Posts Tagged 'Blog Catalysts & Challenges'



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!

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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.

Sunday Scrappin’#34

Well, this is my first Sunday Scrappin’ post! I’m supposed to post:

  • paper craft-related TA-DAs

1. St. Jean Baptiste card

2. Last Week’s Sunday scrappin’ challenge piece. The challenge was to do something sparkly! Either of the projects above qualify, but no. 2 (my UFO card) was done with the challenge in mind. Of course the really funny part is that the recipient loved it even though I was off by a month!! June…July…they both have four letters and start with J…what do you want? ;-

  • your paper craft-related TO-DO’s for the week

1. I’m working on finishing a pretty spectacular thank you card right now that I’m very excited about…but it is taking a long time due to the collection of materials. 🙂

2. I’ve got an anniversary coming up fairly soon, so I need to start thinking about that.

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Next week’s Sunday Scrappin’ Challenge?

Something patriotic. Your project can be red, white and blue, or include a flag, or be a military layout, or include anything else that feels patriotic to you.


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