Template Tuesday - Little Jack Horner

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 8:18 PM 0 comments
A few months ago, I asked Tom what his favorite nursery rhyme was and he said it was Little Jack Horner. So I drew up a picture of it and decided I should save it for a Christmas template since it mentions Christmas in the poem. Here's what I came up with:

Little Jack Horner sat in the corner
Eating his Christmas pie,
He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum
And said "What a good boy am I!"

Here's what the template will look like. It's not too terribly complicated, mostly just little details. Remember, for the face, use your blade from the inside parts to the outside parts. So, from the inside corner of the mouth out to the outside of the lips. You don't have to drag your blade all in a straight line. Lift it up.

Here's the link: Little Jack Horner

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My message with this series is pretty simple. Look at the cover art. It communicates a love of the "LP" and "The Song". Look at the cover art. It says,"here's a great LP and a song from that LP." That said, here's 25 more tasty bites of sound sushi. I could eat these all day long.
Wow. Did we just listen to 726 tracks? That was fun. Let's do it again real soon! I just love Brasilian song from the sunny shores of the 60's/70's. Our time-travel machine transports us safely from the easy glide postion. Enjoy the ride.
Happy holidays everyone. A season's greetings from me to fans of this page & new ones too. Welcome & Enjoy!

St. Julian Samba Showdown 30 by J Thyme (2011)

01. Das 200 Para Lá - Eliana Pittman (1971)
02. Ninguém Ensaiou - Os Magnatas Do Samba (1971)
03. Em Cada Verso Em Cada Samba - Juan Bourbon (1972)
04. Ao Amigo Tom - Claudette Soares (1971)
05. Do Lado De Ca - Ana Maria E Mauricio (1972)
06. Briguemos - Briguemos (1977)
07. Muito Obrigado - Djavan (1976)
08. Catimba Criolo - Os Originais Do Samba (1972)
09. Coração - Paulinho Da Viola (1971)
10. Pelas Ruas Do Recife - Cynara E Cybele (1968)
11. Sete Boia - Abaetê (1977)
12. Beija-Me - Marcos Samm (1970)
13. Bonita - Antonio Carlos & Jocafi (1971)
14. Antes Que A Tristeza Venha - Cyro Aguiar (1976)
15. Incompatibilidade de Genios - João Bosco (1976)
16. Despedida De Mangueira - Johnny Alf (1971)
17. Quem Vem De La - MPB 4 (1970)
18. Morrendo Verso Em Verso - João Nogueira (1972)
19. Patota De Ipanema - Maria Creuza (1973)
20. Acreditar - Roberto Ribeiro (1976)
21. Comunicação - Dóris Monteiro (1970)
22. A Historia Se Repete - Sivuca (1979)
23. Roda Mundo - Ana Mazzotti (1974)
24. Casa De Bamba - Martinho Da Vila (1969)
25. É Isso Aí Moço - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)

This series is nothing more then an experiment in continuity. It's also a look at a highly literate musical culture. I can learn something about "Musical Literacy" from this culture! Bravo to that!

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Chimney Sweep

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This little gem is based off of Andersen's fairy tale, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep. They are both two little porcelain figures that are in love with each other. She is not allowed to marry him because her father, the Chinese porcelain figure, forbids it. This scene is the part where they run off together and climb up to the rooftop.

I made this a little while ago. I was going to make it as a Template Tuesday, but it was too complicated to explain. I would like to do more three dimensional pieces. Hope you like it!

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Template Tuesday - Zombies

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 10:40 PM 0 comments

So, some of my co-workers have put together a zombie political organization in hopes of truly bringing in some new brrraaainnnnns to the candidacy this voting season. If you're interested in joining go to votezombie.com and sign up - or at least click like on their facebook page. I made a few zombies for them that I don't think they're going to use, so you guys can. They are pretty great. I don't know what you'd use them in - maybe blow them up, stick them in a window - that seems to be all the rage nowadays.

Click here to check out this dead man's party: Zombie Template!

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Template Tuesday - I Vant To Suck Your Blahd!

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 8:38 PM 0 comments
Hey everyone! I'll bet you thought I forgot about you. I totally did. I went and fell in love with this really awesome guy and completely threw all blogging responsibilities to the wind. I will try to be a little more proactive. Or at least lay down strict rules that I need to make a Template Tuesday at least twice a month.

