Creative Therapy

Happy Monday.  Have you ever had one of those weeks where there couldn't possibly be more for you to have to do?  But you enjoy it anyway?  A happy busy?  That's where I am right now.  Just keepin' a smile…

Here is a fun site for you: Creative Therapy.  These gals are true artists – they create amazing masterpieces.  They asked if I would play along with one of their challenges.  I have to say, I was very nervous!  I don't think of what I do as "art," so I double checked to make sure she really wanted me. :)   But I am so glad I did it – SUCH fun.  I have been really down this late winter due to the cold, dreary weather.  It makes me long to go to the islands for an escape.  So, I decided to bring the feel of the islands to a set of cards… one for each of my girls and one for my husband.  They love the islands as much as I do.

Please go HERE to see more about the project and techniques… but most importantly, go see what their artists created for the challenge.  Wow.

Here is a peek at mine:

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More photos and details HERE at Creative Therapy.

So, tell me: are your kids on spring break?  It is spring break here… love having the girls home all day.  Last night?  Movie night for me and Kay.  Today?  We went and bought birthday gifts for Colin.  Tomorrow?  A trip to Hobby Lobby, swimming and bowling.  Love it.  What are you all doing for your spring break?

Also, I had a few questions on the project in my last post.  I will go back and add to it, so be sure to check there if you are interested.

Off to do a video. ;)

Faith

Happy Saturday.  Colin woke up today and asked, "Is today a school and work day?"  When I said "no," he ran off saying happily, "it's a party day!"  Ha.  When the three kids are together, that is the case. :)

First, I have a winner of the CTMH goodies!  The lucky one is Sammie.  I emailed you.  You all shared a lot of great money-saving tips.  I am collecting my favorites and will share them here next week.

I wanted to share a glimpse at a project I did for Faith Sisters.  What a great site!  So many ideas.  I am so thankful I got to be a part of it.  You can see my full project and my dorky answers to some questions HERE

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (including alphabet) and embossing powder; Doodlebug buttons; Lots of scraps from my scrap drawer – woohoo!

ETA: I had a few questions about this project.  It actually isn't a cork board. :)   I cheated – hee.  It is just a 12×12 cardstock page with everything added.  The circles are all 1" and adhered and then stitched.  I stitched buttons in random places on the circles.  Photos can be tucked behind these buttons – it works really well!  No thumbtacks needed. :)  

Also, I have a few Prayer Spot requests (see bottom of right sidebar) and I will try to add those tonight.  :)

Hugs all around…

Another Card Drive Share…

Happy Friday.  Don't you just love the sound of those words?  I sure do.  And today marks the start of the girls' spring break.  I am so happy – to have them for every minute for the week is something I am looking forward to.  Colin, too!  So happy.

Here is another I made for the Card Drive for Victoria Families.  (Click HERE for more info – you still have time to contribute.)  Simple.

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps; EK Success punches; Tsukeniko Momentos markers

The card has a circle punched in the front and everything is adhered behind it.  Just something different.

Off to load up some projects and a video for 2peas.  Night!

Card Drive share…

Hey, stampers.

We still have some time before the the Card Drive for Victorian Families mailing deadline of the 15th.  I can't believe how many I have received already!  So many.  I thought I would only get a few due to the short time and notice.  God bless you, you sweet stampers!  I will pick some winners of some fun prizes from the people who send things.  If you are interested, click HERE for info.

I thought I would share a few of the cards I made for the drive. This one is kinda bold for me, but I thought a colorful card might cheer someone up.  I wish this photo was better – the chipboard letters have black velvet on them – yum.  They are from Anna Griffin – so nice.  And the Hero Arts black pearls are perfect for this card.  (And they are great for eyes on little critters.)  Oh, and the flower has a houndstooth pattern stamped on it.  LOVE this stamp.  Run and buy it – it is out of stock lots of places.

031209 Hugs Supplies: Hero Arts (flower stamp, black pearls, houndstooth stamp and notecard); Anna Griffin velvet chipboard letters; BasicGrey papers

More tomorrow.  Hope everyone is having a good day.

Giveaway!

I haven't done a giveaway lately – I think it is time…

Here is a card I made a long time ago at a stamp retreat.  (I so hope I haven't shared it already!)  It literally used scraps and such I had laying on my workspace.  I just love how several of my favorite products landed on one card. :)

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022309 CTMH Close Supplies: BasicGrey patterned paper; Close To My Heart rub-ons; Prima flowers; Hero Arts notecard and pearls; vintage text paper; Tim Holtz Distress Ink and inking tool

So, I thought I would share some of Close To My Hearts' fabulous rub-ons, along with an ink.  These rub-ons have several sheets in a pack – love it.  They have some of my favorite rub-ons!  For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me your best money-saving tips.  (We could all use a few of those these days, huh?)  On Friday at 11:59pmEDT, I will pick a winner of these goodies…

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Have a good night and good luck!

(Oh, and I am with many of you on DWTS.  Not sure it is still a "family show" for us.  Too much talk of Playboy, jail, jacka** and skimpy outfits.  Not sure yet…)

Monday…

Mondays – I am not a fan.  I prefer when my husband is home all day.  Boo on Mondays!

Quick mention: For all you locals, I have a class on Thursday at Stamp Your Art Out.  It is on creative card design with Hero Arts stamps.  I opened a couple more spots, so if you are interested, call 513.793.4558 soon. :)

Here are some cards I did inspired (once again) by the fabulous Shari Carroll.  I loved her Hero Arts blog week on pocket cards – so fun!  These two cards were inspired by her cards HERE.  (By the way, Shari has a fun week happening at Hero right now HERE.)

030809 Pocket CardsSupplies: Hero Arts stamps (scallop background, balloon messages, frog, doll), inks (Soft Pool and Soft Apricot Shadow Ink), pearls and gems; EK Success 3-D adhesive; Prismacolor pencils and Gamso; ribbon and brads

Isn't that Soft Apricot Shadow Ink pretty?  Love that color.  Yummmm.  To make the pocket, I held the circle in the desired position on the back of the scallop circle.  I then traced the tag on the back of the scallop circle.  I put 3-D adhesive tape around the pencil lines and stuck it to the background.  Now there is a pocket the perfect size for the tag!

OK… mindless TV talk: Dancing With the Stars.  I am only 30 minutes into watching it.  What do you think?  I like to watch this with the family – hope they keep it a family show.  Tell me – who is your favorite?  (ETA: Just watched Gilles dance.  Wow.  Sure, he's handsome.  But, wow.  When he is dancing – yum…….)

See you tomorrow – will have a giveaway.  Night!