Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I can Ski!

Wednesday is typically my day off.  I was hoping for a lazy day, but it wasn't to be.  I had my final Dr. appointment.  It took a chunk out of my day, but worth it to find out I'm just fine -  no more pneumonia!  I was told to rest, and rest I did.  I pretty much felt like I was decomposing.  Now it is time to get back to being active!

This time of the year, active means hitting the ski slopes.  There is definitely a lack of snow this year.  The ski areas in the Catskills say they have plenty, though.  Last year, my first day out I was able to get in 11 runs, from top to bottom.  This year, still being a bit winded from the pneumonia, I suspect I may only get 2 or 3 in.  We'll see...

In March 2009 we had a wonderful family vacation, skiing in Lake Tahoe.  Much to our delight, we arrived in the middle of a snow storm in the Sierra Nevadas and experienced almost 4 FEET of snow.  Skiing was phenomenal!!!  My new Nikon D60 got a great workout.  Yes, I ski with my camera.  We still had a professional shot taken at Heavenly Valley ski resort.  We rarely have one of the four of us together, so I treasure this one.

Because I do love the winter, one of the first digital scrap book kits I purchased from Scrap Girls was "Flake Flurry".  It had some lovely digital paper, elements and word art in cool blue tones.  So, as soon as we got home, I put together a very simple layout.  I didn't use any "techniques".  I just put a grungy frame around the main photo and a border separating the three photos I took at the bottom.  Then a few snowflake elements to add interest.  I was surprised at how quickly it came together.
I hope you all are enjoying your winter so far!

SkiChic,  Diane

Sunday, January 22, 2012

First Blog Post

After waiting for many years, I've decided to finally take the plunge and create a blog.  I think it may be more for
myself, to document what and how I create, but I hope you will enjoy it, too.

About me ~ I grew up in Wappingers Falls, NY.  75 miles north of "the city", New York City, that is, and 75 miles south of Albany, our state capital.  I did live in Tampa, FL, for 10 years.  Married Jim and had two children down there.  We moved back up to Ulster County in the Mid-Hudson Valley where I get to cross the Hudson River daily.
We've been married 29 years this March.  Our son is 23, living at home and our daughter is 19, away at college pursuing a degree in Physical Education.

I think I truly got started "crafting" back in 1992.  I saw a demo using rubber stamps, embossing powders and a heat tool.  I was hooked!  Of course, I was going to save $$ by creating my own cards and tags for the kids.  HA! I needed all the latest and greatest!  I'm sure there are some of you nodding along.  You've been there, too :)
To help supplement this, I submitted stamped items to Rubber Stamp companies and magazines.  Probably at least of third, or more, of the stamps and stamping products I have were the result of winning a contest!
I have been published in industry magazines, VampStampNews, Stamper's Sampler and Rubber Stamper.
I still do some rubber stamping, but over the years branched into some other areas.  I have enjoyed making books, particularly the "star book".  Using mixed media on a canvas always makes me feel like such an Artist.
Most of those have been gifts to friends and family.  I love making jewelry, both stringing and more delicate bead stitching. 

However, my Passion (capital "P") is Digital Scrapbooking.  I like all things digital/technical, so I'm a perfect fit for this.  Jim gave me Photoshop Elements V7 as a Christmas gift in 2009.  I purchased an e-book from and I was off and running.  No more glue, scissors, hard to fix mistakes with photos and paper.  Digital is so forgiving!
And, let me say, Scrap Girls has been a truly wonderful experience!  Such a great group of talented scrapbookers and very supportive.

So, what does a digital scrapbook page look like?  I'll share my first attempt at one. 

Certainly nothing elaborate, but I was so thrilled!  I worked hard to get the shading right to make the tags look like they were 3-D and layered on top.  That shading is a Snap, now!  I'll share more of my pages as we go along.  Thanks for looking!  I'd enjoy reading any comments you might have, too!