Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Our Christmas Album Class

What a great day we had. Below is a photo of the finished pages..... Before I go on, I'd like to thank Karen at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique for everything she's done to keep our creative juices flowing. She's always there for us with help and suggestions. She stocks the best of the best and every day new eye candy is added. Keep an eye on my blog for updates on her move (not until August, but it's coming....) As you will see in the photos below....she's outgrown her crop room..... A quiet moment in the crop room....but not for long!

Everyone arrived on time and here we are getting ready to begin....
Meeting new people. Girls from Redding made the trip to Paradise for the day.

Karen being very strict....holding a ruler over Barbara's head...... Barbara didn't look worried!
Karen explaining one of the pages.

Here I am with Diane.... see her Bind-It-All.....this class took the fear of using it away.
I'm sure Karen would agree, putting all the kits together took many hours, but the smiles on the faces of everyone and the beautiful finished albums made it all worth it. Great job ladies......
I will be absent from the blog world for awhile. Getting ready for Christmas, a trip to San Francisco and Disneyland, will take me into January. But before I go, I want to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A MOST HAPPY NEW YEAR! I look forward to 2011 and a new year of crafting with friends.
Love to All...... Mary AKA: Glitter Grammy

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bind It All Christmas Album

Good morning.....The photo is a sneak peek at a Bind It All Class that Karen and I will be co-teaching on December 11th. Check here for more information I'll give you a hint....if you love Pinkpaislee DP as much as I do....you'll love this album. For those of you who don't know.... Karen's eye for embellishing pages is fantabulous and she didn't let us down on this project. Stop by Paradise Scrapbook Boutique for a look at the finished project. It's Beautiful! Sign up early, space is limited and when I checked the class is filling up quickly. Check out Karen's website....there is a special on Bind It All's....and it's a great opportunity to save money while getting a tool that you'll use over and over. Off I go for now. It's cooking and freezing day! And it's a great day for it. It's been raining/snowing all morning.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Santa - PPA70 Sketch Challenge

Happy Day After Thanksgiving...Black Friday for those of you who braved the weather and the crowds. And now....It's count down to Christmas!

Paper Pal Arts Sketch Challenge was quite the challenge for me. I am happy with how this card turned out. This is a stand up card, the front measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. I used Pink Paislee - Father Christmas DP for all but the solid base. I used both the 6x6 sheets and the 12x12 sheets. My squares were cut using the Creative Memories punch in 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 inches. I used a one inch circle punch to punch out the small Santas and Spellbinders were use for the large Santa and all other die embellishments. I used Quiet Fire Rubber Stamps for the sentiment. The gold Santa and Christmas bells were purchased from Paradise Scrapbook Boutique, as were all the Designer Papers and the Spellbinder dies. Thanks Karen for always having beautiful papers and great products.

Check out Paper Pal Arts blog page....there's still time to play. Posting your creation is very easy.
I had to include this photo of the gold embellishments. I absolutely LOVE them. Off I go, I should be cleaning my living room and getting it ready for the Christmas tree....I think I shall move on to that project.

Monday, November 22, 2010

I Won

Wow, I won....I'm so happy.....and to have won Happy Tilda....what a win! I want to thank Bev at All The Things I Love for posting the chance to win and Heidi at Simon Says Stamp for offering such a wonderful prize. I'm excited to make a card using "Happy Tilda" and I will, but it may not be until after the holidays. At present, I'm (as most of the world knows by now) getting ready for grand kids and a great 3 weeks with all of them. Little Tilda is expressing how I feel now.....Very, Very Happy! Again.....Bev and Heidi.....THANK YOU!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Waiting For Santa

