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I'm back from vacation... only it didn't really FEEL like a vacation. Vacation to me means hot sand, bright sun, and warm waters. This vacation was bitter winds, heavy seas, and dreary cloud cover. All in all though, I wasn't working... so I guess it still qualifies! (Below is the one night that the cloud cover broke up and we were able to watch the sun set.) Beautiful!
We took a 4 day cruise from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. Here's how it went:
Day 1 - Monday.
Cloudy and some rain showers in Port Canaveral, but that's okay... we are just boarding and heading south... it's bound to warm up.
Boarding was easy... and our luggage was brought quickly to our room... I mean, closet.
Watched the ship launch and head out to sea. I think we were trying to outrun the roiling storm clouds... yeah, didn't happen.
Dinner was an event. Food on the last cruise we went on was amazing. This time... not so much. Maybe it's just the "first night" kinks.
Did I mention the heavy seas? No? Pardon me while I careen from wall to wall as I stagger down the hallway.
Got back to the cabin and found this adorable towel monkey just hanging around.
Day 2 - Tuesday.
Woke up to the captain announcing our visit to Cocoa Cay was cancelled due to the 40 mile an hour winds and boiling waves. (We were told we would try again on the way back.)
Spent the day on the boat. The captain turned off all engines so we could "drift" for the day... otherwise it would have been too windy to be up on deck. (Can you see how empty the deck was anyway? It was COLD!)
Took some Dramamine. Took some more.
Played 3 card in the casino. Lost some money.
Captain's Dinner. Got all dressed up. Ate some food (it was better today, but still not stellar.)
Watched a show. Giggled as the dancers tried to stay upright on the heaving boat.
Day 3- Wednesday: Nassau.
Docked alongside a number of other cruise ships.
Sat on deck for a bit and then went inside to play gin. (Too cold and windy on deck.)
Got on a huge catamaran and went out of the port to go snorkeling. (Didn't raise sails.... just motored...)
Got into the water (OMG... everything is instantly numb!) and spent an hour body surfing on the waves and googling the cool fish and coral reef below.
Got out of the water (OMG... everything is instantly flash frozen by the wind!) and sailed back to the boat. (This time they did raise the sails and we FLEW back.)
Took a HOT shower in the shower (I mean sink) and went to dinner.
Lost some more money at the casino and saw another show. (We were docked still, so the dancers had no issues tonight.)
Day 4 - Thursday: Coco Cay.
Ahhhh, the wind was down to about 20 mph and the waves a seemingly calm 5 feet - so we could visit!
Hopped on board the tender and bobbed and bounced our way to the island amid cries of, "Oh Lord... I'm going to be sick!"
Found a lounge chair on the beach (not a difficult task as it was mostly empty - just a few brave souls.)
Went on a nature walk... saw some iguanas, a cat, and a hen. Exciting!!!
Had some ship "BBQ" for lunch and then headed back to the boat as the sun (which had come out for a few brief moments) quickly disappeared.
Found a lounge chair on the deck and relaxed. The sun came out!!!!
Had our last dinner (got a little goofy with the waiters, sang, danced, and did magic tricks).
Watched a show. Adult comedy... pretty funny after a glass or two of wine.
Packed and got our luggage out into the hallway.
Day 5 - Friday: Back to Port
Woke up and headed down to debark. An easy process. Getting my land legs back... not so easy! LOL
I'm back to work and trying to get all caught up and prepped for Christmas. And I'm dreaming of our next vacation... someplace WARM and SUNNY!
I have to admit - I haven't sent a single Christmas card yet! I know... I know... there's little more than a week left and they need to go out NOW!
When Brooke and Tanya challenged the CardMaker Blog team to come up with some quick to make, last minute Christmas card ideas to share I'll admit... I panicked. I'm not much for quick cards - I mean, I do simple layouts... but my typical card takes anywhere from 2-5 hours to make. Get one done in under 10 minutes... are you serious?
Well, I rolled up my sleeves and warmed up my airbrush system and here's what I came up with.
Simple... yet somehow just right.
Cut white (or cream) cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches.
Place stencil over upper right of cardstock.
Using the Copic Airbrush System, apply a smooth coat of B26 with the chisel nib and some speckles of B18 with the brush nib.
Stamp sentiment with blue ink.
Mat airbrushed layer with dark blue cardstock.
Attach to light blue card base with foam tape.
This would work with a number of different stencils and a variety of colors. Easy Peasy... and just in time!
1 down... 249 left!
Now that I've saved you some time... head on over to the other designer's blogs for even more quick and easy holiday card ideas!
I'm always telling my students NOT to compare their work with other students. I think that is unproductive and can lead to all sorts of conflicting emotions. While I think it's good to use other people's work as inspiration, I definitely think it's more productive to compare yourself with... yourself! LOL
Our challenge over at Make It Crafty right now is to do exactly that. Take an image that you colored previously (preferably a few months past) and recolor it. It's a GREAT learning challenge and no matter how advanced you are in your coloring skills, there is always room for improvement!
Here are my samples for the challenge.
I colored the Cheery Santa digi image about 6 months ago. (Image on the left.) It was okay. I didn't really do anything wrong in my coloring, but I sure left room for improvement! Look at the image on the right. That's my re-color of the same image for the challenge! Just look at the difference in contrast! The re-color is MUCH darker and I payed attention and added cast shadows too!
Here are both colored images on cards. While I am not all that fond of the "drab" coloring on the first card, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the layout!
And while I love the coloring (and added detail of the scene) of the second card, I am not as fond of the layout! LOL
I guess the next step is to color up Cheery Santa again... using lots of contrast and more realistic skin tones (like the second attempt) and put him in the layout from the first attempt.
Like I said... it's always a learning experience!
Stop in the MIC gallery to see what others are doing and learning from their re-color challenge.
If you are a regular reader, you know I've been writing Copic technique articles for each issue of CardMaker Magazine since this past March. I'm flying high today and super excited to announce that I'm expanding my work with them and joining the very first CardMaker Blog Team!
Brooke has put together an amazing group of designers to write and design for the new CardMaker Blog and I'm so honored to be a part of it. The first blog team includes:
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am currently working as a freelance designer and/or educator for Copic and DRG Publishers. While I am compensated by these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don't personally use and enjoy.