Thursday, June 20, 2013

Grad Card




I reused parts of the graduation announcement I received to make this quick card.

I stamped the background with an old image from Stampin' Up! (one of the All year Cheer sets).

The card base is vanilla to match the components I reused from the announcement. They were cut out and punched out from the announcement then glued to card stock colors to match the school colors.

Thanks for looking !

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Monday, June 17, 2013

25 good years








The truck image is from Stampin' Up!,
but I altered it to remove the apples and sign.
I broke down and bought this stamp brush set
since it is the same style of truck as my husbands.
I needed to alter it though, apples in the bed
were not going to work .

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.
This is the second time I've tried 
to color with them; I need practice ! 
I attempted to color in flames on the front
like his truck has.
I also added a teeny dot of blue paint
on the tail lights to resemble the blue dots
in the real tail lights on the truck.

The tire and wheel were created with various
size paper punches and a die. 
I tried to "stretch" the card stock
in the palm of my hand with an Empressor
stylus tool to try to give it some dimension
to imitate the round sidewall of the tire
as well as the center of the wheels.
I used dimensionals under the center cap
and to attach the tire/wheel
combo to the card front. 

The letters are from a Just Rite stampers
stamp set, stamped with white craft ink
that I heat embossed white over. 

The textured background was made 
with a texturz plate Stampin' Up! sold.
 I really need to see if anyone makes a "diamond plate" 
design embossing folder and order it from 
somewhere one of these days.

Card stock:
Whisper White
Basic Black
Real Red
Metallic Silver



Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ships Ahoy Pop Up Card




A card  I made for my dad.

Stamp images are retired from Stampin' Up!
Ships Ahoy
Lighthouse
All Year Cheer II

I water colored the images with various colors of classic ink and an aquapainter.

The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up!, Square Lattice.

The twine is some old hardware department twine in my stash. I unraveled it into the three smaller strands.

I sponged light blue ink over a home made cloud template on the inside.

The ship was stamped then cut out to remove portions of the image. I attached it to a little
pop up tab I cut into the card. Teeny pieces of red card stock were trimmed to cover the flags on the stamped image.

I lightly painted white craft ink over the sails of the ship to tone down the black ink lines.







We no longer need a boat to get out , yaay ! The river is still quite high with more rain in the forecast it won't be getting back to normal pool soon. The flood waters are now out of the field, just barely back into the banks of the creek. There was seven feet of water out in that field during the flood !!!!  It still has several more feet to fall to get back to normal. What a stinky mess left behind ,  pee-eewwwww !





Thanks for looking !





Thursday, June 13, 2013

Graduation Thanks Quick Card



Ooops, I forgot to share this card.


Run white card stock through an embossing folder
then lightly color a portion of the raised image
with chalks, ink, etc.
Stamp and hand cut out an image of a
mortarboard (graduation cap).
I trimmed the fringe of the tassel. 
The cap image was stamped inside the card
and on the envelope.


Thanks Cuttlebug embossing folder
white card stock
blue card stock
darker blue ink
Sketch An Event stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Pastels



I made twenty of these fairly simple cards to thank the guests that attended my sons graduation pinball and pizza party.

I have no photos (except the one I'm sharing below) to share since I was so busy being hostess, tending to people, the food and drinks, I never made time to go get my camera from the car to take pictures. I feel terrible about it, but my son said it is no big deal to not worry about it. I didn't even eat ! I only made time to play three pinball games as the party was wrapping up.


The other items I made and posted previously were used, 
but I've not photos of them......... sniffle. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

More Flood Photos - June 2013

The property is surrounded by water,
the house and buildings just high enough to remain dry.
We are the only ones living down here 
on this stretch of road since
the owners of the nearby flooded cabins left.
At the highest point, the water was
47 feet in distance away from the house
(it would have been a two foot rise in depth
to reach the house).









A little better perspective at how close it is getting.









The only way out for a few days was by boat.

