Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Two posts of the same picture. same camera settings...one will enlarge, one will not. Is it me?? Often wonder why I keep my pictures in the center and text above and below? It's because the editing features on blugger STINK! Page breaks, spacing, there is no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I enter my own html and that doesn't even work!
Hey- did you guys check out justjohanna today? She is having a contest for $25 in stamp credits! You don't have to twist my arm to try for this one!
I heat embossed my favorite image of the moment (Spring Tree) using frayed burlap distress ink. Pierced the birdhouse... A little shimmy of machine stitching and a dollup of ribbon and lace. Colored the leaves with green gel pen..Voila!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars. I decided to have an impromptu jibber jabber session tonight.
I am transfixed by art blogs. I cannot look away from them. I am not talking about my usual daily perusal, but hundreds of other blogs that I have come by this way or that. They are mesmerizing. Every one of them is so different and every blog contains a different type of “art”.
Paint, pencils, pen, wood, fabric, felt, altered, organized, modern, vintage…there are SO many artists with blogs.
Am I an artist? I don’t think so. Not yet anyway. At this point in my life I think I may like to be an artist. My mother was an artist, also the tormented type. Maybe this is the path I am destined for.
I want to try it all. I see a project, watch a tutorial and then spend a long time researching the cost of all of the materials. Just I am about to click “continue to checkout” I am reminded of all of the other projects that are sitting here already, waiting for me to try. I h ave a bad case of "I can make that" itis.
Don’t get me wrong, I have not been without “art” in my life all this time. I think it (my tendancy for art) was suppressed by the man though. I almost graduated college with a major in photography…one semester short. That’s when I dumped all the art and dove head first into gemology. I loved gemology and I still do. But, jewelry making? Not so much. I think I have pretty much beaten the jewelry avenue for this life time. I still brush up now and then hoping that one day, bigbadmike and I will strike it rich with a rare gemological flea market find. I always have my tools in my purse. (Why? I am not sure, but you can hit me up any time for a jewelers loupe…always at the ready.) Kim and I used to play NTN trivia in various bars…I prayed every close game for a gemological question to come up. It happened once. I remember it like it was yesterday. We won. (What was the biggest diamond ever found? Everyone in the bar picked “Hope”. Suckers.)
What should I do? (Rhetorical.) I doodled some doodles tonight. They are not as bad as I thought they would be. I have never had a history of being able to draw well, but I was encouraged by some other bloggers to give it a try. I like all this mixed media mumbo jumbo that seems to have taken the blogging community by storm. Also trouble. I am a fan of simplicity. Can mixed media or collage work for me? I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
From Google, Yo: Cullinan I - also known as The Star of Africa was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, owner of the mining company, and currently claims the title of largest cut diamond in the world. Of all the worlds largest diamonds Cullinan I is the largest. It was cut by Asscher in Amsterdam, weighs 530.20 carats, and has 74 facets. The Cullinan now resides in the Tower of London and is set in the sceptre of King Edward VII.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Get out your old yearbooks...you know you want to! What was your most memorable 80's hair-do? Super big and tall? Curled beyond recognition? Mullet? New wave? How did you style it? Aquanet? Crunchy gel? Scan in your photos and let us have a peek!
Monday, March 26, 2007
From the top: Version one features the images heat embossed in gold powder; version 2 features the images heat embossed in moonglow empossing powder on pearlescent cardstock and we're back to gold on version 3. I hope you like these as much as I do! Image credits: Lanterns (Impress), scroll (justjohanna). Click here for the sketch.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
The gods were smiling down on me today. I sold the monster sized futon on Craigs List today and it is GONE! Can I get an AAAAAYYYYYYY MEN! Now, I can turn around and touch the ground in my craft area. Now, I have an extra table set up to keep my sewing machine out...now I have a drying area other than the floor! Now, I can leeeeeeaaaannnnn back in my desk chair. Now, I don't have to sigh and save projects for next time becasue I didn't want to haul out the necessary equipment! AAAAAAAAAHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
One of my most favorite images from All Night Media, paired with the justjohanna famous scroll, & script by Stampland. I aged the paper with Vintage Photo distress ink and black die ink. Once completely dried, I stamped the image in the center and heat embossed it using Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. A quick mask job, I then added the scroll (colored in gold gel pen) and the script. The final step was to dust the entire card with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink! It's so shimmery in person!
