i believe i have mentioned a time or two (or 437!) how much fun i am having with these assignments and how excited i am by the growing book of fun & funky little pages i am amassing. i'm not sure if i also told you that lovely husband jeff is really enjoying it, too. to the point where, if my PA book is sitting in the living room at the same time he is, he'll often pick it up and have a little look through, and maybe remark on something he hadn't noticed before...which is pretty cool...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
operation 16: INSPIRED
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
what are the odds??!
1. knitting monkees is harder than you think. as it turns out, i had to knit the first 10-12 rows of mine 3 different times! i am now on attempt #4...which seems like it will actually work. i will take a photo when the piece of monkee anatomy in question is large enough to be observed with an ordinary (non-microscopic) camera.
2. western north carolina is NOT a frozen dessert mecca. in fact, during the entire trip i had only ONE ice cream and one gelato...and neither were particularly tasty! (remember: this is ME--perfectly content with a weight watchers ice cream sandwich--saying that!!!)
3. there were no cool flea markets, thrift shops, or antique stores to be found anywhere. i dunno if it was too early in the season, or we just didn't stumble upon them, or there genuinely just aren't any where we were...but whatever the reason, the result was the same: i did not come home with *anything* cool or vintage.
as i said, these were disappointments of the very smallest and most ignorable kind, which i would not even have mentioned were it not for the following
which i shall now relate to you: the other day, back in lambertville, whilst killing a bit of time, i wandered into a used bookshop to say hello to a friend of mine. while we were chatting, i noticed, on a very low and out-of-the-way shelf, a small and somewhat tattered box of old postcards. now, i've been in this shop 9,230,677 times. at least. and i never noticed that box. but i am assured that it has been there--untouched, unsold and unregarded--since the carter administration. most of the cards were......well, you know how i looooove and revere vintage paper of all descriptions, and you also know that i can find something to ADORE where other people see only trash that ought to have been discarded eons ago, right? so when *I* say, "most of the cards were total rubbish" you will get an idea of how very lackluster they must've been! in fact, i would probably have stopped almost immediately, just out of hygenic concerns. but i was there...and i was waiting for someone...so i stubbornly carried on.
yes, darlings, as a matter of fact those *ARE* vintage linen postcards (the postmarked ones--both addressed to the same recipient--are from 1936) from north carolina. and not JUST ANYWHERE in north carolina...they're from WESTERN north carolina! and not JUST ANYWHERE in western north carolina...they're from chimey rock, lake lure, and bat cave!!!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
operation 17: SOMETHING NEW
(page from a vintage road atlas; silhouetted photo of awdrey; chipboard hearts: heidi swapp; chipboard arrow: ki; rub-on alphas: making memories, scrapworks, autumn leaves; heart stickers: mrs. grossman; ink: colorbox)
Friday, April 25, 2008
the top 10 things i learned on vacation
12. the best barbeque in asheville…perhaps in all of north carolina…can be found at 12 bones on riverside drive (many thanks to the lady across from me on the flight down for this info!)
this is NOT genuine 12 bones bbq...this is a stunt double from duncan's in chimney rock...whilst at 12 bones lauren was too busy devouring pig products to consider photography until it was waaaaaay too late to take pictures!
but STILL no one can essplain to me why we drive on parkways and park on driveways!
10. gargoyles serve the useful function of draining water away from the structure upon which they are found; whimsical stone carvings present solely for appearance should technically be referred to as “grotesques”
genuine gargoyles, gargoyling genuinely (accept no substitutes!)
9. the entirely utilitarian and otherwise completely un-glamorous bathrooms at chimney rock park are painted with beautiful murals
talk about "art for art's sake"!
8. biltmore house was incredibly technologically advanced for its day. it was fully equipped with electric lighting, a sophisticated refrigeration system, internal telephones, and an automated laundry room when it was built…in 1895!!!
state of the art high definition techno-tulips
7. the folks at asheville regional airport have an excellent sense of humor!
luckily we had a very nice view of *THE* runway!
6. making a tall sticky-up bit of rock into a delightful cartoon character will definitely result in an eye-catching and memorable advertisement for your business…but possibly also an obscenity charge…
where the heck is peewee herman when we need him??!
5. when the folks at biltmore say “festival of flowers” they are NOT KIDDING!
"all right lads! stand up straight! and look FESTIVE!!!"
