Saturday, August 15, 2009


I wanted today to be more relaxing, but my helper didn't show up again...she did contact me after a while, and said she had a sick child...but I think I upset her yesterday, so this may be a bit of a 'protest'...! Yesterday she asked for about half of our lunch leftovers to take home for her kids, and I, not wanting to set a precedent of her expecting to take our food (or making too much so there were more leftovers...), said no - that was food that we would eat, and we'd like to keep it....maybe another time if there was extra food that we wouldn't eat, I would offer it, but the offer needed to come from me. Wasn't what she wanted to hear, I guess! Here we have a 3-day weekend for Independence Day, so I won't have a helper till Tuesday. Bummer.

Yesterday DH took a blow to the ear during soccer and his eardrum burst...I did 'something' to my knee, though I don't remember what, playing volleyball... so we are quite a pair today. goeth on. Pizza tonight sounds really really good, and it sounds like we will have a houseful of students too. Good times (and usually they help with dishes, too, though that is definitely not why we have them come!). A couple of the ladies want to learn how to make pumpkin choco-chip cookies, so we have that to look forward to as well. :) Yum!

I have a card to share - this is one of my challenge stacking cards:

1. Everybody Art Challenge - card with a house theme
2. Whimsy Stamps Challenge - make an animal card (furred, feathered, leathered, or scaly)
3. Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - scored lines
4. Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #8

I wanted to embellish this card more but I couldn't work it out in my mind. The focal image is from My Heart Stamps for You, and the sentiment is from Heart and Soul Rubber Stamp Co. I used watercolor pencils and a Niji waterbrush to color the scene. The bird was stamped on a scrap of watercolor paper, trimmed and layered. I used a stylus to make a border around the oval and to emphasize some of the wood-grain lines on the birdhouse. The sentiment panel was double-scored with my Scor-Pal, and embossed with a 1/8" punch (*TIP* - to emboss small circles, create thickness behind your panel by folding a piece of cardstock 1 or 2 times so you can emboss but not punch all the way through.)

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Totally gorgeous Dina!! LOVE the decoupaged bird on the birdhouse.
    Brilliant use of the sketch. Thanks for hoining in with us at Peachy Keen.
    Viv xx

  2. VERY pretty! I love everything about it!!

  3. Oh your poor hubby's ear - I feel the pain! Sorry about your help too, hope that conflict gets ironed out quickly. Seems like several bad things happen at once, then everything turns around... hopefully God will work all things for your good... fast! haha
    Lovely card... as usual! Blessings to you & yours!

  4. Beautiful card! Love the blues and browns. Beautiful image too. Thanks for playing at Whimsy. :)

  5. Absolutely wonderful card! So much creativity on display by combining four challenges. Amazing!
    Hope you and DH and your helper heal fast.

  6. this is fantastic work !!! love the birdhouse image !!! thanks for joining in our challenge.
    big hugs tina46

  7. Absolutely beautiful, Dina!! Thanks for playing along with the PKS Challenge!!