That said, I have an important thing to discuss. It's come to my attention that some of my templates are being used for commercial gain without my consent. I realize that I haven't put up any kind of messages saying not to do that, but I figured if someone wanted to sell some artwork, they'd want to sell some of their own. Obviously that's not the case and I would just like to make it clear that these templates are for personal use only. They are not to be used on your etsy site, they are not to be used in the cards you sell at a farmer's market, they are not to be used as your own templates to sell - stuff like that. They are to be used to give to your mom, to put up in your kid's room, to practice for yourself - stuff like that. If there's a gray area, like you want to put them on your cd or use them in a publication with credits, send me an email, I will be very accommodating.

So, now that that's over, here's a Halloween Template Tuesday to mess around with. Last Saturday we went to see Off Broadway Theatre's Dracula vs. Jekyll and Hyde. It was an excellent production, very kid friendly, so if you're in the Salt Lake area, try to give it a look-see. My favorite character in the production was Count Dracula. So charming. I thought I'd do a simple Dracula template for the holiday and in honor of the Count. Happy Cutting!

Here he is, about to suck some blood. He loves the ladies. Here's what the template will look like:

Download your free template here: Dracula

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This one was for June 21st, but was busy with travels, so I put a little extra love into this volume since I was slightly delayed. For my friends of this page. You know who you are!
Quick question? Does anyone find studying this form of musics from South America slightly mythic? I sometimes feel as I study this music much the same way as if were studying Greek or Roman mythology. Anyone have similar findings?

St. Julian Samba Showdown 29 by J Thyme (2011

01. Caminho Livre - Ana Maria E Mauricio (1972)
02. Tristeza De Uma Embolada - João Bosco (1973)
03. Rosa Da Gente - Claudette Soares (1969)
04. Beco Sem Saída - Silvio Cesar (1971)
05. O Meu Amor Tem Preço - Dona Ivone Lara (1979)
06. Coração Leviano - Paulinho da Viola (1978)
07. Você Não Tá Com Nada - Marlene (1972)
08. Partido Do Lê Lê Lê - Elza Soares (1974)
09. Ave Maria Do Salgueiro - Os Originais Do Samba (1977)
10. Bandeira 2 - Marilia Pera (1972)
11. O Que E Que Houve - O Som Livre (1971)
12. Bahia Comigo - Paulo Diniz (1973)
13. Eu Sou Mais Eu - Ana Mazzotti (1974)
14. Roça Errada - Antonio Carlos e Jocafi (1980)
15. Um Tem P'ro Simon - Johnny Alf (1974)
16. Doce Veneno - Os Magnatas Do Samba (1971)
17. A Noite É Uma Criança - Os 3 Morais (1975)
18. Palavras Perdidas - Maysa (1972)
19. Se é questão de adeus, até logo - Dóris Monteiro (1973)
20. Tudo Está No Seu Lugar - Benito Di Paula (1976)
21. Maria da Pá-Virada - Jackson do Pandeiro (1970)
22. Na Baixa Do Sapateiro - Wando (1975)
23. Pisa No Tabuado - Abaetê (1977)
24. Ta Hi Alo Alo - Brasilian Singers (1974)
25. Hoje Não - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)

A few words about this volume. Caminho Livre by Ana Maria E Mauricio is noteworthy for the super-lovely flute work. Listen to the clarity of recording on the flute. Nice trilling at the end of the song with some additional scatting by the flute player. Sweet!
Track two by João Bosco is amazingly handled by arranger Rogério Duprat. This track is so major. A moment when classical ideas are merging with popular modern folk forms creating a new type of "Modernist Pop". The combination of RCA Victor on the science end of things & Rogério Duprat's trippy classical framing bring a whole new mythic quality to the language that would become MPB. Listen to the special care given to the Surdo. RCA Victor deserves gold stars for their ideas on FIDELITY. The bass register is so masterful. Grounded, full & expertly played & recorded. Fidelity is depth, width & breadth of a sound. The handling of the Surdo here is faithful to the concept of fidelity!!! The song starts like a cloudy day with promises of storm & when the choral singers emerge it is as if the sun shines again. "Baroque Samba" is what I'm left with after studying this song.
Track 3 Rosa Da Gente by Claudette Soares from 1969 is another example of perfectly selling a song. There's another version of this song on the "Coisas Do Mundo" LP by Nara Leão, also from 1969. Of the two, Claudette's version wins me over by the crispness of the arrangement. This is a lovely Marching song. When I think of the "Marches" transformed from their humble roots as military music & morphing into something as light hearted as this type of "March" I just marvel at the genius of it. I adore her voice & Claudette's reading is simply perfect & inspired. Love the counter-point flutes here as well.
Short break...be back with more insights shortly...

