Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's a Red Letter Day!

What does that even mean? All I ever think of is the Scarlet Letter, which, unless I had a case of the dumbz in high school, was not a good thing!

Someone probably knows why that phrase means good day, but it ain't me! Maybe we can get Lisa Page to make up a lie about it!!

Anyway, it's one of my fabby downline's birthdays today - Neelam Kulkarni. You can find her blog here. Wish her a happy day!

She is a wonderful lady - great stamper, amazing mom, always dressed very glamorously for our stamping events - just an all around awesome chick I'm so happy to have in my life!

Happy Birthday Neelam!!!

Today I worked with Claudine Hellmuth's stamp that is part of our fundraising group of stamps for a Place to Bark. You can see all three stamps here.

Claudine's is gorgeous, and when she sent me the design, I instantly thought of sort of a modern art still life. I've been itching to get my pawz on it and give it a try.

The entire thing is done with Copics - I just drew in the walls and the floor and shaded them.

The table is from Stampin' Up! - Scene in a Garden.

I love the complementary colors on the kitty. Don't be afraid of the weird color combos - sometimes shocking is cool! Anybody wanna guess what artist I had in mind when I did this card?
Maybe the closeup will help. Leave your guess in your comment!

Now, if you have made a card with my fundraiser stamp (the little black kitty), upload it to Splitcoast Stampers, with keyword "Maddie". I will come up with a date, and then I will give prizes for some of your Maddie cards! Sound good? No need for me to create a gallery when SCS does it up right!!

I hope you're having a great Tuesday - create something fun today!

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  1. I hope I get my Maddie stamp soon! I have ideas- very strange ideas on what to do with it. Hmmmmmm.....

    Silly Rabbit! Don't you know that Red Letter day is the day that you get a red piece of stationary, a red envelope and you write a letter to somebody and stick it in the mail. I thought everyone knew that!

    The style of the artist you imitated on the cat card looks familiar but I can't seem to remember. It's a really neat card anyway!

    Word: punis- I'm not even going to go there.

  2. The term dates from old calendars in which "high days and holidays" (i.e. Holy Days)were marked in red. I believe that this practice was originally used in the First Book of Common Prayer (dating from 1549 with major contributions from Thomas Cranmer) in which every Sunday, Festival (e.g. Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Whitsun etc.) and important Saint's day was marked in red. The tradition continued in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which incidentally has contributed so much to the English language. Of course, none of this precludes you marking your calendar with your own red letter days!

    (Extract from the Guardian's "Notes and Queries" site, article by Tony Crook)

    I really like the card that you made although I don't know the style that you used.

    thonic - less tink bout some gin and thonic.


  3. Well, it looks like Cr8tive beat me to it, but here is what I found on Phrase Finder for Red Letter Day:


    In earlier times a church festival or saint's day; more recently, any special day.


    This comes from the practise of marking the dates of church festivals on calendars in red.

    The first explicit reference to the term in print that we have comes from America. This is a simple use of the term "Red letter day" in the diary of Sarah Knight - The journals of Madam Knight, and Rev. Mr. Buckingham ... written in 1704 & 1710, which was published in American Speech in 1940.

    The practice is much earlier than that though. William Caxton, referred to it in The boke of Eneydos, translated and printed in 1490:

    "We wryte yet in oure kalenders the hyghe festes wyth rede lettres of coloure of purpre."

    The term came into wider use in 1549 when the first Book of Common Prayer included a calendar with holy days marked in red ink. For example, Annunciation (Lady Day), 25th March, was designated in the book as a red-letter day.

    The term is sometimes written without the hyphen - 'red letter day'.

    What did we do before the Googlenet?

  4. I don't know about the artist because well I am just not that keen on that sort of stuff. I am just now at age 45 becoming more into art. I love the design and the colors are great! Any cat loving person would love to have this cute little card. I know I would.

    I hope that you have a most wonderful red letter day!

  5. I love the card! I'm thinking maybe Andy Warhol.

    I have NEVER heard of Red Letter Day... I would have guessed it had something to do with the Scarlet Letter too- hmmm....

  6. I am guessing V. Van Gogh or Truman Capote. Candy Diaz

  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_letter_day


  8. Oops, I meant Andy Warhol, lol, not Capote, couldn't think of his name, hey it was early, no coffe, no sugar, etc.... Candy Diaz

  9. I went on the intergooglenet

    WV if the day.. RESSE
    as in...
    Can I have peanuts with my Resse..I want to make Resses Pieces


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