Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Scroll down for Thursday's post

I tried to use the blogger app this week to create my post for Thursday and unfortunately it posted Thursdays post earlier in the week when I hit publish! So if you would like to see Thursday's post, please scroll down to see the heat embossed river rocks! Enjoy! Hopefully I'll do a better job of figuring out this app!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mixed Bunch Gratitude Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Your Intuition Knows What Your Mind Does Not
It's been a bit of a whirlwind for me the past few weeks.  We went to a wedding in Tyler, TX and then went to visit my mother in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Go, go, go...and not just my body, my mind too.  We are still trying to figure out what, if any, changes we want to make in our lives.  Specifically, we continue to look at homes to determine if we want to move.  We've looked at a few horse properties and a few mountain properties...and a few hybrids.  All in an attempt to figure out what we want.  It's funny, if you begin to talk to city people about the mountains they say things like, "It's cold there!" or "It's so far away!" or "Won't you feel isolated?"  When you talk to mountain people they say things like, "I can't imagine living in the City again!  All those people!  All that pollution!  That fast pace!"  Everyone has something to say - a word of advice, a question to pose - my brain is spinning.  Not to mention all of the talking that Michael and I have been doing - trying to figure it all out.   At times I just want to laugh...because I truly don't believe the answer for us will come from all the talking and asking and reasoning.  I believe it will actually come from our intuition - that we will just "feel" what it is that is right for us.  The challenge is quieting all the other noise in order to focus on that inner voice - that intuition - that always points me in the direction.  Your intuition knows what your mind does not...I'll let you know what it says to me if I can still myself long enough to listen :)
 Today's card was made very simply using Naturals Ivory card stock and the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  I stamped the large floral image three times using Pretty In Pink ink.  Next I stamped the round image and punched it out with a 3/4" circle punch.  It was added to the card with a dimensional and then some dazzling diamonds and an adhesive rhinestone were added.  I finished the card with the sentiment from Apothecary Art.  I hope you like it!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Heat Embossed River Rocks

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Laughter feels awesome!

Michael and I decided on December 31st of this past year to go ahead and finally purchase iPhones. If you have read my blog before you may already know that we held out for just about as long as we could! I was very concerned about becoming very dependent on my phone and always having my head buried in my phone. What I hadn't considered was the amount of laughter I would experience as a result of Siri! Michael and I use Siri to send text messages to one another so that we don't have to type everything out with our thumbs :-) Of course this means that sometimes Siri interprets what we say incorrectly! It has led to some incredibly hysterical text messages that we send to each other even when they are incorrect :-) The other day I tried to tell him that I was going to our neighbors house - Greg and Ann's. Somehow Siri heard that as Grecken hands! And somehow that caused me to laugh hysterically :-). What Siri continues to remind me is that laughter is awesome and the more you can laugh on a daily basis the happier you will be! Can't wait to see what she misinterprets next!
I was playing with embossing powder the other day and somehow came up with the idea to emboss on river rocks! I wanted to have little rocks that I could put in my potted plants that would look fun and pretty! So I just used my embossing buddy to wipe off the rocks and then I used my Versa marker to apply the versamark ink and then added white embossing powder and heat embossed. If you try this yourself you should heat your rocks on a heat resistant surface like a tile and be very very careful! While the rocks will take awhile to heat up they also retain the heat quite well! So don't touch the rock right after heat embossing or you might burn yourself! How fun it would be to create a small rock garden with multicolored embossed rocks! Can't wait to hear if you play with this technique and what you create :-)