It's really amazing to think that these will be the final Friday photos of 2012! (Where did this year go?) But I have some great ones coming up for next year. Unlike most I share, these weren't taken by me, but by Maria Swearingen, at the annual Portland, Oregon Christmas ships parade, which has been taking place on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers for the past fifty-eight years and now features between fifty-five and sixty boats! In Sea Glass Winter (which goes on sale New Year's Eve!), Dillon and Claire come across the parade while she's in the city for an exhibition of her blown glass art.
This was time consuming, but fun, because it's created from many 1/4" wide strips of paper glued down next to each other onto cardstock, then run through my Cuttlebug embossing machine to get the raised dots before gluing it onto the red cardstock backing. I also colored the darling Penny Black stamp with my Copics and printed the sentiment out on my computer.
Although I didn't send this card to Paula and Sandy to put on today's OWH blog, it's one of my personal favorites because I made it for a friend who was diagnosed with lung cancer. After surgery last month, she's already well enough to be going out to our girl friend lunches and has been declared cancer free. The stamp, which I colored with Copics, and the sentiment are from Mark's Finest Papers.
While coloring isn't my strong suit (I'm working on it!), I'm pleased with how Ciara, the stamp of Sandy's dog, from Stampers' Best, turned out.
Thanks so much for visiting! I love receiving comments and read them all. I hope readers will come back on January 1st, for news of Sea Glass Winter's publication celebration contest with what I personally think are the coolest gifts I've ever given away!
Wishing everyone a New Year filled with peace, love, joy, and much friendship!