Saturday, December 30, 2006

Yay!!! Finally photographed the projects!!

I am thrilled to announce that I did actually get around to photographing my Christmas projects tonight, and will post a couple of pictures here for your crafty enjoyment.

This first one is the July page for my niece's perpetual calendar. Both my mother and my grand-niece (Kenni's niece) have birthdays in July, so this one picture of both was perfect! My mom is a blue-and-white freak, so I had to use blue. I used the little girl stamps both because of my niece, and because the pictures of my mom when she was a little girl back in the 1930s are so adorable, and these stamps remind me of them. I used one of the TJ techniques on the background (Fossil Stone), then stamped over it with the "Floral" background stamp from SU.




This second one is from Bjorn's 2007 desk calendar that I made so he can remember why he goes to work every day! lol It's the March page, which is the month of our anniversary (16 this year!), so I put one of our wedding pictures on it. The card mat is Taken With Teal because our colors were Teal with Peach accents (which now really grosses me out, but at the time it seemed nice). I don't remember the name of the company that makes this PP -- it was in a book of papers, but I'm downstairs and the loft is upstairs and I'm too lazy to go look! I stamped the "Floral" background on the mat (and I think I used Pearl Ex on it, too, but my memory is foggy). The fibers are SU, as is the sentiment.



If you're interested, I've saved all twelve photos of Kenni's calendar to the Technique Junkies Yahoo group in an album called "Stacy A -- Perpetual Calendar". The URLis here: http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/Techniquejunkies/photos/browse/a6e1 You'll have to copy it and paste it into your browser's address bar. For some reason I just can't get the link thing to work again.

Within the next few days I'm going to make an album for Bjorn's calendar, too, so I'll let you know when that's up.

Tomorrow night we're heading up to Pflugerville to a fondue party with friends. We'll ring in the new year, spend the night (hey, I don't wanna be out on Austin roads after midnight on New Year's! There are enough drunks out that time of night when there aren't holidays!), then come home. So if I don't get a chance to get back here before Monday, I hope all my faithful readers have a wonderful and safe New Year's Day, and a very blessed 2007!

Cheers!

Friday, December 29, 2006

If at first you don't succeed ...

First of all, off-topic, I just noticed where Saddam Hussein was executed! Hard to believe it really happened. It's sad that the man just could not be redeemed in any way, but I suppose this was justice served for all those innocent lives that he destroyed.

So, back to crafting. I know, I know, I promised that I was gonna take pictures of my recent craft projects, and I really was going to do that today, but Bjorn took my camera (something to do with photographing the plumbing under the sink so he could go to Home Depot and get just what he needed), and then inadvertently left it at my folks' house, so I was camera-less. And these pages just can't be scanned.

SO, instead I am posting a picture of a card I slaved over tonight! This card is a definite "try, try again". On the first try, I stamped the image on a transparency using StazOn, then turned it over and meticulously (and I do mean meticulously!) painted the image with some alcohol ink markers I had picked up in San Diego over Thanksgiving. The colors looked a little bright, so when I was finished I brayered over it with Vanilla Craft Ink (Stampin' Up!). Still not the right effect. THEN I decided to spritz "just a little" walnut ink (in Terra Cotta, the closest in liquid I have to brown) on it to give it a bit of an aged effect. BIG MISTAKE! The walnut ink went on in a huge puddle, so I quickly grabbed a paper towel and pressed over it to blot the ink. Ya know what? If you leave a paper towel stuck to walnut-inked alcohol ink, it STICKS! And when you pull it off, it pulls the ink (ALL of it!) off with it! Only in ugly blotches, not in any way that would look artistic. SO I grabbed some alcohol and cleaned off the back, but I didn't exactly want to do all that detailed painting again, so this time I just daubed various dye inks over it to give it a hint of color. Too pale. So I brayered Vanilla Craft Ink again. Still too pale. So in desperation, I went through the various inks, etc. that I have and found several bottles of colored Lumiere. I thought "Halo Pink Gold" sounded about right for a queenly image, so I daubed that all over the back, and FINALLY liked what I had! I attached it to some textured cardstock that I had brayered with dark brown walnut ink pad (forgot the color name), and layered it over a piece of "Frost With a Twist" that I had lying around, and loved the result!

As usual, you can't see at all how shimmery-gold the Lumiere is behind the ladies. My husband said it almost looked like it was stamped on a piece of bronze. I totally love this stamp, though, and plan to do a whole lot more things with it.

So here it is for your viewing pleasure:



Tomorrow I'll try to actually photograph the projects, and scan in a couple of cards I've done for a swap (my first!!). Until then ...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Just a Quickie ... new elements

Can't spend long here -- gotta run get into the shower and get ready to go see my brother off. But I've added a couple of elements to my page here -- one is a link to a Stampin' Up! webring that looks really cool, and the other is a "widget" announcing the countdown to Sellabration! What fun! I'm getting so techie!

