Jan 23, 2011

The cold can end anytime now...

I don't know about most of you, but it's been pretty darn cold here in Northern Indiana for the past few weeks & this last one, even colder! Ugh!! I'm grateful that we have 2 woodburning fireplace inserts to help heat our home with all it's drafty doors & windows. We try to put plastic over what hasn't been recently replaced & we have one of those foam thingys that you slide under your door to keep out the drafts & that was a great thing to get, I recommend those, even though they have a tendency to slide out from under the door edge, but we haven't had that problem this year.

So anyway, among this frigid time of year, what does my hubby discover roaming the street? A darling little female beagle mix puppy that's a little bit older, but definitely a pup. She's so friendly & has no collar. We printed off a picture of and hubs went around the neighborhood to see if someone was missing her. She seems to be well taken care of & wasn't even hungry at first. We're guessing that someone dumped her off hoping that someone would feel sorry for her & not want her to fend for herself in the cold temps & take her in. If we didn't already have a dog, we'd take her. We just can't afford to have another dog to feed & with her being female, that means getting her spayed. Not in our unemployment budget & we didn't even get a check this week. I hate to take her to the Humane Society for fear of her fate, but we just can't do it for her. I am almost willing to make the trek to Pet Refuge, just so that she may stand a chance of getting adopted without the sad end results.

And now on to some creative work I've done lately.

The first project is what I call garden junk art and this particular item is called a totem, because it sort of resembles the idea of a totem pole.

I can't wait to put it out in my garden to see how it looks with the sun glistening through all the different facets on this piece! Oh how I long for spring....~*sigh!*~

Now I'd like to show you a couple of cards I made, in which I stole the inspiration from one of my highly creative paper crafting friends, Andrea Amu. She is a true genius with paper crafting supplies & she puts much more details into her work than I do, but I can always find all kinds of tidbits to use for my own projects from her. I wish I could find the exact card she made or even where she posted it at, but I don't even remember & can't find it in all my bookmarks. But, I do know it had these cuts from the Cricut Blackletter cartridge on it. And here are 2 of my interpretations of her design - whatever it was. LOL!!

Now don't pick too much at this card, I sort of came up with the design after I had already started doing other things with the card & it sort of looks a bit chopped up & I love that script embossing folder, but no matter how I try, it makes my paper really wavy & I have a hard time getting it to lay flat.

And then my next card is almost identical to the one above, but only slightly different.

I like that this card looks much smoother & a bit more polished looking. Since I forgot to add a jeweled brad to the center piece before attaching it with foam tape, I had to come up with a Plan B, so to speak. I don't think you can wrong with some pretty jewels & these were in the perfect design for the center of this! If you click on the picture, it will show up larger to see more detail & maybe you can see the Glimmer Mist I sprayed on the black squares. I'm still trying to think of how to incorporate the little Thanks tag, but it just may not happen.

Well, time to sign off for the night & get dinner on & a bath for the kiddo.

God Bless & have a great day!


Jan 18, 2011

~Fun news & a new card~

I got an AWESOME email last night telling me that one of my scrapbook pages has been accepted for publication for the new Cricut Magazine!!! YAY!!!! I have not yet been able to see this magazine, as this is it's debut this month. From the sneak peaks I've seen, it looks to be so full of mind blowing inspiration, that you'll think you're in Cricut overload (Heaven, right?) My scrapbook page will in the June/July issue in the Everyday Life section. All I can say about my page is that I think it's pretty AND it's interactive! Be sure to look for it!

Now, here's something that I finally made this year!

Have a peak at this little card with coordinating envelope. Actually, this is a somewhat re-creation of the original card. I made the card for one of my daughter's really good friends for her party on Sat. Now tell me, have you ever done this? Told yourself to not forget to do something, & in the next breath, you did forget!! Well, that's exactly what I did. I even told myself repeatedly not to forget to take a picture of that card before we left for the party, but ultimately, I did forget. Since I really liked the card & wanted to change or add a few details that I didn't have the time or forethought to do with the first one, I decided to make another one. It's very close, the only things that are different are the sizes on a few things and the addition of some glitter glue called Stickles & some Glimmer Mist that is a subtle shimmery spray. All you paper crafters probably know this, but there are newbies & non-paper crafters that may not be aware of these fun products.

The card base & envelope with liner are from Wild Card cartridge & the cat and hearts are from Four Legged Friends Lite cartridge that was a Walmart Black Friday special. I wasn't sure I wanted it, but the Christmas one was gone already, so I got this and the Twinkle Toes Ballerina ones. I'm actually glad I did. This cart has some kinda funky looking animals, but some are pretty cool & so dimensional looking. My daughter picked out the cat image for this and ya know what? I might just be making her school valentines using that scalloped heart cut! ;)

Well that's it for today. I have been a bit slow in showing anything creative, but I do have a garden junk project to show very soon! So if you're into that, stay tuned!

God Bless and have a great day!


Jan 4, 2011

You gotta have a looksy!

I don't know how many of you are very familiar with a scrapbook company called Webster's Pages, but if you are, you know they have incredible stuff! If you aren't, then you NEED to check them out because you will be in for a real TREAT - especially if you love the vintagey garden style!!

I used to buy ALL their stuff a few years ago when a scrapbook store that was 30 minutes away used to carry some of their lines. Then they closed & I haven't been able to get it so easily & I sort of lost track of them, but I've been catching quite a bit of their stuff in tons of projects in the magazines this past year & loving what I see! I finally remembered (oops!) to look them up online to see what's going on with them & that was bad news....they have come out with this incredible new line & it's delicious in every way!! Just click on the "Spring Market" image below to send you directly to their blog with all the amazing product pics. If you get there in time & leave a comment, you might even be lucky enough to win this for yourself! What a way to start the new year, eh??

I've been trying to muster up the motivation to get crafty again, but it's slow going. I WANT to be working on stuff, but even with all the beautiful inspiration I find online, I can't seem to get my own mojo going. It will come, I think I just need to get up do like Nike says and just...........DO IT!!

So, this is me, just going to go do it.

God Bless & have a great day!!
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