Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Inspired by nature

Enjoying my hummingbirds outside inspired me to use one of my hummingbird stamps to make a birthday card.  This is for another family member who loves these little birds.
I stamped this unmounted (unidentified) stamp onto watercolor paper.  I colored it with a combination of watercolor pencils and Twinkling H2Os.  You can't see the shimmer, but it shows in real life.  I cut out the watercolored image with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp, leaving wing and tail to hang over the edge.  I used more of the dies to cut the other layers.  I like these dies because they leave a nice faux stitched edge on both sides of the cut line.  The outer border is just a narrow strip glued onto base card.

The sentiment is a gold sticker.  I added a tiny gem for center of flowers.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hummingbird at feeder

Yesterday, a friend was visiting with her dog.  I have a sliding glass door with a doggie door in my kitchen that connects to the patio.  The dogs run in and out at will.  I have a hummingbird feeder hanging from the patio roof.
A little guy that looked like this one flew into my glass door and was lying on the patio near the doggie door.  My friend held the dogs back while I went and tried to pick up the little hummingbird.  He tried to fly, but couldn't gain altitude.  I picked him up and put him in one of my tall cypress trees.  He stayed there quite a while.  I decided to take my camera outside to check on him.  He saw me and flew into my neighbor's mimosa tree.  I can't tell these little guys apart, but I took these photos today and hope he's one of them.

They do also perch on the rail, but this is the only photo I've caught showing that.
I call this bird 'he' because the females have a green head, instead of this dark head.  I have a lot of them eating from this new feeder and the flowering shrubs in my yard.  I also have an oriole feeder for the bigger birds.

PS:  Later in the day, I managed a photo of the female.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Belated birthday

I got lost in personal life again and missed a family birthday.  I pulled out one of my previously made backgrounds and quickly put this card together.  The belated message is inside the card.
I must get back to making some cards for my stash to avoid being late for birthdays.

I'm enjoying the warmer weather.  We've had many days in the upper 90s and go over 100° occasionally.  We've also had a lot of wind, but the shrubs and the birds and bees are happy.

Did you notice the bird that landed on the light as I was taking photos of the pink oleander in the first photo?  The hummingbirds love those red oleanders and the jasmine smells great.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hang in there!

I made another card for a friend who's going through some difficult times.  This has been a favorite phrase in the last few years.  I cut out the layers with dies from a set by Simon Says Stamp called Stitched Rectangles.  I colored the mice with Prismacolor pencils and the dragonfly with Twinkling H2Os.  I'm a little out of practice (and lines) with the H2Os.  In real life, the wings look like a dragonfly's wings, but do not photograph well.  The inside says "Today is tomorrow's yesterday."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wooden punch tool

There was discussion on a group board that I follow about the difficulty some of us have with punches.  As we get older and we have weaker hands, we have problems pushing hard enough to punch through cardstock.  Many years ago I purchased a wooden helper for this problem.  I think a nice man made these to help us.  He probably got tired of helping his wife with the punches.  I don't know who he was, but this is a photo of this tool.

There is a wooden peg that can be moved to several holes to adjust for different sizes of punches.  I was asked who made it.  All I know is that there is a name on the end of the tool, but I can't read the whole name, so I took a photo of it.
These photos may help others to identify the maker of this tool or help someone else recreate it.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Round card

I have some really cute large stamps that don't fit easily on my usual A2 size card.  I decided to make a round card with this one.  The brown background isn't part of the card.  I used a 5 1/2" circle die to cut the base card from folded cardstock.  The flat area on the left is the fold.  I used the House Mouse image on watercolor paper, then colored it with  Distress inks.    I used Glossy Accents to cover the jar of jelly beans.

I made this card for a friend who lost her husband a month ago and has lots of problems right night.  She needs encouragement to get through this difficult period of her life.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Farewell to friends

Last month was a difficult one, losing 2 good friends.  I have many memories, but will miss them.
I made this card on watercolor paper, stamping with Memories ink, then watercoloring the background with Distress inks and water.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bald Eaglet hatches

After far too much sad news recently, I'm delighted to share a screen capture of a baby bald eagle.
This was taken from the Decorah Eagle cam this morning.  This is Dad proudly showing off the first hatchling of the year D21.  You can watch the camera on UStream at this LINK.  There is a lot of activity coming with 2 more eggs to hatch and then raising these eaglets until they learn to fly in a few months.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Birthday!

I've made a couple more cards for family March birthdays.  The first one was similar to others I've made.
I use a purple frame for this one.  The ink is Kaleidacolor Royal Satin.  The background was brayered to the inside of embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot.  I then spritzed it with water with Perfect Pearls added.  This gives a nice shimmer in real life.

This card was made for my son who has a birthday on Friday the 13th.  He lives in an area with this kind of hills and trees.  I'm sure there are deer out there also.  Hope he has a great birthday!

I made this card with a variety of stamps and inks.  The cloud is die-cut from watercolor paper, then colored with Distress inks and water.  It is popped on Tombow Power Tabs for a little dimension.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Birthday cards

I'm still struggling to find some mojo.  I have a lot of family birthdays coming in March, so really need to make some cards.  I've managed to assemble 2 of them during the last week.

I'm still using the backgrounds that I made earlier with the inked embossing folders.