Monday, June 16, 2008

Innovative Stamp Creations - My newest stamp sheet

Betsy wrote me and told me to look for a surprise in the mail last week. I was surprised! She had a brand new sheet of rubber with one of my sketches on it. I was really pleased with what she came up with. I just send her sketches and she does the magic!

I am loving these smaller sheets and this stamp image is a substantial size and a fun one to work with. I dabbled a bit with it and used some of my new papers that I received from my newest companies that I design for The Paper Mill Store.

I stamped her face onto some oil painting paper and used some of ISC's other stamps. I just did a little something to start me off. You can see more of her on the ISC Architect's blog. They did some fantastic works with her.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough I got the latest issue of Just Cards from Scott Publications and there were two more of my cards in there. I had forgotten all about them, they are silly little simple cards but were fun to make. I will include them in this blog. Lots of fun surprises for me this week! Yay!!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Father's Day

I am a little late in posting this as it seems like every time I get ready to put something on this blog, I have to shut down the computer because of electrical storms. I hope everyone in this path of bad weather sees some relief from it soon.
Anyway, I digress.
My dad has been gone almost 4 years now. I was so lucky to have him around for as long as I did. He lived to be 89 and half, and up until he broke his hip he lived a healthy happy life with a sound mind. Not many people get to say that. I could write volumes about my dad. He was the most wonderful man I have ever known. I never met anyone who could hold a candle to his presence. He was an attentive father, he was strict and soft and gentle. I honestly can say that he never raised his voice to me but if I did get in trouble he would give me this soulful passionate look and tell me how disappointed he was in my behaviour. Let me tell you that I would have rather had him spank me than to do that. I would be so remorseful and regretful that it made me think the next time I decided to go against what he told me not to do. I was an adventuresome kid too, not afraid to try anything. Because of my parents, it probably kept me from turning to a life of debauchery! :)
My dad was even a better grandparent. All of his grandchildren idolized him and it was so evident on the day he died. His entire family including grandchildren, great grandchildren and of course his children were all in that room and we saw him off onto another place. He took his last breath with me and my sister holding his hand and I cannot tell you the look of peace that was on his face. Of course he has left me all kinds of signs that he still keeps his eye on us. Once a doting parent, always a doting parent. I was so lucky to call him Dad. Happy Father's Day Dad.

The picture in the layout was taken 7 months before he left us. He buried his 2nd wife that day. I loved how reflective he was in this picture. He was married to my mom 41 years, lost her and married Winnie 5 years after he lost Mom, and they were married for 19 years. He was ready to go home. We miss him but I told him it was OK to leave us. I know I will be with him again. The other picture was taken of him when he was 24 and he just met my mom. He was a handsome devil wasn't he? I can see why she grabbed him!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

An Inchie a Day Makes My Muse Want to Play

I have surprised myself this month and actually did an article in SSR for a change. I know some of you out there complain that I am not in the zine every month but I am always there, just in the background and of course the monthly Caption Contest on the Editorial Deck that I host every month. So if you can't find me in my Day Spa on the Altered Arts deck or the Designers Challenge keep reading every month and I do show up! You can always check me out in the archives, some of us have been at this for FIVE years!! Can you believe it? along with our countless other talented designers past and present.
Dawn Heath our tireless and dedicated publisher/editor does a fantastic job of keeping them up to date. Drop her a line sometime and let her know how much the zine is an inspiration to you. She loves hearing from our readers as do the rest of us. Each of us has an email address on our article page. Feel free to write anytime. We love feedback.
Anyway, we had a great inchie swap that I have mentioned in past posts and the alphabet inchie swap was a real treat to be in. I took all of my one inch masterpieces and put them together in a nifty little wall hanging. I have twenty six original pieces in 7.5" x 12" wall hanging. How cool is that. On the backside I have each artist listed beside the letter that they created. I was really pleased with how it turned out. So visit my Day Spa and there is links to other inchie art on there too. Thanks for peeking in on me today. I hope you all have a great Sunday!