Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A few more cards

I was on a roll with my Copic coloring for awhile so had many images to make into cards.  Here are a few more using an image from Saturated Canary, called Spring Time.

I've been focusing more on my calligraphy and hand lettering lately.  If you would like to see what I've been doing you can see it over on Instagram, my username is sm3wkl.  I'm currently doing a lettering challenge. I will post something on here when I'm done, but if you would like to see the day to day Instagram is the place to see that.

What are you focusing on right now?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Photograph Scavenger Hunt

Many of the bloggers I follow like to participate in Rinda's photo scavenger hunts.  I always enjoy seeing how everyone captures the different prompts, so I thought I would join in with the summer hunt.

We had a special summer trip planned to Europe. We were taking my mother back to her home town for a visit.  It's been close to 20 years since she has been to Germany to see her friends and family. She turned 78 this year and we thought it would be a good item for her to visit one more time.

This photo is not on the hunt but was a favorite from my trip. This is my Mom, her brother and sister-in-law and me and my family.

I asked my boys to help me with the hunt when we went to Europe for our summer vacation. We had a good time getting many of these photos and I have to admit being on vacation helped capture these items.

Item #3 Person walking an animal. We had several photos of people walking their dogs.

Item #2 Ornate door knocker. Not sure about the knocker but this door was so ornate that I figured that was close enough.

Item #22 People eating Outside. Since we were in Europe during a major heat wave this was very easy to find. No one wanted to be inside since there was no air conditioning in the hotel.

Item #7 Turtle. One of the many toy shops we visited and found this wonderful turtle.

Item #8 Someone "plugged in" to social media.  This is one of my favorite photos from our trip. We were taking a walking tour of Rothenburg ab der Taub and these guy was so plugged in he didn't notice when our tour guide stood on the bench and a crowd of 100+ people stood in front of him. When he finally realized, he just smiled and went back to his devices.

Item #15 Flag pole with a least three flags.  This was the closes we could get to this item.

Item #11 Satellite Dish. As we walked along the mid evil town wall we noticed these satellite dishes. Love the old and the new living together.

Item #5 Architectural columns.  Just gorgeous, what else can I say about this building in Munich.

Item #1 Bouquet of flowers.  I gave my Aunt the bouquet of flowers on the table. The last time I saw my Aunt was almost 16 years ago and I saw my Uncle when I was a teenager. It was so special to see them again.

Item #17 At least two people wearing matching outfits. One of my boys noticed these gentlemen and captured the photo for me.

Item #10 College or University.  We happen to notice the beautiful painting as we were walking and noticed that this was the side of the University in Munich.

Item #20 A Natural Body of Water. Very cold but refreshing after a long hike.

Item #16 Panoramic view, taken high. Again, this was an easy photo to capture in Europe. Up in the Alps looking down - Just amazing.

Item #23. Someone holding an umbrella. With temperatures over 100 I wasn't surprised to see this umbrella.

Item #12 Public Restroom. We saw some interesting restroom, I just felt weird taking a photo. But I did snap this one of the girls door.

Item #6 Metal Bridge.

Item # 13 Merry go Round.

17 Items out of 21 in one trip.  Not bad for our first time and we still have a few weeks before the end of summer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Playing with watercolor pastels

These cards were inspired by a technique that I saw over at Kristen Werner's blog.  She is an amazing card maker and I love seeing all the cards she creates.  When I saw this smooshing technique I knew I would have to try it.  I love the look of watercolor and had a set of Neocolor II Watersoluble wax pastels that I've been wanting to use.  I also used some dies from Simon Says Stamp - I'm getting addicted to these dies and have many on my wish list. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boy Cards

 Having three boys, I never have enough boy cards. I find that creating cards for boys, especially pre-teen/teenage boys can be very, very difficult.

Both of these great boy images are from Saturated Canary. Yes, I had some fun on her web site one day and I'm just getting around to using the images (hint: there are more to come.)

The paper I used for these cards is from Echo Park and is call All About a Boy. Something I had in my stash for awhile.  When we still had local scrapbook stores around here I loved to go in a look, I would usually end up with an arm full of items and if I say anything that was boy related I would buy it. Over time I've gotten quite a large selection of boy items.  I miss the local stores because I just find it more satisfying to see and touch the item instead of just looking on a screen.

For this card I actually only used the upper part of the image. I can not remember the actual name for this image but the png was called Give Big Boy. Once again I used my Copic markers to color the image and used the Perfect Pearls Mist to add some shine.

I really love this image called Gamer. My boys all love video games and Star Wars so I felt this was a must have. The game on were some basic grey chipboard letters I've had for a long time.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm on a roll....

This week I decided to use this beautiful image I got from Saturated Canary called Orchard.  I used my Copic markers to color the images. The sentiments were from some other stamp sets I have and then I added some bling and used Perfect Pearls Mists to add some shine.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sets of Three

I like to make multiples of similar cards, especially if I'm hand coloring an image.  I figure if I'm going to pull out my Copic markers I might as well get a few images done at the same time.  This is a great way to test out different color combinations.

In my quest to use what I have I decided to use an old Close to my Heart set called Ms. on the Go.  I think the saying born to shop not to mop is funny and would make a great card for many occasions.

This next set of cards has been waiting a long time for me to complete. (Sorry about the blurry photo) The stamp set is by Art Impressions and it's called In the Tub. I had just spent the weekend with some girlfriends in a hot tub drinking wine, so I just had to get the set.  I plan of sending these cards to those friends on their birthdays.

When you make cards do you do one at a time or do you create multiples that are similar?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Father's Day is a big day of remembering for me.  I lost my Dad over 16 years ago from Alzheimer's disease.  Today I will spend some time going through the scrapbook I made so that my children would know my Dad. I will spend time remember many of the fun and everyday things we would do together. I will feel sad that he can not be here with us so I can give him a hug and tell him thank you.

Today is also a day to celebrate. Our celebration will not be that grand. My husband is out of town for work so we will be postponing our celebration until he returns.

I did send a card to my father-in-law wishing him a happy Father's Day. He's a wonderful man and always very helpful with advice and support when we need it. They live on the other side of the U.S. so we don't get to see them often, but they come out for visits at least 3 times a year.

Happy Father's Day!