I am never quite sure how I ended up with this "odd" looking bird (ostrich?) stamp. I know it is older. Anyway, I thought I'd dress him up a little bit, and send him on his way to wish a friend a happy birthday. The background paper is from one of my favorites - Memory Box.
I just finished up a Altered Cabinet Card swap with one of my online art groups. We each had to alter 6 cabinet cards and include some type of container to hold them. We'll each receive 6 random cabinet cards and a container of some sort, in return.
I have to admit that I was somewhat intimidated about altering my cabinet cards... until I started working on them. Oh what fun these were to do!!! I wanted to just keep going on and on. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do before I sat down at my work table. After working on the first one, there was no slowing me down.
This is my "container". It is just a metal tin (pencil box type) that I added layers of ribbon to the outside, and altered the lid as you can see.
Incident Report - This is probably my favorite card. He was masked and the background was stippled with chalk inks. Colored his prison stripes with colored pencils. Various other stamps and embellishments.
Famous Walrous Soup - How can you not think of a "walrous". The background was also stippled with chalk inks.
Bring in the Clown - This lady inspired me with her clown-like dress she had on. I just drew the giant ruffles and colored with colored pencils. She was masked and background stippled with Brilliance inks. I colored her hair with pencils. Lots of highlighting with pencils also.
Monkey Business - This guy is simply goofy. I drew his hair with a pen and colored pencils. Added stamped images, drawn bowtie, and monkeys. Gotta love his big red nose.
A Stitch in Time - I thought she looked like a seamstress. Not to much else going on in her life? She was masked and I used oil pastels for the background. Various embellishments added.
Princess in Tennis Shoes - I masked this lady off and painted the background with acrylic paints. Did some over stamping. I stamped and cut out her dress and tennis shoes, and attached them to the card (Brilliance ink). She was highlighted with a white colored pencil. Various embellishments added.
Give these a try! You'll have a fun time doing it. Even if you only have copies of cabinet cards, they will work fine. Just attach them to poster board or mat board.
I just finished a new design team project for Buzz and Bloom. They just announced new products which include even more creative chipboard designs and the NEW and WONDERFUL line of acrylics. The acrylics are made a nice heavy acrylic in solid and translucent colors. There is even a mirrored acrylic available. I have never seen a product like this before.
Here are just a few Halloween cards that I started before I left on vacation. I finally got back to them yesterday to finish them.
The first card is using one of Michele's new "noteblock" stamps from Purple Onion Designs. Love this stamp. It is so versatile. You can use as shown, or punch/cut specific words or portions of the image out. And, I still love her stamps too, because they are still good old red rubber!!!! Check out all of her new stamps!!! This uses Basic Grey Ambrosia printed paper. Also, the crow stamp is from Stampabilities; the cauldron from Impress; birdhouse from Inkadinkadoo.
Cut the words "fright night" from the same stamped image. Ticket, brackets, and hand are also from Purple Onion. BG Ambrosia and Making Memories paper.
Basic Grey Ambrosia paper.
Printed paper from Memory Box... the paper is gorgeous.
Again, words cut from the original Purple Onion Halloween stamp. Printed paper is BG Ambrosia.
Background paper is Making Memories. Words cut from POD Halloween stamp.
A tall, skinny card with Making Memories Background paper. The vapors on the cauldron are highlighted with a glitter pen. Shows up more in this picture than in real life.
Well, we are home from our "road trip" to California. Be patient with me as I have to get my photo sharing done so that I can get on with some art.
On the way there, we took a few extra days and did a little exploring. From our home, we first hit Dallas... always a favorite place of ours. Then we had a long day getting to Albuquerque. Next, we side stepped to Sedona, Arizona. What a magnificent area! I highly recommend visiting this area (and the grand canyon which is 2 hours north) if you ever have the chance.
Check out these pictures from in and around Sedona. We had a closeup view of the red rocks from our room. The colors of the rocks are beautiful, and ever changing throughout the day. Just incredible.
