Thursday, January 15, 2009

Today I was feeling very meditative - I have even started listening to some affirmations on my iPod when I walk the dog in the morning. I keep the sound very low, but even at such a low volume the soothing affirmations help me to relax as I put one foot in front of the other. So, it's no wonder that when I went to to find a color combination to complete today's challenge, I was totally drawn to a combo called "Zen and Tea!" Too funny :) (and yes, I did have some Wintermint tea to go with my mood today). The site is a wonderful site for color inspiration!

This card uses SU!'s Pocket Silhouette stamp set (one of my favorites), a punch wheel and a touch of "bling" (dazzling diamonds glitter and a few half pearls). Hope the card inspires a moment of calm in your day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I was really excited about making today's card! This was sketch challenge #211 on Split Coast - other than a line drawing for a card layout, you make up everything else on your own. I immediately had the thought to try to die cut some copper foil and it worked! Yeah! Funny how some days everything just flows, while other days it feels like you're trudging through mud (or thick slush if you walked down the sidewalk in Denver today!).

May you have many days of flow and fewer days of mud trudging! :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

argh - not a great challenge day for me today. Decided to take a lunch break and try today's challenge #201 on Split Coast and here's what I came up with. I keep trying to remind myself that it is about the process, not the product, but I'm not feeling too peachy about either the process or the product today!

I tried a new technique - something that was floating around in my head - to dry emboss and then rub Versamark ink on the raised surfaces and then emboss the raised surfaces with embossing powder - it worked! Maybe this process will show up again in another card and it will allow me to reflect on how pivotal today's card was in my growth :)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Today I tried a new technique challenge and made my first origami box with a cover! Yeah! The fun part was envisioning how to decorate it and for some reason this project brought me right back to my elementary school days when I used to make dioramas!!!!!

I had a ton of fun using my Bugs & Kisses stamp set and adding rocks and paper grass and glitter...I could make a diorama every day :) Now if I could figure out how to make that a financially lucrative profession, that would be great! Not sure dioramas are in great demand...although the nature museums seem to love making them life size...hmmmm....

Woke up to unexpected snow this morning - it was soooo beautiful and so peaceful. Nothing like a day of snow and dioramas - today was a real winner!!!!!

Yesterday I decided to do an online challenge at Split Coast. The challenge was to find a card made by another person and you had to change at least 2 things on the card when making your own. The top card was made by jaydekay and the bottom is my version of her card. I changed the color scheme, paper, and ribbon. I also did not have the cupcake image she used, so I made my own by drawing on paper and piecing it together. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery - thanks jaydekay for the inspiration!