Sunday, November 24, 2013

Deco Labels

 I really need some education in working with colors in Photo Shop. The two colors I used for this card are Stampin' Up's Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush, but the pink looks more coral in these images. My son is great with manipulating the color levels to get the true colors. Little does he know I will be bartering Christmas cookies for Photo Shop lessons when he is home for the holidays.

I used Stampin' Up's From My Heart stamp set in Coastal Cabana ink for the sentiment and then cut it out using their Framelits Deco Labels. For the pink layer I embossed each end with the Framed Tulips embossing folder. The white layer was done with the Perfect Polka Dots folder and the background was done with the Stripes embossing folder. Several different textures on this card work well with plain card stock. I think it would have been too busy had I used any designer paper. The edges of the card I used the Scallop Trim Border punch and then a line of pearls. Very easy and quick.

It sure is going to be a busy December here at our house. As I said in my previous post, my father will be coming to stay the month with us. Our youngest is graduating from college and my in laws decided they wanted to come down for the graduation also. I am really looking forward to having them all here especially my dad. He hasn't been to our house in quite awhile. We always see him when we go to the cottage in the summer. I have the spare room all tidy and waiting for him.
It is bitter cold out today and there have been a few snow flurries here and there. What a perfect day to make a pot of homemade turkey soup with homemade noodles. The house smells absolutely  rummy and I have been hungry all day from the aroma.
I have a few thank you cards to make from my birthday last week. I had better get started or they will end up doubling as Christmas thank you cards and that just wouldn't be right.
~Have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Creating with a trio

Wow, my blogging is sure being neglected. I don't know if I am just getting burnt out or just so busy with other things. Maybe it's a little bit of both. I don't see getting any less busy with the holidays approaching but I will certainly try. I haven't even visited the other sites that I used to go to all the time. Maybe with winter coming I will settle back into it.
Our baby will be graduating from college next month. I guess this will be another phase of our life. Not sure I am going to like it but at least it should be less devastating on the finances. My father is coming down for the graduation and will stay with us for a month until after the holidays. It will be nice to have him here and be able to spend good quality time with him. The kids will all be home for Christmas so it should create some wonderful memories. Phone conversations with him just aren't the same and I plan on enjoying the stories of his childhood and life in Scotland. I want to journal his stories so they get carried down to my grandchildren. I can't think of any better legacy for them.

Today's card is all Stampin'Up products. The stamp set is Papaya Collage and the sentiment is from Sweet Essentials. The card stock is always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango and Baked Brown Sugar. I used one of my favorite punches Artisian Label for the butterflies and Modern Label for the sentiment. The embossing folder I used on the Baked Brown Sugar is Square Lattice. I colored the pearls with Copic Markers that were close to the Always Artichoke and Tangerine Tango ink I stamped the butterflies in. There is something about repeating the image that I like and to give it a pop, I stamped one of them in a different color. It would have also looked nice with all of them in the Always Artichoke.

Looks like winter is just around the corner for us. Won't be long before we see the snowflakes I'm sure. The darkness early in the evening is hard to get used to. We just changed the clocks last week and I am ready for bed at 8:00 every night. That's the one thing I don't like about winter but it's the one thing that makes Spring so wonderful. Can't have one without the other!
~Have fun and enjoy!