Posts Tagged 'Blog Catalysts & Challenges'

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 Postcard Art: MYSTIC

The theme for this week’s challenge at Sunday Postcard Art is MYSTIC.  I chose to explore the mystic side of nature with this 4 x 6 postcard:

Gaia

Gaia

MATERIALS:  Strathmore Imperial Watercolor 4×6 postcard; #13309 “Green Ivy” Vellum by Susan Branch, Lic. by Art Impressions (Colorbök); Stamped image (Petaluma Stamp Exchange #F-1198); Stabilo Aquarelle pencils; colored pencils; brown cardstock; Printers Type Alphabet stamps (Hero Arts); Decorative Leaves (Black Ink Creative International Papers); Scroll Rub-ons (Maya Road); green jeweled flower embellishment (stash); Coluzzle (to cut circle in vellum)

Sunday Scrappin #42

Come play with us over at Sunday Scrappin’!  All you do is post your papercrafting-related ta-das and to-dos each Sunday and there is an optional challenge as well!

Oofda.  Not a good crafting week.  I had a pretty stressful interview mid-week and got slammed with a head cold.  Oh, and I bought a house. 🙂  Nothing much.

I didn’t get to the “square” challenge for last week, but I hope to something with this week’s challenge:

add some texture to your project. Use textured scrapbook paper, sand paper, paint… whatever you can think of!

So, only two TA-DAs for this week:

Pretty Mary

And I made a database to catalogue all of my stamps so that I can easily look up what I have by theme, brand (for challenges), size, etc.

TO-DO’s for next week:

Something that incorporates the Sunday Scrappin’ challenge!

Sunday Postcard Art: Children

Alright…I’m sick as a dog (and how sick is THAT, you ask?) but I REALLY wanted to participate in this week’s challenge over at Sunday Postcard Art. Because I do not use a lot of vintage images, this wasn’t that easy for me. But I did step outside of my own box a little, and using some inspiration from Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer. For those of you who are not familiar with Trader Joe’s, it is a wonderful grocery store chain that puts out an advertisement flyer which features old vintage cartoons that have been given new captions (in the context of the ads).

Well, Sweet Mary here is an image I cut out from a 1953 children’s choirbook. It was to illustrate some song about “helping mother” or some such thing.

Sweet Mary

Sweet Mary

MATERIALS: Strathmore watercolor postcard; “Hide and Seek” #SPBBP06 Baby Collection (EK Success); velvet lime green ric-rac (stash) and a “Tranquility” Sunflower Slide (Maya Road)

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Sunday Scrappin’ #41

Would you like to be a Sunday Scrapper? Visit the blog and play along! This last week’s challenge was to “try a new fold.” This week’s challenge is:

it’s hip to be square. Use squares as the main focus of your project… will it be a square card? A scrapbook layout with lots of squares? A square altered item? Have fun with it!

It has been a busy/stressful week here at CraftyLyra Studios (aka, my home). That means I needed a lot of stress releasing activity!

TA-DAs for the Week:

MONDAY: I participated in Sunday Postcard Art’s weekly challenge and created this “Door to Hope.”

TUESDAY: I finished two layouts for my Wedding Album (last week’s to-do) and I wrote my first tutorial!

WEDNESDAY: I made two thank you cards on Wednesday, including one that fulfills the Sunday Scappin’ challenge with a short fold.

THURSDAY: I created a layout for Creative Therapy’s catalyst: Your biggest accomplishment.

If you are still with me, THANK YOU!

TO-DOs for next week?

Sunday Postcard Art (This week’s theme is CHILDREN)

Sunday Scrappin’ Challenge

2 more layouts for wedding album

I’m going to go out and enjoy the sunshine for awhile, but I look forward to seeing everyone else’s stuff when I get back!! Have a good week!

Goodbyes and Open Doors

Two recent projects.

First, is my postcard for this week’s challenge over at Sunday Postcard Art. The theme is “doors.”

This is an interactive postcard :-). Since once the door is opened it isn’t meant to be closed, I didn’t remove the ribbon completely in order to photograph the version with the door open. 🙂 Sorry.

door postcard (closed)

door postcard (closed)

door postcard (open)

door postcard (open)

MATERIALS: scalloped cardstock (Target kit) on Strathmore watercolor postcard; 5th Avenue shimmer stickers (Making Memories); acrylic/clear stamps–Swirls V: I by Rhonna Farrer (Autumn Leaves); paper by Anna Griffin (AG933); flower cut from an old notecard I received (Pepperpot by Gift Wrap Co.); Ranger Clear E.P. on Black Pigment ink (ColorBox); metallic red curling ribbon; black eyelets (for latch).

Now, while I have been working mostly with scrapbooking and cardmaking, I do like to do other types of projects. I altered this plain wood picture frame for some friends who are moving away. The picture is a well-loved photo of the four of us together.

altered picture frame

altered picture frame

I painted it with DreamCoat acrylic paint, used an Amy Butler designer mat (K&Co) K, some ribbon from my stash, some wooden tulips I picked up years ago, and a Sharpie!

Sunday Scrappin’ #39

I’m posting this before Amy has had a chance to put up her Sunday Scrappin’ post for this week, but I will Mr. Linkify over there when I get home tonight (I’ll be gone all day).

UPDATE: Here’s this week’s Sunday Scrappin’ challenge!

