Friday, June 29, 2007
Three weeks ago I went in my craft room to try to clean up the piles of unfinished projects and project ideas. I sat there agonizing, and accomplished nothing. Yesterday I went in, and sorted the various piles by time to complete. 5 minute tasks on top, 30 minutes or less, and lastly one hour or more. Every spare moment I had, I would run in and do a quick task. This page was mostly complete (now finished...yea me). Now what was several piles of projects to complete & project ideas is now one small tower. LOL!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
The heart/happy birthday card design is my own. I made a birthday card similar to this for Tracy last year. (Tracy's blogs are here and here.) I had saved the iris folding pattern I had drawn for Tracy, as well as the template, so this time the process was much quicker. I fell in love with these decorative papers (Daisy D’s “Attic Heirloom”), but I had never used them. The red and green are Bazzill, of course! The sentiment stamp is by wordsworth.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Anyway, I made these cards from scraps of Bazzill cs, scraps of grossgrain ribbon, some MM flowers (teal colored), and some Queen flowers (bottom left card). The "Make A Wish","WISH", and medium sized white daisy are all QuicKutz.
Almost two weeks ago I got to play with two girlfriends, Tracy and Mary. We all brought card ideas, and these were the cards I brought. Tracy made a great card with her Bazzill Chip (click here).
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I don't usually use such bright colors, but I was motivated by a fun challenge. Let me know what you think! Look HERE!!!
Friday, June 8, 2007
I was tired of looking at those other masculine scraps I used to make cards in 2 previos blog posts, so I pulled out some Basic Grey scraps. The pic came out too washed out (sorry...I'm new at this). I think I used all "Motifica" Basic Grey papers. The large "f" is a trace of a Stampin' Up! chipboard letter. (I'd already used the actual chipboard letter on another card, so I used the outline and my xacto knife to cut this "f" out of Basic Grey. The black "FATHERS" is MM rub-ons (providence font). The words "happy" and "day" are QuicKutz revolution die cuts (actually it was "happy birthday", but I cut off "birth"...get it? I was feeling pretty clever when I came up with that idea. Think smarter, not harder, right?) I got the idea for this card from and old issue of PaperCrafts magazine.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Yesterday I had a million things to take care of and I would not have time to make more cards. (I collapsed into bed at 9pm last night. I could not have made a card if I'd tried.) I knew today I had to take my cat to the vet in the early a.m. and I needed to prepare my class kits for a scrapbook class I am teaching on June 16th. I am a very organized person. My husband says I am a little "Monkish" (for those of you who watch the tv show "Monk", you know what he means.)
So what happens to me when I feel overwhelmed? I wake up at 3:30a.m. thinking that I need to make more cards for my basket. I got up at 4a.m., pulled out my rub-ons, chipboard letters, and the scraps from the 14 Father's Day cards I'd already made. Believe me, I was worried what cards made at 4a.m. would look like! By 6:30 a.m. I had created these 6 cards. I started with the chipboard letters I had originally purchased these alphabets in 4 colors for a project I made 18 months ago, then never used them...until now! (See top middle card and bottom 3 cards.)
The top left card has a Basic Grey rub-on "D is for DAD". The top right card has an alphabet I purchased at the Great American Scrapbook convention 2 years ago, but had never opened. I also had some Magenta square cards that were a very dark gray color that matched the polka dot paper perfectly. I've had those two cards for years and never thought I would ever use them (Magenta sold them in a multicolor pack, and I'd used up all the other colors.)
I get so excited when I use things that have just been sitting in my craft room and when I make cards completely from scraps. It gives me a "high". Is there a scrapbooking term for this? I'll have to think on that one.
I need to get to bed now. Tomorrow is another big day. Tomorrow my twin girls turn 5 years old!
Monday, June 4, 2007
Today I should have been at the gym, but after checking out some blogger posts, I decided to skip it and try to clean up my table in my stamp room. After 90 minutes, I had little to show for my efforts. I decided to start something new. Inspired by a sketch I saw on Jennie Harper's Stampin' Away the Day (Hope) and Vera Matson's Southern Style Stamping (8 hour card) I pulled out scrap papers from previous projects. At first I thought my muse had forgotten me, but then I was pleased with my final results. I used 2.75 Bazzill white blossoms and DCWV brads, but all other products are Stampin' Up! I'll have to go to the gym tomorrow...
Friday, June 1, 2007
My mom introduce me to rubber stamping. I was hesitant because I already had other hobbies I enjoyed; reading, cross-stitch, knitting, and painting pecan resin. My mom asked me to meet her at a stamping convention, I went, and was hooked! After taking lots of classes at stamp stores, I began to create all of my holiday cards, and I began teaching stamping techniques classes. Then a stamping friend convinced me to cross over into scrapbooking. I met her at a local scrapbooking store, saw the gorgeous 12x12 page displays, and realized how similar it is to creating cards. I took several classes at that store, then began to teach scrapbooking and card making classes.
I have serious paper issues. To quote a very wise friend of mine, "It's about collecting." I have collected so much stuff in my little craft room that I have a very difficult time making room for the new supplies that I just have to buy! My mantra is,"Cheaper than therapy." I get my inspiration from my girlfriends (paper craft enablers), but also from my current favorite publication, PaperCrafts magazine. What are my favorites? I love Bazzill cardstock and Basic Grey.