Thursday, May 3, 2012

Salmon, Anyone?

Ok..I'm not talking about the actual fish, but the color salmon- oh .. and NO it isn't my favorite color lol! There's sort of a long story behind all of this, but to try to make a long story short, Dede was having us pick our fav colors to create a page for each of us in one of her journals. Somehow.. before I knew it, I was *tricked* into picking the color salmon with my "real" fav colors of blues/purples. Yes, I was tricked, I tell ya! It really is one of those "you had to be there" type of moments. Rach was also going to use our colors to create pages in her journal & she totally made fun of my choice of colors! It is now kind of a running joke in streams. See... I told you "you had to be there" lol!

All of that is to sort of explain this card I made for Rach. There's a bit of a back story on how/why we sent cards to Rach, but most important is that Julia was nice enough to arrange it & get them all to Rach in one package. I knew I HAD to make something with salmon .. the color or the fish .. either one! I started printing out some canned salmon images and one night in Stickam, Fran suggested doing a Warhol type of card with the different colored cans. Brilliant! This is what I came up with... I used Paint Shop Pro 7 to colorize the cans, printed them out on glossy cardstock and cut them out. I then just used various colored cardstock and layered it all.(Rach just loved the combo of salmon, midnight blue & purple lol!) It was fun to make and I think Rach got a kick out of it!

Earlier in the month, one of my online friends, Kathy (grafxkat) was going to New Orleans with some of her family, so hubby and I drove over and met them at the Riverwalk. We ate some yummy food at Mike Andersons and had a great visit. She was so sweet and her husband & daughters were just a joy to meet. Kathy brought me a box of 54 bottles of Americana craft paint..Yes FIFTY FOUR! She was trying to get rid of some of her stock of a store she once owned and I was happy to help her do that hehe!
Here's a pic - such eye candy! Thank you again, Kathy!

I wanted to bring her a little something and wound up making a really simple mini-album for her. Now there is a long story behind the making of that album! Hopefully most who read my blog know already and I won't have to be tortured again in reliving the horror I endured LOL!..(yeh,thanks Dede hehe!) I've never made a mini before and this was a premade chipboard one that I just covered with papers, etc. I kept it really plain .. first of all because I really had no clue how to decorate it .. and also because I thought Kathy could put her own touches on it.

Oh, I also received some beautiful things that I need to take pictures of and post. I did do a video of a couple of things I received and you can watch it HERE . I'm so thankful to have found this community with such nice and giving gals. Thank you all!

 (As I re-read my post, it seems I'm starting everything with a "there's a long story behind this"!  I guess I could just post the picture and not have to explain?  I don't know - just seems to be my nature to over explain and try to have it make sense to others... um.. not sure I've done a good job there LOL!)

See you next time!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Yes, It's been a while...

Well, I know it's been almost a year since I posted here-sorry about that!I am going to try to do better. I actually have been challenged by my buddy, Fran to make at least a card a month and post on my blog. I honestly have been quite the slacker in doing any kind of arting, so she's kicking my butt in gear to get busy LOL! I have good intentions of making more than one card a month.. but not sure that'll happen. At least with Fran's challenge, I HAVE to do at least one card a month... Thanks Fran :)

I'll try to catch up on a few things:

(April, 2011) I made this card for my brother's birthday. He takes beautiful Louisiana wildlife photographs, so I had to use my camera stamp. You can see his photos here.

This is actually ONE card, but I'm showing 3 views of it. It's called a Viewmaster card. The blue notched thing on the right with the arrow turns and a different stamped picture will show up in the camera lens. I put a little piece of clear acetate in the lens so it appears blurry in the photo, but isn't in real life. The camera is on pop dots, so it's a bit lifted off of the page.

(May, 2011) I made this card for my mom for Mother's Day. Just a simple card (all of my cards tend to be pretty simple). I'm not loving this one, but it is what it is. My mom seemed to like it lol.

The next two projects were actually made in 2012 (miracle lol).

First are these "lilac panties" I made for my friend, Mitzi. I made a little set of these for her last year .. sort of as a joke. Her daughter is getting married and loved them, so wanted a few more so she can use them as invitations to her bachelorette party lol! There is no die for these .. everything is hand cut LOL! Fun to make, though!

The second card was a simple card I made for my son's girlfriend. She loves owls ... for some reason I thought I "needed" the Stampin Up owl punch (had never used it).. so this was perfect opportunity for me to finally make an owl! (Looks like I like this color combination lol)

That's about it for now. There are a few other things I did work on last year (a 4x4 swap), that I might add later, but today is the end of the month and I promised Fran I would post!