Saturday, August 16, 2014

R.I. P. My Jetta

Sorry to let you all know that I had to let my precious dog Jetta go last Friday. This picture was taken just about the time I got him. Jetta was adopted just over two years ago from the Shih Tzu of MN rescue group. He was part Shih Tzu and probably part poodle. Pretty cute, right?
 
He was a great dog - we discovered between 8 and 12 years old when I got him. He developed kidney disease. Jetta did well most of the last year, and I am so grateful. Very lovable to all of my family, neighbors, and especially to my dear grandkids.

Those who know me know how devastated I am. My mojo is gone again, but I am thinking it will be therapeutic to craft, so I will make a card or two tonight or tomorrow, perhaps.

Thanks for viewing my blog. I appreciate all my on-line friends as well as the support of friends and family here.

Jeanne
Updated as I realize I used the first picture on here when I adopted him! I am adding another one taken recently.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #6

Hello again! Two posts in one day. A record for me, don't ya know!

I am back to post a card for a challenge. I have entered very few challenges, but had made a shaped card recently and taken a picture, so wanted to share. Check it out here: Virginia's View Challenge #6  I made this card following the Envelope Punch Board Jar Card video by Dawn Olchefske.  If you haven't visited her site, I hope you do. She has lots of great tutorials and videos.

The card is very CASED except as explained below. :-) Almost all the supplies are Stampin' Up! except (I confess) the Envelope Punch Board, the sentiment, and the embossing folder. The board is by We R Memory Keepers and the folder is from Sizzix. The sentiment stamp is a Hampton Art Stamp. I used Pool Party card stock, ink, and the twine and the new Blended Bloom big flower stamp. The leaves are punched in Pear Pizzazz with the Builder Bird punch and the tiny flowers are from the new Itty Bitty Accents punch set. The oval is also SU! The tiny pearls from my stash complete the card. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you can see that I use supplies from many companies, and love them all! I really had fun making this card. My mojo is really back! Yay!

I hope everyone has had a nice summer day; it is beautiful here in the Twin Cities area.

Thanks for looking!

Card Re-do and Card #2

Hello again. Well, the more I looked at my first try at Lesson 1, the more I did not like my card. So I tore it apart and tried again. Anyone else ever do that? Teehee! Here's the second try. Really, the only change is that I used a Kiwi Kiss (retired SU!) card base and re-positioned the elements. Whew! It took a while. I do like it better. What do you think?

Card #2 is another technique taught by Jennifer McGuire in Lesson 1. Here I used a reverse background stamp from Michael Strong called Cloisonne Mosaic Frame. It's a NBUS, thanks to Darnell's term, as is the Hello from Mama Elephant. After covering the stamp with VersaMark, stamping it on stash black card stock, and using white embossing powder from Stampin'Up!, I heat embossed the design. With a brush I next applied Pearl Ex Turquoise powder all over the image and heat set that. Per Jennifer's idea, I again used VersaMark, this time with clear embossing powder from Ranger, covered the whole image, and heat set again. To finally make the card, I cut out a rectangle with an classic Spellbinders die and overlaid the window with the hello die cut. The Bashful Blue paper (also retired) die cut is clear embossed twice for more dimension. The white card base is Stamper's Select from PaperTrey Ink. The whole card is quite shiny- can you tell? To me, this card is much better than the last one. With my OCD, this card took hours. But that is OK - I'm a student learning new things! LOL

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I'm Taking a Class!

Hello!  I am taking the new class called "Stretch Your Stamps2" and have spent the last several days doing lesson 1.  This card took a long time to make (i.e. hours), but saving it on the computer so I could blog about it and show it to my classmates took longer. Here's my card that I call  Background Love. I like it, but still need some lessons in photography.

I used one of the first stamps I ever bought, called Harlequin Background  from Hero Arts and then tried making a rainbow with Distress Inks after heat embossing with white embossing powder. My heart and you dies are from My Favorite Things but I hand cut the quotation mark. Rounded corners mimic the roundness of the die cuts, don't you think? Next time I think I need to make a smaller card to show off the focal points better, or maybe get a bigger die. I feel like I did accomplish something unusual for me, though, as I mostly do lots of layers and rectangles. What do you think? I'll be back soon with a birthday card that I made for a friend's birthday.

Thanks for visiting today!