Friday, September 13, 2013

Patchwork Denim Bookmark

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Sometimes In The Process Of Cleaning You Find Yourself Creating!
I admit that my favorite activity in the craft room is not cleaning.  I am, however, learning to rethink this since I am finding that cleaning often leads me to creating.  That was the case with this bookmark.  You may remember the hot pads that I shared with you last week?  Well, there were quite a few scraps of denim fabric scattered around the craft room and I finally decided it was time to clean them up.  So I got down on the floor (yes, that is where the scraps were - I had set up my fabric cutting station in one little area on the floor) and I started to pile up the scraps.  Well, as I was piling them I began to notice how pretty they all seemed to look together.  Then I came across some errant threads that had been pulled from the edge of one of the denim pieces.  I balled up the thread and wondered, "Can I use fusible web to adhere this clump together and then adhere it to another piece of fabric?"  All it took was the one question and those scraps looking so pretty together and the cleaning stopped and the creating began!  Here is the result - actually the result was two-fold.  The bookmark is now being used in the latest novel I am reading and the scraps are off the floor due to the creative session :)  Sometimes in the process of cleaning you find yourself creating!  I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!  For those of you celebrating the holiday of Yom Kippur, I wish you a safe and easy fast!  May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a wonderful New Year!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Give Thanks Wreath by Lauri Ingram

Fall is in the air and this Give Thanks Wreath created by Lauri Ingram is a wonderful way to bring in the season!  You can learn more about Lauri on her blog HERE!  This wreath is fun to make, uses re-cycled materials and can be customized to any color scheme!  Highlighting the wonderful Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, it is a mix of naturals, subtle and bright colors, perfect for the autumn season.  Want all the instructions for how to make this great project?  If so, head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of September!  Or, to win a FREE subscription to the month of September, you can head on over to Craft Project Central and post a comment on my project for the month - the Book Worm Set.  Comments can be made through September 18th and I will choose the winner on September 19th!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Signs Inspired By Lisa Engelbrecht

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Everyday Is A Good Day For A Walk
I was walking with Buddy the other morning and we passed by a gentleman carrying a ladder in a driveway.  We said good morning and he replied, "Great day for a walk, isn't it?!"  We responded that it was and as we kept walking I began to think about how every day is really a good day for a walk!  Each and every day brings it's own light, it's own temperature, it's own scent, it's own discoveries.  Hopefully I will remember this on those days when it is below zero and the snow is coming down in blankets!  At least I have a little while to prepare myself :)  Yes, everyday is a good day for a walk!
Today I wanted to share a few signs with you.  A project by Lisa Engelbrecht in the book Art Saves inspired me to create these signs.  Playing with paint, ink, colored pencils and wire was a lot of fun!  One of these signs went to my niece when I surprised her on her birthday :)  The other one was made for a friend who is dealing with rectal cancer.  She is doing amazingly well and is almost through her chemotherapy.  Please send loving and healing thoughts her way!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Worm Set and Give Away!!!!

I am very excited to share my September project for Craft Project Central with you!  With the start of school and the start of September, I have had books on my mind! :)  I created this Book Worm Set as the perfect gift for that special little someone in your life who loves to read (and yes, that special little someone could be you)!  This set features an altered can bookmark holder, four book worm bookmarks, a book list book, a book worm pencil and a fun card for presenting this set as a gift!  Any one of these projects, individually, would make for a wonderful creative session for you and your little one!  You could also create any of these items in a small class or stamp camp to share with others!  You can get full instructions for how to make this set by subscribing to the month of September at Craft Project Central!  Want to enter for a chance to win a FREE subscription for the month of September at Craft Project Central???  If so, head on over to Craft Project Central and comment on the post that shows my project!  You have until September 18 to comment on the post over at Craft Project Central and then I will choose the winner on September 19th!!!!  Good luck!!!!!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #27

Fall is creeping into the air here...cooler mornings, a few leaves beginning to get hints of color.  So, I decided it was time to make a Halloween card :)  This card is for the Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #27 over at Craft Project Central.  For every ten cards submitted to the challenge, Craft Project Central, will pick one winner of a free month subscription on Craft Project Central!  The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice! So take a chance, head on over to Craft Project Central to participate in this month's challenge!
I used the Halloween Hello and Tags 4 You stamp sets to create the card.  Some Witches' Brew washi tape and the honeycomb embossing folder add some interest.  I hope you like it!