Welcome! I began rubber stamping about 10 years ago but I always stayed "inside the lines" of someone else's design; however, after viewing the awesome creations on many other blogs, I'm finding the courage to "let 'er fly" and say "Wheee" along with 3-year-old Gabriel, the youngest of my 10. Want to step out of the box too? We can do it together. BTW, the name "Gracka" came from my granddaughter, Ainsley, when she was 6-months-old and tried to say Grandma. I loved it, and it stuck!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
(Almost) Farewell to Summer
Every year about this time, summer begins preparing to relinquish her reign and give way to autumn. This is the one season change that always makes me a little sad. It means having to wear more layers of clothing, keeping a more regimented schedule, and spending less time with the kids. But it also means seeing my favorite creature: the delicate dragonfly with his sturdy body and gossamer wings. I experimented this week with a stamp I love, the large dragonfly, and stamped him on acetate. I get really excited when I can use someone else's cast-offs, and that's where the acetate came from. (The company I worked for a few years ago was going "high-tech" which meant putting presentations on PowerPoint and getting rid of transparencies. I got a brand new box of 100 sheets!) I knew I wanted color to show through his wings; I searched for an entire afternoon but wasn't happy with anything in my stash. Then yesterday as I was "playing" with my delightful friend Elena (seebeautyallaround.blogspot.com) we thought of using stamp pads directly on paper to create colors I liked, then cut them into "twinchies". While I was doing this, Elena searched until she found a challenge for this card. After I mounted it all on a Cuttlebug embossed background, I entered my card in the: Cuttlebug Cuttin' Up! challenge Raise The Bar Challenge ABC: (A)nimal -- is a dragonfly an animal? (B)lue twinchie, (C)uttlebug Totally Gorjuss Aqua (bottom right twinchie) Paper Pretties Challenge Summer