Friday, September 28, 2012

"Thank Shoe"

100_4776 by judkajudy

The challenge word at CASology this week is "shoe". I instantly thought of this unmounted red rubber stamp of a shoe image that I have owned for at least 10 years! And several years after I bought the shoe stamp, I came upon the little sentiment stamp "Thank Shoe". I don't think I have ever used these stamps until now!!

To keep things simple, I stamped the image on white card stock and then used my EK "bubbles" punch to add interest to the edge. I used photo corners to mount the white cardstock onto black. The image has a large bow included where I placed my black gingham ribbon bow.

I am glad to have finally put these two images together to make a card!! It's the first inkling of inspiration I have had since returning from my week in Minneapolis. Instead of creating, I have been cleaning out the craft room, looking for the metal dies that I have successfully stored where I can't find them!!

Hope your day is going well and you are looking forward to a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Make 'n Takes Scrapfest 2012

Make 'n Take Graphic 45 papers by judkajudy
This Make 'n Take offered at the Graphic 45 booth was definitely worth the thirty minute wait! There were at least three lovely young women hosting the booth. Each was dressed in very elegant outfits, complete with hat, representative of the "roaring twenties".

While I put together this lovely tag, I chatted with one of the young ladies and learned they are the daughters of the woman who founded the company and travel all over helping her with various events. How special is that??

This is a style that I don't use much but certainly admire!!

I also admire all the vendors who hosted their booths for eight hours each day, patiently helping crafters of all abilities assemble their make 'n takes. The noise level alone would have caused my melt-down!!

And here is the lovely Make 'n Take from Prima.  Not only were we able to take home this lovely tag, we were also given a booklet with design information as well as several pages of their lovely papers!

Have a great week everyone!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


100_4732 by judkajudy
This is me in my front row seat at Tim Holtz's class at Scrapfest 2012 held in Minneapolis at the Mall of America one week ago!

I combined Scrapfest with a visit to my daughter who lives in Uptown Minneapolis. I arrived home this past Tuesday and I wasn't back to "normal" until yesterday!! Between Scrapfest and the activities my daughter planned for us I came home ready for a lazy week!

Tim Holtz's class was fantastic!! He sets aside one hour and forty-five minutes to complete the project so there is enough time for learning and practicing new techniques. While the class fee was higher than other classes at Scrapfest, each participant went home with product and souvenirs at least equal to the cost of the class. I am wearing my new Ranger apron in the photo and concentrating very hard on coloring the pre-stamped image with Distress Markers.

And this is the mixed media project we created!!

There were six of us from the Hero Arts Flickr group in this early Saturday morning class. Tim Holtz is fun, engaging and helpful during the class and took the time to pose with each of us wanting a photo. He did, however, turn down my invitation to join us for dinner!!

Now that my energy level (and my sore back) have returned to a more normal state, I will post more about this amazing experience.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cutie Witch

Cutie Witch by judkajudy
Just a quickie post as I am in my last minute frenzy of packing, unpacking and repacking! I think the airlines imposed their 50 lb. weight limit per suitcase for people like me who want to take it all!!

I used Hero Arts Asian Doll, cut out and mounted on the Prairie Grass bg stamp and added a cluster of bats, also by Hero Arts. I punched the witches' hat using a Martha Stewart punch. She's just too cute to be scary!!

I fly out tomorrow at 1 pm to Minneapolis by way of Chicago. This is my first trip to Scrapfest. How convenient is it that my daughter lives in Minneapolis and will be providing accommodations and transportation! Guess that's fair since I did that for her the first 18 years of her life!!

See you all when I get back. Knowing me, there will be pictures!! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Family: Photo Album/Sisters

Family:  Photo Album/Sisters by judkajudy
Photos and photo albums have been on my mind lately, especially since my youngest son presented me with two more boxes of photos and photo albums that I had left in his care when we retired and took to the road in our RV. I have plastic totes and boxes of photos stashed in almost every closet. These are not only the photos I have taken over the years, but also those that belonged to my parents and my grandmother!!

I have begun the tedious process of labeling them and putting them into loose chronological order. This is a gigantic task, not only because of the volume of photos, but because each one evokes a memory that has to be explored and shared with whomever may be around!

The challenge word at CASology this week is "Family". So, for now, family means photo albums and memories! This image reminds me of my sister and I; she the big sister, me clinging to her hand believing I was safe as long as I hung on.

The sisters stamp is from a company called Great Impressions from Olympia, Washington. Most probably that company is no longer in existence as this is a very old stamp! It remains one of my favorites because of the memories it brings back.

Not sure if this card is clean and simple enough for the challenge, but it is a card that insisted on being made!

Cooler weather has arrived for us this week for which we are thankful! Great weather for packing my suitcase for the trip to Scrapfest. I'm so glad you stopped by.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Purple Onion Design

Purple Onion Design by judkajudy
Another card using Distress Markers to color a Purple Onion Design image, Large Flower.

I took advantage of a sale on the POD blog and finally purchased the stamps I had been admiring for awhile ... actually, every time I stopped by Donna Mikasa's blog!

I've been busy getting ready to leave home for Scrapfest in 8 days!! I have a daughter living in Minneapolis who will kindly see to it that I make it to the Mall of America for the classes and the fun reunion with friends from the Hero Arts flickr group! I think there will be some shopping involed, too.

If you are among the working crowd, enjoy your four-day week here in the U.S. I appreciate your stopping by!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Movin' Right Along!

Movin' Right Along! by judkajudy
This is another card I made incorporating the design principles being taught at the Moxie Fab World site. I've used the parachuting chickies from Denami Designs to include "movement". I love how my eyes like to follow their flight down the card!

I am entering this card in Moxie Fab Worlds challenge under the "Movement" design principle.  I colored the images with Copics and added Glossy Accents to their parachutes.  The cloud background is from Hero Arts.  I punched the hexagon shapes using the Making Memories punch I won on Ebay.

No parachuting going on here in northern Alabama! Or picnics or boating! Fierce thunderstorms yesterday afternoon and evening and steady rain today.

Hope your plans work out or that you have a great Plan B!! Thanks for the visit!