Monday, November 20, 2017

Flying Bear Cub Card
Fabrika Fantasy Digis is sponsoring the new challenge at Crafting from the Heart. I used Flying Bear Cub for my design team inspirational card.

I colored this fun image with Copic Markers and placed it in the Craft Artist 2 program. I merged the colored image with a sky background and text.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Snowbutterfly Card
It's new release day over at Fabrik Fantasy Digis. I chose to use Snowbutterfly -03 for my design team inspirational card.

I colored the image using Copic Markers and merged her with a background and sentiment in the Craft Artist 2 program.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Armoire Tag Card
For the challenge this month at Mari Digis, I chose to make a stand up armoire card. The image I chose for my design team card is M03 Girl Thoughtful. I colored this sweetie with Copic Markers and cut her out leaving a slight white edge. I put soft pads on the back of the image.

I took 2 Julie Nutting, armoire tags and punch a small near the top of each. I used a mat knife to cut the doors open in one armoire tag. On that same tag I decorated with printed scrap paper and gems for pulls (card front). I also glued a solid paper behind the large opening where the doors were.

I drew a clothing pole in the opening. I printed several piece of clothing from Julie Nutting stamps and cut them out. I cut a few hangers for the clothing from Spellbinders MD2-002. I trimmed the hangers and glued them to the back of the clothing and used them to decorate the card front and inside also.

I popped the colored image on the left side of the armoire, where she looks 3D on the soft pads. I tied some ribbon through the holes and made a stand up card! Maybe she is deciding what to wear to school the next day!

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Heart Wings Card
Digistamps4joy has come out with several new releases today. I chose to use Heart Wings (da0150) for my Design Team inspirational card.

I colored the image using Copic Markers and cut it out leaving a slight white edge. I placed a small piece of white card stock in the Swiss Dots (37-1604) Cuttlebug embossing folder and ran it thru the Cuttlebug machine.

I adhered the dotted white card to the center of a black base card and glued the cut image of Heart Wings on top.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

In Honor of Veteran's Day!

I would like to share with you the two men I know and the experiences they had during WWII. This story was written sometime ago and some of it was printed in a national magazine.Here it is, the whole story!
Two Views of World War II
 by Carla Brooke

For just about as far back as I can remember the camera has always been an important element in any events occurring in my family.  Whether it be my first steps or simply a beautiful panoramic view, my father recorded it for all the world to see and admire.
Before I came along dad had plenty of resources for his camera work, for he was stationed in New Delhi, India, as an Army radioman during World War II.  He was considered quite a shutterbug around his base, always on the look out for that great photograph.  While looking dad acquired a good deal of knowledge of the area and was assigned to drive high-ranking officials throughout the provinces.  Many shots taken on these trips later became award-winning photographs in the years following the war.

I recently discovered that my father was not only a wonderfully talented photographer, but a skilled writer as well.  The evidence of this is in the original copy of a story he wrote while on board a ship returning from World war II and illustrated with his own black and white pictures of the soldiers returning home after 33 days at sea.
Here is the original story by my father, Jack Gutstein.

I and about 700 other G.I.’s, were passing our thirty-third day at sea.  Our ship, The General Bliss, was now steaming serenely through peaceful waters, heading for San Francisco.  The Far East was now but an unpleasant memory.  The dangerous passage through the mine-infested Makassar Straits had become a mere passing incident, as was our stop-over in Guam.  Perhaps, there still lingered some impressions of the havoc wrought by war on Manila and Manila Bay; Corregidor, and Bataan, where the marauding Huks hunted, and were hunted, in those far-off green hills.  Gone were those frustrating hours spent in seeking calmer waters so that an appendectomy might be performed upon one of us.  Fragments of the resentment we felt for the poor chow and the bilge in the water lockers were fast melting in the warmth of the sun.

An air of expectancy, an electrical tension seemed to have charged the atmosphere around us.  The hubbub of voices dwindled slowly into silence.  It was a profound silence, but it spoke volumes as faces turned to look upward toward the crow’s nest.  Feet shuffled, someone coughed, a bell sounded somewhere.  Then the silence closed in again.  Only the gentle lapping of the swells along the sides of the ship punctuated the silence.

Then, land ahead!  The cry crackled and whipped throughout the ship.  It was picked up, relayed and relayed again.  Land ahead!  It traveled from prow to stern and amidship faster than here I can possibly tell about it.
Seven hundred G.I.’s then tore away all restraint.  As if ordered by some prearranged command, we started to climb.  Up and over the forbidden top decks we went.  Over the bridge and into the rigging climbed an eager brown horde.  In minutes every high point of vantage held its’ quota of men.  Again faces turned in unison, this time to peer intently toward the eastern horizon toward land, toward home.

