Just this week I noticed some droppings on our balcony. Of course we thought it was mice, so we set traps with peanut butter......nothing.......decon........nothing........not even touched, so we made a bucket trap........nothing............ but there were some droppings on the plate of the bucket trap. Which how could the mice be on the plate and not fall into the bucket? Hmmmm. Now we were hearing all kind of squeaking in the middle of the night. Stupid mice out on the balcony having a party. The next night my husband had to get up at 3:00am for work and we could hear the squeaking, so we went out on the balcony in the dark and then turned on the flash light to see if we could sneak a peak at the mice. Yikes we were dive bombed by bats! They have taken up residence under the balcony eve. How do you get rid of bats was the first question. I researched it online the next day. We don't want to kill them because they eat all kinds of pesky insect, so we are building them a bat box. A home of their own. I love the Internet. You can find out just about anything and saving us a exterminator bill.
Today I took a break from making cards. I spent most of the day at my local library reading the New Yorker and looking for books I have yet to find at yard sales. My mom a former librarian would have been proud. When I was a youngster I never went to the library. I suppose I was rebelling because my mom worked there. Now I am older and my mom has passed and I have learned to love the library. I also love that you can do several features online. Like reserve a book from another library, renew your checked out books or download a variety of books to your MP3 player. The best part about the library is its FREE!
I sent my dad the card above. He thought it was cute. He said it looked very professional, therefore I feel very proud of this card. I drew it, inked it and watercolored it. Oh and the idea was all mine also. I wish I could come up with ideas like this every day. I would love to illustrate all my cards using mixed media. I know practice practice. The best advice I have for myself is to draw everyday. A goal I must meet!
Today is Saturday, so my husband and I get up early and go to all the garage sales in our area. If it is winter time we hit all the pawn shops and antique stores. We call it junkin and we love it. Today we didn't find much. I bought some cork tiles for my studio wall and a book. I love to get all the books on my reading list at yard sales for a quarter or fifty cents. Much cheaper than buying them at the book store. In the winter I use our local library. We have a saying though......"If we can't us it or we don't need it we don't buy it". No since in recycling junk. Some Saturdays we fill my little truck up and some Saturdays we come home empty. Either way it is fun and something we enjoy doing together. What do you do on Saturday morning?
Today I made this cool Flag Card. I used glitter cardstock and holographic tissue paper, so when the light shines through it has a sort of stain glass look. I made this card once before using plain white cardstock and plain tissue paper. I turned out nice, but this one has more pizazz!
This is a custom order I did for someone born on the 4th of July
I though I would start my first post with how I go about making my cards. I keep a Idea Notebook. I take it everywhere. Get anidea, sketch it or write it down or it's gone in my case. Sometimes in the middle of the night I get up and jot down an idea. Drives my husband nuts. In the morning I sit at my desk with a cup of Jo and work on my Idea Notebook. I do this until my brain hurts or I run out of ideas. If I don't have any ideas in the morning I have my notes so I just thumb through and find an idea for a card that looks fun and get started.
I don't really have any set style of cards that I make. Some I draw, ink and watercolor. Others I cut and paste or design on the computer. I love using alcohol ink, but I haven't perfected the technique quite yet. I also love to Iris fold. I enjoy a variety of techniques and you will see that variety in my Etsy Store. So be sure to take a look.
"You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love." 2 Peter 1:5-7