Monday, July 22, 2013

"All your dreams" in pink and teal

My sister is flying back to med school, thousands of miles away, tomorrow. She had spent the last few weeks here at home, enjoying her break, but it's time for her to return for her fourth semester. Knowing I won't see her until December, I knew I must make a card for her, to encourage her while she's so far from home.

To make this card, I started with a pink ombre piece of patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm" collection. I covered it in star stamps from Lawn Fawn's "Critters Ever After" stamp set, using Versamark ink, and I embossed that in white. I then adhered this entire thing to my card base, to serve as my background.

From the same stamp set, I stamped the castle onto white, pink, and teal patterned paper from the same paper pad. I paper pieced that together and added glitter accents. I made a mask using a sticky note, and with that covering the castle, I was able to distress the paper with "tea dye" Distress Ink. I matted this panel onto another piece of "Lucky Charm" patterned paper and adhered that to my background base.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and embossed it with turquoise embossing powder. I cut out a flag, adhered it with foam squares, and finished off the card with a few enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.


Cardstock: Recollections
Patterned paper: "Lucky Charm" (American Crafts/Dear Lizzy)
Stamps: "Critters Ever After" (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, tea dye (Distress Ink)
Embossing powder: detail white (Stampendous!), turqoise (Ranger)
Enamel dots: "the sweetest thing" (My Mind's Eye)
Glitter: Clear Star Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)


Sunday, July 21, 2013

My second color roll is developed!

Since I've been in the process of moving my craft space from one home to another, I haven't been crafting much the last few weeks. Instead, I've been focusing my creative energies on photography. Here are the results of my second color roll:

I have two black-and-white rolls that are being developed at another lab, so I won't see the results for another couple of weeks. Coming from over a decade of digital experience, where I'm used to instant results, I'm learning that film photography is a test of patience.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I made myself a camera!

I recently got a new camera: The Lomography Konstruktor. It is a build-it-yourself 35mm film camera that took me a couple hours to build. It came to me looking like this:

And I transformed it into this:

Within two days, I blew through three 36-exposure rolls of film. Unfortunately, my local Costco isn't able to develop the two special black-and-white rolls I used, so I'll have to look elsewhere to get those developed. In the mean time, I do have some colored photos to share:

Glimpse of Light
Lodi Beer restaurant sign
Light and Dark in the Trees

From the colored roll, only about 8 photos came out usable, and these three are the only ones decent enough to share. Considering I have very limited experience in film photography, and I built this camera on my own, I'm pleased with the results. I need to practice more and more, and with luck, I'll have better results next time.