Well a happy Monday to you all! Hope you all had a brilliant weekend! Mine was great, lots of fun and I’m still tired LOL! I got back from NC Saturday evening and fell into bed around midnight. Hubby and son got back yesterday from their camping trip in the Catskill Mountains to go to an RC Airplane Convention. Riley said it was 90% men, 35-40 degrees and lots of plane crashing or in his words “AWESOME”—in my words “not so much” LOL! Camping in the cold, yeah not so much for this gal, sorry!
Ok so Part Two of my Thursday evening story in Charlotte, NC with my gal pals Pat & Dana. You can read Part I in the post below <giggle>! That evening we went out to dinner at Bonefish (if you follow me on Facebook you can see my menu post there—omgoodness it was so funny but not pc for my blog, hee hee). So that started the evening off with a BANG (hee hee)! Then on the way back to the hotel (I was driving) there is construction and blocked lanes and lots of traffic. So my BRILLIANT friend Pat says “hey use the detour button on your GPS”—ummm ok so I did. If your friend tells you to use a DETOUR—just say NOOOOO! I kid you not it took us 30 mins to get to our hotel which is 1 mile down the road because my lovely GPS (it really does smoke crack I think) took us in circles and thru weird subdivisions. Yep the first detour went like this…..take exit to right, circle around and exit back up to EXACTLY WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE—OMGOOOOOOODDDDDDD! So I hit the detour button again and it says to turn right and before you know it we are passing all these subdivisions and it takes me into neighborhood where it wants me to go down closed streets—yep closed. We went around the neighborhood like 5 times and we were laughing so hard and YES I HAD TO PEE AGAIN really bad. All I could think was the next day’s headlines would read “Out-of-town Women Caught Drug Running in Neighborhood, using Crafts & Craziness for an excuse” cuz that’s the kind of people that WERE HANGING OUT IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. We finally got out of the neighborhood and I said I’m just gonna drive down this road towards the light---don’t they always tell you to follow the light (or is that moths telling each other to go to the light to their death lol). Come to find out we were less than a 1/4 mile from the hotel LOL—yep how long does it take us—30 MINS!! UGH—shoot me now but it sure was FUNNY So all of you that SAY you wanna travel with me---do you realllllly want to? Can YOU HANDLE IT? LMBO!
-Wanna take some Copic Classes with me? I’ll be in Kansas City this coming weekend (sorry the Chiefs lost but my ‘Skins wonnnnnn hee hee) but coming up I will be in Ohio, Texas, California and Chicago. Check them out at www.cmcroad.com for more info!! I’d love to see you!
-To all the ladies who came out to see me in NC at the Women’s Show—waving hi to you all! Thanks so much and hope you all had fun and learned a bit—probably spent a bit too huh? LOL—don’t worry I did too, wayyyy too much but I won’t go there right now!
Well where did my inspiration come from? My own craft room of course and the logo on the binder---my studio is all black, soft aqua and whites and since this will sit on my hutch I wanted it to match everything. So then I had to think how to fill the space, well my CMC Challenge Group is doing a sepia or all black/white challenge and I thought “hey” I’m gonna do that too, hee hee! Then I decided to create one large scene but I wasn’t feeling it so out came the circle idea to make 3 fun scenes instead. Yep that IS how my brain works, constantly tumbling around in its own craziness LOL! But I really love how it turned out and it DOES match my room perfectly—sure hope you like it too! All the stamps are from Magnolia-licious of course and then I used just cardstock, no patterned paper on this.
Isn’t this the cutest sailor you’ve ever seen? OMGoodness I’ve had these two stamps forever and never had a chance to pull them out---but NOW I do! For my copic colors I used C9,C7,C5,C3,C1,C00 and BG72,BG11,BG10 on all the images. This cutie is “Dangling Sea Edwin” and “Sea Background” from the Bon Voyage Collection which I don’t see but I’m sure Diana could get them in if you WANT them!! I used lots of Stickles and Diamond Glaze on my images to make them pop even more. Also some Viva Décor Pearl Pen on the portholes screw-holes for more dimension.
Next up I made a fun summer scene using stamps from the Lazy Summer Days collection. I used “Edwin on Bike” and then the mini version of “Tilda with Ice CreamCone”—the mini stamps are great for creating dimensional scenes like this. The background is a summer background from Magnolia but it’s a much older one, but this “Butterfly Background” would be similar. What I did was cut the background into pieces so I could use each piece of it in many different ways or by themselves—I store them in a baggie so they stay together.
The last scene also uses a large and a mini stamp—this is one of my fave stamps of Tilda, she’s so adorable and her name is “Tilda with Curls” from the FairyTale Collection. The other one is a mini stamp called “Romantic Window”. Again the mini’s are fab for using in scenes or by themselves. I added Diamond Glaze to the window for shine and stickles to her shirt, socks and window frame. I used Viva Décor Pearl Pen in ice white on the berries on the ivy in the window box. All of the images got shaded with my Inkssentials Blending Tool with gray and aqua inkpads for a soft look around the scenes (love this tool)!!
That’s it for me and that’s the end of the Blog Hop! If you want to start at the beginning you will need to go to Cheryl’s fabulous Blog Here!! So now you need to pop over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to see how to join in on the fun!