Monday, October 25, 2010

October Monthly Circle Challenge Entry

First of all, I can't tell you how awesome the Circle has been for me.  I LOVE scraping and crafting, but I have a really hard time sharing my projects with others.  I guess I just don't think my work is something worth showing off. I know that isn't true, but I have discovered that isn't really the point of these challenges. To me, it is about dusting off my Cricut and making a point of creating something different each week that isn't tied to some project I'm already working on.  Like cooking, we tend to use the same recipes in crafting too.  These challenges make us think outside our normal "recipe box."

For the montly challenge, it really wasn't about a scrapbook page, which is generally what I work on.  We had to do something around being creative or in my entry's case, encouraging creativity.  My mother, who had more creativity in her little finger than most people have in their whole body, nurtured her creativity every day.  She had so many little projects going all the time and she was constantly thinking of ways to do more.  She read magazines, took classes, talked to other crafters constantly and, most importantly, she showed her work to everyone.  I never realized what she was doing until I started doing the challenges.  The way she shared her crafts was a challenge to find what pleased other people.  She really wanted to get good enough to start selling jewelry, but sadly, she passed away before she had a chance to fully develop that craft. She did however, spend many years selling handmade leather and knitted items. 

I never want to make a business selling crafts, but I do want to continue nurture my creativity.  Thus, the new sign that will hang over my craft desk.  I made it with butterflies from Serenade and the frame is also from Serenade, I believe.  The letters are from Calligraphy and the little crocheted flowers are from SEI.  I purposely didn't line up the letters perfectly because I wanted that handmade look.

At least one shadow feature - the letters are shadowed in cream cardstock

Embellishments to enhance one of the cuts - the butterflies have been glittered and decorated with rhinestones.

Patterned paper - background paper has a faint script pattern that is very hard to see in this picture.

So, thank you for looking and I love your sweet comments.  You all really make my day!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Check out Wee Memories blog for some cool stuff!

 Hi everyone.  I just wanted to let you know about the cool drawing Jenny at Wee Memories is having.  The prize is amazing and her blog is too cute for words.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Autumn Splendor Challenge

Dear Santa, I really want a good camera and all the carts Provo Craft announced today. I don't think that is too much to ask! LOL! Oh, and tickets to the Texas Swarm for my birthday. I promise I will be good the rest of the year!

OK, my wish list is done -- for now! Here is my challenge entry. I used my idea of all four colors. For the background, I used a dictionary page which gave the definitions of Faithful to Fall.

Come on Santa. Just a few more pixels would do it!
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Monday, October 11, 2010

First Post and First Circle Challenge Entry (Week 2) Think Pink

Hello and welcome to my little blog.  For right now, I am just using it to post for challenges, but you never know.  Stranger things have happened.

This is my entry for the Cricut Circle Week #2 Think Pink Challenge.

For this Challenge, I used Pink papers, glitter on my embellishments, scalloped circles for the flowers and a flourish  in the corner.  I also embellished the title with glitter.  My sweet dog decided to check it out and messed up the flower on the lower right side.  He now has a sparkly nose too.

On the flowers, I also channeled Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and did some doodling on the flowers.  I loved how they came out.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
Thanks for Looking,