Rudolph Day August 2014

Good Evening. I'm not sure just what I've accomplished today, but I know I've been busy all day (and no nap either!). Thanks for joining me, and please help me welcome 2 new followers:

Diana L. of DLART and Kate of I Love Socks and Cards!. Thank you, ladies, for joining here as new followers. I'm so happy to have you along on this journey with me. I hope my readers will pay a visit to both these great blogs and settle in for some wonderful inspiration.

Here's my cards for Rudolph Day, 2014. I got a couple of the card size Die'Sire dies from Crop Stop recently, because I had seen some beautiful cards on some of the UK blogs using these fabulous dies. I used Die'sire Create-A-Card Christmas Dies - Christmas Eve - Veille De Noel. I think I have a learning curve with these dies. This one cut quite well, but didn't emboss as I expected. I suspect it's Operator Error, so I want to see if I can find some video demo's showing exactly how to use these dies properly.

The Die'sire die cut the silvery-blue glitter paper, but the red background piece was also cut with the same die. The center portion was separated from the red piece, and popped up with mounting tape onto the silver die cut. It's not showing the embossing effect well at all, and I did this the way I usually do. Some Metallic WoLunas were used on the deer, and some red smooch (looks like nail polish).  Another piece of the same red paper was used to cover the white card base, which had to be hinged, as I used an 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper to cut the base. This card is approx. 6x6.
- MBox poinsettia- cut twice to add fullness, Impression Obsession holly die, Cheery Lynn holly flourish, red rhinestones for the berries, and Elizabeth Craft sentiment. All these pieces were cut from snippets.
This card does NOT do the die justice, but I liked the card.

Pale green sheet music paper covers the base of this card, with the other red die cut used over the top of music dp. I didn't try to emboss this one.
- Wreath & bow were cut from snippets of glitter papers as was the Elizabeth Craft sentiment. The wreath is green glitter paper, but looks a bit minty in the photo.
So these 2 cards are off to join the August Rudolph Day Challenge.
Tomorrow I'm going with a friend to a Silhouette demonstration (or workshop..not sure what it's properly called.) The Silhouette rep will be at our local stamp store which is about 45 minutes north of where we live.  I don't think we'll be doing any 'work' - but just listening, asking questions, watching. Should be fun. I hope to get caught up with comments on Thursday! Until then, thanks for popping in. Big Hugs. Also many thanks for the support of my 4 TCBH taggees on the 25th. I learned a lot about each one of them, and each had a lovely post I thought. I appreciated them allowing me to tag them for participating in the Hop.


Cottage Cutz Scrap Paper Love Birds

Hiya! Thanks for joining me this afternoon, and let me extend a warm welcome to a new follower, Dr. Sonia of Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects. Not only does Sonia have some delicious projects to enjoy, but her young, very talented daughter, also has some lovely things to share as well. Do visit these sweet ladies for a big craft treat.

Also a reminder that today my 3 TCBH taggees will be sharing a biographical post with you, so do please find time to visit Brenda, Veerle  and Irish Cherokee's The Creative Blog Hop. I think you'll love getting to know more about each of these crafters, just as I have done.

EDIT:  I didn't realize that Irish Cherokee's DW (Miss Jill of Ribbon Challenged) was going to do a TCBH post as well. I'm sure IC told me, but sometimes my brain doesn't click in when it should! I just read Irish Cherokee's fabulous post, and then visited Ribbon Challenged too. Don't - please don't - miss reading these 4 extremely wonderful posts of The Creative Blog Hop today. I promise, you will find them very inspiring to read & worthwhile getting to know these talented & passionate crafters!

Here's today's card:

- Cottage Cutz Love Birds die using some of the Dylusions scrap paper - which is a heavier sort of tissue paper that is wrapped around breakable items or sometimes used for stuffing in shipments of craft orders. Not exactly sure what it's called, but I save it to line the table or box, when I'm working with  Dylusions or other sprays. Sometimes the colors left on the paper are so pretty that I just hate to toss in the trash. These birds have been floating around on the desk for months. After die cutting, used Ranger Black enamel to make the eyes (these were just holes and looked rather odd). It took several layers of the enamel to build up enough to look like 'eyes'. After assembling the parts to make each bird, used Glossy Accents on different sections, allowing that section to dry well before proceeding. Birds (could these be rightly called snippets since it was waste paper?) were mounted on another snippet of sponged, embossed white cardstock.

