Monday, May 30, 2011

Remembering my fur friends

I started this post forever ago.  I was looking through the list and noticed this untitled, unpublished post over it lead to me looking to see what it was.  My fur friends I have lost.  I miss them everyday and I was finding myself crying at the thought of them, but lately it is less.  I still miss them terribly, but I realize that I need to live with my fur babies of the present and think of them fondly.  My dear Bandit, Sara, Stormy (not pictured) and Buster.  Though they are missed deeply I must move on.  I love you my beautiful babies, but I know your in a better place!!  
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Father's Day cards

Sunday I had the house to myself and I used my time kinda wisely (of course I could have been cleaning, but that's no fun).  So my bestie wanted me to join her a stamp camp that a friend runs and its always been kinda far from me and during the winter driving at night in the dark really wasn't an option.  So now that its lighter longer I was thinking I might just try to make the trek (of course all depends on how I'm feeling and if I'm working a lot this week or not).   I decided that just in case I would make cards to swap so I sat down pulled out some close to my heart paper an inkadinkadoo stamp ("Happy Father's Day") and my gypsy and get to work.  I started with Close to my Heart's Passages workshop kit (which there was like nothing left.  I promise that's a first for me).  I dove into what was left which was the paper with all the emphera looking stuff on it (postcards, journal pages) stripe, barn red cardstock and brown bag cardstock.  I add some bazzill Dark brown cardstock for the matting and the diecut image.  I basically went into this project mimicking my mother's day cards.  Hey stick to what you like.  I do like what came out and making 12 cards takes some time.  I even stamped the envelope to kind of match.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Some Altered art

House Shaped ATC Swap

Owl Twinces

STU Alphabet Swap

Okay so I'm not done blogging today and no I didn't create all of these today.  I have been a bad blogger.  I have been very busy with work this past week (YIPPIEEE!!!) and creating and blogging for that fact were not as important, so I'm playing ketup so that my friends who read my blog can see the art that I have been creating when I can.  I labeled the pictures so you know the theme.  They were all lots of fun and I really like how they came out!  
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Thank you Cards

Recently my Motorcycle group worked very hard on a Poker Run to raise money.  After the Run was over the Secetary asked me if I wanted to make up some Thank you cards for the Firehouses and our Sister and Brothers from another chapter that came out to support us.  And of course I said sure!!  So I went home and pulled out this very old (but awesome) Stampin' Up set that has been sitting on the shelf for just such an occasion.  Then I thought to myself "I don't have any paper" lol that is such a LIE!! Anyway I decide to use Tim Holtz's Brick embossing folder.  I inked it first with Close to my Heart's Colonial White, placed my red paper into it and ran it through the cuttlebug.  I think the effect was awesome!! I then stamped the four firemen on white cardstock and ran to the computer to look up the colors each house wore.  I love to personalize when I can.  Then it was just ripping a whole into the center of the brick adding some Black soot ink around the ripped edges.  I did a couple other things with this card.  I didn't just leave it flat I wanted to pop up the brick a bit, so at first I used foam strips which I figured out I didn't have a whole lot of so I came up with the idea to use cardboard cut into strips instead (the firemen don't know the different between cardboard and what we craft ladies normally use).  The tag was cut out on the cricut and for the life of me I have no idea what cartridges it was now.  The "Thank you" is a close to my heart stamp that I cut so I would fit (which I actually cut it before this project).

The boy on the firecraker was made for a local military group that is currently in Iraq.  We decided to send our left over bake sale items to the boys so they could have a little taste of home.  The card was just a little some extra I wanted to add from us as a group.  I hope they enjoyed their goodies and their card.  It was fun to make.  The Back group was another Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I inked white cardstock with Faded Denim and Fired Brick Distress ink. Then Inked the embossing folder with Vintage Photo Distress ink placed the paper in and embossed.  Then I cut the little boy on the firecracker out using A Child's Year on the Circut.   I glued it on the the blue/red paper, which I had glued to a black piece of paper and then used matching Ditress Stickles to embellish the image.  I then stamp the same Thank You on a piece of white paper that was also inked to match and punched it out using an EK Success Punch.  I foam doted that up on the card.

The Top card which I made for our Brothers and Sisters in our very supportive Brother Chapter.  The motorcycle come from the Feeling Groovy Cricut cartridge!  It was fun but a challenge to make.  It is about 5 or 5 layers.  Other then the bike I kept it simple. Pin It Now!