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life is short – so lick the bowl

I don’t know how I ever survived childhood.   My life was a mixture of dangerous and wild activities…

I rode a bicycle (an old rusty second hand thing) in the street.  Without a helmet!!!  I walked to school in all types of weather and wandered through a secluded wooded area to get there.  Lunch was on white wonder bread and kept in a paper bag (no fancy insulated container) for hours until lunchtime.   We had one phone and one car in our family.  One TV with 4 channels – and you had to get up to change the channel.

Ate cupcakes, cookies and brownies that mom made.  And I licked the bowl.    Never got sick.   I am now finding out that you should never lick the bowl because it contains raw eggs…..Can’t believe I was such a risk taker.   But since I’ve managed to survive this far without any food poisoning issues I say go for it!!  Life is too short – lick the bowl.

Here is my dessert inspired card – the image from Our Daily Bread designs and the sentiment from Papertrey.



It was colored with prisma pencils:

plate:  cool grey 20% – 30% – 50%

cupcake and chocolate:  gingerroot – light umber – espresso

candy topping and cupcake paper:  pink rose – pink – magenta

cherry: blush pink – crimson red – tuscan red

whipped topping:   light peach – cool grey 20%

I drew in the ground and shadows with grey pencils.

no fuss

No fuss, no muss – just a quick and easy card for today!

The paper is from Basic Grey’s Green at Heart line.  The sentiment and die cut are from Papertrey.  The sentiment was stamped with Memento ink and looks like a better match for the backround paper IRL than in the photo.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

it’s a birthday blog hop!

We’re celebrationing Tracy Jackson’s birthday with a big birthday hep!!  Here is my card – Happy Birthday Tracy!

To continue on with this hop, head on over to Michelle Singer’s blog – MyCreationTime –  and when you are done, please leave some birthday love for Tracy on her blog – Stampingseasons.    Let her know we sent you over there!!

My card was made with one of  the super gorgeous DigiDesignHouse image’s from the Floral Perfunes set.  It was very tempting to go all out vintage with this image, but I wanted a bit of a twist and went clean and simple.

I printed it out on copic x-press it cardstock and colored with the following copics:

R59-R46-R29…YG99-YG97-YG92 ,,,E18 andY15 for the flower.   I  often use the darker YG colors for leaves – this range is  a nice olive green color.  I printed an extra image, colored the main blossom and popped it up.  E40 was used for the label and the bottle was colored with BG0000-BG10-N1. 

I sponged the edges with Palette Ballet blue ink.  For a little interest I added a red mat just on the left side and used a May Arts red satin ribbon as the only embellishment.  The textured cardstock is from Bazzill.

Thanks for stopping by today!

clean and simple monday

Sometimes “clean and simple” becomes “clean and not so simple“!  Such is the case with today’s card.  The challenge is to make your own background and I’ve got this covered two ways with this card.

The “simple” background is the black and white base card.  I started with a black card and simply used rub-ons to create the mottled look – like the composition books used for school.  The rub on is from EK Success called Confetti and I bought a large sheet of it at a Big Lots store over a year ago for less than a dollar.  I knew I would get some use out of it and it works perfectly here  to make the look I was going for. 

The “not so simple” background is the notebook paper.   It’s a digi image that I made.  It’s only the second time I have attempted to make anything digi and it took much longer than it should have. 

Look at it – all it is is a bunch of blue horizontal lines and one vertical red line – how hard could that be?  For someone who knows what they are doing it would have taken them less than a minute to create this.   For someone like me it took about 1/2 hour, which isn’t a huge amount of time in the grand scheme of things, but considering how simple this ended up being it should not have taken that long. 

I started out by creating a file in Photoshop Elements  about 5.5 x 6.5 – thinking I would use this  both as a journal page and card front.  I flipped on the rulers and grid feature and started to draw the horizontal lines.  Well, first I had to find the “line” tool – that took a few minutes.   Then  I drew a few lines and realized they were black, not the blue I wanted.    I thought I knew how to change colors – seems I forgot the specific steps and after several minutes of  trial and error ended up going through the “help” feature to find out the correct way to do this.  Now I’m on a roll – I changed the few lines to blue and realized – duh – I can just use the “duplicate layer” feature and copy as many lines as I need.  (There may be an even simpler way to do this but it is beyond my expertise at this stage!). 

