Monday, October 13, 2008


I'm not sure if this will come through. The colors were off the last time I tried to post. The blood is really red, not purple as it may appear, but you get the idea. Also, the Diamond Glaze doesn't show up, but it makes that Ruby Red blood really pop!

Thanks to Cynthia Jerkins for coming up with the idea for this swap!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

What a great weekend!

I did a little creative work this weekend, bought a great filing cabinet for my office, went to a family reunion, went to a surprise party and heard missionaries from Nepal at church today.

The creative work: I was in a wonderful swap that was due today. It was a paperdoll swap and the theme was "Wicked." I have been thinking about this for a while and had thought about using my face on the doll, but nixed that idea. I ended up using Lizzie Borden, the forty whacks lady. I found a photo of her from the waist up and created the lower half in Photoshop for the paper doll. I then made an extra outfit that was a long white gown, kind of like a butcher's coat and added a hatchet and photoshopped in her hands from the original photo. I used the Stampin' Up! air art tool and my SU Ruby Red pen to splatter blood all over the coat, then dripped the Ruby Red reinker on the chest area and down the hatchet blade. I finished it off with Diamond Glaze on the red drips for a truly gorey effect. I made a black folder to hold Lizzie and her murder outfit that had clear embossed SU swirls on the bottom, a gold spider and the phrase "Something wicked this way comes," both from Oxford Impressions' new Wicked plate. I topped it off with a Halloween ATC of two yowling cats and a gold elastic thread to hold it all together. I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.

Our family reunion is always totally awesome. This group, which is the family of my maternal grandmother, has been getting together yearly since the early forties. We have games and tons of food, all prepared by some of the greatest Southern cooks I know. And not only do these women cook, they are all gorgeous. My husband once said, "I've never seen so many beautiful women in one family." I do have to admit that my cousin Ed, who is over 65 and still called "Junior" by the family, made some killer chocolate brownies. They were thick and rich and almost like fudge. I could feel my arteries hardening just looking at them. So I had two. We had a great time.

The reunion was in Somerville, Tennessee and when we left, we headed up the road to Jackson, Tennessee for a surprise birthday party. That's the birthday girl in the center, Andrea Nash, between Larry and me. She was totally surprised. She will be 40 Tuesday and doesn't look a day over 30. She is also a great singer and sings with the Sorghum Hill Bluegrass band. My DH is the bass player and sings harmony as well.

The missionaries who were at our church today have been living in Nepal for nine years. The one thing they said that really made me think was that the people in Nepal have a very low literacy rate, but they have cable tv. Therefore, they think all Americans are Christian and we are all like the characters portrayed in the movies. That's why they don't like Americans. When the missionaries told some Muslim friends that they were coming back home for the birth of a grandchild, the Muslims were concerned for their safety. They think we have gun battles in the streets. Well, we do in Memphis, but not everywhere in America.

Have a great week!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Drum Roll, Please......

I just finished a 12 X 12, 72...count em'...72-page scrapbook in 48 hours. It is for a local dignitary and I am scrapped out.

Orphan Works Bill

As I understand it, the Orphan Works bill (see Oct. 3 post) has been tabled until next session unless they decide to come back for a short one and sneak it through.

Please continue to contact your people in Washington. This is an outrage.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Serious Stuff

The House of Representatives has sneaked a bill onto the floor for approval after telling us it would not be voted on this session. I, for one, intend to find out who did this when we were all paying attention to budget deficits and debates. It is probably being voted on as I write but here is the gist:

As I understand it, if the Orphan Works bill passes, any art you create and publish is no longer yours unless you pay to register it with every government entity, and then it still isn't safe if you miss one. Anyone can use your images, including your licensed designs, rubber stamp art, paintings, musical compositions, EVEN PHOTOS OF YOUR CHILDREN for any purpose they choose, whether it's printed material or porn. They just have to say they tried to find the owner and couldn't. If we let them slide this one through, what is next?

Here's a comment by one of the CHA Designer members.

You may feel that you are not affected by this because
your business is creating projects which you sell
outright, copyrights and all. Please keep in mind that
there may come a day in which you decide to, or are
presented with the opportunity to license your 3-d
design for the gift or home goods market. Wouldn't you
like to be able to protect your copyright in order to
create multiple income streams? Acting NOW will make a
difference and put in place the opportunity for
licensing your art in the future.

And if you love using beautifully designed papers
(surface art), rubber stamps, textiles, etc. in your
projects, please show support for those of us who
bring you this. Imagine no new art! Our industry
depends on art for the creation of new products.

If we are sounding desperate, it's because we are. We
need all the help we can get. Please spread the word,
make the calls, fax and write. Blog about it, ask
others to blog about it. If they can do this to us,
they can/will do it to other personal property owners.
Don't let them get away with this.
Thank you.

Call your representative now!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

One More from AO Snowy Woods

Today is the day! You can order your own set of Bluebird and Snowy Woods, and AO has some great specials. Check them out at

This card was made with Snowy Woods' beautiful door stamp. I stamped it in Basic Brown ink on Confetti Cream cardstock (Stampin;Up!), then colored the image with Derwent watercolor pencils and my Aquapainter brush. I added base color then used the Aquapainter to blend. I don't know how many layers I have on this, but the final hard details for the branches and wreath were added with the pencils alone. I used Stampin'Up!'s white pen to add the berries and branch highlights. Antique brass hardware corners are from RockCandy Studios. The little sentiment was stamped in SU Blue Bayou. The background swirl paper is from a slab I bought a couple of years ago, but I spritzed it with Patina Glimmer Mist (yummy stuff!) to get it close to the color I wanted for this background.

I'm off to drop hubby off at his friend's house - they're heading to Nashville for the International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Last year, they went a lot of parties and wound up with eighth row seats for the awards show, right in the middle of all the folks who were nominated. Larry got to rub elbows with some serious bluegrass musicians. I hope he has as much fun this year.

It's a beautiful day - go outside and enjoy living in the South!