Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taking a Break

Good morning!  I thought I'd take this insomnia opportunity to let everyone know I will be taking a break until the 1st of September.  With school starting, this is a very hectic time and I'm afraid I won't be able to commit my full attention to getting the job done.  Look for a new look and focus on September 1st!  I hope everyone has a lovely rest of the month.  Until then...Happy Crafting, Reading, Relaxing, and the list goes on. :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Fun!

I have only a few things to report today.  I've been concentrating a lot on defining a structure for this blog before school starts in just over a week!  I can't believe it.  I have really enjoyed spending time on this blog over the summer.  I've loved the opportunity to really search around for great things and to use that to create a blueprint for what's to come.  I'm happy to announce that I'm getting a lot closer to having this blog up and running with a schedule of posts.  It should be fun!  BTW: I think Tonks has enjoyed the time as well - she's used research time to sit on the printer and attacking outgoing paper.  Nice!

I don't want to leave you without a few fun finds/inspirational goodness to take a look at over the weekend.  So here it goes...

1.  Check out Jennifer McGuire's card and the explanation of the technique.  Can't wait to try it with one of my new flower stamps!

2.  Check out how Julie Fei-Fan Balzer altered prima colors to give a cool collaged look.  I LOVE her work.

3.  Check out the links to six tutorials on making paper flowers on the new Create: Blog (the new blog for Northridge Media - publisher of Cards and Scrapbook Trends).

I hope today finds you well.  Until then...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Top 8 CHA Product Picks!

Good morning!  I have a few things to share today.  I'm most excited about the CHA finds I'm drooling over.  I whittled down my list of things and decided on my top eight product picks.  Why eight?  Eight is my favorite number so I just went with it.  Anyhoo - instead of giving a wordy diatribe - I'm just going to get started.  BTW: I have listed the items by my excitement.  So without further ado:

#8) Perfect Pearl Mists - Ranger Ink

#7) Clara Lulu and Ida Lulu - Stamping Bella

Source (both images): Stamping Bella Blog

#6) City Park Stamps - American Crafts

#5) Bee Hive Album - Maya Road: Check out Katie Watson's amazing project here.

#4) Destination Cuppies - Taylored Expressions: Check out this cute card sample.

#3) Restoration - Crate Paper

#2) Dimensional Shadow Boxes - Tim Holtz Ideology: I cannot wait to get my hands on these!  Check out what the outstanding Mr. Holtz did with his new creations here

#1) Claudine Hellmuth's Creative Layers Stamps - Ranger Ink.  I have a few fantastic links to share for more information and a better idea of what these stamps can really do here (scroll down to see a great example of all six sets of stamps and ideas), here (very cool video), and here.

I hope you've enjoyed my picture heavy product love post as much as I loved making it!  Wouldn't it be great to be one of the product developers?  They must have creativity oozing from their souls.  I wish!  Anyhoo - can't wait to add these goodies to my stash.  I'll pretty much need a second job to do it! :)  I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday.  Until then...

Monday, August 2, 2010

A New Day

It's Monday - the beginning of a new week and there's only one thing I know for sure - I need this blog.  I need to write in it - to express where I'm at right now.  I have big plans for rethinking, reorganizing, revamping this blog.  I want to make it more meaningful for so many reasons.  Right now - I think I'm getting the most out of it.  That's not a bad thing at all - it's just that it's time to move and stretch and grow into something else.  The thing is - I don't want to give up my voice or my approach.  It's so hard to embrace change.  I want to move forward and not lose too much of what I love about this little piece of my life.  I know this is the path I'm supposed to be on - I just need to keep moving.  It was naive to think I could make big changes in 5 days - I know better now.  No matter where I'm heading - I need to stay in this place while I figure it out.  So I'm back on - for now! :)

Let's move on to more creative things.  I want to start by asking a question.  Are you the kind of crafter that thinks about the high chance of your card being discarded while you're creating it?  I'm not - at least not until today.  And I have to say one thing - I won't be doing it ever again.  I came up with the card above and I don't like it.  I didn't take the time to layer and think about the best way to approach the card.  I didn't look through my papers slowly and play with color combinations.  That's my process and I'm sticking to it.  If you're one of those people that think about the circular file, how do you do it?  Does it change your creative process?  How do you stay true to your own design aesthetic?  I think the answer for me lies in my motivation to create cards.  I make cards because it's fun, relaxing, creative, and an opportunity to unwind, release, etc.  I make them for that reason solely.  It makes no difference to me if they end up in the trash can.  It's about the process not the end result.  Don't get me wrong - it's great to get compliments and oohhs and ahhhs but it's just not why I do it.  The positive reactions are perks in my book.  The joy is in the making.  So I will never think about that sort of thing again - it's just not for me!  I would love to hear your take on the circular file dilemma.

Today:  Grocery shopping, card delivering, and a quick stop by my second home for a marble mocha coffee.  Yum.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.  It feels great to be back.  Until then...
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