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I love to think of nature
as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in.

~George Washington Carver

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Get Sketchy #7 -Go Nuts

GS #7 Challenge

The GS #7 Challenge was Distressing. I not only decided to try it, I decided to go a little 'green' as well and make my own distressed paper. I recycled a paper bag and distressed it to use as the background frame and background circle. I was really happy with the results and the fact that I saved a landfill of one less paper bag.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Nothing Blue About Blue Hippo

Ok, it's really, really late! Spent half the evening sprucing up my blog while watching the New England Revolution beat the Seattle Sounders. That's MLS soccer for you non-soccer enthusiasts. Guess scrapping and photography are not my only vices I should have mentioned in 'About Me'. Soccer rates right up there too. I don't play but I do 'actively' spectate, especially when it is the New England Revolution! And, of course while watching my boys play.

I think I can safely say now that I am also just as addicted to blogging as well! For so long I was so intimidated by all the technicalities I THOUGHT went into developing a blog. It's not as hard as it looks! I have to admit I'm a little proud of myself. Of course, I must place credit where credit is due.......thanks go out to my sis-in-law, Lisa, for her suggestions and encouragement and to my son, Ben, for his input, computer and Photoshop savvy. If anyone is relieved and thrilled that I can now hold my own navigating around HTML's and such, it is Ben. With that said, it is only fitting that my next card be my hippo thank you card.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Floral Birthday

Well, I'm still new at this card blogging stuff so I hope everyone bears with me! Normally I just dive in and create without really paying attention to my steps and process or the brands or things that I am using. I guess in a way, I'm an 'accidental creator', which now that I think of it, sounds like a very good blog name!

Anyway, here is my second post, this time with some explanation of my process as best as I can verse. I love to write but more with prose and poetry than with technical steps and terms. Hopefully, as time goes by, my technical writing style for this blog will improve!

'Floral Happy Birthday' --

My inspiration for this card were the flower brads. I started with red cardstock and inked the edges with metallic gold to give it more emphasis and a more vintage look. After working on Get Sketchy's challenge #6 of not using patterned, I decided to make my own patterned paper by stamping a piece of cream cardstock with a flower stamp in brick red. I wanted a more softened nostaligc look to go with the inked edges of the card so I placed a piece of white vellum over top of my now flower patterned paper. Then, I sheared the edges with decorative scissors and adhered it to the green cardstock. I used a die cut for the present and red glitter paper. It took me a bit to play with the flower brads to come up with the final look. I originally had thought I would cut off the ribbon atop the die cut present and replace it with the flowers to produce potted flowers. Yet, once it was all laid out together, I decided to leave the ribbon. I think it gives the card more punch. The sentiment 'Happy Birthday' is stamped in the same brick red ink as the homemade patterned paper. I placed it on more of the green mat paper. Finally, I added a cream silk ribbon for the final touch. While at first glimpse, this card may look like it should be a Christmas card, I think the olive shade of green and the hint of blue in the flowers makes it a very elegant birthday card!


Cardstock: red, cream from my stock; a glittery olive green

Ink: a brick red and a metallic gold

Embellishments: floral brads

Extras: shaped dies; cream ribbon; decorative scissors

Stamps: 'Happy Birthday'

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Get Sketchy #6 - 25th Anniversary

Get Sketchy Challenge #6
No Patterned Paper

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