- Cut blue glitter mat to fit the embossed piece, then adhered this to a mustard dot 6x6 paper which covers the card base.

- sticker heart (since it's love birds) and snippet die cut bird house (IO die) from another project.

- lace trim is also a snippet of white lace that had been sprayed for another project. Didn't like the way the colors turned out, so used something else. It was handy, and sort of hides an uneven edge at the bottom of the blue glitter paper! (At least I hope it hides the boo-boo!).

An appropriate inside verse will determine the use for this card. I think it's kinda cute! First time I've  not smeared or smudged something while working with GA.  The die is nice, but the thin paper made it a bit fiddly when trying to adhere and not tear pieces while assembling the birds. The hardened GA made the piece more sturdy when mounting to the background, thankfully.

Thanks for your visit this afternoon. Have a wonderful Monday, and come again when you can. Hugs/


Christmas Card Club -

Good afternoon, and it's my turn to select the theme for our Christmas Club group challenge. Don't think it's a surprise that the cardinal is my favorite bird; they're also very Christmas-y. Any bird could be selected for the theme though and here's what I created for the challenge.

Before I get started, let me say we've been experiencing intermittent internet problems. Our internet & telephone service was down pretty much all day yesterday, & has been fussy today too, so I'm behind in my visiting. I WILL catch up as soon as possible. So don't give up on me!

- Our Daily Bread Designs cardinal stamp, colored with copics, WoS pens for some glimmer, which of course the photo doesn't show. The pens are very nice to use for tiny spaces and easier to control than the brushes are.

-  Sizzix Regal Label die (559202) for the image. Faux mat cut with the same size die from red glitter paper.

- Design paper from MME 'Tis the Season 6x6 pack. Border from S/B Brackets 2 die - the positive shape on the lower edge. Flipped the leftover piece and used that at the top edge. Old lace and some gold trim cover the join. This paper is the back design of the same paper used on the card front.

- card base is Recollection red from a sales pack (5 for $10) at Michael's. The 5.5 x 5.5 card size fit the die cut of the card design without making it look too crowded as would have my usual 4.25 x 5.5 size.

- Sentiment is BoBunny Noel Clearly Stamps (SN683). Used Delicata gold to ink, then heat embossed with Ranger clear fine detail EP. I'm not real happy with the way this turned out. I wanted to emphasize the gold trim. Think clear embossing, heat embossing with Ranger's Queen Gold would have shown up better. Oh well.

Please do check out the other Christmas Club members inspiring cards. Their links are in the side bar.

Also, please don't forget to visit Brenda, Veerle  and Irish Cherokee's The Creative Blog Hop posts tomorrow. I think you'll find that it's lots of fun getting to know more about these 3 extremely talented card makers.

Thanks for visiting this afternoon. Have a Blessed day! Hugs


Sparkle n Sprinkle Kit of the Month - Sunflowers

Happy Saturday! Today's card was sent to a VIP and has been received, so I can share it with you. The card was made with a kit from Sparkle n Sprinkle - the August technique of the month club to which I subscribe. There's a nice video showcasing this month's set.

- image stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Faber Castel Polychromos pencils. All the cardstock and card base were part of the kit, as was some embossing power and glitter - which I did not use on this card. I added the ribbons, sentiment and the ladybug (a MB die- more about that further on).

Here's what was in the kit.

