Friday, May 30, 2014

Get Well Little One

A co-worker of mine had a niece who was rushed for emergency brain surgery last month.  I'm happy to report that she is on the mend and doing greats, but until I had that news, I didn't want to post about it.  Since it was an emergency, and my co-worker had to travel to Wisconsin to see her, I made her a digital get well card.

The little girl is only 9, but she is already a fashionista, even sewing her own clothes!  I figured the Ooh-La-La kit by Samantha Walker would be just perfect!
Tonight, I get to paint a wine or martini glass with several designs to choose from... oh the decisions!!!
Have a Happy Friday, and a great weekend!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Memorial Day

On Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day in the US.  It's a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  We made a trip to honor a different group of Heroes, ones that were not trained to do what they did to save thousands of lives.  We went to the Flight 93 Memorial.  It is a sight to behold, for sure.  As you drive past several populated areas to this field in-between populated areas, you realized just how skilled the pilots were when in the face of such danger and imminent death.  To get to the Memorial, there is a 3.5 mile approach road, so that the Memorial itself is around the crash site.  Once in the parking area, there is a slight walk to the memorial itself that is a wall of marble with the names of each passenger engraved in a panel, very similar to the Vietnam Memorial.

There is a space in the wall where you can look out at the actual crash site.  Only family members of these Heroes are permitted on the actual site.  On the marble panel is engraved September 11, 2001, which is a little tough to see in this photo.

As I turned to walk back to the car, I caught a glimpse of a strange-looking gate.  When I got closer, I realized it was made of wood.  I could not find any text around it, but I believe it is made of the trees the plane hit as it crashed, as there are several chunks taken out of the wood that look like something from a plane crash.

The Memorial grounds are not quite finished, as there will be a learning center and such built up the hill from the Memorial, but it is still a sight to be seen.  It definitely honors those who gave all they had to protect thousands they didn't even know and put Memorial Day in perspective.
Since I cannot leave you on such a "downer" note, I will share my Memorial Day nail design.  Having served in the Army and seen several of my "family" pay the ultimate price for freedom, Memorial Day is very special to me.  As such, I made my own design for my nails:

And here is how they turned out:

And finally, here is what I posted to Facebook for Memorial Day - my interpretation of keeping what is important in the forefront while enjoying the freedoms that our brave Heroes have given to us:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wine & Canvas - Martini Glass

So, I've discovered that posts actually post if you schedule them instead of just leave them in draft.  We'll go ahead and add that to the list of things not to do before coffee!  Here's a funny someone posted to my Facebook wall and said it should be my profile pic:
Yeah, probably pretty true!  In any event, I did have a bunch of things scheduled to post over the past few days for you, but since I left them all in draft, here's what I want to show you first... my latest Wine and Canvas adventure at Village!
As a reminder, this is what we were making:

I got my wine, and I was all ready to go.  I chose Purple Passion wine this time, as it seemed to go with the painting.  You'll see in a little while...

First of all, we made purple:

Now you see why I chose the Purple Passion wine???  Next, we used lots of other colors to make swirls, much like I did in the Winter Tree painting:

Next up were even more colors and even more circles, as we created lots and lots of bubbles:

The last thing we did was to make the martini glass, color it in, add a few more bubbles, and make a lemon garnish.  I kept messing with my bubbles, so there aren't any other "in between" photos, just my final completed project:

Mine is SO much lighter than the sample, but I was ready for spring after it had done this nonsense the Friday before:

Overall, this was a very fun painting!  Unfortunately, it won't be making an appearance in my cube at work... I think we all can figure out why.  There are lots more photos on the Wine & Canvas Facebook Page.  It's so interesting to see that we all receive the same supplies and instruction, yet they all look so different.
On Friday, my neighbor and I are going to paint a wine or martini glass at a totally different place.  The artist said there are lots of samples to choose from... oh the decisions!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Baby Gift

Before anyone, especially my mom, freaks out, today's post is about a co-worker's baby, not mine.  Ok, now that the air has been cleared, let's check out today's project...
As I told you on a previous post, those adorable Lawn Fawn Hippo polka-dot note cards would be used again, and here it is:

I took the adorable Toy Lamb from Creative Vision Stamps, and stamped him with Basic Gray ink by SU! on brand new Pink Paislee Switchboard paper.  I cut the paper out with a brand new Stitched Circle Stax Die-namic by MFT.  I took a green Spica pend and colored in some parts of the lamb and "filled in" the stitches on the circle.  It's a little hard to see, but I took a pink Spica pen and colored in the heart right above the rear leg from the Switchboard paper.  I took my Stripes Stencil also from MFT and sprayed the note card with Lime Green Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. I cut the front edge with the Mini Scallop Edge Die-namic by MFT, which is a little hard to see in this photo.
I decorated the inside much like the outside:

You can see the scalloped edge better on this one.  I stamped an old SU! greeting on the inside also in Basic Gray ink.
The color scheme of the card makes more sense when you see the crochet blanket that goes with it:

Unfortunately, this is the only photo I took of the blanket when it was just started to show the others the color scheme.  Oops!  I wasn't able to attend the shower at work that day, but rumor has it, she and her husband loved it, and hopefully the baby boy will also love it!  And what is up with everyone having boys lately????
Have a great Monday, well as great as it can be!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Painting the Bean

On Wednesday night, I did another FUN canvas event with Paint Nite.  Here is the sample we were making:

These bright colors would be a fabulous addition to my cube, so I was in!  This event was at Fox and Hound this time.  It was the first time I was there, and I was a fan!  I ordered my Angry Orchard, got my paint, and I was all ready to go:

I was a little hungry, so I decided to order some nachos, and I could NOT believe what came out:

Those things were the size of my head! I could not believe how giant they were, nor could I figure out a way to tackle them.  Alas, I overcame, and they were yummy!
Now it was time to get down to business.  I made sky, mixed colors to make green and purple to paint  buildings around a bean outline.

