Dear waiters of the world, Giving me a colored bendy straw will double your tip.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My dear friend, Micah, was in town the last few weeks for Thanksgiving break, and it's been so wonderful having him back. If there's anything the skinny guy and I have in common, it's our desire to never take life too seriously. I may regret sharing the next few pictures, but they accurately display our awkward and yet truly wonderful relationship. 

Pretty psyched about the bendy straws

This is pretty exciting.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

At a young age, my mother taught me to finger paint. I have a vivid memory of sitting at our kitchen table, her standing behind me, guiding my hands into the paint and then onto paper. It was exciting and new. I remember digging through her high school and college art portfolios, enchanted by her talents. My father has always doodled. I can point out his drawings in an instant... he has the most distinct style. I'm not sure how young I was when he first taught me to sew. By the time I step foot into my sophomore year mandatory home ec class, I felt like a pro... flying through the simple projects assigned to us. I remember kneading my first lump of clay... my first spin at the potter's wheel... and the disappointment of having one of many sculptures blow up in the kiln. I can still feel the file as it hit my finger as I sanded down that metal piece of jewelry... and the excitement that came from watching the solder melt. The art room where I spent most of senior year is still fresh in my mind as well, and the many firsts I experienced that year... calligraphy, watercolor, and air brushing.

I've had many artistic moments. I find myself getting just a tad emotional looking back at all these defining times. Defining... so strange that a simple paintbrush would shape the individual I am today. But that's where my passions lie. It's who I am. To the very core, I love all things that allow me to express myself creatively.

Two years ago, I took a job as the Creative Genius as Creations Galore, a title to this day, I don't think I yet deserve. I've been challenged by a new craft. I remember the moment I was told I would need to design three new cards every week. I had confidence.. and then panic. I loved graphic design and mixed media art... scrapbooking and card making couldn't be much different right?! Oh how I have learned, grown, and improved over the last two years. New tools, techniques, and processes to research. And what a passion that has formed for the paper crafting industry. I have so much more to learn and there's so much more room to grow, but I have to stop for a moment and reflect on where I've come.

Never did I picture myself so openly sharing my art and projects with anyone. And here I am with this new crafty blog, putting my artistic moments and life out there to be criticized. In the last few weeks, I have had such a boost of confidence to keep on sharing. Wonderful comments from readers, and a few acknowledgements from challenge blogs that I frequent. My first entry in the Tuesday Trigger Challenge over at Moxie Fab World got a big shout out, as I mentioned here. After a weekend away for the Thanksgiving holiday, I was notified that I had won the CPS Sketch #244 Challenge with this card... and was chosen as the Cream of the Crop over at Market Street Stamps. I'm so giddy. I'm a total craft nerd.... and I'm adding these to my defining artistic moments. Just another small victory in my life-long quest to use every ounce of talent given to me by my glorious God. 

Enough of all this emotional rambling... and on to the card that received the shout out as the Cream of the Crop!

I'm a huge fan of Market Street Stamps. They're made of a high quality polymer, which means you achieve clean crisp lines and can easily see where you're stamping (we call that precision). MSS is currently showing off sneak peeks of their new releases on their blog. I'm drooling already... Make sure to stop by the MMS blog and take a look at what the design team is creating! While you're at it, join the MSS Neighborhood! So many talented paper crafters can be found there, sharing their latest projects... and it's where Steph came across the card I made above. 

Thanks for encouraging me in my creative journey. Do you have any of your own defining artistic moments?

why, hello

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Take one dollar bin stamp.
Add a piece of leftover ribbon.
Mix with paper scraps.

 Ta-Da! You have yourself a few quick and easy cards to send out to friends. 

Bon Voyage

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Monday... I hope you all had a delightful Thanksgiving weekend. I personally spent Thursday through Sunday in a food coma and was too tired and lazy to do any crafting (so sad... I know). Therefore, today I'm sharing a card I designed for Creations Galore using Inkadinkado clear stamps. Simple and cute. Hope you enjoy. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I got a shout out on Moxie Fab yesterday as a Trigger Target for the 
Fall is in the Bag challenge with this card! Wooo hooo! 

Visit Moxie Fab World to view the other lovely Trigger Targets and give them some love. Can't wait to enter into this week's challenge! 

Daily Drawing - Lip Love

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

When you're in the middle of the north woods, in cold weather, with dry lips, and you can't seem to even find one of the 109,394,392,498,392,294 lip balms you know you have, you stop by a small, somewhat shady gas station and spend your entire paycheck on this:

Thinking Of You

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

All products from A Muse Studio
Paper- Sugar
Inks- Slate, Lichen
Dots Stamp from Polka Dot Patterns Set
Floral Stamp from Beautiful Botanicals 2 Set
Oval from Ovalicious Set
Sentiment from Essential Sentiments Set

My weekend in pictures...

Monday, November 21, 2011

A wrap up of the weekend's events through my cell phone... 

Picked up my deer hunting license... my family always plays a little game of poker
with our back tags. As you can see, I've got myself a full house. 3-10's and 2-6's. Wooooo hooo. I thought I had won, until I saw my "little" bro beat me with 3-10's and 2-Aces. Major disappointment, folks.

Friday night I set up a fun Make N Take for a Shop & Crop
event at Creations Galore...  It was one fun girls night out!

I'm not sure what your family does after dinner at the cabin, but mine made
some killer ramps for our remote controlled ATV out of household items...
(p.s. that' my pops. aka silverback, papa-daddy & hero)

That's some air.. 

