This week's Four Ways Friday uses the With All My Heart stamp set. This is one of those stamp sets that seems to sit on the shelf for me, so I figured it was about time to pull it down and see what I could whip up!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday and I hope it inspires you to dust off a stamp set that you have a tendency not to use! I hope you have a peaceful and wonderfully creative weekend!!!!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Scale BackWow - talk about a lesson I need to keep relearning! It can be so easy to add to the piles of stuff - craft stuff, house stuff, pet stuff. The same can be true with cards. I can get into a space where I feel like I need to keep adding and adding and adding - layers, embellishments, interest, bling...the list is endless. So sometimes it is great to just scale back - in life and in your art. To look at what you can do more simply. This card is a result of that thought (although you might notice a few rhinestones and a bit of dazzling diamonds...I couldn't help myself!).
I stamped the Vintage Vogue floral line stamp in Chocolate Chip ink onto Naturals Ivory card stock using the stamp-a-ma-jig. I then used the stamp-a-ma-jig again to center the greeting from Curly Cute over the floral line image. The single flower came next. I then added just a touch of sparkle with a few rhinestones and a dash of dazzling diamonds. I know I will continue on my quest to scale back...hopefully this card gets me one step closer!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
We compost and, as a result, we often have little plants that sprout up in the garden that we didn't intentionally plant. Somehow, in some miraculous way, the seeds from the different things we compost will survive the winter and some will take hold in the soil and grow. We have been anxiously watching a green stalk grow up in the strawberry bed and had been wondering what in the heck it was! Sometimes, we will satisfy our curiosity by not disturbing these renegade plants. Rather, we will wait patiently to see what they are. Well, look what popped open the other day in our strawberry bed...
Today's card is perfect for this flower - since it will live for awhile in our backyard and then, when it dies, it will find it's way back into the compost pile. While, this flower will only live once (although we hope some of his seeds will find their way back into the garden next season, he has definitely done living right! :) The card was made using the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. I stamped the flower using Jet Black Staz-On onto Naturals Ivory card stock. I then colored in the sections with two different colors of colored pencil. I then glittered the lighter pink sections using dazzling diamonds. The darker sections were enhanced with Crystal Effects. I hope you like it :)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: You Don't Have To Reinvent The WheelEvery time I sit down at the craft table I see the blank card, canvas, project staring back at me. Sometimes I feel the pressure to be brilliant, brand new, inventive - to create something somehow that has never been done before. What I am finding, is that sometimes it's nice to reinvent what you have already made - to build upon it or change it - to make it into something new. This journal was my way of not reinventing the wheel. I looked at a journal I had made in the past - one that I really liked from a design standpoint - and I decided to remake one using a similar layout, but different stamps and colors.
For this journal I used the Artistic Etchings stamp set for the design elements and the sentiment from With All Your Heart. I used a combination of Bravo Burgundy and Soft Suede ink and card stock, with some striped Early Espresso ribbon thrown in. I also did some sewing with metallic gold thread. Here is how things look on the inside:
Monday, July 25, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Go For A Bike Ride!!!!Did you watch the Tour de France???? Had you asked me that question about 6 years ago I would likely have responded, "The what?!?!" That all changed about 6 years ago when I happened upon the channel that was broadcasting the bike race and I got hooked! I'm not sure what it was that drew me in - maybe how the group of bikers (the peloton) moved together like a swarm of bees. Or maybe it was just all that lycra? Either way, it captivated me and I have watched every year since! It is almost impossible to watch the stages of the Tour de France without getting totally motivated to get on a bike and ride! No, you don't have to go out and buy all the fancy gear or the $12,000 Trek Madone bike (can you imagine?!). Just dust off whatever bike is leaning up against the wall in your garage and take it for a spin! It made me feel like a kid again, minus the banana seat and the tassels hanging from the handlebars :) I am looking forward to taking more journeys on my bike and feeling the wind in my face! How 'bout you?
Today's card was inspired by the need to make a quick birthday card. I looked through my stamps and the tree stamp from Season of Friendship called out to me...as did a pencil eraser :) Pencil erasers are a great addition to your stamp collection! Here is a video to show you how I made this card - Enjoy!!!