Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August Challenges - the Copycat

It's almost time for the August challenges at Oscraps, and I have three pages prepared so far.  I am mostly trying to make progress on scrapping Angel Island and the Nasti trip.

I fear I ignored Angel Island for too long, there are many wonderful pictures, being out on the Golden Gate on a beautiful day.  So without further ado, here is one of those pictures with the mightly GGB in the distance, a sailboat in the foreground, and the sun shining on us all.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

And then there was Grout

I tend to postpone this step, because it is critical, and according to legend, prone to be tricky.

But I am happy to report that I have not postponed, I have dived right in and starting the grouting, and it is looking awesome!
Since I had leftovers, I used the same gray grout used on the Great Wall of China.  It gives nice contrast without being too strong.  Plus, as Ms AC pointed out, it will blend in nicely with the wall.  Although I may put this one in the front courtyard.

I look forward to another upcycled bowling ball!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

SUP Take 4

Yes, I have already posted a thousand photos of me SUPing, but there is one more, the last one, I promise.  This was made for the "1 Kit 5 (or more) Ways" challenge at Oscraps, debuting on the Oscraps blog today.

It only uses one kit, Tracy Martin's My Favs.  This was a challenge for me, but I am happy there was some grunge in the kit for creating the artsy style I like.  Picture taken at Lake Tahoe on July 13, 2013.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bowling Ball Phase 1 Complete

I was going to wait until it was completely complete, but I am excited that at least Phase 1 of the blowing ball project is complete.  And I don't want to wait another week to show it off.

On Day 1 I accomplished  a swirl pattern at the top, from blue, red and yellow mirror and vitreous glass.  On day 2 I added a circle of blue mirror glass, surrounded by silver Van Gogh tiles both square and cut into triangles, then added cut rectangles of red vitreous glass.
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On day 3 I added variety and got quite random, with more silver Van Gogh glass, gold mirror glass, orange-red ceramic gems, gold ceramic glitter minis, butterscotch ceramic minis, and more light blue vitreous providing some separation.
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Day 4 went back to the dark blue vitreous glass, and added some small light blue  and pearly white ceramic tiles, then some green mirror glass.
It is a challenge working on a round surface.  For one thing, you can't do too much at once, and the mortar must be thick so the pieces don't slide. 

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Typically, I missed a couple of days of progress photos. One reason is that when the tiling is finished for the day, the tiles are still pretty messily covered in mortar. Then when I return to clean them up, I forget to take a picture. Anyway, on day 7 the tiling was completed.  It's pretty randomly abstract, although I attempted some design and color lines.  It will certainly look different from all angles, and I hope reflect nicely with all the mirror glass.

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Next step is to clean up the mortar thoroughly and then begin grouting. I am going to use the same gray grout I used on the great wall of china.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Week 30

Week 30, in which I finished and hung the shell monogram, the plumeria started blooming in earnest, I started the mosaic bowling ball, and finished up the week with a fun afternoon with Ms AC in Santana Row .

Template is Passion for Project 365 from Maya de Groot.
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Friday, July 26, 2013

The King & I

Back in April, Ms AC & I were having a fun day shopping downtown.  Walking up Powell, there was this goofy guy in a king suit outside the Burger King.  Well, I can be goofy too.

Made with the soon to be released Life's a Circus collab from Maya de Groot and Crafty Button Designs.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Next Project

This is my starting point for my next project, found at Savers and purchased for about $6.  I think it's about a 10-lb ball, with quite small finger holes, too small for me.  But of course it has no future as a bowling ball.

I hope to reveal it's future in a week or so.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Iconic Transamerica Tower

After a grueling but wonderful day of touring San Francisco, which included riding the first cable car of the day at the Hyde Street start of the Powell & Post line, strolling Union Square and shopping, touring China Town and having lunch at the Great Eastern, going to Coit Tower and touring North Beach, then having dinner in Little Italy, we were leaving the city and it blessed us with this wonderful view of the sun setting on the Transamerica Tower.

