Wednesday, November 25, 2015

So Many Reasons to be Thankful

I've been itching to try my hand at watercolor and this card design seemed the perfect way to get started.  I found the inspiration for it here.

I did one other version of it as part of my commitment to try to use up my stash. I've been thinking about how hot eyelets were when I first started cardmaking and how many I have and how neglected they are. So here's how I modified my design to use up a few. . .

Would love to hear which is your favorite.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.  I'm doing the cooking this year and feel so blessed at thoughts of having Mom and Dad here this year along with my neighbor family.  Life is feeling very full.  I'm grateful!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Response of Peace and Love

Hi Gal Pals,

I'm finally getting some time back to do a little card crafting. Things with Mom & Dad are smoothing out some and we are beginning to settle into a nice rhythm. 

I just had to make a card last week and here's the reason why. . . .(the insert inside the weekly family newsletter). . . .

It was sad and scary to hear the news about the terrorism in Paris. When things like that happen, the only way I can make sense out of them is to remember my belief that the only way to heal from an act of hatred is to return it with an equal or greater act of love.  Apparently I’m not the only one that believes that.  There is a famous graphic designer/cardmaker I follow (Cathy Zielske) and she created the image on the front of the card and posted it for free as a way of putting thoughts of peace and love out into the world.  She wants to spread that intention as far as possible.  So I used the image for this week’s card and left the inside blank hoping that the family might find a way of sending the card to someone else with a thought or prayer for peace and love. Much love and peace to you all!

I just loved the color combination Cathy used - something I would have never thought of.  I started off with a bigger image and larger matting but ended up shrinking the image and matting so there was more white space.  It seemed more peaceful that way.

Here's my original version:

Any thoughts or comments about which you like better?

Hope all is well and that this Thanksgiving you include some prayers for peace and gratitude for loving family.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Digi Scrapbooking

I've been trying to make good use of the heat wave. Since I've been staying inside during the hottest part of the weekend days, I'm using the time to make my way through a couple of free online classes for Photoshop Elements. So here's my first practice page. The lesson was to take a "quick page" template and add your own photo, title and journaling.  I liked how it turned out and it was super easy!  And the class came with a package of the cutest digital supplies.  Looking forward to playing with those supplies a little more on other pages and even cards.

Even though I have Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio, I wanted to try my hand at digi scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements since there are so many free templates and supplies floating around the web. Turns out that was a good decision as I just found out that Stampin' Up no longer supports My Digital Studio (as of June).  That was kind of a bummer. I really liked that product.  It was easy to use and having everything match my real life stamps, papers and embellishments was a big plus.  From what I can tell, the application will still work but as new operating systems and versions of Java come out, there's a chance that it will stop working.  Guess I'll just have fun until then.

Hope everyone is staying cool.  See you back here soon.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Joint Effort

This year's Father's Day card was a creation from both Allan and me.  Allan is always the photographer on our trips and took this really cool landscape shot of the wheat fields in Walla Walla, Washington when we went for our joint birthday trip.  I just loved the colors and the balance of the old barn against the rolling landscape.

I used some old Gina K Designs patterned paper and some scrap card stock.  Still whittling away at my scraps.  Also embellished with some blue Candies.  They add a nice touch without making the card too bulky for the mail.

This blog as been so neglected these last several months.  It isn't that I haven't been crafting - it's just that I've been doing in it fits and spurts.  And now with summer here, it's hard to justify being inside when it's so gorgeous out.  But I gave myself the gift of the day today for my birthday to do whatever my little old heart desired and it's been SO-so fun!

Hope to see you back here soon.