4. really immature people who remember adam west and burt ward camply fighting gotham city’s crime in 1968 giggle inanely every single time they see this sign (…and i am firmly in their number…)
"damn! that robin never could keep a secret!!!"
3. asheville leads north carolina…and perhaps the world…in the number and opulence of their self-service dog washing facilities. (who knew??!)
am i the only one with a mental picture of shaun the sheep in "wallace's knit-o-matic" right now??
2. if you can assay very, very high structures with only vague unease, look all around you with pleasure whist up there, and comeback down again without concern, you are NOT acrophobic…merely sensibly cautious. similarly, if you, “think you might be” acrophobic, you are not. you’d KNOW. trust me!
this photo was taken by the entirely un-acrophobic jeff (though i actually DID make it up onto chimney rock...in a brief and nervous sort of way...)
1. if you go on vacation with the person you love most in the world, it’s extremely difficult NOT to have a wonderful time!
...and i'm not lyin'... (sorry, that truly was diabolical...even for ME!)
just in case you have not seen quite enough vacation snapshots (and surely there's a twelve-step for that!) you are welcome to check out my webshots gallery where there are many, MANY more photos of biltmore, asheville, chimney rock, lake lure, and more!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
operation 15: WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
so here is operation 15...from before vacation:
(cardstock: sei; photo corners: chatterbox; rub-on letters: american crafts; velvet letters: making memories; ribbon: making memories, we-r-memory keepers, michaels; other: saladworks brochure, staples, sharpie pens)
the title refers to the fact that lovely husband jeff and myself, being such creatures of habit, as soon as we know we have a chiropractor's appointment, we don't even HAVE TO think, "what's for dinner" ...since we know we'll be stopping for take-away at saladworks!
the ribbons on the left pull my journaling card out, it looks a bit like this:
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
penguin pants, part two
and then there's that CROWN i mentioned!!! i confess that the crown has already been forever removed from the rest of the set on its backing sheet. yes, that baby has found a natural home in my "essential tool kit" with my date stamp, heidi swapp script "happy", and the beloved rhonna swirls. this one ain't a luxury, folks, it's a NECESSITY!!! :) here's a card i made using it a few different ways:
Monday, April 21, 2008
penguin pants, part one
(rubber stamps: penguin pants; carved wooden buddha image from a home decor catalog; patterned paper: crafty secrets; metallic gold cardstock: jam paper; glitter rub-ons: k&co; felt fusion: queen & co; floral: heidi swapp; other: 3m foam tape, tim holtz ink)
tomorrow, i will show a few more cards, using the "let's play" set, which features, dice, cards, and fun phrases!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
what's black and white and *???* all over?!
another is the new caardvarks challenge!!! yes indeedy, it's called black + white + one ...and to participate you merely need to make a card that's black and white...and ONE other color! which other color, along with what shape, size, occasion, and theme...is entirely up to you!
for this challenge many of the design team (including myself) used our wonderful packs of penguin pants rubber stamps, which those fine folks were kind enough to send along a month or so ago. but one card each didn't realllllllly seem like enough to showcase these lovely products so this time we have a second special DT gallery that includes lots more items! some of these meet the challenge, some that go off in other directions, but ALL are well worth a look!
in the next couple of days i will feature the cards i made for the special gallery, including complete materials information and links to the specific stamp sets i used!
those of you who happened to tune in yesterday may notice that there is now a post missing. that's because, having prepared several in advance, i accidentally POSTED THE WRONG ONE! yepper, after a mere week's vacation from t'internet, i've apparently lost the ability to perform even simple tasks!!!
don't drink and blog, folks...it's just not worth it!!! :)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
vacation progress report
Sunday, April 13, 2008
the next week will find myself, lovely husband jeff, and most of his lovely family in western north carolina! we'll be staying on lake lure, exploring asheville, visiting the biltmore estate, basking in beautiful spring weather (hopefully), knitting monkees (that'll be mostly me!) eating barbeque, and just generally enjoying ourselves like the lazy/lucky so-and-so's we are!
though i'll have my laptop, we somewhat suspect that our cabin does not have an internet connection, (talk about RUSTIC, darlings!) and we don't know how nearby/convenient the hotspots will be. if it turns out that the smokey mountains are cyber-central, i'll post pics from the road, but i suspect at best we're going be able to intermittently check email; at worst we will not even have cell phones. (how DID the pioneers cope??!)
