Saturday, July 30, 2016

Teatown Lake Reservation

Hello, everyone!

I was super happy to be out hiking again this weekend.  I was too busy earlier in the summer, and the last few weeks have just been way too hot. But this morning it was in the 70s and thunderstorms weren't forecast until the afternoon, so off I went!

Keeping with my recent activity levels, I picked an easier hike closer to the City.  I set out to explore the Teatown Lake Reservation (which I discovered thanks to Hike Hudson Valley).

I arrived at dawn and followed the orange blazed Twin Lakes trail around two small lakes, Vernay Lake and Shadow Lake.  This woods trail was well worn and easy to traverse, with a small amount of elevation gain.

After finishing the Twin Lakes Trail, I headed past the nature center and down to Teatown Lake, following the blue blazed Lakeside Trail.  This is a fairly level, well-worn trail, with a boardwalk over one segment.

I spotted numerous water fowl along this trail.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

White Memorial Conservation Center - Scrapped

Hello, everyone!

Photographs of a bright, sunny spring day needed equally bright and sunny papers.  I'm loving the turquoise/yellow color combination right now.  And the blue bokeh vellum that I found in my stash made the perfect background for these photos.  Bonus - there's a sketch below.

Supplies - Paper: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes Flea Market), Pink Paislee; Alphas: BasicGrey (Spice Market); Label Stickers: October Afternoon; Washi: My Mind's Eye; Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Die: Spellbinders (rectangle label); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone, broken china); miscellaneous tag


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Members' Blog Hop

Hello, everyone.

As you know, I've been the guest designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month. It's been really exciting working with them, and I can't thank them enough for the wonderful welcome that they gave me.

Today is the Counterfeit Kit Club members blog hop. I urge you to check it out.  You may have gotten here from Jemma's site.  The next in line on the hop is Tina and you can find her layout here.

Here's my final layout featuring my July 2016 Counterfeit Kit.  As an added bonus, I created a sketch to go with this layout, which can be found bellow.  (More of my sketches are available here and here).

Supplies - Paper: BasicGrey (Hey You); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Eclair); Stickers, Chipboard, Wood Veneer: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Stamp: Felicity Jane (Autumn Skies); Ink: Studio Calico (Sunny Day); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Die: Tim Hotlz/Sizzix (rosettes); Gelatos


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The full blog hop list is up at the Counterfeit Kit Club site here, so if you get lost along the way, head over there to find your way back onto the hop.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Coal Cardigan

Hello, everyone!

What a better way to spend the hottest day of the year than dreaming about crisp, cool fall days.  I'm prepared.  I just finished my Coal Cardigan, a pattern by Veronik Avery.  I knit it using the Woolen Rabbit Grace in Tiger Lily.

It was a relatively quick knit and I'm thrilled with how it came out. The only thing I would change would be to shorten the sleeves.  I took a bit off the recommended length, but I should have taken a couple of inches more.  Fortunately, the moss stitch hem folds well.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Turkey Mountain

Hello, everyone!

Another mixed-media type layout this week.  I was inspired by all of the layouts that I have been seeing mixing die cuts with hand stitching.  For this layout, I used Wilna Furstenberg leaf die cuts to form a circle around the page. For the bottom layer, I used the die cuts as a template for my hand stitching.  I then layered the die cuts with a mix of wood grain pattern papers and popped them up on top of the stitched leaves.

This layout is about a hike I took in early spring, when the landscape was still wearing its cloak of winter grays and browns.  I decided to paint my background in colors that reflected changing seasons, from fall oranges and golds, to winter blues, to spring and summer greens.

Supplies - Paper: My Mind's Eye (Necessities); Alphas: October Afternoon (Mini Market); Die Cuts: Wilna Furstenberg (Lots of Leaves); Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Paint: Derwent Inktense Blocks; Wood Dots: Recollections; miscellaneous tissue paper, embroidery floss, crochet thread

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Spring Blooms

Hello, everyone!

We're moving into the dog days of summer here in New York, and I'm remembering the chill, rainy days of spring fondly.  I reached into my photo archive for some pictures from my morning walks taken earlier in the spring.

While most of my recent layouts have been fairly clean and simple, I still have the urge, on occasion, to play with ink, stamps, stencils, and all kinds of other artsy-goodness.  For this layout, I white embossed floral images and then inked with distress ink. I used the same colors with stencils to create a textured background.

Supplies - Paper: Crate Paper (Pier), Scenic Route; Alphas: BasicGrey (Spice Market); Labels: October Afternoon (Postmarked); Die and Stamps: Simon Says Stamps; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (wild honey, shabby shutters), Hero Arts (Unicorn), gelatos; Buttons: Little Yellow Bicycle; Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; miscellaneous white embossing powered, doily,  tag

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Challenge No. 3

Hello, everyone!

The third challenge at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month is based on word games and Pebbles Puzzled and Sunday Paper papers.

In putting together the kit, I had found an old sheet of crossword paper from October Afternoon (Roadmaps).  I thought this paper would be perfect for a Sunday Brunch outing to celebrate a friend's birthday.

Supplies - October Afternoon (Roadmap), Papers: Shimelle (True Stories); Alphas: BasicGrey; Chipboard and Wood Veneer: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Misc. Washi

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Challenge No. 2

Hello, everyone.

I've decided to take on all three challenges at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month. The second challenge is based on this color scheme. Rather than using the color scheme as a whole, I was influenced by the water theme and the mix of cool and warm colors.

For my layout, I chose photographs of the Verde River in Arizona. I scrapped these photos with a mix of aqua, yellow, and red.

Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories (Homespun, Life in Color); Chipboard, Stickers, Wood Veneer and Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Eclair); Misc. Washi

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Counterfeit Kit Challenge- Challenge No. 1

Hello, Everyone!

I am really excited to be the guest designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month.  I posted my full kit last week.  Details can be found here.

This week, I am taking on the first challenge, which was inspired by beach reading.  The challenge was to take a cue from one of these book covers.

I picked Blueprints (top row, second from the right) and used it as the blueprint for my page.  I liked how the book cover was split horizontally (room for title and journaling above and below the horizontal line), with a column along the right hand side (perfect for a photo strip).

This is the layout I created lifting the design from the book cover:

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (Home + Made), BasicGrey (Hey You), Pink Paislee (Amore); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Eclair), BasicGrey; Stickers, Chipboard, Wood Veneer and Enamel  Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Tag: Tim Holtz/Sizzix; Labels: Studio Calico;  India Ink: Dr. Ph Martins; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot); Miscellaneous Washi

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Thanks again to the Counterfeit Kit Club for having me on as a guest designer.