Made with Jen Maddocks Quilt Templates 7.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dinner at Papitos

I am slowly making my way through the early summer photos.  One of the summer challenges at Oscraps was to scrap dining al fresco, and I remembered this picture, taken in front of Papito's in Potrero Hill, where, as it says, the sun always seems to be shining.  It was truly a beautiful evening and a great way to showcase San Francisco to Lisa and Natalie.  I miss them, and am thinking of them today.  Also always miss those other two...okay, I miss them all, all the time.

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Credits: Anna Aspnes Original ArtPlay No 1, Anna Aspnes Warm Glows No 1, Studio 68 Take a Chance, Oscraps Collab Tango, Tracy Martin My Favs, Vicki Stegall Summertime, all at Oscraps.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Monogram

When we were on Edisto Island back in May, one of the things I marveled at was the houses, the properties, the decor.  I really like nautical decor, obviously fitting on an island.  There were many huge and beautiful houses, and others not so huge, but clearly well-maintained and personalized with signage, house names and yard art.  Somewhere along the way, I noticed someone had a shell monogram hanging in front of their house, and a project idea was born.

I brought back a bag of shells, so the basic material was in hand.  I drudged up a discarded cabinet door and attempted a faux bois driftwood effect.  It may not look as aged as driftwood, but I like it.

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I tried finding some discarded rope, but in the interest of time, went into a marine supply store in Lake Tahoe and picked up 10 feet of rope, and auditioned the monogram with the rope and a few clusters of shells in the corners.

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And yesterday the project was completed and hung on the back fence with some found S-hooks and left-over lamp wire.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Week 29

In which we finished up the weekend at Lake Tahoe, I went to Cupertino for a dentist appointment, the plumeria is showing signs of a great blooming season, it is summer, the season I love, complete with beautiful sunsets and mojitos on the patio, and I found a bowling ball at Savers for one of my next projects!

Template is by Maya de Groot, Passion for Project 365.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Angel Island Urbex

I rushed from scrapping Edisto Island, touched on the Nasti trip to San Francisco, then headlong into Lake Tahoe.  But there was another special adventure in between, the trip to Angel Island for Father's Day.

This is one of many abandoned buildings on the island, and I have not yet been able to determine what it is or was, but somehow, it just appealed to me.  A great example of urbex, I wish I had gotten off my bike and taken more pictures, but I like the one I did get.

It just popped into my head...welcome to the Hotel California...

AnnaLift Angel Island Hotel photo Angel-Island-Hotel_zps1be8c331.jpg 
Another example of using the gradient tool for blending the picture and transfers. All products from Anna Aspnes.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Another SUP Shot

I can't help it, I loved SUPing, and I love these photos, and by blending them like this I hope to convey the absolute peace and quiet which was the fealing of SUPing on Lake Tahoe at 8 am on a Sunday morning in the summer.   It was tranquility defined.

This also represents some new learning, blending using the gradient tool.  I somewhat remember this  from my Jessica Sprague lessons long ago, but have never really used it.  The simple idea is to  place the photo onto an artsy background page, then use the gradient mode 'foreground to transparent' to quickly and easily blend the photo into the background.  I'm not sure yet of the effects of angles and lengths of the gradients, nor how to effectively pile them up, but that's what practice is about.

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Credits - Anna Aspnes Blendz Lesson

Thursday, July 18, 2013

More Scraps from Tahoe

This started as just another picture from the weekend at Lake Tahoe, a picture I like well enough to isolate it on a page of its own.   I was just headed out, onto the calm of the morning lake, for an hour of peaceful paddling.

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All products from Anna Aspnes.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Scraps from the Weekend

The weekend at Lake Tahoe may not be enough to quality for a whole book of photos, but it certainly deserves more than one photo per day.

So I am doing several more pages, like I did on the Fourth of July.

The first has to be about my SUPing adventure, because it is one of the most awesome things I have done.  These pictures are from the Saturday morning SUP.  I got right back on the board as if a year had not elapsed since the last and only time I have done this before.  Easier than riding a bike!

