Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thank You

Wow I love how this turned out! The color inspiration comes from the color palette for C4C45
(Crazy 4 Challenges). It was to use  red, black and white. Considering I have been weeding thru scraps that are hanging around, I knew just what I was going to do when I came across this nice black and white print.
     The lovely medallion is from the new cricut lites cart "Lovely Florals". I actually cut this twice on the shadow feature in white and black card stock and then once at regular feature out of red card stock. I used some copic spica markers to highlight the details on the medallion and stamped the sentiment with versamark ink.
     I used red card stock as the base, then, added a solid black mat followed by the printed paper. It is finished off with a paisley black and white satin ribbon and, of course, red rhinestones around the center of the medallion and on the ribbon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Our Own Food Network!

     Well, we had a lazy, rainy Saturday last weekend and there are only so many movies, and miniature golf to occupy your time. Both my son Steve and his girlfriend Renee love to cook. So, I suggested we make some homemade kielbasi and fresh pasta. While they went to the store to get some meats, I assembled the remaining ingredients and quickly made some plain macaroni.

     It didn't take long at all for her to learn to do the stuffing. ( I know she enjoyed this part better than the grinding of the meat, lol). Steve was busy loading the hopper while she guided the casing. It smelled unbelievably good! We made 10 lbs. now on to the pasta.
    Next up was making fresh sun dried tomato pasta. We finished it off with a wonderful pesto sauce. In just 4 hours we made the fresh sausage and pasta. Naturally we froze some and sent some back to school with them. Incidentally, the pasta attachment was a Mothers' Day gift  from Steve and my husband. Fran said "What does she want that for? She'll never use it". Wrong again dear!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rainbows and Jugs 41

     It is so much fun to make your own paper, well, sort of. The challenge over at Jugs 41 for the technique this week was to use re inkers and do the drop, spray and smash technique. I wanted to do something to really show off how beautiful a simple strip of the right paper can be.
     Just a few tips about the re inkers. First there are 2 types that I am aware of. One is the water based ex. Inkabilities by Posh Impressions which uses water for spritzing and working with the inks. The other is alcohol inks and uses an alcohol blending solution to spread your inks. The ones I use are the Adirondack alcohol inks. Both produce great results when used on a glossy card stock, paper or velum. My Creative Classroom has some great on line classes to learn all sorts of techniques and fun projects. I highly recommend them.
     Now back to my card. I started with a 4.25 x 11" piece of card stock and then adhered my "designed" card stock. The fun part about using inked paper is you never know where it will take you. After looking at the patterns I created it reminded me of a beautiful sunrise so I decided to use it as a sympathy card. Since I used the smash technique, my other piece of card stock reminds me more of floating balloons so that one will more than likely become a birthday card. That's the real beauty of using this medium.
     The sentiment is from a wood stamp and I used a color box purple ink.The "books" were cut from a nestabilities label with a coordinating card stock and inked with chalks. I used a grass strip rub on to add some interest on the bottom.  For finishing touches I added a nice purple satin ribbon and a few rhinestones.
     Off to do some more creating, lol.

Monday, July 12, 2010

For The Love Of Art: All Dolled Up!

For The Love Of Art: All Dolled Up!

All Dolled Up!

Isn't she just adorable! Meet Vivienne the stamp set I won from a recent blog hop. I now have 3 grand daughters and the older 2 (6 yrs and almost 4 yrs) love to have Mema (up that's me, lol)  french braid their hair, so I thought I'd make a cute "purse" to hold the supplies.
     I have been wanting to try this stamp set so when Color Throw Down 100 had a challenge ( celebrating their 100th challenge let's hear a loud cheer!!!!) using blue, green, pink and real red I thought here comes Vivienne!
     The bag is from TBBM and is cut to fit page. I think the paper was from K&Company ( I went thru so many stacks I can't remember which one I used, lol)