8/31/11

features

Just wanted to pop in and share some exciting stuff with you!

I am always really honored and surprised when someone features my work on their blog. I am even more humbled when someone takes the time to send me an email, say all kinds of nice things, and ask permission to feature me or one of my tutorials.

A few weeks ago, a writer for the blogs Mollie Makes and The Making Spot contacted me about featuring my paper airplane embroidery on the Mollie Makes blog. Uhm. Mollie Makes. As in the U.K. magazine. After calling my husband to gush (to which he asked who Mollie was), I said of course! If you want to see my little feature, click {here}.


(by the way, MM magazine, if you ever want to have me in your magazine, I could go for that. Plus, you would see skyrocketing U.S. sales as I would hunt down every copy I could to give as Christmas, birthday, anniversary, and wedding gifts. kidding.)

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Mariel from Or so she says... also contacted me about submitting some of my tutorials for her blog. Since I had never come across this blog before, I was so excited to find a great blog full of SO many great ideas. Of course I submitted a couple of mine :)


My tutorial for hand stitched love notes posted today. Click {here} to check it out (and you could leave a comment saying hi, if you'd like.)

I think one of the greatest things in the blogging world is the support we are able to give each other. I really appreciate when someone takes the time to say something kind about my work or even feature it. I just wanted to take the time to post about a couple of the sweet supportive people out there - so click on over to their blogs and share the love. 

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8/29/11

it's the simple things

If you are following my happenings on facebook, you may have noticed that I am on a bit of a cleaning/home improvement binge. See, I have company coming in this weekend and that sends me into a frenzy that is (and this is putting it lightly) insane. I even know how crazy it is, but I do it anyways. I literally made a cleaning and to do list that is three pages long, organized by room, starred according to what can be done now and what needs to be done the night before they get here to ensure maximum cleanliness. People, we re-caulked the bathtub. (And when I say we, that means I put in on the list and Anderson did it.)

One of my things to do that is actually quite logical and much needed was to clean and do a little decorating to our downstairs half bath. Our company will be camping out in Sawyer's basement playroom, so this little bathroom will be useful for them so they don't have to trek upstairs in the middle of the night. The bathroom is adjacent to my craft room, which translates to paintbrush and stamp cleaning room to me. Also, storage room to the incredibly over-sized and ornate religious painting we got for our wedding six years ago. It was in need of a good cleaning, a little sprucing up, and removal of museum art. Anderson did the good cleaning (uhm, hello, there were spiders in there!) and I did the sprucing up. So, here it is: 

The before picture is not actually the before picture. This is the bathroom mostly cleaned and free of the huge painting that took up half the room.  Did I mention that the previous curtain was a pillowcase from my college dorm bedding set, held up by thumbtacks. Lest you think I have it together, I tell you that I have, for 3 years, used an old pillowcase/thumbtacks as a curtain.

Onto the less embarrassing after... I bought new towels and a real life curtain, added in a painting that I did years ago that just happened to match, threw in a rug and now we have a pretty, usable, spider and art free bathroom. Funny how such an easy improvement can make you feel like you accomplished so much. After all, I did get to cross like six items of off the downstairs half bath cleaning list.

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8/27/11

all good things must end

It is time to say goodbye to card month. 


It has been so much fun for me to put together. Crazy, but fun. Here is a little wrap up of a few of my favorite posts from the month (click on the photo to visit the post): 


To look at all the card month posts, click here.

Thank you all so much for reading and commenting! Your comments were so sweet and encouraging, and even though I can't respond to every one, I really appreciate you taking the time to say a little something. 

September is coming up, and I have some fun stuff to share, a giveaway, and a couple of surprises. Yay for a new month! I always get this sense of a fresh start and it makes me happy.

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blogging pledge

My blogging pledge to myself: 

 I will blog guilt free. I wish I could make blogging my job. Maybe someday. If it were my job, I would expect myself to have post after post and multiple projects a week and features and guest posts and on an on. As it is now, blogging is my hobby and I think it is pretty great that I can essentially blog how I want to blog. No more apologizing for 5 days without a post because, well, that's life people.

 I will no longer apologize for "bad" photos. I have come to realize that sometimes "bad" photos will have to do. If I have to turn on the flash (gasp! horrors!) I will. If I have to take a picture at midnight in order to share something with you, worse things have happened. I get sad when I see a "famous" blogger apologize for a bad picture and it is actually a very good picture. It makes me feel bad about my much worse photos, and I don't want to make others feel like that.

 I will not be jealous. This is a tough one. I am constantly comparing and sizing up other blogs and sometimes (I am ashamed to admit), it eats me alive. I think I should be as big, have as many followers, get as much attention. But it is so silly. SO silly. I need to remember, my blog is (for now) a hobby and my crafting is a fun thing to do. I need to keep it that way!

 In light of the above 3 pledges, I will always put my best foot forward. It may seem like I am saying I will settle for less but that's not it. I will settle for the best that I know I can do. I will strive to take the best pictures I can at the time (oh, how my photography has improved due to this blog), I will try to stay consistent with my posts, and I will strive for my blog to grow and thrive.

Really, I just want my blogging to be a positive thing in my life. By nature, I am a fierce perfectionist, even in my hobbies. It's time to chill and really enjoy my little corner of the internet.