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And then I must share some of the beautiful sights, these from the road to and at Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay photo Tahoe-2_zps56d9ea59.jpg

Credits - Anna Aspnes Month in Review Template 17, ArtPlay Palette Summer Breeze, Danielle Young Sandy Feet alpha.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Week 28

In which the heat of summer continued, Ms AC and I went to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, where I gathered wonderful inspiration (I wish I could set up a table and sell some of the stuff I have!), I worked on my cabinet doors project, making faux bois with chalk paint and the uber-cool wood graining tool, we walked in a different part of the neighborhood near the pool and I discovered some chalk paintings in the street, I met a deer on the 15th hole, we spotted flamingos on the putting green in prep for the Women's Inviational with a theme of Mardi Gras, then we beat it out of town and headed to Lake Tahoe.

That was a long sentence!
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Edisto Island Photo Book Ordered

I've had this book done for a week or so, time to use some coupons and take advantage of sales and get it ordered!

Shutterfly baby photo books are the perfect way to preserve your baby's precious moments.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Nature's Journal

Photo from the butterfly exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers, with Jen Maddocks Nature's Journal. 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Dining Room Table

After the completion of the chair project, and not to be left out of the craftiness, MR AC recently refinished the old dining room table.

Technically, I guess this is an antique, belonging to the Mr AC grandparents, and we've had it for as long as I can remember. Although I didn't take one,  I could probably find a "before" picture.  Here we go, this was from my burlap table runner project.  Note the different color of one of the leaves, and the dullness of the finish, which was quite marred with water marks, the effects of too-hot dishes, and maybe, just maybe, some glue and glitter from some recent crafting.

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And here it is after removing the varnish, sanding, and a couple coats of do-it-all varnish.  The leaves are nearly indistinguishable and it's shiny and pretty!  We didn't do anything to the legs except add a little varnish restorer.  I do wish I could paint the legs a shiny white, but most of Mr AC's furniture is off-limits to my craftiness.  I long to shabby-up that little china cabinet in the background.  I'll have to be patient on that one.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Faux Bois Project

Once upon a time there were five old cabinet doors, rescued from the curb (we won't say garbage, as curb sounds more civilized).  They were wood, at least laminate wood, and therefore bound to be useful for a project someday.

The five doors did their time in a garage in Cupertino, and when it came time to move, they were loaded onto the moving truck accompanied by shakes of the head from a certain Mr AC.

Then they did their time in a garage in San Jose.  Finally, their time has come, at least for one of them.
For the first door is the subject of a faux bois project whose true identify will be revealed in time, but for now, the story of the faux bois.

Faux bois means fake wood in French.  I discovered it when researching how to create a faux driftwood effect.

After sanding and priming, I started with a coat of gray chalk paint .  One coat seemed enough since I am going for an aged look.  Then I mixed a little clear glaze with water, gray chalk paint, and a little white primer to lighten the color, rolled it on, then hit it with this magic tool, and voila!

This was so quick and easy, it actually took me longer to mix the paint and clean up the tools than it did to swipe down this board about five times with the tool.

Next step, shopping for a piece of marine rope.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Even More Boardwalk

It was such a beautifully picturesque day, that day we went to the boardwalk, with the sky so blue and the signs and rides so colorful and bright against the blue sky, not even washed out by the very bright sun.

This page was made for the Vicki Stegall Designer Spotlight at Oscraps using her Summertime kit.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Week 27 and Independence Day

In which we celebrated the Fourth of July and powered through the longest heat wave we have ever experienced.  It was so hot, I had to put umbrellas up in the front yard to protect the hydrangeas and I bought myself a cap and goggles so I could go swimming.

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I've decided that weeklies are not always enough to tell the stories in some weeks. So from time to time I will add some pages to the yearbook to tell some additional special stories, because they may be lost of they are not told. That somewhat makes my Project 365 something different, perhaps more like Project Life, but it's my project and I can change it if I like. 

So, here are two additional pages I did with just a bunch of somewhat candid shots I took at our Independence Day celebration. I managed to not get into any of these picture,s but that's OK, because all my favorite people are in the pictures. 
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

More Boardwalk

Another page made for my Summer lyrics challenge at Oscraps, with more pictures from the boardwalk trip.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013


We've been eating some pancakes recently. I love pancakes. Who doesn't love pancakes? But they're in the carb doghouse these days, so they don't get made very often. 

