Yup. Don't faint. It's two cards in one week! Scaaaaaary!
But first, we have a word from our sponsors. Not really. Just needed to mention a couple of things before I go to my card.
I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 yesterday. It was on sale, probably because they are coming out with a new version. That's OK; we don't need the latest and greatest. We just need a good program for manipulating photo files, as I have found I really need that for using digi images. I want to be able to move them into a scene and size them. Hopefully, this will take care of that problem. Now, if I could just get Gary to install it for me and tell me how to use it. (I am somewhat technologically-challenged. Please, stop laughing and rolling on the floor. That's not polite.)
I am currently reading a wonderful book, which was recommended by my sister, Merrilyn: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Love it, love it, love it!
Also, I finished both June selections for the Bookendz Book Club. Good thing, as the month ends today! OMG--where does the time go, anyway? Both books were wonderful reads--like I have said before, Suzanne Dean picks out some great reading material for us! The first one I read this month was The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. (And, no, that is not a typo in the title.) The second book was Sweetgrass by Mary Alice Monroe. The first selection was a bit depressing--just wanted to warn you in advance, in case you don't like that kind of story. However, it is so wonderfully written that it is really worth reading.
I need a drum roll, please, for my next bit! (How does one type a drum roll, anyway?) Ta-Daaaaaaaaaa! I bowled a 160 average Thursday night! Woohooooo! Will wonders never cease! I have been complaining for weeks about my poor scoring on our league. And then, lo and behold, I recover. Quite nicely, if I do say so myself. And, of course, I do. Oh, and Gary rolled a 219 average, so don't you just know that he was a happy camper, too! And the biggest miracle of all: we took all four points! Since we only had four points through seven weeks of bowling, you can imagine that we were as happy as our opposing team was ticked off. After all, they were in fourth place. I doubt that they are any longer--after losing all four points to the last place team! LOLOLOL! Oh, sorry, do I sound a bit obnoxious? Tough.
Alrighty then, on to my latest creation. The party challenge for The Outlawz Copic/Promarker group is to create a project that represents where we are from or where we live now. I have lived in four states so far in my life; I chose to showcase my present abode. And, no, it's not Texas, although the cute greeting by Create with TLC could indicate that. And the saguaros in the digi image by Bombshell Stamps are in the Sonoran Desert, which runs from Mexico into Arizona and California. Aren't you thrilled for the geography lesson? We aim to please. (And don't ask who we are. Some of my other personalities might take offense.) Well, anyway, we are in the Valley of the Sun, which is Hell by another mother, I mean, by another name. No, not really, it just feels like it right now, with our highs of 111 degrees. Oh, yeah, and the Valley of the Sun is in Arizona, where Phoenix is located. But I am not in Phoenix. But I am in the Valley of the Sun. Just wanted to be clear about that. Yeah, clear as mud.
So, my little line dancer is a digi image by MayzyArt. I think she is such a little cutie, as all of Mayzy's images are. Love them! She was printed on Cryogen CS, as was the desert scene; then both were colored with Copics. Colors used were: R01, R32, R35, R37, R39, B0000, B32, B34, B37, B39, Y0000, Y26, G40, G43, G46, E000, E00, E11, E13, E31, E33, E35, E37, E55. I added Glossy Accents to her eyes, lips, and belt buckle. Signo Uniball white gel pen was used to accent the images. My patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye Confetti collection. I hesitate to even mention that because it is no longer available. That collection was from 2007; yeah, well, I have hoarded DSP for years, (obviously)! I distressed the DSP with my Zutter Distrezz-It-All. The card-stock is from Stampin' Up, as was the ink that I sponged on the cactus scene. I added some burlap, some cardboard, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and stick-pin, and a mini SU clothespin. I used a Journaling Ticket from the Tim Holtz Ideology line. And my doilies are from a Cheery Lynn Nautical Wheeler die.
Gary looked at my card when I had it laid out, prior to adhering the parts together. And he said, "A little busy, isn't it?" Why, yes, yes it is. But after making a CAS card, I was going through layer withdrawal. I had to get my "fix" in RIGHT NOW!
Oh, sorry. Didn't mean to shout at you. That was meant for Gary.
I am entering this "busy" card into the following:
The Outlawz CPC Where are You From Party Challenge
Wild Orchid Punch It Out Challenge
Love to Create Anything Goes Challenge
Hoping this finds all of you having a wonderful weekend!