so feel free to talk amongst yourselves, smoke 'em if you've got 'em, and just generally have a wonderful week!!!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
micro-challenge: BRANCHING OUT!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
...not VERY interesting...
it's not that i haven't MADE anything cool...in fact i've made some decent cards this week, if i do say so m'self...it's just that i can't show them...yet. they're for the special caardvarks design team gallery that goes with our next challenge, starting 4-20. ordinarily, i would have time to do some little challenges in between, or at least make my paper adventure page for this week. but since we'll be on vacation next week, and i am still contending with the back from H-E-double-hockey-sticks... (many, many thanks for all the good wishes on that score, btw; it's MUCH better, but not yet 100%!) ...anyway, the point is, that i haven't made as many items as usual, and thus i am forced to fall back on the old stand-by...showing some pages i kind of like from my three beautiful things journal. so here ya go!
(the lefthand one is me using up some word stickers i didn't really like--tho they sort of "work" as a background, dontcha think?; the righthand one is part of the cover from a clothing catalog; it accidentally got wrinkled when i was gluing it on...but i like the effect!)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
baby gotta BOO-BOO!!!
and yet...even all scabby and stubbly...he still looks rather lovely, doesn't he??
i found this picture here...there's also a little article about the filming of bond #22: quantum of solace...which picks up an hour after casino royale ended...and is due in theaters around xmas! (HOORAY!)
Monday, April 7, 2008
ray, marion cotillard appears to actually be channeling edith piaf. it's extraordiary, impressive, and occasionally spooky. the film is a magnificent and lavish depiction of piaf's world, life, and art. what it isn't is cheerful. (if ever there was a "vie" that was emphatically NOT "en rose" it was piaf's!) but this hypnotic film is worth a look for the soundtrack and best-actress-winning performance alone.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
this one's for the birds!
before i show you my cards for this challenge i feel it is my public duty to report a serious case of GRAND THEFT BIRDHOUSE!!!!! you see, *everything* that is cool about my cards: the shape of the houses, the layers of papers, the trims of lace and flowers, the charming vintage + funk vibe...allllllllll of that was lifted lock, stock, and birdseed barrel from my blogging friend lori, whose site is called faerie window. lori recently took part in an art blogging event called "bling your birdhouse" and lemme just say this: if birdhouse blinging ever becomes an olympic event, miss lori will have a lock on that gold medal! when i saw her creations, i was truly blown away. so much so, that i wanted to copy (ummmmmmm) steal (ahem!) pay tribute to (yeah, that's better!) her idea in card form.
Friday, April 4, 2008
A: a flyin' purple people eater in a VERY CLEVER DISGUISE!
(sorry...i just couldn't resist!)
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
operation 14: LOOKING FORWARD
text reads: "seeing family...sleeping late...exploring biltmore...taking photos...riding bikes...eating bbq...driving the blue ridge parkway...knitting monkees...having fun"
being as we're talking about vacation, i wanted a "picture postcard" look for this page, so it made sense to go digital. i found photos online at various tourism sites of things we're planning to see and do in north carolina, assembled a collage in broderbund printshop, and added text. et voila--une autre page c'est fini!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
the making of a monster
(note to self: must include one eye...one horn...wings...and purpleness)
step two: the template
(note to self: you are rubbish at making things even and/or symmetrical...best to cheat!)
step three: the cheating
(note to self: use basic grey chipboard heart for "horn"...colorbox cat's eye pads are eye-shaped... (hence the name) ...round packaging for mouth...fancy pants felt pieces for wings)
(further note to self: flame shaped body is cool-looking but leaves no room for wings...AHA...he (or she? do we know??) ...will have wings for feet!)
step four: the monster
(note to self: trace template onto chipboard and cut out using scissors... (it's not very thick chipboard; it was the backing of a tablet in a former life!) ...paint purple...outline in black...which doesn't show up too well...highlight outlines with white signo pen...add dots with white sharpie for interest...add white stickles for sparkle and dimension...add small black dots for...ummmmmmm...the heck of it!)
and there you have it! (scroll down or click here to view the finished product) one custom-made chipboard accent to amuse and amaze your friends! hours of entertainment! guaranteed to break the ice at parties! :)