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Friday, February 20, 2015

ALMOST back to NORMAL...Figuratively speaking, of course.


Today is a BIG day for me. No, no, no...my children are still minions on a seek and destroy mission, looking to demolish my home and sanity, and the DH is still carrying on his affair with his golf clubs, but STILL-this is a GLORIOUS day!

Above, you will see the FIRST....and I mean the actual FIRST 3D project that I designed from scratch and created ON MY OWN! That's right, no tutorials and no measurements. Just a picture I saw on a website all in Portuguese and nary a translation to be found.

**NOTE** I'm pretty proud of myself for figuring out the actual language. I first thought it was Russian, but noticed it didn't have those strange symbols/figures mixed in with letters. I was even MORE confounded because one of the women in the ad was blonde and the other, Asian. At that point, I'm thinking "I'm pretty sure there aren't a lot of Asians in Russia. And the language these 2 are speaking seem to have some Spanish words here and there. Oh, to Hades with it. Give me Google Chrome. Chrome then offered to translate from PORTUGUESE to English and I was STOKED over my new detective abilities. Give me coffee, wine and Google Chrome and I will OWN this world! Okay, that MIGHT be an overreach. Just give me coffee and wine and we'll forget this all ever happened in the first place. **END OF NOTE**

But I liked the idea of the tilting drawer (I hadn't seen many-if any-in the crafting sites I frequented) and it just so happened that G45 was having a storage challenge for Feb, so I figured 'game on'!

For the record, I'd never entered any G45 challenges. Being on the G45 DT is on my GOALS list, and I'm planning to give it a shot in 2016. I didn't feel 100% ready this year because, even though I feel like I'm decent when it comes to ability to construct 3D projects, my lack of creating and designing my own work was a weakness I felt I had to work on. But this G45 challenge gave me a kick in the rear-end and VOILA! I did it.

I thought about doing a tutorial as I went along, but to be honest, I had NO idea how it was going to turn out. Better to give it a try, first. Besides, I'm not good at doing those magic foldy things that morph into a complete project without any effort. Every bit of mine was gluing chipboard and reinforcing it with the 1 inch stabilizer strips on either side. In short, piece by piece.

Of course, now that I know I can do this, my next step will be an actual tutorial. This will be difficult for me because creating an effective tutorial demands attention to detail. And for most of you who know me, well, nuff' said.

So I'm heading off to celebrate my accomplishment. Ok...I can't lie to you. My 'celebration' consists of Cocoa Krispies and coffee, with a few (hundred) Tootsie Rolls for desert. Then, when all the sugar hits and I'm climbing the walls like Spiderman, I'll see if I can focus that sugar rush on a new project. If you DON'T hear from me, then you'll know that I've crashed and there will be nothing useful coming from me until my pancreas is finished working the overtime it'll take to stabilize my blood sugar.

Thanks again for stopping by! Next month is my last on the SCS Dirty Dozen DT and I'll have ALL sorts of time to (annoy) spend with you!

Good luck with that.

heh, heh

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bird House Mini Album

Ok....before you judge me on my choice of titles, you HAVE to remember that I'm one of these people who are very susceptible to peer pressure. So, when I prepare to upload-which I do to Splitcoaststampers.com, first, I see the title bar that says "Choose a snappy title!" and on days like today, (and no...I do NOT mean 'days I'm sober'...as far as you know) I'm just drawing a blank for a title for this bird house mini album project. Hence the addition 'Of Doom' to the title.

Snappy or not, it's an attention grabber.

This is a tutorial I purchased quite a long time ago and forgot about. At the time, it was too advanced for me. I was still trying to figure out exactly what A2 meant, and what exactly one used 'Glossy Accents' for, not to mention I'd never even HEARD of 'chipboard', never mind how I was supposed to USE it. I'm actually winding down from purchasing tutorials, mostly because I've learned a lot of the basics for creating 3D projects. Purchasing these tutorials was a very inexpensive way to get a little more training in that area.

But at the end of the day, I've GOT to tell you this...if you haven't checked out the tutorials HERE at SCS...which have printed directions AND videos, to boot...and are FREE...I suggest you start here first. I can tell you in all honesty that I've never found a seller yet that can match the variety and expertise in one place than here at SCS!

This birdhouse roof actually lifts off and is a mini album. I made this for my mother-in-law because she loves birds and pictures of her grandchildren. That means that not only did I make the perfect gift for her, I also made sure that she'll pretty much side with me in every disagreement with her son from this point on.

SCORE!!!

I'll try to get links up on my blog in a bit...I wanted to make sure to get this posted because I have some very important things to do today. Mainly sleep. Mostly because my husband has started to snore...due to a promotion at work and working from home til he's so exhausted he can barely keep his eyes open. But before you pity him, remember it's ME who isn't getting any rest. And I'm pretty sure it IS all about me.

