Friday, October 22, 2010

Fifth Avenue Floral & Copics

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Color (Inside or Outside of the Lines)!
I received some Copic sketch markers for my birthday yesterday and decided I needed to give them a try!  I haven't had this much fun coloring since I was little!!!!!  I stamped this flower image from Fifth Avenue Floral multiple times onto Whisper White card stock using Staz-on Jet Black ink.  I then colored to my heart's content :)  These colors are so vibrant and fun to play with - I'm already thinking about what colors I want next :)  I am looking forward to actually learning how to use the markers and, at the same time, just taking out the markers and coloring without having a clue, was a lot of fun too!  I added a bit of dazzling diamonds to the center of the flowers using my 2-way glue pen.  The greeting is from Curly Cute, stamped with Basic Black ink.  I mounted the floral panel onto Poppy Parade card stock and then onto a Whisper White card base.  I hope you like it!  What can you color today?

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I am sooooo excited!!!!!!!  I just received an amazing birthday gift!  I was just contacted by Paper Crafts Magazine and they have accepted one of my projects to be published!!!!!!  YIIIIPPPPPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!  And how crazy is this....this was my first attempt to be published and magic happened!  So that means you have no excuse!  If you've ever wanted to be published, don't wait for the perfect project or a time when you feel like you "deserve" to be published...just give it a shot!!!!!  You never know what might happen!!!!!!  Check out the Paper Crafts magazine website to see the most recent call for submissions!  (click on "magazine" and "reader submissions").  Go for it!!!!!

Life Happens. Love Helps!

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Celebrate Your Birth :)
Yup!  Today is my birthday!!!!!  I am very grateful to be here on this incredible journey called life.  I am also grateful that while life is happening, love is helping me right along.  I am so appreciative for all of the love in my life!!!!!!  I also appreciate the love I feel toward creativity!  Today's background was made during the same "trance" as yesterday's :)  Step by step, layer of ink after layer of ink...and of course some shimmery spritz!  Today, celebrate how significant you are - how unique, beautiful and wonderful you are!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Can't Even Explain It Background!

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Create Something That Inspires You!

I can't even explain how I made this background!  It could be that I was abducted by aliens or put into a trance and hours later this is what emerged! :)  No matter how it came about, what I can say is that it inspires me!  Rather than make a card I chose to make a small sign that I can frame and put up in the craft room - a reminder to create art everyday - whether that is in the craft room, in the kitchen, during the work day.  Look for opportunities to create art everyday and don't forget to create something that inspires you!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tempting Turquoise Birthday!

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Set A Goal And Take Some Action!
Today I'm reflecting a lot on what a goal can do for you...and, even more importantly, what taking action toward that goal can do for you.  I sit here having run 13 miles today - now what I consider a "short" run - as the countdown for my marathon experience begins to wind down.  It is hard to believe that back in March I couldn't even run a block!  It is also such a gorgeous time to run here in Denver - the air is cool in the morning and the trees are displaying their stunning array of colors...just perfect!  Talk about a natural high!!!!!  I also made some progress this weekend on doing some organizing in my craft room and office space.  I still have a ways to go, but I took some action in the direction of my goal and it feels so much better to be moving forward than to be standing still complaining about the mess!  I was beginning to worry that I was going to end up on that show Hoarders!  (Okay, maybe my mess isn't that bad, but internally it was beginning to feel that bad).  So, set a goal and take some will be amazed at how good it will make you feel!

I love Tempting Turquoise!  What a cheerful color!  I used a retired jumbo roller with Tempting Turquoise ink for the bottom of the card and then the little gift stamp from Family Accessories, stamped in Pacific Point ink, to create the background.  Of course, I had to add a dash of dazzling diamonds for some sparkle ;)  A strip of Daffodil Delight run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, along with a piece of retired Rich Razzleberry ribbon (can you tell I'm trying to give some of my retired stuff some love?!) were attached to the card front.  Finally, I stamped the birthday greeting from Afterthoughts (hostess set) with Tempting Turquoise and then layered it onto Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point card stock.  Simple and easy!  I hope you like it!