And that's some love... or annoyance. It's all about perspective.
(cuz johnny boy vs. the infamous uncle terry)

I made my very first pumpkin pie from scratch

And everyone (especially cuz megs) seemed to enjoy it... although they
did smother it in whipped cream. hmmm. Now I wonder.

Walking through the woods after a few hours of sleeping, I mean hunting...  Gorgeous snow.

I returned from the cabin Sunday night just in time to get together with some friends for
yummy eats, dominos, and some intense card playing. If you've never found yourself in the
middle of a violent, high-pressured game of Nerts, you really haven't lived. 

Rebekah, Amber & Micah

How was your weekend? I hope you take a moment to reminisce and enjoy those little things that make life special. 

Note of thanks...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Card Positioning Systems had a sketch this week that I really enjoyed... As soon as it was posted I knew exactly what I wanted to create. However, I almost forgot to post it! Here's Sketch #244:

And my take on the sketch:

Patterned Paper: DCWV 
All other products: A Muse Studio

A Morning Sketch

Friday, November 18, 2011

Do not mix.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Who doesn't love cake and glitter?

I wanted to try out the glitter from A Muse studio with the Quickie Glue pen and sure enough, it was a fast and easy technique that added some glitz to this birthday card. I'm constantly amazed at the strong hold of the Quickie Glue. When I first came across the pen, I was truly skeptical. Permanent glue from a ball point pen?! I just had to try it with glitter, small die cuts, and heavy rhinestones. When the rhinestone couldn't be shaken off the paper, I was hooked. It's my go-to pen for all things tiny. It works best with glitter, as you can create fine lines and lays flat -- unlike thick tacky glue.

I love the glitter on this card so much I'm tempted to send it to myself! 

Create one too:
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics- BG10, RV14, Y19
All other products A Muse Studio
Cake Stamp from A Very Merry Un-Birthday Set
Sentiment from Contemporary Greetings Set
Paper- Sugar, Onyx, Sky, Bubblegum Polka Dot
Glitter- Diamond

Happy Birthday with Tuesday Trigger

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Over at Moxie Fab World it's Tuesday Trigger time! Here is this week's Trigger:

Fall is in the Bag Trigger

And here's the card I made using the bag as inspiration: 

A Muse Studio Floral Happy Birthday Card

I was drawn to the colors and repetitive patterned and just had to recreate it as a background. Last week I ordered some new inks from A Muse Studio and have completely fallen in love with them. Luckily I had received the perfect colors to match this bag. To complete the card, I added a simple sentiment and some satin ribbon. Hope you enjoy the end result! 

Make one too:
All products are A Muse Studio
Floral Stamp from Graphic Sunflower Set
Sentiment from Celebrate In Style Set
Inks- French Roast, Orange, Latte, Ocean
Ribbon- Orange
Papers- French Roast, Sugar

Just a small thank you...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

to the man in the BMW. He decided it was a good idea to order 10 breakfast sandwiches and 15 drinks from the Starbucks drive-thru. The drive-thru that had absolutely no room for him to drive up just a little for me to get through. After waiting half a century for the 2 drinks I ordered, I kind of liked the idea too... Can we say free drinks? With a free coffee cake? hmm.... yes. Another day of fueling my addiction.

A Minor Mistake

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I had fun today creating a Christmas-themed banner which will become a future workshop at Creations Galore. You can check out the workshop details here. For you I have a little behind the scenes funny...

See that? Right there. The 'I' tied to the 'S' tied to the 'M' in 'CHRISTMAS' hmm mmm. What's quite freaky is how I hurt myself cutting the twine for the bow between the 'S' and 'M'. Life was trying to stop me.

Ah. Much better. You can see more pictures of the banner on the Creations Galore blog.

Sew Fun

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a card I created for the Celebrating Hobbies Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Projects need to be linked up by Monday, December 12th, so there's plenty of time for you to join in too! 

The challenge was to create a card that you would give during National Sewing Month, Book Lovers Day, or Camera Day. And here's the card I created: 

A little love for the inside... 

Get crafty too...

Papers: Crate Paper, Bazzill
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black 

one of a kind

Thursday, November 10, 2011

i received some wonderful new a muse studio products in the mail yesterday. i was so excited to play with everything that i stayed up late stamping, browsing sketch ideas, and going crazy. here's a little sampling of one of the cards i made... 

i love the clear spica pen from copic and find every excuse to use it. below is a little better view of the sparkle it adds to the cute critter. 

you can make one too:
sentiment: sweet love
inks: memento tuxedo black, copic E43, E47
papers & ribbon: a muse studio

especially for you...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

i decided to play along with this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge!

the challenge: create a card with a panel or design element that goes over the edge of the card front

here's my card:

i'm always looking for new ways to incorporate glimmer mist into my cards. for this card, i used apple glimmer mist and a tattered angels stencil to create a stamped/watercolor effect. 

inks: apple glimmer mist, memento
stickles: christmas red, golden rod, midnight blue
paper: bobunny, bazzill

dancing in the rain

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

it's a rainy day here in wisconsin, which always puts me into a crafty mood. i found it the perfect opportunity to experiment with some tim holtz products i've yet to do too much with. it wasn't until after taking a picture of the card that i noticed how appropriate the sentiment was for today. 

after creating this card, i'm officially in love with the tissue wrap from tim holtz. perfect for tags, watercolor collages, boxes and frames.... not to mention make beautiful gift wrap. i guarantee i'll be turning this into a make n take for creations galore... everyone needs to give this product a try.

so you can get crafty too:
tim holtz tissue wrap-terminology
distress stains-antique linen, walnut stain, weathered wood
distress ink-walnut stain w/foam tool
background stamp-market street stamps
sentiment-tim holtz
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