AND I'm now listed on Splitcoastbloggers which is a blog-link site for Splitcoaststampers members, and it is so great! Tons of terrific blogs to choose from.

I also "discovered" del.icio.us , which is a bookmarking site. Bjorn's had an account with them forever, but I didn't realize how very, very awesome it is until just a few days ago, so now I have an account, too, and I can save all my bookmarks to an online site where I can get to them from any computer, PLUS I can see how many other people have bookmarked a certain site, and even go check out their bookmarks to see if they've got any cool sites that I might want to see. It's so fun! (Doesn't take much to amuse me, apparently!)

So, off to the shower, and then hopefully today I'll have a chance to photograph my recent creations and post a few piccies.

Check ya!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas 2006 is history

Well, I certainly intended to get back to my blog before Christmas Day, but that didn't happen. But we had a decent Christmas -- two Christmas Eve services (the morning one at our church and the evening at the church where we got married), a quiet, un-greedy Christmas morning for a change. Usually when we're in Texas for Christmas, we've got siblings and nieces/nephew and grand-niece ripping into things. This Christmas it was just the three of us, my folks and grandmother, and my brother from Houston. I don't remember now whether I posted here or if it was somewhere else about my brother's wife of 26 years just deciding she wanted to go back and recapture her youth, so she just walked in one day a couple of months ago and told him she wanted a divorce. So this has, understandably, been a VERY hard Christmas for him. They have three grown kids (one a senior in high school) who opted to spend Christmas at home, which is where his wife was going to be, so he came up to spend a few days here. So it was kinda a weird Christmas because we were trying so hard to take his situation into account by not being TOO cheerful (which was hard, because, for some reason this year the Christmas jollies hit me full force!), and yet not being too somber ... I really hate that he's having to go through such stupid, needless pain.

Oh, but that doesn't really have much to do with crafting. Well, I did finish the "childhood memories" thing I was making him (guess I did mention something about the situation?). I digiscrapped that, although I realize that I will never become a true digiscrapper. It's so much more fun to feel real paper, use real inks, real brads, etc., for me. There were no pictures in his gift, just fond remembrances (some humourous, some more thoughtful) of our childhood together (I very strategically left out the negative, sibling rivalry stuff!). It turned out very well!

I mostly finished my niece's (did I spell that right? I can never remember which vowel comes first) perpetual calendar. Now all I have to do is figure out how she's gonna hang it up, and what will hold the upper pages together so they don't fall down over the current month. It's pretty "chunky", embellies-wise, so that kinda complicated things. I promise I will take pictures of the pages, and post a couple here.

I also made Bjorn a desk calendar (one of those 6x6 Stampin' Up! ones), of which I am particularly proud. A friend of mine had made one for her husband a couple of years ago, and I loved the idea, but didn't think I could pull it off. Somehow I didn't think I could do a 6x6, non-journaling type of thing, but once I got started on this one, it just flowed! So I'll get some pictures of that on here, too.

But, in the meantime, I have to recover from the pre-Christmas gift-making-frenzy-stress, the eating wrong foods (stuff I'm allergic to, like wheat, which made me feel really tired and grumpy), the heaps and heaps of e-mails to go through from the Technique Junkies sites ...

And then I'll be sequestering myself back up in my craft loft and making more and more fun, artsy cards!! Mwuhahahahahahahahahahaha!!

Happy recovering from it all!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

My, how time flies!!!

I have been incredibly remiss in keeping up with this blog lately! Of course, I've also been terribly busy, so that would probably explain things. Busy with what, I probably couldn't sit down and catalog, but I HAVE been working like a madwoman on a project for my neice for Christmas these last few days. I was just about to tell what it is, but I recently sent her an e-mail with my siggy on the bottom, and she might look in here ... what the heck -- Kenni, if you're reading this, then DON'T read the blog entry (hopefully the next one) entitled "Kenni's Christmas Present". It will show bits of what I'm making you.

So, I can't reveal what the gift is right now, but I will post some pictures of it once I'm finished. I have been fighting a killer hormone migraine the last two days, and I DON'T HAVE TIME for it!!!

I'm also going to attempt to make a 6x6 desk calendar (the Stampin' Up! kind) for my husband for Christmas. Am I crazy or what? Just decided to make these things (as well as a "childhood memories" sort of "memoir" thing for my brother) in the last two weeks, so I will continue to work like a madwoman until Christmas!

Obviously, I should be doing that instead of posting here, so off I go. Back much sooner next time (I hope!!)