June 25, 2010

Finished a summery card

Hi, everyone!
 After the two parties of the visitors in these few days left my home for their each countries, I accessed the Hero Arts blog, -just about four hours ago-, I tried to make a card. I knew that it was really reckless attempt, becase only two hours were left till the limit to entry at that moment.
But I could finish it. So I sent it to Frickr to join the June challenge Round 2.
Wow..., five months has already passed since my last entry.

Here is the card, 'You are the best'.
 I used 8 pastels for the stamped image of the Scallop greenery, after stampd it with deep lagoon color oil-based ink.

And this photo is the one that I took pic with the pastels I used.

And, this is a closeup.
 The reason I used pastels was...this has the merit to get an interesting effect and also I can expect rapid coloring and finishing. For this reason, I sometimes do it.
 After I colored on the stamped image with these pastels broadly, spreaded them by finger to mix each pastels. After that, sprayed the mist of Perfect Pearls with water to fix the pastels and to add a bit shimmer effect on it. And one more ... , this way brings to add another effect mixed Pastel powders and Perfect Pearls on the surface.

 The part of the bottom half is...,
 Stamped the background stamp with white dye ink first, stamped it again with VersaMark Champane and embossed with clear powder.
This time, I chose the combination of champane color and clear embossing powder, because I also wanted to get 'a bit shimmer effect' for this part, the same as the center piece. ;)

Stamp used:
HA Scallop Greenery / H5365
HA Design Blocks Flourish / S5034
HA Clear Design Mix and Match Elements/ CL266

American Crafts CS, DCWV PP
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Deep Lagoon, Onyx Black, VersaMark / Champane
Memories Dye Ink / White
Ranger Distress Stickles/ Rock Candy, Worn Lipsticks
Ranger Perfect Pearls / Pearl
Ranger Acrylic Dabber / Gold
Jacquard / Gum Arabic
Pastels, ribbon, QuicKutz nesting die, Spellbinders Nestabillities die

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a beautiful week and weekend!

June 23, 2010

The card, 'Just for You'

Hi, everyone!
 Today, I want to share you my first card after a long term that I was absent here and there.
 Made this summer image card on June 10th for my friend to be with some gifts. Soon after finished, I sent them abroad and the parcel was already received a week ago. And finally tonight, oooh, it's midnight here, I could publish this post. :)

Here is the card, 'JUST FOR YOU'.
 This card took me quite a long time. I worked for moving design for a while. So I couldn't get better ideas for the still image.
Many images for the landscape continued to increase in my brain like a movie. I couldn't get a definite idea while approximately 5 hours.
As a result, I finished this card without a landscape for the girl walking with her dogs.
-In a word, I couldn't get anything, despite I thought about it for taking my time. Haha. But I took a good choice to use this background stamp or to use this striped ribbon and paper flowers, I think.
(I divulge the fact. That is ... All other ideas were N.G. to be with all surroundings above!) -
 Actually, from the end of this February to this May, I didn't create any cards. I bought Unicef cards mainly when I needed.

 This main image stamp reminded me of our family dog lived with us for 12 years. He loved to go for a walk with me.
 And I love this Hero Arts Friends Definition. I'm sure this cling stamp must be versatile, the same as other background stamps. And I really appreciate this size of the cling stamps, because those never make my drawer heavier soon. ;)

Stamp used:
Hero Arts Friends Definition / CG125
Hero Arts Clear Design All Ocasion Messages/ CL272
American Arts stamp

Bazzil white CS, Kretake Teal and Light yellow green CS
Tsukineko VersaFine / Onyx Black, Deep Lagoon
Tsukineko Brilliance / Moonlight White
Ranger Acrylic Dabber / Silver
Copic Markers,
Prima Paper flowers, Basic Grey button, shell button, ribbon, Fiskers Punch

*All the coloring for the American Arts stamp is copic markers.

Thank you for stopping by! :)
Have a wonderful week!

June 21, 2010

I'm now embarrassing...

 This is my quick post to apologize for the persons who sent me G-mails.

 I'm now embarrassing how I should describe my apology to the ladies.
Just now, I noticed the G-mail icon at the tool bar in my browser haven't been working, and I knew it received 3 precious e-mails.
Probably, these phenomena were begun to be caused 2 or 3 months ago at the time when I upgraded my browser, I guess.

