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Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thornewood Castle: A Wedding Story page 2

Just one today. These are pictures from Heather's friends posted on fb a day or two after the wedding.


Club Scrap Celebrate and Crewel and Unusual kits used for the layout. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thornewood Castle: A Wedding Story

It's been quite a year preparing for my son's wedding. The day finally arrived and couldn't have been more delightful or perfect. We all gathered on January 2, at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington on a cold, but clear afternoon. Only a few pictures available right now, but this is the first of many posts as they come in from family, friends and the beautiful photos that were professionally taken.


First up, I was responsible for the bride's bouquet, lanterns, corsages, boutonnieres and some table decorations. I started in August and finished up on New Year's Eve. The flowers are all silk, but I added fresh cedar sprigs right before the wedding for a fresh element and a wonderful scent. This layout is a quick drop from Club Scrap's Serenity kit.



Here they are dancing. The castle was still decorated for the holidays and was an absolutely beautiful setting for the wedding. This is an Aurora Borealis quick drop from CS. 


This was a picture taken by one of Heather's family friends of the jingle bell favor that the guests received and rang in lieu of rice. Heather and I put them together the week end before the wedding. I took a photo of their kiss and morphed it into the bell and the layout is a quick drop from CS Pure and Simple, an oldie, but still one of my favorite kits. 

Hope to have more soon. Lots of pics coming in. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to all. This is a picture of my dad visiting the Frederick and Nelson (department store) Santa in Seattle in 1946. My all time favorite picture of him as a child.



Old World Santa and Lock and Key Club Scrap digital kits used for the layout.



This year's holiday cookies: Black and Whites, Pecan Sandies, Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip, Turtle Bark, Thumbprints, Maple Yule Logs, Maple Roca Bites, Buried Cherries and Scandinavian Almond Bars.  Yum!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Yuletide!



I saw a picture of one of these on Pinterest and just had to try making my own driftwood tree. 


Roger drilled all the pieces for me and then we threaded them onto an 8ft piece of rebar driven 3ft into the ground. Quite easy to assemble. Then I set about making ornaments for the tree.

 The snow queen is made from oyster shells, deconstructed dollar store flowers, beads, and a tiny tree ornament for a hat.

A little oyster shell angel for the tree


and oyster shell and bead fairy




a tiny sand dollar ornament


Oski Bear decked out for the holidays. 



Merry Christmas!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fairies and Wizards and Dragons, Oh My!

After many trips to the beach on driftwood hunts, I finally started my fairy garden. It's anchored by this wonderful piece that Roger carried about a mile back to the car for me. It has the perfect window for a crystal.


We placed it next to one of the giant fir trees near our bedroom window. I think I'm going to do a little swing hanging from the spiky thing and a little staircase down to the natural cave in the bark of the fir tree.

This is looking back through the window with the crystal sparkling in the sun. There are 2 natural huckleberry plants growing around this tree as well.


 and here's a close up of the window.



As you go left around the tree. I have a smaller fairy house door and a dragon guarding his treasure in front.






I'll have to try and get a picture of the treasure sparkling in the sun. This was near dusk and the jewels don't show up very well. The dragon wing is cut from some packaging plastic and colored with Alcohol Inks.


This is the smaller fairy house on the left. It has some interesting dips and depressions near the top so may get some fairy furniture for a topside sitting area.



This is going to be the Wizard house. Love the shape of this one with all the points. Next, I'll be making staircases, bridges and maybe a little fountain. Hope the fairies find it for the winter.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103: Last of the Alcohol Ink on Yupo Techniques

Finished up the last of the Yupo techniques today.

First: Alcohol Ink Splattered Flowers on Yupo



I couldn't find my canned air so I had to use a straw, which worked, but I don't think it worked as well as the air would. Will have to try again when I find it.

And Finally: Alcohol Ink Landscapes on Yupo


This one is just fun. Definitely a zen like experience, just playing and swirling and dragging till you get something you like.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103: Day 5 Yupo Continued and a Side of Crayons

Got a little time to play today. So far, all of the Alcohol Ink techniques are just fabulous and the Crayons too. Hard to really choose a favorite.

First Up:  Alcohol Ink Painting on Yupo. Another stamp from one of my favorite Club Scrap kits, Nature's Wonders.


Yellow, Orange, Cranberry, Citron, Bottle and Espresso AI's were used. It takes some practice and getting used to how the alcohol inks work, but I do like the effect.

Next: Alcohol Ink Faded Layers.


I love this technique in all its various ink flavors and colors. Will make some great journal page backgrounds and cards too.

Last for today: Distress Crayons with Distress Grit Paste (Substituting Glass Gel Bead Paste)


I was sure that this was going to be my least favorite technique and after doing it I think it's going to be an all time favorite. I really love how this turned out! I pretty much just substituted glass bead gel paste straight up for the distress grit paste because I didn't have any. It worked beautifully. Mustard Seed and Hickory Smoke are the only 2 crayons I used and they came out scrumptious.