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Monday, November 17, 2014

Talk, Talk, Talk

Girls just like to talk.  I don't know why.  We just do.  I went out for a girlfriend's birthday celebration last night.  It was so fun to catch up with everyone.  We are all so busy these days that we don't just sit and visit as much as we used to.  The poor waitress had to wait forever for us to finish chatting to take our orders.  The poor staff had to wait for us to stop talking so they could close it down for the night.  And still we chatted in the doorway, prolonging that moment we had to get in our cars and leave for the evening.  And I'm guessing the girls that carpooled stayed and chatted in their cars just a little bit longer!  So good to have girlfriends.

I made a card for the birthday girl.  I modeled it after a May Flaum idea from one of her classes.  I think it was Camp Scrap. I wanted it to be festive and sparkly and fun.  Although it is more sparkly in real life, I wish I had used some paper with gold foil or some gold washi tape to add just a little more zip.  But the card was made with love (and inky fingers - as the stamp on the back says!) and conveyed my heartfelt birthday wishes - so it is all good!

Hope you get to talk, talk, talk with a friend today!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I took time to remember my grade school art teacher today.  She lost her husband recently and so I made her a sympathy card.  I've thought of her off and on over the years.  She influenced me and my love of memory keeping.  She didn't know that making me yearbook editor during my middle school years would start me on the path to becoming an obsessed scrapbooker.  She didn't know that introducing me to watercolors and art concepts would grow into making me a crafty card maker with a room full of art supplies. It makes me wonder if I've influenced someone's path, without even realizing it.  Makes one think.

I used some Tim Holtz distress paints in blues and silver for the background and filled in with some distress ink on top.  After stitching the edge down I added some embellishments with gold accents and then tied it all together with some gold stamping on the background.

Hope you have time to reflect on some memories today!


Monday, November 10, 2014

It's amazing

It's amazing how if you get out of the habit of doing something, it is very hard to get back on track!  This applies for everything from crafting (and blogging) to dieting, exercising, reading, organizing - you name it!  It takes dedication to be consistent.

I was crafting and blogging everyday for a while there and then I didn't do it for one day.  And then two. And then ten.  Whoa.  Happens fast.  Kind of like how my dieting is going. Or not.  Well, I guess the lesson is to just get back after it!

A cold front is coming through here and gift markets are popping up everywhere.  I'm thinking Christmas!  Here are some cards I made using a Jennifer McGuire ( inspired technique.

I took a 6X6 stencil (I think it was the Crafters Workshop) and taped a small portion of it in a triangle shape - hence the Christmas tree image) and used various green (and red) Tim Holtz Distress Inks to make the trees.  Then I used another stencil (a Tim Holtz one) to make the "snow" with texture paste and glitter - so cute in real life! I used the stars from, yep, you guessed it, Tim Holtz.  (The man is a genius in the crafting world!) Finally, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and used pop dots to secure it to the card and provide a little extra dimension.  So fun to make and easy to duplicate - yet still have variety.

Hope you get back to good habits today!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hello There

Hello There.  There hasn't been much crafting and blogging going on here.  There has been lots of visiting (Mom's here), shopping, Dunkin Donuts trips (their pumpkin donut really is yummy), and a bit of organizing.  The weather has completely changed this week and we are no longer ridiculously hot, but have beautiful, crisp fall weather instead! Time to get outside and get walking again.

Here is a card I made using white embossing powder and Tim Holtz distress inks.  The sentiment is a silver embossing powder (Ranger) and really shines in real life.  I added a few pearl drops which compliment the damask stamp.  It was super easy to create and is pretty effective.  I think I will be making many versions of this card!

With the change in the weather and a few holiday gift markets going on, I'm thinking about the holidays coming!  I'm looking forward to making some gifts and Christmas cards, and tags and maybe a calendar and also... well you get the idea!

Happy crafting!