Friday, February 18, 2011

Some new cards, a tutorial and an update

Hi everyone:

Hope you are headed towards a great weekend! I have a few cards to share with you - and a tutorial for the Box Card. This first one was created with a dress form stamp and some paper piecing.

The dress form stamp actually had a "stand" printed with it - but I cut that off and added some wire behind it to give it a more dimensional look. It was really pretty easy and I think added a nice visual POP to it.

I used:
Copic Markers to add shading

I stamped the dress form stamp multiple times on different patterns of the 8x8 paper pad (I like the smaller version of the papers for cardmaking, as they patterns are rescaled/resized).

I shadowed the edges
of the various pieces with Copic Markers to give a bit of visual dimension to the dress too. For a little added sparkle, I added a bit of Rock Candy Distress Stickles. What a love about the Distress Stickles is that it is TOTALLY OK to speed up the drying time by zapping them with the heat gun. WARNING: don't try this with any other type of Stickles as it will ruin your project. Here is a closer look at the dress form.

This is another card I did with paper piecing.

I used Basic Grey: Curio 6x6 paper pad for the patterned paper. So pretty.

Here is a totally different look on a card....more of a COLLAGE.

I love these stickers and buttons from Jenni Bowlin. You will also see just a bit of tissue tape by Tim that stuff...feel like I could use it on just about everything!

This is a close up (and perhaps clearer view than on the video) of the Box Card Valentine that I made.

And what it looks like when it is open.

Yes...there is a little Distress Stickles in there too (I can't help myself!). The vintage valentine is from Tim Holtz Seasonal Sticker much goodness in that particular product...I keep going back to it again and again!

Finally, I want to give you a bit of an update on my Dad. He visited another doctor today and we got some encouraging news about his prognosis with the Leukemia. This doctor walked in the door of the room and said, "Well, you are certainly not what I expected to see based on your test results!" He went on to explain that prior to meeting Dad and just looking at his results he expected to see an 84 yr old man that was VERY frail and VERY sick. Dad may be 84 - but he is robust and energetic...having played golf very recently. This doctor did say that Dad has a very aggressive form of leukemia - but because he seems to be MUCH stronger than he expected, that he wants to pursue a couple of treatment options. We will not really know which one he will recommend until he conducts some more tests - but this was enough encouragement for us - and more importantly - for Dad. Prior to today, we had just felt like the doctors were saying there were no options and that we just needed to ready ourselves for saying good-bye. Those of you that know me well, will understand that I have no fear of I am confident that I will see my Dad again and that if he were not able to be here and healthy and active that I KNOW he would be in a better place. However, it just seemed too strange to go from one extreme (he has LOTS of options) to the other (sorry, but he is just to sick for us to try anything more) in the space of 10 days. His health had not seemed to deteriorate AT ALL, in fact he had no adverse reactions to the chemo and had been feeling BETTER. So - we just wanted to hear what had changed...and make sure that the bad prognosis was really true. After today, we all feel that we are on solid ground to move forward with more tests...and perhaps pursue treatment options. If after these tests, Dad decides that he does not want to pursue treatment - then my sister and I are ready to support him in that decision and help make his transition as easy as possible. We also want to do whatever we can to support his dear wife, Ruby through this process as well. Those of you that have dealt with the health of your parents, know that there are times you want to be "the kid" and need to be "the adult!" Not my favorite - but a role we must all eventually take on...right? Thank God for His continued presence, support and PEACE!

Thank you all for your love and encouragement. I am so blessed to have friends like you! Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 14, 2011

For the Love of Teal and Copper

I am going through a “phase.” An obsession with all things Teal and Copper! I can’t seem to NOT use them…even on VALENTINES (which everyone KNOWS should be Red, Black, Pink and White). Ok…so I have never felt that I had to stick to the “rules” when it comes to art…so really no surprise there – right?!?! LOL

Anywhooo…thought I would share a few projects with you. I did a little video – so you can hear me ramble on about the “story” behind the art….here it is.

I do feel totally blessed to have had a “Jammy Jane” (the name I called my grandmother when I was in a “I can’t say things right” phase when I was 2 – and the name stuck). She always seemed to know when I needed some extra loving – or when I needed a kick in the pants! I miss her – a LOT.

When I was in a “I don’t FEEL like it” phase, clearly a kick in the pants is what was called for…but she just loved on me and shared the phrase “Actions Precede Attitudes.” Now let me be clear – there was NEVER anything fake about Jammy Jane….she wasn’t a “fake it ‘til you make it” kind of gal. Oh no…honest and real are just two of her character traits….but she also knew that we don’t always have the luxury of wallowing in self pity! (She would have pronounced it WAH-ler-ing). She would say – “you may not FEEL like smiling…but do it anyway. You may not FEEL like being kind…but do it anyway. You may not FEEL like being outgoing…but do it anyway – and just watch and see what happens to your attitude!” She was right…by behaving the way I should – the attitudes would follow. Smart lady!