Thank you for stopping by!!
Posted by Julie Prichard at 11:24 AM
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I know that I have a lot of “non-blurfers” that read my blog regularly, (so I guess, technically, that makes you a blurfer) so let me start by explaining what the term “blog candy” refers to. Blog candy refers to a prize that is given away by the blog host via the blog. For example, if I had an item to give away, I would announce the “candy” item in a post and readers could leave comments in an attempt to win the candy.
The internet is like elementary school in a way. Dateline 1983, San Diego: St. Therese Academy fifth grade student ‘Lost Luggage’ is reprimanded for passing out Jolly Rancher candy to students while asking for votes for her seat on the Student Council. Luggage goes on to win the election in a landslide regardless. (Must have been that years campaign slogan “The devil will pack it, Julie can hack it.”)
Recently, I installed a counter on my blog that allegedly records hits and ranks my blog amongst other stamping blogs. Currently, I am number 214 out of however many… Although it is neat to see where my blog ranks amongst other crafters, I am removing the counter effective immediately. I have received no customer service regarding several inquiries to the company that hosts the counter and I do not believe it is recording hits accurately. I also cannot compete with other blogs who drum up hits using certain “tactics”.
Since the beginning, it has been the Luggage stance to promote quality over quantity. Quality projects using the best ingredients (take the Luggage sandwich for the CCCC a few weeks ago for example). My friends and family know that I do not do anything half ass. Having said that, I am here to announce today that I will not use blog candy in an effort to drum up blog hits and gain popularity. I don’t blurf and leave unwarranted comments willy nilly in hopes of drumming up additional hits. I only leave comments on projects or posts that I think are great. No fluff.
Luggage attempts to post unique and beautiful projects five days a week. (Sunday and Tuesday’s have been reserved for jibber jabber.) I hope that you visit with the intent of seeing something you like or learning a new technique. I enjoy sharing my work with you.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Anyway, I made 6 cards for a swap tonight, cut the parts for 9 ATC’s (another swap) and painted 6 Ph Martin backgrounds. Hopefully all these “parts” will help me catch up….plus the fact that there is not a convention this weekend… har har har.
One of the swap cards. Images: justjohanna, heat embossed and colored with gold gel pen. Krylon edges.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
We're taking a little turn this week for 80's Tuesday for a close look at fashion trends of the decade. Take a little trip with me and read this snip-it from wikipedia:
1980s fashion incorporated distinct trends from different eras, including ancient Egypt, early 20th century English royalty, Victorian era buccaneers, and punk rockers from the 1970s. The most conservative, more masculine fashion look that was most indicative of the decade was the wide use of shoulder pads (similar to those worn in ice hockey). While in the 1970s the silhouette of fashion tended to be characterized by close fitting clothes on top with wider looser clothes on bottom, this trend completely reversed itself in the early 1980s as both men and women began to wear loose shirts and tight close fitting pants. Men wore power suits (which they sometimes jogged in to work since they were stiff when they were bought) as a result of the greater tendency for people to display their wealth. Brand names became increasingly important in this decade, making Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein household names. In the United States, Madonna was known as the "Material Girl" and many teenage girls looked to her for fashion statements. The popular movie Flashdance (1983) made ripped sweatshirts well-known in the general public. The television shows Dallas and Dynasty also had a similar impact.
Now... here is the Luggage list of 80’s must haves…we’re you fashionable in the 80’s??
