This week's Four Ways Friday is all about the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday and I hope you have a beautiful and creative weekend!!!!!
Friday, March 04, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: It All Begins With A Single Spark!Today's card began with a single spark - a simple idea - I wanted to use the Contempo Alphabet to create a background. That was the only thought I had and I had no idea where things would go from there, but I sat down and pulled out the Contempo Alphabet set and things just started to happen! I stamped the letters randomly onto Whisper White using Always Artichoke ink. I then grabbed my En Francais background stamp and stamped the card using River Rock ink. The spritzer tool came out next and I spritzed with both Always Artichoke and River Rock. I couldn't stop, so I sponged around the bottom and side with Always Artichoke ink. I then sewed a torn piece of Cajun Craze to the card front. And then...I got stuck...so I walked around, sent some emails, twiddled my thumbs and then went back to the card :) I stamped the "happy birthday" from Bring On The Cake onto Whisper White pieces with Always Artichoke ink. I also stamped the "a little late" from the On Your Birthday stamp set. All of these pieces were mounted onto Always Artichoke card stock and then attached to the card. I then sewed a piece of 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon to the bottom of the card and tied it with a small piece of linen thread. Finally I added a retired designer brad. I hope you like it! Sometimes all you need is a single spark!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Practice Random Acts Of Kindness (RAK)!Isn't this bookmark AMAZING!!!! I was delighted to open my mailbox and find a beautiful card with this gorgeous bookmark inside. They came from my friend and artist Peggy! How sweet is this?! You can check out Peggy's blog HERE. It was an amazing random act of kindness and it made my week!!!! When was the last time you practiced a RAK? Today would be a great day!
The bookmark also inspired me to try my hand at creating one :) Here's the result:
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: There Will Be Free Shipping Another TimeThis post is as much for myself as it is for anyone else reading this! I have found myself drawn to "free shipping" offers and discount coupons lately, even when there is not a thing that I need! I see the coupon and start to salivate and wonder what I'm missing! The truth is, I'm not missing anything! If I didn't buy a new craft supply for the next 50 years, there would still be plenty in the craft room to keep me busy! Now don't get me wrong, I like fresh craft supplies just like anyone who is reading this post :) It's just that I need to not "react" to each new coupon that finds its way into my mailbox or my inbox! I need to not be enticed by these limited time offers because the truth is...there is always the next limited time offer :) Maybe I need to look a bit deeper to try to understand the urge to keep buying more...it seems I always go back to the realization that the more time I spend shopping and buying, the less time I spend creating. I'll keep working on this and in the meantime I'm going to ignore those darn coupons!
Today's card is a wonderful embossed inlay technique that was in the Stampin' Success magazine recently. I ran the Beautiful Wings embosslit through the Big Shot twice - both times with Perfect Plum card stock. I then took a piece of River Rock card stock and adhered the first layer of butterflies (not the butterflies that you see providing dimension to the card) using Tombo Mono multi adhesive. I then stamped the greeting and ran the enter River Rock piece (butterflies and greeting on it) through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder. When you do this it appears that the adhered pieces are actually a part of the same piece of card stock as the River Rock - almost as if they were inlaid. I then adhered the panel to a Perfect Plum base and then added the additional butterflies with the same adhesive to give the card a bit of "lift." I hope you like it!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Changing Your Perspective Changes Your ViewThere was a light snow the other day and when I went out for my morning walk I noticed how beautiful the branches of the evergreen trees were. The snow had stuck to each green needle and it was gorgeous! Buddy and I walked for quite some time and on our way back home we passed the same evergreen trees. From our new perspective, however, things looked very different. Facing in this new direction we were no longer able to see how gorgeous the needles were. From this direction, everything looked a bit gray and dull. I wonder if we can try to remember this about our own lives. Sometimes when things feel gray and dull we need to remember that if we just change our perspective our view might very well change too! What seems dull and gray when looked at in one way, is delightful and inspiring when seen from a different angle!
For today's card I pulled out the adorable Punch Bunch Sale-a-bration stamp set! You can earn this set for FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $50 product order! I started with a River Rock card base. I then tore a piece of Soft Suede card stock and sewed a cut and frayed piece of striped grosgrain ribbon (pretty in pink) to it. I also sewed a small piece of designer series paper (I believe this one was Nature Walk and is retired). I then stamped the floral image from Punch Bunch a couple of times - first in Pretty In Pink ink and then in Pear Pizazz ink. I punched out the pink version using my scallop circle punch and popped it up on the card using dimensionals. I then used my 1 1/4" circle punch to punch out the center of the Pear Pizazz version and cut out an additional pink flower that I had stamped onto Whisper White card stock. I used dimensionals to adhere the circle. I then added some dazzling diamonds to the cut out flower and cut off a few of the petals and added a rhinestone jewel. I attached the flower to the card with 1/2 a dimensional. Finally, I sewed the entire Soft Suede panel to the front of the card. I hope you like it!