Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
so that's the page i made...and i *REALLY* love it! :)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
at first i thought this would be impossible. and then, i suddenly remembered something lovely husband jeff said to me years and years and years ago... (so many years, in fact, that he was then still known as "lovely BOYFRIEND jeff"!) ...when i had said something that particularly amazed and amused him. for better or for worse--and it depends on the day, really--but, "you're too much" does pretty well sum me up!
whilst looking for a different photo from around that time (the early 1980's) i stumbled upon this one (from 1966) of a not-quite-2-year-old me, in my grandfather's office. it doesn't REALLY go with the quote. but jeff insists that when i am sitting at my computer, trying to think of what to write next, i still get this exact same expression on my face.
does this mean i've used *a thousand and three* words??!
Friday, June 27, 2008
(kodak ultima photo paper; lil davis labels; sharpie pen; flattened pellegrino cap; foam tape)
text reads, "sheepish confession #471: i don't enjoy water as a beverage...in fact...i would ideally drink nothing but diet soda. the compromise: *pellegrino*...it's water...but with flavor (and more importantly) FIZZ!!!"
again, when i heard the prompt, ("water") i knew just how i wanted to approach it. because as much as i know i should drink loads of water...and more importantly NOT drink loads of diet soda...i really just do not like water all that much. you can make it super-cold, put it in a crystal glass, and add as many perfectly symmetrical lemon slices as you want...but it's still water...and i'm still not that impressed!
the idea of photo-ing the bottles of pellegrino in my fridge (which amused LHJ no end, i can tell you!) came almost immediately. i've been wanting for quite some time to use elise blaha's technique of journaling in little label stickers, and this seemed like the perfect occasion to try it. jeff smooshed a bottle cap for me & i attached it with some foam tape for a little dimension...and that's another page completed!
can i get a "wahey"?! :)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
told ya!!! :)
if you're planning to use the ladder at all today...make sure the cats are INSIDE! you know...just in case THEY read
i can has cheezburger, too!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
a. that i know what i'm doing
b. that i can convey it clearly to you
neither of which is particularly true. on the other hand,
"a bunch of random facts about those weird little distressed flowers i've been making lately...WITH PICTURES!" just seemed like such a bad title!!! :) so let's go with "tutorial", ok?
supplies i used: circle punches, paper scraps, various inks, a few stamps, foam tape, jewel brads, gluestick. of course, like most crafty things, you can make these in LOTS of ways...i will tell you what i *did*...rather than what you SHOULD do!
step two: the flower centers
does it seem a bit backwards to do the insides first?! well, i s'pose it does...but since we are going to "wing it" with our flower shapes...and since i never have ANY idea how big to make the outsides to fit my circle punch sizes...i generally do the centers first.
in this case, i punched them and then stamped on them using pale green ink on the chinese characters stamp, followed by black ink on the birds. i wadded them up...unwadded...wadded again...and unwadded till they were nice & wrinkly! i inked the interior wrinkles with the green chalk ink; inked the edges randomly with black, and called it a day.
step three: petals!
step five: additional layers
i suspect this step is pretty self-explanatory: but if you'd like your flowers to be particularly dimensional you can make either a second set of petals OR a second set of centers. this time i went with petals, so basically i just duplicated the previous step...
...and they came out looking a bit like you see above! then i crumpled the petals a bit and inked the edges.
step six: assemblage
i attach the centers with glue, or staples, or brads, or...duct tape...? again, being in GRUNGE mode, i try to place them a bit off-kilter. once all the flowers are assembled, i arrange them on a card... (or whatever) ...and decide if some of them need to be raised up on foam tape. then all that is left is to attach the flowers... (in this case those brads are NOT just decorative!) ...and wait for the universal acclaim which is sure to be forthcoming! :)
to see how some of these particular flowers look in their natural habitat, scroll down to paper adventure operation 22!
Monday, June 23, 2008
for operation 22, we were meant to list our current faves. i decided to go with my favorite papercrafting products & techniques, mostly because i just really wanted to make a freeform page using fun stuff i love right now. so i did.
do you think i can make a page every single day this week and be caught up before july begins?! yeah, me neither. but i will at least get a few more done...verrrrrrrrry SOON!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
OR: how to make a birthday card and gift certificate look slightly more impressive...whilst at the same time disguising the fact that you've made said card *waaaay* too big to fit into an envelope...all with the clever use of some clear cellophane and a LABEL!
"royal birthday edition"
- Teabags (as enjoyed by Elizabeth II)
- Chocolate Biscuits (almost certainly HRH's favorite)
- Fancy Schmancy Birthday Card (suitable for royalty)
- Hello Magazine (featuring the Queen's grandson)
- Borders Giftcard (not particularly British or regal...but still quite useful!)
- Warm Birthday Wishes (much like those directed toward members of the aristocracy)
(sigh. i *LOVE* broderbund printshop!!!)
