Thursday, February 28, 2013

True Friend

I think this image is so beautiful! If I wasn't so afraid to be around horses. When I was a teen, I used to ride a lot at summer camp in Washington state. One morning I got thrown off and knocked out when my head hit a rock. Good thing a friend was riding with me, and she waited for me to come out of it, then helped me get back to camp with the horses.
Another time I was riding in Riverside, California with another friend. Out of the corner of my eyes I saw something in the distance move. Boy, did my horse see it to. It was a pack of wild dogs way off in the distance on a hill but they were running. My horse reared up and jumped up and down and I fell off the back, smacking my elbow on a rock and landing on my neck! I thought my arm was broken as it went numb and couldn't move it. My girlfriend who owned the horses and went riding with me had to chase down my horse while I laid down and waited. Went to the ER and nothing broken just banged up good.
There have been other horse rides in which I've been stepped on, had the horse head swing into my head which caused me to see stars, and more horses bucking me off, even a pregnant and one eyed horse. She tripped in a ditch and I flew over her head. I took that as time to stop riding horses.

But I still think they're such beautiful creatures :)

Unity Stamps "Easier with you by my side" stamp set
Colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol blending fluid
Orange rhinestone in sentiment
Adhesive pearls in corner
Sakura glitter pen on horse's mane, girl's hair and all the golden grass on the ground
My first beaded pin; cut off the point, used a bugle bead glued onto the end (no sharp point)
Cardstock by Gina K. Designs and Bazzill
Memento Rich Cocoa, Sahara Sand, Sea Breeze
Organza burnt orange ribbon

Entered into: The Outlawz, Twisted Thursday "Sports" Challenge

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mmmmm Death by Chocolate?

Sent to a friend who is a 'sweetie' lady. I am trying out Corel Paintshop PhotoPro X3 for this photo, soo.....

Another dear friend sent me the pink doily die cut (thank you) and image is colored with Copic markers. Inside is "Chocolate" and I wish I had used Memento Tuxedo Black rather than their gray so it would have turned out sharper and clearer. But this stamp set is a lot of fun to use!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Geisha

My mother comes from a remote area of northeastern Japan (the part that really got devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 3.11.2011. We have family there.

Geisha were well trained in Japanese dance, music, arts, listening, and polite conversation, as well as dress and make up application. The wealthy business men would stop by for drinks, food, and to have a beautiful woman just sit and listen to him, not complain or recommend anything, dance and sing for him, and he would leave feeling like a real man again. Anyway, they weren't what many people think they were.

It was a very tough, competitive world, where jealousy drove some geisha to sabotage younger or prettier geisha - burn them out, steal their kimono or makeup, hair jewels (very expensive) and whatever else they could. (Read Memoirs of a Geisha, or see the movie. It is fictional, but much of what happens, really did happen.)

I made the butterfly by stamping with VersaMark, covering with Perfect Pearls, heat setting, and covering with about 3 coats of UTEE.

I appreciate your stopping by -- with aloha, Rosy


The mountains, ahhhh! Nothing like the beauty of nature. Sure miss hiking, camping, and long drives to anywhere. This scene reminds me of Mt. Rainier in Washington State.

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Forgotten Voyages

This is a beautiful Art Impressions stamp that I fell in love with. I am drawn to the isolation of the place this boat came to rest, the loneliness - lack of people, birds, even foliage. I imagine the wind blowing and the faint crashes of waves farther out, perhaps a sea gull crying in the distance - hear it? I kept the card monotones of grays which reminds me of living in the Pacific Northwest -- where I think I saw every shade of gray in the sky there could possibly be.

It doesn't appear that this vessel is going anywhere soon, so it doesn't really need the anchor charm I tied to the center of the black twine. But it needed a sparkle without being over the top.

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A Moment in Time

As we get older, and the decades roll by so quickly, we look back and see flashbacks of ourselves. I realize that each moment of life may be captured in our memory, a photo, different pets, places, or with another person. Then I began to compartmentalize portions of my life as a life of its own. For example - preschool life, elementary school life, junior high and high school life, then college. Getting married life, crumbling marriage life, single parent life, happily married life. Work life, raising children life, and so on. But then comes the getting older and older life, with more limitations squeezing out the life I used to live.

When I saw this stamping image, it felt like almost looking at me in my 20s, a very long, long time, several lifetimes ago.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sweet Air

Don't you just love House Mouse? Me three!

I wanted to just keep it CAS (clean and simple). Colored with Copic Markers, added a bow from Gina K. Designs and 3 rhinestones in the corners. I dropped a touch of Diamond Stickles here and there. Stamped on Pure Luxury 80# white, and kraft cardstock by Gina K. Designs.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Welcome Baby

I don't usually make baby cards, but look -- my friend Shari, in Canada, sent me a lot of crafting items. The beautiful butterfly is from her, too.

I don't know who made the image, though, but it is super cute!

Colored with Copic Markers, butterfly wings, butterfly 'trail,' sponged background and sentiment with VersaMagic inks. Sakura clear marker adds a touch of sparkle to all the metal on the carriage. I put a single pearl as a button on her jacket. Pop dotted the layers.

Entered into:

Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge, Anything Goes with Wheels 

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Mahalo (Thank You)

I'm very behind on thank you cards. I hope my friends will forgive me. But here I go, and begin making them ~

This one is for a local friend. She is really from Japan, and it's so cute to listen to her speak English. Sounds like my own mom. English must be a very hard language to learn after spending decades speaking one's own mother tongue. I really admire people who try!

I used three different stamp sets by Gina K. Designs: Pretty Patterns, Aloha, and Vogue Vases 2. It was very fun to keep it simple, just a couple layers, and using pink rhinestones in the centers of some of the cherry blossoms. I stamped one of the Pretty Patterns along the bottom, and colored parts of the circles pink. You can't tell but I used Sakura Glitter Pen in the uncolored parts of the pink circles.

Entered into this weeks Challenge at StampTV

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Welcome Baby Boy

This is a card made with such a simple stamp set by Pebbles "Arrival Baby Boy." I have another set for a baby girl, too (card will come later :)

Used the Spellbinders Fancy Lattice die for the background. I loved it the first time I saw it used on cards. 

Entered into:
                    SCS MAR13VSNMINI1 Welcome Baby card
                    Cuttlebug "Star" Challenge 

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