This is what the 60 pencil set looks like. Dick Blick has the individual pencils available, so if I develop some proficiency with this particular brand, which did blend a bit more smoothly for me, then I may add to the set over time. The colors are very rich and vibrant. Also the nib did not seem to 'wear down' as much as some of the other brands I have. I'm told by folks who have been using them, that the lead doesn't break as easily when they are sharpened. I'll let you know how it works for me.
The sunflower colored quite easily and I felt that the shading was ok. Decided to use a light blue to color the background. I didn't get the strokes blended as nicely as I'd wished, so hunted up the Dove blender pen - which was rather dry. I didn't know how to open the end of it to add more blending solution. Had to find a video first! LOL. The cardstock base on which the image had been stamped began to pill up just a bit with the blender pen. I stopped when I saw this happening. The MB lady bug was stamped with a white snippet, colored with copics, added some glossy accents, and I think it covered up the little problem area quite nicely.  If I practice, I think I'm going to like these pencils a bit better than the other brands I've tried to use. My next effort will be using some mixed media or watercolor paper, as I want to see how the Dove blender handles the color on the right kind of cardstock. (that's one of the things in progress - but not ready to share just yet).
This will be a scheduled post as I'm trying to catch up on some things: housework and finishing up some commitment cards. And hopefully a little more gelli play. So happy Saturday. Thanks for your visit and Big Hugs.


First Gelli Plate Print

Good afternoon Friends and it's been a busy week for us. Lots of medical appointments (for DH), go early, sit & wait. This morning was an 8am appointment to get some results of an earlier test, and guess what? We had the schedule card, but the computer did not list DH's appointment. Sooo...he had to be worked in 3+ hours later. Rather than sit around in a germy office, we left, had breakfast, came home and then returned at the new scheduled work-in time. The results were happily received, and thanks to all who were saying prayers for DH. I know those prayers were heard.

Before I go any further, let me say a big warm Welcome to 2 new followers:

Jacee of Simply Paper and Bea L. from Fall Foods. I hope that Bea's link will work for you, as I had a bit of trouble with this link. Bea is on Google Circles and I'm not able to access her blog that way. I appreciate both of you taking the time to become followers, and sorry I was so slow in introducing you here! Please do take time to visit these fabulous artists.

Also I would like to thank all who left comments on The Creative Blog Hop post. I got some very sweet comments and did those ever make me feel so good. I had 2 bloggers that I tagged, Brenda (Friends Craftin' with Friends) and Veerle(Veerle Her Little Card Corner). Let me add my 3rd taggee, Irish Cherokee (Love the Details). At first Cherokee didn't know if he would have the time to participate, but after my post was published, I got a nice email telling me that circumstances had changed enough that he could play along in TCBH. So here's just a little bit about Irish Cherokee (in his own words). Just FYI, his wife ALSO has a blog.

I have been married for 51 years on the last day of this month. I made an alter call early in my teen years and fully entered as a born again Christian in 1971. I have been devoted to the Lord ever since. I held most jobs in the building trades over the years including licensed plumber, maintenance man in a local bakery, various jobs in stores and temp services. I spent nearly 20 years in the telephone industry. I was a truck driver, lineman and installer until the breakup of this particular telephone company. At that point I transferred to another communications company as a systems installer and later was promoted to a managers job as a technical customer support specialist (essentially a systems trainer & trouble shooter). I was forced to retire due to pending company layoffs.  My final job with a major corporation was checking for errors, fraud and the overall correctness of incoming and outgoing monies. From there is mostly a hodge podge of jobs including 2+ years with various home improvement & department stores. At this point I had enough of the corporate world and just went on full retirement. Several years ago I started coloring for my DW Jill. In the last week of December of 2013, I started my blog Love the Details.

 All 3 of these wonderful bloggers will have a more detailed post on Monday, August 25, and you can find out more about how each of them started to develop their creativity, and what their lives are like. This has been such fun, and I thank each of these busy bloggers for graciously saying yes to being tagged. Ditto to the ones in line ahead of me, who passed along the fun.
I've had several things in the works, and here's one of them. My first Gelli print. I've been inspired lately by Pat(Colourful Card Creations) and Elizabeth (The Silverscrapper's Craft Space). Of course there are some other blogs on which I've enjoyed seeing Gelli plate work, but these 2 names are in my most recent access memory.  I had a little play the other afternoon after we had returned home from errands on a very hot day. Here's the resulting card:
- Background was made using the gelli; the leaf was made with alcohol inks and the silver side of a soda can which was die cut with a maple leaf. The leaf has been floating around on my desk for a bit, and when I was adhering it to the white background, realized a tiny tip had broken off. Hence the blue butterfly - which was a Dollar Store find. (A bunch of blue & pink plastic party favor type of thing). A dark blue copic changed the intensity of the blue, and dark gray colored the insect's body. The sentiment is a sticker & think this shall be a birthday card after I add the appropriate inside verse.
Here's some of the process pictures.
Paints used on the gelli plate

