Thursday, September 17, 2009


Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Sometimes It's Nice To Stay Close To Home

I had a few appointments scheduled for today - nothing urgent. After my morning walk with Buddy I was just feeling like it was a good day to stay close to home. I'm not sure where the feeling came from - I just knew to trust it. So now I am breathing deeply and enjoying the craft room and recognizing that sometimes it's just nice to stay close to home :) Hope you have some peaceful home time today too!

When I saw that today's SCS challenge was to use numbers in some way, I immediately starting thinking about license plates that try to spell out words with numbers...and here's what I came up with! The numbers were all die-cut. I die cut the u and r out of card stock and the G, R and 8 out of both chipboard and card stock. The letters were all sponged with their respective colors and I sponged the G and R with black for some added dimension. The background was run through the Big Shot with a texturz plate. I died the very vanilla ribbon by running it across the rich razzleberry ink pad while pressing it tightly against the pad by holding it in place with a sponge (since I didn't want razzleberry fingers :). The ribbon was attached with a clip. I hope you like it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Just When You Think The Day Is Over A Surprise Greets You At The Door!

We were walking through the backyard gate after taking Buddy for his evening walk and Buddy took off toward the patio. We quickly followed and there, on top of the garden wall where the grapevine grows, was the cutest masked bandit we had ever seen! Foxes and birds are common visitors to the backyard...but there, staring back at us, was the cutest raccoon! Just when you think it's time to let the day slip into night and head to bed, life greets you at the door with a surprise!!!! :) I hope pleasant surprises greet you at the door tonight and every night!

This card was made for the sketch challenge on SCS. I seem to be in a clean and simple stamping mode. I don't think this card needs any explanation - I just hope you like it!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Seize Today's Outstanding Possibilities!

I walked Buddy this morning and I was acutely aware of all of the STOP signs we passed. I decided that while life is about stopping to take a breath and appreciate what is around you, it is also about seizing (S) the (T) outstanding (O) possibilities (P) that every day brings. Today, when you stop at a STOP sign - ask yourself what possibility you can seize today! :) This card came together very quickly. This seems to be a new favorite size for me - the finished size is 6.5" x 3.25". The Fifth Avenue Floral image was stamped in Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder. A little dazzling diamonds was added to the flower centers to give them a little sparkle. Hope you like it!!!!

Video: Stamped Tile Magnets

Here is the video for Stamped Tile Magnets! I am still learning about how to maintain video image quality when I load things to YouTube - I'm still on the learning curve! Hope you like the video and the project!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: There Is Power In Beginnings

I sat down today in the craft room wanting to make my second video. I had no idea what I was going to make, but somehow, by just walking into the craft room to begin, things started to come together. There is power in beginnings. Sometimes you don't know what the middle and end will look like, but by beginning you open up the door to incredibly possibility and power. What will you begin today?

The above photo is of 4 2"x2" tiles that I stamped and made into magnets. And yes, I made it into a VIDEO! I just loaded the video to YouTube and learned that they are doing maintenance on their site right now. As soon as the maintenance is complete, I will imbed the video into this blog so you can watch it! I hope you like it!!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Find Joy In The Simple Things

Today I had a stamping workshop with a small group of women at my home. As I set everything up, the sun came out and I decided it would be nice to open the french doors from the dining room to the patio and set up stamping space both inside and out. The sound of the fountain, the warmth of the sun, the scampering of the squirrels and a group of women enjoying being creative - these were all simple things that gave me a huge sense of joy today. As the commercial says, "Priceless." What simple things did you find joy in today?

This card brought me joy as well - simple, clean and a very clear message. With just a hint of dazzling diamonds to make it sparkle. I'm thinking this might be my new year's card this year - with a message inside that says "May you find unlimited joy in the simple things this New Year" I hope you like it!!!