Then it was time to make a bean:

And finally, color the reflections in the bean, paint the ground, and fill in the sky.  And this is what I came out with:

This will look awesome in my cube!  I'm almost excited to go to work when it's not raining or snowing, so I can bring it in and hang it up.
Tomorrow, I get to go make this with Wine & Canvas, the last one at Village for the summer:

Friday, May 16, 2014

Firearms Friday

My husband and I have taken to shooting away the stress of the work week at the pistol range.  We have termed it "Firearms Friday".  It's not for everyone, but for us, it removes all the stress and begins the weekend with a bang.  {Sorry, I so couldn't resist that!}
We go to an indoor range where targets hang on pipes.  The only piece I don't like is that the targets sway in the breeze from yours and others shots.  I think I still did ok.  These targets are about 3" in diameter:

We are going to get our concealed carry permits tomorrow.  I'm not sure I'll ever carry it, but it's available, so why not take the class?  It has good information about hand guns and all, so worst case I learn nothing.  Check in tomorrow for my Paint Nite event from Wednesday.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New WTUI Challenge - Give Back

Today, yours truly is hosting a new WTUI Challenge.  Today I am challenging you to give back.  Today's challenge is to donate your card to a charity organization in need of cards.  There are tons of organizations that collect, and each one has its own rules, so your only challenge is to SEND your card there.  For my card today, I will be supporting Operation Quiet Comfort.

My card is digital and not watermarked, so that you can print it and send some yourself.

And I totally forgot to show you my card from the last WTUI challenge I did to use Cork, so here it is two weeks late (*blush*):

I used LOTS of fun stuff on this one!  First of all, I'm addicted to these polka dotted Lawn Fawn cards.  I used them on my Mothers' Day cards, and I'm sure this won't be the last one you see any time soon.  They aren't quite A2, but I just love those polka dots!  I used one of my new Teresa Collins stencils with Prima ink in pink.  It's a film strip that I embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder by SU! to give it a little shimmer for this special birthday.  I colored a Splash of Color butterfly with Sparkling H2Os.  I was able to actually grab the shimmer in a photo for the first time ever!  I cut a fun camera from self-adhesive cork with my MFT camera set die.  I then added added some cup cake ribbon and a FUN sentiment from Creative Vision Stamps.  You can see the dimension of it all and the sentiment a little better on this photo:

And, wait for it... I decorated the inside!

You can see the filmstrip stencil by Teresa Collins better on the inside, and the rest of the hysterical sentiment from Creative Vision Stamps called Another Candle.  The recipient of the card was with me when I bought the sentiment, so of course, I had to use it on her card!
Sorry for the delay in showing you this card, but better late than never, right? :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Break from the Paper

Today, I'm taking a break from the paper and playing with some other things...
First of all, I am FINALLY seeing the signs of SPRING here in frigid Chicagoland.  Lookie what is in our yard:

YEAH!!!! Since I took that pic, a bunch more have sprouted.
The office has turned frigid now, so I made myself a wrap to keep myself warm at work:

I find it very difficult to type when my hands are shaking, so this will come in handy!
Of course I had some help making the wrap, but she was a little upset when I told her that it wasn't for her.  This is the look I got:

Is that not totally a "what you talking about, Momma?!" look??  Check in tomorrow for a NEW WTUI challenge hosted by yours truly!  I'm doing a different wine and canvas event tonight with Paint Nite.  I will be making this tonight:

I can't wait!  I love the FUN colors of this and can't wait for it to be in my cube!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

More Plaid

If you recall, a month ago, I used my striped stencil by MFT to create a plaid look with THIS CARD. I'm hooked!  I used it again to make this fun card for my neighbor to take to a 50th wedding anniversary party:

I let some drops show and spritzed the whole card with Kraft Glimmer Mist, too, to give it a little more "rustic" feel.  I just got some larger stencils by Teresa Collins, so I'm excited to make even more patterns!  Be on the lookout for those in the near future!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Messed Up Monday - Butterfly Birthday

Happy Messed Up Monday!  I made this card for a neighbor's birthday, but then decided it didn't match the gift I got, so it got kicked to the curb.  It was originally for a WTUI challenge, but I didn't like it then, and I still don't like it now...

There is just something "off" on this card to me, but I can't put my finger on it.  It's just "eh" to me.
I used my Copic airbrush system to airbrush the sky and ground.  I cut some clouds out of felt and used them like masks.
If you can help me fix this card, I'm all ears!  HELP!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mothers' Day!

Happy Mothers' Day!  I have been creating a bit, but I haven't shown my creations to you.  I've been holding on to this card, because hopefully the recipients are my blog readers, or at least they should be!  Here is my Mother's Day 2014 card:

I used modeling paste for the flower and colored it with NeoColor crayons and Gelatos.  I did stamp the coordinating stamp with Gray ink, but it didn't go so well, because the modeling paste wasn't anywhere close to flat.  It gave a little shadow look, though, so I'm pretty happy with it.  The cards are at their destination, and they were well-received, so I'm calling it good!
I also did the inside of the card:

I colored stamps with FC Big Brush Pens, and then I colored a swirl stamp with NeoColor crayons and Gelatos spritzed with a bit of water.  That swirl came out really great!  I'm definitely doing that again!!!  I found that I need to spritz the stamp first with water then color, otherwise, it comes out too watery.   It's a totally different look that is still cool, but wasn't in line with what I wanted for this card.  It would make a cool addition to an art journal page, though, so maybe you'll see that to come.


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