2 prints pulled. The white print was #2

This is all the supplies used. Underneath the prints is the stencil that was laid on the gelli plate before pulling the 2 prints. I could have done some more prints, but stopped here.  This is my very first play with the 6x6 gelli. It was fun, and I plan to do some more experimenting with this fun technique. I need to have some quiet time, however, when I am not feeling rushed or having to concentrate on other matters.

Hope you've all had a good week, and are looking forward to the weekend. I should have a couple more posts soon, as I've got some things finished ready to share. Just needed a quiet time to sit down and write up a post! Thanks for visiting, and apologies for a long post once again. I promise the next one will be short! Hugs & Blessings. 


The Creative Blog Hop

It's the start  of  a brand new week, so grab a cup or glass of something tasty, and get ready to settle in for a long post. It's my turn to join in with The Creative Blog Hop, which is held each Monday. Quick explanation, TCBH is the brain child of a blogger, whose identity seems to have disappeared along the way as the hop progressed. The hop includes all kinds of artists: watercolour, paint, mixed media, and cards, as well as writers, photographers, and all sorts of needlework artists.

The idea is for us, as Bloggers, to get to know each other better - some describe this as a game of 'Tag, You're It'. Each Blogger answers four questions about themselves and afterwards they "tag" three more Bloggers and so on - and then on it goes with the next 3 bloggers.

The hop is only held on Mondays
(Just FYI, there are knock-off hops going around called "Getting to Know Me" and "Blog Hop With a Difference", which is fine. They are structured similarly, but some have different questions, so there might be some confusion as all these hops are hopping around all over Blogland. It's all good as we get to know each other a bit better).
So how did I come to join in? Come and meet my 'Tagger'.

The sweet and lovely Miss Diane of the Pixie's Crafty Workshop (aka The Snippets Playground.) I met Diane at the beginning of my blogging adventure, when another blogger visited a very early blog post. In her comment, this blogger suggested that I submit that card over at the Snippets Playground (??say what??) I had never done any linking, but I tried; made a total mess of the linking process. Diane -- {Miss Pixie as I call her - or just Miss} -- is our Playground monitor who keeps all Snippeteers on the straight & narrow. It can sometimes get rowdy over there. We have a little mascot named Parsnip - who guards the Playhouse gate. Diane was so patient in fixing my mess-ups, explaining (and then re-explaining several times!) how to do this link business. All the time she was being very encouraging, friendly and just so generous with her expertise. Finally the light blinked on, and I got the process done properly. Over the time I’ve blogged, Diane has helped me with so many things as I stumbled along. In the process of doing some Snippets Playground challenges, I've had the pleasure of meeting lots of other lovely bloggers. That’s why you will see the italicized word snippets on my blog, even if I don’t submit that particular card at the Playground. There’s times in my life (just as in yours too) that I have other demands on my time, and I can’t go visit other entrants, so I’ll miss that week. When I do have time to 'play fair', the Snippets Playground is my favorite place to submit a card. I occasionally enter other challenges, but Diane and the Snippets Playground have a warm place in my heart!

Diane was  interested in crafts right from early childhood and has enjoyed  dressmaking, patchwork, embroidery, knitting, playing with fabrics - and of course paper! She made her own clothes for many years, which I think is quite amazing.  After a holiday accident left her rather incapacitated for a time, she needed to find a new interest to occupy her and sent for some card making catalogues via a craft magazine. Thus was born an addiction and the rest is history, to our great good fortune. You can learn more about who Diane is here and enjoy her work. 
Now about me:

I have dabbled in various hobbies over the years, but also held down a full time job all my working life. The last 25 years of my career was sometimes 12-14 hour days, 6-7 days a week for long periods of time. I worked at an nuclear power plant for a South Florida electric utility and it was a stressful, challenging position. It was rewarding financially, as well as teaching me a lot about many different technologies. Hubby(DH) &  I had a small daughter (DD) & a home to care for, with all the responsibility that involves. I frequently took night classes at our local college, to improve my career opportunities, so that didn’t leave a lot of hobby time.  My Mom was an avid seamstress - but couldn’t teach me (my fault – not hers). I occasionally took sewing classes, then quilting classes & always had a love for color & fabric. As a family, the 3 of us also dabbled in ceramics for a time, as it was something DH & I could do with DD in free time.

