Saturday, April 30, 2011
as it turns out, i've spent a big chunk of today backing up files and researching how to replace a hard-drive, because apparently, mine is on the verge of failing. nice of it to do whatever diagnosical things it did in order to tell me, though, right?! seeing as how i actually hadn't backed up everything super-recently and would have lost a few precious things. three cheers for an external hard-drive that's so easy to use even *I* could figure it out, which has an "automatic" feature i have now engaged. if it's been a while, perhaps *YOU'D* like to spend a little time making sure your system is hunky dory too? just in case??
and then let's all go read some LOLcats!!! ♥
Friday, April 29, 2011
around the same time, whilst looking for something else, i happened to find a file of photos of cards from the glorious caardvarks era, and saw this baby:
it's the very first "cardstock only" card i ever made, as part of a promotion for core'dinations. and you know what? i still like that thing! it's totally stark and minimal, but also kind of graphic and fun. from there it was not much of a leap to think, "if i were making that card *NOW*, what, if anything would i do differently?" and it turned out the answer was...
(cardstock: coredinations; dies & embossing folders: cuttlebug; snowflake stickers & backing sheet (used in top and bottom "snow" panels, respectively): dcwv; glitter letters: american crafts; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape; other: gesso, manual typewriter, sewing machine)
ok, so it's sort of the same card, but it's also totally different! for one thing, in 2008 i didn't have a cuttlebug, and was only on vague nodding terms with my sewing machine. so i made realllllllly minimal triangle trees, and there's not a whole lot of texture going on, either in terms of stitching or embossing. so this time i might've overcompensated just the TEEEEEENIEST bit on both of those points! :) i've still got the torn layers of cardstock, though, and a palette of blue, green, and white... just in different proportions. i even wonkily re-typed the lyrics to "o tannenbaum", in english and in german, on some of my cardstock layers, just because i still find that fun and funky.
all in all i am quite pleased with this experiment. i thank miss jess most sincerely for thinking of it, and coming along as our lovely guest star this week. do pop over to JINGLE BELLES and see her card, and of course miss stef's masterpiece, and perhaps you'll be inspired to make a card yourself, and see where the "pattern-free" muse takes you!
ps: i'm working on a tiny step-by-step tutorial for making the latter day c-bugged trees from today's card; that'll be running tomorrow, so stop on back if you're interested! ♥
Thursday, April 28, 2011
and now, here's the sketch:
talk about "going out on a high note", eh? what's not to love about *THAT*?! it's round, it's beautifully proportioned, and you could pretty much take it anywhere, am i right?! so in honor of the fact that my lovely (non-blogging) friend deborah just sent me a positively astonishing horde of handmade papers from her trip to thailand, i decided to take mine a bit east!
oh yeah, i almost forgot the "product feature" for this one is to incorporate our favorite flower stamps, which was a super-easy call for me, since the amazin' mari not only found this lotus for me, she taught me the best ever way to use it: with watercolors on sticky-back canvas! (thanks, m!) ♥♥♥
i know, i know, you're shocked that i didn't stop at the circle shape for my card, and actually i'm a bit surprised, too. but i really wanted to use this as my thank you to deborah, and... here's a dirty little crafting secret for ya... i RARELY take the time to "put a back on" my round cards! since i knew i had more to say than the back of this not-quite 6" circle would hold, i decided to pop it onto a square card base. what can i say, every once in a blue moon i come over all practical like that! :)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
and i'm not entirely sure what the problem is...when i saw him right before lunch he seemed perfectly happy! :)
Sunday, April 24, 2011
websters' pages "spring market" papers, girls' paperie alphas, baker's twine, and graphic 45 cardstock stickers are just a few of the fabulous elements i think you will enjoy; there is a full list with photos here in the pixie shop! i've used these fresh picked ingredients to assemble this country style birthday card which can be seen on the pixie blog today; i'd be pleased and proud if you were to wander over there and check it out! :)
Friday, April 22, 2011
i am thrilled with how many fun things i was able to pull together for this, and i have to say that it was utterly painless since i also LOVE how the finished product turned out! so what have you been saving because it was too pretty to toss away and "might be good for something"?! well, go get it out, dust it off, and see if you can't make it a bit christmassy between now and 6pm (EST) next wednesday, april 27th... then come on over and link it up at JINGLE BELLES! *do YOU have a great idea for a JINGLE BELLES prompt? would you like to come along to help us host it?? then why not write in and share your idea, sketch, fabulous color combo or whatever else is inspiring you?! our email is: jinglebellesrock @ hotmail [dot] com and we'd love to hear from you!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
having had an amazingly--almost overwhelmingly--great trip to california, i am now in the process of adjusting back to "real life" here in new jersey. (this may take some time!!!) i have loads more photos to show you, but for now, here is another one of me... or at least, of my shadow... on moonlight beach in encinitas.
if you're within hailing distance of the pacific ocean, wave hello to the waves from me, ok?! tell the pelicans i miss them already, and i'll be back soon! ♥♥♥
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
this week, we've teamed up with the lovely and creative honeybees over at betty bee's buzz, where i was most honored to be featured guest in their regular monday motivational spot. on wednesday we'll see cards by the other designers in the honeybee showcase, and finally rounding out the week, you're invited to post about ANYTHING fun or positive you'd like to share for buzz, brag and bee happy friday!
so first, here's my card:
you can see i've used a number of store-bought diecut elements in this not-very-traditional holiday card, many of which are not even officially "christmassy"! but my very favorite thing is the diecut pink paisley fabric tree! this was my first attempt at diecutting fabric, and it turned out to be totally straightforward, but i did discover a few tips for optimum results!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
so what does that mean? well, today at JINGLE BELLES you can read about this week's theme... for which we are using diecuts on our holiday cards... and see stef's gorgeous card and also a totally amazing one by lovely honeybee (& my dear friend) june houck! then as part of betty bee's regular monday motivational post on 4-18, you can see my card, but just in case you can't wait here's a little peek:
on monday i'll also have a little mini-tutorial here on my own blog, with a few tips on how i made the very cool die-cut element i used on my card! (it's not visible in this "teaser" photo, but trust me, you'll like it!)
you can still link up your card at JINGLE BELLES any time between now and 6pm next wednesday (4-20); but this week you'll also have additional time to link it up between wednesday and friday as part of the weekly honeybee showcase post at betty bee's buzz! gotta love it any time you can make one card and link it twice, right?! so i'll see you on monday... in the meantime...
prepare to die-cut, darlings!!!!!
