Monday, January 31, 2011

Fabric Inspiration and a Chance to Win

If you are a quilter, you will want to know about a chance to win this luscious fabric bundle and A Stitch in Time with Mother Goose. It is being offered by Amy Barickman, the author, over at A Thimbleful of Thoughts. There are five ways to enter. So go on over and check out the details.

You have until Tuesday, February 1, at midnight, to enter,
and the winner will be announced on Thursday, February 3.

Memory: When I was selling real estate and under a lot of pressure, I found that walking through a fabric store and touching all of the beautiful colors and textures relieved some of my stress. Crazy, huh?  Come to think of it, I was a home ec major and focused on clothing and textiles, rather than foods.  Maybe that has something to do with it.  

Saturday, January 29, 2011

SATurday Show And Tell

Today's post is late because I just returned from a retreat at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. I have been a member of our church for 25 years but this is the first women's retreat that I have attended. The book that we read for the retreat was An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor. A lot of the discussion was about showing gratitude, living with purpose and intention, learning to say no, taking time to do nothing, living in the moment--you get the idea--things we women often don't take the time to do.

The setting was beautiful and serene, and we had time to do some exploring. This is what I discovered.

Have you ever seen a labyrinth? It is a kind of maze laid out in a perfect circle. It can be made out of stones or painted on the floor indoors. It has one entrance and leads to one center, including switchbacks and detours, just like life.

Although there are directions at the entrance, there is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. It trusts those who enter it will stay on the path voluntarily. The path goes nowhere. What is important is the journey, and that is all up to you.

The author relates a story that a friend told her about an experience she had while walking a labyrinth. A man and woman, after standing near the entrance for about twenty minutes, walked straight to the center and bowed their hands in prayer. Then the woman took off her shoes, handed them to her husband. along with her purse, and took the long way out of the labyrinth, following the path this time. While holding down the center, he cried just watching her. They had come to celebrate the end of the woman's treatment for breast cancer, they explained when asked. 

They had never even heard of a labyrinth before that day, but had been drawn to walk it. The woman said "I began to feel at peace in my body again after being very angry that it had let me down." She found herself remembering
all the people who had helped her during her worst time.
It was a very healing experience and one of gratitude.

Today I walked the labyrinth to honor and in gratitude of our amazing daughter.

Hug the ones you love.


Friday, January 28, 2011

All You Need Is Love

Love is definitely in the air with Valentine's Day only two weeks away. Just Rite's Friday Challenge 047 found here is to enter a Just Rite project with the theme of love, wedding, or anniversary.  I had fun making  a candy cornucopia and used rhe Special Occasions font for the tag. 

I found the pattern for this on The Toymaker.
She has all sorts of free pdf. files for folding paper toys.

Stamps: Just Rite
Accessories: Spellbinders scalloped circles, ribbon 


Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Finally Learned.....!

 I got my ears pierced later in life than most of you--I won't say how old. I know only about 3 women my age who do not have pierced ears. One of them told me the reason was because she has enough sagging parts. Good point. I gave away all my heavy earrings. The reason I succumbed was because I was tired of having to search  for clip earrings that didn't look like I had inherited them from my grandmother. I had had foot surgery and could now wear sandals. I was trying to modernize my wardrobe, and this was the final touch. After my ears were pierced,  I vowed to myself that I would never leave the house without earrings. Although the holes are tiny, I do not find unadorned pierced ears very attractive--and, I feel almost naked! 

Yesterday I dressed carefully to spend the afternoon with friends-- even a spritz or two of perfume, which is rare. You guessed it--I realized in the car that I had no earrings and it would have been too late to go back home. Because this has happened before--I now keep a pair of "generic" two-toned earrings, ones that will go with any outfit, in my purse. If you don't carry a purse or change it often, keep them in your glove compartment. And if you are often in your husband's car, say going out at night, keep a pair in his glove compartment as well. When you take them off, put them right back where you got them, because it WILL happen again.

I did not know how soon it would happen again. Can you believe it? We went to see Michael Flattley's Lord of the Dance last night (my husband's Christmas present to me) and yes, I had to use them again! BTW, I highly recommend the performance if you have the opportunity to it.

Yesterday was one of those days..... If this post has helped one person, it was worth the time it took to write it. Have a great day, my friends.         

SATurday Show And Tell

Saturday is the day I have set aside to show you something that I have not made. Last week it was a jar that I fell in love with at a consignment shop (still looking for the right spot for it in my house.) 

Today I want to show you a very special gift that a very special friend made for me when my daughter was married in 2009. Rita actually is responsible for introducing me to stamping back in 2001. I had just gotten rid of all of my craft supplies, including ribbon (gasp), as I was totally burned out and wanted to simplify my life! Then I saw her stamp room, and the rest is history. 

