If you have two loaves of bread sell one and buy flowers. For although the bread will nourish your body, the flowers will nourish your soul.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Basic Grey Fall

I've mentioned more than a few times how much I love Basic Grey designer paper, and I never tire of using it. The distressed solids provide such a rich and interesting background for the silhouette stamps. These are a couple of cards I've had finished for two months and just haven't gotten around to photographing. I've used my favorite leaf stamp. With no hardware, these are flat and easily mailed.

Recipe: stamps- Branching Out (SU), leaf from Botanicals (SU); paper- Basic Grey designer paper, black, rich razzleberry (SU) leaf on tire swing card, rust (leaf on other card); ink- black archival.

Mini Lunchbox

Tosh sent us CCEE'ers a mini lunchbox to decorate for the October 26 challenge. And by mini, I mean 3 1/2" by 2 1/2". I sprayed the box with Rustoleum hammered pewter paint and covered the sides and front with pink designer paper. The snowflake is stamped and embossed in white, then areas are colored with diamond Stickles.

Recipe: stamps- Rubber Stampede; paper- Wild Rose (Frances Meyer); Ink- white pigment (Color Box); accessories- diamond Stickles, white ep, pearl trims, pink satin/sheer ribbon (Offray).

You won't be seeing any more CCEE challenge cards for a couple months. We're taking November and December off. With those two months being so busy, we decided we deserved a break. I'm sure we'll all be stamping, just no challenges.


The CCEE challenge for October 19th was the 'featured stamper' and our challenge hostess, Tosh, chose 'Sparklegirl', aka Silke. Tosh really took the word "challenge" to heart and loaded it for us this time. The card was to be square, feature a girl, have sparkle, and true to Silke's style, have lots of white space. Also, (if that weren't enough) because of Silke's name, we were to feature the faux silk technique. For those of you not familiar with this technique, it actually quite easy. You stamp on tissue paper, crumple it, cover a piece of cardstock with glue, and apply the 'uncrumpled' sheet of tissue paper. It has so much texture and gives a really nice effect. My touch of sparkle is dots of black Stickles added to the dog collar. Every dog needs a black diamond dog collar! I checked out Silke's blog to get hints of her interests and found that the family dog is a boxer, thus my choice of stamps. Also, I dressed the girl for fall by giving her long sleeves and boots.

Recipe: stamps- Le Jardin Botanique (SU), My Favorite Things; paper- white, white tissue paper, Basic Grey; ink- black archival, SU markers; accessories- black Stickles, Prismacolor pencils, Turpenoid.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dam # 5

One of my favorite things to do is to go for a drive, find a road I've never taken before, and discover where it goes. Sometimes it's just a nice drive and sometimes you discover little treasures...a beautiful scene, something historical, a new bird (for my bird watching list), a neat little flea market, etc. We so often overlook that which is right under our noses.

Last week, Gary and I took the long way home from a simple trip to Lowe's, traveling down a road we hadn't traveled in a long time. We live close to the C&O Canal, and we stopped at Dam #5. The day was cool and gray, but it was still a beautiful sight.

An old lockhouse.