Saturday, October 30, 2010

Goddess of greeting cards

I was looking thru some old books the other night, hoping to organize, or at least straighten out my overflowing book shelves.  As usually happens when I pull books out I found something that I had to stop and look at.  I found a book that I forgot all about----" 365 Goddess--A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the Goddess."  I looked up my birthday (Oct 25) and this was the entry:

                                                                             October 25
                                                                  Sweetest Day (United States)


                   Themes: Kindness, Charity, Love, Romance, Joy, Success, Luck
                   Symbols: GREETINGS (greeting cards)
                   About Felicitas:  This Roman Goddess brings happiness, success, and good fortune
                      whenever someone salutes another with good words or amiable deeds.  She
                      comes to us today to energize late fall and early winter with the transformational
                      power of kindness.
                   To Do Today:  While Sweetest Day seems to be focused on lovers these days, in
                      earlier years it represented an opportunity to shower anyone and everyone with
                      cheerful trinkets, kind acts, and gentle words to lift people's spirits.  By looking to
                      Felicitas for help, we can return this holiday to its original form and bring joy to
                      people who might otherwise be feeling a case of the autumn blues.  Look for, or make,
                      some humorous greeting cards to send to folks you know would appreciate them
                      and invoke Felicitas' blessings in any way that feels right.
                      To improve the effect further, anoint the cards with rejuvenating aromatic oils that
                       match the recipient's needs (such as pine for money, rose for love or peace, cinnamon
                       for luck, sandalwood for health, and lavender to combat depression).  This way, when
                      they open that card, the magic and the aroma will be released together to bless,
                      energize, and bear Felcitas's greetings along with your heartfelt wishes.

How freaky is it that the symbol for my birthday is the greeting card???  So from here on out I am going to think of myself as the Goddess of Greeting Cards!!!!  Kind of has a nice ring to it.


Friday, October 29, 2010

OK--so here's the pumpkin I did for our contest at work today.  I came in third and won $10.  Was a little disappointed but everyone did a great job this year.  This was a fun pumpkin to decorate and he looks cool sitting out on my porch, so all is not lost!!  I hope you enjoy seeing what I did.  And a big thank you to my friend Barbara for taking a great photograph for me.  Actually she won second place so I think I will post her pumpkin too.    
                                                      Congratulations Barb---good job!!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I wanted to post another card here tonight but I spent the evening decorating my pumpkin for a contest at work tomorrow.  My friend is going to bring her camera to work so tomorrow night I will post a picture of it.  Was going to explain what it is but just decided that I will wait til I get the picture to post.  Guess anyone who is reading this will just have to come back tomorrow.  Trust me, it will be worth it.  So come back tomorrow at this same time and see what I did.  Hopefully I will be $25 richer--that is first prize.  Until then here is another card from the cards that I made a while ago.  I love the colors in this one.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Late night card

Only had a few minutes to get this card made and post it on here.  I have to take the card to work tomorrow for my friend Shirley.  This is the first time I have used this stamp and I really like the way it looks.  It is actually one image of four cats and I cut the images apart, mounted and layered them on the card.  I hope Shirley likes it--she is a fellow cat lover and was a big fan of "Harpo the Wonder Cat" so I think she will.  Hope anyone who happens by here likes it too--cat lover or not.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Looking over older cards

I was looking at the images of cards that I have stored on my computer and came across this one that I am probably going to refashion as one of my Christmas cards this year.  This was for my friend Pat--hi Pat if you read this--for her birthday next year.  Pat is my biggest supporter and I love making cards for her.  We met when we were only 17 and I don't want to say how long ago it was, just leave it at I am soon going to making a card for her grandchild.  How did that happen?  The saying on the card sums up our years together--many moments that created many wonderful memories that have strung together into a lifetime.

I am getting ready to start making holiday cards.  I always leave it til the last minute.  Every year I say I am going to start during the summer and every year I sit here as the weather getting colder thinking "next year, next year".  Someone remind me of this next summer!!
I hope whoever sees this enjoys it--Good night til next time.  Maybe I will have my holiday cards started and can post one of them using my new technique for this week.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Quick post

This is just going to be a real quick post.  It is late at night and I am about to collapse for the night, but I wanted to put something on here because I have promised myself that I would not just stop doing this.  My problem is that I look around at a lot of other blogs and think "I'll never be that good". And when I look at the cards that other paper artist post on their blogs, I get intimidated.  But I have decided that instead of letting this stop me from doing something I really want to do, I will use it as inspiration to make my art better.  So thanks to all of you paper artists and other bloggers that I have visited in the last couple of weeks.  I will get better because of you.
Meanwhile I am posting a card that I made for a friend of mine for her birthday.  I was walking by her desk at work the other day and saw it hanging on her office wall.  I asked her if she would photograph it for me so that I could post it here.  It is very simple but it was fun to make. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tumbled marbles paper

OK so here is the first of my weekly card projects using a new technique every week.  The first picture is of the background paper that  made using a technique called "tumbling marbles".  To make it you need a plastic container with a lid larger than the paper you are going to use.  I used  a white glossy card stock--1/2 a sheet.
Using double sided tape, attach the paper to the underside of the lid of the container.  In the bottom of the container put a few drops of 2 different colors of dye based stamping pad re-inkers.  Put 6 or seven marbles of different sizes into the container.  Replace the lid and roll the marbles around in the ink.  Turn the container over so that the marbles are in contact with the paper you taped to the underside of the lid.  Shake the container vigorously for a few seconds, allowing the marbles to roll over the paper.  Check out the paper--if you want more color add another few drops of ink and do the process again.  for this piece I only did the process twice.  Untape the paper and let it sit and dry.  NOTE--only use a container that you don't want to use for anything else--it will definitely end up an interesting color.
The colors that I used seemed to really lend themselves to a fall theme.  This is the resulting card.
You really could use any color combination for the background and use this for a card for any type of occasion.  I look forward to trying it again with other colors.
Looking at these images I am realizing that I need to invest in a camera to get a better image of my cards.  right now I am just using my scanner and it does not really show the papers the way they really look.  Guess it's time for a shopping trip.  Until then I think I will have my friend Barb (she took the photo of Harpo the Wonder Cat) take pictures of the cards for me.  If I am going to be serious about this blog then I want it to look the best I can make it.  So just hang in there with me til I get a camera---hopefully very soon.