A bit of catching up. This is the valentine I made Eric last month. Does the brown banner look familiar? :) It's from the same rubon set (Hambly Screenprints) that the Easter centerpiece used. The wings are made by Hambly, as well. I applied them to thick vellum, then cut them out. The heart is a precut piece of chipboard, from the Bare Elements line by Creative Imaginations. It' part of a ring book, so I used the existing hole as the hanger and added the metal washer and ball chain. The main part of the heart was created with a red rose patterned paper, stamped with big black swirls and inked around the edges.
Then I added a coat of crackle glaze (made by Ranger) and let it dry overnight. See where the cracks are smaller and closer together on the right-hand side? Yeah, that's not on purpose. LOL That's what happens when the glue holding the paper to the chipboard isn't completely dry, and curls up when the crackle glaze dries. That whole half was curled right up the next morning. Frustrating! But, I fixed it with redline tape, inked the heck out of that side, and glued the banner over the worst of the damage.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and Eric liked it, so in the end it was a successful project.
Despite this being the worst winter in a long time, two members of our little household have been enjoying themselves. Strong, unfiltered sunlight floods our front room for the middle part of the day (on sunny days, obviously), which Kahlan and Edie soak in for as long as they can stand. If Eric doesn't close the blinds (the glare is killer on his monitor), they will lounge in rotation, taking turns in the best spots. From the windowsill, to the back of the chair, to the floor, back to the chair and over and over. With short cool-down breaks in the 'shade' (any non-sunny spot). They flop. They doze. They watch the orange tabby who lives across the way. They fight half-heartedly. They bask.
The photos below were taken one such recent sunny day. Click on them to see close-ups. Enjoy!
It's interesting to see all the different ways the light looked in these first three photos, all taken within the same half hour. Where she was sitting and what she was sitting on, made all the difference.
I just want to reach into the photo and scrunch my fingers through her fur:
The only one I converted to black and white, because there was a distinct red/pink glow reflected from the tree skirt Kahlan was lounging on. It was going to either be impossible or take too long to fix, so I did this instead:
And one more, just because it made me laugh out loud . . .
Eric and I celebrated our Christmas today and THIS is what was waiting under the tree for me!! He truly surprised me, as usual. It covers the whole story of how Superman died and the events following, through his return. The first thing I did when I opened it was flip through to the moment he came back to Lois. ::sigh:: I love that page.
And I love my husband. He indulges me in my obsession. ;D
I think this is probably my favorite picture from this summer. Eric's dimples and Trent's little laugh wrinkles are just... sigh.
This layout was fun to do, for many many reasons. There's exacto work here, that I haven't done in ages; I used bunches of rubons-which I love, and using an enlargement means I don't have to fuss with getting multiple photos to fit.
Supply details: tree paper is from Scenic Route, scroll rubons are from Hambly Screen Prints, and the letter rubons are two different Heidi Grace sets
I've been looking for this song performance for ages, ever since I watched Return to Me the second time. (The first time I was recovering from the emotional rollercoaster that movie takes you on.) The soundtrack doesn't have this song on it, played during one of my favorite scenes. (When everyone's dancing at the restaurant.)
I figured out which song it was, but every version I could find online sounded different from the one in the movie. And yes, I did actually have the movie going and compared the song tracks to the clips I could find online. No dice. He usually sings it much slower and smoother than the one that is in the movie. So, I gave up the search.
Until this weekend, when I was watching the movie again, and realized I could see part of the CD that the characters are holding when starting the music. Thank goodness for Pause! It's not a clear shot, but the cover definitely had a black center, with a white border. Definitely enough to match, thanks to the Internet! And I found it. I don't want the whole CD, so unless I find a single for sale somewhere, it'll just be in my reference file. But at least I know which version I'm looking for now.
The card I made for Eric this year. The center panel was designed by Jessica Sprague, and printed on cardstock. I added the lettering (MM glitter sticker letters) and sewed it to the muslin and card. The brass heart in the middle is from my selectively used hoard. I love them and was so happy to see it fit so well. The colors are off, due to the lighting, so it's a bit darker in real life.
A few of the results from the last Sunday morning photo shoot with the furry kids. This time, I had a roll of black and white and decided to play with the macro feature on my zoom lens. It didn't make a huge difference, I don't think, but I like the results.
The layout is what came of my attempt at the latest Photoshop Friday from Jessica Sprague. I started out following along, then got sidetracked and ended up not using the technique at all. I will try again later, because it's a pretty cool technique.
supply details: patterned paper - Rhonna Farrer 2Peas Dec06 free kit; scalloped ribbon - Rhonna Farrer 2Peas Jun06 free kit; tag - Sande Krieger 2Peas Nov06 free kit; 'whiskers' - Onyx font; journaling - Book Antiqua font