I'm getting really, really excited about Christmas. For those of you who follow my blog page...you already know! It's one month and 6 days and the first group will arrive from Australia. My grandson was here 5 years ago, my granddaughter hasn't yet made the long trip. We've been talking on Skype about Santa and I told her I have "magic" glitter that glows in the dark and on Christmas Eve we will spread it on the lawn so Santa can find her. I'm sending a sleigh I cut using my Spellbinder die and it is now covered with the "magic" glitter. I'm mailing the sleigh so she can put it under light and at night when she turns off the light, the sleigh will show her how special the glitter will be. My card will accompany the sleigh.
Now about the card......I'm taking a water color background class from Kim Teasdale, through My Creative Classroom. Our assignment for this week was to create clouds. This was a fun card to make. Thanks to Kim the background was much easier than I thought it would be. I stamped the trees, embossed them with clear embossing powder, stamped the moon and embossed it the same way. Using a cloud template (Kim's from class) and Vivid sky blue ink the sky was made! I stamped Santa and the reindeer onto water color paper, colored and cut it out. The patterned DP is from Pink Paislee - Daydream. The sentiment was created using my computer. All DP and card stock was purchased through Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.
I highly recommend My Creative Classroom as a great source for on-line craft classes. This is the second class I've taken from Kim. Her classes are well planned, the video portions are easy to follow. She supplies her students with print material and I've referred often to the material from her first class.
Last year I enrolled in Nan Paturzo's Bind-It-All Class. Another winner! I'm no longer afraid of the Bind-It-All and I use it often. Speaking of Bind-It-All.....Karen and I have joined forces to teach a Bind-It-All class. The album is beautiful....Karen has a way of turning paper into a master piece. Check out Karen's blog page to see the album. If she doesn't have photos up now, she will very soon.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mojo Monday 164

Hello and Happy Wednesday Evening. I've been busy today working on my card classes for the next three months. In between, I worked on a card for Mojo Monday Challenge 164. I need a card for a very special person's birthday. I like the MMC layout....so, this card is for her. (Note: I can't say who "her" is....cause it's a surprise!)

After finishing the layout, I noticed I was missing something....well not really missing, but mine is not a square, it's a circle. Is that poetic license? The DP is from Creative Imaginations and Fancy Pants Designs. Of course I used Spellbinder and BossKut dies. Ribbon, pearls, DP, chalks are all from Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. This was a fun layout....Well on to my craft room to clean up my mess. Is everyone as messy as I am?

Monday, November 8, 2010

He's Such A Good Boy

Good Morning....this post has absolutely nothing to do with crafting...ok, maybe a little! Let me give you a bit of a back story....I am most creative in the early morning, and I'm a TV junky. I also love talk radio (which has nothing to do with this....but now you know!) The Today Show is my very favorite morning news/info/ entertainment show. Having watched the Today Show for years, my husband and I noticed a man who is in the crowd daily. We also noticed nearly every day he is wearing something different. We began looking for him and we began wondering about him. One day Merideth called him by name, Lenny.... it was so good to put a name to him. As time passes, Lenny is talked to or referred to more often.

Now...to the title..."He's Such A Good Boy".... my son is looking for work in New York, as well as visiting with friends. He's leaving to come home tomorrow and I asked him to go to the Today Show and tell Lenny how we enjoy looking for him in the crowd. While watching the Today Show, I took a photo of Lenny and emailed it to Dan. See, he's such a good boy....getting up early, braving the cold to get a photo and a chat with Lenny! Thanks Dan!

Long story short.....above are the photos Dan sent me of his meeting with Lenny..... and here's part of the email he sent me: Good morning mom, this morning I met up with Lenny. He is quite an institution here, apparently, with the staff of the show talking with him, including the hosts - as Meredith came out and she hugged him. Tourists/crowd/fans were coming up to him having their pictures taken with him. He was actually being interviewed by a reporter during the first hour of standing in the crowd. Now you all know Lenny too!
Dan went on to say he saw Russell Crowe as Russell was walking down the street. No photo of that though....Russell came and went in a flash....so the camera wasn't ready!
Today will be a fun day. Shopping for ornaments for the Ornament Exchange during the December crop and Holiday party.....fun, fun, fun! Tomorrow it is SOS day at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique....hope to see you there!
Later today I'll post some photos of a "men's birthday card". I have lots of them to make this month.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Bells and My Creative Classroom

Two posts in one day....I'm on a roll...

I'm taking a sponged background class through My Creative Classroom the instructor for this class is Kim Teasdale check out both the links. Previous to this class, I've taken classes from Kim. she is one of my favorite instructors. She prepares well for each class, gives great instruction and both her video instruction and written instructions are easy to follow. I refer back to her written instruction often. I'm a great fan of Tombow markers....she's a Tombow Marker Pro! This card was made using Lesson 1. A sweet little card...and one more Christmas card made.....yippee! I've enjoyed every class I've taken through My Creative Classroom. I've met great people, and the instructors are always ready to answer questions....If you're looking for a good way to pass the wet and cold winter days....give it a try.

What's Black-White and Red?

