Busy bee

It’s been a busy few weeks, I’ve carved out lots of time to craft…making cards, tags and some fun canvases. Who doesn’t love a little maize and blue color combo – especially during football season? Here’s a little bit of what’s on my craft table these days. A few canvases I’m working on – lots to finish up, but I’m enjoying the process.

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I am super excited to be focused on my crafting and getting back to my blog. Life seems to be opening up an opportunity to play, so I’m going to seize the moment.

Summer bucket list

2015 has been busy. Really, really, busy. And all really, really good!

In addition to getting a horse sponsored in the Gallopalooza event again this year, we decided to move. Between painting the horse, getting ready to sell the house, selling the house, searching for the perfect house (which we, happily found), packing the house, moving, and unpacking…there has been little time to craft. Not to mention: most of my crafty supplies have been in boxes for nearly two months!

I spent most of my free time this past week unpacking said boxes and getting comfy in my new space. It has renewed my sense of wanting to CREATE stuff. Project Life? Haven’t scrapped a lick since the first week of February, so yeah, I’m a bit behind. Craft the Story? I have several months of gorgeous kits lined neatly up in a basket waiting to be used. Craft your Stash? There’s even MORE in my upcycle bin than when I started the project last year. Plus, I’m in a new house. And that just screams PROJECT, right?

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My new stamp station

 

So I’ve decided to make a Summer Bucket List of things I’d like to make over the next few months to get me back in the crafting saddle. In no particular order:

  1. An accent wall in my craft space behind my work table
  2. Curtains for my craft space
  3. Repaint the basement door
  4. Refinish my work table
  5. Refinish my craft table
  6. Get caught up on Project Life
  7. Make at least 2 layouts for each Story Kit
  8. Make art for the entry way
  9. Refinish side table in living room
  10. Refinish 2 end tables for basement
  11. Create a globe pendant light for craft room
  12. Create mason jar light fixture (so far Mike hasn’t agreed to let me put this anywhere, but I’m hoping that if I create it, he’ll like it)
  13. Create a command center in my office
  14. Get caught up on OLW ’15
  15. Create/find an oar to use in Em’s bath as a towel rack
  16. Continue to play with the Documented Life Project weekly prompts

I’ve already painted my office and craft room (and truth be told, I can already cross #2 off my list…but I’ll post that completed project later this week!) and I’m getting ready to paint Emily’s bedroom and bathroom. In the moments in between the “must do” work, I will start checking things off my Summer Bucket list.

Okay – it might be a little ambitious. But, dream big. Let’s do this!

Another blog swap layout

Hello again! I’m super excited to be doing another blog swap with the lovely Michelle over at Hot Wheels and Glue Guns. This time around she put together a little kit of goodies that included some papers from Echo Park (that navy stripe is simply divine!) and some grey polka dot and stripe journal cards from the Midnight Project Life Kit from Becky Higgins and lots of super cute embellishments. She cut out the Lucky sentiment in both white cardstock and this awesome star patterned vellum and gave me a handful of sequins, veneers and washi tape. Here’s the layout:

luckymeI was pretty interested in all the circles that she included in the kit — the polka dot journal cards, the sequins and the bubble paper (the top strip)…and decided to take the journal cards and cut all those grey circles out and use them as a pattern on the top half of my layout.

luckyme-deet2To give the hand cut circles a little dimension, I added some doodles with my black Stabilo pencil and used a water brush to give it a painterly effect and darken some of the lines. I also grabbed some pink watercolor and added a little splash of color around some of the circles as well. I layered the circles with the sequins she gave me, and adhered them all with some silver brads (remember these? I used to have scads…)

luckyme-deet1I used the same pink watercolor (my Peerless Watercolor papers), I quickly colored in the “lucky” die cut, going for a slightly imperfect look. Layered over a Studio Calico doily and paired with some Thickers, my title was complete.

I didn’t want to cover up much of the navy blue paper, but I did want to get at least a little bit of journaling on the layout. So, I added just a quick little line in the bottom corner of the paper, and date stamped it. Complete. Start to finish, this layout took me less that 45 minutes (and that included me getting out my sewing machine.)

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Thanks so much for some great product, Michelle! I have tons left over and am really looking forward to a layout using the vellum die cuts…maybe for St. Patty’s Day?? XOXO.

Thanks for stopping by – be sure to hop over to Michelle’s blog and see what she made with the same stash! Have a fabulous week.

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Sweet layout + blog swap

Hello friends! I am so excited to share a layout today using the same materials that the very talented Michelle Bazeley also used to make a project. Here’s what we did: we each put together a kit of goodies to share with each other and then we each made a project using the same supplies. We’ll share one kit/project today and one next month.

