Friday, July 12, 2013

1st July Birthday

 This one was so much fun to do! I tried out a few techniques that I either have never tried or its been a long time. I really wanted to use that green paper and loved how the blue goes around the very edges. This is a 5 x 7 card and the paper is 6 x 6. It is pieced to give the border effect. I don't think its very noticeable even in person. The part that says Happy Birthday uses a lot of the same papers, but I didn't have any green left. That edge is a border punch. After I colored this image with my copics, it looked really odd and it took me a bit to realize that the "rug" I had put in was very crooked. I thought it was just the way I had it on the card stock and cut it out with a spellbinder die.
It still looked odd. I took a ruler and pencil, drew a straight line where it should have been and recolored. I didn't even need to erase that line and think it looks so much better. There is very little use of stickles, but it is there! Lots of papers on this one. I started out to make the card from that blue. When I folded the scored line, it cracked. I do not know what I do, but I hate that Bazill (or however you spell it) card stock. I decided to cut it pretty close to size and thereby salvage the mess I made. I ended up liking that white border around it better than it being plain. The butterflies are a punch. I do use that one a lot. The copics I used are: E00, E11, E49, E31, E33, E35, E37, E18, YG91, YG95, R46, R59, R20, B0000, BG72, C1, C3, W2. I have two more birthday cards to make this month. Both girls cards.
Have been working on my project life, a bit at a time when the mood hits me. Decided that was the best way for me. We are finally wrapping up our bathroom remodel. Just have to show you how neat it came out. This is most of the bathroom.
The walls are a very pale yellow green. You can see the difference as that towel is yellow. I am truly in love with my bathroom! Wish my entire house had as much light! So maybe now I might get some stuff done ! My mind hasn't been working too well lately!! Wonder why?
Good thing I have been Zentangling - it has been keeping me fairly calm! Hope you enjoyed today's post. Hugs to you all, Barb F

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Not enough candles

 This one is for my "baby" son1 He is officially old at 40! I think it bothered me a whole lot more than him!. This is a new stamp for me and as you all know I just adore Edwin. Had to make him something to sit on though! Sometimes it is easier to cut out the image and prop it on the background than to draw something after you have stamped it. This came out only due to the coloring. It looked awful as a drawing. And its only a box. I wanted it cheerful since Edwin has such an odd look on his face (I know - hard to tell with him having no mouth and all). His hat is cut out and on dimensionals. It came from a stamp
that had other things on it that I cut away after I stamped and colored it. The balloons on the inside are paper pieced and those banners are stamps that I colored and cut. Loved those gems and they added just the right touch. I wanted the cake to be colored so I had to add it as a square. I know he liked it a lot! I really think I enjoy making anybody's card as long as I know they like bright colors so I get to let go!
I did want to add some scrapbooking stuff so I am not posting this just yet. All these things are colored with copics.
This zentangle is for an online group as a form of "payment" to play a game! How much fun is that?
 I have started my idea of project life. I did buy some of the special page protectors but am finding that I could just glue my things to a 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and put it in a regular protector (which I have lots of). Its also a good way for me to get rid of some paper so I have room to buy new and things I will use.
By the way, if you aren't too far into this hobby, don't buy those huge books of papers. You will find that you don't use them very much and before too long will have a storage situation. When you are new, you just want to have stash  so you have something to choose from. Well, you remove that fun element of going to a store (online or on land) and actually getting to pick out what you would really like to have for that project. You will have plenty left over and it will accumulate quickly enough but slow enough that you will be able to come up with ways to store it so you know what you have and where you put it.
Speaking of where you put it - I now have a notebook for all my stamps ( they are numbered according to whether they are wood block or any other kind) that I can leaf through and find what I want and where it is stored. Also did the same for my dies. I haven't numbered them yet, but am going to do that once I figure out how I am going to keep them. I have a system in play right now but have so many and so many different kinds that my system isn't any good. I still spend way too much time looking. I am also going to do my stencils by number and a book. The principle is this - instead of looking through the product, you look through a notebook which is divided by categories that make sense to you. For example, I separated my dies by the set up on my vagabond = sizzix big dies, spellbinder's or thin dies, and sizzix makes another type. I do need to sub-divide those sections into things like my stamp book (I am still working on what the dies should/could be categorized into).
I have lately done a couple of scrapbook pages. The one I chose to share here doesn't have any people photos. I took these on a grand trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago. While making the medallion, I decided to try hot glue (used to use low temp, but this was the hot). Burned myself and took a chunk out of my finger while I got the glue off it! So I had to use that thing I made!!!  I have been watching "Glitter Girl" you tubes put out by
I actually made you a real link this time! I print my own photos so I can make them whatever size I want. I just keep the proportions of the original. Also I found that I could fix them a little on Photoshop.  I am sure there are less expensive programs out there, but I have that one. So here is my page. Hope you enjoyed this post. It has been sitting awhile longer due to my "accident".

Til next time - Hugs to you all, Barb F