Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009

I remember being excited at the difference we could make when I attended one of the first Earth Day celebrations in 1970. We still have a long ways to go but it only takes each person doing a little bit more. I am sure you know that so I just want to say-- thanks for doing your part!

Odd Bird Planet sponsored some great stamping challenges to celebrate Earth Day and to help us all think of some little things we can do. This first card is for a scrap aluminum foil challenge presented on Paperie Petals blog --thanks Kim! How many times do we not need the full piece that we tear off?...try saving the scraps and use them in your card making.

For this challenge I re-purposed one of the prima cans into a q-tip holder for in my bathroom. I used Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas, gesso for texture and of course my fav OBP flower stamp! Nichole did a super job with sharing ideas on re-purposing package materials on her blog. Even if you don't have time to do the challenges take some time to see her great examples.
I have spent the last few months making home improvements to reduce the use of heating fuel and electricity. Who would have thought I would love looking at my cute new little yellow furance LOL! But even more I love looking at those looking at those bills going down!
What have you done recently to help our planet?
Hope I have some time to do a few more Earth Day challenges tomorrow night!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sending springtime wishes

There is still two feet of snow on the ground here. But the temperature finally broke freezing this week and a the Canadian geese have arrived in Fairbanks. My thoughts turn to spring time.

This daffodil card is made with a crayon resist technique (the waxy kind like the one from the egg dye kit).

This one layer card was made for a Hero Arts blog challenge. The Happy Easter is heat embossed with Ranger's Glitter.

This card was made for a Ranger Challenge requiring making your own colors. The background is made by mixing Ranger's distress Fire Brick and Dried Marigold reinkers on a craft sheet...spreading it across the sheet and placing the paper on top. I then misted the leftovers making the softer color for the background around the birdhouse(inkadinkado stamp).

The Kreativ Blogger Award
Thanks to Anne, a stamping pal from the Hero Arts blog recently shared a lovely award with me.

The award asks that recipients share 7 things about themselves.
I love learning and sharing papercrafting techniques. In addition to visiting the many stamping blogs of friends, I most often frequent and participate in challenges at commercial blogs by Hero Arts, Tim Holtz and Ranger Inks. I love all the new U-tube videos that share techniques (only wish my computer had faster download capabilities). Because I like playing with paper and ink most of my work includes lots of white cardstock and very little printed paper. I have just started using watercolor pencils and love them. My long time favorite for coloring is Tombow pens or distress inks with cut n dry sponge. My favorite themes include elements of nature.

Thanks again Anne for the Award!