I had the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper out on the craft table and when I saw it I knew it had to be the focus of this week's Four Ways Friday! I am in LOVE with this paper and was so happy that I did not see it on the retiring list!!!!! :) I'm hoping that wasn't an oversight and that it will actually continue to be with us in the new catalog. It is such a versatile paper!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday! I had a lot of fun playing with this paper and I hope these ideas inspire you to create some fun projects of your own! May you have a wonderful, creative and love-filled weekend!!!!!
Friday, May 04, 2012
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Listen To The WhispersIf you joined me yesterday, you know that toilet paper rolls have started speaking to me! (I had the funniest comment from Doris on my blog yesterday - totally made me smile - thank you Doris!!!!) Well, once I started listening to what those toilet paper rolls were telling me, they decided that they needed to tell me more! So this afternoon, when I found myself back in the bathroom and another toilet paper roll came to its end, it whispered to me, "Hey! Don't recycle me! You can use me too!!!! You can treat me like fabric if you want!!!!" How could I not listen??? So off we went into the craft room - that roll and I - and we began to play! I cut open the roll and cut it into pieces and then crimped, crimped, crimped! I think the roll thought it was in a beauty salon because it then said to me, "Hey! A crimped style isn't enough! I need a color too!" So out came the Soft Suede ink and a sponge and we did a bit of coloring. Well then that darn roll wanted a weave too! The best I could do was take it over to the sewing machine and start weaving all the pieces together with thread. I added a few corners of hand-sewn twine for an added touch. The greeting is from Loving Thoughts (I know it just retired, but I love this set and its sentiments, so I'm keeping it around :) I added some eyelets and then added it to the sewn panel with dimensionals. The whole panel was then popped up onto a Crumb Cake card base with dimensionals and I added a bit of Soft Suede spritz with the spritzer tool. My advice from this whole experience? Listen to the whispers...especially if they are coming from your toilet paper rolls ;)
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Today's Question From The Craft Room: What Do You Have On Hand That You Can Create With?Can you tell what mystery material this tag was made from????? It struck me this morning when I... hmmm...that might be a bit too personal to share...oh, what the heck...it struck me this morning when I was in the bathroom (some of you may call it the "loo" or the "dunny"). Anyway, there I was when I ran out of toilet paper and had to replace the roll. So off came the cardboard roll and on went another full roll of toilet paper. Now normally, all of the old cardboard rolls go straight into the recycling bin. But since I had Out On A Whim Wednesday on my mind I decided to carry that roll straight into the craft room! :) It waited for me until this afternoon (I'm typing this on Tuesday afternoon) and then I sat down with the roll to figure out what it wanted to be. I actually had 3 rolls to play with. I decided to cut one open and flatten it out...
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: A Lifetime of Possibility Is Waiting For Me!This past weekend I was once again struck by the fact that it would take multiple lifetimes for me to try to unleash the creative possibility in everything that already exists in my craft room (and the overflow craft storage I have in the basement...and garage...oops!). If I did not purchase another item, I could keep myself busy with what I have for as long as I live. That's not to say that I won't want to purchase something else. It is to say that I really don't need to. So how long can I go with just utilizing what I have? That is the true question. Can I look at everything in my life and think about how I can repurpose it into a piece of art? As I mentioned yesterday I was very inspired by Daniella Woolf and her use of her shredded journal pages in her art. It got me thinking about old notebooks I have from my years of education. Somehow I have never been able to throw them away - they took so much time to put together and represent so many hours of my life. However, after seeing her video I have begun thinking about ways I might incorporate them into art pieces - this could prove to be interesting! :) As for my craft purchases, I know that I will allow myself to buy more things. Saying I won't is not something I am ready to do (yes, it is a bit of an addiction and a way that I "reward" myself for doing some other things in my life that don't create as much pleasure for me). I do want those purchase decisions to be very conscious choices though. And I want to make sure I am unleashing some of the creative potential that is waiting for me here at home!!!!
Today's card was created to accompany the sign I made for my new cousin Maxwell :) I used the soon-to-be retired A to Z background stamp and the "baby" greeting from Tiny Tags. I used Bashful Blue ink and added some punched brushed silver card stock stars. The adhesive rhinestones add a touch of shine. I hope he likes it :)
Monday, April 30, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Watch A Video Of Someone Enjoying Their Creative ProcessI spent part of the weekend watching a video by encaustic artist Daniella Woolf. Wow! I was totally inspired!!!!! I can't wait to start playing with melted wax again - I just need for the weather to be a bit warmer so that I can keep the window open in the craft room to allow for proper ventilation. Watching her enjoy her own creative process was amazing! She just went with the flow - going wherever the projects were taking her. One of the pieces she created was the inspiration for this card. She used strips of journal pages which I interpreted with strips of First Edition designer series paper. I die cut a few circles of red mesh with the Circles #2 die and the Big Shot. I used gel medium to adhere the paper strips and the fabric. The greeting is from Fabulous Phrases. If you have seen a video by another artist that has inspired you, please let me know. The two hours I shared watching Daniella were a pure pleasure! You can click here to learn more about her and to see some of her work. If you have the slightest interest in encaustic, I totally recommend her video - Encaustic With A Textile Sensibility!
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