Thursday, March 21, 2013
I love the chilly windy days, I love all the pretty flowers that are blooming, the trees with their fresh new leaves. The weather and the flowers make me giddy. I love to fly kites, too !
I was visiting some of my favorite sites and I came across Susan Weckesser's site http://mysweetearth.blogspot.com/2013/03/create-to-live-march-challenge.html; I loved the colors of a layout and saw the invitation for a challenge... yes, I know another challenge. You gotta check it out; how could I possibly resist those colors. Confession time, yes right up front, I confused the colors from Susan's Challenge and the colors from Ranger's Challenge ( I think I've got all colors from both... leave it to me.).
One of my favorite flowers in the whole world is Ranunculus. I look forward to Spring every year because I love seeing them in people's gardens. They are so bright and so cheerful. So I chose Ranunculus for my tag. The theme for this challenge is Celebrate. Each Spring I reflect on the "newness " of life , new beginnings, spring cleaning and my life!
I always associate new life ( growth), flowers, butterflies and joy with Spring! So my tag reflects all of these.
Using my distressing inks, (mowed lawn, peacock feathers, squeezed lemonade, shaded lilac, concord grape, mustard seed, wild honey, and spiced marmalade) and dylusions cut grass ink I created the background for my tag using the blending tool for some areas, other areas I blotted the colors on my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and then blotted the tag drying in between layers. When I got the blend of colors I wanted I dried the tag and then misted it with heirloom gold perfect pearls mist. When the tag was dry I stamped it with my Stampendous Flower Field Stamp using black archival ink. I dried it with the heat tool and then colored my flowers using my distress markers (spun sugar, barn door, worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, and peeled paint)... I'm having a great time watching this unfold before my eyes. Something interesting happened while I was doing this; my thoughts went to a picture of these flowers; as if I had seen them before; and I really can't recall having seen this picture, but I felt like a real artist ! ANYWAY , when the flowers dried I added lime green stickles to the leaves, squeezing a small dab and smoothing it with my fingers ( I'm really wearing this artist hat about now... I like that thought ... LOL). Okay, so what am I celebrating... umm ...spring and life ... so I decided to use my life definition stamp at the top and randomly at the bottom ( I was a little heavy handed at the top, so it didn't quite have the effect I wanted) nevertheless the life stamp was added and I decided to use my butterfly punch to make butterflies, scoring them to giving wings some dimension. I had a left over banner so I stamped it with word "just celebrate". I found a butterfly, and life word stick in my stash and I colorized the ribbon ( and the butterflies) using a combination of wild honey, mustard seed and spiced marmalade distress stain... love the color it created !!! To finish off my tag I distressed the edges with vintage photo distressing ink and added bling to the butterflies. This Spring I'm Celebrating Life... my life as a Minister and the lives of all of those whose lives have touched mine in such amazing ways these past months. In the past six month ,
God has given me a "special" assignment as a prayer partner for children and babies who are fighting everyday for their lives; most of them were born prematurely with many birth defects/illnesses; others are cancer patients. As I read their stories about their fights and pray for them and their families, I have an even greater appreciation for life and what it means to LIVE ! I'm GRATEFUL for my life and my experiences and for the privilege of being able to offer support to these babies/children and their families ... I CELEBRATE who I am and who God has called me to be !
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It's almost SPRING... I think I've got Spring Fever already!
Bunnies, flowers, green grass and bows , it must be spring! Tim's got us excited!!
Oh my this was fun ... yes I know I say that all the time...BUT it's true!
I don't know which was more fun the flowers or the bunny. Love those new Distress Paints, I've got Six already may have MORE before the end of the week :) ! If you haven't joined Tim yet for these tag adventures come join us... go check out his instructions and see the creative work of the "Tim Tag Community" http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2013-march/. You really will enjoy it !
I pretty much stuck to the "original" for this tag. It's amazing how a little alcohol ink; aqua and mushroom gave such cool affect on the tinsel and then to watch it take form as I used the heat tool... felt like magic! I will give a tip... don't get distracted and heat the tinsel too long ( I ALMOST did) .
The vintage look on the flowers is also amazing ; and that die for the grass; omg so easy! If you don't have it, you'll want it!! Well that's all for now... go make yours!
Monday, March 11, 2013
I thank God everyday for the privilege of having grown up with a loving family. I have fond memories of my dad and my uncle. My dad was killed in an auto accident in 1980; although I missed my dad very much ( and he couldn't be replaced); God Blessed me with a "stand-in" dad, in the person Robert E. Joe, affectionately known as the "Other Man in My Life ". For many years up until a few weeks before his passing, he drove across the freeway to come visit me whether at home or on my job to bring chocolate, strawberries and "lunch money"! I always felt so very special. He rarely missed any milestones in my life (even those that were only important to me)! I'm grateful for those special moments. I miss the weekly phone calls, we had our own special "banter"; the trading of the soups and soup recipes, the lunches, brunches, the pop in visits, the cute notes left for missed visits, the flowers, the candy, and the hugs and of course those "just because gifts! Even though I miss ALL of these things, I take great Joy in the memories of such a Special Love ! I'm Proud to be a " Joe" and to have been raised and loved by Joe men; Ross L. Joe, Jr. and Robert E. Joe. Happy Birthday Uncle Bobby ( he liked to be called Uncle Bob... but he'll always be Uncle Bobby to me; and he knew that )!