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Hey everyone. Just a quickie to say hello to my page & you. An early one from Orlandivo on the Musidisc label. 1962 is the first wave of Brasilian goodies lapping upon foreign shores. Let's see what all the fuss about this Bossa-Nova Madness is all about? A nice early Bossa spinner. My fav here is track three "Samba Toff". Enjoy!

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Outer Space Adventure!

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So, my friend Keith married this woman, Leslie, who is way super awesome and she commissioned me to do a piece for her husband a little while ago. I think I missed the Christmas and birthday deadlines and she was like, "Um...could you maybe get this done for Father's Day?" and amazingly it happened. The concept ideas for this piece were wide and varied ranging from kids in indian costumes to outer space. I chose to go for the outer space option. This is Keith saving his wife and child from an alien attack.

Well, I guess technically Keith, Leslie and Milton are the aliens on this forgotten planet, but still, they don't need to be dragged about in such a way!

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Template Tuesday - Woodsy

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Sometimes I think that people are sick of my paper cuts and they're like, "Cindy, paper cut, paper cut, paper cut...don't you do anything else besides paper cut?" And sometimes, really, that's pretty much all I do. So I feel like people might not want one, but when I receive gifts from people that they made, I generally like them. I like them a lot. So it was my friend Elin's birthday today and I asked her what animals she liked or what fairy tale and she said she liked woodland creatures, particularly owls, squirrels and deer. So I made her a little papercut based on those things. And in giving to her, I also give to you. Enjoy!
Download your template in pdf format here: Woodsy

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Happy full moon.
Happy Birthday to me and you too, since you get the same present as me. I'm happy with it and I hope you are too? I adore Música Popular Brasileira. In this volume I pay a little extra attention to the style called Forró. I really start to really fall in love with this country style that filters it's way into the musical landscape of the Brasilian sound. There are certain sounds that I associate with this style. The acoustic guitars, the accordians and the triangle.
All I can say about this volume for now is, that when you love something it does love you back.
I feel all the love I give to this series come back to me instantly! Let's see if you feel that love too. Thank you to all of you out there who have followed me this far. You're real bunch of Sambistas & Forró-heads. As always, ENJOY!

St. Julian Samba Showdown 28 by J Thyme (2011)

01. Bom Dia, Portela - Elza Soares (1974)
02. Tudo Sobre Eva - Péricles Cavalcanti (1991)
03. Aldeia Global - Burnier & Cartier (1974)
04. Baby - Quinteto Ternura (1974)
05. Contra-Veneno - Antônio Carlos & Jocafi (1975)
06. O Namoro De Maria - Maria Creuza (1976)
07. Brinde Ao Cansaço - Candeia (1975)
08. Contrariedade - Os Originais Do Samba (1977)
09. Sabiá Marrom - Alcione (1980)
10. Canto Da Ema - Jackson do Pandeiro (1970)
11. Forró - Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos (1975)
12. Menino Da Lera - Nonato E Seu Conjunto (1978)
13. Chuculatera - Luiz Gonzaga (1971)
14. Minha Viola - Téca & Ricardo (1978)
15. Enganadora - João Nogueira (1979)
16. Alì Fevereiro - Dóris Monteiro (1972)
17. Meu consolo é a viola - Os Magnatas Do Samba (1971)
18. Dono De Casa Boa Noite - Djalma Dias (1974)
19. Porta Aberta - Brasilian Singers (1974)
20. Batuque Na Cozinha - Martinho Da Vila (1972)
21. Sentimentos - Paulinho Da Viola (1973)
22. As Mariposas - Adoniran Barbosa (1974)
23. Não Entendi Bulufas - Gordurinha (1962)
24. Foi No Carnaval - Zuzuca (1972)
25. Há Quem Diga - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)

P.S. I really want to highlight that track 3 by Burnier & Cartier. This is one of the finest examples of Brasilian Basswork. Listen to the umph on the Bass. Up front for a supporting instrument. Not just upfront, but beautifully recorded electric bass. Lovely pluckings from this player and masterfully recorded by the fucking genius's over at RCA Victor. This is that allusive "11" that they go on about in "This Is Spinal Tap". After hearing this track, this is way I want to hear the bass recorded! BOLD! VIGOROUS! LIVELY! BASS TEMPO!
One last tally for all 28 volumes = 676 tracks. Those of you who have listened thus far have the appetite of a scholar. I know, I'm one.