TA-DAs:

Considering how busy this week was with pseudo job interviews, visiting parents and in-laws (who are still here), I’d say I still managed to have some fun with some scrapping!

  • I made my first moo!
  • I made this birthday card–my first experience with chipboard!
  • And finally, I made a card for the Sunday Scrappin’ challenge:

play in the grass! Scrap photos of someone playing in the yard… use grassy paper… make a card involving something in your yard (a BBQ?)…. make a green fringed border that looks like grass… you get the idea. Have fun with it!

See below:

I used a stamp as a starting point for the inspiration, but as you can see, it doesn’t really look like that stamp in the actual card:

After stamping the image (“Garden Sunflower” #2483-F Posh Impressions/Rubber Stampede) in a very light ink, I embossed it with clear embossing powder. Truth be known, I could have skipped this step, but whatever. I wanted to use some of my scrap stash, so I paper pieced the leaves out of green magazine scraps and embossed them (Ranger Clear EP). The GRASS (see Sunday Scrappin’ Challenge) on the ground is also composed of pinked strips from my scrap stash. I covered the sunflower blossoms with two embellishments (“Floral Accents” Marcella by K). I’m not super happy with the Happy Birthday (#D07 from Stampendous embossed with “tangerine” EP (Stampa Barbara), but I think I suffered from a little bit of burnout. But, this is my offering for the challenge at Sunday Scrappin’ this week:

TO-DO’s for next week?

Not sure…but I’m sure I’ll manage at least ONE thing. The Sunday Scrappin’ challenge perhaps? Something food-related…hmm.

AND DON’T FORGET! When I get to 1000 hits, the person who has left the highest number of comments on my blog will win something! And I promise it won’t be my old “Peace in the USSR” stamp from the 1980s (although I’d gather that’s a collectable now). We have someone at the whopping number of FIVE comments, four of you are at 3-4 comments, and five of you have left at least 2 comments. So, as you can see the playing field is WIDE OPEN, LOL.

My first musical Moo

No, it isn’t a stuffed cow that plays music for a baby…

It is, however, my first stab at a MOO. I’ve been admiring this blog for awhile now, but figured the time had come for me to participate when the theme of the week is MUSIC!

So, here is my very humble homage to one of my favorite pieces. I had these pretty darn awful (tasting) “Composer Chocolates” from Vienna many years ago, but I saved the wrappers. This one featured a painting by L. Eichhorn. I had plenty of ideas for this theme, but only about half an hour’s worth of time!

Fun Stuff and Cakes!

My first RAK (received!)…courtesy of Maya Road and Creative Therapy. I’m quite pleased with the Maya Road stuff, especially because I have very little in the way of supplies. I’m just now starting to get into chipboard, so the chipboard letters are PERFECT!

When I was but a wee child, my mother worked at a large and popular Children’s Museum. While it was certainly not the best job for HER, I LOVED it! There was nothing cooler than having a mom who worked at the Children’s Museum, especially when I got to visit her during field trips. At any rate, she used to bring home piles of scraps–weird scraps: wood, foam rubber, plastic doohickeys. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but NOW I wish I had kept them. 🙂

Anyhow, I did get a few things accomplished this week, most notably the Sunday Postcard Art challenge:

The colors aren’t quite right in the photo, but you get the idea.

MATERIALS: Strathmore Imperial Watercolor 140lb Cold Press post card; Scrap Pack (Target $1 bins); Scrapbooking Paper Tags (Target $1 bins); Dashes, Dots & Checks Ribbon; FREE Cake and cakestand Template from Inspire Co (reduced); Happy Birthday stamp (Stampendous); ColorBox Rosebud pigment, and Rainbow Sparkle Lite embossing pwdr (JudiKins).

The $1 bins at Target are the theme for this week, as you will see with Sunday’s post. Stay Tuned!

Catalyst #16: Dream Home

Originally I was going to do all the Creative Therapy catalyst projects on postcards (like this one), but this week’s catalyst required a full-on layout. 🙂 I opted for no journaling, but I’ll give you the scoop here. This is for Catalyst #16: Dream Home.

Click on photo to see a closer image.

I’ve already lived in my dream home. 🙂 It was the house in which I grew up. We called it the banana castle because to me, at my young age, it seemed as large as a castle and it was painted the color of the inside of a banana. My mother was the Queen and I was the Princess (of course). I think dad got to be the de facto King.

In the box of snapshots from my grandparents were quite a few pictures of that house. This was a real treasure for me as I had no photographs of that house/that time in my life prior to discovering that box!

In some ways, the house was very much a dream–a dream borne from childhood innocence. I loved to sashay down that staircase, like Anna in the King and I. Even now, decades later, I can still feel the textured wallpaper on the walls, and i can still smell the apricots fresh off the tree in the backyard. I remember the smallest details of that house, down to the decorative shapes on the heating grates.

The house no longer looks like it does in that picture but in my dreams it is always my Banana Castle.

MATERIALS: Chelsea Vine Flowers Flat Glitter Vellum (Brenda Walton for K & C Co., #635395); recto & verso sides of Bo-Bunny Press Summer Sage Vine #12SGV802 (mat for photos); pink stripe vellum #13306 by Susan Branch for Colorbök; Mark Richards pearls; “Meadow Flowers” ribbon from Michaels; Martha Stewart blue tags; and “Printer’s Type Alphabet” stamps by HeroArts.


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