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6/20/2018

June Twofer Card Challenge - Trees

Hello and welcome. Trying to get a couple of cards finished, posted, etc, so I can enter this month's 2fer Challenge, and the subject this month is Trees. Now I have a lot of tree stamps, so the issue was picking one and trying to think of 2 different ways to use it. I'd been wanting to try this Black Ice technique I've seen around blogland; Father's Day was approaching, so I did get that card done with an old wooden Penny Black stamp. Then tried to think of a different design approach with the same stamp. I'm not very good at thinking out of the box, (and so I didn't!). Still trying to learn how to use the new computer, the software that came on it (Windows 10) and install some of the other software that I use, and hope it was compatible. The way Windows 10 lays out file hierarchy is so different from what I'm used to. I had my files separated by categories in different folders, so I'm hunting for things & it's irritating that I can't find 'em. But I'll learn and get this machine organized like I want it - I hope!  . My guru is to come this afternoon, hook the old pc back up, and hope I can get some things recovered. I cleaned off an external disk drive hoping I can copy a bunch of stuff to the external disk - should be large enough to store all the stuff I want to recover - and then get it transferred to this new pc. The way I had to get the pictures from my camera to the computer was different too, so that took me a while to import these today. So I've been a little busy, and not done much blogging


Here are the 2 tree cards together, and then I'll show them individually.




 
 
The Black Ice technique is demonstrated on quite a few videos, just search on Black Ice. I used a SU Champagne colored metallic (couldn't put my hands on the silver c/s I just got in house). A very inky SU Archival black - also new pad. I tried to be very light handed with the pad, but still got way, way too much ink laid down, so I wiped off a good bit. Still darker than what I wanted, but couldn't get off any more. Dried that with a heat tool on a light heat setting. Then used the Archival black to stamp the PBlack trees. Dried again, wiped with versamark, and then sprinkled clear EP over, heated on a high setting. The results are ok, and don't look as dark IRL, but not nearly so pretty as what I saw on the youtube or on some of the blogs. Next time I will try one of the older Archival pads & hope for better results. Also practice makes better I guess.  Matted with a purple glitter, then a lavender c/s (which looks white in the photo), black mat (which the photo is showing as gray) - then a white card base. The sentiment was embossed on black snippet using a Detail White by Ranger. Mr. said he liked it.

 
 
Used versamark to stamp the tree image 3 times across white c/s, then Brutus Monroe Alabaster to heat emboss. Then sponged - started with the DI Squeezed Lemonade around the trees area;  starting top down, with Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, several of the lighter blue shades. Finished up the ground with one of the lighter DI greens. Wiped off the embossed areas in the treeline.Added some spatters using white acrylic paint. Then dabbed around the grass area with the ink on my fingers. Embossed a white c/s with Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold, and placed on a side fold white card base. Added a few pearls and clear embellies, did the sentiment, and that's it.
 
Off to link up with Darnell's June Twofer Challenge, as it's open until the end of June 24th. I have missed the last several, so I tried to get an entry for this month.
 
Ya'll be cool if it's hot where you live, and God Bless. I'll try to get round to visiting ASAP. Please forgive me that I get so behind...Just two many things going on with blogger aggravation, new computer, trying to find files, stuff that got left off when moved to a new pc...etc  and keeping up on the home front! I'll get there...I hope!!!
 
Hugs & come when you can.
 


6/14/2018

New Computer, Windows 10

Clip art from the Graphics Fairy
Good evening ya'll. Today I got a new computer, withWindows 10. I'm looking for where things are...and they ain't where I think they should be. My Outlook 2016 didn't want to import the saved folders in my email program (which was Outlook 2010). My guru thought he'd exported those folders, but they didn't import back in on the new computer. We still have the old one, so he is to come back next time he's in my area, hook up the oldie again, and try once more. I would have retrieved a bunch of stuff, but he didn't think I'd need to do so.  We think he got all my address book stuff but if you are someone I email with, PLEASE send me an email to the address you normally use for me, so I can be sure I get you added back properly. Oh the joys of having a new computer. I'm a bit intimidated with the Windows 10, since it was so aggravating to me when I tried to install it some while back. At least my tech got all the peripheral equipment working with the new network.

I'm still not any further on trying to get the comment notifications into my email. I thought the problem might be that I set up the blog with a Hotmail address, and when I finally remembered how to access that address, I did see a bunch of the awaiting moderation comments. But took care of those (I think!) and now nothing else is coming back into Hotmail either. I am so frustrated I could just spit!!!

I'm trying to return comments by looking at either the Reading List, OR by just clicking on the blogger's name in the published comments. I've tried the suggestions many of you have made, but so far nothing is working. I hope you won't think I'm not bothering to visit you. I can work with this stuff for just so long; then I get irritated and just have to get up and walk away. I wasn't expecting the new computer to be built and delivered so fast. So that's another hitch in the works too.

