Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's a Wonderful Life!

Life is good! The sun is shining and the sky is a lovely azure blue. We had some thunderstorms the past couple of days. It's monsoon season in the desert. Rain is always a welcomed site!

I hurt my knee a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't even walk on it. Since then, it swells and hurts - even with the cortisone shot the doctor gave me in that knee and the meds he's prescribed. I can't sit at the scrap table for any long periods of time. Just having it bent causes pain. It's always swollen, too. Getting old is not fun! So, I park myself in the recliner. Do you know you can scrap while sitting in a recliner? LOL Thank goodness for bed trays to use as a work surface. Also, those small paper trimmers do come in handy!

I've been buying Magnolia stamps left and right. I wish the US dollar had a better exchange rate! *YIKES* I have some photos to post. They look horrible, though. I just don't know what to do about the flash bleaching out the colors. I am using a Canon Rebel XT. I know how to adjust the flash is in the manual somewhere. I haven't found it yet. Because my knee hurts, I can't go outside and stand to take the photos. So, I'm stuck inside trying to do a decent job. You'll have to use your imagination knowing that the actual colors are deeper and richer. I'm using watercolors. It is so very relaxing to paint. The amusement park card was modeled from one I saw at SCS. I think the original artist was Claudia from Germany. She is amazing! I love looking at her designs. I took the concept and applied it to the farm yard card. I am SO NOT A CARD MAKER! I am trying to improve, though.

Here's what I've been up to:

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SO CUTE


This is our DDIL. She is just adorable! We are so proud of her! We always wanted a daughter and finally got one - a fab one, too! In the LO below, I cut the flowers and then doubled them up with a pop dot in between. Most of the flowers have been elevated to give some dimension.

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Always Be a Free Spirit


This is an old photo of the three of us. The ribbon isn't crooked. The PP was bending backward at that corner for whatever reason. I used BG Periphery everything!

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Family


This is the sweet Maine Coon cat that we rescued from the Salt Lake City animal shelter. We drove 600 miles round trip to get this little one - who is NOT so little! If you know anything about Maine Coon cats, it's probably that they are huge! This little one is sooooo sweet. Her name is Precious because that is exactly what she is! I used BG Sultry for this LO.

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DS is just over a year in this photo. He refused to keep his clown hat on! I just love this line of PP.

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Our Little Baby Faced Clown


This is DH's favorite photo of he and DS. This was taken on our first trip to Oregon. We were so young - we were camping and DH said, "Have you ever been to the Pacific Northwest?" We packed up our campsite, left, and returned home 9 weeks later! We had such a wonderful time. That was the first of about 25 summers in Oregon where we eventually bought a little house on the beach.

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A Dad is a Friend Forever


Here are the cards I was talking about. The photo quality is just horrible! I apologize! I need to find what I'm doing wrong!

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The little girl is elevated on pop dots to give some dimension. There is also Stickles applied to the cloud tops.

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This was an attempt at double stamping. The hay bale is stamped on the card in the foreground with the farm yard in the background. The little girl has been elevated on pop dots to give dimension.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I hope that I've given you some inspiration. I love your comments. Please don't be shy.

Have a good one,

Chris

5 comments:

kerryS said...

Wow!! You have been busy, despite being confined to the recliner, LOL. You are being too modest about your card making, they look fab to me and the layouts are great as usual. Hope the knee gets better soon.

Michelle said...

You have been busy girl! I love your stuff, your the master!!! And those cards are so freaking CUTE!! love the farm themed one. Hope your feeling better!

Scrappy Do said...

Raspberry!

Scrappy Do said...

Sorry about that last comment , don't know what happened, but what I said was... love your cards, you are a cardmaker now! AND I had a blast today with your Interpertive scrapping. Hope you feel better soon too!

Anna said...

Hi Chris !

Thanks for the love at my place. I don't know why it took me so long. I guess I'm scared.

I'm adding you to my bloggers list :-)