:) :) :)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
a few other things i am always happy to include on my cards are: vintage images (whether real or, as in this case, faux), musical notes, text paper, prima florals and hand stitching... so just to be on the safe side i added ALL OF THOSE as well! :)but how can YOU play along with the limelight sketch??!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
♥ good morning, darlings! ♥
as you are reading this, i *hope* i am safely on the plane on my way to a fabulous fun-filled week in southern california visiting with friends! i am not entirely sure what the logistics are going to be as far as my computer and time to use it; my sense is i'll be able to check email, and probably not do much else, but we shall see! i have some "pre-scheduled" posts coming up later in the week for you, including a great limelight sketch on thursday, an awesome jingle belles prompt on friday, and one of my most favorite pixie projects EVER on saturday! and who knows? if i get some fabulous photos on my trip, i might pop in to share those, too!
in the meantime, have a lovely week, and i will leave you with a little digi-collage i made using some of the inspiring photoshop tips and ideas from my new favorite book!*
*digital expressions by susan tuttle is by far the best book i've found for composing and combining digital images, and learning the basics of collage and artwork in photoshop elements, as illustrated by the piece i made above. however, if you are merely looking to edit, crop and improve photos, to print or upload, a basic p-shop manual like this one (made for the version you have) is probably more helpful!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
i'm pretty pleased with how it came out generally, and specifically how well the graphic 45 stickers, the tim holtz trimmings and my own stamping and hand made "grunge flowers" coordinate. in fact i am SO PROUD, i've decided to give it away! if you'd like a chance to win... or would just like to see more photos and read a bit about how i concocted this frilly bit o'goodness... tune in over at the pixie blog for details!!! ♥
Friday, April 8, 2011
if you make your christmas cards, or indeed have ever considered making them but were put off by the fact that you don't actually HAVE extra time in december, making one per week is (in my opinion) SOOOOOOO the way to go, and i would encourage you to drop by and try it!
one of my favorite parts of this whole adventure is the fact that many of our weekly prompt ideas come from our fellow JINGLE BELLES! this week's is particularly clever and original and came from the lovely clare of miscanthus crafts. she gave us our first "recipe" prompt, with a list of things to include in our cards. she calls it:
i discovered that the way for me to comfortably go "mostly white" was to make sure i had a lot of different shades of white, and to pile on the texture! i think i did pretty well, actually; and the great thing is, i have an aunt who's favorite color is *WHITE*, for whom i've never felt i've really made the perfect xmas card; but this year...i'm ready! :)
Thursday, April 7, 2011
the kit is called "writer's block" and it's the first by the uber-talented ♥EMMA♥ of just a girl with ideas! em is an amazing scrapper, blogger, designer, crafter and brand new mum (!!!) who is just starting to make her own vintage-inspired kits that she will be selling. my lovely friend linda saw this notice looking for people to "test drive" the kit and of course KNEW how much i would love it, i wrote in to volunteer and em was kind enough to send me a preview version to play around with, and it's a DREAM: the images are beautiful and sooooooo easy to use both technically and aesthetically.
ETA friday, 4-8: please note that i was test-driving a prototype version of the gorgeous "writer's block" kit; the actual kit may vary slightly when it goes on sale, i will keep you posted! xolb
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
today's project is mine:
a little set of notecards with a sort of elegant homespun charm...why not drop in on the pixie blog to see them, then stick around to see what gorgeousness my fellow pixies have whipped up.?! ♥
Friday, April 1, 2011
can you believe the year is already ONE QUARTER finished??! nor can i, but thanks to JINGLE BELLES i have a growing stack of festive cards for next december, which i have enjoyed taking my time and making every one separately, so that each is unique & (i think) rather fabulous...
but now in honor of today's holiday, it's time to have a little fun: so this week we are setting aside all things beautiful, elegant and glamorous in favor of HUMOROUS greetings: make a christmas card that's zany, silly, or even downright goofy if you like; anything goes as long as it's funny and festive!
would anyone care to guess what i have done?!
(kitteh pic: resized from ideals magazine and printed on kodak premium photo paper; patterned paper: echo park, love elsie; rub-ons & chipboard button: love elsie; tag: my mind's eye; baker's twine: pixie dust paperie; inks: colorbox; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape; other: lace-edged vintage bias trim; sewing machine)
ok, no surprise here, right? two of my all-time favorite things being "vintage" card ingredients and LOLcats, it didn't take me much time to convert a photograph from an old ideals magazine into a fusion of both! :) whereas i usually use my "found" illustrations as is... (i love the color and texture of the vintage paper and printing) ...this time, since the photo was nearly 8x11, i scanned and shrank it to a more card-friendly size. a funny sentiment, loads of "love elsie" goodness, and a bit of stitching later, i was ready to ROCK our special april fool's edition of JINGLE BELLES...and i hope YOU are, too! ♥♥♥