Of course, the DH really isn't getting quality rest either. And it's not due to overwork, or the fact our 8 year old has STILL not left our bed and is roughly the size of a Great Dane...one that likes to sleep stretched out between us with feet on the DH and head buried under MY pillow...no, it's not any of that. It's actually due to my having to 'nudge' him with my foot when his snoring gets so loud that I have to wake him up.

NOTE: There's a bit of dissention between us over the definition for 'to nudge'. I maintain I merely nudge him with my foot. The DH claims that a 'nudge' should NOT end up with my big toe leaving bruises on his thigh.

He's SUCH a drama-king.

Anyways...I'm done here. Hope you enjoy the project and let me know if you have any questions. Not that I can answer them, necessarily. But I think it sounds good to offer. heh heh

Tutorial can be purchased from lauradenisondesigns.com I am in no way affiliated with LDD in any way other than a customer, and I get no incentives from her, or any place from which I have purchased tutorials in the past. I will always disclose when and if I am receiving incentives from any company. Don't get me wrong...I TOTALLY want companies to throw me incentives and I'll be GLAD to advertise the you-know-what out of them!!!!! I'm just letting YOU know that I'll tell you if that BLESSED day ever comes. Trust. Peace out. ;)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GAK!!!!

I KNOW! I KNOW!!!!

I've been MIA for awhile....but you've GOT to understand....I SWEAR I've been busier than a one-armed paper hanger!

**NOTE** When grandma and grandpa used those sayings, they gave a really good mind visual as to how busy they were. Today, it just sounds so....well...crass? Wow. It's a REALLY good thing I don't give a rat's behind about being PC, huh??

When I began crafting in December of 2012, I had no idea I'd be sitting here, 2 years later, covered in sawdust from my Dremel and bereft of my gel tips (because I kept knocking the &*&% things off while messing around with chipboard and metal) and whining...I mean, 'blogging', about being busier than an "upper extremity/phalanges" challenged person.

Sigh.

If you don't believe me, check out my pinterest. Here!!! Here it is!!! Just look! LOOK, I SAID!

https://www.pinterest.com/salome000/my-art/

You'll see all sorts of things I've created since October that aren't here on the ol' blawg! Why is that, you ask?

Because the majority of my creations have been as a member of the Splitcoast Stampers Dirty Dozen design team, all all the info/tutorials, etc. are for Splitcoast fan club members! That's right...the people that pony up a WHOLE TWENTY_FIVE DOLLARS A YEAR to have access to all sorts of awesome tutorials, templates, sneak-peeks, special challenges and everything a growing artist will ever need.

When I joined Splitcoaststampers.com 2 years ago, I immediately joined up. The main reason was because it's a place where a whole lot of talented people were available to help me grow as an artist and, while SCS is free to anyone, that 25 bucks I paid was a commitment to ME. To MY growth as an artist and MY commitment to art. Besides, it was a small amount to pay to support a site that gives more tutorials and support than thousands of dollars in art classes. Seriously. If you don't believe me, just sign up for free and check it out.

Now, while 99% of the other girls have the wherewithal to juggle DT duties, their blawgs and other challenges, yours truly isn't quite that talented. Coming up with and putting together six projects in 3 weeks (before having all of 5 or 6 days before the new theme and it starts all over) is one of the most demanding DT requirements I've seen. And I love every minute!!!!

My projects are pretty time-consuming (as you will see when you GO TO MY PINTEREST ACCT!) and until my stint is up in March (I swear...this 6 months has flown by) I may just pop in here and there to say hi, OR-if I'm lucky enough to be chosen for another DT, I can resume regular posting since my DD days are coming to an end) but don't think for one second I've gone anywhere.

Whew. I feel so much better now that we've had this talk!!! I'm sure that you feel the same. All 5 of you.

I'll sign off now so you can GO TO MY PINTEREST ACCOUNT, which I'm SURE you've been dying to see. And if you haven't, just keep that to yourself and let me wallow in my normal, delusional state. MWAAAAAAH!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reliquary for the Mother-In-Law

My Mother in Law liked her shrine so much, that she asked if I'd make another for her sister! Which, of course, I did. But when she began talking about the sisters...all THREE of them...of her boyfriend, I quickly told her I had to work on Dirty Dozen projects. Which is true.

Talk about just barely dodging THAT bullet, huh?

To see the Shrine I made for the MIL...check out my Pinterest! For the story, get your rear-ends over to www.splitcoaststampers.com and pony up the 25 bucks for a year of fan club membership! There are templates, tutorials and all sorts of benes for fan club members! I should know...I'be been one for years! Small price to pay for what you get in return! Trust. 


Back Down to Earth with Bentley


It was supposed to be my FIRST foray into CAS with Freshly Made Sketches in months. And it WOULD have succeeded....had it not been for black thread, Bella herself and an accidental amputation.

Let's face it...CAS and I aren't well-acquainted. There aren't many surfaces that I can resist embellishing (aka 'Junking Up') but knowing that it may just be a genetic impossibility for me to produce a CAS card, I probably should just throw in the towel and be done with it. But I can't. Why? Because of the buttons.