I'm Very Very SORRY to:
  Anne Gaal on Mar. 5
  Virginia on Apr. 14
  Donna on Apr. 19
I'm going to send you my reply as soon as possible. Give me time to write it, please! - I have guests tonight.

* I left the other g-mails out, because those seemed to be the invitations for some communities.

And also so sorry, if I fail to notice other e-mails from other peoples.

 To tell you the truth, I've been anoying by the spam and spoofing mails in these several years, and those are over 100,000 (hundred thousand) e-mails per a day since this April. I have to check even in the spam mail folder, because a large number of e-mails frequently causes incorrect actions on my anti-virus application software every time.
 And the web and mail servers that I own came to down 2 times by the spam attacks while I was in MIA.
So I stopped downloading e-mails except the accounts for my work several months ago from my mail servers to the e-mail application in my personal computer.

 The impression of this post is 'self - justification', I know. But I sent this as my message to you all.

 I chose the photo left which I took this morning in our garden.
I regret to say that I don't know the name of this plant.

Thanks for visiting and reading!
Have a wonderful day!

June 20, 2010

It's been a while, everyone!

How have you been? The start of the rainy season was announced in Japan except the northern Hokkaido island a few days ago.
But today was a sunny day here in Kyushu region. So I took this photo this afternoon in our Japanese style garden. The flower of Ericaceae are coming into bloom and the blooming lily of the valley will be over soon.

Finally, tonight, I could be back to update this blog. :)
Over four and a half months were already passed since I published the last one. I've been very busy from this February to the middle of this month for taking care of my parent and our aged cat, house keeping and my work.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for all your lovely comments here, by 'e', 'Flickr' and 'snail' mails for my family members and me.
And I'm VERY SORRY and BIG THANK YOU to the 5 persons left your messages here. I'm really happy if you are able to allow my rude manner.
 Tejal on Feb. 23
 Deirdre on Feb. 24
 Anne Gaal on Mar. 5
 DominoDebi (Deborah) on Mar. 19
 Fika on May 23
*I published all your gentle comments this evening in JST that the system held to wait for my approvals. Actually I could read them this afternoon, and those touched me off to send my message on this blog. Thanks a lot! I want to say thank you to visit all your blogs in a few days.

 While this term, many things I had to do forced me to take less 3 hrs. for my sleep time every day. Fortunately I'm alive and I need 'wrinkle treatment'. Ha! But this is the truth, because there were days I came to weak a little in mental and physical condition. :'-(
So I couldn't make time for checking any other blogs of friends, paper-crafters, and needle workers - mine wasn't exceptional. (About a month ago, I just only visited 'my Flickr home' once - only about 5 min., I remember. I hoped to look around all your beautiful works for taking my time, when I accessed there. But I had to go back to work soon, since I received the important appointment suddenly.)

 My father's operation was successed on surgical and medical diagnosis, but he has been saying that he feels 'not good'. His subjective symptom worries me a lot. I sometimes can't find any words to cheer him up ...
(But today I was so happy! We could celebrate his Father's day!
There's no photo of today's family party, because I couldn't have got my family members' permissions for publishing it on the web. Sorry!)

 And our family cat, Gray came to be serious by senility a week before my father's operation in this February. But the miracle was occurerd before taking a sad decision 'euthanasia', because she began to suffer. (She suddenly began to eat, despite the fact that she didn't eat at all while 4 days and became very weak.)

 She came to be 15 years old on Mar. 30th. :)
The photo left is today's Gray. She looked she felt good all day long.
She is deaf by otitis externa was taken a month ago. It seems that she is in the condition to be easy to have bacterial infection. sigh)

 Speaking of my work, while I was in MIA here, I made 2 designs for the registered trademarks, worked for 2 films (the one was already finished and the other will be finished in this October or November.), and for several web sites that I've been managing.
I'm not a workaholic. But I love to create. So the next one is now under negotiation.
And now, I take a little break and enjoy looking at the live films of FIFA World Cup, South Africa every day. But I don't suffer from jet lag. Love to see wonderful games. ;)

I'm going to share you only one card in a few days which I made about a week ago. And I want to make some during my summer vacation.

Thank you for reading! :) And sorry for my poor sentences. Maybe there are many mistakes, because I rushed to type and I forget English in my MIA. :(

Have a beautiful weekend and the next week!