Just a quick post for my photos of gold for Project 64. I wanted to take a shot of my great-grandmother's pocket watch, but I can't find it. That's a bit worrisome. So I had to settle for a pretty little candle that sits in my studio and some gold thread.
Once again, I nearly missed today's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. Early this morning I saw a reference to it on someone else's blog and had time to create a card. I love this month's inspiration photo.
My first inclination was to paper piece some pumpkins, but as I went through my Papertrey collection, I came upon Take Three: Fall, and decided to stamp each of the three pumpkins on a different piece of patterned paper from the Autumn Abundance collection.
Since I don't have a recipient in mind, I chose a sentiment from Everyday Button Bits so it can easily become a birthday card, a thank you card, or just a thinking of you card. The ribbon is Orange Zest (PTI), and the black rhinestones are from Kaiser. I'm off to check out the other entries on the blog hop, always a great source of inspiration!
A bit (well, maybe more) about what’s been happening here. The first weekend of October, Tracy and I were in Lake Placid along with our good friends. Tracy and Bob did some hiking (more about that), and Cathy and I enjoyed some time in the shops in the area. It was a cold, rainy weekend, but beautiful, nonetheless.
The following Wednesday, I began a class on learning how to use Lightroom 3, taught by one of the professional photographers and gallery partners at Image City. My friend, Nancy, and I attend their monthly photo critiques at the gallery. We’ve now had three classes (the last is this week), and I’m beginning to feel comfortable with the program. I had tried to teach myself how to use Lightroom 2, but got all confused about the catalog and how to import the photos. Now I have that mastered and must say it is a very powerful editing program, and much more affordable than full Photoshop. With Lightroom and PSE, I know I’ve got all I’ll ever need in the way of software.
I’ve prepared dinner for Interfaith Hospitality guests at our church, we’ve signed new wills (and taken our children to the lawyers to sign notary documents), attended two meetings in my role as chair of a Presbytery committee (two more to go before the end of the month), crafted with my friends and on my own, had lunch with college friends, attended an Arts & Lectures presentation, and moved back into the kitchen (though it is still not done & there will be more about that later as well.) Tracy and I redid our guest room. Tracy repainted it, and I chose the new bed linens, curtains, and decorations. We also spent a day in Ithaca, visiting our favorite Farmer’s Market, and hiking in Buttermilk Falls State Park.
But the best part of the month was that both Sarah and Matt arrived on the 15th for a visit. Matt was here a week, and has returned (safely) to Denver. While he was here we spent a lot of time with Betsy and Skylar as well. It was so much fun to have everyone here. Sarah could barely keep her hands off Skylar. On the 16th, I hosted a baby shower for Sarah who is expecting a little boy in early January. It was a lovely event (more about that later). Our friends were so happy to have a chance to see her (as well as Matt), and it was lots of fun to have everyone together. I made the favors, a banner, and have started a scrapbook about the event. Sarah and I have spent quite a bit of time in baby stores, and I’ve had a lovely time picking up some special things for this new addition to our family.
(Love this photo of my two kids and Skylar)
Adam arrived from Virginia on Thursday where he had been presenting at a conference at Union Seminary. We went out for a family dinner on Thursday night (Skylar slept through the whole meal), and got our family photo for the Christmas cards. Sarah and Adam drove to New Jersey (and back) Saturday for a wedding, and took off for California late this afternoon. They will be there for just two more weeks, as they are moving to Ashland, Oregon where Adam has accepted a position as Associate Pastor for Christian Education at the Presbyterian church. We’ll be going out next month to help them unpack & organize and attend Adam’s ordination back in Livermore after Thanksgiving.
And over the weekend we went on our annual trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake with our good friends, Karen and Mike. We dined, we visited some favorite and new wineries, and saw a fabulous production of My Fair Lady at the Shaw Festival.
If you skimmed through the above, I certainly don’t blame you, but I’ve had a couple of emails about things going on here so I thought I’d do a recap. Somehow there wasn’t time to blog about it as it happened. But here’s the big news: the new recipient of Sharing Your Story.
Deb, I’ve got your address, and the book will be on its way tomorrow!
Here's the last edition of the Pass the Book project. The other posts are here and here.
The cover of this album about a beloved dog inspired this card.
I followed the same color scheme, the same CAS design, and found a silver clip for the top of the card.
On page I found this.
I loved the idea of using a journaling spot for the bottom half of the card. I have several books of the Making Memory journaling books so it's a great use for them.
I used some papers and a rosette from the new Pink Paislee line called Vintage Vogue, and a stamp from Papertrey Ink.
This cover prompted me to use some of my letter stickers for a greeting.
All the border stickers are from Studio Calico kits.
And finally, this cover inspired me to get Matt's birthday card made way early. He won't be 29 until February!
I die cut the 29 from black cardstock with number dies from Papertrey Ink, then layered them over a Basic Grey paper from the Granola line. The little star is also from Basic Grey (Life of the Party). Here's the inside:
As soon as I saw Jennifer Gallacher's layout on Thursday's prompt, I knew it was the perfect layout for some photos of Skylar Rose.
