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Sunday, March 25, 2012


Here is a Saturated Canary card that I have been working on for a little while.  I just love Krista's designs and thought I would try this one out.  I think I got it a little too large and a little too dark but overall I am quite happy with it.

I used the following Copic colors:
Dress - BG 72, 75, 78; E 42, 43, 44
I had done the socks in the E's listed above and then I went over them with BG 10 and 11
Shoes - BG 10, 11, 13
Hair - E 53, 25, 39, 59, 55
Skin - E 50, 00, 000, 21
Eyes - B 12, 000
Lips - R 20, 00

I am entering this one at the Saturated Canary Challenge Blog where the challenge is to use twine.  I didn't use very much but it is there across the bottom.  Wish me luck on this one.

One close up of the coloring for you.

One of the inside.

As alwys, I love to read the comments and I know it takes time to write something but I love reading them.

Pirate Party Menu

These parties that are held at least once a year are truly over the top.  The work and planning that the host and hostess do is truly amazing and creative.  I thought I would share what the menu was for the pirate party!

Pirate flags at the front entrance!  Enter the "ship" and you have a choice of 5 different kinds of rum!!  I am sure that you could have anything but hey, drink rum, it's a pirate party.  I can and will drink rum as it is my choice of alcohol anytime.

Next up is a pickle plate.  Pearl onions and gherkins and also tiny tomatoes and those little cheese ball things and also spring rolls with a peanut sauce.

Bacon wrapped scallops follow and these are SO good!

Lettuce and crab salad. 

Now onto the main course!  Lobster tails, filet mignon, rice, asparagus wrapped with prosciutto and broccoli salad.

More rum?  Port (rum of course)? 

And now after many, many laughs, gun fire (okay not fire) but guns and some more laughs, desert is lemon merigne cake/pie and very special coffees, another fabulous dinner is over.  How long until the next one?

Pirate Costumes

Back in October of 2011, Art and I received an invitation to attend a pirate costume party that was going to be held in March of 2012.  LOTS of time to sew costumes!  I haven't made clothing for a very long time but this shouldn't be a problem, I can figure it out!

Christmas and all the stuff that goes along with the season arrives and I have until March to sew, so let's delay until January!

Okay, it's the begining of January so let's get everything out and start this sewing project thing.

Planning on making five pieces.  First on up is Art's shirt!  Going along quite nicely but the edges ravelled bad so they need a serged edge, again no problem on this part.  Then we get to the cuffs and ruffles, good grief!  The directions on the pattern sheet are WRONG!  So one cuff is partly done with the wrong direction.  Figure everything out and I'm on my way again.  Well, when I get to the second cuff and know what I am doing, I forgot to trim as it said in the incorrect directions.  One cuff ends up 1/4 inch longer than the other.

Art is so good and he doesn't really care that they are different and after all it is only 1/4 inch.  No one will notice!

Second piece is purple satin pirate pants for me.  Being so careful to make sure that the fabric is going the right way and I end up cutting two pant legs the same.  Of course I don't have enough fabric to just recut one leg, so I end up piecing the one leg that doesn't work!  Again, it just took way too much time to figure out how the piecing should be done. 

Frustration level is starting to rise at this point but that's only two pieces out of the five.

Next piece is the overdress for me.  It is a vest with a skirt.  FULL skirt!  I have a beautiful purple velvet with sparkles in it and a silky smooth, light as air lining fabric!!  Try to get these two fabrics to sew together!!!!  Try!!  Just try!!  Now the frustration level is brimming over and the panic starts.  Pin every fraction of a quarter of an inch and proceed with caution.  Finally get this one together, but like I said the frustartion level is bursting.

Next piece is my shirt!  Easy on this one as it is a simple cotton fabric!  Well, I did cut everything out correctly but then I just happen to reverse the hem and elastic on one of the sleeves!!  Tell me why I am sewing this again?  Rip all that out and I am on my way again.  Shirt finished!!

On the last piece now and it is the same purple velvet and lining that I used on the overdress but I am making a vest for Art.  Same problems trying to get these two fabrics to sew together.  Also, sew the arm holes and the sides and the neckline AND then try to turn right side out!!!!

All of this finally comes together with lots of help form my Mom on the stupid vest and the costumes are ready!  I spent two and half months on this project!! 

