Welcome to Four Ways Friday (and happy Friday the 13th)! Today I'd like to share four ways to use your Petite Pennants Builder Punch!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday! I hope these projects inspire you to look at your Petite Pennants Builder punch in a new way!!!!! Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful and creative weekend!!!!!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Today's card was inspired by Humphrey Bogart's character Rick in the movie Casablanca :) I'm not sure why this quote popped into my head, but it did, and it needed a card :) I stamped the quote onto a small 3x3 card using the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set. I paper pieced the exclamation point. I punched the owl using the 2-step owl punch from Chocolate Chip card stock and the decided he needed some wings. I punched a small oval and then cut the edges to use as the wings. The body was adhered to the card with dimensionals and the wings were then adhered beneath it with glue. The nose was cut from a scrap of Pumpkin Pie card stock. Finally, I punched the heart from a scrap of designer series paper and then adhered it to the owl and covered it with Crystal Effects. What quote can inspire you to make a card???? I would love to hear your quotes :)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Challenge Yourself To Figure Out How To Make It With The Supplies That You Have!If you have been following/reading my blog, you know that I recently have been playing around with both porcelain and glass paint! I've been having a ton of fun searching for different surfaces to paint - things that can then be placed in the oven here at home and heated so that the items are both dishwasher and microwave safe. Well, it didn't take me long to move from the idea of painting food service items to the idea of painting tiles that can be used in so many different ways around the house and on home decor items!!!!! So I pulled out some 2"x 2" white and black tiles that I happened to have in the house and I began to paint and experiment. As you can see, I became obsessed with creating these grid patterns! I used a gold outliner to create the lines and then just filled in the little boxes with paint - it is so therapeutic!!!! It looks like faux cloisonne to me - very enamel-like. You are probably now seeing how I became inspired to make the tile magnets I shared with you yesterday :) After painting quite a few of these tiles I began to wonder how I might be able to make something similar (although not dishwasher/microwave safe) using my Stampin' Up! materials. The heat embossed tile magnets using gold embossing powder and Crystal Effects was the result of that thinking! How can you challenge yourself to figure out how to make something you really like using the supplies that you already have on hand????? You might amaze yourself by what you come up with!!!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: There Is So Much Going On On The Inside That You Can't See From The Outside!As I look out my office window I can see the bare branches of the lilac bush that lives just on the other side of the window. I see mostly brown branches...but if I look very closely I see something else as well...tiny little buds at the ends of the branches! Here we are in the midst of winter and this bush is reminding me that there is so much more going on on the inside of it! From far away it may look like it is resting - taking a long winter's nap. But really it has so much going on on the inside and the buds are one small sign of that! It excites me to know that I can watch this plant and wonder about the potential it has stored inside. I can't wait for it to show me what it can do in the Spring!!!! The same is true for each of us - there is so much going on on the inside that others may not be able to see from the outside - so much potential we have stored inside that is waiting for the chance to burst through!!!!
I know I have shared one magnet video with you already - now let's build on that idea!!! I have to admit that this is actually the first magnet I made. It was inspired by some tile painting that I did and that I will share with you tomorrow. I wondered how I could recreate the painted tile look with my Stampin' Up! supplies and this is what resulted from that thinking! The beaded tile I shared with you last week was the second tile design. And yes, there will likely be a third, fourth, fifth.... :)
Here is the first heat embossed tile magnet I made along with the second one that I added additional beads to:
Monday, January 09, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Oh How I Love Windows!Michael decided he needed to make some changes in his office to better accommodate his working style. What this usually means is that I too begin to examine how I have my home office set up and I get the itch to move things around too! I have to admit that I have avoided my home office a lot. It just felt cramped and cluttered (not to mention a bit of a mess). But the motivation I needed to make a change came in the form of Michael deciding to mix things up in his space. As a result, I took out 2 pieces of furniture in my office, moved things around, and brought in another desk surface that Michael was moving out of his office. Now I find myself in a space that I love and it's not even cleaned up yet!!!!! The biggest difference is that instead of working on my computer on a desk with a big hutch, I have moved my computer down to the desktop that is now in front of my corner windows. Ahhhhhhhh - what a difference a change makes!!!!!! I love the light that comes in the windows and I love being able to look out the windows as I gather my thoughts. I just took this photo of my desk space as I am writing this post...sorry about the lighting - the sun has already gone down here so the colors are a bit "off"...but hopefully you'll see what I'm loving about my new space!