Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I got more!

I got more!!!!  Turns out I was taking the odd picture, here and there.  So I got more to share.  Yay!!!!!

First of all, this it the newest tool in my arsenal.  I. Love. My. Vagabond.  I have no idea why I waited soooo long to get one but I am so glad I did.  Actually that's wrong.  I know why I waited so long.  These things are frickin' pricey.  However, Amazon finally had it for quite a reasonable price with free shipping - I'm a total sucker for free I bought it.  It still took me like three weeks to finally crack it out of the box.  Well.  I love it so much of course the Vagabond has a name. Please, allow me to introduce:  L-Vis (pronounced Elvis)...ummm....yeah...because he's the ultimate Rock Star....and his name is spelled L-Vis because he's like a suitcase...kinda like Louis Vuitton...cause...yeah...I'm a closet Label Queen and this baby Vagabond is the closest I'm ever going to get to high end luggage.

This is actually my second attempt at this card.  The first attempt was less graphic and I made it for number one nephew's university graduation card.  Do you know the Japanese story of the koi fish who overcame all odds, swam up a waterfall and became a dragon?  I know it's one of his favorite myths and thought it would make an appropriate graduation theme.  I also made the leafy washi tape background and have been waiting for a long time to put it on a card.  Number one nephew got the first attempt card and I still have this card (somewhere on my desk) waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it...or I may just keep it for myself.

This second card was made for a co-worker who was leaving for a promotion.  She really likes owls and the card was signed by everyone in the office so I thought the multi-animal background paper was kinda cute and appropriate.  You can't tell from the picture but the owl is mounted on one of those springy things that makes the object kinda springy and wiggly.  I put glossy accents on the die cut letters to make them more 3D.  Gotta love those designer paper packs.

I actually had started making Christmas cards way back in November but then I hurt my back and was laid out for a week, which totally took my mojo.  Once I was back on my feet, it was mid-December and I was scrambling.  This card is all Memory Box die cuts.  The reindeer is cut out of burgundy velvet paper and the start wreath is my super favourite, go-to silver mirror cardstock.

Well, there you go.  Two posts in one day.  I'm liking this laptop thing for blogging.

Back in a while.  Peace.

What the Heck?

How can it be the middle of January already?  So it turns out I can't blog from my beloved iPad 2 anymore.  I wasn't super motivated to blog from the old desktop so now I'm on a recycled, new to me laptop.  So far so good.  Let's see if I can get some pictures on this mother.

I have been doing a lot of creative things but the barrier to blogging was just too much for my lazy ass.  My intention for 2013 is to blog a bit more - super low bar as far as intentions/resolutions go, wouldn't you say?  Anyways, here is what I did last:  a birthday card for nephew number 2 using the faux chalkboard technique.  I have to say it was a lot of fun and I only had to give it one try before I got it kinda alright.  The technique is actually quite forgiving and not particularly fussy.  I think I'll be using this a few more times before I file it away.  I used mostly PTI stamps and one Simon Says Stamps set for the banner.  Suddenly feeling pretty good about that package of 250 sheets of black cardstock I've been trying to whittle down since I bought it a few years ago.  I could not give the black cardstock away - now I don't want to.

Anyways, I want to thank you for popping by and checking in on my teeny tiny blog.  I hope to have more things for you to see in 2013 and maybe get you to pop by a little more often.

I went to a class at a LSS last weekend and played with Viva Decor Inkagold products.  Love, love, love new products.  Hope to have some pictures to show you really soon.

In the meantime, peace.