This week's Four Ways Friday focuses on the Favorite Things stamp set.
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Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Learn About Other People's Lives - They Just Might Inspire You!
This past weekend we watched the movie Temple Grandin. It is a true story about a woman with autism who overcomes obstacles to pursue her passion of helping animals. It was amazing! I love the message that Ms. Grandin kept repeating - "Nature can be cruel. We don't have to be." Temple Grandin continues to dedicate her life to trying to improve the well-being of animals - particularly cattle - even in places like slaughter houses and feed lots. I was incredibly moved by her determination and the difference she is making. It inspires me to consider how I can make a difference in my world - whether on a small scale or a grand scale. Who have you met or read about lately who inspires you? How might your story inspire someone else?
Today's post card also began with a Crumb Cake postcard and I used two rectangle masks for the "to" and "from" boxes. I sponged the card with Soft Suede ink. The ants and bugs and greeting were stamped in a variety of colors - Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive. Of course, I had to add some 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds to give my worm some glitz! I hope you like it! :)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: It's OK To Go Into Your Cave...As Long As You Come Out For Air Every Once In Awhile
I don't know about you, but I have a tendency to withdraw when I am going through difficult times. I don't feel like socializing and I don't even feel like reaching out to friends. For whatever reason, I find it easier to just be on my own and try to make it through my downer moods. I've come to learn that going into my cave is ok...as long as I do come out for air...or a chat with a friend, every once in awhile. If I don't come out for air I know that I can spend too much time in my cave. Too much time feeling sorry for myself. I can get trapped in negative thinking. If I allow myself to reach out to a friend or family member it seems that they always have something positive to say - something that touches me and breaks me out of my downer mood. So allow yourself to go into your cave if you need to...just remember that we all need a little air :)
This is the second post card in my series for my nieces. I started with Crumb Cake card stock again and sprayed it with my shimmer paint/alcohol mixture to make it sparkle! The bird was stamped in Rich Razzleberry and the decorative image was stamped in Baja Breeze. The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip. I even added a bit of sponging around the masked areas (I can't seem to remember which green color I used) to make the masked areas stand out a bit. I hope you like it! Postcards are such a quick and easy way to reach out to someone!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: There Are Some Things You Are Just Meant To Do
What a crazy Sunday we had! The neighbor's dogs got out and saw our cat in the driveway and decided to come running after her. The poor thing was panicked! She did what she knew to do (although I had never seen her do it). She ran for the closest tree and started climbing! Of course, the closest tree was a huge evergreen that doesn't have any branches until about 30 feet off the ground! So, up went my gorgeous cat and I was a MESS! I admit it - I called 911 and said something to the effect of "Two dogs just chased my cat up a tree will the fire department come?!" The emergency responder quickly told me that the fire department does not do that :( I was tempted to say something like, "But in every show I watched as a kid the fire departments helped cats out of trees!" I bit my tongue. Long story short, I did call animal control, which was closed, although there was someone there to talk to and she informed me that cats know what to do. That they know how to get up into trees and they know how to get out of them - I just needed to be patient - it could take hours...or, as some internet sites indicated...it could take days! Well, I'm glad to say it didn't take hours or days and the story has a happy ending. She made it back out of the tree and we got through the trauma (I think she made it through better than I did). What I did learn is that there are some things we are just meant to do. For me it is creating. For her, it is climbing back down out of trees :)
My nieces are in camp for the summer so I decided to stamp a series of post cards so that I can send them quick messages. This is the first postcard. I used Crumb Cake card stock and cut it down to allowable postcard size. I then made two rectangular paper pieces that I temporarily adhered as masks to the front of the postcard. I sprayed the card with my alcohol/shimmer paint mixture to make it sparkle. Then I stamped some of the Punched Posies images with White craft ink and with Soft Suede. I also added some hearts from the Hello Again stamp set in Rose Red. I colored the middles of the flowers with my Rose Red marker and then added some stickles for some sparkle! Hope you like it!