Sunday, March 15, 2009

Time Doesn't Slow Down - For Anything or Anyone!

It's a good thing this blog is at my mercy and on my time set - if there was a deadline for anything, I seriously doubt anything would get accomplished! I keep thinking tomorrow is the day I'm going to really get things going in my rubber room - and of course, tomorrow never comes. Having a back that decides it is not going to cooperate and let me get things done doesn't help either. Ah, the indiscretions of my youth - rather, the foibles of my youth. I was fortunate to grow up around horses, but they have also been the source of a substantial amount of lower back pain in the years since! Doesn't keep me from wanting to ride again - DH and I both were so lucky and we still want to get a couple of horses - even if it means hiring a crane to get us on board! A stump or a ladder will definitely be a requirement - LOL!

Anyhow, I have finally gotten a chance to play a little in my rubber room - of course, there was a deadline for two cards and have some more to design before Thur. - maybe I do need deadlines! The first card was for a baby shower this past Saturday for our grandniece, who is due around May 24. She does know it's a boy and the colors chosen for the shower were blue and brown, so..... The "B" was done on my Silhouette and the rest of the words are from "Just B" by Stampin' Up. Colors used were SU's Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue. The baby rattle is from SU's Sketch an Event, which is retired. The ribbon was some I picked up in Michael's and it is such a perfect match. I also picked up a couple of the new EK Success punches while at Michael's, so used the "zig-zag" punch along the edge. It also embosses small dots, so highlighted them with a Chocolate Chip marker. I also did up a dozen thank you cards for her, using Cuttlebug folders and SU's Much Appreciated set in the Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip.

I participate in the Just One swap on Technique Junkies each month and this month I was paired with an incredibly talented lady, Vaudene Tanaka. She always makes such beautiful cards and I certainly wanted one that would at least come halfway close to hers. So, without further ado, here 'tis! The technique I used was Golden Glow for the background and I used Blush Blossoms and Cameo Coral for both the paper and the inks. The small roses, from SU's Flower of the Month set (retired) were done with Regal Rose and Garden Green markers. The large leaves, from the Level 1 Hostess set God's Beauty, were also done with Garden Green. Although it's not readily seen, there is a swirl stamp in the background, which was from SU's Baroque Motifs. The large rose was done with a modified Penciled Twinks technique - I didn't have a Twinkling H2O that really went with the colors I used, so I used rust Perfect Pearls! I accented some of the petals with Crystal Accents to make it look like there was dew on the rose. The words are also from the God's Beauty set.

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