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Template Tuesday - Fairy

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We've got this little intern at our work, her name is Montana, and the other day she said, "You need to make me a papercut." Generally I don't succumb to demands like that and need a little bit more sweet-talking but since she was so blunt about it, I was a little taken aback. "What do you want?" I heard myself say. "A fairy. A fairy blowing on one of those puff things." I don't know if she actually said a puff thing, but that's what I heard. I made a different fairy a while back, more of an Arthur Rackham fairy, but changed it this week. I like this fairy better. Not to say that Arthur Rackham fairies are bad, because they aren't, they are beautiful. So anyway, I used to draw fairies a lot when I was a teenager, but my college professors shamed it out of me, so this is a nice "poo on you" to them.

Download your free papercutting template here: Fairy

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Template Tuesday - Bubbles

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I had a busy weekend this last week. It was filled with wonderful, fun things. Sometimes things don't turn out like you want them to though. That was the inspiration for this cut, the beauties of life being the fragile bubbles and the popped one the disappointments. But just because there are disappointments doesn't mean you should stop blowing bubbles.

Here's what the template will look like. The thin lines are tricky. On the loopy parts, cut the insides out first and then cut out the line. Cut from left to right, unless you're left handed. Also, I find it best to cut the intersecting parts, like the part where the lines meet the bubbles, going from the corners out.

Here's the free papercut template: Bubbles

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New Cards

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I've got a set of new cards up on my Etsy site! I'm really pleased with these. They are quotes from the great Charlie Sheen and are so versatile. You can use them for enemies, for friends AND as thank you cards. They are prints based off of my cutout for the Blonde Grizzly show.

Size: A2 (5.5" x 4.25")
Printed on French's Kraft Cover paper with black ink.
Black Envelopes.

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O Frabjous Day! Callooh! Callay!

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About a year ago, my friend Marie commissioned me to do a papercut for her. She didn't have anything in mind at that time but she knew she wanted me to do something. Eventually she settled on something from Jabberwocky, a poem found in the Alice in Wonderland books. What she had wanted was for me to illustrate just the first stanza:

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

For some reason my listening skills were not up to snuff and I just thought she wanted me to illustrate the whole poem itself. This threw me for a loop. I had never really been into the Alice stories, although some of my best pieces have come from Lewis Carroll's mind. There's not really a description of the Jabberwocky itself, except that he has eyes of flame. So I spent the whole year fretting about what the Jabberwocky looked like and I couldn't imagine it. So last month I just sat down and got to work. Sometimes that's just what you have to do, you have to sit down and work and stop freaking out about things. And it took a while, but I finished it. I'm quite pleased with the results. Here is my papercut of the Jabberwocky, complete with toves, borogoves and mome raths:

What does the Jabberwocky look like to you? Here's the poem if you're not familiar.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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This is my hello to Spring post. Spring has come a few days earlier here, so I'm sharing my latest installment of the Samba Showdown series. I hope you fans of MPB enjoy this. If I can find another 24 tracks that sound good, then I'll be back. Until then, enjoy this tour through 70's Brasil. Happy Spring!
My favorite track here, in terms of fidelity, is the Elton Medeiros track "Vazio". I marvel at the amazing tape saturation, compression and warmth of the composition & the expert handling of material. When this sits next to another track, the jump in fidelity is quite noticeable!

St. Julian Samba Showdown 27 by J Thyme (2011)

01. Até Parece - Dóris Monteiro (1973)
02. Desfigurado - Cartola (1977)
03. O Patrão Mandou - Paulinho Soares (1978)
04. Toda Tarde - Trio Mocotó (1975)
05. Menina Da Ladeira - João Só (1971)
06. Perspectiva - Antônio Carlos & Jocafi (1975)
07. Tatuagem - Nelson Cavaquinho (1972)
08. Terecô - Nonato E Seu Conjunto (1978)
09. Tá Chegando Fevereiro - Os Originais Do Samba (1970)
10. Pimenta No Vatapá - João Nogueira (1977)
11. Nao é Hora de Tristeza - Elza Soares (1974)
12. Ironia - Batatinha (1976)
13. O Mundo Encantado de Monteiro Lobato - Jair Rodrigues & Escola De Samba Acadêmicos Do Salgueiro (1971)
14. Não Suje O Meu Caixão - Alcione (1979)
15. Num Arredo O Pe - Djalma Dias (1974)
16. Tocar Na Banda - Adoniran Barbosa (1975)
17. Caramba - Ed Lincoln (1966)
18. Dia 4 Dezembro - Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio (1973)
19. Maria Portugal - Paulo Diniz (1973)
20. Miudinho - Paulinho Da Viola (1978)
21. Requenguela - Brasilian Singers (1974)
22. Vazio - Elton Medeiros (1973)
23. Pros Filhos Do Ze - Ely Arcoverde (1972)
24. Tem Mais Samba - Chico Buarque de Hollanda (1966)
25. Que Samba é Esse - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)

