Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
So let's get right into what I wanted and what I did about it!
The Psychological Aspect
The Psychological Aspect
The Physiological Aspect
Thursday, March 3, 2016
A craft friend recently got me thinking about a list I made over a month ago and how this time has been different than most of my "list" experiences. Did you ever complete all the tasks on a list that you made for yourself? I'm sure we all have at one point or another, but I've realized making the list itself gives me some satisfaction, as if I accomplished something by writing it all down. Then I inevitably lose just about every list I make before I've completed any of the things I've written on them.
By making the list I can tell myself that I tried and then blame it on the disappearing list when I don't get it all done. That last sentence just made me chuckle a little.
Yet, this time I decided to see what would happen if I actually did follow through on every single task and for the past month and a half I've been happily overwhelmed.
Sure, the tasks aren't exactly comparable to scrubbing the toilet and giving the dog a bath, hence the word "happily" in my title, but my list is really important to me, hasn't been easy and I'm actually pulling it all off. Yeah!
If you're wondering what the big deal is to me about completing a list of things such a taking on my craft space, it's a big deal because I made the decision to live life to the best of my ability and that means finding the time and motivation to do the things that are good for me and my life.
I've been making the paper flowers for Spring cards, stick weaving a rug, building a loom, needle felting a cellphone case, experimenting with stamped images and new crafting techniques, expressing myself in my first art journal, organizing and throwing stuff out, getting started on a binder/planning project and for the past 3 weeks I've been designing a craft room that promotes health and wellness.
The only dilemma with getting this involved is that I had to put off blogging, but my craft room is almost done and I'm very close to completing some smaller projects.
Monday, February 15, 2016
The photo the above sentence was written on showed a shopping isle of candy on clearance and I have to say that I had never thought of February 15th in that way, but I will from now on. I found the meme very funny and kind of true.
Okay, now back to the regularly scheduled program.
In early January I began making my own flowers again and I'm really enjoying seeing what I can come up with. I have collected a few more flower cutting dies and punches over the last couple of years and that steps up the flower design possibilities. What I don't have is a die or punch to make the flower centers so for these particular flowers I just cut long strips of paper and then used scissors to make the fringe. I cut the fringe very tiny so it took me about 10 minutes to complete each one. I think it was worth it because I really like the way they turned out. They're kind of Shabby Chic.
The flowers on my card have a very delicate appearance so I decided to keep my background soft as well. To make the background I used cream colored card-stock that I adhered white die-cut flowers to. I wanted the white flowers to be subtle so I used translucent card-stock over them to fade them out a little.
To give the translucent card-stock a decorative edge I made stitches on all four sides by using a tracing wheel. Then I connected the dots by lightly scratching lines with a metal tool that has a fine tip. To make the sentiment I used the Sizzix Thinlits (660223) and colored the letters with Stampede ink in the color Purple and then went over the purple with Versa Magic Chalk ink in the color Pixie Dust.
|Using a die-cut flower as a flower base to attach large petals to.|
- I used Fiskars Petal Punches in different sizes to make the petals
- Then I used Stampede ink in Purple and Petal Pink and tried to blend them together so there wasn't a harsh line where the colors met.
- Once the ink sat for a moment I quickly dipped each petal into a cup of water so I could break down the paper fibers and manipulate it more easily. Using the water also blended and softened the ink more.
- When I had the shape that I wanted I used my heat tool to dry them which made them stiff and keep their new shape.
- Then I glued each petal to a small, die-cut flower.
- Before placing the center of the flower I laid the flower on a thick foam mat and used the end of a Sharpie marker to give the flower more shape, concentrating on the very middle where my flower center would be placed. I basically pushed until I made the center a bowl-shape. Be careful not to rip your flower during this process.
- Finally I glued my flower center into place and shaped it by spreading out the fringe.
To Make the Flower Centers
I used an very thin 11 inch strip of white paper of which I colored with yellow Stampede ink and then I cut the fringe with scissors. Once I was done cutting I rolled the strip and glued the end.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
I love the rose paper from the Kirby Teesdale paper pack, it's very elegant. I used the oval die from Spellbinders 3 Fancy Tags and Sizzix Thinlits Handwritten Love to make my sentiment and then attached it using brown ribbon. The tag is edged in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and embellished with two pink adhesive-backed pearls.
To add some overall softness I pulled pieces from a used dryer sheet. There is a very faint fragrance left in the dryer sheet that makes this card smell really good, but it's not overwhelming at all and actually has to be held close to smell it. To make the large light pink and dark pink heart I used pink heart doilies colored with white ink and Victorian Velvet Distress ink.
I cut the bird from a page from the Kirby Teesdale paper pack and covered it in Glossy Accents.
To give the bird some dimension I cut a wing from another page of the same bird, placed thick glue dots on the backside of it and then placed it directly over the other wing.
To make the flowers I used the Recycled Berry Pinks paper and the Tim Holtz Alterations - Tattered Flower Garland Die. I then chose one style of flower in 3 sizes. To shape each layer of flower I dipped them in a cup of water for just a moment, dried them off and shaped the softened paper by pinching the petals and pushing the back of a pen down into the middle of the flower while the flower sat on thick craft foam. I then used my heat tool to dry the flowers to make them stiff and hold their shape. I love that the paper I used has a white core because the flower edges were automatically outlined.
