Thanks for your patience in waiting for this week's Four Ways Friday! This week's Four Ways Friday is all about the Large Scallop Square die! I had a lot of fun coming up with four different ways to put this die to great use!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday! I thank you again for your patience - these projects took me a bit longer than my standard cards and, I feel, were well worth the effort! I hope you have a beautiful and creative weekend!!!!!!
Friday, October 07, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: How Can You Take It Up A Notch?When I create I often ask myself, "How can I take it up a notch?" This card was a result of that question! I began by using the technique I shared with you on Monday - the Direct To Paper (DTP) Dry Emboss Sanded Technique (maybe I should call it the DTPDES technique instead? It would be easier to type :) I took a piece of Naturals Ivory card stock and covered it with Garden Green ink using the DTP technique. I then ran the piece through the Big Shot with the Petals A Plenty embossing folder. Next, I sanded the heck out of the raised portions using my sanding block. Now here comes the "taking it up a notch!" I used my sponge and Rose Red ink to sponge the raised portions that I had just sanded. This allowed me to create this dual-color effect for this technique! Yeah! :) I then adhered the panel to a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Rose Red card base. Dasher was then stamped onto a piece of Naturals Ivory card stock using Rose Red ink. I punched it out using the square scallop punch and then stamped the sentiment from Tiny Tags repeatedly using Garden Green ink. I also sponged the edges with the Garden Green ink. I attached the square to the card front using dimensionals. Finally, I knotted a small piece of gold elastic through the Rose Red button and attached it to the square using mini glue dots. I hope you like it! I wonder how I can take it up one more notch??? Any ideas??? :)
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Jot It Down!I don't know about you, but I have random thoughts that come to me during my waking and sleeping hours. And, even though they are my thoughts and you would think I would remember them, I know that if I don't jot my ideas down they risk being lost forever. So I try my best to have a small notebook handy - in my purse, beside my bed - so that when these thoughts and ideas come to me, I can catch them, like bubbles floating in the air - so that I can refer to them later and bring the ideas into reality. The idea for this background (the video of which I shared with you yesterday) was one such thought and I'm so glad I captured it! Remember to jot it down - you never know when you'll decide to act on it!
Today's card began with a piece of Naturals Ivory card stock and a Not Quite Navy ink pad. I did the direct to paper (DTP) technique and covered the card stock with the ink. I then ran the small piece through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder. Next I took my sanding block and sanded the heck out of the card stock - removing the raised layer of ink. I then adhered the panel to a Naturals Ivory card base with glue. Next I stamped the hand from On Your Birthday using Early Espresso ink on Naturals Ivory card stock and punched it out using the decorative label punch. I then sponged the edges with Early Espresso ink. I used the same punch to punch a half punch of designer series paper and adhered the paper to the edge of the embossed panel. The sentiment was then adhered using dimensionals and a small clip was added to the corner. Finally, I knotted a small piece of Early Espresso ribbon to the corner. I hope you like it! :)
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Keep Track Of Your Progress - It Can Really Motivate You!!!!Whether you are growing, day by day, in your creative endeavors or making progress on other goals in your life, keeping track of that progress can be a real motivator!!!! I know that when I look back on my early paper crafting pictures and projects I am amazed by how far I have come and the amount of creative energy I have released into the Universe!!! With my latest exercise endeavor - the P90X videos - I have been equally amazed by my progress so far! I know it has only been 6 workouts, but in that time I did 3 of the ab workouts. In just those 3 times I went from not being able to do the first ab exercise AT ALL to being able to do 20 reps of that particular exercise!!!!! It makes me realize that although my start may be slow, I can make progress and move forward! Keep track of your progress - no matter how small - it can really motivate you!!!!!
Today's card employs a technique that popped into my head on one of my morning walks! I really love how it turned out! Since Stampin' Up! does not make white-core card stock, I decided to add color to a light color card stock and then sand away the color to get a similar effect. Here is a video to show you how I created the card! I hope you like it!