Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ray Bradbury Swap

I signed up for an unusual (to me) swap with my online crafty group.  The leader of the group is a BIG Ray Bradbury fan and after hearing of his recent passing she just had to propose a swap using him as inspiration.  I confess to being mostly unfamiliar with Mr. Bradbury's work, but I needed something to get my creative juices flowing so decided why not.  I knew that he wrote "The Martian Chronicles" and saw these little guys that looked like all the other Martian's that I know and decided to go with them (the stamps are made by Close To My Heart).  As a bonus it gave me a chance to try, once again, to get the hang of shading with Copic markers, I know I still need more practice, but hang in with me and if I live long enough I may just catch on.  I made the background paper from a list of Mr. Bradbury's work which I found on his website.  I hope my online ladies see Martian's too or I may get some raised eyebrows with this one.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Remebering Cars from my Childhood

Metoka made this great Father's Day card which took me back to my childhood.  My mom had a 1955 Buick Century convertable.  It was white with a black rag top and red leather seats.  She loved that car, drove way too fast and boy would it shimmy!  Apparently a flaw in Buick's suspension system at that time.  Eventually she gave it to my dad and he drove it for a long time before he got rid of it.  I am not really a car person, but for some reason I really remember that particular car from my childhood.  If I had the stamp I would make this card myself and send it to my dad for Father's day.  I bet he remembers it too! 


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tim Holtz Dies

Wanda Made this masculine card using a Tim Holtz die and perhaps some punches for the tags.  All of the pieces of the suitcase are included in Tim's die though.  She used an embossing folder on the suitcase and lots of distress ink to give the card that well travelled look.  I did not take a photo, but she did the back too - what a gal!  I think this would make a terrific bon voayage card personalized with the recipient's name on one of the tags.  The gals in my monthly craft group are so creative.


Friday, June 1, 2012

This masculine card was made by Donna and even though it says happy birthday that could easily be changed to happy father's day or ...  I know that this photo is not so good, but Donna made the background by glueing aluminum foil to cardstock and then running it through a cuttlebug embossing folder (I think she used houndstooth).  I thought that it would made a wrinkled mess, but as it turns out even though you have wrinkles when you first glue the aluminum foil to the cardstock, putting it in the embossing folder and running it through the machine irons it out as well as embossing it so it comes out pristine - all freshly ironed and starched.

Happy June to all!