Rita also made an explosion box for the newlyweds and gave it to them the day after the wedding. You see, Roy and Rita came in their RV, and Rita had her laptop and printer with her. She had made the box ahead of time and just inserted the pictures after the wedding. So the pictures that she took were the first ones that Kristin and Jon saw of their wedding. How special!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Feeling a Little Punchy

These are 2 CAS cards that can be produced in mass numbers. I sat down one afternoon and made 8-10 easily. I cut the white cardstock at 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 and mounted them on a colored base to give them a little extra oomph. I don’t know if you can see the score lines above and below the rows of flowers but I think it helps to define the focal point. This also is a great way to use scraps.
Stamps: A Muse
Accessories: Scor-pal, rhinestones, flower punches, glue-dots, stamp-a-ma-jig

Edited: I am sorry this picture is blurry. It wasn't until it published here. If you click on it, it won't be.
            Still working out kinks!.

Monday, January 24, 2011

One Layer Wednesday 37: Sentiments

I hope that your week has started out well for you. It is hard to believe that the first month of the new year is almost over! I attempted another challenge that required me to make a kind of card I wouldn't normally make. But, heh, that's what challenges are all about, aren't they? Susan, over at Simplicity challenged us to use more than one sentiment on a one-layer card--no images allowed! I couldn't have done it without the stamp-a-ma-jig, one of my favorite stamping tools.

I have a confession to make. The card started out to be 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.
 But when the last row of Birthday Wishes came out crooked, it suddenly
became a square card!  Ahhh, saved!

Tip: Save the heavy clear plastic that everything seems to be packaged in. 
Cut off the bumpy parts and use the flat pieces with your stamp-a-ma-jig.
Store the stamped piece with the stamp so you have it for next time. 

Tip: If you are prone to smudging, cover the part of the card you are
not working on with Post-It-notes.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Too Little Too Late

Yep, I missed the deadline for the Etsy Challenge 122 because I was delayed at the doctor this morning and thought I had until the end of the day. I am posting my card anyway because I was definitely inspired by the jewelry created by Modern Bird and had just the perfect stamp set for it. However, I have been playing with the six little images all week and had difficulty coming up with something I was really satisfied with! Little stamps can sometimes create quite a challenge in themselves. It was suggested somewhere to try stamping the image on a small card and then layering that on a standard size card. I used the cuttlebug folder that reminds me of tree bark for the background and added a little bling.

Stamp: Hero Arts Clear Design

Thursday, January 20, 2011

You're Sweet 3x3 Card Set

Quite some time ago I bought a whole bunch of these take-out boxes at Smart and Final--one of those stores where you have to buy a large quantity of most things. I don't even remember now why I bought them. Ever had that happen? Now I am trying to find ways to use them up. I guess I could do more baking and use these as my containers. Now there is an idea if I get inspired.  But I will have to decorate them first as I could not give them away if they were just plain. Sounds like aother double project to me.

Here I used one to house six 3x3 gift enclosures that I decorated with a set of dimensional stickers that I found at Michaels last year--all for $1.00. I used kraft paper as the base, Martha Stewart patterned paper, various punches, a little bit of misc. paper and started creating. Both little stamps are from SU and the ribbon is from Michaels $ bin. Pink, brown, and white just screams CHOCOLATE, SWEETS, ICE CREAM!

Tip: Use envelopes from a set of cards that you have purchased
(12/$1) and toss the cards or find another use for them. It's a
lot easier than making your own envelopes.  

Monday, January 17, 2011

So Many Challenges--So Little Time

My head is spinning with all the interesting card challenges each week. Making a card for a challenge is good in that it gives me both direction and inspiration and encourages me to think "outside the box." However, I have decided that I am not going to enter a challenge unless 1) I am truly inspired and 2) I have an appropriate stamp that fills the bill. For example, I have many old stamps that I still like and don't buy tons of new stamps from all the new companies. So  I probably won't be entering many of the challenges offered by the stamp companies. I know they say you don't have to use their stamps, but I would feel badly if I didn't. 

I doubt if I can keep up with Double Blog Hops and I'm not sure I comprehend Moxie Fab--I don't know how you women with young families find the time to do all this? Do you ever sleep? I know many of you work outside the home and/or are stamping demonstrators, plus have children to run around and a husband who would like a hot meal and clean underwear once in a while. When I was in that category we didn't have internet or email to take up those precious hours! Yes, I am a baby boomer, so now you know.  

                    So here's a challenge that did inspire me--I thought of this stamp right away.
                                   Jennifer's Blog One Layer Wednesday 36: Barely There
                                       Use a naked tree image on a card with only one layer.  