Here's a quick post. I made this card for my newest daughter-in-law. I like the combination of black and white and love to add bits of red. The sentiment was done on my computer. The butterflies and the borders are Martha Stewart, the card stock and bling were purchased at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. I don't make this shape of card very often, I guess I'm always trying new things and don't get back to the old standards. I do like how it turned out.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

With Sympathy

No one ever wants to make sympathy cards, however, as sure as there is birth, there is also death. This week Tracy's dad passed away suddenly. I work through sadness by making cards, during the process, I have time to reflect on how precious life is and how suddenly life changes. I also use the time to send thoughts and prayers to the family. So, Tracy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, may the sadness you feel now, be replaced with happy memories of time you shared with your dad.

November Card Class

OMG....where has the year gone....in 46 days my grand kids, daughter-in-law and son from Australia arrive... I can hardly wait! Not too long after that, it's Christmas. Am I ready? No... My class in November will offer two more Christmas/Winter/Holiday Season cards. My goal for the classes has been to keep the cards flat to keep the postage down. If you took my October class you have 5 cards made and this class will move you closer to your goal for handmade Christmas cards. I hope to see you in class. Remember to contact Paradise Scrapbook Boutique to secure your place. The class fills quickly, so don't wait! Again, there will be no kits offered for this class. Class will begin at 1:00 PM on Tuesday - November 16th.
For those new to card making, you will learn to heat and dry emboss. You'll become familiar with the Sizzix Big Shot, Spellbinder dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Martha Stewart border punch and you'll be introduced to my new favorite stamp company Quiet Fire. Their Sentiments are beautifully created, they are already cut and ready for stamping. The quality is very high. Did I tell you.....I love them....
Off I go for now....more to come. Have a super day
Mary (AKA: Glitter Grammy)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mini Fold Calendar

I've been busy this weekend. I'll be posting everything within the next day or two, I wanted to show this Mini Fold Calendar first. I was blog hopping and found a Mini Fold Album that was posted by Lisa Johnson. I loved what she'd done, and I had to try it. Lisa's direction are great and easy to follow. I wanted to create a calendar, rather than an album. I used Creative Imaginations DP, the calendar pages were created in Print Shop, using the yearly calendar format. Martha Stewart border punches and Spellbinder dies were used to create the borders and paper embellishments. Pearls were added for even more pizazz. What a great little stocking stuffer or exchange gift. This was a fun project... thanks Lisa for sharing it.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Princess Bridget

My crafty little four year old grand daughter is coming for Christmas. When I last saw her, I'd helped her with a school project and gave her a tiny little album filled with family photos. She was so happy to have it, and so excited to glue and paste, I decided that she needed her very own journal where she could draw, write and color. I've been talking about making this journal with my SOS sisters and Karen started the ball rolling with a "glass slipper". Carolyn gave me hundreds of little sticker shapes, Virginia gave me some Disney papers and I started collecting Disney stickers for her to use in her journal. Last night I cut the papers to 9 by 8 and to the decorative paper I added white paper When I finished cutting, I had about 100 sheets, which now needed to be punched and bound. I used my Bind It All for both. I'd planned on using a white wire for binding, however, I'd gone a bit wild while cutting the pages, that the white wire was too small. I only had a 1 1/4 ring in black and I didn't want to use black. I remembered a wire that I had used during a class I'd taken to use my Bind It All. Well guess what, I had a red wire...I thought it looked better with the book than the black wire did, so, I used it.

Bridget is our little Princess and she'll be meeting the Disney princesses at Christmas....this book I hope will give her fond memories of her visit to America and the time she spent with her American Family. I'll have to tell her about all the Fairy God Mothers that helped with putting this journal together. A special thank you to all......

PPA65-Bring On The Bling

On Thursday morning, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. The Pals Paper Arts Challenge was Bring on the Bling.... Well! I LOVE GLITTER AND SHINE! Who knew? Ya Right! I couldn't wait to get started on this, however, sometimes life gets in the way of bling....Today I decided that no matter what I would start and finish this card. The Inspiration is the jewel in the center of the flower. It is actually two jewel stickers that I have joined, removing the center red jewel and using it on the ornament. I've been trying to find the packaging to let you know who manufactured the jewel...but, my room is such a mess, I'm lucky to have been able to find the dog....The background red glitter piece is from a sticker sheet I've had forever. The ribbon was on a gift I'd received and the flower is Heidi Swapp. I cut the ornament using one of my Spellbinder dies. I think I might just send this card to me :-) Off I go, I'm almost finished making a Journal for my 4 year old grand daughter....I'll put it on line next. Until then..... have a great day.

