Thursday, February 23, 2017

Be Inspired Challenge At Unity {Show & Tell}

I am so glad I joined the Unity {Show & Tell} group on Facebook. I am learning so much and getting inspired!

The photo shows the challenge.

This is what I created.

I used two stamp sets from Unity to create this card. Aleah Girl, part of the Angiegirls collection and "Trio of Beauty" for the feathers.

I took a piece of watercolor paper 4 x 5.25. I inked with a blending tool using Distress Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy. Then I splattered some water droplets on it. I dried with a heat tool then put it in a wood grain embossing folder. I used some brown card stock behind the water color paper.

Next I stamped the feathers with Brushed Coduroy on kraft paper and cut out three. I also stamped the sentiment with the same ink. I used a blending tool to ink the sentiment so it was not white.

Aleah Girl I colored with pencils. It may not really meet the challenge but I am very proud of how the card turned out. It was very much out of my normal style to make! I already have someone in mind to give it to.

Have a good one!

Foggy Morning 2-18-2017

It was really foggy Saturday morning when I went to feed. I thought it made for some cool pictures.

If you click on the pictures so you can see it larger you can also see strands of spider webbing.

I just love this picture.

The droplets are not from rain but just the moisture in the air!

I was seeing the sunlight shine through the middle droplet and tried to capture that with a picture but it didn't show the way I was seeing it. Oh well...I tried.

Spiders must really like this kind of weather because I was seeing the beginnings of webs everywhere. I think this spider needs to go to web-making 101.

This spider may have had too much caffeine 😏

 Just look at all the clumps of webs in this pasture! This is adjacent to where my horses are.

Later that morning me, Doyle, kids and grands went to a pancake fundraising breakfast at the American Legion then went to an organized trash pickup in the city by a group called "Make Mineral Wells Great Again".

Yes, I did pickup trash but someone had to take a few pictures 😉

stopping for a photo op!

We had a great morning.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Delightful Surprise 2-17-2017

Friday, February 17th I was on my way to feed like any other day. As I turn on the street that runs in
front of the horse pasture I saw a hawk in a tree. I thought about parking and trying to get pictures then but it really wasn't the right angle (I would be shooting into the sun) so I decided to go on and feed and see if I could walk to where he was while they were eating.

I get the horses started eating their grain and head to the other barn to put out hay when I see something flying low out of the corner of my eye.

It was the hawk and it was flying really low over the pasture. I watched as it perched onto of the Church roof. I had my camera already in hand. I decided the hay could wait and went after the hawk.

My experience has been they usually won't let me get very close before taking flight. I have the zoom on my camera. I get as close as I dare and begin taking pictures.

I get a little closer but he turns his head away from me.

Then he took flight soaring low like he did before and landed in a young tree. He was no more that 6
or 8 ft off the ground. I began to surmise that this was a juvenile hawk. My suspicions were confirmed when he missed a really good opportunity to get a squirrel.

It's not a real good picture but you can see the hawk in the tree and the squirrel climbing the truck!

The hawk flies and the squirrel scampers away!

It appears to me the hawk is saying "where did he go?"

He flies again.

He lands again next to the other church.

I get a little too close and he takes to the air again.

He lands on top of a utility pole behind the first church I spotted him at. The pole is part of an obstacle course they have behind the building.

Doing a little personal grooming.

Although a juvenile he is still a large bird! I was thrilled to have such an awesome opportunity.

It made me a little late for work but it was well worth it 😊

Have a good one!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

More Like Summer 2-11-2017

My former riding buddy that I reconnected with wanted to try to ride again on Saturday. She wanted to take full advantage of the nice days we were having but Saturday really wasn't pleasant by afternoon when we were able to ride. We experienced a record high! This is abnormal for us!

I invited my new riding friend and husband to join us. He is working during the week so he was glad to get to join us.

Joelle and Tracy then Mary behind them.

You know me. I had to have a shadow picture 😉

Go across the low water  crossing.

Joelle doing what I've done to her several times!

Joelle got a picture of me and Mary.

Tracy and Joelle

I love this of Tracy and Joelle and their shadows. Last leg of the trail.

It was a great ride. We were all hot, tired and sweaty...especially the horses 😏

Have a good one!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tag Challenge at Unity

I decided to join Unity's {Show & Tell} Facebook page. It is a great place to get inspired and see how
others use their Unity Stamps. You will have to request to join to be added to the group.

I don't usually make tags as I never quite know what to do with them. I figure it is always good to be challenged. I then got the idea that these could be used for bookmarks or just a fun way to bring some encouragement to someone. It could be used for a gift tag, hang on the refrigerator or any place you want to see it.

The only rule is to use a "Unity Stamp" which I have plenty of!

I had been wanting to use this girl for a while and decided to use her on this tag.

This is "Harper Girl" from the Angiegirls collection. The words are also part of this stamp set.

I took a #8 manila tag and used Tim Holtz Distress inks blending with a Tim Holtz blending tool. I used several different inks and can't remember now exactly what I used 😖.  I stamped Harper girl and colored her with Copic Markers, then cut her out. I used a red Pear Pen for the hearts, I used foam tape to give the girl some dimension.

The words I used different colors and heat embossed each one then inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen to coordinate with the tag. I also put foam tape behind them. I finished the tag with some western ribbon.

I do have someone in mind that I may give this to who could use a little encouragement right now.

Thanks for taking a look!

Have a good one!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Be My Valentine Card Challenge #3

My final entry into the Cards in Envy Card Challenge.

This is the card I made for Korin. The paper is an old Bo Bunny Valentine Collection. The image is from Unity's January Kit of the Month called "When You Smile". I just love this rabbit and I thought it was perfect for Korin. The sentiment is also from that kit.

I colored the image with my Copic Markers. I used glossy accents on the roses on the rabbit. I chose to just cut out the sentiment and put some foam tape behind to give it dimension.

This is not part of the challenge but I wanted to share the card I made for Kashton.

Because Kashton is more into Super Heroes I cheated a bit and googled an image of Captain America Valentines. I found one! I printed it on card stock then cut out and attached to the front of the card. For the background I took white card stock and used an embossing folder of hearts. Kashton liked his card but was mostly interested in the other stuff!

Thanks for taking a look!

Have a good one!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Be My Valentine Card Challenge #2

The card challenge over at Cards in Envy is a Valentine Card. Since I made cards for the kids anyway, I thought I would enter another one into the challenge. Up to 3 entries are allowed. I may just enter one more 😉.

This is the card I made for Kennedy.

The background paper is from Fancy Pants "Love Note" Collection called "Love Struck". The image is a stamp from Unity's January Kit of the Month "When You Smile".  The sentiment was a stamp I purchased at Michael's.

I stamped the image and colored with my Copic Markers. I then inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen to coordinate with the other paper. I put glossy accents on the roses although it doesn't show well in this picture and used dots of liquid pearl to give interest.

Thanks for taking a look!

Have a good one!