I created this card to wish good fortune to one of my best friends, one of my chosen family- Stacy. I also created it welcoming her new husband Andy, into the chosen family that is so so so special to me. I have seen and been part of 4 of my girls wedding days and wedding events leading up to the big day. Stacy and Andy were married in Hawaii with a very intimate ceremony, and even though i wasn’t there my good thoughts were with them on their special day. I also can’t wait to celebrate with them this summer when they host a BIG celebration for all their friends and family!
I used Copic markers to color in the fortune cookie. I used a white gel pen to color in the chopsticks on the kraft paper it really pops! I also added in a little sparkle pen to the take out container handle, to represent the silver metal. I listed both Memento and Versafine in my supply list below because i always use Versafine for my sentiments. Memento although I love it when used with copics.. I don’t love it for a good crisp sentiment. Creatively using foam tape and curling the paper, makes the cookie and fortune look almost real. I was happy with how it turned out.
I’m also grateful that another one of my best friends was able to be there on Stacy and Andy’s special day, and truly capture it on camera. I am always in awe of Steph’s talent behind the lens… but when it has to do with those near and dear to me… i’m even more thankful. Before you all flood her with emails to shoot your wedding, she isn’t taking wedding requests just yet, BUT family portraits, newborns… she is your girl! A little birdie told me she will have an art shop of her images soon, and don’t even get me started on her talent behind a macro lens! oy!
My dad doesn’t come online, but i thought i would still share with my blog readers what i created for him. He never wants anything… so I usually end up making him something. This is a perfect example of how a bad painting can turn good! When I first started painting it the colors were not turning out the way i had hoped, but I kept at it, and LOVE how it turned out! As far as the card goes- I just used a couple stamps and some washi tape ;)
Usually, father’s day weekend consists of him and I on a long motorcycle ride in northern NH. Motorcycle Week is going on in NH and there is a lot of bikes on the road that weekend- just makes for a fun time… I can’t wait!
I also thought I would share the video I made for my dad back in 2009- love some of those pics so much!
Crop on the Cape has come and gone. This year was very different for me. I didn’t have to work 125 hours. I got to sit and create with my chosen family. I still got to teach. I had the best of both worlds really! LOTS of “uncontrollable laughter”, and just good ol’ silly times. My friend Matt came and spoiled us.. making lemondrops for the table – very cool! Steph and I were the last ones left in a crop room of 280 peeps… 4am :) Yummy food was had, yes we were the table with the crock pot cooking and HUGE cooler stocked! I fell in love with a typewriter, and just enjoyed USING MY STUFF! Here are the layouts I accomplished, doesn’t look like a lot when you think of the hours that went into them, but part of the fun is discussing every little detail and over analyzing the creation. Thanks to the peeps who came to my classes, a fun time was had by all!! Hopefully I will see you all next year :)
(i’m playing with my new-to-me 55m lens.. so, no judging the photos! ALSO the photos on the actual layouts were all taken with my iphone, and most printed with postalpix)
I love going to work everyday, and the building I get to work in. It is one of the oldest buildings on the Providence College campus, and it is beautiful. I found a quote by Steve Job’s and the layout seemed to come together. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs”
This isn’t the best picture, but it’s one I wanted to remember. I snapped this with my iphone at Stacy’s 30th birthday. Happy I could be there to celebrate with my “galaxy girl” as she hit this milestone.
These are a couple pictures I snapped with my iphone for the #febphotoaday challenge on instagram. “Self portrait” and “Hands”. Again I found a quote that I was enjoying and felt it was fitting for a layout about me: “Today isn’t just another day, today I’ll create something beautiful.” I also threw in a little “be brave” sticker I stole from steph, since it is my One Little Word for this year.
“I’m Artsy Fartsy, and proud of it” – This was just a fun layout inspired by my painty cup. I created this cup a zillion years ago at a paint your own pottery near college. I don’t really drink coffee or tea, so it is only fitting that it has become my water cup in my studio. I played with some new Tim Holtz background stamps that I loved the second I saw he was releasing them, a few sequins, use of my edge distresser. I found this quote on a sticker sheet I bought from ink About It’s satellite store at the crop and felt it was fitting: ” One must be brave to be an artist”
I know sometimes I take life too seriously. So i was super happy to see that Steph created this silly moment. The fact that i threw on this goofy hat she wanted me to wear, and not care how i looked… the fact that i was just living in the moment. I knew I wanted to scrap this pic at some point over the weekend. I suck at coming up with titles for my layouts, so I think it was around 2am when i put a shout out on FB asking for ideas. Matty B actually came up with this one. The kinda funny story about this layout is how much anguish the layout gave me. I always put my thickers on with glossy accents. I LOVE LOVE love thickers, but they just aren’t sticky enough and eventually fall off… so I fix that problem by putting them on with glossy accents. I layout out my letters without sticking them too much and see if it will work then when i have the placement figured out I put them on permanetly. So i did that with this layout, which was a bit more tricky because of the cursive font… i was impressed with how it came out, it was my fave layout thus far, and i eagerly posted it to instagram, pushing it to twitter and facebook. My friend gina responded on instagram letting me know i misspelled “thousand” I forgot the S!!! So i had to rip the letters off, paint in some gold and reapply- ahhhhh !!! anyways, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I love the little cameras which are from a echo park pattern paper, I cut them out and added 2 layers of glossy accents to the lenses.