Needless to say there has been no 
newspaper or mail delivery as well as 
no garbage pickup. 
The water is starting to fall at a better than
expected pace , so if the rains miss us, 
we are hoping to see the road by tomorrow. 







Top of the phone line box. 
It had had been totally covered with water.
The phones worked for the most part,
most days there was noise on the lines
and sometimes it would ring for no reason,
but we were able to call out nearly any time we needed to. 
Whew ! 
It would have been problematic if there were no land lines
since we are unable to get cell phone service at the house
(too many trees/hills/down in a valley interfere with the signals).






No idea why someone would attempt to drive down
the road with this much water - and in such a nice vehicle !
This is actually the shallower part, there was three feet
of water over the road just past our driveway !
This photo was not taken on the day of the crest;
that entire corner of the yard was under water
when the river was at its deepest flood stage.







We took a little ride out this morning to see some of the 
river flooding and debris being left behind as it is receding.
We didn't go far since the road is still closed and 
covered with debris. 
Below are a couple of photos I snapped;
I'll share a few wildlife photos tomorrow. 

Looking across the river at a marina, the first floor
of the clubhouse is under water.
Seeing the boats floating roof height on the building
looks quite odd. 









Some of the debris and mud left behind when
the waters started to recede on parts of the road.
Some sections are still under water.
It will be several days before this well traveled  road 
is open to traffic again. 
The river is still lapping at the edges of the road.
June 7th, 2013















The red line is the crest in 1993, the black line is 1973.
I wonder if they will repaint the fading lines
and add a new one for this years crest ? 




Historical Crests
(1) 38.17 ft on 08/01/1993
(2) 33.12 ft on 04/28/1973
(3) 32.13 ft on 06/18/1844
(4) 30.94 ft on 06/04/2013
(5) 30.80 ft on 06/29/2008
(6) 30.40 ft on 05/29/1995
(7) 29.70 ft on 10/09/1986
(8) 29.43 ft on 04/25/2013
(9) 28.30 ft on 04/10/1983
(10) 28.20 ft on 04/29/1993

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June 2013 Flood - 4th Highest On Record

(not correct perspective and not taken at crest)

View from an upper level window of the 
major river flooding where we live.
 Unfortunately for us there is a 
large creek across the road and a small branch runs
through our property. 
We've been here 14 years and never seen it this bad.

As of today, it should be cresting.

Keeping fingers crossed and trying to think
positive that the worst is over, 
the slow fall will commence soon,
especially since two large levees just below us broke.
Then the cleanup will start -
not looking forward to the stinky crud, mess left behind.
I can't complain
because it is all an outside mess that we have
whereas many others have to clean out their homes,
losing so much. 

I know I have nothing to whine and moan about
other than the inconvenience (and horrible amount of stress
this is causing....). So many people
have been forced from their homes due to flooding
or lost their homes , even loved ones,
in all of the recent tornadoes.
Our area alone saw 9 tornadoes on May 31st -
with thankfully no loss of life.

Yes, I think it may be time to consider moving !
I can't go through this again:
we've had three floods this year,
two of which were record setting ! 
This particular one is the worst.
It was the fourth highest flood on record
for our area.
I guess those so called 100 and 500 year floods 
are becoming 20 year floods now 
since the top two floods for our area
are from 1973 and 1993 now this one in 2013.






Looking down the road to the right,
the river is a mile away in this direction.
I'm standing on the driveway, the road is to the left of the small bushes. 
There is three feet of water over the road the the deepest point.




Looking down the road the opposite way,
there is three feet of water under the boat 
I am sitting in at this point.




Kitten staying high and dry to examine the situation.
The water is now 11 feet from the driveway,
47 feet in distance from the house.
If it rises about two more feet in depth,
 water will flood the basement.
Trying to stay positive and not worry,
hoping that this is the worst, 
it starts its slow fall soon.