So I get all my blue lines done and create one red vertical line for the margin and print out a sample.  It looks weird because it has no border.  So I go in and add  black lines around the edge and print out another sample.  Perfect….or so I think.

Since the file is 5.5 x 6.5 it is too large for my card front – so I just resize the file down to the size I want and print it out. Easy, right?   It looks terrible.  Because of the smaller size it makes the lines look very narrow – the scale is completely off.  Sheesh!!!

So I make a copy of the file and set out to remove half the lines!!!    Finished with that I print it out and – yes!!! – it looks perfect!!!    I can continue on with my clean and”simple” card!!

So…I now have two “notebook paper” digis and I have posted the files for you to have and use to your hearts content.  They are posted over at SCS on this thread HERE.

The card is a birthday card for my hubs –  whose birthday is Wednesday – and he’ll probably see it on here first (happy birthday honey!).  Two of the images have special memories for me.  First is the corvette image – it has no company name on it so I don’t know its origin.  But I purchased it at one of those little roadside shops on Route 66 – how appropriate is that!  We were on vacation in the southwest and traveled part of the way on this famous road and using the image brought back memories of that trip. Plus hubs loves corvettes.  The “keep the shiny  side up” sentiment is typically a motorcyle saying, but can work with sports cars as well.  It from Our Lady Of Rubber and was purchased during a trip to Santa Fe (another favorite vacation spot of ours).  The shop is called Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps and it is near the plaza in historic Santa Fe on the second floor.     The happy birthday is one of those $1 Studio G stamps.

The car was colored with prisma pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  I punched three circles from black cardstock and glued them on to the side of the notebook paper to make it look more authentic.  The panel was mounted on red cardstock to make it stand out a  bit more.


Thanks for stopping by today – I hope you join us this week for the CAS challenge at SCS – and I hope your card goes much faster than mine!

Up, up and away; recreating a famous photograph

Today’s challenge at SCS was to create a card based on things you collect – that is other than craft supplies!  I really don’t collect anything, but Orvil is an aviation aficionado so I thought I would make a airplane themed card with more masculine colors.

I stamped the plane image (from Sunday International) in Memento ink and colored with a red marker.  I sponged blue for the sky and green for some hills.    I drew a couple of lines off of the tail of the plane and attached the sentiment (from Papertrey) to make it look like a banner.

The green paper is swiss dot textured paper from Bazzill.    This is a quick and easy card that can be converted to a father’s day card by changing out the sentiment.

Notes from the travel journal – recreating a famous photograph

While in the Outer Banks we visited the Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum.  This is the place where the brothers spent years testing their aircraft.  Most people associate Kitty Hawk with the first airplane flight, but is was actually a few miles south on a field in Kill Devil Hills where the historic flight took place. 

How often are you able to get an action photograph on the first try?  How about one to record a historic moment?  Take a look at this photo – it records the first time an airplane took flight over one hundred years ago.  Orville Wright is flying and Wilbur is running along side the plane.  The brothers were the only ones who had ever used a camera on the field that day, so who took the photo?  

The brothers set the camera up and positioned it where they thought the airplane would leave the ground.   They enlisted the help of a bystander, John Daniels, to push the shutter.  With a little ingenuity and alot of luck he snapped this photo.  It was the first and only picture he would ever take!   It really makes you think just how incredible this photo is.

The museum has a set of bronze sculptures set up on the field showing this moment and they invite you to stand where John Daniels stood and try to recreate the photo.  Here is my photo – made black and white for effect.  The grounds were different 100 years ago (sand instead of a grassy field) but I think it turned out ok!

The brothers learned alot that day, including the first rule of aviation – tie the plane down when you are done.  After the 4th flight that day a large gust of wind picked up the plane, flipped it over a few times and it crashed – leaving it damaged beyond repair.

As we were leaving we turned on the radio and the shuttle Atlantis was just lifting off.  We both marveled about how fast aviation progressed since the Wright  Brothers flight that day.  It only took 66 years to go from that day to the moon walk.   I wondered if the brothers ever envisioned space flight during those early years?  Orville lived until 1948 so he saw aviation through WWII – did he realize flying into space was going to be a reality?

Thanks so much for stopping by today – from the Outer Banks we traveled north into Virginia to travel the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping in Asheville to visit the Biltmore Estate.  I’ll share more of our travels in my next post.