Friday, June 20, 2008
hahaha! sorry. kidding. of course the challenge is to make a card that is PINK! it can be any theme, any size, any shape, and any shade...or shades...but PINK it must be! and linked up it must be to the pink challenge post by midnight, july 2nd.
this was a tough one for me, since, as you probably know, pink is a color in which i RARELY, if ever work.
hahaha! sorry. kidding again! pretty much everybody including stevie wonder knows that i looooooooooooove pink, and in fact, it's basically my default color scheme: pale pink, hot pink, salmon, fuschia, flamingo, cerise, cyclamen...and every shade in between... show up OFTEN on laureny cards!
why look, here's one now:
(patterned paper: sandylion, making memories, cardstock: basic grey; stickers + velvet flower brads: creative imaginations; bracket stickers: kelly pannacci; felt trims: k & co (is it just me or are these HARD to adhere?!) flowers: petaloo;
and here's ANOTHER one:
(patterned paper: urban lily, making memories; black glossy cardstock: ranger industries; alphas: creating keepsakes, heidi swapp, k&co, prima, provocraft, pressed petals; sequins & brads: queen&co; flower sticker: creative imaginations)
so now it's time for you to get out the supplies and get IN THE PINK!!! :)
*conversely, may i wish a very happy second-to-shortest-day-of-the-year to all those of you in the southern hemisphere; what with it getting dark so early, there's no reason not to stay indoors and make cards, right?! ;)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
yes, indeedy...all things considered, it's been a rather nice week...and it's only THURSDAY!!! :)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
tiara (got it!)
back-up tiara (just in case!)
cool tunes (uh-huh)
(mommy & maddie are dancing--and singing along to--jimmy buffet's "cheeseburger in paradise" in this picture)
princess balloons...including ARIELLE!!! (good to go!)
cousins and friends (yepper!)
a few grown-ups... (well, somebody's gotta clean up!)
licensed mechanic on stand-by (in case of emergency)
cake with princess decorations...including ARIELLE!!! (oh yeah!)
clear understanding that ARIELLE is mine! (can't be too careful!)
adorable small brother (...whatever...)
PRESENTS!!!!!!!!!!! ('nuff said)
plenty of bubbles...for everyone! (excellent!)
hilarious running-around-outside games that adults cannot entirely understand (poor silly elderly dears!)
the element of surprise!!! (priceless)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
(fish pic from national geographic; black glossy cardstock: ranger; white matte cardstock: staples; patterned paper: junkitz; happy birthday diecut: bazzill; font: moderne; other: foam tape, zig writer)
on the outside of the card one clownfish asks: "Are you Nemo?"
to which the other replies: "No! I thought YOU were Nemo!"
the inside of the card reads: "Happy Birthday from both of us!"
Sunday, June 15, 2008
sadly, it means i don't have anything FAB ready to show you today. but no worries--i can always CHEAT! :) here's a 3BT page from last week i really like: it's the postcard from my friend paul's studio opening***, a picture of francis albert from a post office brochure, the backing of a sheet of sinatra stamps, the label off a pellegrino lemonade, and some fish stickers, obviously.
*finally i got A PROPER FORTUNE: "you will travel to many places"! wahey! ok, no tall dark strangers or mysterious parrots...but still... :)
**as well as providing the best explanation of agatha christie's mysterious ten-day disappearance in 1926 that i have ever heard: i bet all those christie scholars feel PRETTY SILLY now!
***the painting, which i rotated, is actually a snowy forrest scene; but those deep blue-green shadows looked quite "oceany" to me somehow...i know, i know, it all sounds SO unlikely...just go with me, ok?! :)
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
here's a new card, it's based on kazan's second design at 2 sketches 4 you!
(black glossy cardstock: ranger; glitter cardstock: dcwv (traced around a fancy pants chipboard frame); patterned paper: urban lily, basic grey, making memories; flowers: prima; gems: mambi; rub-ons: k&co; chipboard: heidi swapp; eyelets: making memories)
i don't make a lot of things in this color scheme, but i had a little bit piece of urban lily paper...and a scrap of basic grey...and those leftover sparkly rub-ons...not to mention my new dcwv glitter stack... (a whole tablet of GLITTER CARDSTOCK in lots of colors!!! how *me* is that?!) and the next thing you know, i had a birthday card! plus, the sister-in-law who will receive it quite likes peach and yellow, i b'lieve. check another birthday card off my to-do list! HOORAY!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
of course, once i get up, get going, and drink a bunch of coffee i am fine. then i go to work, which is a bit like this:
but don't worry...i haz a plan:
hope your monday isn't *TOO* awful!!!
ps: 'member a couple of weeks ago when i said i was gonna stop posting photos from i can has cheezburger? yeah. i lied. sorry. no excuse. had to be done!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
(sorry, i got a little carried away by the fervent commercial pitchmen plying their wares on my tv...they are reminding me why i tend to NOT put the telly on during the day, actually!)
but seriously darlings, i have made two cute birdie cards...but they are for a very specific purpose:
for the second challenge, since miss june is sooooooo SCRAP-tastic, and can make half a dozen gorgeous cards using only half a sheet of patterned paper and a handful of pipecleaners... (ok, i am exaggerating SLIGHTLY--but *only* slightly--she's amazin' i tell ya!!!) ...we are challenged to use the scraps from a previous card to make ANOTHER card...but...it cannot be *identical* to the first!
thank you, june, for a fabulous year of inspiration, fun, friendship, and fantastic cards!!! many happy returns of your blogiversary!!!
ps to all those who'd like to know whence comes my favorite little birdie accent...here he is, a piece frances meyer naked chipboard that i have had for ages (you can see his little tail has been bent more than once!):
i know a lot of people would just COVER him with patterned paper and plonk him on a card and be DONE...but he is such an appealing shape (& i am sooooo not a person who can *draw* cute little birds on demand!) that i have basically turned him into a multi-use template that i trace onto either patterned cardstock or paper that is reinforced with index stock.
generally i hold a few pieces of scrap together at a time so that i have either choices OR extra birds for next time. sometimes i ink them, or outline them, or stitch on them...sometimes they get feathers or gems as accents...sometimes i cut out wings from cardstock...or use heart-shaped accents as wings and tails...i don't think i've ever made EXACTLY the same bird twice...and i haven't run out of variations yet!