Thursday, May 29, 2008

On the Subject of Smudges

The question came up on SCS about what to do with a smudge, otherwise known as a "creative opportunity." Can you find it on this card? (Click to enlarge.)

Somehow, I managed to get a tiny splotch of red ink in the upper left corner, so I stamped "What's New?" over it; but that wasn't enough. To balance it out and make it look "intentional" I got out my matching red marker and added dots around the tree and on the ends of the blossoms. Then I took the red ink pad and added a few more smudges on the edges--I think it's done now!

Monogram Card

Here's another example of correcting a minor flaw. By adding 3 dots at the end of the line, it's now centered under the monogram. That one was easy...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stamping Suspended

For the past week or so, we've had painters in the kitchen and family room. Everything was piled up in the dining room while they worked, and now it is my intention to put back only the things we really need and use. While I take this opportunity to de-clutter the downstairs, there is little time (or energy!) to do any stamping.

However, Rick and I will be taking time to celebrate our 41st anniversary tonight over dinner at a local steakhouse.

See you back here in a few days!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Birthday Butterfly

Here's a card that was fun to make, complete with matching envelope and bookmark. The stamp I used was from Stampin' Up years ago and still in my stash. I cut off the antennae from the image and replaced it with purple wire. The wings are painted with Twinkling H2O's to give them a shimmer. The dp is from Michael's and is what I used for the coordinating envelope, using The Enveloper. I also used a strip on the bookmark mounted on purple cardstock with another piece of the yellow ribbon.

Not bad for someone who got konked on the head last week... (See previous post.)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

First Card Since I Got Back

Things have been interesting around here since I got home. Monday night (after a 9 hour flight home) I got vertigo, went to bed at 7:30 and woke up an hour later on the floor--don't know how I got there. I was bleeding from a gash on the back of my head and throwing up. My DH came running upstairs to see what had happened and figured I hit my head on the corner of the night table on my way to the floor. What a mess! Being an Eagle Scout, he knew just what to do, cleaned me up and tucked me back in. After 2 days and nights of almost no sleep and feeling awful, I finally started to perk up on Thursday and even went grocery shopping. I know stamping withdrawal can be severe, but this was definitely over the top!

Finally, on Thursday afternoon I finished up this card I had started before I left. Now that I'm feeling almost normal (whatever that is!) there will be more cards to follow...

Thursday, May 1, 2008

OWL Be Seeing You...

...when I get back from my trip to Prague. (For updates during my trip, check out the Fox Mtn. link to the right.) Meanwhile, here's another card I made using my new Hero Arts owl and branch stamps. The colors used give it a masculine look. It's still blank inside, so I may use it for Father's Day!