Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scallop Punch Flowers

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Be Joyous In What You Do!
She was almost singing her greetings as we walked in the bathroom!  If you have ever flown to or through the Charlotte, NC airport, maybe you've heard her too!  There are attendants in each of the bathrooms at the airport and the woman taking care of the restroom on the C concourse is so joyous in what she does!  She sang her greetings and blessed everyone on their departure.  She reminded me that no matter what you are doing, you can positively impact those around you by treating what you do and the people you encounter with joy.  The bathroom in an airport was the last place I would have expected to learn this lesson.  I am so grateful I did!
Today I just wanted to share part of a project I began working on.  It might be difficult to see in the photo - I layered a whole bunch of scrunched and crinkled scallop-circle-punched pieces of card stock and then sprayed them with some ink and applied some paint.  The leaves were made from cut out art tape that I created.  I'm not sure where this project will end up, but the flowers made me think of Spring and I thought I would share them with you :)
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thoughts & Prayers with Swallowtail Sympathy Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Channel Your Emotions Into A Card
They say things come in 3's, and that seems to be the case for me when it comes to sympathy cards.  Late Saturday night our neighbors had to rush their dog to the emergency vet and, unfortunately, they had to say goodbye to their beautiful canine family member.  We learned about it on Sunday morning and my immediate instinct was to make a card.  I didn't know what I was going to say inside.  What I did know is that I wanted to share in their sorrow and send them some comfort.  This is the card that came out of those emotions.  Something simple.  Something sincere.  The words came easily once the card was made.  What a beautiful gift you can give someone by channeling your emotions into a card.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Simply Sketched Sympathy Card #2

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Stretch
I guess the word "stretch" can be interpreted in different ways - Stretch yourself beyond your current limits; stretch your body; stretch your mind.  I hadn't spent time stretching my body in awhile and with tight muscles announcing themselves in my neck and shoulders, I decided a stretching session was long overdue.  I still have my P90X workout videos, so I grabbed the X Stretch DVD and gave my body some much-needed attention.  It felt wonderful!  I wonder why I don't choose to make more time for stretching.  I wonder what it would feel like to make that a higher priority in my life (above things like internet surfing, for example!).  In what ways can you stretch?
Today's card is a second sympathy card that I made for another friend.  I used some of my painted paper and the sentiment from Simply Sketched.  I am really enjoying incorporating my own painted papers into my cards - something about it feels very authentic to me.  I hope you like it :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Simply Sketched Sympathy Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  It Is A Gift To Be Loved
Yesterday I once again appreciated the gift of being loved.  I had a wonderful swim in the morning and then, unfortunately, a migraine decided to pay me a visit.  I got into bed and closed my eyes and hoped for the visual aura to pass :(  Michael came home and asked if I needed anything.  I felt a bit bad asking him to go out to purchase some Gatorade, Aleve and Benadryl, but I set aside feeling like I was inconveniencing him and I asked.  And off he went - without any questions.  The Gatorade, Aleve and Benadryl had all been mentioned to us the other night at the park.  A friend's daughter experienced her first migraine, including numbness that traveled to different parts of her body.  They ended up at the hospital trying to figure out what was wrong and it took some time before the migraine diagnosis was given.  They learned that many patients experience some relief by taking some Gatorade and then, if that doesn't stop the migraine, moving to Aleve and then finally Benadryl.  It was something I hadn't heard before, but I'm willing to give almost anything a try when it comes to migraines.  So I drank the Gatorade and actually did feel a bit better.  I am typing this about six hours after my head started bothering me and I made it through the day.  My head is still not feeling great, but I know that by tomorrow I will feel more like myself.  In the meantime I am just experiencing the gratitude of what it means to be loved and taken care of.  I am also grateful that this is a gift that I can give to others.  Don't underestimate the power of your love!
Today I am sharing a sympathy card that I created for the wife of one of Michael's friends who passed away.  I was drawn to using one of my hand-painted pieces of deli paper.  I adhered it to the card and then stamped the sentiment from Simply Sketched onto acetate using a permanent ink.  I added some of my painted tape to hide the dimensional adhesive that I used to add the acetate to the card.  I hope you like it!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  For those of you celebrating Passover and Easter, I hope you are able to enjoy a love-filled holiday with family and friends!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Introducing Project Life by Stampin' Up!

A Brief Visit With Nature

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Awaken And See The Beauty
Yesterday was a gorgeous day!  It began with awakening in the middle of the night to throw on pajamas and a coat and go into the backyard to look up at the sky!  What an amazing blood red moon we saw!  The photo was taken with my iPhone and the moon is quite far away...but hopefully you can get a glimpse of the beauty we saw.  We went back to bed and woke up to a beautiful morning and decided to take a drive in the afternoon to see a little scenery.  I'm sharing just two of the pics from our drive - such glorious mountains and endless roads.  Some days you need to awaken and just see the beauty!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Floral Art Journal Page

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Sometimes our mind is thinking of one thing and our body is doing another, and mind and body are not unified. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Ain't that the truth!  This is an ailment I am often afflicted with - my mind and body not being unified.  Maybe that's why I love art-making so much.  Because when I am making art I feel like I am one - aligned - in sync.  I am reading the book Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh and right now I am learning about breath - how to be conscious of my breath - how to allow my breath to bring me back to a unified place where my mind and body are working together.  I am so grateful for the practice of making art because it is a meditation - if we allow it to be.  We can allow our art to be our guide - taking us where it wants to - allowing ourselves to be a passenger on a wonderful journey!
Today I am sharing another art journal page that I created for Paper Crafter's Library.  This page took me on quite the journey and it became quite thick in the process!  It now acts as the "front" of my art journal since it is difficult to close my art journal with this page inside :)  Full step-by-step videos of the process are available to members of Paper Crafter's Library.  To learn more about membership, feel free to click on the link in the upper right-hand corner of my blog.
To those of you beginning the celebration of the Passover holiday this evening, I wish you a wonderful and meaningful holiday!