Friday, May 27, 2011

To Do List 5/27/11

After last week, I felt pretty motivated this week. Got some home stuff taken care of and made progress on some projects.
  • Catch up on my She Art class. I gave in...I got the extension.  Hoping this Memorial weekend will give me some time to catch up.
  • Sew a lot of crayon rolls. Still only 9 of 35 done. Feeling the urge to sew too - need to get some done to populate my Etsy store.
  • Make my dress for a June wedding.  Cut out the pattern, washed the fabric, and read thru the instructions.  I might have driven my mom a little crazy, but I understand all the steps now.  Plan to cut material tonight!!!
  • Make the Amy Butler Frenchy Bag purse.
  • Sew my dining room curtains.  Washed and ironed my fabric panels. 
  • Sew my living room curtains.
  • Download latest pics from camera I don't know if I'll ever be done with this.  Right when I just about finished, I take more photos!  Well, I should really finish before I take more pictures on Memorial Day!
  • Houston rodeo layout
  • May Sketch and Scraps online class.
  • Blog post on Cricut class
  • Blog post on layout for MME Challenge 21
  • Finish settup up the Etsy Store. Almost done - gotta finish my policies and start putting in some product!
  • Lily Pad "Beautiful" inspiration card
  • May Hero Arts challenge
  • May Glitz Design challenge using the clustering technique
  • May Scarlet Lime challenge - Mother or Grandmother tribute
  • Lily Pad Card challenges - book cover, Color Throw Down #2, Lucy's Lovely Lines #1 and #2, embossing challenge, and digital die cut.  Most of these will end up as entries to the monthly Inspiration challenge.  I've already got one embossing card entered, but have another in progress.
  • Blog post on graduation projects
  • CAS-ual Fridays Graduation challenge
  • Get Picky May Sketch Challenge #8 Love this sketch! Already picked out my pictures, papers and embellishments - ready to tape!
  • Creative Scrappers May Sketch Challenge
  • Creative Scrappers Creative Team call submission
Nothing fully completed, but I did get one challenge entry done.  Lots of things started too.  Feeling positive! 

Mood Goggles and Lily Pads Inspiration Challenge #2

Mood goggles?  You are probably wondering what I'm talking about.  Mood goggles are the "glasses" that shroud your vision based on your mood.  Kinda like rose-colored glasses, but not just the happy, good things.   Like when you are feeling lonely and all you see are couples or families - you are seeing the world through mood goggles.  

Right now, I think I have my mood goggles on.  You see, yesterday I received some sad news as my great-aunt had passed away.  I had just taken my son to visit her only a few hours before when my mom called.  Although we knew it was coming, I still wasn't prepared.  Who ever is?

I spent the rest of the evening quietly playing with my son and hugging him alot.  I'm glad he's only 17 months and doesn't mind.  After putting him down for the night, I decided to make a card.  Initially it was going to be a sympathy card, but I couldn't.  How could I offer sympathy to my aunt, who is also my Godmother, and my cousins, when I needed some sympathy too?  I can only imagine the pain they are going through, but it doesn't make my pain any less real.  In a few days, I will try again.

I decided to try to cheer myself up.  I remembered there was an Embossing Challenge on Lily Pad Cards, but I only had an hour to make the card, take pics, make a blog post, and submit my link.  Honestly, I knew I didn't have a shot, but I went for it anyway.

I wanted a happy card, so I gravitated toward yellow and pink and flowers.  I also decided to make it a birthday card.  It took me forever though.  Nothing looked or felt right.  I am wondering if it is my mood though?  I am seeing my card as I normally would or do I have mood goggles on?  Is my vision tainted with sadness right now?  I don't know.  The few people I have shared the card with like it.  I'm the only one who seems frustrated with it.

