Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Morning Prayer Mixed-Media Piece

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Prove To Yourself What You Are Capable Of!
I enjoy watching the Tour de France on tv every year.  This year has been no exception.  There is something about watching people test their limits that I find very inspiring.  During the first 10 days of the Tour, Andrew Talansky experienced a few setbacks - he crashed twice, very heavily and learned about his ability to combat pain.  During Stage 11 he was in so much pain that he pulled to the side of the road and his Team Director, Robbie Hunter, spoke with him for about four minutes.  In an interview with, Talansky described what Robbie Hunter said to him on the side of the road.  This is a small excerpt from that conversation:  This is a choice only you can make, but take a moment to make sure you make the one you're going to be happy with, make it not out of a place of emotion or anger or fear, but make it out of what can you do, what's possible.
As I watched that conversation without being able to hear the words, my assumption was that Andrew Talansky would abandon the Tour.  I, however, was wrong.  I watched in amazement as Talansky got back on his bike and actually fought his way to the end of the race that day.  Only he knew how his body was feeling.  Only he knew if he could continue.  I was crying as I watched him cross the finish line that day.  Talansky summed up what he learned that day in this way:  The sport constantly has redefined for me what I'm capable of mentally and physically. That day showed me when I need it, there's more in my body, more I can do than even I can believe sometimes. I think it's a day that will serve me very well in the future.  As artists, each day we have an opportunity to constantly redefine what we are capable of.  You can do more than even you can believe sometimes.  You just have to be willing to make the decision to go for the ride!
Today I am sharing a small mixed-media piece that I created.  I am calling it Morning Prayer.  It began with an upcycled dryer sheet and kept going from there :)  I enjoyed the ride :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Little Basket Weaving

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Get Inspired At An Arts Festival!
Over the 4th of July holiday weekend I walked around the Cherry Creek Arts Festival here in Denver.  I am always inspired and amazed by the creative energy exploding from the booths at these festivals!!!!  There was a beautiful booth filled with incredible basket weavings and forms and I came home wanting to try to basket weave!  I headed straight to YouTube and found this video.  It gave me enough info to improvise with materials that I had (instead of "reeds" I used yarn, felt and even transparency sheets!  My advice?  Get inspired at an arts festival!!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hideaway Cupcake Container & Card by Julie Beltramo

Yummy, yummy, yum!  I could just about eat this Hideaway Cupcake Container & Card by Julie Beltramo.  This little ‘Hideaway’ Cupcake Container is a festive way to wrap a birthday gift for someone special. Or, how about just filling it with some yummy little treats? Whatever you choose to put inside, the recipient will surely be delighted with the container. The quick and clean card, with the coordinating envelope, will be sure to please as well!  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of July over at Craft Project Central!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Manly Man Cards & Paper Weight by Judi Sparks

Sometimes you just need a card or two that would be appropriate for a man.  Other times you need a simple gift that a man could use.  This Manly Man Cards & Paper Weight set by Judi Sparks is the perfect answer!  This set was kept simple and non-frilly as a man would like best.  In addition, the project includes a matching paper weight!  For full step-by-step instructions on how to make this manly set, head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of July!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upcycled Denim Bookmark

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Put Your Head Into The Darkness And Listen
Allowing yourself to just "be" gives you the opportunity to finally listen to the small voice that can so easily get buried inside of you.  I love creating pieces like this upcycled denim bookmark because the process allows me to just be.  I have no outcome in mind.  I just start putting paint to the "canvas" of the denim and let go and allow things to happen.  Creating in this way is a way for me to "put my head into the darkness" - the unknown of the creative process - and just listen to my inner voice.  How can you put your head into the darkness and listen?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #37

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  You Are A Fabulous Work Of Art!
Today's card and lesson speaks for itself!  You...yes, you...are a fabulous work of art!  You are the only one who has, and will ever have, the fingerprints that you have and the imprint you will leave on this planet!  Celebrate the beautiful work of art that you are!!!!
I made this card for the Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #37 over at Craft Project Central.  Head on over to Craft Project Central to participate in the challenge!  For every ten cards submitted to Craft Project Central, one winner will be chosen for a free month subscription at Craft Project Central! The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Personalized Lobster Note Card Gift Set by Yapha Mason

What do you think of this Personalized Lobster Note Card Gift Set by Yapha Mason?  This boxed set of lobster-themed nautical note cards just screams summertime at the beach!  The note cards are easily accessible in their handy box, and can be personalized with almost any name. It includes a matching card for easy gift giving.  For full step-by-step directions for how to make this super set, head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of July!