Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Blown away by Basic Grey and Memories... FLASHBACK ALERT

Okay, so most of you know by now that I adore Basic Grey paper. The last few lines in particular, but I do have some older papers that I really like. Couldn't get enough of Windemere (in the Porcelain collection), that's the one with the birdhouse. I loved the colors of Urban Prarie, so light and happy and fun. Eva is divinely elegant and there are more than a few pages of that I can't bear to cut because I love the designs. And of course, there's the classic look of the Wassail line. And then there's the Offbeat collection that I used in my first ever page swap...Yes, overall I've been pretty happy with Basic Grey.

Well, at Winter CHA, people started talking about Lime Rickey. I don't know why I'm talking like I was there, but I am. Anyway, there was a lot of message board posts from a bunch of people, and even some info about the line from some of the blogs I read. I follow a bunch of people and try to read up every day in my two news readers (one is Bloglines, and one is Google Reader--if you follow someone with your blogger account, you can set it up so you see everything they post)--just to see what's going on, get inspired and the like.

Well, the first time I saw it, I was on the fence. It looked too masculine for me. Really, too masculine. But then I saw that there were stripes, which I love. And then I saw the cartoonish birds, and the designs and well, despite the orange, I fell in love.

Ran to the Archiver's nearest me yesterday and couldn't decide between what they had in stock. Each paper was around a dollar, and I noticed I had about 10 pieces of paper (a few doubles) in my hand before I stopped myself and picked up the last 6x6 paper pad. I've had a lot of luck with the paper pads lately, and I think I have enough cardstock (and 12x12 paper) that I want to use up what I have before I start stocking up on more 12x12 paper, know what I mean?

And I had the breakthrough to actually start using the cricut to make mats and shapes and embellishments for my pages and cards. I've been trying to make more cards lately, and the 6x6 pads are the perfect size for cards or scrappy embellishments. More on those later, but as for right now, I want to leave you with a couple of pictures of Lime Rickey.

This is called Howdy Doody. Funny story, at one time I had an Uncle Howdy (on my Dad's side) and I also have Uncle Doody (I think it was spelled differently, but it was a nickname for Emile--at one time he managed Josephine Baker in Europe--how cool is that?) on my father's side (Dad=StepDad, Father=My Natural Father)... Maybe that's why I'm partial to this paper, or it could just be that it's fun!

Liquid Candy is a bit out there, I almost expect to see something cool if I put on my 3-D glasses.

Boston Cooler is just awesome. I picture sitting in a restaurant with mod lighting and guys in white suit jackets and black pants. Maybe Brian Setzer or Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is playing some live music. Yes, before you say it, I know I'm a big nerd, but I don't care!!!! (note to self, find BBVD albums and load them on iPod!)

This just reminds me of the poster for 'Yellow Submarine' which I think I've seen when I was really little. Little weird fact, I'm not a Beatles fan. I respect them individually and loved a lot of their individual stuff (I can remember having George Harrison's Cloud Nine playing for sheer months when I was growing up, and I went through a 'Imagine' phase when I was in middle school. And I definitely like Paul McCartney and Ring Starr, but I just am not a huge Beatles fan--but I liked the movie "Across the Universe" way more than I thought, because I'm not a huge fan of musicals either...), but unless the Chipmunks covered the beatles song, I'm just not a fan. But I think I'd have to listen to some Beatles song if I use this paper.

Are you getting the sense that I like patterns? Because I totally do. Shirley Temple is great for a few reasons, first because of it's rich color--there's so much to do with it! Second, because I have awesome fond memories of my Grandma making me a Shirley Temple the Christmas I was 6. We had Christmas in the desert, the tree was trimmed, I'd only heard stories of Ohio and I got to mingle with the adults. When they cracked open a bottle of wine or something, my Grandma made me a Shirley Temple drink, we did the Tango around the kitchen and had a lovely time. I think the day after Christmas my Grandparents took me into the mountains and we went to a small town that had been around in pioneer times and we had a snowball fight.

Tutti Frutti looks like a line drawing/coloring experiment, and it's AWESOME. Thinking of matting, or maybe some title work. Or maybe making some boxes... Dunno yet.

Hoboken is striped, of course it's one of my favorites.... Dunno what I'll do with it yet, but I smile every time I see it. And that's the best ever!

1 comment:

Anne said...

Hi, GothamGal! Isn't it crazy how happy one little pad of 6" x 6" paper can make us? Can't wait to see what you create using this paper! :-)