Saturday, July 30, 2011

I have not drowned - just having too much fun!!!!

I have not drowned and dh has not thrown me overboard (yet). I am just having way too much fun though and will catch up with everyone when I get back. It's hard to believe, but I will be back in Colorado one week from today.

Check out dh's blog today for an update on what we've been up to:

http://apbelmira.blogspot.com

His post should be going up sometime today. For those of you that are my friends on facebook, there's a couple of great shots from yesterday's adventures on my page. The weather has been, well ... the weather and so we have not done as much sailing as we would have liked, but I'm not exactly sure that would be humanly possible anyway!

Lots of great ideas for fun things to do in the craft studio with paper, sewing machine and looms as well as lots of fun projects spinning in my head for the pottery studio. Hopefully, I will be able to keep the momentum going when I get home.

On a last note, here's one of my favorite pictures from this trip so far:



This is Alabama, the white Black Dog Ship from Marthas Vineyard. Isn't she lovely? There is a black version that is more of a square rigger but I was not able to get any good pictures of her.

See you soon!

~chris

Thanks for visiting!

chris

Design Team Coordinator:
Sentimental Sundays
Kaboodle Doodles

If you have any questions about the techniques or materials used in the work displayed on this blog, feel free to use the email link on the left and I will gladly answer your questions.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Greetings from Buzzards Bay

I'm not sure how well this is going to work, but I am going to give it a try. We arrived at the boat yesterday and were aboard and settled in before the squall hit. It was wonderful to watch the power in the clouds as the front moved towards us. It rained and there was thunder and lightning - and lots and lots of wind! Very exciting for my first night aboard in about a year. I love the new mooring - the marina is clean and accessible. There are separate shower facilities for guys and gals even! We are right off Buzzards Bay which will make access to open water quick and easy. We managed to get completely soaked coming back to the boat this morning after doing some grocery shopping - crossing the marina in our dinghy in 15-20 knot winds with waves splashing over the bow - exciting, scary and very, very wet. I'll have some pix soon.

In the meantime, let me catch up on some of the challenges at Sentimental Sundays and Kaboodle Doodles. Our challenge on Sentimental Sundays was to use unconventional stamping techniques or materials. I have wanted to play with old dress pattern paper for a while and this challenge presented me with the perfect opportunity. I cut flowers from the pattern material using a Tim Holtz flower die and then sponged the flowers with distress inks. Then I stamped the flowers with a Tim Holtz stamp using distress inks. Here's the result:


The Kaboodle Doodles challenge this week was to use your scissors! I cut around the flower and then cut the image using a nestie. Here's my project:


Well, I will apologize in advance to all my bloggy buddies that I usually leave comments for - our internet connection is a bit dodgy and I'm not sure how many of you I will get to visit over the next couple of weeks, but I'll do my best!

Thanks for visiting!

chris

Design Team Coordinator:
Sentimental Sundays
Kaboodle Doodles

If you have any questions about the techniques or materials used in the work displayed on this blog, feel free to use the email link on the left and I will gladly answer your questions.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kaboodle Doodles - a bit late ....

Well, the Kaboodle Doodles challenge posted on Monday and I did actually have my card done in time, just didn't get it posted here. So anyway, here it is:


Had fun with this one (I always enjoy playing with Stef's images) and be sure to check out the creations from the other dt members. Big announcement on next week's challenge post - some new blood is joining the team!

Tonight I'm going to take some pix and share with you a deep dark secret .... so stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting!

chris

Design Team Coordinator:
Sentimental Sundays
Kaboodle Doodles

If you have any questions about the techniques or materials used in the work displayed on this blog, feel free to use the email link on the left and I will gladly answer your questions.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes!

Well it's time for another Sentimental Sundays challenge and this week - Anything Goes! I think my passion for butterflies is widely known - my stamp campers give me grief if my project doesn't have one these days! I decided to just play with some pieces and parts that were laying on my work desk and this is what I came up with:


The large butterfly is from the Spellbinders set that Sabrina and I went to Colorado Springs to pick up. It's decorated with a butterfly from Whimsy Stamps and also with some Viva Pearl Pens. The sentiment is from an incentive set from SU, the little butterflies are from the SU Beautiful Wings sizzlit die and the strip of butterflies is a punch from MS. I embossed the real red panel with an old embossing folder that came with a set of Asian themed folders.

On a personal note: A huge, huge thank you for all your encouraging comments, emails and phone calls. I am fine - just a bit muddled at the moment. Too many thoughts and I'm not able to put them all in order just yet. I will though - no worries! My month on Belmira is coming at just the right time. Thanks everyone!!!!

Thanks for visiting!

chris

Design Team Coordinator:
Sentimental Sundays
Kaboodle Doodles

If you have any questions about the techniques or materials used in the work displayed on this blog, feel free to use the email link on the left and I will gladly answer your questions.