How the heck are ya??? I'm back from my week's hiatus, and I'm feeling much better. You may not think my cards show it, but I am! LOL I took a week off from everything "blogging". So I have not visited you guys yet. I've got some catching up to do!
I'm anxious to see the results for this week's poll. I've talked to many bloggers who have pet peeves about the blogs they visit. I admit, I have mine too, but then again, some may have pet peeves about my blog, God forbid! So don't forget to answer this week's poll!
Tonight's post also includes a photographic series of photos I took this week. They are all nature related and I wanted to show them to you. I hope you enjoy them. They will follow my cards. . .so off we go!
Here's the first card I'd like to share:
I've had nothing but trouble getting good lighting for my card shots errrrr! This one looks a little bled out, so click on it for a better view. This is a new stamp from CowTown which I just discovered (Thanks Stacie!). They have wonderful stamps and I bought several. This is a "manly" thank you card. The ship is from CowTown. The two things I want to point out about this card are the "cork button" and the map background. I made the cork button by thinly slicing it from an actual wine bottle cork. I used a small hole punch to make the holes. The baker's twine was a gift from my blogging buddy Katie. She sent me some twine, ribbon, and seam binding to play with along with an awesome card. Thanks Katie, so much! It was really appreciated. The map background is from the internet. I did a Google search for "maps". Printed it off and cut it down to the size I needed. The ship and the sentiment are both clear embossed.
Here is my second card:
This is the newest Happy Hopper stamp in my ever growing collection. Is that little bunny adorable or what? All colored with my cheap colored pencils and oms. I stamped the background mat as well. The kite is popped up with foam tape, and the string on the kite is actually "sewn". I used a needle and embroidery floss.
This looks a little chaotic to me, however it is sort of what I had in mind. This stamp is called "birch branch" and it is from Memory Box. I used a new technique (new to me) on this where you color the stamp with markers and then mist it with water before stamping. It gives a wonderful watercolor effect. Before I stamped the main branches I stamped the image in "pumice stone" distress ink, stamped off, then stamped for the branches in the background to look further off. I added MS glitter in dots all over the flowering parts. Added pearls to the tiny butterflies and dotted them with a marker. It really is pretty IRL, but if you click on the photo, you'll get a better look at the shimmer of the card.
OK, on to the photo gallery. . .
I went out specifically to shoot objects in a different way than you would normally look at them, or just shoot stuff that I found interesting. I found a ton! It is amazing what you "see" if you really look. Also, be sure to click on the photos for a better view. Take a look at what I "saw":
|AN ALIEN DRAWING ON A FALLEN LOG?|
|A SEA SERPENT RISING FROM THE LAKE????|
|THE SKIN ON A TROLL'S LEG?|
|THE WRINKLES OF AN ELEPHANT???|
|THE SKIN OF A DRAGON????|
There were so many interesting things to "see" during this walk. Can you tell I have a child's imagination??? LOL I have a ton of other photos to share, but I don't want to blow them all in one post. I'll run out of "pics of the week"!
OK, I'm off to start my long journey of blog surfing. Can't wait to be inspired and to see what you've all been up to. I've really missed you all, and I'm glad to be back creating. Thanks for your kind remarks while I was gone. They were very encouraging. I have a big list of things I am working on, so no more dry spells for awhile.
Thanks so much for stopping by! You know how much I appreciate it and I always love to read the comments you leave. You all leave such thoughtful, interesting comments.
Hugs to all of you!
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."