Wednesday, June 30, 2010

JRS 024 Friday Sketch Red White Blue

I made this card using the JustRite Friday Challenge #024 Sketch "combined with JustRite stamps and the requirement of a red, white & blue Americana color scheme in honor of the upcoming U.S. Independence Day".

Here I used the Curlz Font set from JustRite Stamps, 50pt in blue and 95pt in red. "The" is hand written : ) I tried a version with "the" stamped in 50pt but it made the oval longer than I wanted for this and then I didn't have room for the star brads on it. The oval is over a bit from the sketch otherwise it would cover up most of the flags in the background.

Stamps: JustRite Stamps Curlz Font set
Ink: Memories-Midnight Blue, Cherry Red
Acessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder-Stars; Spellbinders Classic Ovals; Brads-stars; Ribbon

Monday, June 28, 2010

Be Strong in the Lord!

Hubby left for Washington on Saturday and realized after he got there he had forgotten to take his keys for his truck there! Oops! Neither of us thought of them before he left, tho they were right there on the counter, blending in with everything else : ) Since I needed to mail them and he couldn't think of anything else to send with them, I felt I needed to make a card : ) I usually try to make a small card to slip into his bag before he leaves, but that didn't happen this time. So no "not even a note?" with this padded envy! I'm happy and thankful, I made this within a couple of hours, rare for me! It helps not to overthink a card and just do it. (Imagine that?!!) And I had to get to the PO before they closed...

I love the Scripture Collections stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs, they have many of my favorite Bible verses in rubber! I hope this verse encourages my hubby while he is away from home working these next few weeks.

Stamps: verse-Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 3, silhouette-Inkadinkado Garden Delight (clear stamps)
Ink: verse- Versafine Olympia Green, silhouette-VersaMagic Chalk Ink Sage, Distress-Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Paper: patterned-BasicGrey Mellow Ebb ; Other: Ribbon-JoAnns (autumn); Scor Pal (embossed lines on green paper, highlighted with distress ink)

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Camping and riding in Petersville

Mt Foraker and Denali (Mt McKinley) from Petersville road.

This past week hubby and I, and the pooch, camped and road ATVs out in Petersville area. We drove out there Sunday evening, avoiding the weekend crowd. Petersville is only a couple of hours drive from home and is a popular spot for camping, partying by some, and riding ATVs and snowmachines. For a couple of days we rode the area trails, more like old, worn gravel roads, averaging about 53 miles round trip (to the camper) a day. We took a day to relax and recover in between the 2 days of riding : ) The first day was clear enough to see Denali from the road. I took some pics knowing clear skies around that mountain don't usually last long. It clouded up that evening and the clouds stuck around the rest of the week. Despite a drizzle here and there, we enjoyed beautiful scenery, lots of green hillsides, flowing creeks, even some snow. We didn't see any large animals but we did see a few beaver dams, gopher type critters running around, ptarmigans with chicks and a fox (in camp).

Our dog Sissy loves to run with the ATVs but willingly hops on the back after a few miles and at large creek crossings. She stays on, held in between Scott, his hard gearbox and stategically placed bags on either side of her. Tho, when she sees a gopher running across the path there's no stopping her wanting to jump off. After her first jump, tumble and roll, with road rash and no critter, she contained her excitement just a tad.

At camp, this seemed to be her favorite spot to lay outside, high, dry and on the soft side (minus the side bags and Scott). She wasn't about to let us go anywhere without her : ) Sissy kept an eye out for this foxy lady who came thru almost daily to check out the old campsites and firepits.

Petersville is also known for gold mining. There are several old private mining areas with large equipment that look like they haven't moved in years. We passed a few locals panning for gold at the creek in the recreational mining area. Most of the trails (roads) dead-end at mining camps, at the base of a mountain or at the top of a hill. It was a fun and beautiful trip exploring for 3 days in one little area of our beautiful state.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

A quick, simple card. No frills for the men here : ) Hope Dads everywhere feel appreciated and have a great, fun, relaxing day.

Paper: Colorbok Punch-out Pak - Jewel Stamp: Inkadinkado Ink: Stampin'Up-Old Olive Other: lt blue brads
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ODBDSLC17 Summer colors Blue Green Yellow

I should be packing up the camper, but I wanted to finish this up and post it before I forget and time gets away! This is the image I was trying to use with last week's sketch at ODBD but it wasn't happening. I was pretty happy that this week's challenge was using the same colors (Blue, Green & Yellow) I was trying to use then and with any ol' layout. I used this challenge to force myself to do something with the image, that was already colored, and the papers, already cluttering my table, rather than bury it or put it all away for another day, month, year.... as it happens to many of the images I've stamped!

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. I know orange wasn't one of the challenge colors but, I couldn't help coloring the orange, well, orange! The green paper used is actually a little lighter than it shows in this pic, closer to the shade of the bow. The stamp is from the Fruit of the Spirit set from Our Daily Bread Designs. I had been admiring this stamp and the DTs' artwork with it for some time over at ODBD. Last year I won this stamp from Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine when it was part of the "Whose Stamp is it Anyway?" contest!

Stamp: ODBD Fruit of the Spirit Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: SU, DCWV
Other: Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder-Divine Swirls, Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Bow-Easy, Satin Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to pack for a week of camping!!
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

ODBDSLC16 sketch to get back in gear!

Alaska Wild Rose growing in our wild yard

Wow, I guess it has been quite awhile since I've posted anything, my how time flies!! I haven't made any cards since early January, Ugh!! Now that the garden is IN (planted) and weeded (for now), I thought I could find a few minutes to play with my paper and stamps. It was either play or "work" to organize it all in my craft space in the process of cleaning house (groan). I follow many blogs almost daily plus I have a subscription to Scrap & Stamp magazine so I feel overloaded with ideas. When I sat down to play, my mind went blank! Ugh! To help me get in gear, give me alittle direction, I thought I'd try the weekly sketch over at Our Daily Bread Designs.

The paper and verse I used here is actually my second try at the sketch. I just could not force it with my paper and stamp choice the first time. This one I'm alittle more comfortable with tho it's not quite the oooooh factor of the cards submitted by others. But hey, it's a start for me! Besides, I got to play with my new paper, Spellbinders Nestie dies, new stamps from ODBD, and new Bow-Easy tool for making bows, whoo hoo!

I'm liking this Bow-Easy! I watched a couple of short videos to make sure I was interpreting the directions right, even after a few test bows. The larger, stiffer ribbon worked a little nicer than the 1/8" & 1/4" satin but I'll keep practicing! I couldn't seem to find just the right color or size brads around here at 11pm so I improvised. Hole punch and Glaze, and the paper used for matting the card : ) Hmmm, it could use some more glaze...

Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs - Scripture Collection 3
Ink: Versafine-Vintage Sepia
Paper: Basic Grey-Wisteria collection
Tools: Spellbinders Std Circles, Petite Scalloped Circles, Bow-Easy, Ribbon-Organdy (Vanilla), Inkssentials Glossy Accents (glaze)

I better scoot off to bed. My hubby comes home in 2 days so I better do some clean up around here and get the camper ready for some real Alaska R&R next week!!
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