This week's Four Ways Friday is all about the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp! I combined the stamp with a few other stamp sets to give you some ideas for how versatile the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp is!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday! I hope you have a very creative and peaceful weekend and for those of you who live in the United States and are in the path of Hurricane Irene, I wish you a very safe weekend as well!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: How Easily Is Our Attention Diverted?I remember that as a child I had the ability to sit and play or read for hours. I remember coloring those geometric patterns in my Altair Design coloring books for long periods at a time (did you color in those coloring books?). Today, the ability to approach things with that type of focus is what I crave. It seems that the slightest thought or distraction can totally set me off in a new direction - I might be reading and then I see a reference to another book or author and I am immediately up and out of my chair, headed for the computer, to go and look up the reference. Or I will start to tell a story to a friend as we walk toward the park and their attention will be grabbed by a person up the street and we will never come back to my story. So I'm sensing I'm not the only one suffering from this condition - I won't call it attention deficit disorder - although the name seems to fit. Where has our ability to provide our undivided attention to our tasks or to others gone? I miss it. I feel more scattered these days - like I am a bouncing ball who never comes to a state of rest. I appreciate the craft room as one of those places where, if I am protective and vigilant, I can allow myself to remain in a state of focused attention. (It's so funny - as I was typing my last sentence, my attention was just taken away by the finish of Stage 2 of the US Pro Cycling Challenge on tv and Willow meowing at the top of her lungs :) A reminder that I still have some work to do on focusing my attention :)
Today's card began with a Melon Mambo card base that I ran through the Big Shot with the Tulip Frame embossing folder. I then stamped the floral image from Tiny Tags at half strength using Chocolate Chip ink. I then took a piece of Confetti card stock and scored it in half and then 3/4" from one end. I tore the end of the scored 3/4" piece and used a piece of twine to hold this little "pocket" together. I stamped the pocket with the floral image from Tiny Tags using River Rock ink and then stamped the other decorative image using Melon Mambo. An adhesive pearl adds a bit of elegance. Finally, I created a small River Rock insert for the "pocket" and stamped the top with a greeting from Short & Sweet with Chocolate Chip ink. The pocket was then adhered to the front of the card using dimensionals. I hope you like it!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Sometimes You Just Need To Veg Out!I think Willow has it right :) She climbed into this oak barrel where we grow tomatoes and decided it was the perfect place to take a nap! I am following her lead today and I am going to veg out as well (although not in the oak barrel...not enough room for the two of us!) :) I will be back tomorrow. Hope you have a great day...maybe you'll get a chance to veg out too :)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Sometimes We Fret About Things For More Time Than It Actually Takes Us To Do Those ThingsI'm guilty! Sometimes I get myself so worked up about my "to-do" lists - all the things I need to get done by a certain day. I think if I counted all of the minutes I worry about getting those things done, they would far surpass the amount of time the tasks actually take to get done. So why am I bothering to allow myself to worry about them?! Case in point. On Friday I had a list of things I needed to get done by Monday and I had anticipated working on them all weekend. I think I had started worrying about the list beginning on about Wednesday of last week! So, what happened? On Saturday I decided to take a 2 1/2 hour hike rather than sit and do work (yeah!). In my mind I began to realize that the work would likely, in reality, not take me much time. And then on Sunday I ended up on a 4-hour biking adventure to a gorgeous park! And here I sit (I am writing this on Sunday night) and guess what? I was able to get the tasks done in about 2 hours of focused time! I am so glad that I decided to stop all the fretting and do those things I really wanted to do. I know I still need to work on minimizing the fretting - at least I'm headed in the right direction!
Today's cards were made using a retired stamp set from a number of years back. I LOVE the quotes! I stamped the images with Jet Black Staz-On and then colored the images in with colored pencils. I added a dash of Crystal Effects and a bit of dazzling diamonds for some added texture and bling. I really like the simplicity of these cards since the quotes are truly the focal point. These are headed to a family member as a birthday gift. I hope she likes them! :)
Monday, August 22, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: You Can Miss Beauty So EasilyI was out of town for a few days last week. The drive to the airport turned out to be a learning experience for me. I was driven to the airport and rode in the back seat of the car. Once I was inside the airport I realized that I hadn't even looked up while I was in the backseat and so I totally missed one of the favorite things I enjoy about the drive to the airport - the amazing vista of the mountains to my left. I couldn't believe I hadn't even caught a glimpse of the mountains! Usually it is the one thing I anticipate on the drive! I was fortunate when it turned out that the gate for my flight was at the end of a terminal. And there, at the end of the terminal was a full wall of windows looking out onto those gorgeous mountains! This time I got lucky. What it made me realize is that you can miss beauty so easily if you don't pick your head up and look around you. I know this is true when I walk with my head down on the sidewalk. Now I know it is true when I am traveling in the backseat of a car. From here on out I'm going to do all I can to keep my eyes open and take in the beauty around me!!!!
Today's little 3x3 card is a card that I put together using scraps on the craft table! This is becoming one of my favorite things to do since I usually end up with a piece that I would never have created if I had set out with intent! I used bits and pieces from die cuts and a cut out of the bird from Friends 24-7. The greeting is from Elements of Style. Life truly is a matter of moments - moments that we will miss if we don't open our eyes!