This week's Four Ways Friday is all about the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch! I hope this inspires you to use your punch in some fun new ways!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Sometimes A Blessing Comes In Strange Packaging!I'm still sick! Can you believe it?! I have been doing all I can to take care of myself - eating right, drinking plenty of fluids, taking it easy and getting plenty of rest...and spending a lot of time in the craft room making paper flowers :) I guess that's the blessing in this weird package called "a cold." If not for the cold I would probably not be eating as well, resting as much, or enjoying creating for as many hours. So I'll enjoy the blessings and hope they serve as a reminder that once the strange packaging has been sent away, what I found inside the package can definitely remain!
Here's a video for how to make these 3-D paper roses! I hope you enjoy making them as much as I have! I have a feeling more videos will be on the way - showing you how to make different 3-D paper flowers with other tools you might have in your craft space. Have fun!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Keep Going!I'm still under the weather - hopefully this cold that is inhabiting my body will leave sooner v. later. I mean isn't 6 days long enough?! I will say though, it has been fun spending time in the craft room and playing around with building 3-D flowers. I've played with paper, fabric and ribbon and the more I keep going the more I like it! I will admit that the first few flowers were a bit tedious and I was thinking to myself "there's no way I'm going to keep making these time-consuming flowers!" However, the more I kept going, the less tedious the task and the more meditative and fun it became! So if you find yourself dreading an activity - or if you find it a bit tedious - you may choose to keep going. Who knows - it could turn into fun!!!!
For the first card I used the daisies #2 die to die cut the flowers. For this second card I used the decorative accents with flowers & leaves die (a die I hadn't used in ages!). I hope you like them...I can feel a video coming on :) (and thanks to Doris for sharing your thoughts and to Nathalie for encouraging me to get back to making videos! I really appreciate your comments :)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Teach Something!I shared a picture of this mini book with you as part of last week's Four Ways Friday. Today I decided I needed to show you how to make it! Each of us has something we can teach someone else. What can you teach someone today? I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you enjoy, even more, making your own!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: It's The Act Of Creation, Not The Amount, That CountsI have been sick for a number of days now and so I have found myself sitting in the craft room - sniffling, drinking tea, and making 3-D flowers! It's been wonderful therapy although I must admit that at the end of a day I look around at the few flowers I have created and I have thought to myself, "Really?! You just spent an entire day here in the craft room and all you have to show for it are five 3-D flowers?!" I knew there had to be a lesson in that thought and as I stared at those flowers today I realized that it's not the amount or the number of items I have created that determine whether my day was spent in a meaningful way - it is the enjoyment and satisfaction I feel by bringing another creation into this world - a creation that adorns the world in a beautiful way. Have you heard that song in the show/movie "Rent?" It is called Seasons Of Love and the question the song tries to answer is how do you measure a year in a life? I believe one of my measures for a year in my life is how much time I spend expressing the creativity that has been given to me as a gift and sharing that love with others. What about you?
I've been enjoying die cutting flowers using whatever Sizzix flower dies I have. I then spray the card stock lightly with water and begin scrunching or curling the petals around a skewer. Then comes the smooch spritz and water and ink mixtures in spray bottles. Of course, I never have the patience to let them dry on their own - I bring out the heat tool to help them along :) I hope you enjoy this flower...I have a feeling you'll be seeing a few more this week :)