Monday, April 19, 2010

So Ugly, He’s Cute

Big Owl_Apr 2010

I will admit you will probably have to be an owl lover to appreciate this card. That’s OK. I love ‘im enough for all of us. Hmm… Wait. Perhaps, that isn’t true. When I saw Hero Art’s Big Owl stamp, I thought he was really cute, but I didn’t love ‘im or think I would use him enough to buy him for 10 bucks. I was, however, willing to part with 99 cents to have him in digital form. I find I have become more discriminating in the stamps I buy – trying to make purchases that have what I call “staying power.” If I can get the trendier, cutesy stuff in digital form, all the better. They don’t take up precious space, and if I only use them a couple of times, I don’t feel bad.

Anyway, this big, bold owl was colored with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The sentiment was computer generated. The red-looking ink is really brown but photographed funny. I have seen some cute paper-pieced versions of this owl, too, but I wasn’t quite ambitious enough this evening to choose the papers, print them, and then piece him together.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Buttercup, and Chocolate cardstock; Basic Grey Origins 6x6-inch paper pad; Bamboo ink pad; Hero Arts Big Owl DigiKit; Buttercup Bigger Brads; Prismacolor colored pencils; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; Blending stumps; EK Success Caption punch; Sponge dauber; Pop Dots.

I did the dumbest thing last night, playing a ridiculous online computer game until almost 4 am. Seems that after the busy weekend, I needed some mindless downtime. While I was OK at work today, I’m dragging now and will be turning in early tonight. In her comment on my last post, Jeanne mentioned that the weather appears to be mild in the frozen tundra. It is! In fact, at 72 degrees, today was more like a nice summer day than a typical day in April. I noticed on the way home that the grass is turning green, and some of the trees are starting to bud. Last year, we didn’t have leaves until the end of June. I like this much better.

That’s enough from me tonight. I hope your week was off to a wonderful start. Thanks for stopping by!


Sharli said...

I like your Owl! Love is a strong word . . . LOL

I am such an "early to bed" person - I just can't imagine playing a game until 4 am. No way! Although, I was up crafting Saturday until 11 PM and that's almost a record for me!

Hope you are seeing this post Tuesday and you had a wonderful night's sleep.


Jeanne said...

I think your plan to buy more digital stamps is a good one. While I'm not enamored with owls like you are, I love the coloring you did. (Those eyes kind of freak me out, but that's just me, LOL)

I remember last year when you felt like warm weather would never arrive. Yay that this year appears to be different (so far). Let's hope it continues and your grass greens and leaves bud with no threat of freezing to mess them up!

Oh my goodness, up til 4am! I don't know how you could function at work, but hopefully your game playing was lots of fun. Like Sharli, I'm much more of a morning person! LOL

Hope you have a terrific day today!

Alanna said...

Your card is cute. I'm glad you were able to get the owl for only 99 cents. Love sentiment that you put with it.

4 am on a work night? My body would never tolerate that. I'm glad that you were able to get through your day.