Tori Amos- these photos prove how AWESOME the camera is on the iphone 4s. I absolutely LOVE them. This year I was fortunate enough to be able to see tori in Philly with melyssa, we had a blast! She toured with a string quartet which was unique and beautiful, but the one song that stood out to me was her cover of a joni mitchell song, “a case of you”. It was just so beautiful, so that is what i quoted here: “oh i am a lonely painter, i live in a box of paints. I’m frightened by the devil, and i’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid. ‘love is touching souls’ surley you touched mine, ’cause part of you pours out of me, in these lines from time to time. my blood, my holy wine – tastes so bitter and so sweet. well i could drink a case of you, darling, and i would still be on my feet… i would still be on my feet”
Just a fun layout from a pic i snapped last spring, when mister harley picked a winner from his birthday cards that were sent in for his 3rd birthday (it’s almost time for his birthday again- april 12th!) – if you click the link above you can see the video of the ACTUAL picking of a winner ;)
And, lastly I found this article Scrapbook Retailer magazine did on Colorful Creations back in 2007. I just wanted to get it out of the magazine and on a layout so I would have it to remember.
I sent out these save-the-dates before the holidays… all but one of my girls could make it.. hey thats good odds when you have different states, husbands, work, kids, and boyfriends into the mix!!
melyssa's husband luke thought he would be funny and he shipped me this after seeing you can ship a flip flop in the mail :)
that luke. he's a funny guy :)
so with a threat of yucky winter weather friday.. it cleared in time for everyone to make it down to the island… steph was the only one who couldn't come… shes a busy busy girl ;) and has had TONS of island time in the past year, so i figured i would forgive her!!
dawn, josie, melyssa and stacy all arrived safely and filled the island with their crafty stuff and laughter…. just what i needed after a couple crappy weeks…. these girls are my chosen family, and even though we don't get to see each other often… when we do, we pick up right where we left off!!! it's freakin great!! i am so thankful for them!
girls weekend also means its a weekend where i get to scrap just for me… no assignments, no classes, just me :) lots of funny stories were shared… confiding in not so fun times… and plans of a few more get togethers in 2011 that i'm WICKED excited for :)
mister harley was really good too… most of the time he slept in his box on my crafty table (we were all crafting in the livingroom….)
only one pic was taken…. but that ok… all the memories are in my mind (and on the bathroom wall hehehehe)
I'll share some of the layouts i created 2morrow and later in the week!
i’m kinda on the fence if i’m welcoming 30 with arms wide open.. or if i will just pretend i’m 29 for another year (or so ;) ) while in boston on saturday a few people commented how i didnt look a day over 20… i’ll take it!! :)
with a lot of planning, manuvering on everyone parts, baby sitters, directions, hotel rooms booked, reservations made etc etc.. all my girls made it!! to boston… for my birthday!!! My closest 5 friends were there in one place for the first time in SEVEN years!! We all agreed that will NEVER happen again!
I am sooo lucky to have such a great group of friends…. coming from a not so big family these girls really are my chosen family… i know they are ALWAYS there for me as i am for them! marriages, moving and babies… and we are still as close as ever…. i’m just so lucky.
We met for a late lunch at magianno’s little italy… two words “family style” YUM!!! then we hung out in the hotel room.. more silliness, beverages and chit chat… steph had me pose for some glamour shots ;) ahh…. and we also realized i will NEVER be able to run for political office with the photos that are out there circulating of me ;)
we had to work off all those calories from dinner and dessert.. so we headed to the estate for some DANCING!!! ;) fun was had….
i danced on stage with a rather trashy looking girl ;)
“are you getting married” white trashy girl asks
“no its my birthday” i reply
“oh… i just like to get drunk and dance on stage” says white trashy girl
ahhhh… good times good times… there were half naked girls dancing.. and even made a few bucks ;)
and steph found a BFF for life… ;) note sunglass boy below…
it was absolutely perfect ;)
i got a lime juicer, my first bottle of don julios ;) , lemon drop shot ingredients, flip flops, itunes gift cards… and more goodies!! my girls know me TOO well!
enjoy the photos ;)
I keep telling the girls (aka stacy & steph) I need to “i phlog” ….. but I have been soooo busy creating some fabulous things… so here I am, taking a minute to report in… I think I’ve created 5 or 6 layouts now… promise to share (even though some are unappropriate) soon :)
love having my girlies here.. might not let them leave!!