When I saw the Pleasant Poppies background stamp in the catalog I immediately knew we were meant to be together! :) Of course, once the stamp arrived, I wasn't sure what to do with it. I figured that using the stamp for Four Ways Friday would be great motivation to get it inked up and stamped!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday!!!! Have a beautiful, creative weekend!!!!!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Just Keep Stamping!!!!Is this card crazy or what?!?! I pulled out the Big Pieces stamp set for Throwback Thursday and began stamping the different images with a variety of ink colors. If you look at the background closely you'll see traces of Summer Starfruit, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral Island Indigo and Rose Red! I began stamping and then didn't like what I was seeing so I kept stamping and stamping and stamping until somehow I had something that I thought might work as a background! I figured I needed to tame things a little bit by adding some solid pieces of color in the form of punched circles and a few strips of solid card stock. The sentiment is from Wacky Wishes (which is a current Hostess set in the catalog!). Sometimes you gotta just keep stamping!!!!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. -Ralph Waldo EmersonI was leafing through the Oprah Magazine the other day and came across this quote and it immediately gave me a sense of calm. It can be so easy to carry one day's woes into the next day and this is a reminder that each day we can start anew. I want to create another gratitude journal (I write in my gratitude journal every evening) and put this quote on the cover. This would be a wonderful thought to go to sleep with every night :)
Today's Out On A Whim Wednesday project is a sign that I created quite awhile ago. I was playing around with my wood-burning tool and created a series of signs that I have hanging on my craft room door. After doing the wood burning I went back and colored the images with colored pencils. These signs always make me smile. One says "Be Yourself" and another says, "Express Yourself." If you haven't tried wood burning, you might want to give it a try! It's a fun way to take scrap wood and make it into something special :)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Pause And ObserveBuddy continues to teach me lessons every day...if I pay attention :) Today on our walk he would be trotting along and then suddenly stop - still as a statue - and just observe. Sometimes he would slightly turn his head. You could tell his senses were all on high alert - watching for the slightest movement; sniffing for the slightest odor (of rabbit!!!!). His actions, or non-action, reminded me once again that we all need to pause and observe. To stop what we are doing and take it what surrounds us. By pausing and observing, Buddy and I become aware of the songs of birds, the slightest movement in the brush of a bunny eating grass, the rustle of the leaves. All of these are things I would miss if I did not pause and observe. That Buddy is one wise canine :)
Today's card brings me peace just by looking at it. I love the softness of Pool Party - so gentle. (I was inspired by p. 149 of the Idea Book & Catalog). I embossed the card base with the striped embossing folder. I stamped one of the flowers from Mixed Bunch using Pool Party on Pool Party card stock. The butterfly was created using the Beautiful Wings embosslit. I sponged the edges and added some adhesive pearls. A piece of organza ribbon adds a finishing touch. I hope you like it!
Monday, August 13, 2012
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: I LOVE Page 44!!!!!I was sooooo excited to receive an envelope in the mail that contained the new September/October 2012 issue of PaperCrafts Magazine!!!!
The box was fun to make using the Fun Flowers die in the Big Shot. I used burlap as well as denim fabric from an old pair of jeans :) I love upcycling loved jeans into new creations! An antique brad decorates the center of the flower. I added a tag with a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes and tied it to the seam binding with Early Espresso baker's twine. I hope you enjoy page 44 as much as I do! And, if you want to see your projects in print, try submitting your projects to PaperCrafts Magazine!!!! You never know what might happen!!!!!