The background looks kind of grainy, but that's the way the reverse stamp is made.
 Maybe it's snowing.

Stamp: Rubber Tree Stamps
Ink: Versamark black

Saturday, January 15, 2011

SATurday Show And Tell

Remember how fun show and tell used to be in school? Well, this is going to be my day of Show and Tell, and it will be hard telling what it may be. I might have a product that I think is really great and you might like to know about. It may be a gift that someone has given me that I want to share with you. You'll just have to wait and see from week to week.

Today's Show and Tell is something that I bought on a consignment shopping trip that I took on Thursday with 3 girlfriends. If you haven't ever been to the consignment stores, don't think that it is just junk. People just get tired of their things and decide to get rid of them, and it just may be something that you love. I had decided beforehand that anything I bought had to pass 3 tests: 1) If it had to set out there was a place for it and I wouldn't mind dusting it or keeping it clean, 2) If it had to be stored there was room for it comfortably in a closet or cabinet, and 3) I really thought it was a bargain. You see, I am at a point in my life where I am trying to simply and pare down, not add to the amount of "stuff" around here!

One store in particular struck a cord with all of us and we all walked out with a smile on our face. This jar was sitting on a back shelf amongst other assorted vases and dishes and it just caught my eye. I gingerly picked it up, turning it all around, admiring all the pretty colors, flowers, and fruit. Did I dare turn it over to see the price? Was I seeing right without my glasses? $8.00? Hand-painted no less! It was mine!

I love it! Now I just have to find a place to put it.
(I never was very good at following all the rules.)

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's Finally Friday and Sketch Challenge from Clean and Simple

I baked cookies today for my husband and planned to take a picture to show them to you, like so many bloggers out there do. I'm trying to get into the swing of things here in blogland. But they turned out so FLAT that I don't want you to see them! Oh well, they taste ok, so I don't think he will mind that they don't look pretty. Anyone know what the secret is to making thick chocolate chip cookies? I did try a different recipe the last time and they were thicker but they just weren't as good as the Original Toll House recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chips.

Clean and Simple  Sketch Challenge FTL122


Stamps: Michaels $ bin
Paper: SU glitter paper, SU designer paper (sale bin)
Accessories: Buttons, punches

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Having Too Much Fun This Week!

I've been gone 4 days this week--playing with my girl friends--hmm. Better stay home tomorrow and at least do a load or two of laundry or run the vac. I'm retired now and am supposed to be domestic!

Here's a new challenge for me and  I'll try to post a quick card:  Our Creative Corner has a thank you challenge through January 14th using a blue and cream pallette, then throw in vellum, and metal. I did change the size of the card that was to be used. I am very new at these challenges and that is exactly what they are--challenges! Here's my entry: The metal tag is vellum and I put cream paper on the back side.
  • Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (SU)
  • Paper: Basic Grey (love Basic Grey!)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Newbie Blogger Woes and My First Challenge

Favicons? Widgets? Gadgets? I think I created a feed, but please don't ask me to explain it. I didn't know the difference betwwen RSS and Atom--sure hope I made the best choice. I have googled a few questions and found some answers that I think I understand. I guess I'm not the only one who is new at this at some point in time. My husband knows less about the computer than I do, so he won't be any help if I hit a glitch. I'll proceed slowly and hope for the best. Wish me luck!
                                                             EIC121 Etsy Inspired Challenge
The Etsy Inspiration Challenge featured store is La Pomme, specializing in authentic French vintage objects and unique home decor items hand-made from linen and cotton. My eyes went right to the pear items, as I have several pear things in my house. It was a perfect excuse to dust off my pear stamps and see what I could come up with.

                   Stamps: A Stamp in a Hand, Itty Bitty Background (SU)
         Ink: Andriondack, VersaMagic Chalk Ink, Encore
         Techniques: Masking, Stippling


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Welcome to My Blog!

This is my card rack and I love having one. It allows me to see what cards I have made, so that when I need one all I have to do is go to my card rack and pull one out. No more searching for that one I KNOW I had made--sometime back-- for when I was going to need it! And it sure is fun to just stand in front of it, twirl it around, and look and the pretty cards, just waiting to be sent to the right person. Now I have to admit, it isn't always this full.

I am filled with different emotions as I begin my blog today. I have lots to learn about creating an interesting blog, yet I think I have some good things to share. I have always loved to craft, so you will see projects other than cards. But at this time, I do have a particular fascination with paper and what can be made out of it, both cards and 3-D. I love to share good recipes and interesting tips of all kinds that I think other women of all ages might like to know about and benefit from as well. So I hope you will stick around.
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