Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I made this for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #33 at Studio L3. I can't say how I used the inks, you will have to purchase Tim Holtz book.
I did not have anything metal so I used aluminium foil and ran it through my Cuttle Bug. I also used the ink to color the ribbon and the rhinestones. I am so excited I can color them now! Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE THE BLING!! I have a 3lb bag of rhinestones in my drawer just waiting to be used, lol!
I also received my Cricut Swap back today, so I used 2 pieces from the "Things that fly" group. I am sorry, but I don't know who made them because the names where not on the back.
I like to think that I am a happy person, I just do too much stuff that wears me down, lol! I do believe in the power of Pay-it-Foward and I see everyday how a simple act of kindness can change a persons attitude or day. I work retail and, on a slow day, my store sees approx 700 people come through our doors. We see people of all sorts, the good, the bad and the ugly! The simple act of saying "HI" is free and can be uplifting to a total stranger. I recently finished a book called "365 Thank Yous" by John Kralik, which I already blogged about. This ties into the Pay-it-Forward effect and creates happiness. There are so many ways to create happiness and they are often small and take no time at all. What are some ways you create happiness in your life or others?
I love my Cricut! I love to Craft! I meet so many people because of my crafting. I love the Cricut because I can create anything I want. I love the online community, it offers so much inspiration. It is so much fun!
Meeting Tim Holtz made me REALLY HAPPY! I had so much fun with my manager and being part of the event was awesome! I did feel like a teenager and promised my District Manager I wouldn't squeal like one and I promised not to scare Tim away, lol! I definitely was on my best behavior!
My two cats make me happy! The are so calming and so pleasant. They are full of character and personality, so much fun to be around!
My kids make me happy! Often parents say that their kids get more distant everyday or that they give them headaches or they miss the younger days when they were better. Not me! I do have the best kids in the entire world who still want to be with me and hang out. I am so blessed and grateful! I enjoy every second and I love how my son texts me so much!
My husband makes me happy! We are lucky to celebrate 14 years in a few months and I couldn't imagine them without him!
I have so much more to share that makes me happy but I will save that for another post ;o)
What's on Your Happy List?
I did purchase a book by Roni Johnson called Teach Yourself Visually, Collage & Altered Art because she has an entire chapter about charms. This books is AWESOME! I am carrying it in my purse and it has come in handy at work so many times! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more techniques using other products!
Thanks for reading my post!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I did use Glimmer Mists, chaulk ink, walnut ink, Glimmer Glam, a rhinestone, strings from my fiber stash and beads from my bead box. Below is the tag on my wood table. I wanted to show you this because of how different it looks on another background and at a different angle, cool!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Happy Valentine's Day! I got these cute sock monkey's with unfinished hearts at Micheals the other day and thought it would be a great little gift for my kids. I painted the heart pink, used silver & red stickles for the border, stamped "because I love you" and glued a small bow. The sock monkey has a "clip" arm, so he can hang on to tons of stuff. This was quick and easy and fun. I hope the kiddos love them!
Friday, February 11, 2011
This is a little off-topic but it is worth it. I have never had an large interest in making cards until I read this book. Now, not only do I have I been shown how to express my gratitude to others and how important it is to do so but I have the opportunity to give others a little piece of my art.
I heard about 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik from a friend. I was looking for a new book to read. I had already read all of the Percy Jackson novels, Fabelhaven novels and Septimus Heap novels (which are all fantastic, by the way!).
This book has so much meaning and is an excellent example on how a little act of gratitude can change your life. While I am not a divorced, middle-aged man at the lowest point in my life, I can still relate to him and his desire to be better and life a better life. I am a huge believer in The Secret and the power of positive thinking but this book has show me another way to bring happiness to someone else' life and to my own.
I have always known it was important to be grateful for what I have and to be polite and say "Thank You". This book has shown me that by taking that simple act of gratitude and expressing it in an old-fashioned Thank You note, you can bring unexpected joy and happiness into someones else's life and that, in turn, can improve someone's day. The Pay-it-forward effect begins.
I have already begun to see the effects, not as life changing as John Kralik's, but positive to say the least. I started to become aware of people in my everyday life and see the small light that appears when I hand them a card. Their day seems to be alittle bit better and they seem to forget about the hard problems in their life, if only for a short time. That is worth it to me and I will keep writing the notes and I will keep making the cards, probably not the 365 project in the book, but enough to make a difference.
I am so thankful for this book, it has changed my life and it will help change others. I hope you are able to read this book and experience the effects in your life!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I am LOVING Glimmer Mist! I made this card using the paper towel/napkin flower technique, ScrapEmboss paper emobosser, ribbon and a few blingy rhinestones. It turned out better than I thought. Every time I turn this card, it looks different in the light, pretty cool! I get a little scared when I start to random ink or spray paper but I will soon get over it. I think the randomness is what makes this so pretty.