To make the small hearts, I used the waste paper hearts from a Sizzix Border die. The hearts are very tiny so I placed them all the way around the edge of the card.
If you like this card using the Kirby Teesdale Paper Pack you may like the card below as well
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Sunday, January 24, 2016
- Reach for the small stamps
- Feeling Blue can be a good thing
- Make it look older than you
- Make some embellies to use
- Add a die cut that you've decorated
- Freehand cut a shape ( i.e. tree branches and trunk)
- Use two embossing folders
- Sing it pretty with Sheet Music
- Tie it up with some twine or string
- Bows are for more than little girls
- Don't scream, it's just a Ladybug/Butterfly/Dragonfly...
- Two patterns or more
- It looks bolder with a banner
- Add something unusual (i.e. feathers)
- Button it up
- Greenery makes it look more alive (plant/flowers...)
- Make it a gift set
- Digital Image
- Special fold card
- Let off some steam and "punch" it
- Make something hang
- Layers, layers, layers
- Tag it
- Generation Stamping
- Where's the bling
- The hills are alive...(Create snowbanks or hills from ink or paper)
- Lace it up
- Go for the glitter
- Let's see some stitches (sewn or drawn stitches)
- Quilting is not just for grandmas (add many papers in squares to front of card)
- Make it two-toned
- Textured paper
- Add an ornament or wooden piece on the card
- Book page
- Stack die cuts
- Black and White
- All White (one color)
- Incorporate pearls and/or gems
- Pretty in Pink
- Stamped Image
- Homemade patterned paper is perfect
- Flowers aren't just for a vase
- Plaid paper
- Wrap it up with a wreath
- Don't forget the swirls
- See through it
- Messy torn edges
- Border or fancy edge or two or three
- Embossing powder
- Don't be so afraid of watercolors
- Dryer sheet
- Embossed border with ink
- Tissue paper
- Lots of texture
- Something made of wood
- Add a tag
- Shape the corners
- Incorporate some quilling
- I'm stuck with Sticker(s)
- Parchment paper or Vellum
- Special shaped card (i.e. The Gardening card)
- Leave it looking good (leaves)
- Being square isn't a bad thing
- Round and round we go (circles)
- Make it a shaker
- Three or more solid colored papers
- Use two colors you tend to stay away from
- Look through a window
- Vines like to climb
- Challenge yourself - make three simple cards that are similar
- Decorate with washi/decorative tape
- Make it interesting with a Tie dye effect
- Incorporate the top layer of a napkin or paper towel
- Add some pretty beads
- ...anything you can come up with
I have a small separate holder for these sticks and only use them when I'm drawing a complete blank.
- Mother's Day
- Father's Day
- Special Friend
- Thank you
- Love/Valentines Day
- Red, White and Blue
- Sweet 16
- New baby
- ...and whatever else you want to include
Friday, January 22, 2016
Today I have a greeting card made from the gorgeous Kirby Teesdale Paper Pack by The Paper Studio and Core'dinations Cards and Envelopes set. I have also included, a short tutorial to show how to make the 3D butterfly, and a materials list so that you can make your own card, but first things first.
|Card measures 5.5in x 5.5in and is decorated with paper from |
Paper Studio's Kirby Teesdale Paper Pack
To give the white cardstock and sentiment a little color I lightly sponged them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in the colors Victorian Velvet and Tea Dye. Glossy Accents was used on the sentiment and on both large butterflies to further accentuate them.
Adhering a three dimensional butterfly and a swirl of adhesive pearls was the last touch.
Kirby Teesdale Paper Pack by the Paper Studio
Core'dinations White, Smooth, Square Cards and Envelopes sets
Black Sharpie (fine tip)
Sizzix Thinlits Sentiments (660218)
Martha Stewart corner rounding punch
White base card (5.5in x 5.5in)
Pink mat (Just 1/8 of an inch bigger than the front of the card)
Front of card (5.25in x 5.25in)
Instructions for Butterfly (This is your last step when making this card)
1) Use an X-Acto knife to cut out the same butterfly from another sheet of paper. You'll want to be careful to keep the butterfly's head intact, but there is no need to cut out the antenna. Just leave them behind.
2) I decided to draw over the black lines of the butterfly's wings with a black Sharpie marker to make the lines darker and stand out more.
3) Keeping the body of your butterfly flat, bend the wings into the shape that you would like them to be in when your card is finished.
4) Now flatten out the wings a little bit so you can put your Glossy Accents on without it sliding off the wings. Bending the wings now will make it easier to move and shape them once the Glossy Accents is dry.
5) When the butterfly is completely dry go ahead and very gently shape the wings. Be careful not to crack the shiny coat by bending them too much.
6) Place adhesive only on the butterfly's body and adhere it right on top of the same butterfly that is on the front of your finished card.
NOTE: There is another way to achieve the 3D look. Before assembling your card, just cut around the wings of the butterfly you want to stand out. Then shape the wings and add Glossy Accents. No need for a second butterfly. Here is a card that I did using that technique.
You can find this card here.
Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by. Stop back again for new projects!