Playing in my art journal seemed like a way to capture one of those long ago conversations….a good reminder that while I may not FEEL like being strong…I can choose to ACT strong and wait and see if the attitude shows up. I believe it will.

For those of you that know about the guys in my life – you know that we have been facing some tough days recently….so thought I would share an update with you.

Royce is doing really well! He is getting stronger every day. I love seeing his “spark” returning. He still is on a LOT of medication…and it does wear on him…but we continue to just take it a day at the time…and are grateful for the progress. He has been having a hard time hearing out of one ear so he went to the ENT Doc – and that doctor feels that he may have some nerve damage from some of the transplant meds. We are believing that “this too shall pass” and that his hearing will be restored. It is driving him a bit batty because it is messing with his balance and as he says “makes watching TV a chore” as he has to continually turn his head towards a different part of the “surround sound” depending on where the audio is coming from…poor guy!

We got some bad news about my Dad today. He has had his first round of chemo, and whatever result the doctors were hoping and expecting just wasn’t there. They are sending him to see another doctor this week for a second opinion…but said that the cancer was accelerating and that they didn’t believe there was a good prognosis. I am not a “polly anna” – but I just have a hard time believing that things could change that dramatically in a week. They had told us that if this particular round of chemo didn’t do what they thought – that there was a different more aggressive treatment that could be pursued…and now a week later they are saying that he is in final stages?!?!? I wish I had been there to ask a few more questions…but am unshaken in my belief that God not only CAN…but WILL heal him. Will keep you up to speed as we learn more. Thank you for your prayers on his behalf. They mean a LOT to us.

Product List:

Pearl Turquoise Acrylic Paint: Lumiere

Pearl White Acrylic Paint: Lumiere

Adirondack Copper Dabber: Ranger

Embossing Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pad

Verdigris Embossing Enamel: Ranger

Embossing/Glitter Tray

Carribean Blue Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels

Patina Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels

Walnut Distress Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink

Damask Sticker: Heidi Swapp

White Flowers: Prima and I Am Roses

Book Plate: Tim Holtz Idealogy

Steampunk Debutante Paper: Graphic 45

If you would like me to email you a copy of the Letter from God that my doctor gave me, please leave me a comment with an email and I will be happy to send it to you!

Hugs to you all…and Happy Valentines Day!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This is what happens when I watch the SuperBowl while I am out of town....

What happens is I am surfing and scoping out all the new scrappy product hitting the stores...and keeping one eye out for the commercials and the half-time show. LOL That leaves pleanty of time to fall in love with some products I think I HAVE to have....what did you do during the SB?

I know you all have seen these fantabulous Configuration Boxes by Tim Holtz - and I have seen some of you create amazing pieces of art with them. I've decided to jump in with both feet and see what I can come up fact I am considering creating an on-line class focusing on fun paint, ink and paper techniques along with this Configuration Box - starting some time in March.
If I do it - I would probably use either this fabulous 7 Gypsies paper collection called Lille...
and all the lovely embellies....I am DROOLING over these paper tapes that go with it.

or maybe this grouping of papers from Webster's Pages....the triple pack (of 6 x 6 papers - 36 pages) from their CHA Winter release....Spring Market, Yacht Club and Country Estate. Oooo so yummy and the smaller papers perfect for doing a project like the Configuration Box.

There are some lovely laces and fibers that go with these paper lines that are equally yummy!

Anyway....that is what I am thinking about while I am watching the Macon, Georgia....with my honey and laughing at all the great commercials! What do you all think? Do you like the idea? How do you feel about the paper selections? Or would you rather do a smaller version of the configuration box?

If we decide to do it - I have talked with Scott from about you being able to get any extra supplies that you need for the if you think it would be a good idea or you have a preference about paper lines - let me know, and I will get with Scott. He did say - that it would be possible for you to use whichever (or another one completely) paper line you like and still get the core group supplies.

I also want to give you an update on my Dad...

He has made it through the first week of chemo - and says that he is not feeling any significant side effects from the treatment. He had a chest cold going into it -- and is still hacking from that - but is encouraged by how good he does feel overall. He will have two weeks off...and then an appointment to see if he is "A-ok" to go on to the second round. We are believing he will be and just continue to ask God to be his HEALER...whether that be by miracle or through the wisdom of the doctors as they apply the chemo therapy. We will rejoice regardlss of the pathway! Thank you friends and family for joining with us!

Ok...I guess I better hop off - although I will leave you with one more picture of one of the new floral sprays that are part of the new Webster's Pages lines.... It just made me itchy to get this cold weather gone....and spring ushered in! How about you?!?!?!

Hope you all have a great week....