Sunday, September 30, 2012
Here in Western Washington, we have had the most beautiful Autumn that I can remember in years. Our state's dry weather has come at a cost - serious wildfires on the Eastern side of the mountains. It saddens me to think of the damage the fires have done . . . the property lost, and the air quality so unhealthy. So I keep those Washingtonians in my prayers, during this hard time.
But knowing that I can't change the flow of events there . . . I will continue to be grateful for the long days of sunshine here, the cool mornings and warm afternoons, and my ever-ripening tomatoes. I will choose to be thankful for the good that is, despite the hard things that continue to be.
Life is busy, and it always will be. Choose to be creative, despite your busy-ness! As you browse through this blog today, you just might see creative ideas that will entice you to host a Gathering of friends for crafting, or join in a class at my Art Room. Treat yourself . . . choose creativity.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Art by Julie Reynolds
In this stamp set, the title "Fall Favorites", dotted lines and little pumpkin patch are all one one stamp image. There's a Cricut tag that cuts PERFECTLY to fit this stamp (as shown above.) Then the four little harvest phrases are individual and can be placed however you like . . . either on this tag or used separately (see Maggie Cameron's card earlier, for instance.)
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Art by Julie Reynolds
Wanting a simple "color block" look, I opted for a repeated image in 3 colors, then simple single matting with the addition of 2 small squares on the corner, which repeat colors of the stamped images. This is an easy way to use one stamp, but almost give the feeling of a quilt block!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Art by Renee Valenti
Here Renee used one long stamp, containing the 4 outline images and featured them individually. I don't know if this is how Renee did it . . . . But an easy way is to stamp the entire 4-image stamp once in each of the 4 colors. Then cut out all the images, mix and match and piece together your card. Fun!
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Just $5 with a qualifying purchase!
To celebrate National Stamping Month, Close To My Heart is offering this fantastic Double D-sized stamp set (Yes, your cup runneth over . . . with creativity! :-) With a retail value of $35.90, this set is a steal at just $5, when you add it on to a purchase of $35. Click here for more details.
I will be posting artwork, featuring this set, throughout the month. So please visit often!
My daughter, Marie, recently told me, "You know what I realized? I don't have a single picture of you in my apartment!" A friend had been over and been looking at the many framed pictures she had of family and friends, and then asked, "Where's your Mom?" Marie said she couldn't believe it when she looked around and realized I was missing!
This is one of the things that happens when we become the designated "picture taker" of the family. We often neglect to include ourselves in photos. So Marie told me she wanted to be sure to get a picture of the two of us, while we were together at a family cabin for the weekend.
So when we went on a walk with several family members, we made sure to bring the camera along. When Marie spotted a picturesque gate in front of the pear orchard, we stopped for an impromptu photo shoot. Now it won't be a "Where's Waldo?" type search for her mother anymore.
Many of us spend a lot of time recording our family's lives in photos. Remember to include yourself! It's a gift to your family.