Tuesday, May 20, 2008

First Sketch....

For today's project I decided to try my hand at a sketch. It took me forever it seemed and I am familiar with Paintshop Pro, no expert, but familiar. For the next sketch I am going to design the card first and then make a sketch of it. In order to see exactly what is needed, I sometimes need to work in reverse. I wanted to make a card from the sketch, but ran out of time. I will post it later once it's completed.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Family Member & Tag Card

I want to introduce the newest member of our family, Missy. In an earlier post, I mentioned that she adopted us and she has. We are unsure how old she is or what she has gone through, but it has taken awhile for her to trust us completely. Missy was the one who came running into our house without a thought one day. Mom had been feeding her outside, in which she had taken over the feeding when a neighbor moved and couldn't take Missy along. Missy ran in, she stopped and looking befuddled, I know she thought, "How did I get in here!". So, back outside she went. This went on for awhile before last winter and then the temperature dropped. We could not let her stay outside in the cold we had this year. So, when she came in and was hanging out, she stayed. She seems to love it. She ran straight to my bed and slept for a week, curled on my comforter. She now sleeps with her buddy Tyke and Mom. She does occasionally go outside now, but doesn't want the door closed, so she pretty much stays in.

Today's project is a Tag Card. I made this out of a half of a legal sized envelope. The designer paper, cardstock, punches and stamps are from Stampin Up! This card was inspired by Maria Bell's tutorial. She does really great tutorials and always has get inspirations. Check out her blog sites if you get a chance.

Please let me know if you have any questions, they are always welcomed.......

Weekly Scripture Inspiration
"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Month Later......

Still here! Still putting around trying to figure out what to do next. I am looking for an item that I saw on someone's webisode the other day (don't remember who's, sorry!). It's a little black foam block that has the Stampin Up! logo on it and it holds paper piercers. My next stop today will be the Splitcoast Stampers site to see if I can find it. If you have not visited yet, I highly recommend Splitcoast. Especially if you like Stampin Up! and Close To My Heart products. Many, many techniques and projects available.

I have been reading Emily Adams' blog for awhile now. I love her "Sense"-ational Sundays and Saturday Etsy picks. I too have found some great things, so here are my favorite picks on Etsy from yesterday.

Jo Bear Creations - This shop is loaded with really cute polymer clay pens. I think the charmed pen tops are genius! The baby socks, oh my! I do not have kids, but I think I still have a stuffed animal or doll somewhere that needs these. Check her out!

Beads by Squirrelette - This shop is loaded with beautiful polymer clay beads. Check out her workmanship. I have seen floral beads before, but her work is amazing!

"Sense"-ational Sunday - I see my kitties chasing each other all over the house. I smell mom's baked beans (Yummy!). I hear nothing, peace and quite while I worked. I touch my keyboard. I taste my mom's baked beans, nothing more comforting. Hopefully, I will have my new camera this week, which is suppose to be shipping today. Then, you can see what I see. Thanks to Emily for the inspiration!

Okay, on to today's project...... more scripture journals! These are composition books covered with Stampin Up! card stock and are hand painted. I love the composition books because they are so easy to cover. They make a great class project, too. Inexpensive and functional. I am not completely satisfied with the paintings. The flowers need a little more movement. They look too flat to me, headed back to the painting table to practice, practice, practice.... A new project I am working on is covering an old vinyl 3-ring binder. I have stripped the vinyl from the boards and now it is sitting on my workspace starring at me, "Cover me! I am cold and exposed!" Okay, so it's probably bad when your craft projects talk to you, but how else are you going to know what color they would like to be! :0)

Let me know if you have any questions, I welcome them all....

Weekly Scripture Inspiration
"In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths." -Proverbs 3:6