would inspire me to go home and practice sewing fearlessly on any medium which took my fancy. and i was totally FINE with that. but as it turns out, i REALLY DID IT!!! not only did i achieve all of my goals for the day, i actually walked out of the class with a bag i absolutely loooooooove and cannot wait to use!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
case in point: my mom, my aunt, and my friend cheryl all happened to be in michaels...separately...at some point in the last week. each of them stumbled upon scrappy stuff at remarkably LOW sale prices. all three said the same thing, "i know how much you loooooooooooooove sparkly jewels, so i couldn't resist!"
the pic doesn't even show ALL of them...there are probably this many again of xmas ones that i already put away. my mom also found the cosmo cricket stack. it was $4.00, and she immediately knew that i would like it b/c of the graph/ledger prints. not bad, eh?!
then *this* lovely bunch of fun was in my mailbox the other day, from leah!
do you see that gorrrrrrrrrrrgeous card?! i don't think i've ever seen BG's obscure line look as cool as that--not even in their ads! she found the AMAZING monsta stickers at borders. i've looked at EVERY paperchase monsta item at every borders i've ever been in, and i've NEVER seen those! i'm not usually a hoarder, but i have a feeling it will be QUITE SOME TIME before any of those make it out of the package! and then there are some fabby images from her collection of bampop stamps! strangely enough, i was in the middle of making a card with the parachuting robot patterned paper when this lot arrived. i will post that tomorrow. in the meantime, howsabout a big orange...
Friday, January 22, 2010
this time the prompt was "CLEARLY...". i thought of several quite sensible things i could discuss, but somehow i kept going back to the very first thing that popped into my head when i read that word; a line from the scene in the princess bride in which the villain vizzini is trying to discern & avoid the poisoned cup in his battle of wits with the dread pirate roberts.
i know, i know: WHAT kind of subject is that for an art journal page?! well, ok, it's a really weird one, but the fact that my sister* and i know EVERY SINGLE LINE of the film, and there are at least half a dozen which constitute catchphrases in our family... (used even by relatives who've never seen the film!) ...kind of deserves to be commemorated, for better or worse, dontcha think? by sunday night, when i realized i'd stopped pondering the wisdom of using this subject, and moved onto HOW i would make it into a page, i knew it was a done deal!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
luckily, they also showed a bunch of gorgeous DT cards made from the sketch, including one by my lovely friend ~amy~ that not only cleared up my puzzlement but made me want to tackle the project immediately. so i did:
my card is a tri-fold, and i confess i needed a couple of go's before i got a proportion i liked. it's not exactly the same as in the sketch, but if you're working with a 12 x 12" sheet of paper and want something bigger than 4" square, the only flexibility is to make it wider!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
either way, i am sure you are admiring the beauty and elegance of tracy's gorgeous hand-drawn horse; the lovely way she's turned a drawing, a photo, and a few bits of ribbon & paper in to a card that's as lovely as it is amusing; and the fact that said equine masterpiece also adorns the envelope in a way which should have (but alas, did not!) given me a clue as to what awaited within.
*neither of these things really happened; they are jokes that relate to the book. i'm sorry this post has so little to offer non-douglas-adams-fans. tomorrow there will be papercrafts, or at least a silly cat, i promise! in the meantime, i do highly recommend dirk gently's holistic detective agency, available at fine booksellers everywhere.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
i love this sketch: it's so beautifully open to interpretation, and yet there's enough structure to get you going, creatively! in short, it's EXACTLY what a sketch should be...you know, the way they are every single week at 2S4Y!!! :)
i've done a "guy version"...
(patterned paper: dcwv (the dear old "rock star" stack!); chipboard letters & ghost stars: heidi swapp; foam star stickers: michaels; rub-ons: american crafts, scenic route; rhinestone flourishes (cut apart): mambi; ink: colorbox; outliner pen: copic; adhesives: tombow mono runner & 3m foam tape; other: dymo labels)
and a "girl" version...
(patterned paper: prima, basic grey, bo bunny; cardstock: core'dinations; chipboard word: ek success; leafy ribbon: may arts; epoxy heart stickers (re-colored) & rhinestones: recollections; adhesives: tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape; other: dymo labels, sewing machine
and now i think it is time to get offline and do something IN REAL LIFE, eh?!
don't you love it? i can think of LOADS of ways to take this thing, and then if you rotate it, there are even more. but for my official sketch card, sliding in just under the deadline (8pm EST tonight, i believe) i was 100% faithful to the original, as shown:
Friday, January 15, 2010
distressed edge toolkit: rhonna farrer, house of 3; fonts: hurricane & body hunter; software: broderbund printshop)
this one's a lot weirder...so obviously i like it more! i loooooooooove that fabulous layered digi-paper, and it seemed the perfect home for the first stanza of "student of clouds" by billy collins. my friend paul, who's a big fan of this poem, will love it. on the other hand, it's not got a lot of the body hunter font, and the script, which LOOKS fabulous, is kind of hard to read. (so here's a translation in boring old arial):
"the emotion is to be found in the clouds,
not in the green solids of the sloping hills
or even in the gray signatures of rivers,
according to constable, who was a student of clouds
and filled shelves of sketchbooks with their motion,
their lofty gesturing and sudden implication of weather."
