Wednesday, January 30, 2013

White Out

Recently, one of the crafty groups I belong to on Facebook had a challenge issued by the talented Michelle . White out. All white. As you get to know me, you will see that I am all about the mess I make when creating. Inked edges, sprays, paints, whatever goes. If my hands aren’t messy, I’m not happy. I didn’t think I could do it.

Gathered up white items I could use, couldn’t even think of a photo!  I thought about the obvious white choices, like snow, and my granny (her name is Blanche). Came up with nothing. I flipped through my photo boxes, Bella’s Ultrasound photo. She is 6, I have been scrapping longer than that, and haven’t really worked on her baby album. Everything about the layout started to fall into place.

I don’t glue anything until I am sure I am happy with it, taking a photo on my phone really helps when it comes to reassembling with a lot of elements. When all was glued, I was happy with it. I was really pleased that I could make an all-white page. Just to be safe, I looked at my gesso covered hands. Yep, I was happy all around.


Supplies used: Bazzill Basics cardstock and ribbon; Harmonie patterned paper; Webster’s Pages feather flower, trim, and pin; Close To My Heart jeweled brad; Zig marker; Teresa Collins crystal drop; Melissa Francis lock; Ranger Stickles; Jillibean Soup letters; Daler-Rowney gesso; Making Memories ribbon slide; Texture fades by Tim Holtz for Sizzix; Xyron and Stix2/KoolTak adhesives; Unknown fine glitter, book pages, beads, wire, fabric scrap, yarn,  and doily.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I love my iPhone!

A cell phone is a cell phone, or so I thought. I’d been putting off smart phones for a long time. What’d I need all that for? My contract was up for renewal, and the iPhone 4 was free, I got one. I loved it. I could work from my phone and not be chained to my computer. I thought my laptop was liberating. This thing made a big impact.

Impact. Falls, smashing, etc. I needed a case. It came with one, I couldn't justify buying another. Drooled over Jeanne Oliver’s phone cases. Her artwork is incredibly beautiful. I had recently painted (and sold) a canvas that I had taken a photo of. Duh! I could try that myself. I ordered 2 with my artwork on the back. When I didn’t get one of Jeanne’s under the tree, I swapped out my existing case (even gave it away) and put on the one I had ordered. Of course, I promptly dropped it and cracked it. I went on the hunt for a clear case to fit over top of it.

Meantime, I had come across this pin on Pinterest, and was stunned with myself for not thinking of this earlier. Went off to Dollarama, yes I looked elsewhere first. Incredibly easy, and can be changed often using scrap paper. $2, are you kidding me! So what if it only fits 99%. I can do this with it!

Supplies used: Paper by Authentique; tapes by Bella Blvd.; Stamp Tim Holtz; Tim Holtz Distress markers by Ranger.

My Mom saw it, and wanted one for her iPhone.
I made this one for her.

Supplies used: Paper and letter stickers by Authentique; Sharpie pen.

SO pleased with the custom cases, now that’s impact!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

First. Post. Ever.

I’ve done it! Really done it! FINALLY posted on my blog. Didn’t think it would ever happen, but here I am. Bear with me as I find my way, if I waited until it was perfect it would never be posted. Let’s hope my first is not my last.
What can you expect from my blog? Who knows! I’ve plenty of projects and ideas to share, old and new. I am a crafter, scrapbooker, dabble in mixed media, sew, barely knit, and I used to draw. I’m a mother, a wife, and me. I like to fly my freak flag with pride, so expect to see a bit of everything.
Ali Edwards is an incredibly talented lady. In 2006 she started the “one little word” for herself. It always catches my attention, but I have never done it. She teaches a class on it at Big Picture Classes. While I have taken a class there before, I haven’t gotten to this one yet. This year I couldn’t shake the idea. 2012 was a blur. I have no idea where the time went. Stretched too thin, I felt I was on auto-pilot and not living my life. That can only last so long before a family starts to feel mama’s pressure. I felt like I was not doing my best. I didn’t want 2013 to feel that way.

My son, Domonik, had a Lego Star Wars themed party. We made a game where I filled mini silver balloons with quotes. I also drew lines so they looked like the Death Star, but whatever. When I was looking for quotes Yoda caught me. Old wise man, was he. I wanted to mix the one little word idea with the quote to keep me grounded through the coming year.

“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try”.        -Yoda
The journalling says "In order to do what is best for my family, I need to learn to say no".
 Supplies used: Bazzill Basics cardstock; Harmonie patterned paper; Bella Blvd., Tim Holtz tape; CTMH ink; Tim Holtz Distress marker; Yoda sticker Creative Imaginations; buttons and staples unknown; Mini glue dots by Stix2; Ranger Stickles; Clear brackets by Making Memories; Authentique, American Crafts letters.
The quote is part of the reason I’m actually following through with the blog. Domonik told me I needed one. I said I would. So I do.