Here’s what I did with my mini kit:

sweet1The products are a mix of papers from Close to My Heart, stamps from them as well as one from an Ali Edwards story stamp, embellishments from Studio Calico and of course, my Sharpie writer.

I hand drew and cut the title, outlining it with my sharpie. I also made some rosettes – something I haven’t done in a long while… and tucked some sequins and enamel dots in to them.

swwet-deet2 sweet-deet1To check out what Michelle did with her kit, check out her blog here! Can’t wait to see what we each create in March.

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One Little Word 2015: January

olw15-jan1If you follow me on FB or IG, or if you’ve read my blog: you know that I’m participating once again in Ali Edwards’ class “One Little Word”. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with my word this month: true. Ali’s thoughtful prompts ask us to take pause and do a little soul searching. What better way to start the year, right after I celebrate my birthday?

true: (adj.) being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false; real; genuine; authentic.  (verb) to make true; shape, adjust, place, etc., exactly or accurately.

I really am grateful for the process of choosing a word, considering it and taking a look at what I what might like to accomplish this year on a personal note. I usually make goals for work, for my health, for habits I may want to change or make new. But, what is unique about this project is that it prompts me to really focus on personal change. Where do I have room to grow, to change, to focus? What would I like to do more of or less?

Have you ever heard relationships compared to “withdrawls and deposits”? Last year, I did some serious withdrawing on my “trues” (those dear to me). After mom passed, I needed more than I often gave. And that’s OK – sometimes life is like that. And my friends – they don’t mind – that’s what they are there for. And they love me no matter what. (True).  But I don’t want to stay too comfortable there in that pattern: I’d like to really focus on and reconnect with those lovely ladies and my sweet family in a more balanced way. I think, in the hustle and bustle of life – it’s easy to drift along, make superficial connections – it’s hard to find the time or energy for anything more.

But, one thing I’ve learned this past year: time is short. Cherish – really, truly cherish the now. So, I picked “true” in part, to help me remember to celebrate the relationships in my life that are authentic and real and true: my family, my friends.

olw15-jan6And in part, I chose this word to focus on the reality of situations. I often make up stories or think I know how something will play out – (do you ever do that? make up a story about a conversation you need to have or “what ifs” — only to finally get it over — and it was NOTHING like you’d imagined??) and so I just don’t try, or just don’t speak up. Rather than assume: I’d like to put away my (unreliable) crystal ball and really look for/face the truth.

Finally, I’d like to encourage myself to just be me. To be authentic. To find my own voice. To be true. To me. And this, I think, is going to require a little but of practice! That little voice inside my head isn’t always gentle and I’d like to change that. My mom isn’t just a phone call away anymore – and she was my biggest fan. I need to fill that void with my own voice. And be my own biggest cheerleader. I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill.

For my cover, I printed on vellum and stitched the OLW title in the center using a gold foil label from Studio Calico. I made another 6 x 11 inch page for much of my journal work and reflections.

I am excited about the journey this year. I have quite a bit of work to do. But I have a goal. I have the beginnings of a plan. I am energized by the prompts that asked me to consider, to write, to invite this word to walk with me a while. I am thankful to begin a new year with a promise to seek the truth, to celebrate authentic relationships, and to just be real.

What’s your one little word?

 

 

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Wake up and be awesome

Happy hump dayeeee!

I have been tweaking the blog a bit, adding a profile pic and trying to get my instagram feed to show up…and adding a few mixed media projects into my portfolio. My dear husband and daughter bought me a wood burning tool for pyrography for me as a birthday gift – and it comes tomorrow. Can. Not. Wait!

In the meantime: here’s a little project I made as a Christmas present that, in the hustle and bustle of the holidays never made it to the blog.

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I started out laying down several layers of acrylic paint, building up some texture and taking an old papertowel roll to dig in some circles. Next, I took some Tim Holtz tissue paper (love this stuff every time I use it!) to hand cut some wonky uppercase letters. I contemplated using the Cameo to cut perfect letters, but decided against it. And I love the imperfections – especially with the message.

beawesome-deet1Once I had the letters on there, I outlined them with my Scarlet Lime pen and colored them in 100% with my Pitt Artist markers, didn’t use any paint at all. I’ve had these markers for a few years and am still pretty amazed every time I use them and see how beautifully they pop and layer. I finished up with with some doodles and some stamps.

While I truly get a kick out of making mixed media projects, I really AM looking forward to my new tools and trying something new.

See you soon!