Clothing designed by Vivienne Westwood
Streaky bold make up a la Duran Duran (I love you Nick Rhodes!!)
Adam Ant’s pirate shirt
Big gold jewelry
African colored clothing (Red, green, yellow)
Glasses with wide plastic frames
Rayban Aviator glasses (Top Gun)
Movado Museum Watch
Acid wash jeans
A Michael Jackson Thriller style leather jacket
Bleached and really ripped jeans
Air Jordan tennis shoes
Monday, March 19, 2007
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Sunday, March 18, 2007
Today's joke is courtesy of Anna P. Cont. Hollla!
On their wedding night, the young bride approached her new husband and asked for $20.00 for their first lovemaking encounter.
In his highly aroused state, her husband readily agreed.
This scenario was repeated each time they made love, for more than 30 years, with him thinking that it was a cute way for her to afford new clothes and other incidentals that she needed.
Arriving home around noon one day she was surprised to find her husband in a very drunken state.
During the next few minutes he explained that his employer was going through a process of corporate downsizing, and he had been let go.
It was unlikely that, at the age of 59 he'd be able to find another position that paid anywhere near what he'd been earning.
And therefore, they were financially ruined.
Calmly, his wife handed him a bank book which showed more than thirty years of steady deposits and interest totaling nearly $1 million.
Then she showed him certificates of deposits issued by the bank which were worth over $2 million.
She informed him that they were one of the largest depositors in the bank.
She explained that for the more than three decades she had "charged" him for sex these holdings had multiplied and these were the results of her savings and investments.
Faced with evidence of cash and investments worth over $3 million her husband was so astounded he could barely speak.
Finally he found his voice and blurted out, "If I'd had any idea what you were doing, I would have given you all my business!"
That's when she shot him.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
I don't celebrate this holiday. I am not Irish. I guess I really don't understand why it is so widely celebrated. Is it just an excuse to get drunk and pinch people? Like almost every other holiday, it seems the religious purpose of the holiday has long disappeared and has been replaced by big bearded frat guys drinking green beer. Such is life. If you know the true meaning of this holiday, post a comment and tell us. You won't win my leftover embellishments, but I will give you a shout out and share your answer in Sunday's post so everyone can see how smart you are.
I would like to thank 'bigbadmike' for sending me a very nice St. Patrick's day package last week! He's the BEST friend in the world!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
There is some pretty cool new paper at Michael's this week...something I have been looking for, surprisingly. The line is called "Love Struck". The papers and accessories are tattoo like...I guess as much 'tattoo like' as would appeal to suburban crafters and/or the Michael's crowd. (Not edgy enough to scare anyone...although I wish there were some papers and things along that line.)
I've always thought that if I got a tattoo myself, it would be bloody and scary. That's what tattoos should be like. Gothic, dark, dripping with blood. I, however, will not "get ink" because my dad told me the FBI would be able to find me easier if I was 'marked'. That was before lasers...maybe I should revisit this topic with him next time we're together.
Oh...a problem with the new paper...it's for scrapbookers. The nerve. 12x12 sheets of pretty cool graphics designed for layouts wih big voids in the center. Much too large for cards. Oh well. The website says "Scrapbooking made easy". Another problem. I don't think scrapbooking or papercrafting should be easy. Call me crazy, but if it were easy, everything would look the same. Creativity suffers.
See you tomorrow...
The new paper, aged with Vintage Photo DI. Lace trim, machine sewing. Stamps: justjohanna scroll, Magenta script and All Night Media "Grace". The scroll and the "Grace" images are heat embossed.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Well, aside from being the year when I proudly exited the most pious of institutions known as St. Therese Academy, the following events took place in 1985. Do you remember??
1."I Want To Know What Love Is" ... Foreigner
2."Careless Whisper" ... Wham! featuring George Michael
3."Can't Fight This Feeling" ... REO Speedwagon
4."One More Night" ... Phil Collins
5." We Are the World" ... U.S.A. for Africa
6."Crazy for You" ... Madonna
7."Don't You" ... Simple Minds
8."Everything She Wants" ... Wham!
