Archive for September, 2008



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.

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Bloglove

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.

TA-DAs:

  • 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)

TO-DOs:

  • 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!!

Accolades, Prizes and FFI!

Well, it has been quite a week thus far.  First, Judy Dunn was nice enough to recognize my small contribution to her amazing project. Then, I won this gorgeous bag from SewShaz, for participating in her Free Rice contest. Then yesterday,  after a long day, I came home to find that I’ve been given my first ever blog award!  Yes, indeedy:

I’m particularly flattered as this award came from one of my favorite artists.  See her beautiful and amazing work on her blog, The Spotted Sparrow.  This is one you’ll want in your feedreaders.

The rules for the award are:

  1. Add the logo of the award to your blog
  2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
  3. Nominate up to 7 other blogs
  4. Add links to those blogs on your blog
  5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blog

While there are lots of people worthy of this award, most of the people I know have already received it.  However, I don’t think these people have:

  • Shaz, awesome quilter and mother extraordinaire
  • Christine, wonderful artist and peace activist
  • Judy, an artist who moves me deeply by her tribute to the fallen and has a blog full of fabulous writings about reconciling art as a gift/craft AND a business.
  • Crafting A Green World, a place that helps me be a responsible crafter
  • Penny, over at Pennamite, who writes an inspiring and sometimes very humorous blog about her craft and her life.

Some of these women may choose not to accept this award, or pass it on, but I hope they know it is offered in the spirit of profound respect and gratitude.

This week we are filling in the words to some “obscure songs.”  Friday Fill-ins
1. If I was to walk into your life, would you run the other way?
2. Catch a bright star and place it behind the fridge.
3. And you can send me the bill.
4. I’d like to move on but I’m dealing with a memory that never forgets.
5. I’m the innocent bystander / Somehow I got stuck waist deep in the muddy waters.
6. What’s keeping us apart isn’t selfishness, it is the reality of life.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to having my blood drawn and urine tested,* tomorrow my plans include preparing for next week and Sunday, I want to feel ready for next week
*OK, I admit it…I’m not really “looking forward to” having my blood drawn and urine tested tonight, but that’s what’s happening.  Life Insurance.  YAY!

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