This week's Four Ways Friday has Halloween on it's mind :) Join me as I share four ways to use the Batty For You stamp set!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday - hard to believe I'm starting to think about Halloween! I hope you have a wonderfully creative and peaceful weekend!!!!
Friday, September 09, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Focus On What You Can Do, Not On What You Can't!To say my mom is an active person is an understatement! She spends about 3 hours at the gym, 5 days a week! Her normal routine involves the treadmill, swimming and the recumbent bike. A few months ago she began experiencing knee pain and it was impacting her ability to be as active as she was accustomed. She went to the doctor and learned that she had a pretty bad medial meniscus tear and surgery was being recommended. She was not happy about the news, but instead of focusing on what she wasn't able to do, she took the doctor's advice, scheduled the surgery (with a bit of reluctance) and focused on what she could do. Swimming and the recumbent bike were still doable and not objectionable to the doctor, so do them she did! I am happy to say that she had her surgery yesterday and is beginning her road to recovery. My sense is that because she is in such great shape, she will have a swift recovery. That treadmill better watch out! Thank you mom for teaching me to focus on what I can do, not on what I can't!
Today's card was an opportunity to play with die cuts, punches and sewing :) I die cut two of the flowers from the Island Floral Bigz die using Very Vanilla card stock. I then sponged the larger flower with a mixture of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ink. I crinkled the flower a little. The smaller flower was sprayed/sponged with some Melon Mambo ink and then I used glue to attach a multitude of sequins that I had in the craft room. A button was then added to the center after threading it with a touch of hemp twine. I attached it using Crystal Effects. I then die cut a flower using the Daisies #2 die and River Rock card stock. I cut the flower every 3 petals which gave me four 3-petal pieces and one 4-petal piece. I then adhered the sequin center to the large flower using dimensionals and then used glue to insert the flower pieces. I curled the petals for some dimension. Before adhering the flower to the River Rock card base I sewed a stem and the petals using gold metallic thread in the sewing machine. The petals were cut from the 5-Petal Flower punch and Old Olive card stock. Finally, I adhered the flower using glue. I felt this card didn't need a greeting - the flower speaks for itself :) I hope you like it!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Your Progress Will Become Apparent To You!I went to the gym yesterday and, as always, I decided to warm up a bit on the recumbent bicycle. I hadn't been to the gym in waaaaayyyyy too long, so my expectations weren't very high regarding what my body would be able to do. And yet, when I got on that bike, I found that my usual level of 2 was way too easy, so I pushed it up to level 7 to warm up. It felt great! What I realize is that the time I've been spending on my bike has really been helping me make progress both on a muscular and cardiovascular level! I was pretty surprised since the only exercise I had been doing lately was going on bike rides and taking Buddy for walks. It's amazing how progress can sneak up on you and show itself when you least expect it! My weight workout went well too - my stamina was a lot better than I imagined it would be! I'm actually looking forward to my next trip to the gym...and yes, I'm going to make that happen this week! So whatever exercise you are doing, keep doing it! It's making a difference whether you're aware of it or not!
Today's card was inspired by a handmade book by Alisa Golden, shared in her book Making Handmade Books. I saw her book and thought that it would be fun to make a tea bag shaped card to hold a tea bag gift! I began with a piece of Confetti card stock and cut it to 4 1/4" x 11". I then scored it in the center and folded it in half. I cut off 1" from one of the ends and I scored the other end at 1" to create an inside "pocket" for the tea bag. Here is what the inside looks like:
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Some Days It Is Perfectly Clear; Other Days Quite HazyWhen I walk Buddy in the morning we usually pass by a number of places where we can get clear views of the mountains. Yesterday, the mountains were crystal clear and I could see for miles. On other days, I may find myself wondering where the mountains have gone since the air is hazy or the clouds have covered them and they are nowhere to be seen. I realize that my life can feel like these mountains sometimes. Some days my life and my purpose are perfectly clear to me - I am headed in exactly the right direction for myself. On other days, things are really hazy - I wonder if I am doing the right thing or if I am just lost and floundering. What I need to remember is that on those hazy days there is one thing that I can sure of - things will become crystal clear again if I am just patient. Those mountains never really disappear - they are still there - just waiting for the right conditions to show themselves again.
Today's project is a box I made quite awhile ago to submit to a magazine with the hope of getting it published. This box didn't get accepted, however another project I made did...I'll share that with you once it gets published! This box was made using the Box #2 die and Brushed Silver card stock. I heat embossed the flourish from the Season of Joy stamp set using silver embossing powder. I added a few adhesive rhinestone jewels for some bling. The Star of David was made by paper piecing 2 triangles and I added the dime since the dreidel game during Hanukkah is often played using coins. I created the greeting on the computer and printed it onto Whisper White card stock. The handle was attached with brads and then I added paper chain links to the handle with glue and gave them some rhinestone bling! I hope you like it!
Monday, September 05, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Ride Your Own RideI have been road biking quite a bit lately...and getting quite addicted to it! I just love the feel of the wind in my face and the ability to cover more ground than when I was running. It just feels "free!" I have gone riding a number of times with friends/loved ones and I find myself getting all stressed at times - with those darn negative messages running through my head: "Why can't you keep up with them?," "Why are you so slow?," "Go faster! Pedal stronger!," "What would Lance Armstrong say?!" These negative nellies inside my head leave me alone when I am riding alone. It is just when I am riding with someone else, or if I try to follow someone I don't know who is in front of me on the bike path and moving fast, that I begin to give myself a hard time. The one mantra I have begun telling myself when I become aware of these messages is "Ride Your Own Ride." I am riding for myself - for the joy it makes me feel - for the exercise it is giving my body - for the pure freedom. I just need a reminder so I don't fall prey to that lovely critic who likes to hang out in my head and wait for the perfect moment to pounce! Ride your own ride - whatever it is that you are doing. Do it for yourself - because it brings you joy - no matter what is going on around you.
Today's card is another one of my favorite card making rituals - to use scraps that I keep in a container - leftovers from cards I have made - pieces that I thought I was going to use and then chose not to. For today's card I reached into that container and played with arranging the different pieces. It was like putting a puzzle together! I didn't do any stamping - just arranging and crumpling and I'm really pleased with the result. The pieces are a piece of Naturals Ivory card stock stamped with the bird from Friends 24-7 in basic black ink; a large scallop circle punched from Sahara Sand card stock; a modern label punched from designer series paper; a tiny tag punched with the jewelry tag after having stamped a greeting from Tiny Tags onto Crumb Cake card stock with Chocolate Chip ink and adding a piece of linen thread; and finally a small piece of Very Vanilla seam binding that I frayed a bit after cutting an edge off of the ribbon. I hope you like it! Now go ride your own ride! I'm going to :)