Well, as I mentioned before I hadn't rubber stamped in a very long while. I am just starting to enjoy the hobby again that I was obsessed with for many years. I'm finding I lost my creative muse along the way, and to complete the simplest card or tag is hard for me at the moment.
Anyway, since it was a gray and rainy kind of day I decided I would get out the ink pads, stamps, papers and embellishments to see if any creative thoughts or ideas popped into my head.
These two tags are my creations for the day.
Tomorrow, April 27th is my husband, Tom's 65th birthday. Wow, he is officially a senior citizen. I wanted to make a special card for Tom. So, I dug thru some photo's from a Florida vacation of Tom holding a barracuda he caught in the flats of Coco Plum Beach, Florida Keys.
Tom loves fishing in the Keys, esecially for bone fish. I decided to make him a card with one of the fish he caught and released.
It scares me when he wades into the water going out chest deep to fish, and the barracuda, small sharks, and big rays swim up very close to him. Too scary for me.
He fishes and I beachcomb for shells and other treasures. As I walk the beach I also watch the shorebirds.
My mother's 87th birthday is the day after Tom's, on April 28th. This is the card that I created for her special day. I took this photo of my mother a few years back at their winter home in Florida.
Happy Birthday to the both of you with all my love.
These cards were super easy to put together. It took longer to chose and cut the paper than to assemble the cards together. I used scrapbook papers from my DCWV Mariposa stack for the base cards and the top layer. I've had that paper stack for several months, because I just had to have it, and now I have finally used some of the pretty paper.
The moths/butterflies are stickers from K&C company. The ribbon is a sheer dark fern green. The Butterflies and Moths card with ribbon is still blank inside as I haven't decided what I want to use that card for. I needed a Happy Birthday card so that is what I stamped on the other card. Fun and super easy to put together.
Yesterday I made a card for a swap, and it felt good to sit down and create a piece of art. So, I cut up some Strathmore water color paper and made some ATC's as they are fast and easy to make. I used the Marisposa scrapbook papers, piece of an old book, stamped and added a charm and glitzy stones.
the atc's above...the woman and saying were stamped, colored with pencil, sponged background. The Spring Flowers I took plain newsprint and heat embossed the flower with clear ink, and then sprayed the paper with Adirondack inks. Let the ink dry, and rubber stamped and then added tiny yellow buttons to the flowers centers.
I use to love humorous stamping...always made me laugh although many didn't get my sense of humor. :-)
Years ago in a swap we made handmade journals, and I received a journal that had ribbons tucked thru signatures and I thought it was so very different and pretty. I love making handmade books, and I decided to make one of the journals with the ribbon binding. I made this journal quite sometime ago, but I saw one something like it on a blog today so I thought I would upload the book that I created. I think I should make some more of these pretty little books. I would love to do a handmade book swap again. I love making books, but then I never seem to use the books that I make. I just put them in a drawer. :-(
Anyone else have that same problem?
I use to rubber stamp all the time, but in the past few years I've hardly used my rubber stamps at all. Recently, I made rubber stamped postcards for a swap. After finishing my stamped postcards I decided I should dig out my stamps and get back to stamping.
I made a card for an monthly lottery that the theme was Pears. The background colors on the card are not as muted as seen here.
The brown cardstock base card is stamped in sepia ink with an Art Impressions brick/wall background stamp.
On the background card is a piece of scrapbook paper with writing on it. The next layer is some of the painted dryer sheets that I had left over from another project that I did earlier this year. I then layered a painted and stamped matboard tile with the stamped pear. The stamp of the pear is from A Stamp in the Hand and colored directly onto the stamp with Marvy markers. I hadn't used that technique in a very long time and was surprised to find that some of my markers still were usable and hadn't dried out.
To finish my card I added some chucnky copper glitter. I had fun creating the card, and I guess I should use my stamps more often.
One of my spiral beaded bracelets will find a new home with Barbara Hagarty. Barbara..what size wrist do you have, and what color do you want? Check the original blog note.
I hope you enjoy wearing your new bracelet.
My youngest son, Steven and his wife Robin are expecting their first child, a girl. This baby is really a miracle, because Steven almost died from cancer when he was 25. The doctors told him he would never have children from all the chemo treatments, bone marrow transplant, and surgeries that he went thru.
So, when Steven and Robin learned they were expecting everyone was so very excited for them.
Yesterday Robin's mom, Addie, her sister, Bernadette and I hosted a baby shower for Robin at the Mitchell Club in Middleboro. My oldest son, Tommy helped us with the cooking, as he does pig roasts and catering as a side business.
