Thursday, June 23, 2011

One thing leads to another

Because of my Library of Memories class, I am learning Photoshop Elements. Yes, it's a cause and effect sort of relationship, but one that I'm pretty happy about. Oh, don't get me wrong, I still get a bit frustrated and need to iron out the kinks. But learning Photoshop is kind of a relief. See, I requested (and received) Photoshop 8 for Christmas a few years back, thinking it would help transform my photos. Oh, let's be honest here, I wanted to be able to make myself thinner in my photos and erase any unsightly blemishes. And while I was at it, add a tan and whiten my teeth. You know, just enhance a bit.

I expected PSE to come with an instructional booklet. Silly me. Then I thought, oh, the instructions must be part of the software? Again, wrong. Now, I don't consider myself a techno whiz by any means, but I'm fairly proficient at getting things done. But PSE is anything but easy to use, it's not intuitive, which equals a pretty large learning curve.

Fast forward a few years to Stacy Julian's Library of Memories class, and whala...I am now forced to learn PSE to set up smart folders to better organize-and more importantly-access-my treasured photos. I have found a great book-Photoshop Elements 8 Classroom in a Book-to help me. It comes with a CD so you can practice what you're learning-totally genius!! I borrowed it from my library, but think I'll purchase it so I can perform future edits to my pictures (read again: thinner, tanner, more beautiful version of me...).

I look forward to getting better at this organizing stuff so I can get back to-what else-CREATING!! I have a few more St. Kitt's layouts to show, but I need to take photos first. Oh, and I have some shoes that need gussied up too, if I get around to actually doing them I promise I'll share.

What processes have you put into place to help continue your creative mojo?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, and what a beautiful day it is!! I can't wait to go hug my Dad, and take today to celebrate him!
Meet Patrick. He's this cute little curious guy I picked up recently. Isn't he awesome! He's great for holding stuff, and just in general hanging around looking neat.

Here's the simple little card I made for my Dad, cards for men are a little tricky for me, because I feel compelled to abstain from bling, flowers, and all things glittery and otherwise girly. Hmmm, let's throw some burlap on there instead!

Hope you are out enjoying this most beautiful day!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A beautiful card for a beautiful lady

I haven't shared the Mother's Day card I made for my mother-in-law yet. Partly because it wasn't finished on time...yeah, life is super busy out of control.  Anyway, I went to a stamping show a while back, and was overwhelmed. As in mouth gaping open, wandering with a lost look type of overwhelmed. There was simply so much stuff to look at, so many vendors, so little crafty budget and storage space in comparison to all of the neat things that I'm sure I would use someday...

But, I did bring a few things home! Mainly from independent stamp companies that aren't in stores in my area, and I thought this might be a now or never chance to purchase these stamps!

I have been waiting to use this stamp on a card for my mother-in-law. She is a glamorous, beautiful woman, and this stamp just reminds me of her.  The stamp is called "Carol" from Rubbernecker stamps.

I used chalk to color in the image (no copics here, although I'm sure you could do some fabulous things with them on this stamp), and glued some feathers behind the fussy cut image. I also stitched on my card, and loved the result. *Hint-if you're going to stitch on your card/page, make sure you're not stitching through any adhesive. Your sewing machine will thank you.*

The little bead type things on the left hand side of the card are dew drops, picked up from a Rocky Mountain Memories in Estes Park. If you get the chance, it's a great store, and full of fresh new things.

I so enjoy making things for people in my life!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ticket to Freedom

I'm nearing the end of my St. Kitt's album, and thought about "what stories haven't I told yet?" And as I was digging through pictures, I came across Ben's St. Kitt's driver's license. I hadn't told the taxi story yet, which is something we still joke about, years later.

We ended up being held captive in a taxi while it drove from one end of the island to the other, all the while the driver pretending he didn't know where our hotel was. It's a 34 mile island, and it's the only large, national hotel. Everyone knows where it is.  The next day, we saw the driver's wife, who was in the cab the whole time...she worked at the hotel.

The title was cut with my Bosskut Gazelle. Have I mentioned yet just how much I love my gazelle?
Ben's driver's license became our ticket to freedom, we could rent a little car, and with some practice of driving on the wrong side of the road, go anywhere we pleased.