Saturday, December 12, 2009

Daisy Die-Cut Cards

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  There's Nothing Like Watching A Dog Romp In The Snow To Put A Smile On Your Face!

It's been amazingly cold here in Denver and today, the freeze finally broke.  I decided to take Buddy to the big dog park - acres and acres of free space to run.  I have to say that I am no longer sure if I take Buddy to this park for him or for me :)  I LOVE watching him run around - bounding through the dried brush; barking at the horses; slip-sliding across the ice in the creek.  It's good for both of our souls :)

One of my customers is putting together these cards to give as teacher gifts.  I love the layered look of the daisy die cut flowers!  This is also the first time we are using build-a-brads and we love them!!!!  It's great to be able to customize the brad and the large size of them is perfect for these flowers!  Hope you like them!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Reindeer Tag

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  The Early Bird Catches The Worm...Or At Least That's What I'm Hoping!

Today I got up early to try to get a jump on my day.  Lots to do in the next 8 hours...we'll see if I get it all done!  I was tempted to stay in bed this morning - it's cold outside and the bed was cozy.  But here I am, at the computer and ready to go!  Sometimes it's nice to get a jump on the day and challenge yourself to see what you can accomplish!

Isn't this tag adorable???  I created him yesterday for my holiday tag class.  His nose is covered in Crystal Effects to make it shiny.  He would be adorable both as a tag and as an ornament!  Hope you like him! :)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Stamped Foil

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Sometimes It Just Takes A Little Extra Nudge

Okay - I admit it.  I did not want to go and work out today.  It was freezing here in Denver today and the last thing I wanted to do was leave the comfort of my warm home.  But, since we had an appointment with the trainer, I felt I needed to go.  Then the prospect of eating at one of my favorite Thai restaurants after working out gave me just the extra nudge I needed :)  So, off I went to workout.  I have to say, I'm glad I did (and the Thai food was yummy too!).  Sometimes you just need to give yourself that little extra nudge - you'll be glad you did!

Today's card builds on yesterday's card.  I added one extra step - I stamped the foil with black staz-on before running it through the Big Shot with a Texturz plate.  It's an interesting look...I might have to play with it some more.  Hope you like it!!!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Embossed Foil

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Happines Is When What You Think, What You Say, And What You Do Are In Harmony (Gandhi)

Today's card was made by placing some heavy duty aluminum foil in the Petals-A-Plenty textured impressions folder and running it through the Big Shot.  I doubled the heavy duty foil before running it through the Big Shot.  The stamp is a retired SU! stamp that my cousin sent to me (thanks Brenda!).  I added a little elegance with some embellishments from the Pretties Kit.  Hope you like it!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Stamped Coasters

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Use Your Words For A Kind Purpose

I remember a story that was once told to me by a rabbi.  It went something like this:  There was a man who spoke badly about another person in his town.  In reflecting on his gossiping he decided that he wanted to see if there was anything he could do to repair his wrong.  So the man went to the head rabbi in the town and asked what he should do.  The rabbi told him to go and find a feather pillow and to come back once he had the pillow.  The man went and got the pillow and returned to the rabbi.  The rabbi then said, "Do you see that high mountain over there?  Go and climb to the top of that mountain and when you get to the top you need to cut open the pillow and shake all of the feathers out.  Once you have done that, return to me with the empty pillowcase."  The man agreed and went out and climbed the mountain and followed the rabbi's instructions.  He returned to the rabbi with the empty pillow case and the rabbi said, "Now I want you to go and retrieve all of the feathers that you have scattered far and wide.  For when we speak gossip it is as if we have scattered feathers across the land and our ability to repair what we have done is like trying to pick up all of those scattered feathers."  I hope that I can remember this whenever I am tempted to gossip about someone or say harsh words.  I hope I can remember to use my words for a more noble purpose.  I wish the same for you :)