Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cinco de Mayo

Living in California – we celebrate many different holidays, even if it does not always jive with our nationalities, religion, knowledge of the holiday etc.  Cinco de Mayo is such an event, and the Vallejo’s, Emma’s and Chevy’s bars/cantinas nearby are always hopping on that day. 

So for my friends who like a good celebration, I bring you the Cinco de Mayo cat card.  It is a sorry little card as far as my “creativity” is concerned, but I cannot tell if it was the poor choice of colors, stamp set etc. – strangely, the inside should have been the outside when all was said and done.  However, it was made with joy – and sent with love – so Happy Cinco De Mayo,  and I would like my margarita on ice with salt!

Cardstock:  (Juniper, Sorbet, Vanilla Crème) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Sunshine Broadcast Wee Bundle and Flag Banners) Sassafras
Stamp:  (Guitar Cat) The Cat’s Pajamas, (tequila) Art Impressions, (happy everything) Amuse Studio
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  G05, Y23, YR02
Dies:  (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders
Other:  (Lagoon Stickles) Ranger, (Claire petals and brads) SEI

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Birthday Accordion Card

During the retreat last October with Krazy Kreations, we received the pattern for an accordion card – and naturally we made a really amazing Halloween card.  I kept the accordion card pattern (naturally, as I am a professional craft hoarder, lol) and decided to make a bright and cheery birthday card.

The only real challenge to these cards is to ensure you know which “way is up” on your pattern paper in relation to the template you are cutting out.  Half of what I cut was upside down even when I reminded myself to pay attention.  My mother, who was an amazing seamstress, could match patterns and plaids in her head and to my knowledge rarely made a mistake.  Apparently, this is a gift that just bypassed me at high speed!

Cardstock: (Desert Sand, Cocoa) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (Ocean Dot, Passion Fruit Dot, Sweet Tooth Collection) Bo Bunny
Stamp:  (Birthday Anya) The Greeting Farm, (Appetizers) Gourmet Rubber Stamps
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Graphite Black) Brilliance
Copics: E55, E57, E71, E77, BG13, BG15, RV13, RV14, RV17, skin (E11, E00, E13, R20), hair (YR20, YR21, E34, E35)
Dies: (Window Frames Collection) Stampin Up!,  (Mini Tattered Floral Set) Tim Holtz
Other:  (Magenta stickles) Ranger,  (Happy Day brads) SEI,  (glitter tape) American Crafts, (flowers) Prima

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Journey is the Goal

Over the past year, I have attended (either in person or online) three classes related to working with canvas frames.  I really enjoy these classes, working with paints, textiles and techniques that I have never had experience with.  I cannot say I like the “works of art” that I create, but I love the creative process building them, plus I enjoy meeting the amazing people – both teachers and the students.  So I decided to share pictures of those canvases, to remember the fun that I had.
My class last week in Berkeley at Scrapbook Territory was a wonderful experience – I had incredible tablemates who really made the class fun!  My kudos to the teacher as well, she was patient (we broke the stapler and we do not know how we did it, but I am pretty sure that was not an “extra spring” we found) and encouraging, urging us to get inky and covered in paint!  The top canvas in the picture is my work and the others below to my tablemates (they are a talented lot)!

The previous class to this was with the talented May Flaum at Stampers Corner in Elk Grove.  She brought a ton of paints, doodads and whatnot to the class – gave us the basic instruction and let us go.  It was amazing how different each of the students work came out – each unique but made with the same materials.

Finally, going back in time is the first class, a technique canvas I made through Online Card Classes with Jennifer McGuire.  This class is still available, although not “live” anymore – but it teaches you how to use a variety of inks, paints and techniques.

These classes have taught me that the finished art is not the goal, but the journey to create is!