Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Another birthday has rolled around for April. She is hanging on to her 50's by a thread! As has become our custom, we met at Stephanie's Cabin in Astoria for a birthday breakfast. Our waitress was sweet enough to bring April a candle in a paper cup of whipped cream.
She received plenty of card making supplies, including these stickers. The duck over her shoulder isn't quite sure what to make of all this gift opening.
Sorry I didn't get more photos but believe me, she got enough cool gifts to last her awhile! It was a fun outing. We were disappointed that our favorite art supply store, Dot's n Doodles, was closed, so we made do with 3 different thrift stores and JoAnn's craft store. Next birthday will be Mary's in June.
Hope everyone is enjoying some fine spring weather!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
We gathered at April's again on the 4th. Above you can see some of the cards Karen was working on. Cool images, Karen!
April was creating some card gift sets as prizes for a bunco party she was going to be participating in.
This is one she made using an image of one of Pinky's daughters smiling face. Cute! The card is cute too.
Pinky was also working on cards, she loves making these iris paper folding cards and is quite expert at it now. Lovely!
Everybody has got to get in on the act including April's cat Arnold, posing with a card that Mary made. Her hand carved stamps are so well done!
When we first started getting together we always hauled our sewing machines around and were mainly into creating art quilts and sewing projects. Then April gave us a workshop on card making, Pinky and Karen joined the group and the focus has mainly switched to paper arts. Glue and B(eye)tch just doesn't have the same ring to it though, so we remain Stitch 'n B.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Page spread from Karen's folded paper journal.
This week we got together at April's. She baked up a pineapple upside down cake to share with us. Wow, that was delicious! Thanks April!
April's completed shell angel. This will make a great ornament for her Christmas tree this year. Only about 284 days till Christmas!
Here is Mary's shell angel, beautifully framed. Nice work ladies! Thanks to Sharon, Mary's friend, for donating the shells and beads and idea. It was a fun challenge!
April has been enjoying some doodling on decorative card stock using her Signo Uniball gel pens purchased at Jet Pens, where they have great prices. We all love the white gel pens, they are the best for writing over just about anything. These will be great additions to her card making.
April has a unique characteristic: She collects dead birds. Yes, you read it right, she collects dead birds. She doesn't kill them! No, she only collects fresh ones that she finds dead. Here she is holding a bagged Gray Jay she found on her deck. Evidently it hit the window too hard. She looks like the cat who bagged the canary!
What does she do with them, you might ask? That is what we all ask her, anyway. She has great plans for them although she hasn't fully decided just what those plans are as yet. In the meantime she keeps them in her freezer. Here you can see two Varied Thrush, one Stellar Jay, one Western Tanager, a Red Shafted Flicker and one Evening Grosbeak. We tease her mercilessly about this hobby of hers.
When Jan came across this picture in a Smithsonian magazine she couldn't help but alter it a bit before giving it to April.
We love her anyway.
That's it for this week. Be sure and return in two weeks for our next exciting adventure in art! Happy Spring break!!