Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

It's Halloween!  And, it's Friday!  Wooohoo!  One of my favorite "holidays" and my favorite day combined...  Great!

I'm determined to have a good day today...  I have a backache that has been trying to ruin that determination during the whole week, but even though I will probably have to continue being careful with my movements, I really want to enjoy this day.

We usually dress up at work and have a get together in the afternoon.  Best costumes are chosen and we really have fun.  So, wish me luck!

Then I was thinking that even though we are really struggling in our country with some economy and politics issue, and the unemployment of lots of people have affected us all, I am lucky to have a good job.  I know nobody is "secure" in any job, as people say, but still I have to thank God because at least I have a job, and work around wonderful people who care for providing a little afternoon to share Halloween.  :)

So, let's give thanks.  Let's not wait until Thanksgiving Day to give thanks.

For this card I stamped the big jar with brown ink, and then applied "red" with sponge for a background.  Then stamped this great sentiment stamp about Thanksgiving.  Tied some baker's twine around neck/cap and positioned with dimensional adhesives on top of distressed patterned paper.

I know... it's Halloween and I am sharing a Thanksgiving card.  This is Scrapper Myra LOL!  I promise to share in future posts more of Halloween projects I have pending to share and photos of today's craziness.

For now, leave a comment for the chance to win with Unity Stamp Co, because I am linking this to Friday Friends with Flair.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to give thanks.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Curtain Call Challenge and FWF

Well well... Here I am posting a card to share with you.  I really loved this image when  saw this challenge from Curtain Call, so tried to get some time to participate. 

Here's my take:

I used design paper to make the banner and added some butlap and sequins. At the bottom added some corrugated paper and bakers twine. 

One of the sections in the banner has a birthday sentiment.  This and the beautiful bike are stamps from Unity Stamp Co. So besides linking this to Curtain Call, will do the same with Friends with Flair at Unity, so make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win with Unity Stamp Co. They select a winner from the comments of all entries. 

Tks for stopping by my friends!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

In Good or Bad...

Hello friends...

I usually try to post more than once a week but I have been working in different projects that are exclusively for classes or publications, so I have nothing to show yet...  I am glad, however, a friend at work is having a birthday coming soon, so I was "forced" to make a card I can show...LOL!

It's a birthday card that doesn't look like one.  The thing is that my coworkers usually expect me to make a card for them and this friend has never received one because he's the newest in the group, and last year's birthday (which was his first at the office) we didn't see each other for a while because our vacation days were back to back...   So, long story short, I hope he likes to receive a personalized card.  We plan to give it to him today, but I feel comfortable sharing it here 'cause am pretty sure he doesn't read my blog or my Facebook page (I hope so!).

The card is not a typical birthday card.  I remembered he told me once about an image he likes or imagines for a possible tattoo... It was of a tree half dead, without leaves but with its trunk still straight.  And the other side very green and healthy.  He told me that this symbolizes that in bad or good times, you should stay put and be straight in all you do.  So no matter the situation, you should be honest, proud of yourself, ready for whatever comes, save for the bad days, etc...

So it is not a regular birthday message but I tried to show that with paper.  I want him to feel this was specially made for him.  I divided the card in two sides... one in faded gray for which I used some cardstock and painted some back stains, and another one with the bright blue glossy design paper (DCWV).  I cut a Fall tree and faded one side with sand paper and then glued in the center.

Stamped a bunch of leaves in different greens cardstock and cut for the flourished side.  This is a Unity Stamp Co. stamp.  Added a little wooden man in the center (Latina Crafter)... you know... hoping to communicate the message.  The sentiment "Live each moment" is also a stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

I stamped some more inside.  The cupcake and another sentiment.  (His name was my handwriting and then cut the shape... I love to do that for a very crafty touch).

Wish me luck.  Hope he likes it.  I'm linking this to Friday Friends with Flair, so make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win Unity goodies.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Witch is not a bad thing?

Here's a quick post to share a card and link to Unity's Friends with Flair...

I'm off today (need to use all vacation days left) and I've been doing quite a lot of things, but took a minute to put this card together.

This beautiful witch was colored with watercolor pencils.  I wanted to provide a faded appearance to the image, and I made it possible adding a little more water than usual.  Chipboard sticker is from Recollections, and I used some sequins as additional embellishments.

Hope you like my witch...  

Have a great Friday my friends.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some candy from Unity Stamp Co.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fridays make me happy!

Wooo hooo!  It's that day of the week again! oh, my dear Friday... you have no idea the amount of happy you have brought to me.  Hey, that sounds like a sentiment stamp... hmmm!

To celebrate the first Friday of my month, I made this card with some new stamps I recently got from Unity Stamp Co.   

What a cool feather, right?  She's unique and was colored with watercolor pencils.   I layered some pattern paper and inked edges all over with distress inks, water brush and some spritz.
Then embellished with baker's twine and sequins.

I'm linking this to Unity Be Inspired Challenge and to Friday Friends with Flair... so go ahead... leave a comment for a chance to win with Unity.

And.. thanks so much for all your comments and for all of you who follow me on Facebook  :)  I really appreciate it.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Vitis Vinifera

Hello my friends...

I took this workshop with Frank Garcia last Summer and it was very cool.  His style is very vintage and romantic, and though it is not necessarily my natural style, those who know me, also knows I adapt to every style and that one of the things I love about scrapbooking is precisely the variety of styles and the subjective side of it.  There's no right or wrong... just expression!

Well... when I saw the project we were making I immediately fell in love because there were corks, modeling paste, gesso and lots of paint to use....  Love to get my hands dirty sometimes!  LOL.  But not only because of that, but because I immediately had an interpretation for the visuals in the project.  And here comes the subjective part.  For some, this might be just a bunch of pearls and metals and corks with flowers assembles to look nice... For me this inspired me to think about all the process that is needed to create wine.  Yes... wine.  Wine comes from a natural plant, bush, fruit...tree... whatever you wanna call it... Then you harvest and start an amazing process to elaborate wine depending on the kind.  It can go directly to a bottle, or go to aging in barrels...  You can keep it to one grape, or you can blend with others...  Anyway... It's magic.

For me, this project shows the process that provides a magic liquid called wine.  I know... I know... I'm bias.  LOL!
You can see the flowers for the natural element, the metal rings and embellishments to represent machinery and process, the pearls in different colors that represent the liquid resulted from the elaboration, and the corks that represent the preservation of wine.

So long story long... I finished the project in the class but had not put a photo and title on it, so thought I should share with you.

Here it is.

I used a photo of my dear husband with a glass of wine, and the title is vitis vinifera.  This is the scientific name of the grape vine.

The frame is now carefully placed in a special wine corner in my house.

Tks for your visit.

The colors I used are a bit different from the original project and I also minimized the use of elements.  There are some elements I didn't even use because I didn't want it too busy.  If you wanna see the original inspiration project, click HERE.