P.S. This very special post goes out to my friend Paul Kennedy. This one's for you Paul. Happy belated Birthday and congratulations on your new home & new family member.
Also, I could compare this series to "raiding the candystore". All 27 volumes of this series equals 651 tracks and that's a lot of gathered candy.

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No Rules Group Show

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So if you're in the Salt Lake area on Friday, I've got two pieces showing at the Blonde Grizzly's No Rules Group Show. Blonde Grizzly is located at 15 East 400 South and the show starts at 6 or 6:30ish. I think I will just hang out there most of the night because I like it there.

Here are the two pieces I'm showing:

This first one is inspired by the poetic Charlie Sheen. Even though the whole media coverage of the event was excessive and unnecessary, some of the things that were coming out of this mouth were just amazing. I would sit there and think, "Who talks like that?"

The other piece is from the M. Ward song, One Hundred Million Years. If you haven't heard his music before, maybe you should check it out. It's really pretty.

I am going to try to make these into cards, little cards that you can send to your friends when you want to tell them something special. I think Sheen or Ward's sayings can pretty much encompass anything you would want to say to someone.

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Template Tuesday - Floral Bunch

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A few weeks back, a friend of mine lost her father and another friend lost his grandfather. I was able to go to my friend Andi's dad's funeral. It was a full day filled with remembrances, sadness, service and love from friends and family from all over the country. Andi's dad definitely left his mark on the world. I drew this little bouquet the Sunday following the funeral in hopes of posting it that following Tuesday, but life kind of happened and I didn't get around to putting it up. I put a small bell on in homage to the poem by John Donne called "No Man Is An Island"

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

My favorite part is where it says each man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. We are all woven together here in this life in one way or another and the time we have together is short. Remember to make the most of it.

This is what the template will look like. Remember to cut the inside (gray) parts out first. The flowers took me a while, so don't lose patience! Also, the size it currently is fits on an A6 greeting card if you feel so inclined to use it in cardmaking. Download here: Floral Bunch

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Template Tuesday - Paper Moon

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 10:15 PM 0 comments

Someday, if I ever get married, I'm gonna have a paper moon at my reception and take pictures of all the guests. I was going to make this for Valentine's but everything just got too busy. I think affection is pretty year round though, so it's probably okay.

Here's what the template will look like. It's a pretty simple one.

Click here to download your free papercutting template: Paper Moon

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So much of what is contained on this really fun slice of mid-60's MPB can be sensed by the LP cover. What a great cover! I must have spent the past 2 or 3 years trying to decide what I really think of this set. At first I thought it just a sweet little record with a slightly comical edge, almost a novelty record. A nice pop vibe and an almost light-weight and humorous recording, but I've since grown to really fall in love with this latin gem.
Ed Lincoln has a warm, jumpy organ style & has put together a nice Rock/Soul/Jazz slice of MPB. Groovy would be a good word for this album. Upbeat & light-hearted too. I won't hype this and call it the greatest record ever out of Brasil, but it is a very good little record with a nice, fun vibe & every track is a winner. Also, this one is fairly rare & out of print. This was up on the Loronix site for a while, but since that page is missing in action I chose to give this another shot at being heard. As always, enjoy!

P.S. Many thanks to Quimsy's Mumbo Jumbo blogspot for this lovely share!
One last thing. The length of this is only 29 minutes. I really marvel at the tightness of the compositional style and production of classic 60's/70's MPB. Twelve songs in less then a half hour is very punchy Pop songwriting! How many artist can you think of today who can deliver 12 songs in such a "to the point" way? Very few, if any!

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Template Tuesday - Groundhog Day

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 9:56 PM 0 comments

So, tomorrow is Groundhog Day. A day that, for most people, carries much hope and suspense. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow, thus signifying the onslaught of 6 more weeks of winter or will he emerge from his hole, granting us a reprieve from this gloomy malaise? We'll see what happens. I, for one, wouldn't mind for this dreadful cold weather that we've suddenly received here in Salt Lake to disappear.