After watching Red last weekend, in which John Malkovich says 'Wanna get pancakes?", the next morning, pancakes were made and covered in fresh berries. 

Then they became the subject for an AnnaLift scrap page. AnnaLift Pancakes photo AnnaLift-0704-Pancakes_zpsab75ec83.jpg

Friday, July 5, 2013

From the Cable Car

I snapped this pic from the Powell & Hyde cable car on that cool and still-foggy morning.  I am not sure exactly where we were, but I was struck by the architecture and the uniformity, the morning light reflecting in the mullioned wondows.  And since we were cresting a hill, I was able to get a nice angle for the shot.

Scrapped for the July Web Inspiration challenge at Oscraps, using Brocante and P366 kits by Maya de Groot.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red Vic, White Chalk, Blue Something

I am fascinated with the current chalk and chalkboard trend. There is chalkboard paint, which I must try, chalkboard fonts and chalkboard brushes for Photoshop. And for July we are running a chalkboard challenge at Oscraps.  There were a ton of chalky products available to use, most here are from Studio 68.

This picture was from May, when Mr AC & I went up to San Francisco to bring the Victorinox suitcase for repair, and stopped at Ms AC's apartment for something (while she was in NY), and I had to stop downstairs for a pic.  I like these signboard picture opportunities.

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Later that same day we had another signboard opportunity, outside a Magic Shop next to Park Chow on Ninth Ave at the south exit of Golden Gate Park, where we stopped for a quick visit to the Girl with a Pearl Earring and a quick visit to see the butterflies at the Conservatory of Flowers.   It was a little difficult to get a self-portrait, but still this is fun. 

"Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat."

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rainbow Row

Trying to finish up a photo book of our trip to Edisto Island, I created another page for Rainbow Row in Charleston, incorporating the cover of the Visitor's Guide, which is a lot more colorful than the real buildings.  Still, it is a very cute little area of Charleston, and I found myself impressed when a man walked out of one of the houses to take his dog for a walk.  Nice digs!

This was also my entry for the Template Twist challenge at Oscraps this month.  The original template (from Anna Aspnes Magic FotoBlendz album) was 12x12, modified for the Shutterfly photo book format.  Now if only I could get the fininshing touches done, including a cover...yikes, what to do??

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Under the Boardwalk

I am running the quote challenge at Oscraps this month.   I am filling in for Sara, who is filling in for Ona, or something like that, so we are doing the old switcherooo, which means I am not well versed in the traditions of this this as...I get to do what I want!

So I decided to do SUMMER quotes from songs, which is sort of like the Lyrics challenge (this is what happens when you call someone in from the bench). There are soooo many available, just google summer song quotes. Here's a great reference:

I've collected a few to get you thinking:  

Girls in their Summer Clothes (Bruce Springsteen)
And the girls in their summer clothes
In the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes
Pass me by  

Summer in the City (Lovin Spoonful)
 Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head [

Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts)
Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind

Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer (Nat King Cole)
 Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You'll wish that summer could always be here [

Under the Boardwalk (The Drifters)
Oh when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof
And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire proof
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah
On a blanket with my baby is where I'll be
(Under the boardwalk) out of the sun
(Under the boardwalk) we'll be havin' some fun
(Under the boardwalk) people walking above
(Under the boardwalk) we'll be falling in love
Under the boardwalk, boardwalk!

In the Summertime (Mungo Jerry)
In the summer time when the weather is high
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's right You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find

Hot Fun in the Summertime (Sly & The Family Stone)
End of the spring and here she comes back
Hi Hi Hi Hi there
Them summer days, those summer days
That's when I had most of my fun, back
high high high high there
Them summer days, those summer days

The list of kits to use is like an 'Endless Summer', in fact we have a whole category for summer .

I wanted to do something with the Boardwalk pictures.  The Boardwalk was such a great end to The Nat's visit.  It was something she really wanted to do, and the weather cooperated beautifully. 

I used the song from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ads, little knowing that it was done by the Ramones, or at least redone by the Ramones, which is the version in the ad.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Week 26

In which we had pancakes for breakfast, much more progess was made on the chairs, I got to drive a new Jaguar, and it was HOT HOT HOT, thus prompting time spent at the pool.

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