All Natural Fall Decoration

My daughter was walking to the bank yesterday and outside one of the shops was a beautiful Fall Decoration. She was admiring it and how everything looked so natural and real, when the little squirrel in the center of the display scurried away. She called me to tell me about what she'd seen. I told her when she walked back from the bank to have her camera ready, because I was sure the little thief would return. No explanation needed, this picture is worth 1000 words. Thank you Amy for sharing the photo with me....isn't walking fun, you never know what you will see!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Birthday Girl and 5 Card Day

What a great day we had. A wonderful lunch, great dessert, fantastic group of singers and the birthday girl looking younger every year! The birthday banner was designed by Deb and what a great banner it is. You can enlarge the photo to get a better look....Karen enjoying a yummy piece of birthday cake.
Lunch done....and the girls start arriving for the card class. (L to R) Carolyn, me and Virginia

The class was sold out, the girls were so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I wondered how long it would take to assemble all 5 cards.....the girls were quick as bunnies! Some worried they'd be too slow. I told them to start worrying if Karen and I put on our pajamas!

Great job girls! What a great kick off to making Christmas cards! 5 down and how many to go?
I want to thank everyone who made the card day a great success! THANK YOU ALL! I can't believe I've been teaching for a year....boy does time fly when you are having a good time.
A friendly reminder.....next Tuesday is OWH day. Join us for a fun day of creating cards for a cause! OWH is low on Hero Cards....how about a few quick cards with encouraging words for our soldiers!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Karen - Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday Karen .... a few days late....we're having a luncheon today (Tuesday) to celebrate a friend who encourages us to go outside the box to create something beautiful. We live in a small community and Karen brings exciting product to us, products we would not normally have access to. Webster's Pages and BoBunny are my two favorite paper addictions. Her flowers and bling are first rate...her ribbons are beautiful. As quick as she stocks the Spellbinder dies, they are gone. Her classes are so informative and I've learned so much from her. So......a big Happy Birthday Karen and many, many more!
Today is also my 5 card class. I'm excited to have everyone together getting started on Christmas Cards. If I remember.....I'll take some photos of the girls and of the Birthday Girl!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Updated Card

This will be a quick post. Did you ever make a card and you weren't totally happy with it? That was my card from yesterday. I thought the flower was just too flat....so, I slept on it and I got up and added a silk flower. Ok....now I'm happy...and off to the post office it goes!

Yesterday was an interesting day...I don't know where my cleaning spree came from, but I cleaned house all day, and then I looked at my two dogs and decided they too needed a good bath. Not part of their plan! To make a long story short....I now have a broken finger! The upside...today, 3 of my fingers are numb...one is making up for it! So, off I go for a great day of playing...starting with a walk with the Weight Watcher girls, followed by a day of card making with the SOS group and then.....the best part of all....picking up my son Dan.

Enjoy the update to my card. Have a wonderful Tuesday....Chat soon!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Welcome Card and Mojo Monday Challenge 160

Good Morning and Happy Monday....

I belong to a group called Silver Stampers and I try to make cards for all the new members (of which I am pretty new!) I also try to play along with the Mojo Monday Challenge whenever I can, so today, I am doing both. I did stray away from the challenge by adding the bow at the bottom, but the card just was looking too empty on the lower portion. So, welcome Kathy (she should get this card later in the week, I hope she doesn't look at my blog before the card arrives).

Off I go to get some house work done. Dan (my baby) comes tomorrow, I don't want him to think all I do is play with paper!

Have a wonderful week

Monday, October 4, 2010

Taking a Break and playing along with Pals Paper Arts

The Pals Paper Arts Challenge PPA-62 All Buttoned Up was such fun. Gotta love buttons.
I've been thinking holidays and I love snowmen....put them together and what do you get? An entry into this week's challenge.
I spent the past week organizing my craft room. I went through all my DP and was so happy to see papers I'd forgotten I'd purchased. My snow people rubber stamps are my favorites and this little trio has always been one of my very favorite stamps. I'd forgotten about my snow buttons, and found them quite by accident while digging through my button box. With the temperatures cooling down, it's time to look toward to winter.
Have a great week. I'll see my walking buddies tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

PSB - Card Number 5

This is going to be a quick post. Probably my most quick post....I'm running late, what's new with that? Absolutely nothing! This is the 5th card for my October celebration of Paradise Scrapbook Boutique's 4th Anniversary. I think this is my favorite card....The class is filling quickly. If you are interested in taking the class, sign up now....later might be too late.

I'm off to walk and then it's a day at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique creating for a cause - Operation Write Home.