Here's a nice little Groundhog Day papercut for those who might be fixated with the holiday or just like groundhogs. It's a mirror image one, so be careful not to cut through the center parts that aren't grayed out. This is what the template will look like:

To download your free Groundhog Day scherenschnitt, click here: Groundhog Day

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Toquinho - Toquinho [1970 RGE] 320 kbps - 97 mb

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What more do I need to say about this very fine guitarist other then that he would go on to collaborate with the mighty Vinícius de Moraes to become the duo of Vinícius & Toquinho, who released many fine albums during the 70's. I'll remind those new to this page about the importance of Vinícius de Moraes, who wrote the play "Orfeu da Conceição" that would later become the film Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro). There is no greater break out moment for the popularization of Brasilian song then the very important international film sensation "Black Orpheus" from 1959. It introduces us to not just the talents of Vinícius de Moraes, but Antônio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá & Bola Sete as well. This very fine document finds Toquinho working with Jorge Ben on a few outstanding Pop numbers, "Que Maravilha", "Zana" & "Carolina Carol Bela", but also leans towards classical styles on many numbers to show off Toquinho's learned skills on the guitar. I really enjoy this early look at this talented artist. A sweet album from 1970. This would sit nicely next to "Jorge Ben (1969)" or "Samba é de lei" by Os Originais Do Samba as a point in time. This is a little slow in spots and leans towards the classical a bit, but wins out for me as a very nice start to the 70's in Brasil. Enjoy!

P.S. Really nice mix of Classical meets MPB. The Pop numbers are great and the classical pluckings of Toquinho are majestic!

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Template Tuesday - Circus Bear

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 10:52 PM 0 comments

I'm super excited about this little guy. He's a dancing bear. Sometimes the squirrel likes to join him. I think, once a month, for template tuesday I'll try to do a circus themed one this year. I love the circus.

Here's what the template will look like. If you don't want the squirrel on his nose, you can just not cut out the squirrel. It's that simple!
Download your free Circus Bear template here: Circus Bear

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Molly Bosley

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I saw Molly Bosley's work the other day on Paper Crave and I was so jealous! Dang it, I need to up my game! Go check out her beautiful paper cuts.

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Salt Lake Art Center

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 9:04 PM 0 comments
Today I did something very exciting. I went to the Salt Lake Art Center and dropped of these four pieces for them to sell in their gift shop. I kind of hate handing over art knowing that there's a possibility that I may never see it again. Particularly this first Alice piece. I love pretty much everything about it. If you live around Salt Lake and are downtown, go check them out! There will be prints there for sale as well.

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Template Tuesday - Kitties

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 8:00 AM 0 comments

I was mapping out a plan for the year of what I should do for Template Tuesdays and I realized that I had kind of neglected the birthday area. My mom's birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I wanted to make something for her that I could put on a card. I don't know if this is exactly what I would give her since she isn't much of a cat person, maybe a bird person, so maybe I'll do another birthday one. But I thought there might be a few cat lovers amongst you, so I did this little kitty scene which could also double as something one might put on a card.

Here's what the template will looks like. It's a pretty simple one. Enjoy!
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Template Tuesday - Jonah

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 8:53 PM 0 comments

So, a little while ago, I was sitting in Sunday School and we were talking about Jonah and all I can do when I hear about Jonah is think of the song from my mission that some Pentecostals sang at a party once. It's stuck in my head and will forever be there, I think. It goes something like this:

Talkin' 'bout Daniel in the den of the lion
Jonah in the belly of the whale
Talkin' 'bout three Hebrew children in the furnace
And the fire didn't burn them.

Dang, I love that song. I found all the lyrics online a little while ago and it pleased me. So, here's my Jonah sketch from when I wasn't paying attention in class.

This is what the template would look like:

Click here to download your free papercutting template: Jonah

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Template Tuesday - Rapunzel

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 9:10 PM 0 comments

The other day, my roommate Kim and I went to see Disney's newest princess movie, Tangled. I enjoyed it. It was really pretty and very full of zippy adventure, romance and animal friends. Although I couldn't help but sneer my lip a little. I love the original. I love the poor man stealing vegetables from the witch's garden. I love that Rapunzel lets it slip to the witch that she's being visited by the prince by remarking how much lighter he was. I love how she gets knocked up and bears twins in the wilderness. I didn't realize that they were fooling around up in that tower until I was much older. It was like watching Grease when I get the innuendo. So, I thought I'd do a little Rapunzel cut in honor of the new and the old.

Here's what the template will look like:

Please feel free to download this papercut template for your own personal use: Rapunzel

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