attempt #3--a hybrid production--is my favorite of the cards, but again, it's not got a lot of the font in question, does it? also, i really wish the outline around "birthday" was thicker, so the hand-cranked machine stitching didn't obscure it quite as much. but i like everything else about this, from the grungy inky cardboard base, to the watercolory layered digital background, to the over-the-top dollops of black sparkliness in the form of gem flourishs and a glitter-paper diecut butterfly. best of all, it was REALLLLLLLY fun to make!
now i'm going to head over to tyggereye art and see what gina made. won't you join me?!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
(plain white cardstock: staples; glossy white cardstock: ranger; pink patterned paper: provocraft; gem flourish & flowers used as masks: prima (btw, said flowers which all cool & inky and then you smear 'em with gesso to get a cool mottled effect; julie b. used hers on her LO; i've saved mine for later) alphabet masks: heidi swapp; velvet flower & fancy brad: k&co; pen: sakura; spray inks: smoosh & glimmer mist; adhesives: tombow monorunner & sewing machine; other: dymo labeller, watercolor paints to drip and brush)
i really like how this came out...but next time i think i'll leave more of the masked bits *WHITE* instead of going back in with a layer of watercolors. it's not that they look bad, but in retrospect i really love the shadowy white bits up at the top right, and i wish there were more of those. still, i think this is quite an honorable first go! i need some more of those little smoosh spray thingies though, for sure, i can totally feel an addiction coming on! ♥♥♥
eta thursday night: many thanks to my lovely friend and jacksonbelle embellishments rockstar ♥amy tsuruta♥ for the suggestion that i enter this in jacksonbelle's current tuesday challenge, "blinging in the new year"!
**i know, i know, just when you thought you'd seen it all: i have actually tried A TECHNIQUE! who'd've thunk it, eh??!) :)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
for which the dt cards are *fab* and the prize (by random draw) is a set of 8 copics & an outliner...which i think you'll agree is none too shabby!
of course i printed the sketch for my notebook, and made the first of what i suspect will be a few cards using this arrangement:
(patterned paper: creative imaginations; fabric paper: love elsie; glossy white cardstock: ranger; photo diecut: colorbok (& from the early 14th century, but i really like it!); tiny letter stickers & rub-on alphas: amking memories; embroidery floss: dmc (using all 6 strands); other: sewing machine, fancy pants chipboard scroll used as a template for the swirls)
i wound up flipping the sketch because i wanted to use the sunflower like a sun-- which actually worked quite nicely either way--but since some of the petal/rays overhung, i decided i liked it better up on the top. the yellow swirls are handstitched, while the two panels were attached with the sewing machine. the sentiment, "plenty of sunshine..." continues inside the card with, "heading your way--HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" marks first time i've ever quoted "zip-a-dee-doo-dah" in a card, but somehow it just seemed like exactly the right thing for this one! :)
gotta hurry if you want in on this challenge: the deadline is 11:59 EST tonight. off you go, then!
Monday, January 11, 2010
(patterned paper: basic grey, pink paislee, vintage sheet music, core'dinations whitewashed cardstock; kraft cardstock: hobby lobby; journaling labels: jenni bowlin; cardstock alphas: creative imaginations; tree branch & velvet brads: doodlebug; scalloppy tags: k&co; inks: color box; pen: sharpie; adhesives: tombow monorunner, uhu gluestick, sewing machine)
the prompt, as you may have surmised, was "SOMEDAY..." which i think is rather awesome because there are just SO MANY ways you can go, both in terms of subject and visually. but again, i didn't really have to think very hard about what i wanted to say, i used the first thing that popped into my mind, a subject increasingly close to my heart.
text reads, "SOMEDAY...we will be home-owners! maybe 2010 will be our year? (we are SO READY!!!)"
the weird thing is that almost everything on here was a leftover or a pre-cut: the clouds were from the core'dinations blog hop, the deer was an extra from my last blog header, the little journaling labels and the tags which compose the treetop were in a little baggie that i cleaned out of my traveling supplies box, the brads are doodlebug xmas ones...and so forth. i just kept grabbing up stuff and moving it around...and then i made like 14 trips to the sewing machine to attach each layer separately...et voila!