Fast forward to retirement for DH and me after our daughter finished college and moved on into her own life. We relocated to Upstate South Carolina. Belongings were stored for over a year while our house was being built. It took another year to get the place situated as we wanted. The house, which was meant to be downsized when planned, ended up with a basement & big attic- but these were unfinished at construction's end. With some family help, DH finished off the attic as a sewing room for me. The basement was finished off as a big tv room for DH – and the other room was kitted up as an extra bedroom. There's also a drive-in garage in half of the space, which is very convenient in the winter.
Then came time for us to make new friends, since we only knew the local relatives. Occasionaly I visited a local stamp store, and saw other customers at work in the classroom. I was too intimidated to try anything they were doing. The store owner kept urging me to try a class, so one day I did. In this classroom I met some super talented card makers who were so generous in showing me techniques, along with providing information about local places to find nifty supplies; this hobby (umm.. addiction?) began to take hold. Eventually my supplies have taken over the basement tv room. We recently eliminated that area's bedroom environment and now that’s part of my craft area. (Pictures of the reclaimed basement bedroom are posted here, if you care to see). In March 2012, I took the plunge and started a blog. That's been the most enjoyable part of this hobby to-date, since I've met so many generous, talented & wonderfully creative people who have shared this unexpected journey through Blogland with me.

On to my interview questions:

1. What am I working on now? Not really anything specific other than keeping up with family birthdays or other occasions for which I may need a card. I watch Youtube videos and see techniques that I want to try. I’m more confident with copic markers, and I try pencils, watercolors, etc.  but  always return to copics. If I don’t feel like doing anything else, I stamp some images -  so there’s always something to color when I’m in the mood or ready to take along when we travel. Usually I watch tv as I work, but since our basement has very poor natural light, there’s Ott lamps for  craft lighting. Stamps & copics are my favorite tools, followed by dies, embossing folders and a Genesis paper cutter. This cutter has been one of my best investments, as it cuts straight & smoothly. I wasted a lot of paper trying to get a straight cut with the plastic cutters.  

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?  I’m an admitted copier and not an original designer, so don’t think that my work differs in any specific way. If I see a card or technique that intrigues me, off I go to try it.  I'm careful to credit any of my inspirations in the blog post.  I’ve always heard that copying is the most sincere form of flattery, as you are admiring the originator’s good taste.  If my card ever inspires someone else, that pleases me. I don’t do lots of layers – although I like that look. I love clean and simple cards, vintage cards, almost any style of card. I seldom do ‘grunge’ (ala the Tim Holtz look) but I enjoy seeing it done by others. That look requires lots of imagination to select appropriate elements, and then skill to combine them cohesively to create an awesome project. One of my card craft goals is to learn new card folds.  At this stage of my life, I don’t need more objects to display, so I prefer creating just cards. Cards express something that I am feeling at the time & will be for a particular purpose.  Therefore I seldom do tags or other more dimensional projects. I do enjoy reading the descriptions of the process used by the creator's work, however. Frequently I’ll read something that sparks an idea for a card.  

3. Why do I create what I do? That’s easy - it gives me pleasure to create something pretty. I’m happy when it turns out as I envisioned in my thoughts. I’m also honest in saying when this falls short. I realize that may sound like false modesty at times, or perhaps that I’m fishing for compliments, but truly, that’s not the case. When I read that my guru experts have had frustration with something they’ve done, I learn a great deal by their explanation of how they saved a problem card. I hope that by honestly sharing my card frustrations with blog readers, it might benefit another who struggles the same way I do. We all need encouragement & we’re all learning new things. When I started this blog, I made a promise, that even if I thought what I had done was awful, I'd share it, and be honest in my evaluation of what was wrong with it or where I went astray.  

