Archive for September, 2008

Sometimes you have to face the hard stuff

As blogs go, this particular crafting blog is usually pretty fluffy. This is usually my respite from the reality and harshness of the world. But, at the end of the day, some things are too important, even if they are tough. The wonderful Cathy posted this on her blog, and I was moved to do so as well. I’d be willing to bet that 99% of the people who read this blog have known someone who has survived cancer or hasn’t. If you are lucky enough to be in the 1%, please understand that cancer is indeed an epidemic. Don’t let the survivors fight alone. They fight so hard for the ones who can’t, or the ones who lost the battle. Pick a charity (mine is St. Jude’s) and donate what you can. Please.

I post this in honor of: my mother (survivor), my father (survivor), both my grandfathers, my grandmother, two aunts (one survivor), my dear friend who would be 31 this November, a friend in junior high (survivor), two of my professors (both survivors), and many more. And that’s in 31 years of life.

Sunday Scrappin’ #47

Greetings! It is time for Sunday Scrappin: the weekly blog meme for paper crafters. We post our “Ta-Das” for the week, our “To-Dos” for the coming week, and participate in weekly challenges (optional). Check it out.


  • This birthday card
  • I prepared some Christmas wrapping paper scraps for use on cards and tags (no pic, sorry–you’ve all seen cut-up wrapping paper before I’m sure, LOL).


  • I’ve got a couple of birthday cards I need to make
  • I’m itching to get back to my wedding album, but I’ve lacked energy and inspiration
  • start planning out my “HANDMADE PLEDGE” for the holidays (see sidebar)

I look forward to seeing what everyone else has planned and has accomplished!

Just for fun, I’m including this photo I took a week ago. If anyone can correctly identify the place, the first person to post the correct answer will win something from me (I know, that’s a huge opportunity–SOMETHING! Ooh wow).

Where is this?

Where is this?

I’ll give you a clue…it is someplace in Massachusetts!

REMINDER: When I get to 2000 hits (not too far away), I’ll be holding a drawing. Those of you who have left 10-25 comments on my blog since I started this mess will be eligible.

RESTRICTIONS: If you won my last contest, you are sadly not eligible. Comments are counted one per thread/post. My next contest will not be dependent on number of comments, so please do not start a gazillion comments just to try to win this time. This is sort of a thank you to those of you who regularly visit and leave comments. Certainly, if you visit this blog regularly, you are welcome to start upping your comments. 🙂 Those who are currently in or close to the running:



Chrissy is just one comment away from eligibility!

Sandy needs only four more comments.

Wani and Bailey’s Granny need only five more comments.

Friday Fill-Ins #91: Fall

1.Getting all the major contracting work done on the new house and closing on said house, are some of the things I’m most looking forward to in October.
2. Sometimes I feel like a childless mother, thanks to my cat.
3. My husband said he would probably never have a cat, and now we do, and that’s why there is a saying, “never say never”!
4. When I’m down, the weather seems to notice.
5. Connected to the laptop or sitting on some form of public transit are where you’ll find me most often.
6. A rainy day is good for doing work (research).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to having dinner with my husband, tomorrow my plans include spending all day at a conference, and Sunday, I want to get caught up with myself.

I just had to make SOMETHING…

I was talking to my mother this weekend and I said, “My list of HAVE to-dos is the longest, next comes the SHOULD to-dos, and then finally the WANT to-dos.”  If I do them in order, I’ll get to the WANT to-dos on my deathbed.  The real problem is that it has been my priority system from day one.  But I’m at a place in my life where that priority system, should I accomplish it, may make me productive, but not terribly happy.

SO, forgetting for the moment that there are certain things that actually fall on all three of those lists, I decided that I would take an hour this evening and make a birthday card for a friend.  I got home from work, dragged all the materials out on the table, and this is what I made:

Unfortunately, the colors are not perfect in the photo, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it looks really nice in reality.  It is a lavender and green color scheme.

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES:  Paper is ALL from Martha Stewart (a pack of coordinating craft paper in green and taupe).  I sponged lavender pigment ink (ColorBox) on the textured taupe paper (bottom of card) in order to bring out the pattern.  The ribbon is from my stash, but I love it because it has that stitched look in the middle.  The stamp is one of my favorites, an oldie-but-a-goodie from All Night Media (“Tweetheart” 403F) that I cut out with a craft knife.  I embossed it with JudiKins “Candy Violet” EP.  The “Happy Birthday” (Stampendous, D07)) was embossed as well, but the poor stamp is so old it doesn’t really stamp very well, so I ended up going over it with a purple sharpie.

Although the Happy Birthday tag looks a little lumpy in the photo, I actually like the fact you can see the ribbon underneath it because the whole card actually looks more like fabric in real life.

Sunday Scrappin’ #46

Well, the post doesn’t seem to be up over at Sunday Scrappin‘ yet, but I’m gonna go ahead and post here.  Another super-light crafting week!  My one ta-da was this entry for Sunday Postcard Art.