What about you? Do you have any blogging pledges?

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8/26/11

five things friday: link party features

Oh, I am so happy it is Friday. I am especially excited this Friday to share some features from our card month link party. If you have a few minutes, hop on over to the party, check out some of the great cards, and share some love.

I chose five of my favorites to share with you today.



Aren't they great? 

Thanks to everyone who linked up. I had so much fun looking at the entries!

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8/25/11

groovy card



size: 3" x 3"
card: Bazzill
stamp: Unity Stamp Co. "Going Retro"
ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
pen: Sakura Glaze - yellow
twine: We R Memory Keepers

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8/24/11

by my side card


kraft cardstock: Archiver's
stamp: Papertrey Ink "On My Couch"
dies: Papertrey Ink
paper: Jenni Bowlin
ink: Memento tuxedo black

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8/23/11

birthday card


cardstock: Archiver's
patterned paper: Basic Grey (lined), Jenni Bowlin (berries)
doily: Little Yellow Bicycle
stamp: Jillibean Soup
punch (heart): Ek Success
punch (tag): McGill
punch (border): Ek Success
ink: Tim Holts Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
twine: Papertrey Ink

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8/22/11

chair-ished card



 paper: Archiver's
stamp: Papertrey Ink "Chair-ished"
ink: VersaColor Marigold, VersaColor Opera Pink
button: 7 gypsies
twine: We R Memory Keepers

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8/21/11

august giveaway winner! (and some other stuff)

First, I want to announce the winner of the stamping stuff for August's (card month) giveaway:



Congrats Kaytee! I will email you today, so be watching for it!

Thanks so SO much to everyone who entered. I have another great follower giveaway coming up in September. I have already picked it out, and let me tell you - you're gonna love it!

Back to some card month business...

For the rest of the month, I will be sharing finished cards with you along with a list of supplies. Unless I can make about 2 more hours a day happen, there won't be any more tutorials - just inspiration in the form of cards and more supplies for you all to drool over. I have already gotten a few comments and emails from you guys saying you bought one thing or another that I showed in my projects. So get ready, more temptation coming :)

Don't forget to link up your cards to the link party. Go on over and check out the entries - there are some really creative and beautiful cards there. Plus, I will be featuring five of the entries on this week's five things friday.

Have a great week everyone!

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8/19/11

five things friday: pin-spired cards

It's Friday (although it is getting late and this post might be cutting it close...) and that means it's time for five things. I started a new board on Pinterest just for card inspiration. Check it out here if you like.

I thought I would share five of my favorite pinned cards. Honestly, sometimes you just run out of creative juice. Why not just use someone else's creativity to make something beautiful? That is why we all blog and flikr and pin and facebook and tweet, isn't it? We are sharing our ideas to inspire others. So sometimes I take someone else's ideas and put my own spin on them (without reselling, acting like it is my own, etc. of course!). Without further chit-chatting away, here are five pinned card ideas.






I just love the simplicity and the stitching. Even the little staple at the bottom is the perfect finishing touch!



I pinned this one for the design. Proof that simple design can be colorful and interesting and bright. With the right patterned papers and a cute image, this card has endless possibilities.



The little clothespins? So sweet!



I love this - use metal stamps to stamp onto cards. Such a great idea! I have a really neglected set of metal stamps that I think I will break out on some cards. (Plus it is on Kraft cardstock so I couldn't resist!).



This is so fun! I am not into the mustache trend at all, but I think this is a great idea for a baby boy shower cards. Sure beats teddy bears and rubber duckies!


What about you? Where do you get your card inspiration when it is running low? Magazines, online, blogs?

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8/17/11

tutorial: get well card

I always need a few Get Well cards in my card collection, but I sometimes struggle to keep them appropriate. You know, cutesy stuff for get well cards just kind of isn't always fitting, especially when the illness is serious. So I came up with an any-illness get well card. Simple and appropriate.


Supplies: 


  •  kraft cardstock
  • patterned paper (Bo Bunny double dot)
  • white paper
  • stamps (for sentiment - Hero Arts)/ink
  • scissors
  • adhesive
  • sewing machine
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    Since I don't have a raindrop punch, I made my own stencil. 


     I googled raindrop silhouette and this is one of the images that came up. I printed it on thick cardstock, cut out the raindrop shape, and instant stencil. 


    This is the back of the "stencil." (I used the same google-print-cut process for the cloud.)


    I cut out a bunch of raindrops (and clouds). 

    I laid out the pieces and made small pencil marks where I wanted to put them. I used a small amount of adhesive to hold the raindrops in place so that they did not shift while I was sewing them. 


    Sew down the raindrops. Make sure to backstitch so nothing comes unraveled. 


    Glue on your clouds. 


    I made these assembly line style. I figure since I already had a mess made I would go ahead and make a few.


    Stamp your senitment and done. 


    If I hadn't broken a needle, jammed my sewing machine, and had a few other technical difficulties, I would have been able to make these in 30 minutes to an hour. Let's just say it took me a little bit longer than that...

    Don't forget to link up your creations to the card month link party!

    Also, don't forget to enter my card month giveaway here (ends 8/20)!


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