We then drove through Phoenix and on to Palm Springs. I had never been in the Phoenix area, and I have to say that I liked it. It was hot (by my standards) but still very nice.
Our stay is Palm Springs was great too. It was 105 when we arrived, but it cooled off nicely in the evening. And, I must say... it was a "dry" heat (unlike here) so we weren't bothered by it.
We stayed in the old, historic area of Palm Springs. The city of palm trees. We chose to stay in a small 9 room boutique inn (Desert Riviera). A generous and wonderful couple beautifully restored an old (mid-century) "motel". It is meticulously taken care of and decorated just like it would of been in the 50's. Basically, all of the rooms look over the pool and courtyard, with a view of the mountains in the background. We met couples from Australia, England and Holland the night we stayed there. It was just a stones through away from the downtown where all of the fine restaurants and shops are.
This will give you an idea of what the inn was like. I kept waiting for Frank or Dean to show up!! I could have easily stayed here longer.
These were taken while sitting in a poolside lounge chair.
The next day we drove through classically crazy L.A. traffic. Went by sites from many years of visiting and vacationing in the area. Even saw the hospital where I was born... it is still there.
Our next stop was a late lunch in Santa Barbara. Love this stretch of the coast. Lunch wasn't that great, but the views were.
Here is a picture of the beautiful beach and the pier. Lots of good memories here. Even part of our honeymoon was spent here.
We continued up the coast and stopped in Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. As kids, we didn't live too far from Pismo and our dad would frequently bring us here (and to Morro Bay). Our first "memorable" camping trip was in Pismo too (it rained the entire time).
These photos were taken just north of Pismo ... looking back at the beaches and the "dunes".
Our stop that night was in Paso Robles. It is a smallish town that is just inland. We lived in Paso Robles when I was a young child. I hadn't been here in many, many years. It used to be surrounded by baron hills with grazing cattle. Now, as far as you can see... it is all vineyards. It was so beautiful to see all of the green, rolling hills. And, the town has really re-invented itself. The old downtown where we used to do our shopping (which wasn't "old" back then), is now full of renovated shops and restaurants. There is an endless supply of small vineyards and tasting rooms in the area. We visited only one specific one that Ted wanted to see.
Our last day of traveling took us to my brother's house in the Bay Area. It was now time to prepare for my niece's wedding. The weather so far on every leg of our trip had been extraordinary. Couldn't have asked for anything nicer. But, the weather predictions for the day of the wedding weren't looking good. Rain was predicted... and it was to be an outdoor wedding. It ended up that the weather was just fine. It sprinkled a bit during the night, but was gorgeous the day of.
This is Mandi and Luke at their rehearsal dinner.
Luke being given a few words of advice from his future father-in-law (my brother).
The bride being walked down the aisle.
AJ ... looking so grown up in his tuxedo.
Mr. and Mrs. O'Dell.
Mother of the bride... Renee.
My other brother who came to the wedding.
Instead of the traditional bride and groom, the wedding cake had Shrek and Fiona on the top of it. All of the tables had names which were characters taken from the movie. The guys had fun with the table markers.
After the wedding was over, we still had several days left to visit with family. We had a great time.
Visiting with another nephew and another sister-in-law.
AJ ... YOU ROCK!!!!!
Ted took a side trip... I wonder where? Actually, we went to a stamp store in Fairfield one day. Our first house was in Fairfield 25 years ago. It used to be within site of the Jelly Belly factory. So, while Renee and I shopped at the stamp store, Ted went and got his belly flops at the factory. Fun was had by all that day!
After a week at my brothers, we headed home. It was a fast and straight shot home. Had a couple of long days driving. The only bad weather we had was coming out of Albuquerque on Saturday morning. A storm was brewing with the hurricane coming up from Mexico. As we were leaving, we drove through sheets of rain. We missed the more intense rain and hail that they had that day.
What a great trip! Thank you to Robert and Renee for their wonderful hospitality. Thanks to any of you that are still reading this for being patient with my photo posting. I'll back to sharing my art very soon. I've got some to share.