This week's Four Ways Friday is all about playing with the Papaya Collage stamp set! Have fun!
this technique video by Dawn Olchefske. The bird and hat were both stamped and then cut out. I then stamped the flourish image onto Primrose Petals cs with Primose Petals ink. A piece of Crumb Cake seam binding and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners finishes the card.
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday! I hope it inspires you to have fun with the Papaya Collage stamp set...or to use another stamp set in some of the ways that you see here! Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful, creative and love-filled weekend!!!!!
Friday, August 03, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Paper In My House Multiplies!!!When I was little we had pet fish. I remember when they would die I couldn't bear to flush them down the toilet (the approach recommended by my dad) so I would take little matchboxes and place the fish inside and then go and bury the tiny box by the mailbox. It was a very exciting day when my parents agreed to allow us to have 2 gerbils that were offered to us by a friend. The friend said that they were two girl gerbils and we believed her...until we woke up one morning and had 8 gerbils! Needless to say, my mom was not thrilled. Well, I've decided that paper in my home is like those 2 original gerbils. Somehow when I bring a piece of paper into the house the next thing I know it has multiplied into 20!!!! I'm not sure how it happens (I did finally figure out how it happened with the gerbils). It does create all kinds of havoc - having all of those pieces of paper running all over the house! Aack! So my task, once again, will be to try to tackle these piling pieces of paper and hopefully figure out how they multiply so quickly! I wonder if you can neuter a piece of paper?????
Today's Throwback Thursday features the Cool Cat stamp set! I LOVE this adorable cat - so mod! I have to say that I am a little unhappy that there really isn't a current cat or dog stamp set available from Stampin' Up! I'm hoping one shows up soon...maybe in the next mini catalog????? Let's hope so! In the meantime, I'll use some of my throwbacks to meet my pet stamping needs :) Here I just used simple ink, card stock and stamps...with three little rhinestones for the collar. I hope you like it :) I think it's just purrrrrfect :)
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed. - Vida Dutton Scudder, The Privilege of AgeThis quote was in the May 2012 issue of Real Simple magazine - something I was flipping through the other day (yes, I know it is already the end of July) :) I haven't read Vida Dutton Scudder's book, so I am not sure the context in which this quote was stated. Out of its original context the quote spoke to me. As you know, I am always struggling with the issue of owning more "stuff" for my craft room and have found that purchasing more things can often be an excuse for not creating with the things that I have. The truth is that when you really want to create you will do whatever you can with what you have. I think about those who do not have the ability to go out and purchase a new craft/art supply and yet they release the need to express themselves with whatever they can find - scratching a rock against a surface, using a stick to draw in the sand, piling rocks one on top of the other to express that they stood in that very place. Possessing things does say something about us...I'm not sure what it says about us is truly at the heart of who we are. To tap into who we truly are at our core we need to explore our own gift of creativity...using whatever we have.
Today's card began with a desire to use a feather image from the Fine Feathers stamp set. I stamped the image onto Very Vanilla cs and cut it out. I then took a Baja Breeze card base and ran part of the front through the Big Shot with the Fancy Fan embossing folder. Next I tore a piece of vellum and a piece of Sahara Sand cs and attached them to the card front with a bit of machine sewing. I stamped the sentiment from Loving Thoughts in Basic Black and then added the feather with dimensionals. Have a beautiful Tuesday :)
Monday, July 30, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Wait For It!Michael and I have been wanting a new fountain for the backyard for awhile. We have spent some time looking - mostly at garden stores. We came close to buying one about a month ago. We hemmed and hawed. It was quite expensive and we just didn't love it like we felt we should for that price. So we waited. Well, over the weekend Michael went to the flea market and guess what he came home with??? Yes! A beautiful metal fountain that is perfect for our backyard and....drumroll please....it was only $40!!!! (although it would likely be about $200 new in the store). Sometimes you just have to wait for it. It will find its way to you in its own time :) Here is a picture of the new fountain in its new home...the birds have already started visiting :)