Have a WONDERFUL day

Monday, September 27, 2010

Operation Write Home - Birthday Bash and PSB Anniversary

Tomorrow is our Operation Write Home get-together at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. This month is special, we are celebrating OWH's birthday....Happy Birthday to you! I'm thinking winter....odd on a day when the temps will reach 100 degrees. This is my easy card. I've used my Cuttlebug Snowfake embossing folder to emboss both outside and inside, my Spellbinder dies and a cute little snowman stamp from Hero Arts. I've stamped him 10 times, die cut him and sponged around the image. Then, while watching TV...I color him with my Tombow markers.
The inside sentiment is an Annette Allen Watkins stamp, which was embossed with clear embossing powder over a ColorBox-Mini Cranberry Pigment Ink. I'll assemble the cards tomorrow with the girls. Stop by PSB tomorrow and join us in making cards for a really great cause. Karen has tons of supplies that we all can use. You just need to bring adhesive and your lunch if you're spending the day with all of us. The fun begins at 10:00 and ends at 5:00. The good feeling you get lasts forever!
To celebrate Paradise Scrapbook Boutique's 4th Anniversary, I'll be teaching this card during my card class on October 19th. We'll be making 5 cards that day. All cards have been cut, you'll just need to assemble them. What a way to kick start your holiday cards and celebrate a great occasion with Karen and crew! Check out tomorrow's blog for card #5, and previous blogs for cards 1 through 3. Can you tell....I love Cuttlebug embossing folders, Spellbinder dies and Cuttlebug snowflake die and embossing folder. Gotta love the Martha Stewart snowflake border punch
I'm off with friends for a long walk! I just hope it stays a bit cool until we get back. What a dreamer I am....It's already warm!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Card Number 3 - Celebrating Paradise Scrapbook Boutique 4th Anniversary!

I promised 5 easy cards and this one is the absolute easiest. I used my newest Spellbinder die along with two old friends and a wonderful border punch. All items were purchased from Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. The sentiment stamp is one of my favorite oldies, but goodies. I think it is a Stampin Up stamp from many years gone by, but like Silver Stampers and good wine.....this stamp gets better with time! Don't forget....leave a comment on PSB and you are entered into her fantastic Anniversary drawing....

I'm off to walk with my buddy Wendy. We are hoping for 4 miles today. Wendy never gives up, so if she's willing to drag me along....I'll be doing the miles. Tomorrow is Carolyn, Karen and I. Anyone want to join us? Email me and I'll give you the where and whens...

Until tomorrow....and card number 4.....have a wonderful day.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Happy Anniversary Karen and Paradise Scrapbook Boutique

Can you believe it? Exciting News.....October marks the 4th Anniversary of Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. Thank you Karen for supporting our need to craft by bringing us wonderful and always changing paper, embellishments and the most beautiful ribbons. Karen's album, scrapbook pages and card classes are always fun and filled with new ideas to get our creative juices flowing. I've been lucky enough to teach card classes and I've met very creative gals doing so. I've also been privileged to take Karen's card class.....You've just got to check out all the fun things going on.....

To celebrate Karen's 4th Anniversary, I will be teaching my card class on Tuesday - October 19th. Normally the girls make 2 cards....this class is a special thank you to all who have supported me during the past year....you will be making 5 cards.... and guess what....they will all be kits! You'll do very little cutting, I've done it for you! Tomorrow I'll be posting the 3rd card...stop by and see what you'll be making. Call Karen to reserve your place in class. Space is limited!

Now here's some really big news. Karen is giving a $50.00 gift certificate to some lucky person. You have several chances to win. Everyday visit Karen's blog and leave a comment...that comment gives you a chance to win. (One comment per day) Karen will announce the winner on her blog page....if it's you...contact her to claim your prize. Click on the link above and leave your comment. Comment on my page for an extra chance to win.......

That's it for now....chat later.

Monday, September 20, 2010

PPA60 Halloween Inspiration Challenge

I've beeen crazy busy this week and when Pals Paper Arts Challenge came through on my email, I wanted to drop everything to play. Then I remembered,I had played and this card was all but ready to mail to my grandson and granddaughter....So, not so very scary, but a fun card to make.

Tomorrow is my card class at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique and before that, Carolyn and I will be walking. I guess I should get moving and get to bed.

Have a great week, catch up with you later.