I finally reached a point when I said I was done.  After taking pics and downloading them to the computer, I realized I was 10 min late already - no embossing challenge for me.  Luckily, today's Lily Pad Challenge is their monthly Inspiration Challenge.  For this challenge, you can create any card as long as it was inspired by something seen on Lily Pad during that month.  So here is my entry, inspired by all the lovely embossing done this month....



Supplies: White cardstock (Recollections), Yellow cardstock (Bazzill), Manhattan Flower embossing folder (SU - Sizzix), Pink Piourette and So Saffron ink pads (SU), Sincere Salutations stamp set (SU), Versamark ink pad, white embossing powder (Ranger), white pearls (Recollections), brayer

There you have it.  What do you think?  Do I have mood goggles on?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

To Do List 5/19/11

I've been so busy lately, busier than normal (which is usually pretty frantic anyway). I haven't had much of a creative life, but found some time this week to get things done. 
  • Catch up on my She Art class. Yikes! Only 2.5 weeks left!  Looks like I'm paying extra to extend my class access. Maybe not though, I was think of watching all the videos and taking really good notes as I go.  We'll see how it goes.  Still, though as I'm going shopping or going thru my supplies, I think about this would be great for a canvas.  Or a saying or design pops into my head and I think it would be a great gift.  Plenty of enthusiam just not enough time!
  • Sew a lot of crayon rolls. Still only 9 of 35 done. Feeling the urge to sew too - need to get some done to populate my Etsy store.
  • Make my June wedding dress.  Wait, now that I'm reading this it sounds weird.  Like I need to make a dress for MY June wedding.  I need to make my dress for a June wedding we are attending (in Colorado - yeah!).
  • Make the Amy Butler Frenchy Bag purse.
  • Sew my dining room curtains.
  • Sew my living room curtains.
  • Download latest pics from camera Almost done - downloaded all family photos last night. Craft photos are left.
  • Houston rodeo layout
  • April May Sketch and Scraps online class.
  • Blog post on Cricut class
  • Blog post on layout for MME Challenge 21
  • Finish settup up the Etsy Store. Almost done - gotta finish my policies and start putting in some product!
  • Lily Pad "Beautiful" inspiration card
  • YUDU experiment for bowling team shirts This gets scratched by default.  I went to get all the supplies, but none of my local stores carried what I needed.  I don't understand how a store can sell a YUDU, but not carry basic ink colors - like red or green.  Seriously, am I asking for too much??
  • Make graduation announcements for my brother's lovely girlfriend, Sara  Post coming soon with the announcements and frames I made for her.
  • Make a CD of the senior pics - taken by moi! - of the lovely Sara
  • May Hero Arts challenge
  • May Glitz Design challenge using the clustering technique
  • May Scarlet Lime challenge - Mother or Grandmother tribute
  • Lily Pad Card challenges - too many to list!
Three things crossed off the list again including an associated blog posts that wasn't listed.  Forward motion - its a good thing!  Plus it wasn't on the list, but made some cute graduation frames. 


Lots of challenges on the list.  Even if I don't make the deadlines, I still like to do them.  The challenges provide a starting point and I usualy get some idea in my head.  Just need to find time to execute.  And if it happens to be outside some deadline where I can't win a prize...so be it.  I got it done anyway! 


I have take away my bonus from last time - the graduation projects and the MME card challenge caused me to add to the mess that is my scrapbook room.  Booo....


Hope you are gettin' crafty with it!  (Will Smith is in my head right now..please get him out!)

My Mind's Eye Challenge 23 Card

Time for another My Mind's Eye Challenge. This month's theme was Free-style - meaning anything goes!! This makes my life so much easier! Here is the sketch:

My take on the sketch

Supplies: Kraft paper, pattern paper (all various MME lines), Branch Tree Die (Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix), Scallop and Owl punches (SU), Circle punch and black pen (CM)

Since I've also been doing some graduation projects (post coming soon!), I decided to make a graduation/celebration card.  Plus this was a great way to use up my scraps! 

TFL and hope your getting crafty!