I followed the general layout, but altered the position of the embellishments. I loved the photo that extended across the layout, and the little envelope with journaling and another photo. I cut the envelope with my Silhouette as well as the ticket I used for the title. All the papers and embellishments came from my stash. Since yesterday's prompt was for dotted paper and stripes, I went through my papers and pulled a group of pink and green ones. Then I went through my embellishment drawers and alpha sticker sheets. Once that was done, the layout came together pretty quickly. I'm planning to make another one so Betsy and I will both have one.
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Pebble, SEI, Vintage Vogue (Pink Paislee), and old dotted paper from my stash Chipboard hearts: Heidi Swapp Trim and cardstock star: Melissa Frances Spool Button: Vintage Vogue (Pink Paislee) Distress Ink: Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz)
I made another layout today for the Pretty Paper Party, immediately after seeing Shimelle's prompt, but I'm too tired to upload and edit the photo, so how about a few more cards inspired by Sharing Your Story.
On page 35 I found this:
And created a birthday card (now addressed to a male friend for his November birthday).
I loved this cracked paint butterfly on page 49.
The front of this minibook prompted me to get out my crackle paint. I could only find one jar, and it was pretty old. It took several coats and a bit chipped off. I'm quite sure I have some more, but that will require cleaning the craft cupboard. But I like it enough to try it again.
And lastly for tonight, this was found on page 52.
I like the design of this card a lot, but it's my least favorite of all the cards I made. I used some old, old My Mind's Eye die cuts and used some new Studio Calico "Shine" mist on the orange cardstock.
We've had the best week ever with everyone here. Adam arrived from his conference in Virginia this afternoon, and we all went out to eat tonight. Baby Skylar slept through the whole dinner. She is one of the most contented newborns I've ever known. The days have flown by, and it will be hard to send everyone off during the next few days.
Both kids were busy today on their own, so I had time to watch Shimelle's video and then to create. Two posts in one day, after days of not being here at all! (Scroll down for the Pass the Book post.) The layout design was really inspired by several layouts on the video rather than today's prompt, and I followed her ideas for collecting materials. In fact, one reason I signed up for this class was so I would begin to use the great papers and embellishments that arrive on my doorstep each month from Studio Calico. I did pull a few other items from my stash, but most of what I used is from the last several Studio Calico kits.
I started with a full piece of patterned paper which is unusual for me and three photos I liked that would fit across the page. The patterned paper is American Craft by Amy Tangerine, and I already knew I wanted to use her camera stamp which I ordered a few weeks ago. The AC Thickers are also Amy Tangerine and were in the same order. Then I did exactly what Shimelle recommended and I HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE. I chopped up other patterned papers from Studio Calico that I thought would be good accents. The little border of hearts along the bottom of the photos is actually a tear-off from the large patterned paper sheet. Those hearts prompted me to hand cut some little hearts of patterned paper to piece on the cameras. I popped them out on some Jenni Bowlin label stamps where I added the name of the camera over the photo that was taken by each camera. The brads were also in one of the Studio Calico kits. I used a Spellbinders Standard tag to cut the date which was stamped with sets from Papertrey Ink.
The journaling reads: Photos from my close-up/macro project for Shimelle's Learn Something Every Day class. All my cameras take great close-ups.
Here's a close-up of the cameras.
This is busier than most of my layouts, but I'm quite pleased with it, and pleased with the process as well. I've saved all the scraps, and will be using more of these papers as we work along in the class.
It’s been very busy here, and I have lots to share, but first I want to send on the next installment of Pass the Book. Melissa sent it on to me last month, and it’s definitely time to send it on its way. You can read more about the Pass the Book project here.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Sharing Your Story: Recording Life’s Details with Mini Books by Ali Edwards, and it has provided me with some amazing inspiration though not for mini books. As soon as I saw the front cover, I had an idea for a card. It didn’t take long to create, and I was quite happy with. That prompted me to go through the book looking at design ideas for cards. I ended up with quite a few new cards, and over the next few days I’ll be sharing them with you. I remember Mel did something similar with one of her Pass the Book reads.
Here’s the cover and the card it inspired:
On page 9, I found this:
Which inspired an anniversary card for dear friends:
I liked the word overlayed on the text paper and repeated the polka-dot pattern as well. Here's the inside:
And one more for today. On p. 14 I found this:
And created this:
I'm quite sure this is a design I'll use again and again when I need a quick card. Typically I list all my supplies, but both my kids are here this week so I'm going to cut this short. I do have a list of the supplies, so let me know if you're curious about anything I used.
I'll have more to share, but I’m ready to pass the book along. If you’re a fan of mini books, I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy the book. (I have jotted down ideas for several mini books as well.) And even if you’re not, you may find inspiration for layouts or other creative endeavors from the designs you’ll find here. If you’d like a chance to peruse the book, leave a comment here, and I’ll do a random pick on Monday, October 24th, and send it on its way.
I love nearly every shade of red, so I'm always happy to see another red crayon emerge from the box over at Project 64! Because we're in the midst of trying to get ready for a big weekend here, I didn't have as much time to hunt as usual. The first two images were taken on the Cornell campus last Saturday. The ivy is turning red on the School of Industrial and Labor Realtions School.
And finally, the top to my new (big splurge) teapot for the new kitchen---a black and white checked teapot with a red top. Our new kitchen boasts white cupboards, black counters, and red is the accent (red kitchen chairs, a red message board, etc.) I couldn't resist the teapot, and we hated our old one.