4. How does my creative process work? Hmmm… since I’m kind of a seat of the pants card maker, I usually start with a stamp that strikes my fancy at the time. Normally decision #1 is  coloring method. If I will be using copic markers, for instance, Xpress or Neenah paper will be selected for stamping. I prefer the Copic Xpress paper as I like the way it blends copic markers better than any paper that I’ve used. If the plan is sponging with Distress Inks or coloring with pencils – then likely a cheaper quality paper, (Georgia Pacific, etc)  will be used. Sprays or gelatos will need watercolor or mixed media paper. Recently I’ve discovered Dylusions sprays and some other spray brands;  these _usually_ work better on mixed media paper. I didn't achieve good results with earlier spray attempts. I’m not sure what clicked with the Dylusions, but once I got started making backgrounds, I liked that look.  I'm  still struggling to master sprayed stenciling and embossing pastes. It's best to use cheap gloves as the sprays can make a mess of your hands! Once  an image is colored, next I hunt for a good die to showcase the image; then some nice background papers & embellishments. If I can’t find papers I like, then I’ll find the sprays to create my own papers. It's rewarding to take time & just play with various spray colors to see how they blend together. It's good to allow time for air drying  rather than heat drying. Air drying yields some lovely color marbling, while blotting with paper towels or other materials can result in a textured finish; the heat tool yields a different, still pretty result also. This background will either be used as is or embossed with a folder, depending on how it will finish the card.
Now if I haven’t totally put you to sleep with all the blah-blah above, let me introduce you to 2 bloggers that have become friends. One I’ve known for  quite a while, and one I’ve just recently met and am so looking forward to getting to know better.


Brenda of Friends Crafting with Friends. Here’s a bit of what Brenda will be sharing with you on August 25th, when she participates in the The Creative Blog Hop.

Hello, my name is Brenda. I am mother to 6 boys -all grown- with my "baby" in his first year of college. I am grandmother to 6 girls and 1 boy; a wife to a die-hard farmer. I have some health issues as does my hubby but we are blessed so much. I love to spend time with our grandchildren and family, cook, bake, read, hang out by the pool or hot tub, go 4-wheeling and of course paper crafting! I have been crafting since I was a young child. The first craft that I did was from a book chosen from my school library when I was in 4th grade. I didn't have a good home life and crafting took me away from that life. That little book opened the door to the world of crafting to me and I just kept going. I went on to cross stitching, making animal pillows, plastic canvas, etc...Then when our boys were little, they would always complain we never did anything and that is when I decided to get into scrapbooking. The idea was to show them we did a lot, perhaps nothing that cost much money, but that we were always doing things together. Now my guys love going through the scrapbooks and realize that we did do a lot of things together. Then I went to work at our elementary school and didn't have time or energy to scrapbook. So my scrapbooking took a back seat. I finally had to leave my job and come back home because of health reasons. I got into design teams and started making cards as well as scrapbooking. I still do many types of crafts but mainly stick with paper crafting. I hope that one day my grandchildren will get interested in making cards with me. I love riding the 4-wheeler around the farm to see the crops growing with my hubby. Farming is his passion and I love seeing his hard work growing. We have a lot of nature to look at, I guess I am just a country crafting bumpkin!

Next up is Veerle of Veerle Her Little Card Corner. I’ve just recently become Veerle’s follower after meeting her at Darnell’s blog. We’ve been emailing and getting to know a bit about each other’s lives. Here’s Veerle’s biography – and you will be learning more about her on August 25th, when she does her post for the The Creative Blog Hop. Veerle lives in Belgium. While she uses her native language on her blog, she also has a translation for those of us who only speak English.
 My name is Veerle, 47 years young ;-) Ever since I was a child I was busy being creative with words, with costumes, with crayons, what ever.