Callously, I brought my camera to bear upon some of the faces around me.  The first face I focused upon disturbed me.  With the second, I found myself lowering the camera gently to my side.  Guiltily I looked about me!  I felt as though I were a trespasser.  As though I were violating the innermost privacy of each of the men I chanced to scrutinize.  On these faces were painted pictures of joy such as I have never before witnessed.  All about me moistened eyes told the story.  Here, campaign-hardened veterans, from the fetid, stinking jungles of Burma, the desert of India and other black holes of the orient, were standing unmasked for all to see.
Gingerly I changed position.  Eagerly, I let my eyes strain forward, my being filled with an explosive mixture of emotions.  Spontaneously, I joined in the wild cheering when we sighted the Golden Gate Bridge.  We were home.

Photography isn’t just limited to my side of the family.  My father-in-law, Anthony Brooke Sr., who caught the camera bug from his father, Arthur Brooke (a photographer in World War I), was born in Los Angeles, but grew to his mid-teens on a farm owned by his grandparents in England.  His parents, British subjects, were separated.  The farm is where young Tony became “fascinated by motion pictures and always wanted to be a cameraman,” he told me.

In 1938 my father-in-law rejoined his mother in New York and in 1943 married Marjorie Sugerman.  By the time my husband Anthony Brooke Jr. was born the following year, Tony was in a foxhole in Normandy.  He had been drafted in 1943, just when film director George Stevens began assembling the Special Coverage Unit of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.  As part of  “the Stevens Unit” or “the Hollywood Irregulars,” Tony became part of the small camera teams who moved from army to army covering the major events of the war.   Tony’s unit was based in London and “assigned like any news team.”  On D-Day he recalled, “the roar of thousands of planes overhead, bound for French targets.”

He started shooting the Canadian units at Gold Beach in Normandy, who met with little resistance, compared with the fierce fighting on Omaha Beach.  From there he was on his way to Paris with Gen. George Patton.  Once there he had incurred Patton’s wrath, when Tony replaced a carbine he carried with a pearl-handled pistol.  Patton, a stickler for rules, spotted the pistol and glared at Tony.

On the way to Germany, Tony shot a documentary on the second battle of Dunkirk, where German troops had breached the sea wall, surrounding themselves with water.  Czech troops fighting in the Allied cause surrounded the Germans and Tony filmed the siege until the Germans surrendered.  For this Tony won the Czechoslovakian Medal of Merit.  He went on to film the horror of the Nazi concentration camps and his final assignment was covering the Potsdam Conference, where President Truman, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin were deciding the shape of the post war world.

My father-in-law Tony Brooke won a Bronze Star for having “moved forward with advanced elements of United States troops in order to obtain more spectacular photographic coverage.”  He also got a commendation from Gen. Eisenhower as a member of the Special Motion Picture Coverage Unit.

Back in the States Tony became a union member which won him work as a skilled cameraman.  He worked for many years shooting television commercials and also helped to shoot several major motion pictures, before retiring to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

My husband Anthony Brooke Jr., who was stationed in Alaska during the Vietnam War, is a retired motion picture cameraman, who also shot many, many commercials and movies, now takes pleasure in digital still photography.  Sandy’s photographs have found their way into many newspapers, magazines and several art shows.  Photography continues to be a major focus in my family.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cowboy's Dream Card
Patties Creations is the current sponsor  of the challenge at Crafting from the Heart. I chose to use Cowboy's Dream for my Design Team Inspirational card.

I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils and placed it in the Craft Artist 2 program. I merged the colored image with elements from the Craftscapes Autumn Country Digikit.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tis the Season Rory Xmas Card
There is a new challenge today at Creative Lady Birds. The sponsor for this month is Lacy Sunshine and I chose to use Tis the Season Rory for my Design Team inspirational card.

I used Copic Markers to color this cute image and cut her out, leaving a narrow white edge. I adhered her to a printed base card and embellished it with snowflake punches. the punch is from Recollections.

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Santa's Gifts Card
There's a new challenge at Fabrika Fantasy. I chose to use Santa's Gifts for my design team inspirational card.

I colored this delightful image with Copic Markers and cut it out leaving a narrow white edge. I glued the Santa image to a printed base card and embellished him with Stickles Glitter Glue, over the white fur areas.

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My Tennis Gear Card
A new challenge begins today at Digistamps4joy. The suggested theme is For the Guys and for my Design Team inspirational card, I chose My Tennis Gear (JX22). This will make a great birthday card for my tennis pro son!

I colored the image using Copic markers and placed it in the Craft Artist 2 program. The colored image was merged with various elements from a number of different digikits. I printed the composition, trimmed it and adhered it to a white base card.

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