Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
To boost myself along, I decided not to scrap alone either! LOL
Tiare Smith, the creator of Scraps of Color was introducing a club - the Creative Circle - ..and the most attractive part to me since funds are so tight - was the payment plan option - so I hopped on it.
Here is what I have done so far this week...and I feel the creative juices beginning to flow again.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Previously, I'd begun to purchase the Rubbermaid tubs and plastic drawers when they were on sale ... but even a good sturdy set of plastic drawers - is still between 15-25.00 ... and I don't know about you - but that van still put a dent in my pocket, considering I need a lot of storage options!Soooo ... the other week I was inspired to try something with some Amazon boxes I was getting ready to cut down and put away (I can't seem to throw away a good cardboard box!). I'd been in Target, and saw some funky shelf liners ... and I figured - why not? The worst that could happen was I make a mess of it ... and I'd throw it in the bottom of a closet somewhere. Though what I REALLY wanted, was some inexpensive - but nice looking storage boxes that I could keep out, hide my clutter in plain sight, so to speak.
Gather Your Supplies:
Grip Prints by Contact - 5.24 per roll
Scotch White Glue - 4.79
Get a Sturdy Box:
Now, I'm keeping my boxes simple ... . because I am going to stack them on bookshelves, on top of each other in corners, etc ... so I want them to all look uniform - and remain stackable....but you see where I'm going? I'm not spending a lot of money ... I'm using what I already have - and the shelf liner is a lot sturdier - at least to me - than the regular contact paper. Also - it's not so fancy that I am afraid to "mess it up" ... but in the end... it is for storage.
Hope this helps someone out there ... because if you have ever looked at the nice storage options - they still are a little pricey ... and life is too short to spend all your money ...for anything!!!...Enjoy the rest of your week.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Soooo...down to my creative space I went, to pull something together - Quick, Fast and In-A-Hurry.
Good thing? I always have basecoated paper mache boxes on hand. I started with a base coated paper mache box:
Looked through my scraps to see what I had ... and pulled out an old pack from the defunct ScrapGoods Kit club:Using my Fiskar cutter, I cut plain 12x12 pieces cardstock to size and glued them to the sides of the box, using Scotch glue:
After all 4 sides of the box were covered, I took smaller squares of patterned paper and glued right on top of the larger squares.
Then, using the same technique as the box - I completed the top of the box:
I put the goodies inside, closed with ribbon - and I was done!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Well .. I filmed it for posterity ... put some nice little goodies in there...and mailed it off.
I waited in anticipation for what my partner would come up with.
Now, I knew she would be a little late, as we had exchanged some very pleasant emails ... both of us were running a bit behind - busy schedules ... but all was well...we'd be mailing our packages out a week after the posted due date.
Nothing. I sent an "Hey Hiya Doin'" email...nothing. Finally, I had to let the swap coordinator know .. I mean, maybe something happened to her? Nothing. I looked on the site to see if she was posting somewhere...Nothing.
Surprisingly .. I wasn't even angry. But what surprised me...I was incredibly sad...and disappointed....and done. I think I have just reached the point of no return with these swaps. I KNOW people have things come up in their lives.. goodness knows, I do. But it's just the inconsiderate aspect of it all.
This isn't the first time I have been burned .. but it is the last time I will be burned. My advice to those who do this ... if you have no intention on following through - don't swap. If life is a little too hectic and you are not sure that you will be able to fulfill your end of the swap - don't swap.
So ... this is it for me. I will continue to craft, scrap, sew, paint ... and as much as I love receiving goodies and such from my fellow creative sisters ... I don't enjoy putting my heart and soul into projects...swaps ... to be left wondering...What Happened?
Monday, May 13, 2013
Happy May Everyone!!
Just a quick hello - wanted to share something that I made over the weekend. I have wanted something to hold my camera, other than my traditional tripod - on my painting table ... and I stumbled on something this weekend. I made a camera stand, with a movable arm, out of a broken lamp that I was going to throw in the garbage.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
So ... rifling through papers that I've never used ... I took 4 empty sugar containers out the recycling bin at work (only one is shown in the pic) ... and I had an empty Boca Java shipping box at home...and I turned this:
EASY PEASY! :)
Have a Great Weekend ... and Happy Easter.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This mini album is the second one I've done for 2013, after taking a long hiatus from creating.
What I love most about this album, is I managed a lot better with incorporating painting touches throughout the mini album. I left a lot of room for journaling and photos ... so it's a nice mini album to present pics, thoughts, etc.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
By my bed, I have more journals ... one for sketching, one for watercolor ... one a mix of watercolor and mini scrappin.
I like to think I'm not the only one out there who has all these journals going at once ... LOL
Well ... this year ... I am determined to play with watercolor. Not my favorite medium by any means ... but I don't like that have have these beautiful looking paints - and they are just sitting there!LOL
So ... if you have a collection of anything sitting around ... break it open. Use it! Learn it! ... and enjoy it.
Have a great weekend.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Sooooo ... I doodle.
I started a new job recently ... and had 2 interesting conversations with "one who is in charge" ... and it seems one of my new co-workers is "perturbed" that I do not "chit chat".
Was I SERIOUSLY being chastised for not participating in idle chit chat aka GOSSIP.
After the second "encouraging talk" ... of course ... I'm infuriated - and any inkling of wanting to talk has flown out the window. I am polite ... if they need me I respond ... but otherwise - I stay to myself.
So ... as I'm doodling and talking on the phone ... I see the words forming on the page.
"This wouldn't even be an issue if I were a man."
When is the last time anyone had a hissy fit, because a MAN didn't stop by their cube and say hello? Why is it that women are so ... so... insecure? catty? I don't get it.
I just want to come to work ... do my job ... and LEAVE.
If I were a man ... it wouldn't be an issue.
That is my story - and I'm sticking to it.:)
Have a great Weekend!
Monday, January 28, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Hope you enjoy - and thanks for watching!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Trying to stick to my 2013 to Persevere and Just Wing It!
Monday, January 14, 2013
One expression that comes to mind, and hilariously defines many of us...are those that are called "panty folders". Panty folders are the artists that follow the rules. The right brand of paint ... the correct brush ... line drawings are a must ... no rule breakers there.
I don't know if I'm as rigid in my creating - as I try to wing it as much as possible ... but I do find myself falling into the trap of "looking for rules" ... How to start...how to do it... how to...how to ... when I think I lose the point of JUST CREATING.
Here's to "Just Winging It" in 2013.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Every creation seems perfect ... every posted image so perfect.
So there I sat ... daydreaming about creating the perfect piece.
And one day ... after another fantastic online course by fellow artist Sharon Tomlinson, I decided to take a creative leap of faith - in myself.
Affirming to myself that there is room .... for me too.
Monday, January 7, 2013
I'm a big doodler, I love to journal and scribble on the odd note or in one of the many notebooks I have tucked away everywhere.
It's those daydreams that give me my most creative ideas ... and when I finished sketching this piece ... I imagined her to be caught up in her daydreams.
Friday, January 4, 2013
I took matter into my own hands and made my own. Stamp carving on lino blocks was challenging at first, but I got the hang of it.
Stay tuned to see what I have in store for my stamps!