For instance, when I was playing with my cousins there had to always be told a real story while we were playing. Then I would say things like "alright guys, we will take our horses (bicycles) and ride towards the sunset (the pond)"  etc. I was an extremely detailed child in everything; also a daydreamer. That was a way for my creativity to burst out since my head was always full of lots of things.  Here in Blogland I am a baby and I started this way of card making just over two years ago. I had always made my cards on a different level from what we see here in Blogland. I love being among so many talented people and learn from them although it makes me feel even smaller. But hey, what did Jim Rohn say "Why scratch with the chickens if you can fly with the eagles?" That's exactly what I am doing here my sweet friends, I am flying with the eagles. And it gives me wings.
Okay-  that's my post for TCBH. Please do pop over to visit with my co-Taggees Elizabeth & Hettie, to learn about what goes on in their lives...personal as well as creative! 

hope you're still awake & have enjoyed getting to know me, and meet my tagged friends. I should have had 3 taggees, but unfortunately, many of my blogger friends have things going on in their lives that didn't leave time for playing in the hop. But I'm very grateful to the 2 talented bloggers who did choose to play along. So please check their links and visit each of them on August 25th, to learn more about their lives. I think knowing a bit about each blogger makes it so much more enjoyable when you're visiting their posts. If someone 'tags' you, I hope you'll join in the fun, and let Blogland know more about who you are.

Thanks for hanging in there for a Uber long post! Come again & I'll try to not be so long-winded next time!! Big Hugs, and I hope you now feel like you know me much better than before!


Happy Birthday to #2 Brother

Happy Saturday! Finishing up some housework around here, taking a little break. DH took the recycle off, so it's easier to do chores when he's not here. Not sure why that is, except perhaps that I see him kicked back in the recliner and it's not very motivating. Plus I can't run the vacuum or suchlike if he's resting. To keep this statement in perspective, do remember that for all of our working lives, we primarily worked different shifts - so retirement & constant togetherness takes a lot of adjustment- still!

Last week the Dick Blick order of Polychromos pencils arrived. I had called Blick, got one of their art tech reps and asked him "what makes these different from the Prismas, Derwents, etc. that I already have?" According to him, these are oil based pencils and will blend easier. I have blending issues. Tried them out the other night, and I think I am going to like these better. Prisma is fine, but I have a hard time blending if I don't use gamsol.

Anyhoo...#2 brother will be 84 on August 20th. He was born 30 minutes before our Dad's 23rd birthday...some birthday present, yes? As he's aging, he is beginning to look so much like Dad, even though he's blond, blue eyed. Dad was dark brown hair - dark brown the other 5 of us. Our Granddad had blue eyes, dark hair and a red mustache, or so I've heard. I've also always heard that 2 brown eyed parents won't have a blue eyed child. Wrong. (and we know there was no MILKMAN either!). It's interesting to me to see that out of 6 siblings, 3 look very strongly like Dad, and 3 of us look like our Mom or people on her side of the family.

Here's the card I made for him.

- Hero Arts Palm die started off cut from the same white card stock it's been embedded back into. The leaf was sprayed with some of the new Lindy's Starburst sprays. I love these sprays, but they spray out in bursts of color, which I don't find easily controlled. You just have to go with the flow - not a bad thing for somebody like me. I do think the results look pretty...very sparkly although you can't really see that in the photo.  This die is tricky to place back properly in the negative space..there is double stick tape (Sookwang) behind it so the positive image will re-adhere.

- green mat is another sprayed piece. This one had combined Lindy's, some acrylic paint mixed with water and some tattered angels. Remember mention of a clogged nozzle from using the acrylic paint mixtures? I've found that removing the nozzle apparatus when the color spraying is done, plunging it into a bottle of plain water, and spraying until the spray is clear, seems to be helping with the clogging problem. Just FYI..if you want to try this with mixing your acrylic paints to make a spray.

- White card base scored and then die cut Elizabeth Craft sentiment from a snippet of the green mat.
Just need to do an insert, and this one's done & ready for Wednesday.

Tomorrow I will be working on my post for The Creative Blog Hop which will be posted on Monday. I do hope you'll find time to look in, maybe learn something about who I am (that you didn't already know!) and meet some bloggers that I admire and have tagged. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Have a wonderful weekend. God Bless.