An old neighbor - who moved about 30 miles away from where we live and isn't as readily accessible as when he lived just down the street - builds a lot of custom designed computers for the folks in here. Also he has a business that he operates, now that he's retired from school teaching. We discuss how I use my computers, what softwares I want on the system, DVD drives, etc. He's quite expert, and I'd hate to just buy one from a company. I learned a long time ago, companies put the very lowest quality of parts in one that you buy, just enough so that they can say "It has Intel inside" or verbiage of that sort. I know my tech uses top quality parts, and is honest about his charges. This is about the 5th computer he has built for us. He did tell me, though, I'll have a learning curve with Windows 10, so don't get upset with it right away.

Anyway, just wanted to update you with what's going on with me. I do thank all of you who expressed kind sympathy for my cousin who passed away. We had been close as children (long, long ago!) but as adults, we had not been all that close. Still it was sad for her family and reminded all the rest of the extended family of cousins that we are only here for a brief time. So best to live each day to the fullest extent possible. What I heard at the service was something I'd hope would be said of me someday: "She never said an unkind word about anyone". I'm not sure I'd live up to that, although - mostly I do try! This cousin was much like my aunt, who also never said anything unpleasant about someone. She said "If you can't say something nice or kind - just keep your mouth closed!"

Hope all of you are having a good week. It's been sunny & hot here, keeps looking like we could get some rain, but we don't! Working on some cards, but not ready to post anything yet!

Big hugs & Happy Friday. I'm still trying to catch up with the comments!

6/11/2018

Sympathy Flowers

Good morning, and welcome. Saturday we had to travel to our hometown to attend the funeral of a cousin. Since the 2 older brothers don't drive, and both felt like our Dad's family should be represented, we got up early and made the 3+ hour trip. This is the card I sent to the family, along with a nice arrangement from our families.


- Gina K Arranged with Love clear set (Melanie Muenchinger) stamped with Memento Desert Sand, colored with copics.  My first effort was a watercolor try, using embossing ink, Ranger Queen's gold, and Zig markers. At first I was very unhappy with the attempt, but I've tried to look at the piece later, and not criticize myself so much. I might share it as a card later. I thought the softer colors of this piece looked more appropriate. This is a lovely image to color with copics.

S/B Decorative rectangle die (I don't remember the name!) to die cut with a pierced edging. It didn't get placed 'just so', and I trimmed off some of the edges, then versamarked, gold embossed and thought it looked ok. This set has some other sentiments with it, which makes it versatile. You can also ink up one of the roses and add it for dimension. Didn't think this was the occasion to do such, as I wanted to keep it simple, but hopefully pretty & tasteful.

Added an embossed piece of cardstock, which was adhered to a white card base.

Been trying to scope out why no email notification of comments is coming into the mail address I have in the blog settings. Happened to think that I set this blog up with a Hotmail account (and of course Hotmail has changed the way it looks and I don't use it often.) That Hotmail account was hacked a few years ago, which caused me to delete all the contacts and basically quit using it.  So figured out how to log in to the Hotmail account, and there were a BUNCH of comments - that have to be the notifications! Worked on trying to change the Hotmail setting originally used for blogger. The instructions I found said to send an invite to the preferred address, and you accept the invite and add that address as an author. Which you can then change that to Admin, and go delete the old Hotmail. Well, I've not got it to work yet, so of course I can't delete the Hotmail address! Arrrgggh!

Ya'll have a nice day. Big hugs to any needing one, and folks, it's starting to get right hot around our area!

6/09/2018

Christmas Card Club - Challenge 12 Anything But A Square

Hello and welcome to another Christmas Card Club Challenge - No 12 for 2018. Our team member Sylvie  selected this week's theme as "Anything But A Square". I was pressed for time as we had a first cousin pass away Thursday (although she had been ill for a few months, it was one of those 'improve some' 'regress again' kind of things). We had a 3 hour drive to our hometown with my 2 brothers; other mishaps ensued over the day, but finally we reversed the 3 hr drive, and arrived home safely about 8pm Saturday evening. Call us Tired.

 I made this card last night (Friday) after  discovering a recycled card from  years ago. I decided it would look cute to  cut a circle with the Hero Arts Infinity Circles, put some UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) on it, and turn it into an ornament. When you see it, you'll know exactly why the card got saved.




- Cut the part of the card desired into a circle; applied DI Chipped Sapphire round the edges; before applying the UTEE, another circle was cut and glued to the backing, to add some stability to the original cut..  Did one more UTEE coat. It looks very glossy  and quite like a 'for real' ornament surface. Next 2 larger size circles in that set  cut some lightweight red glitter paper for a frame.

Adhered the skinny red frame to another circle backing, thenlaid the UTEE embossed circle on the frame.  This backing had Chipped Sapphire sponged so that no white would show between the frame and image. Fitted the birds piece into the frame.

An S/B Delite set that had a coffee cup, with one of those holders (so you don't burn your hands) was used to cut the metal top. It's hard to see, but there are grooves cut into the silver (3 layers of  snippet silver that had been lying on my desk for who knows how long).  Just the right size to cut 3 pieces, with a more sturdy white c/s behind to stabilize.  Used a piece of gold cording to make the hanger, and there you go.

Please check the right sidebar for links to my team members and if you have time, see what they've shared in the Anything But a Square Challenge this week.

Hugs & Blessings; Have a great Sunday. Come again when you have time.