can't wait for next saturday, now!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
(patterned paper: basic grey, prima, making memories, sei, scrapbook wizard; dies: quickutz butterfly & nestabilities labels 4; gems: mambi, michaels, oriental trading co; inks: colorbox; pen: uniball signo; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape; other: sewing machine)i do like both cards, however. this one is based on a sketch from jacksonbelle embellishment blog's tuesday challenge from last week. since i have not one but *TWO* friends on the brand new 2010 JBE dt... (stef and amy!) ...i thought it behooved me to get my card-makin' butt over there and play along! plus, it's a great sketch, innit?
i did rotate it; and i had to cheat verrrrrrrrrry slightly by bringing the larger rectangular piece to the top of the card. (i triiiiiiiiiiiiiiied to leave it lower, i promise you; but it just did NOT want to cooperate!) other than that i was utterly faithful to the design, which i love. long live the lovely jacksonbelles!!! ♥
Saturday, January 9, 2010
here ya go:
(patterned paper: basic grey, bo bunny, doodlebug; glossy black cardstock: ranger; butterfly dies: quickutz; gem flourish: prima; labels: dymo; ink: colorbox; adhesives: tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)
i used my brand new two-part quickutz butterfly die (my december VIP coupon purchase from cut at home--many thanks to dearest june for the emergency compatibility info!) i cut two layers of the body and one of the outline and then machine stitched them all together and attached the "compound butterfly" to the card with foam tape. i love how much dimension it has!
next time i think i will try adding even more layers and see what that does to the dimesional profile.
by the way, it's saturday...
the new prompt is up at tyggereye art...
HEART the ART??!
Friday, January 8, 2010
for which i am unrepentant.
and an award:
for which i am most grateful to my lovely norwegian blogging friend linda. (who is currently ON A ROLL, card-wise--you should definitely GO & SEE!)
like many such awards, this one had rules attached to it...in this case, i think there were "sevens" involved; of course i don't know for sure because, persuant to my usual procedure, i ignored them entirely. but with a vague nod to the concept of "seven-ness" i shall list seven things with which i am currently very enamoured:
1. this salad. i would eat it twice a day. (if you see a crazed woman buying up all the leftover xmas panettones at the grocery store, come over and say hi...that'll be me!) (fyi: it's good w/o the croutons, just not AS GOOD.)
Thursday, January 7, 2010
could i BE more impressed with me??!?! :)
thus without further ado, may i present...
text reads, "52Q seemed like a pretty magical thing to me...to spend a year thinkhing about questions big and small and make them into ATC's...thank you, emily falconbridge!"
i had a fabulous time doing this, and whilst i know that we all have too many commitments already, and only so much time in a day, i cannot possibly recommend highly enough the concept of regularly making something JUST FOR YOURSELF that you get to keep. i know it seems counter-intuitive, but in a weird way, it actually gives you MORE ideas and more creative energy! at least, this has been my experience; i am definitely NOT trying to talk anyone into anything...just mentioning a weird and wonderful thing which happened to me! ♥
just in case anyone is interested in seeing all of the fronts and backs of the cards together, here they are on flicker...or here are the blog posts, in reverse order.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
(map downloaded from google; paperchase stickers; love elsie patterned paper; colorbox ink; manual typewriter; uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape)
i had to think about this one for a while...there are loads of reasons we like it here...but i kept coming back to the fact that many of them have to do with where we are in relation to something else: jobs, family, stores, culture, etc. so i went with location!
tomorrow i'll post the last two cards and my finished ring with ALL 52Q's on it!!!
Monday, January 4, 2010
(patterned paper: prima & a bit of love elsie packaging; chipboard letters: making memories; bling & rub-on letters: k&co; clipart banner: anahata katkin; stickpins: joann essemtials; chinese charm: oriental trading; epoxy stickers: michaels; labels: dymo; bookring: staples; ink: colorbox; other: velvet flower, misc. ribbon scraps, chipboard; adesives: xyron, uhu gluestick, tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape)
Sunday, January 3, 2010
here they are in reverse alphabetical order, as windows 7 makes it very hard to move photos around inside the blogger window...and also i cannot seem to cut and paste in compose mode; whereas i can still do both easily on my laptop, which runs windows XP. if anyone has had a similar issue and/or knows WHAT TO DO about it, i'd looooooove to hear it!!!
terrie sent me lovely bling... (it's actually meant to be WORN on the skin--we're trying to decide if anyone has ever DONE SO outside of las vegas city limits?!) ...and cool stickpins...and awesome earrings i've already worn!
stef ROCKED the book selection...times two...and found these fabulous textured chipboard shapes that i cannot wait to spray and dab and generally make a BIG GIANT MESS with!
heidi was workin' a fab retro vibe...and sent lots of lovely scrappy goodies...including some of her coveted textural woodgrain cardstock... (i feel a serious ADDICTION coming on!!!)
and shared her fabulous die-cutting wisdom--& DIES!--not to mention
making me my very own army of cardstock robots!!! (& this was before she even KNEW about the crobots!)