Monday, September 13, 2010

MoJo Monday 156

Hello, I love the Mojo Monday Challenge. They get the creative juices flowing early in the week and I always hope they continue throughout the remaining week. This was a fun challenge (aren't they all), last night I colored the basket (stamp is from Delafield Stamp Company). As always, I water colored the image using Tombow markers. The sentiment is from Clear Stamps, it's become one of my favorites because it is small and you can change the position of the two words, makes it very versatile. The hummingbird is a button I purchased from a quilt store in Ft. Bragg CA. My quilting buddy took me to the shop and boy....you could go crazy buying buttons there. Not to mention ribbon and fabric....but then for fabric I'd have to sew! The card stock was border punched using one of my Martha Stewart punches and of course the image was die cut using my Spellbinder dies. So that's the how......

I'm off for a day of shopping. Carolyn and I are celebrating our weight loss and the change of the season. So for now....off I go, enjoy your week. Tomorrow is another fun day for me....it's SOS day at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.

Again....have a most wonderfully creative week!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's My Day To Play

Today is my day to play and play I shall! I was inspired to make the card on the right, by the Paper Pal Arts color challenge. I liked my little scarecrow so much, I decided to make him again. I'm a proud member of Silver Stampers, a group of folks that enjoy making cards. One of the challenges is to make cards that are flat enough to only need one 44 cent stamp. The card on the right will require extra postage. The card on the left is flat, flat, flat! Yippee! I like it and will be able to afford to send of few of these cards.
It's kind of funny where inspiration comes from. Today I was following a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and found a great way to use a tool that's been gathering dust for sometime...the crimper. I didn't use the method on this card, but I did try it, and then decided to use the crimper on my scarecrow card. Prior to crimping, I ran the card stock through my Spellbinder die and then I crimped....dimension without adding too much height.... I love buttons, but buttons add postage, so....I made buttons using card stock and my Stampin-Up button die.
Tuesday is our SOS get-together at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. I'm excited to see all the new things she's brought into the shop over the weekend. Check out Karen's blog page next week, I'm sure you'll be excited to see what's new. My class is a week from Tuesday. There are only 2 spots remaining. If you want to sign up I'd call Karen on Tuesday to let her know.
Off I go, after all, today is my play day, I think I'll make some kits so I'll be ready to be productive on Tuesday. Happy stampin and craftin!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pals Paper Arts-59

I think Sammy Scarecrow (Stampendous P022) is the cutest little guy. He's been hanging around for awhile waiting to have color added. Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge 59 was the inspiration for this card. The cardstock was in my scrap bin, so I can't tell you where I got them. I love it when I can make something from scraps. I water colored Sammy using Tombow markers and die cut the finished graphic with my Spellbinder Labels 8. I used Dew Drops to embellish .
I'm off to bed....it's been a long day, but a very nice one. I walked with my friends, went to my niece's birthday party, and still had time to make a card....who could ask for more!
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fort Bragg - The Ocean - Glass Beach

Our end of summer vacation. A short 5 hour drive from our house is heaven for me. Ft. Bragg on the northern coast of California.
My buddy Edy and her dog Skippy did our morning walks, the photo above was taken on one such morning. Living inland, the temperatures when we left home were very, very warm. When we arrived we were met with ocean dampness, fog and very cool mornings.
Sydney and Baxter love the ocean. They love the water, though they can't figure out why it tastes so bad.....Richard has trouble sitting still....I think he was ready to go back to camp....but we weren't, so he patiently waited!
Edy, Dave and Skippy. Skippy liked climbing on the rocks, but couldn't be convinced to go into the water. I met Edy when we both took a calligraphy class. We've been friends ever since.
I am sure God was in a very good mood when she created the oceans. While looking for information on Glass Beach, I found this on YouTube:
The beach we visited is called Glass Beach. Reason.....way, way back in the day, this part of the ocean was a bottle dump. Over the years, the waves and the sand tumbled the glass and when it washed ashore it was transformed to what you now see. Yet another YouTube find. Gotta love YouTube....I sure do. I get loads of craft ideas there.
My favorite 3 photo subjects are of the ocean, flowers and bees. Today, you get the ocean. The picture above was quite an accident. One I didn't see until I downloaded the photos to my computer. This photo was taken using the zoom on my camera. This rock formation is actually quite far away. When I downloaded the photo, I saw two white objects....I enlarged the area and cropped it to find....the sun bathers below:
Aren't they sweet little guys....or girls!
A quiet cove....and now, for my favorite ocean photo.......
A beautiful vacation, spent with great friends, loads of memories and if I ever get my act together, a scrapbook page or two.
Thanks for stopping by to share a bit of my life. I hope to get into my craft room to get started on some cards......have a great week!