9."Everyone Wants to Rule the World" ... Tears for Fears
10."Heaven" ... Bryan Adams
Top Ten Movies
1. Back to the Future
2. Beverly Hills Cop
5. The Goonies
6. The Jewel of the Nile
7. National Lampoon's European Vacation
8. Pale Rider
9. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
10. Rambo: First Blood, Part II
Major Events of 1985
Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader
Nimeiri ousted in the Sudan
Rainbow Warrior sinks
Achille Lauro seiezed
TWA flight 847 hijacked
US becomes a debtor nation
Reagan tax reform
Colombian terrorists execute 100 people, including 11 judges
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Sunday, March 11, 2007
Introducing a new blog feature...the Sunday Night Joke! Are you keeping track? Tuesday- 80's day; Sunday- joke night. Let's get this party started:
A man and his wife were spending the day at the zoo. She was wearing a loose fitting, pink dress, sleeveless with straps. He was wearing his usual jeans and t-shirt. As they walked though the ape exhibit, they passed in front of a large, silver backed gorilla.
Noticing the wife, the gorilla went crazy. He jumped on the bars and holding on with one hand and 2 feet he grunted and pounded his chest with his free hand. He was obviously excited at the pretty lady in the pink dress. The husband, noticing the excitement, thought this was funny. He suggested that his wife tease the poor fellow some more by puckering her lips and wiggling her bottom. She plated along and the gorilla got even more excited, making noises that would wake the dead. The husband suggested she let her dress strap fall to show a little more skin.
She did…and the gorilla was about to tear the bars down. “Now…Show your thighs and sort of fan your dress at him,” he said. This drove the gorilla absolutely crazy. He started doing flips. Then the husband grabbed his wife, ripped open the door to the cage, flung her in with the gorilla and slammed the door shut.
“Now. Tell him you have a headache.”
I'll be here all week....
I'm heading back to Escondido one more time today...it's the last day of prep. We sure are having a funtime! Wish you were here....
Posted by Julie Prichard at 9:01 AM
Saturday, March 10, 2007
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Friday, March 9, 2007
TGIF already... time is flying by! I'll be busy this weekend with the Cat's Craft Cupboard Congregation. The Stamp Expo is next weekend, are you ready? I can't wait!
Posted by Julie Prichard at 10:59 AM
Thursday, March 8, 2007
I dream in cake.
There really isn't anything excited happening in Luggage World today. The weather is beautiful again, so the Carry On and I will play outside in the afternoon. I was blurfing today and found a cute mood emoticon thing that I linked up (Bottom right) and I continue to be amazed at the number of page loads the blog is getting! Thank you all so much for checking in to Luggage Land every day! It means a lot to me. And yes, I read EVERY comment and click on EVERY blog link. Bigbadmike sent me a package, so I think I'll go open it up!
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
justjohanna image and sentiment; frosting was made using glossy cardstock and Ranger alcohol inks + pop dots. Image is heat embossed. I used a gel pen to trace the side cakes and sentiment and added a pink pom pom for the cherry.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Happy 80's day! (If you missed it, the Commander declared every Tuesday will be a tribute to the 80's in Luggage Land.) Today I picked 1981.
Here are some events that took place in 1981, do you remember?
- January 13 - Donna Griffiths, a schoolgirl in Pershore, Worcestershire, UK, begins an uncontrollable series of sneezes that end September 16, 1983 - after 978 days
- January 19 - United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
- January 20 - Ronald Reagan succeeds Jimmy Carter, becoming the 40th President of the United States. Minutes later, Iran releases 52 Americans held 444 days.
- February 24 - Shortly before 11 p.m. a powerful, magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Athens, killing 16 people, injuring thousands and destroying several buildings, mostly in Corinth and the nearby towns of Loutraki, Kiato and Xylokastro.