Composite of photos to show how quickly the river rose.
This is a home made gauge out in our field.
It hit the 7 foot mark on June 4th.




Composite of photos to show how quickly the road flooded
in one day.
The water starts coming over the road in front of our house
first because of the creek that runs under it and 
through our property. 




View from my porch , first day of the flood.
There was no water in the field when we went to bed 
the night before. We had severe storms that produced 
9 tornadoes in the area and dumped several inches of rain
that night,  thus the flooded field. 
We were shocked to see the amount of water these storms
created, how much and how quickly the rivers rose as a result.




Most drivers blasted through the water as it was rising
on the road, unaware that it was getting so deep here.
Notice the two dogs looking out the window ?




Kitten wondering what is all over the driveway -
millions of earthworms !
I've never seen such a thing - or heard !
You could literally hear them slithering all over each
other in the large mounds of them all along 
the waters edge. Eew !





Sunrise
There are some positives to floods,
pretty sunrises over the newly created lakefront property.







These are just a few of the many photos I took the past 
few days. I'll share some of the wildlife photos tomorrow.
A couple of them I will be submitting to
our local newspapers photo of the week contest. 


Needless to say there has been no crafting for me
(or much of anything except prepping for the flood
and worrying). 
With more rain in the forecast and
the water predicted to fall slowly,
I think I will be packing up my craft dungeon 
to move it all to higher ground. 
Seriously thinking about getting sandbags
and trying to find sand somewhere
(but the sand plant is flooded, too). . . . 


I've not been out of the house since last Saturday, hoping to get out Thursday to get some errands done. We have to take back roads out, using a boat to get to the truck first. It will take quite a while to get to town that way, so no buying frozen foods at the grocery store!






Monday, June 3, 2013

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pop Up Graduation Cap (Mortarboard) Card











I found the links to instructions here
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/templates-f143/graduation-cap-pop-up-card-t493909.html

here is the direct link to a photo tutorial
http://extremecards.blogspot.com/2010/06/graduation-cap-pop-up-card-tutorial.html


I stamped a piece of acetate with Stazon black ink and a partially inked image from the Stampin' Up! Word Play set. I inked the other portion with a marker and white card stock then used other markers to draw flames, hoping it would resemble a rocket. I trimmed it out and glued it to a piece of white card stock underneath the stamped acetate. The acetate was attached with brads that I added glittery embossing powder to.

Star punches and a circle punch with a tiny bit of inking to resemble the moon were glued on top of black card stock that I stamped stars on.

The card front was supposed to resemble a "Shoot For The Moon" theme for the Graduate.



Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Graduation Then and Now Scrapbook Page









An 8.5" x 11" scrapbook page I put together to sit out on the table at the graduation party. I considered making an entire album of photos from all of his school years, then thought better of it. I didn't want to take a chance on food covered fingers messing up the pages since there were going to be dozens of people (little kids!) wandering about and eating all evening.


Cricut electronic die cut machine was used to cut out the numbers from silver card stock.

Heat embossed the letters on vellum.

Black brads, scrap of red card stock punched with a small circle punch.

Printed out the name and saying from my home printer (wasted a few pieces of paper in the process, my printer and digital designing programs are not compatible..........grrr!).  Brilliant Blue card stock from Stampin' Up!

Photos are backed with metallic silver card stock.

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I woke up to a HUGE rise in the Mississippi River, storm / tornado / hail damage all around. I've done a quick look over the house and all seems fine other than limbs down and things blown about ( I was out at 6 AM in cloudy skies) other than the two feet of water in the front yard ! The water will continue to rise and quickly, hitting levels we saw in 2008 with certainty but quite likely going over (which causes great concern for me....................). I am thankful that we do still have a roof when there are so many people that do not. So many across the Midwest  have lost so much,  including loved ones, in this latest massive storm system and my heart breaks for them. Remember, the best way to help in any tragedy such as this is to donate to the American Red Cross.