This coming week is likely to be as busy as the last, AND I start a new class (not craft-related–I WISH) on Thursday nights.  Hauling out to teach in a different state twice a week is taking its toll, but at least I can get work done on the train.  Coming back from teaching and then going to sit in a class will be a major challenge for the next 10 weeks.  Wish me luck.  I hope I can get at least ONE crafty thing done this week.

Sunday Postcard Art: Flowers

This last week’s theme over at Sunday Postcard Art was flowers.  As usual, I’m a Jenny-Come-Lately (I think most people do theirs the week before…), but since it is probably the only crafting I’ll do this week, there you have it.

I liked the stamped image so much I almost left it just like that.  But I figured that wouldn’t really qualify as “art.”

before Lyra messed with it

before Lyra messed with it

after Lyra messed with it

after Lyra messed with it

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: Stamped image (place unknown), embossed with Candy Violet EP. Border: Martha Stewart paper, colored image with Stabilo aquarelle water-soluble colored pencils, sponged lavender pigment ink over entire card, brads are from Making Memories.

Sunday Scrappin’ #45

That’s it.  That little flower there is the ONLY crafting I’ve done all week. 😦  I have a correspondence book with a dear friend of mine and I usually try to add a little something in with my letters.  So in a last ditch attempt to complete the Sunday Scrappin’ challenge from last week (use something from the KITCHEN!), here we have a flower sitting in sushi grass with a foil top from a bottle of Santa Margherita pinot grigio. (Our wine fridge is IN the kitchen, so I’m letting this count!!)

If you didn’t read the post previous to this one, and you are a crafter who wants to be part of something more, I suggest you do take a look at it.


The fact that I have no time to craft is sort of a good thing because it means I’m being productive in my professional endeavors.  But I miss it.  I don’t know what I’ll get done in the coming week, but here’s this week’s inspiration/challenge at Sunday Scrappin’.

The Beckoning of Lovely

I haven’t had any time to craft in the last week, but here’s something inspiring. Truly. I hope you participate. MAKE something happen.

If for some reason the video doesn’t embed, visit the URL directly.

Many thanks to Cathy Zielske for posting about this.


I always think it is super wonderful when people take the time to highlight other people’s blogs.  So, I’d really like mention Patzee’s new blog which lists cardmaking and papercraft blogs. In addition, there is Allison, whose Newly Discovered Bloggers posts have introduced me to some of the most wonderful blogs out there. (My largest number of hits in one day comes from the day I appeared in one of these posts).

And, just as a reminder, make sure to visit that tab up there…yep, the one on the right that says “Links You Might Enjoy.” (If you are using a feedreader to read this then you’ll need to look at my actual blog to know what I’m talking about.  I’ve added a bunch of new links (I think I’ll start to put NEW! next to them from now on) and you can also see the blogposts I find particularly shareable and noteworthy at Crafty’s Shared Items.  I add something new there almost every day.

Finally, I’d encourage you to explore people’s sidebar links.  I only link to people in the sidebar I know, either in the real-life sense or in the “blogging love” sense, NOT in the Biblical sense. 😉  Oh, and eco-crafters too, because they get an extra gold star in my book.

Sunday Scrappin’ #44: A FOP and two cards

Sunday Scrappin’ is a weekly paper-crafters’ meme where we list our TO-DOs, TA-DAs and participate in optional weekly challenges. Won’t you join us?

Well, this week was a tad more productive than prior weeks–pretty odd since I started teaching again. I’ve given up trying to decide my crafting cycles.


  • I did manage to do this past week’s challenge: use unopened embellishments from your stash. I spruced up the old stationery box and filled it with scrap paper and stationery for my teenage sister who lives far away (and who is just getting into scrapbooking). On the top of the box, I used three “icicles” from k-i memories, that I picked up at Target awhile back
scrapbox (top view)

Scrapbox, top view with icicles

scrapbox (side view)

Scrapbox, side view detail

MATERIALS: Paper (Target scraps package); Maya Road Tranquility Sunflower Slide; Dashes, Dots, & Checks Ribbon; Letters are from Anna Griffin Friends Rub on Kit; Ice Candy “Poolside” icicles (ki memories).

I sent it with this card:

MATERIALS: copper-colored glossy cardstock; “Heart of Love” stamp (Hero Arts); Tag (Target Scrapbooking); sentiment is from Anna Griffin Friends Rub-On kit; “Floral Accents” embellishments (Marcella by K); lavender pigment ink (ColorBox) and Old Rose Sparkle EP (JudiKins).

  • I also made a birthday card for a dear friend. It is a short fold, so the sheer ribbon on the bottom is actually on the inside of the card.

MATERIALS: “Noah” rub on letters (Maya Road); sheer “swirls” ribbon (Maya Rd); large letters are Anna Griffin “Friends” rub on kit; paper is from a faux vintage set–the flag bunting is cut out of one of the patterns; Swirls rub ons (Maya Road)


  • meet next week’s Sunday Scrappin’ challenge: use something from the kitchen. It could be tin foil as an embellishment… a food label to decorate a page… Kool Aid to make a scratch and sniff card… use your imagination!
  • one layout for wedding album

Thanks for reading! Hopefully neither the recipient of the box or the card read this blog this week!!

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