Friday, November 20, 2009

Hanging out the holidays with the Dirty Girls and ornaments too!

Hey everyone! Long time, no posts! I'm back and I can explain!

4 weeks ago, my trusty laptop (my beloved laptop) started developing a mind of it's own and crashing on a regular basis. Ordinarily, that wouldn't have been such a large issue but this was happening while I was teaching my online classes and therefore couldn't send in my computer for repairs.

I grinned and beared it until the last upload into my classrooms when all of a sudden my computer crashed and burned and decided to play coy and not start up again. Frustrated and disheartened I finally decided that it was time to send her in for an exorcism ;)

That brings me to why I have been unexplainably absent from answering emails, posting and in general. You really don't realized how much you depend on your computer daily until it's in the hands of someone else! I have managed to borrow my dad's laptop while getting caught up on my workload (all due to not having internet access for a week).

This all brings me to today...I will be getting my laptop back in a few hours and hopefully she will purr like a kitten ;) To celebrate I decided to share with you a little something that I have been working on - well two things actually! The first being the Christmas ornament that I created for the November Dirty Dozen challenge of Hanging out the Holiday's with Ornaments :)

Both the Dirty Dozen and the Dirty Dozen Alumni get together once a month when we have some time and participate in a challenge just for fun. This month was my turn to be the hostess so I thought it would be fun to challenge the girls to create and ornamet for ANY holiday of the year including obscure ones. The only stipulation was that the ornament had to hang from something. That turned out to be quite a challenge when taking pictures at 1 am and needing to use a small lightbox! My ornament does actually hang, but it's hanging rather gently from a glue dot affixed to the back wall of my light box...the things I do to try to get to bed quickly I tell you ;)

This ornament was created using a stamp set that I picked up from Walmart for $5! What a steal! The poinsettia is actually quite large and it came with some holly leaves and a "For You" sentiment :0) I was quite happy to stumble upon this find that's for sure! I water coloured up this baby with my tombow markers and an aqua painter and then assembled this ornament following the instructions on Yvonne's Blog. - Um, if you haven't seen YvonneAna's work, then you haven't lived! She's amazing!!! Thanks Yvonne for sharing your gorgeous creation for me to case ;)

The last thing that I wanted to share with you was an exciting tid bit of info. Heather from Skipping Stones Designs has asked me to be her guest sketch artist for the month of December. The sketches will be found on her website every tuesday and I will be featuring her very sassy stamps. I hope you all will join me for that fun little adventure!

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Pointsettia Trio from Walmart
Paper: Gina K, Red, Watercolour
Ink: Versa Mark, Caramel, Red
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Tombow Markers, Aqua Painter, Gold Embossing Powder, Sponges, Pop Dots, Mini Pearls, Hardware, Ribbon

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Amy said...

Oh wow! I love the colours!

Beth Norman said...

Kim, this is absolutely stunning. Only you can turn a cheap stamp into something that looks like it cost a big bunch of money. I thoroughly enjoyed your class. One of the best things was the cloud template and the tip on making your own sponge holders. You are the best!

Beth Norman said...

P.S. Skipping Stones link isn't working.

stamps&cars said...

Kim.....this is soooo unbelievably beautiful! I love the flourish creating the pattern on the circle. I agree....only you could watercolor a cheap stamp and make it look like a million bucks!

snap_scrap_stamp said...

Beautiful, Kim!! Glad you are back. :)

Deb said...

So gorgeous Kim! Hope your computer is home and behaving! ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh my word that is just so beautiful!! Your work is incredible and I'd love to do your online class but alas I don't have any tombow markers :-(
Beth Greco

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vdutchr said...

Kim - thanks for sharing Yvonne's Blog! OMGosh between the 2 of you - simply stunning work! Thanks so much for sharing!!

The Stamper's Touch said...

Welcome back Kim!!! And what a gorgeous ornament, a true work of art!!!! Positively stunning!!


Conniecrafter said...

Wow this is gorgeous and love how you have colored it in!

Beautiful Greetings said...

That is just beautiful Kim! I am so glad you are back and I completely know how it feels to lose touch due to computer issues :)

Yvonne said...

Hi Kim!
I just had to pop over to tell you how STUNNING your ornament is!!!
I was completely speechless when I saw this on SCS. Your coloring is so amazing, and I just love your work!

Laurie tx stamper said...

Gorgeous ornament!

Chris said...

Just a gorgeous ornament!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Stunning Kim!! Absolutely STUNNING!! So sorry your computer has been such a bugger!! Hopefully everything will be smooth sailing from now on!!