Thanks for your patience! It took me awhile to wake up and get the day going this morning, but I have to admit that spending the day in the craft room was perfect :) This weeks Four Ways Friday provides you with four different ways to use your Simply Scored Scoring Tool!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday - it was fun to make these projects today and I'm looking forward to spending more time in the craft room this weekend! Hope you have a creative and peaceful weekend!
Friday, November 04, 2011
It's been a long day! It is after 11:30 pm Thursday night as I am typing this and I just got back from a trip and I'm pooped! I am already looking forward to sleeping late and then to spending much of the day tomorrow in the craft room. I think of the craft room almost like a womb for myself - does that sound weird?! It's a place where I am so comforted and "at home." It is my peace. I hope to put together a few things to share with you by later in the day on Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again in a little bit :)
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: We Are Not Sent Into This World To Do Anything Into Which We Cannot Put Our HeartsThis John Ruskin quote began as the inspiration for this art piece that is still "under construction." I truly believe that we are each sent to this planet to do that which speaks to our hearts and I wanted to make a piece of art that I can hang in the craft room that will continually remind me of this truth. What a wonderful measure for us to test if we are doing what we are meant to do - to ask ourselves if we can put our heart into it.
I began by taping strips of copper tape to a large piece of chipboard. I then used metal stamps to stamp into the copper tape to create the quote. I cut out the chipboard pieces and coated each of them with black acrylic paint and then wiped most of the paint off. The heart was created like the crown I made yesterday - relying on my ability to draw a heart :) I drew the heart on a piece of scrap chipboard and cut it out and then covered it with aluminum hardware tape and a few piece of copper tape before embossing it and covering it with black acrylic paint (and then wiping the paint off). These pieces will be joining the crown and this canvas:
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Trust In Your Ability!I'm not sure when it started, but I began to believe that I couldn't draw/create shapes on my own :( Somehow the Big Shot, and the amazing shapes it creates, had an impact on me I hadn't expected. I began to believe that if I wanted to add a shape to a card or paper project I needed just the right die to do it! This came to light when I started to play with today's project and I wanted a crown made out of chipboard. But, lo and behold, I don't have a crown die for the Big Shot and I thought I was sunk. Then I remembered...I can draw a crown!!!! (I know, not a miraculous thought...but at that moment it really was miraculous since I had forgotten about my own abilities). So I pulled out a piece of chipboard and I drew a crown on it with a pen. I then cut it out with scissors and ta-da - I had the shape I needed. I then covered the crown with aluminum tape from the hardware store and started to decorate the crown with various metal working & embossing tools that I had on the craft table. Here is the crown in progress:
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Some Days You Can See So Clearly!It was amazingly clear yesterday. On our walk, Buddy and I could see forever and the mountains were vivid and sharp in the distance! Creativity is like those mountains for me. Some days I sit down to create and in my mind I know exactly what I want to do. I sit down and start to bring to life the image that is in my head and heart. And then there are those days when you can't see so clearly. You still show up to create - you just don't know what is going to appear! This sign has been like that for me. Last week I shared with you where I began - it looked like this:
Monday, October 31, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: If You Make It With Your Heart, Whatever You Create Has SignificanceI truly believe that whatever an artist creates is imbued with the spirit of the artist. We can be so hard on our creations sometimes - judging them, critiquing them. We need to be kind to the works we create - recognizing that our heart and spirit are a part of that creation. In this way, everything we create has significance - it has us.
Today's card began as a desire to use a butterfly as a mask. I die cut a piece of chipboard using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die and the Big Shot. I then put temporary adhesive on the back of the butterfly and placed it on the Very Vanilla card. I sponged around the butterfly with So Saffron ink and some champagne. Next I repeated these steps over and over until I was happy with the base of the card. By now, the chipboard butterfly was inky and sparkly and I decided I couldn't let it go to waste! So, I stamped the greeting from Charming using Jet Black Staz-On and then stamped the butterfly with an image from Friends 24-7. I stamped the Charming words on a scrap piece of paper and cut some of them out and sponged the edges with So Saffron ink. I added a few to the card with dimensional pieces and also added a word as the butterfly body. The butterfly was adhered to the card with dimensionals. I hope you like it :)