For the luncheon we had pulled pork, baked ham, chicken broccoli alfredo, italian meatballs, potato salad, pasta salad, tossed salad, egg, chicken and tuna salad rolls, potato chips, assorted pickles and olives, cheese and cracker platter, fruit platter and a veggie platter.
The tables were decorated with pink and white balloons and potted flowers. The flowers were given away to the guest at the table who had the closest birthday to yesterdays date, 4/17/2010. For favor's Bernadette made cute white chocolate teddy bear lollipops.
Yesterday turned out to be a drizzly, chilly day, but that didn't spoil the happy occassion for the baby shower luncheon. About 50 friends and family members attended.
Robin received so many awesome gifts. The new baby will certainly be a very stylishly dressed little girl. We can't wait for her arrival.
The Winnie the Pooh baby shower cake was made by one of Bernadette's friends. Her friend did an awesome job on that cake, and it was delicious too. The little bee's on the cake were made from yellow M&M's/face and yellow peanut M&M's made up the body. The bee's had piped stripes of chocolate frosting on back and the face was also created with chocolate frosting eyes/mouth. The wings were done with sliced almonds. Isn't that just the cutest cake?
This frilly centered daffodil is from the same bulbs as below.
Aren't the centers really pretty? But so different from the above
These old fashioned daffodils are gorgeous. I dug the bulbs up many years ago from my grandfathers yard. The house was built in the early 1800's. I don't know who planted the bulbs or where they came from.
I have never seen any others like them. The centers are so full of petals.
I haven't had time to create art lately, but thought I would share a couple of pictures of my daffodils, and of course Fluff Puff had to check things out.
I dropped my digital camera, drats! I can still take pictures with it, but I can't get it to download the pictures to the computer. So, now I have to go look for a new camera.
4/11/2010 I started this red/white/blue patriotic spiral bracelet at the hospital yesterday. I photographed this backwards, as it should show the red beading first not the blue.
seed bead spiral is pink/peach
seed bead gold and gold/blue
seed bead blue and silver
rose and raspberry
teal and turquoise
all five below
I took my 91 1/2 year old father to the hospital on Wednesday morning. After spending most of the day in the ER they admited him to a telemetry floor with right lower lobe pneumonia. His heart enzymes were elevated, but so far his EKG's have all been normal. So hopefully he didn't have a heart attack too.
Dad will definately still be in the hospital over the weekend. I know he looks a lot better with each day that he is on the respiratory treatments and antibiotics. He is complaining about the hospital food. So, thats a good sign.
Yesterday he was sitting up most of the day. He is hating that the Red Sox have lost their last 3 games.
My dad is normally healthy, active, drives, and is very sharp for his age. I love him dearly, and can't wait for him to get discharged home.
Yesterday my mother who is 87 started with a real bad cold, and this morning she had laryngitis. She won't be going to visit my dad, but I have to run and check in on her.
While spending the days at the hospital I completed 5 spiral beaded bracelets. The bracelets are hard to photograph to see the detail. There is a core row of beads thru the center of the bracelet, and then other beads spiral around the core to form a rope. Some have matte beads mixed with AB beads and also some are metallic colors. These bracelets are created with Nymo beading thread that is coated with beeswax and a beading needle.
I used size 10, 8 and 6's. The larger the number the smaller the bead. I am thinking of having a giveaway when things quiet down for me. click on the photos to view as a larger photo. Leave a comment if you wish and you may win one.
Spring flowers, shrubs, and trees are blooming everywhere. In my parents yard yesterday I noticed that their clematis had blossoms on it.
Well, that's it for now. I am off to the hospital again.
I did things a little different this time to draw the lottery winner's name. Instead of writing out everyone's name that entered into a container for the drawing, I put numbers 1-17, as there were 17 comments left. I also decided to pick two other names as well. So, there are 3 winners in my giveaway this time of felted center silk flowers. The papers with the numbers were shaken up really well, and my husband drew the names out of a big container. Winners have their choice from the flowers shown here on my blog, or the felted flowers that I have on my picture trail site. www.picturetrail.com/elaine_akers
Let me know which one you want email me with your choice.... EAkers@aol.com. Also, do you want a pin back on your flower or not, as these can be used on art, or added to fabric.
This time number 13 wasn't an unlucky number...
winner # 1...# 13...is Linda Reid...chose the orange/yellow flower on my blog. (2nd flower down)
winner #2...# 12.....Susan...chose the light yellow flower (first one on my blog)
winner #3...#11...Kerry...chose the blue flower that is on my blog made into a pin. . (6th one down)