It has been a busy and crazy week around here. The weather has been very hot all week with the exception of Tuesday when it didn't get over 100 degrees F. and there were some small showers around to cool it off a bit. I read posts that it did to over 100 deg in some parts of the state so it is over 2 weeks at this high heat.
Thought I would start the post off with a picture of the House Finch nest this week. The cuties are getting bigger and it seems like Momma and Dad are always on the go trying to keep them fed. I read that it is only about 3 weeks before they fledge and are gone so I will have to try and get a couple more photos before they go. I hope they stay close to my water/bird bath cause the summer is usually hotter after this time of year and water is short this year. This little fella squawked until he didn't get food then he stopped and looked right at me then went back to squawking again. So fun to watch but I stay away so Momma can take care of them.
Okay the bird visit over with and on to my desk this week. If you wonder what I am going on about and you would like to join in the fun head on over to Ms. Julia's, the originator of the weekly snoop fest. Stamping Ground It is painless and oh so much fun to visit desks all around the world.
My desk is very cluttered and has been very busy as I am trying to get some 6"x 9" journal pages done for a swap I am doing at the CreativeBlock-StampersAnonymous In May I was reading posts when I ran across the call for people to participate in this journal page swap. We are making 12 journal pages (front and back) and then we ship them off to the hostess who is making the front and back covers for our books punching the ring holes and putting rings to bind them. Sounds like an ordinary swap in some ways but it is a whole lot more! It was limited to 12 stampers and we have to use Stampers-Anonymous stamps and in return they will be giving each of us a set of stamps from this falls new releases. Nice huh! I love swaps.
I used color wash to spray the page that I masked the corner with a couple flowers to leave a 'clean' spot to journal in. I then stamped the background stamp in Vintage photo on the front of the page leaving the journaling flowers open. I stamped the butterflies from the same set in Black Soot and embossed them with clear embossing powder. After they dried and cooled of I used Derwent Inktense pencils to color in the butterflies then dabbed at them with a water brush. I ran a strip of the butterfly tissue tape from the Sketchbook tapes down the left side of page. The flower is sprayed with Luminart spray and a old button glued to the center. I think I am done but will give it a day to settle in and see if I need to do more. The back is just going to be simple stamping with more journaling space. I am thinking about using the Wild West stamps and a saying from the Stuff to Say set. Any suggestions?