- March 6 - After 19 years hosting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
- March 30 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded.
- May 13 - Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman, as he enters St. Peter's Square in Rome to address a general audience (2 days after Christmas in 1983, Pope John Paul goes to the prison to meet and forgive his would-be assassin).
- June 5 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems (the first recognized cases of AIDS).
- July 29 - Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales.
- August 1 - MTV (Music Television) is launched
- gust 19 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan appoints the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor.
- August 19 - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, aka the pop duo Pet Shop Boys, meet for the first time by chance in an electronics shop in Chelsea, London.
- September 19 - Simon and Garfunkel perform The Concert in Central Park, a free concert in New York in front of approximately a half a million people.
- October 15 - The heavy metal band Metallica forms.
- November 16 - Luke and Laura marry on the U.S. soap opera General Hospital; it is the highest-rated hour in daytime television history.
And now, what you all have been waiting for- the music hits of 1981: (US #1 Singles)
- "(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon (3 weeks in 1980+ 2 weeks in 1981)
- "The Tide Is High" - Blondie (1)
- "Celebration" - Kool & The Gang (2)
- "9 To 5" - Dolly Parton (2)
- "I Love A Rainy Night" - Eddie Rabbitt (2)
- "Keep On Loving You" REO Speedwagon (1)
- "Rapture" - Blondie (2)
- "Kiss On My List" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (3)
- "Morning Train (9 To 5)" - Sheena Easton (2)
- "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes (9, best selling single of the year)
- "Stars on 45 Medley" - Stars On 45 (1)
- "The One That You Love" - Air Supply (1)
- "Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield (2)
- "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9)
- "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - Christopher Cross (3)
- "Private Eyes" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (2)
- "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John (6 weeks in 1981 + 4 weeks in 1982)
Click here for the 1981 UK charts.
Monday, March 5, 2007
I am taking it easy today! The weather is fantastic outside, so I am going to sit in the yard and stare into the sky. I had a fantastic weekend! The Cat's Craft Cupboard Congregation is hysterical! I had so much fun. It was great to be able to help out; I can't wait until next weekend.
There is a new sketch on CPS today, I might try and hammer that out tonight. Other than that, I am in slow motion today.
(I hate it when people tell me to relax.)
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
I don't have a "job" (by choice...what where you thinking?!), so I guess it really doesn't matter that it is Friday. However, this weekend is going to be fun! I am helping out at Cat's Craft Cupboard, getting ready for the big Stamp Expo on March 17-18. Always the chef, I spent today at various appointments and running around for the perfect ingredients for one of the tastiest recipes ever! Do you love Ina?? I sure do! Here is what I am making for tomorrow's dinner.
Last night I made these quickies for my parents. I picked these empty photo holders up at the last convention. I colored these with Distress inks (the blue green combo) and my Chalk Inks (the pink one) and stamped on them with stamps. I am not giving stamp credits for these because the woman who makes them was snotty and mean to us at the convention! Whatever. The photo holders are double sided and measure 2" square.
NOT justjohanna images.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
I knew I wasn't the only one... there is hope!
10 Women Who Make Us Cringe© MICHAEL CRABTREE/Bloomberg News /Landov
Many mothers worry when their daughters start to play with Barbie. The moms fear that their daughters could develop a skewed sense of body image thanks to Barbie’s unnatural proportions
But for parents worried about that, Barbie’s got nothing on the Bratz Dolls—a big head, skinny body with the lips of Angelina Jolie and overly made-up come-hither eyes. And these are dolls that girls as young as 5 years old want to play with.
For heaven’s sake, girls don’t need dolls that look like streetwalkers. The social and behavioral cues girls get from the sleazy Bratz dolls are far from empowering—at least Barbie has been a doctor and an astronaut.
Joanne Cronrath Bamberger is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C.
yah, yah...I made a card too~