Tuesday, September 16, 2008


The theme this Monday from Go Make Something is 'Things with wings'. I made this card in April, but it works! The stamps are some of my favorites by Michael Strong.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Printer

My Epson 2400 started giving me problems and finally just stopped turning on. AGH! After driving my DH crazy by printing to his printer, I finally went out and got a new one. I wanted one mostly for printing photos, so I wasn't looking at any multifunction models...until the tech guy at Staples found me. I ended up getting the HP Photosmart C8180 3-in-1 printer, scanner, copier. It's Wi-Fi capable (translation: no cables), Bluetooth compatible (translation: I can print all the on-the-fly photos I take with my Blackberry and does a great job with photo printing. It does us individual color ink cartridges like the Epson, but they are $4-$10 cheaper than Epson inks. So far, other than a Scan To Computer issue (which is the same issue I have on my work HP Laserjet All-in-One), I'm pretty happy...gonna call HP about the problem tomorrow.

Anyway, it also has the guide for negatives and slides. I took some old slide my DH had of his grandfather and scanned them in. I did one scan straight to printer (no corrections) and this is what I got (and what the slide actually looks like):

I then scanned from the HP scanning software, which allows you to do some color correction, cropping, etc. and this is what scanned to my computer:
Pretty good!! Now the spots, 'dust' and 'scratches' are all from the old slide, but I think it did a great job of restoring the photo from the greened, aged original. BTW, the car is a 1960 Buick LaSabre and the gentleman is my husband's grandfather, Robert W. Howard.
During all the excitement over the printer, I did manage to do something mildly creative. I bought some jars of colored stucco on sale at Michaels. It was $1 a container, so I said, "What the heck". This is a picture that I did really quickly just to try the stuff out. It cracked some because I just did it on plain paper (normally I would have used a hard canvas...or a wall).

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back In Action

I'm back to crafting following surgery. The first order of business was to get my two Messages in a Bottle ready to send out. I recieved a MIB from Christina Butters with this in it:

I put together my bottles going to Sheba Kitty and Debbie Barnhill containing this:

I also decided to try Tim Holtz' September Technique Challenge. This challenge used stamping to create a faux watercolor look...pretty easy and really cool. Since I still can't lift anything over a bottle of water, I had to use what stamps were handy. I chose the little mouse...cuz...it's cute...and added the saying to finish it off. I did learn that, like watercolor painting, you can remove ink by wetting and blotting and that a little is more. I went a little crazy on the edging and had to tone it down.