Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jingle Belles - Peace on EARTH Day

This is one of my favorite Jingle Belle prompts.  I get to recycle some of the things that I have saved from Christmases past and also from previous projects.  This card has some of both. 

The wreath was not a wreath to begin with.  It was a string of wire with red and green beads on it that was used to wrap up a package.  I just wound it around my fingers to make a wreath out of it, using the beadless ends of the wire to hold it together.  The bow is some elastic cording that was also on a package.  The wreath sits on a piece of gold embossed cherry cobbler paper that was left over from a card I made a few years ago.  And the green card base was also a leftover.  

The beads are so much prettier IRL, trust me.  I shall try to be back before next Wednesday with another EARTH Day card.  Goodness knows I have a lot of stuff I can recycle.  

Want to see what's in the Jingle Belles gallery so far?  Click here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scribble Picnic - LADDER

Strictly sketching it this week for me.  Just couldn't fit in time to color.  I took some vacation days to coincide with our school spring break, but with Easter also coming and with some other projects I've been working on this month, I was glad just to get the sketch done.   

I took my inspiration straight from our garden.  We keep a small folding ladder up there to be able to monitor the bluebird  box.  It took a little bit of a tragedy to learn not to leave it close to the box.  If we can climb up the ladder, so can a wiley raccoon.  So we make sure to  put the ladder far enough away from the box when we're done.  The round cylinder on the pole is a baffle to keep them from climbing up the pole to the box.  

You see below a bluebird fledgling who made it out of the box back in July 2010 and landed on the ladder where it stayed for quite awhile before gathering enough courage to attempt to fly away.  This just might be the Mr. or Mrs. Blue than now inhabit the box coming home where it all started.

I'm heading over to check out all the other LADDERs from the Picnickers.  You can join me by clicking here.  And should you want to join in, next week's theme is TREE,

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thanks for Helping Me Grow Tags and Cards

Our grandson will be changing "classes" at daycare soon - he's growing so fast.  My daughter-in-law Michelle asked me to make some cards and tags to go along with a little gift she is giving his caregivers.  She wanted the theme to be "thank you for helping me grow".  

I knew I had plenty of flowery things to work with, but I didn't have a stamp that said exactly that.  So I took a quick look through Etsy and found these little charms at Findings For Less.  I think they look pretty good and she loved them.

The daisies are a Susan's Garden die and a little labor intensive, but I don't mind doing that kind of work.  I gave them to her with a choice of green or white ribbon to use to tie them on.  

Michelle is adding these to a special gift she is having her cousin Sara make.  Sara is a pyrographer and you can see some of her work here.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scribble Picnic - Rabbit (With Spring Flowers on the Side)

Goodness, that title almost seems like a menu entry, but don't worry I won't be serving any rabbit this Easter. I do hope that the "hot" weather we're having doesn't toast the flowers too soon though.

This Scribble Picnic RABBIT might be a chocolate bunny camouflaged to hide amongst the spring flowers so as not to get eaten.  Inspired by a ceramic bunny in blue and white that I used to have, I chose to use different flowers and colors.

I was half tempted to use the cracked glass technique on this to make it look like a well-worn ceramic piece and had it been done smaller, and I could have used it on a card I probably would have, but to keep in the sketch pad it didn't seem prudent to use all that embossing powder.  

Both HWNSNBP and I are amazed at the amount of flowers that have bloomed in this garden this spring. We have not planted anything new here in a long while so it appears that the plants are happy and are spreading their happiness throughout.  Besides the crocuses and daffodils which are bulbs, we have scilla and chionodoxa springing up in the oddest places.  I know those were originally corms when they were planted, but we're thinking that they also will self seed if they are in the right conditions.

We even have some pansy and Johnny-jump-up volunteers on the pathway.

Today I noticed that the Confederate violets are blooming along with the spring beauty.   

And I spied a few yellow wood violets although they're getting fewer and harder to find.

The bluebirds are regulars to the suet feeder these days.  They wait patiently for their turn while the other birds feed.  They happily grab up what might have fallen to the ground.

And I'm happy to report that the nest cam does indeed show a nest in the making.  There was a lot of wing waving and in-an-out-check-it-out by both the Mr. and Mrs. But you can never be certain that they're going to nest there until they get that nest built.  By the way, HWNSNBP has decided to name them Phil and Cora.  Extra points if you know who Phil and Cora were.  I'll be posting updates on the nesting progress throughout the spring and early summer.  Hopefully we'll get a couple of clutches again this year.

Okay, enough about the flowers and birds, it's back to RABBITS and time to mosey on over to Dotty Hill to check out what's down, or up from the rabbit hole!  Click here to join me as I visit all the Scribble Picnickers this week.  And should you care to join in next Wednesday, the theme is LADDER.

Jingle Belles - Getting Sketchy

Our Jingle Belle Stephanie has given us a sketch to work with this time on the Jingle Belles blog.  

I had a couple of ideas for this but nothing was working on paper.  I thought I wanted to use this Unity tree stamp with snowflakes, but all the snowflakes that I had were too big.  And then when HWNSNBP and I were doing some errands on Monday - I had birthday coupons to several places that were about to expire, Michael's being one of them - I happened down the clearance aisle and found these snowflake stickers. (They were a steal and I have enough left to make another card!) Just the snowflakes are stickers, I added them to the silver foil discs. But my tree was so big I had to turn the sketch around.

I opted for some Concord Crush paper as my background and edged the panel with silver EP.  The tree, by the way, is also embossed with silver EP.  This is a very clean sketch and I like how this looks, but HWNSNBP thinks it needs a sentiment somewhere.  Will he get his way or not?  Time will tell.  

Please join me whilst I grab a cup of Chai Latte and make my way back over to see what all the other Jingle Belles have come up with this time.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

LegacyPop/All Things Paper

I follow the blog All Things Paper by paper artist Ann Martin from Delaware.  Ann regularly features other paper artistry on her blog other than her own and this past January she introduced the new venture called LegacyPop by Robert Sabuda and Chuck Fischer who have combined "their artistry with laser technology to create amazing architectural pop-ups".  As an introduction to their new partnership they held a giveaway via Ann's blog and I was one of the winners.  

At the time they were still in the production stages but at the end of March I received my package and was totally blown away.  

You will see here the gliclee print of Highclere Castle featured in the PBS Series Downtown Abbey and the card which features a beautiful laser-cut front.  

I haven't done justice to the beautiful paper that this is created with.  The gold paper has a shimmer to it.  This highly detailed card front is absolutely gorgeous.

And when you open it up, it is even more amazing holding the pop up rendition of the building as well as a write up and more drawings related to the subject.  

The second building - yes there were two - is Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.  The gliclee prints are a wonder in themselves and very frameable.

This blue paper has a shimmer to it also and makes it look so rich.

Not only can you purchase a pop up of a famous building of your choice, you can also have a custom design made of your favorite building.

Thank you LegacyPop.  Your artistry is amazing.  And thank you Ann Martin for sponsoring this giveaway.  Please click on their links above for further information.