Monday, June 23, 2008

As Different as Night and Day

Here are The Conferderates, but you probably won't appreciate these cards unless you have been to Stone Mountain, Georgia. I didn't think that I had enough skill to carve this stamp, but I was pleasantly surprised by about the outcome. (I wish I could carve that smirk off of Lee's face, though. I definitely messed up there.) The grass in the picture depicts my favorite Stone Mountain spot . . . Memorial Lawn. I have made many happy memories on that lawn, and I look forward to making many more.

The General's Lavender Pooh Cones

I was suppose to meet Mark and Sue Pepe in May, but it didn't work out. Instead, I carved a pine cone stamp for their collection and sent some LTCs to the mini-meet. This one was super easy to make, so I made a bundle.

This card was for Autumn Whisper's Amy Brown swap. It's called The Lavender Butterfly. This ring was really wonderful, and I walked away with numerous gems for my collection.

This card (General Grevious) marks a turning point in my LTCing, I think. I actually used something on it other than paper and ink! I used watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons. It was quite a change for me, and I couldn't have done it without the help of 3 Blind Mice. If you have The General, then you got this one before I had the right kind of paper. The only difference is the blue at the bottom and the grey shadows.

Silly Ol' Bear uses the same stamp I used for Helium in Claudia and Alex's Periodic Table swap. I made 5 of these to trade with a few that weren't in the swap. I adore Classic Pooh, so I really like this card.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Four Photos More

I ended up making 3 versions of this card after many LTCers offered me some advice. This version is called Just Peachy, and I think I like it best. The others had Georgia on a brad, and under the state were the words, "Hey, Y'all!" in a comment bubble.

My trip to Boston in February, 2008 inspired this card. It's called Cheers!, and it features Norm. I only made 5 of these . . . one was for SHH's Grand Experiment.

I have been meaning to carve a stamp of a manatee for some time now, and 3 Blind Mice's Zoo swap gave me a good reason to get going on it. I have seen several of these guys in the wild, and they are truly majestic. I wish I could have captured that magic a little better. I made 45 of these, though, so I had to cut a few corners. It was a pain to cut out all of those black frames.

This is one of my favorite cards . . . Hydra from Esmerelda's Greek swap. I kind of messed up on one of Hydra's heads (the one closest to the top of the card), but I covered it up as well as I could. This one was easy to make. I colored it in with markers after a failed attempt at a layered stamp.