Saturday, July 19, 2014

Manly Man Cards & Paper Weight by Judi Sparks

Sometimes you just need a card or two that would be appropriate for a man.  Other times you need a simple gift that a man could use.  This Manly Man Cards & Paper Weight set by Judi Sparks is the perfect answer!  This set was kept simple and non-frilly as a man would like best.  In addition, the project includes a matching paper weight!  For full step-by-step instructions on how to make this manly set, head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of July!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upcycled Denim Bookmark

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Put Your Head Into The Darkness And Listen
Allowing yourself to just "be" gives you the opportunity to finally listen to the small voice that can so easily get buried inside of you.  I love creating pieces like this upcycled denim bookmark because the process allows me to just be.  I have no outcome in mind.  I just start putting paint to the "canvas" of the denim and let go and allow things to happen.  Creating in this way is a way for me to "put my head into the darkness" - the unknown of the creative process - and just listen to my inner voice.  How can you put your head into the darkness and listen?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #37

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  You Are A Fabulous Work Of Art!
Today's card and lesson speaks for itself!  You...yes, you...are a fabulous work of art!  You are the only one who has, and will ever have, the fingerprints that you have and the imprint you will leave on this planet!  Celebrate the beautiful work of art that you are!!!!
I made this card for the Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #37 over at Craft Project Central.  Head on over to Craft Project Central to participate in the challenge!  For every ten cards submitted to Craft Project Central, one winner will be chosen for a free month subscription at Craft Project Central! The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Personalized Lobster Note Card Gift Set by Yapha Mason

What do you think of this Personalized Lobster Note Card Gift Set by Yapha Mason?  This boxed set of lobster-themed nautical note cards just screams summertime at the beach!  The note cards are easily accessible in their handy box, and can be personalized with almost any name. It includes a matching card for easy gift giving.  For full step-by-step directions for how to make this super set, head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of July!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Kindness Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  You Don't Have To Be "Productive," You Just Have To Be
Today's lesson is one that I am learning myself.  Somehow I've bought into the cultural imperative that we should always be producing something - minutes spent staring at the clouds are minutes you could be "doing" something.  Well to heck with that!  Staring at the clouds IS doing something!  It is doing exactly what your soul needs you to be doing.  When did I buy into this "productivity" myth?  I wonder if this is why smartphones are so successful?  They create the guise of being productive.  Yet I recognize that the exact opposite is happening for me.  So many minutes spent surfing, checking, jumping from here to there.  I'm done.  I'm taking back my control.  I'm allowing myself to just be - that will be my measure of productivity - how many minutes did I allow myself to just "be" today?
This was the first card I made using the new Kinda Eclectic stamp set...and I can't wait to make another!  I also used the new In Colors!  I go through a bit of back and forth every year when it comes to deciding whether or not to purchase the new In Colors.  And, as you can see...I gave in this year :)  I'm glad I did!  Somehow the colors always look so much better in person than in the catalog!  This card was created with one layer and then the addition of a punched butterfly.  So quick and easy and yet so pretty!  I hope you like it!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Flower Patch Cards & Box by Laurie Zoellmer

All is in bloom with this Flower Patch Cards & Box by Laurie Zoellmer.  This cute little card box will hold several 3” cards and envelopes!  These cards are nice to have on hand and are perfect to tuck into a gift.  This project also makes a great gift, class idea or easy project to put together to sell at a craft show.  Get the full step-by-step instructions for this project by heading over to Craft Project Central and subscribing to the month of July!