Friday, February 20, 2015

Mojo Monday 385 Sketch Challenge

It's hard to believe I've been away from my blog for 2 1/2 years now!!!! Where has time gone to?  After doing craft shows and teaching classes for nearly 6 years I got completely and totally burned out. I was just plain tired. I spent more time on my knitting than paper crafting. Then we were busy with house remodeling and it snowballed from there. The house remodel is done and the house sold. We've moved across the country and we've downsized significantly.

I no longer have a craft room, but rather one wall of the dining room and the kitchen table. It makes it a bit more difficult to craft, but I am so glad to be back at it. It's nice to make what I want to make, when I want to make it, with whatever materials I want to use. No more buying supplies because they're trendy or the latest thing. No more "must have it all!" mentality. I will craft because I love it and because I crave creativity need creativity in my life.

I visited the Mojo Monday blog this week after being away from it for a very long time. It feels like forever. I was reminded of why it is one of my all time favorite blogs/challenges. It doesn't matter what materials you use. It can be paper you've had in your stash for 10 years. It simply doesn't matter. What does matter is being inspired and using the sketch they provide to make something totally unique to you. After being burnt out due to years of creating what might sell or what other people might like, it feels good to keep it simple and to not have to worry about brand & trendiness.

Rather than making a card, I chose to decorate a notebook. It's actually a Strathmore 300 series mixed media art book.  I put this together for my daughter. I have been teaching her the basics of Zentangle and she also likes to draw & color. I thought that this notebook would be just the thing she needed to encourage her. One of her passions is photography which is why I chose the stamp that I did. From the stamped image to the tie-dyed background paper, it is just simply her. Thank you Mojo Monday for inspiring me to create something special for someone I love!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hearts Composition Book

I suppose the stickers I used on this composition book aren't what you typically think of when you think of hearts. I love the watch gear type aspect of them. They were in a sticker pack a friend gave me with some other scrappin' stuff for my birthday and I finally found a good use for them. :)  The paper is from an SU paper pad they had out a couple of years ago as part of a promotion/special buy. It seems like it's the paper pack that keeps on going and going and going....



Supplies Used:
Paper: SU paper pad
Inks: SU Melon Mambo, CTMH Sunset
Misc: Stickers, Prisma Glitter, Martha Stewart Glitter

Monday, July 23, 2012

Vintage Hotel Composition Book

Here's the other secret sister composition book I made this week. One of the girls we needed to do a secret sister gift for isn't into "girly girl" kind of stuff. I found this paper in my stash and thought a teenager might find it kinda fun and funky and went from there. I really like how it turned out.




Supplies Used:
Papers: Tim Holtz paper pad
Inks: SU Early Expresso, CTMH Desert Sand
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Misc: Stickles, Crackle Accents

Friday, July 20, 2012

Smile Composition Book

My girls needed a couple of composition books as secret sister gifts this week. I had a lot of fun making this one. I love how bright and cheerful it is. Of course I love making these notebooks in general. I've made so many altered composition books that it feels like I'm making the same old stuff but I absolutely LOVE making them.

I didn't do anything particularly special with this one. I love the background paper so much that I wanted it to shine. 

Supplies Used: 
Paper: CTMH Dotty For You Cardstock: CTMH Sunset, Colonial White 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Sunset, CTMH Lagoon 
Stamps: Don't remember the name of it or the company. It's a single stamp I bought at Archiver's. 
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prima & Recollections flowers, SU Everyday Enchantment brad

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Newest 4 legged family member

I just couldn't resist sharing this pic from our road trip. Besides visiting family and friends one of the main reasons we took our trip to Texas was to bring home our newest family member, Maggie. She's a pit bull mix that my mom rescued when she was about 12 weeks old. Someone dumped her out in the country. Totally despicable, but I'm glad that we have her!  She can be very energetic at times but is usually pretty laid back and puts up with whatever anyone dishes out. Use her as a problem. Play with her problem. Dress her problem. LOL  She rode in the far backseat of the van with Emily for the 1,700 mile trip home. I didn't find this pic until I dumped the pics from my camera to the computer. Silly girls!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Punch Challenge

I've been feeling like my mojo in non-existent and that all I've been making is the same old stuff. When I commiserated with friends about it on Facebook, my friend (and Stampin' Up enabler) Meranda suggested a challenge to make a card front using our punches.

I love the first card but can't take any credit whatsoever for the creation. I cased a card off of Pinterest that had inspired me a while back. I'm kinda so-so about the second card. I had a completely different look going on for it only to scrap it and start over. You know how sometimes you think a project needs just a little something more but then when you add it you realize "oops, that was too much"?  Well that's what happened with the second card. It was way cooler before I messed it up and had to start over. I also should've learned my lesson from the first card and whole "it's too much" thing. I'm not loving the prisma glitter on the ice cream cone. Oh well. C'est la vie.

The third card I just threw together so I could use up the cute ribbon. A friend gave me some chocolates for my birthday and that ribbon was tied around them. I saved it thinking it would be perfect for a project of some sort and the card just kinda went together from there. I realized after I had it done though that the ribbon was crooked. Yep, one of those kind of crafting days. Perhaps I should consider being less of a perfectionist. LOL  Speaking of perfectionism, please forgive the spot on the 1st card...apparently I had something on my camera lens. Sigh.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: SU Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, :Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets: CTMH Happy Birthday
Inks: CTMH Gypsy
Misc: CTMH Smoky Plum Brads (dipped in glue & glitter), Martha Stewart edge punch, 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: SU Lucky Limeade, Early Expresson, Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Island Indigo, Peach Parfait
Stamp Sets: SU Sweet Scoops
Inks: SU Early Expresso
Misc: SU Everyday Enchantment Brads, Sizzix Label Die, Stickles, Prisma Glitter

Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake, Island Indigo
Stamps: from the dollar bin at Michael's
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Nestabilities labels, Prismacolor & Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, misc ribbon.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Shoshone Falls

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we went to Twin Falls, ID for a 3 day camping trip to see Shoshone Falls and to just relax and be lazy to celebrate the end of the school year. It's hard to believe that I now am the parent of a freshman and a junior and that two of our kids are grown and out of the house. I wonder how time has flown by so quickly. I surely must have blinked one too many times!  We stayed a an out of the way campground about 15 miles south of Twin Falls called Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs.  We went to see Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, and of course soaked in the hot pools and swam. We roasted marshmallows around the campfire, played games, lazed around in the shade reading books and in general had a fabulous time. We came home bug eaten, sunburnt, and exhausted but wouldn't trade it for anything!