The party was absolutely incredible and the host and hostess are just so amazing with all they do for this.  The decorations and planning are truly over the top.

Kim and Darwin you guys are the best and after all the frustrations with the costumes it was so worth it. 

The decorating that is done for these parties is so incredible that I thought I would share.  Creative doesn't begin to describe what is done.  Every area has somehting that pertains to the theme of the party.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Make It Crafty Design Team Submission

I had a truly wonerful email from the incredible and talented Zoe of Make It Crafty and she has issued a Design Team call.  I decided to try out for this one!  Being able to "work" with Zoe would be a dream come true.

When I was first introduced to Copics I thought they were "just another marker".  Shortly after that, I discovered blogs and then went on a journey to learn as much as I could about the Copics having realized that they were much, much more than "just a marker".  One of the first people I came across in the blogland was Zoe. 

Zoe is an inspiration and fabulously talented with the Copics.  I will always admire her work and just having the opportunity to apply to her design team is sheer joy.

I have chosen the Clamshell and Cordelia Mermaid as my submission project.

Here are the colors that I used:
Clamshell - R 000, 01, 20 21
Fin and top - B00, 02; BG 10, 11; BV 00, 0000
Shell interior - R 0000, 000, 00
Shells in her hair - BV 0000, 000, 00
Eyes - BG 11, 13
Hair - E 35; YR 23, Y 23
Skin - E 50, 00, 000, 21, 11

I also painted Smooch Illuminate on the interior of the shell, hard to see though.

Here is a close up;

Wish me luck on the design team call and as always I love hearing your thoughts and reading your comments.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Books and Bedhead

This image from Saturated Canary is just SO me!  Give me a book and I will curl up anywhere!  House work and other "stuff" just get ignored.  I will read anywhere, anytime and if you want me to be quiet (not talking) then just give me a book.

I had more than a little trouble with my printers and I really wasn't sure about how to get these digital images to work, so it ended up being way to large for a 6 x 6 card format that I usually use.  I did in fact use that format but I am entering the challenge at Saturated Canary and the theme is "doilies".  I do have one on there but I think it kind of gets lost.  SIGH!  I am really happy with the coloring though and I have used Copics as follows;

Hair - E 57, 55, 53, 51
Skin - E 50, 000, 21, 00
Lips - R 20, 30
Eye - G 12, 21
Nightgown - G 40, 43, 46
Book - E 41, 42, 43, 44, 47
Socks and pillow - R 20, 21, 22
Also pillow - B 00, 01
Light bulb - Y 11, 13; C 1, 2

And one close up of the coloring for you.

I will definitely be coloring more of these fabulous Saturated Canary stamps by Krista Smith.  She is a very talented artist and I am going to be watching and following her.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sugar and Spice HMFHC 114

Hi there!  Another card for you.  This one was created for the challenge at House Mouse and Friends.  I just love these little mice!

This little strawberry mouse was colored with Copics as follows:

Strawberries - R 22, 24, 27, 29, 39
Leaves - YG 05, 09
Mouse - E 00, 000, 01, 31, 33, 35 and R 20
Ground - W 1, 3 and Blender

The backgound paper is Tim Holtz; the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia; the stamp is from Stampin' Up and the rhinestones are Kaiser.

Here is a close up of the coloring for you.

As I wrote above, this one is being entered at the House Mouse Challenge.  I always write this, but I would love to hear what you think of this one.  Wish me luck on the challenge!

Spring Birthdays

This card went out to a special friend at the beginning of February and I hadn't put it up here so it was definitely time to get this done.

Tilda with Balloons was colored with the following Copics;
Hair - E 59, 25, 34
Dress - B 21, 24, 26
Socks and lace - B 000, 01 02
Shoes - I think it was B 91 and 93
Balloon - YG 0000, 00, 01
Skin - E 50, 000, 00, 21 and R 30

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts; the motifs are Spellbinders and those little gems are Dew Drops from the Robin's Nest.

I am entering this one in a couple of challenges;
Just Magnolia - anything goes
Simon Says - anything goes
Copic Oz - "B" things
One Crazy Stamper - Birthday
Let's Ink It Up - Flowers

Here is a close-up of the coloring.

And now here is one of the inside for you.

As always, I love to read your comments and if you have any questions about this one, I will answer anything I can!