Monday, August 30, 2010

Guess What Time It Is?

It's my FAVORITE time of year!!!    FallI know, I know... some folks say "Wait a minute!  It is still Summer and it is still hot outside!" But, it is August 30th!  And to add to my argument, the Fall decorations are out at Hobby Lobby!  Doesn't that mean I can start celebrating?   Candy Corn, here I come!!!

I went to DC this weekend. It was a VERY quick trip. I flew in on Saturday at 12:15, went to my favorite cousin's house for the day in Frederick, Maryland. (Sidebar: I SO want to live there. It's so quaint and just a beautiful place. It is feasible that we could live there because my hubby could transfer, but the cost of living is so high that I'm really worried about that.... anyone live in the area that could give me advice?)   Back to my story...

I flew up because I was buying my cousin's daughter's (my second cousin's) car for my daughter who just left for college. (Whew, were you able to follow that?) So, because we were buying a car, we had to drive it home to Georgia!  It took me 12 1/2 hours to get back yesterday!  That was with very little stopping and even eating in the car!  Yikes.  My tailbone is sore! But the car is adorable and Allison was so surprised and shocked.  She had gone up to D.C. for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally with her college roommate.  She knew I was flying up, but she didn't realize the "surprise" I was bringing her was a "new" car.  She kept saying "You bought me a car????"

This card I created was mostly about showcasing the ribbon.  I just loved it.   So I added just a few
embellishments, and then I was not crazy about the card.  So I worked and worked and I think it turned out "okay".    It's not one of my best..  You know, we are our own worst enemies!!!  I love the Tilda.  She was supposed to be colored with the "Scandanavian" technique, but I think I might have gotten a little heavy handed on the tones.   I colored her with my Copic markers.   I will continue to practice.  I just used a regular doily, the ribbon was from Hobby Loggy.  A nestibility for the die cut, and paper flowers that I colored with my inks and then used some stickles to give it a little shine.  The leaves are the Martha Stewart "fern" punch.  Let me know what you think and thank you for reading my blog!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm Certified!

Today, I got certified!  In what, you ask?  I'm a Copic Certified Designer!!!  How cool is that?  Pretty soon you will see my "blinkie" over on the right of my page... I had a really good time, talked to craft enthusiasts like myself, networked, and learned lots of techniques.  It was a fun day and I'm hoping on getting better and better with my coloring...

  This is one of my favorite cards.  I think she's so cute!  I loved, loved, loved the background paper and I had already colored the image and noticed that they went perfectly together.  The paper is Citrus from... heck, I seem to have lost the front of the paper packet.  Sorry!! 

I had to add a little bit of sky, so I took my Memento Ink and sponged a white piece of paper with the three shades of blue.  The "SplishSplash" came from Hobby Lobby on one of their sticker sheets.  And it matched the blues perfectly as well.   I trimmed it out roughly because I didn't want the card to be too formal.  I'm not sure if I like that look, but I "stuck it down" pretty good on the card and didn't want to ruin it.  It's one of those  "live and learn" moments....I had hoped that I could add the sticker without having to use a white background, but it got lost in the background.  Tilda is popped up on pop dots. 
The water is glossy accents and I totally love the effect it created. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, today is my birthday!   I will miss my son and oldest daughter not being here today.  Michael is in England and Jessica went to the beach with her boyfriend's family.  On the agenda today is: I have a final project for class to finish and my hubby and youngest daughter are planning on taking me out to dinner.  My hubby even took the night off from work just for me!!!  See, you can be treated like a Princess, even at my age!  It will be a good day, once I get it started!

This card is a napkin that I purchased at Ruby Tuesday's.  If you've never heard of the encaustic wax process, take a look on YouTube to see if there is a video on how to do it.  I really love the technique and love the results.  This napkin is actually waxed onto my card base.  I think it turned out so pretty!  In my last post, I stated that I was making cards for my 2nd cousin.  This is one of the Thank You cards that I'm sending her.  I hope you like it!