I'll get to that in a bit.

First, let's talk Stamping Bella.

I LOVE her girls. I can't resist them and have quite a few. I got Bentley a few weeks ago and thought I'd color her up real purty and stick her on a white card with no embellishment...just a simple sentiment on vellum.

I stamped her with my trusty Memento, and went to coloring the balloons. The transparency coloring was a thing I hadn't tried, and it took 3 times to get it right. Happy with the look, I went to color the rest of Bentley, when I noticed black smudges on my pristine white paper. In spite of heat setting the ink, it smudged!!! Never mind that this had NEVER EVER happened in the past...I couldn't believe it had let me down when I needed it the most!

I was already having enough problems trying to repair my relationship with my Copics...we had become a little estranged since my joining the Dirty Dozen here at SCS and I promised that I would try harder. And it was going so well...

But, unwilling to chance trying the transparency thing again, I went with plan b and decided to fussy cut.

I'm not sure what Bella has against fussy cutting, but successfully fussy cutting one of her girls, especially, should come with some national award. I already knew I'd have to sacrifice the balloon strings (and had black sewing thread at the ready) but what happened next was totally unprecedented and remains a mystery.

I don't know HOW it happened...my scissors weren't even NEAR her arm, when the next thing I knew, Bentley's balloon string holding arm had been neatly excised just above the elbow.

But being the professional I am, I quickly grabbed my glue and carefully grabbed the separated appendage with my craft tweezers. With the dexterity and skill of a world famous surgeon...well...sigh.

I dropped it.

Panicked, I searched for the sliver of arm I'd colored to no avail. Unwilling to admit defeat, I grabbed a previously stamped image, colored up the arm, and reattached it.

By this time, I really started to feel that I should use the cloud EF but felt it too plain. I embossed another with Pink Pirouette ink brayered onto the folder so the ink would give a subtle, pink shade to emphasize the white clouds. Then, worrying I was starting to clutter it up, I mounted it on Pink Pirouette paper, then on another sheet that I felt just HAD to have score lines drawn around the mat and it just went on and on and on. At the end of the day, I just gave up. THIS is about as CAS as it's going to get with me.

Dang.

But don't think for one second that I plan to quit trying....remember the buttons?

Being an over-achiever is exhausting enough...but throw in a tangible reward...in this case, an FMS blog badge and/or the SCS CAS blog badge...and I become a crazy person.

Those two badges have eluded me for some time, and I'm determined to collect them one day. Maybe not THIS day, but one day.

As it is, I'm okay with Bentley. It's not everyday that one can design a matching prosthesis AND repair a relationship with neglected art mediums. That's why I should never be underestimated. heh heh

Thanks for checking in...I'm off to attempt another CAS card for the FMS tomorrow. You can join in, too! Just drop on by anytime...maybe I'll see you there? MWAAAH!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Why don't you come on over????

I don't know WHY I try the things I try, sometimes.

ESPECIALLY when those 'things' require Flower Soft.

It's no secret that Flower Soft and I are still somewhat estranged...granted, we tried to salvage our friendship after the nasty breakup we had, but we've tried.

I'm the one who called it off after a nasty incident involving Flower Soft and my computer keyboard. When I found it too close for comfort with my electronic ebosser, I knew it was over. But I hoped we could try to at LEAST work together occasionally.

I thought we could...until today.

Once again, I was sliding under the finish line of Impression Obsessions 'gift' challenge. and wanted to submit this snow globe made from a plastic ornament. It was just AWESOME, until I called on my old 'friend' Flower Soft, to give me the gorgeous look of snow.

Well, it gave me 'snow'...EVERYWHERE. On my clothes, in my hair, in my water bottle and in my dinner of hummus and whole wheat pita (no worries...I'm a chubby girl...a little Flower Soft in my diet ain't gonna kill me) AND on the sides of the entire globe.

Needless to say, there's very little I can do at this point to rectify the situation and get a clearer shot. For if there's one thing that Flower Soft loves more than me, it's static cling.

So, I'll enter it anyway and as there's still time to come on over here http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2014/12/challenge-quick-holiday-gifts.html and join in to win!

If not, then I understand.

Better than your Flower Soft ever will.

Ingredients:

Impression Obsession Winter House Stamp H1745
Impression Obsession Let it Snow Stamp B8145

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Savannah Says Merry Christmas



Look...this is simply a 'quickie card' I made as I sit here waiting for Santa to spread joy and cheer to my children!

And maybe touch up a sister's wine glass while he's at it.

I've been dying to play with this stamp since October and am happy to get the chance to abuse it with my lackluster copic skillz. I used stickles on the ornaments, belt and headband (and a touch in HER wine glass...so pay it forward, Claus!) and topped it off with SU! Merry cut in gold mirror board.

This is going to be a short post because my kids are tearing down the house in their excitement and I've got to put a stop to it immediately.

Now...where DID I put that benadryl????

heh heh

MERRY CHRISTMAS!