Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Memories of a Boy . . .

Hi Stampers,

I didn't post a "Wacky Wednesday" yesterday because I just wasn't feeling it.

About four years ago, I wrote a post about a dear friend of mine, Pat, who was like the big brother I never had.  He'd passed away very suddenly that previous October.

My friend had a son, named after him, who was one of the funniest, handsomest, brightest, and just "most-est" young men I ever had the privilege to get to know.  At one of the greatest times in my life, I was spending time nearly every day with a fabulous group of friends while our sons worked out together weight training for football.  Young Patrick was around often, tormenting the boys, teasing us moms, making the dads crazy, and lovingly aggravating his own dad, sister, and brother.

He was a wild one, and we all loved him so dearly.  Patrick was back and forth often from Dartmouth College, where he played football and earned his business degree.  I remember going up to see him play during one Homecoming Weekend - one of the most fun trips I've ever gone on - my first time to New England.

He was the kind of kid who had this really tough outer shell and bravado, but had the tenderest heart and protective nature.  I sharply reprimanded him one time over how he was treating a current girlfriend, and he hollered at me, and his dad hollered at me too for poking my nose in.  Holding my head high, I thought I'd successfully hidden my tears; but only a few minutes later, Patrick sought me out, wrapped me in a bear hug, and apologized for making me cry.  He couldn't stand to hurt anyone, especially a girl, no matter how old she was.

He had a beautiful little son who will be three next month.  Oh, how proud he was of that child!  When he was still on FB, you could be sure there would be photos posted every day.  I'd lost touch with him since his Dad's death, but thought of him often and wondered what he was up to, and who he was terrorizing currently . . . .

So many memories . . . .

Young Patrick tragically passed away on Tuesday.  He was in his early 30s.

I have every confidence that he and his Dad are currently raising Hell in Heaven (yeah, I guess that's a bit of an oxymoron), while God just shakes his head and smiles.

Godspeed, Patrick.  I love you, kiddo.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Try It Tuesday - White Christmas

Hi Stampers!

The holiday set White Christmas is really simple, but definitely sweet.  I love the "line drawing" look of it, and it's one of our new-type photopolymer sets as well.  Wasn't sure I'd like these, but now after using them a few times, I am HOOKED.

I saw a card on Pinterest that intrigued me, and took a closer look at it to see if I could figure out how it was done.  I think I nailed it!  Follow me into the studio:







Pretty cute, no?

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Happy stampin'!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Masculine Monday - Reflection Technique

Hi Stampers!

I held an Advanced Papercrafters class last Sunday, and we did the reflection technique.  It looks so impressive, but it's so easy!

Stamp your image on your card base.  Next, stamp your image again on wax paper or parchment paper (something non-absorbent).  Turn that stamped image over, line it up with your originally stamped image (on your card base), place it down firmly and rub to transfer the ink to your card base.  Voila!  You've got a mirror image!

Here's one of the cards we did:

 
I CASEd this card from Linda at Stamping School.  I'd seen this technique but didn't know how to do it, and was delighted that it popped up recently as one of her "lessons".
 
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Free For All Friday: Creativity!



Hi Stampers!

I'm hoping to find some creativity this weekend, although there might not be as much time as I'd like :)  My daughter has a rugby match Saturday - well, she won't be playing since she unfortunately injured her knee Wednesday at practice, but we'll still go visit her as planned - and I'm teaching two cardmaking classes on Sunday.  Sunday evening, though, that will be my time.

What will you be doing this weekend?  Family time, vacation, travelling, crafting, heading to the beach for one last summer trip?

However you spend it, I hope it soothes your soul!

Happy stampin',

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Black Magic Technique

Hi Stampers!

Here's an old technique that pops up every once in a while - Black Magic.  Stamp your image with white craft ink, use your heat tool to dry the ink, then color with colored pencils.  Simple but stunning!

I haven't personally tried it, but I wonder if you could use Blendabilities (our new alcohol markers) just as well??
 
Happy stampin',

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wacky Wednesday: Owl Punch Ghosts

Hi Stampers!

Wacky Wednesday has me thinking about Halloween, now that September is here.  Fall is my favorite season, and although I'm not a HUGE Halloween fan, I do like to make silly cards with a spooky theme.

The Stampin' Up! Owl Punch is very popular for making punch art "critters" of all sorts.  Today I decided to make some ghosts, and use one of my favorite retired embossing folders (embossing folders are something I RARELY get rid of, even after they're not available for sale any more).


How about that?  The body of the owl becomes the ghost (cut the feet off), and you use a couple different sizes of the eyes from the punch, too.  Comes together in just under 15 minutes or less!

Wacky!!!

Happy stampin',

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Try It Tuesday: Curvy Keepsake Box

Hi Stampers!

In an effort to get some mojo going, I'm giving myself homework.  Trying out a new (to me) idea of specific titles for Monday through Friday to "force" my creative juices.  It's been hard for me to come up with blog posts lately.  Nothing is "hitting" me right and I sit and stare at all the things in my studio and am just completely unmotivated.

I've seen some really cute projects using the new Curvy Keepsake Box, so with apologies to Lynn Starzl, whose idea I've CASEd here, how about a sweet little penguin for your stampin' pleasure:

 
He's so adorable, I may have to consider highlighting the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit as a class idea!
 
If you do a Google search for "Stampin' Up! Curvy Keepsake Box", you can find LOADS of ideas from some super-talented demonstrators.  ( . . . . and if you don't already have a demonstrator, I'd be happy to help you order this item and anything else you may need via my online store.)
 
Try it!!
 
Happy stampin',


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Woman, Without Her, Man is Nothing ;)

Hi Stampers!

Here's a quick card I created for my friend Cathy, whose boyfriend I blogged about yesterday.  The past nine months have been killer for both of them, getting ready for the art show.  I hope she had a good long rest today :)

Funny the time frame on that - this was his "baby" and she sure carried it along, offering a shoulder, an ear, whatever it took - but most of all, her heart.  Seeing the two of them together on Friday made me smile.  The event was his, and he had the spotlight of course; but she possessed the quiet grace to simply "be there", making sure everything ran smoothly and just letting him shine.  Did my cynical old heart good to see these two soulmates together in their creative element.  Anyway, here's the card I made for her today:

 
I wanted to make her card similar to his, but reflect something of all the work she's done over these past nine months.  Cathy is a sunshine-y soul for sure, and I hope it indeed comes back to her.  She's a talented musician in her own right, a wonderful music instructor, a bad-ass singer who fronts a cool rock band, a terrific mom, a devoted daughter, and a loyal friend.  The sentiment inside reads, "Fabulous is What You Are" - perfect!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hey Now, You're a Rock Star

Hi Stampers!

My friend Cathy's boyfriend had his first art exhibit yesterday, a lifelong dream come true; and I had fun behind the scenes helping to schlep stuff around.  He's also big in the music scene, so it seemed like a good time to bust out a new stamp set, Be the Star & my new Stars Framelits to make this "Congratulations" card for him, which I'll mail out on Monday:

VERY hard to see in this photo, but I used our new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for the mat and the smallish stars.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using White Craft Ink on Basic Black cardstock for that chalkboard look, too; and popped up my cut out stamped star images with some Dimensionals.  Blackberry Bliss for the card base will pick up the pale grey/purplish wall color in his studio nicely, if he chooses to prop my little card up in there, too.
 
I forgot to snap a pic of the inside before I wrote a note & sealed it up, but I used a stamp from Work of Art as a sentiment inside - "You're a Fabulous Work of Art" - seemed appropriate for this super-cool artist of many media and talents :)
 
I think he'll enjoy it.

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Happy stampin'!

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