Friday, February 06, 2015

Mini-Collage Challenge #22

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Where You've Been Will Find Its Way Into Your Art
The mountains.  They keep showing up in my mini collages.  They are a part of my landscape on my morning walk with the dog.  They bid me farewell and welcome me home when I find myself heading to and from the airport.  Where you've been will find its way into your art.  The places you call home.  The landscapes you've seen.  The emotions you have lived.  Come back to those inspirations and enjoy them even more...and more.
This is the 22nd collage in my mini-collage challenge.  I purchased some tape at a dollar store while I was on a work trip and enjoyed a bit of art-making on the road :)  I hope you like it!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Mini Valentine's Sweet Box

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Use What You've Got!
When it comes to holiday stamping I am quick to look into my collection of past stamps to see what I have that will work.  Yes, I like buying new stamps to add to the collection.  At the same time, I also like to make sure I use what I have and that I'm not buying a stamp set just for the sake of being "current."  If you like these little boxes, but don't have the stamps I used, think about what stamps you already have that you might be able to substitute.  And yes, if all else fails, you can always shop HERE to find something new :)
This mini box can hold quite a bit of chocolate!  I used the retired Hello Doily stamp to stamp the lid.  I guess you could call this a throwback since I also used a retired stamp :)  I am a firm believer that if you have a stamp already in your collection that will work...use it! :)  I also found some different pink ribbons hanging around the craft room to tie around these baby boxes.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Bonnets & Butterflies Easter Ensemble by Buffy Cooper

Spring is on the way with flowers, butterflies, and sunshine!  Here’s a fun Bonnets & Butterflies Easter Ensemble by Buffy Cooper that includes an Easter Bonnet centerpiece or wall hanging, bonnet favors for your Easter festivities and spring card.  These projects would also be perfect for Mother’s Day, a spring tea party, or even a bridal shower.  With your Big Shot and a few framelits and dies – including the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies – you can create these projects in a snap!  Head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of February for full step-by-step instructions!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Valentine's Day Candy Box

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  In terms of art, the only real answer I know of is to do it.  If you don't do it, you don't know what might happen. - Harry Callahan
Whether it's creating a small box to hold chocolates for Valentine's Day, painting a large canvas to hang on your wall, or doing an art journal entry every day, you are creating art.  And, as Harry Callahan says, if you don't do it, you don't know what might happen.  It is fine to read blogs and watch videos.  It is fine to watch other artists at work.  It is okay to organize your art and crafting supplies.  What you want to make certain is that you don't allow these other activities to take you away from the actual doing - the actual making - of art.  What piece of art can you begin or make today?
Today I am sharing a small Valentine's Day box that can hold a whole bunch of sweets!  I created a belly band with Sweet Taffy designer series paper.  Happy early Valentine's Day! :)

Sunday, February 01, 2015

All About Owls Gift Set

It’s all about owls and all about simplicity!  You don’t need a million supplies to make a gift set that you can be proud of!  This is my February project for Craft Project Central.  Learn how to make this adorable owl from Whisper White card stock and then turn him into an embellishment for cards and a card holder.  Take it to the next level by making the same owl from Simply Pressed Clay!  The clay owl will stand up tall in a plant or pencil cup! This set would make a great class and would be a fun way to involve children in your crafting!  Head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of February for full step-by-step instructions!