Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What's On My Workspace Wednesday

For September in my CollageATCs Yahoo Group, our swap theme was Fall, here are my cards for the swap:
Starting in the bottom left hand corner and going clockwise:
The background paper is from when I did some distress spraying and masking, you can't see much of that paper, due to the yellow handmade paper I added to it. On top of that are 4 leaf images that I colored and a clear leaf sticker, all of those came in the packet.
Upper left: background paper is from distress spraying and masking, you can see a 3 leaf branch and a 4. I added leaf die cuts and a brown button with a yellow gem in the middle. The button and gem were in the packet.
Upper right: I stamped leaf images on an old book page and colored them in with markers. You can't tell from the picture, but the red maple leaf is dimensional, the stamped image was in the packet and I put some foam tape under it. There's also a little bug sticker on the large leaf, which was also included in the packet.
Bottom right: the background is a bunch of sequin leaves that were in the packet, and then there's a dog playing in leaves sticker that was also in the packet.
Here's my other set of cards, starting in the bottom left corner and going clockwise:
Bottom left: once again the background paper is when I did some distress spraying and masking. I added the punched grass and a stamped tree. The items from the packet are the leaf punches on the tree and the sunflower button in the corner.
Top left: Again, I stamped leaf images onto old book paper, items from the packet are the acorn and the smiling apple.
Top right: background is pre-cut wallpaper, I added the grass punch, and the items from the packet are all the leaves and pinecone, as well as the scarecrow sticker.
Bottom right: background is a red card. I included some colored tinsel in the packet and was curious to see what it would do if heated, the "hair" on the leaf man is the result. I added some eyes and the metal piece for the smile. Items from the packet are the tinsel hair, the silk leaf for the head, and the metal for the smile.
I hope you like my cards, next week I will have an altered tin for my other yahoo group.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What's On Your Workspace Wednesday

So, what's on my workspace today?

My cards for the Roy G Biv swap in one of my Yahoo! groups. Here is a complete picture of all of them, the colors are about right on in this picture. In the other pictures, they came out kinda dull, so if you want to see the actual colors refer back to this top picture.
Here's a close-up of Red: All the cards are 4x4 inches square, I started out with a piece of cardstock in each color. For red, I covered the background with some metallicky (new word) red paper flowers, then I layered a 3x3 inch square piece of mulberry paper and then a picture of Red Poppies off of a seed packet.
Here's a close-up of Orange. Once again, I started with an Orange square, then I added a 3x3 inch square piece of orange corrugated cardboard, then I layered a 2x4 inch piece of orange joss paper, and then added a fabric orange lizard on top, I finished it off with orange German scrap.
Here's a close-up of Yellow. I started with the yellow cardstock, then covered it with a piece of yellow flowered wrapping paper. I finished it off with a trio of flowers button in the upper right hand corner, and a "vacation" button in the lower left hand corner.
Here's a close-up of Green. I started out with the green 4x4 inche cardstock and layered a piece of green mulberry paper on it, then I added a blueish green swirl from a piece of paste paper. The "K" in the corner is foam, the stars are from some Christmas ribbon, and there's green German scrap for the edging.
Here's Blue: I started with the blue cardstock and layered a piece of 3x3 inch blue mulberry paper, and then added blue fabric butterflies and a blue butterfly rub on.
Here's Indigo:I started with a navy square, and added the indigo mulberry paper, and another square of indigo mulberry paper, then I colored the bluejay image in with colored pencils and glued it on top.
Here's Violet: I started with the violet square and added a 3x3 inch square of violet mulberry paper, and then the foam dolphin and foam witches hat. The spiderweb is sparkly, and the heart is a button.
A couple weeks ago, Chrissie said she wanted to see the desk I created my cards on, well here it is:
That's right, I create on my floor. I do have a table I set up to create on, but it's full of stuff (does that happen to anyone else?), so I end up on the floor. This week, I used the floor, the back of an artists' canvas and the back of a piece of cardboard to mod podge on. Someday, I'll have a house and an actual room and table to create in/on. But, for now, I have a closet that houses my supplies, and the floor to work on.

At least I've cleared out enough room to be able to shove the table back into the closet between creating times.

If you have no idea what WOYWW is, jump over to Julia's and check it out.

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Also, I will be sure to participate next week, as I have to make Fall cards for the Yahoo! group I host.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Halloween Giveaway

I think it's time for a giveaway, so here's what's up for grabs: Cellophane Halloween Bags
3 Cupcake Boxes
100 Mini Cupcake Liners
A tiny Halloween Bag
A Bobble Head Witch

The witch had a broom in her left hand, but it was broken when I got it.

I won the Halloween bags, cupcake boxes and cupcake liners in a giveaway, but I have no use for them, so I thought I'd pass them on to someone who celebrates Halloween (or at least more than me). I'm also planning on sending some Halloween stamped images your way as well.

Leave a comment on THIS post by October 19th.
Open to everyone.

I will pick a winner by October 20th, hopefully that will give the package enough time to get to you before Halloween.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I'm having a very hard time being creative lately. I have a swap due on the 2oth, that I really need to get started on, but all I really want to do is lie on my couch and watch movies.
I had a really long post planned out, but now I don't remember it that well, so this may be a little choppy.
I've noticed lately that I'm not really happy unless I'm working, hanging out with friends, hanging out with my boyfriend, or garage saleing. I know I've spent so much more money this summer going to garage sales, but I find myself looking forward to them each week, and being pretty bummed out, if there aren't any in my neighborhood, it's not so much what I spend, but I've found it's so much fun, just going around and looking, the thrill of the hunt, I guess. I think one thing that would make it more fun (I know this actually), is to have someone to go with. There have been a couple times this summer where I went with a friend (who lives about 45 min away, so that doesn't happen very much), or my boyfriend (who works 7 days a week, 12 hr night shifts, so unless he's not majorly tired on Sat mornings, that doesn't happen either), go with me, and it's been so much more fun sharing the experience with someone, especially someone who knows what I'm interested in.
I went to some antique shops with my mom this summer, and it is definitely not more fun with her, I found myself waiting on her, and it seems she doesn't really know what I'm into anymore, or she wouldn't find it cute when I buy something just because it's neat.
I honestly wish I had more close friends to hang out with. I don't have a lot of those, I have my friend, Loretta, who lives 45 minutes away, so it's not very efficient for her to come and hang out all the time, I have my boyfriend, who works way too much, and pretty much sleeps on all his off time, and I have a friend who lives about 40 minutes away and works full-time during the day, so also not efficient for her to come hang out.
I've tried somewhat suggesting to people at my library job that we hang out, but it's almost like people don't want to hang out outside of work.

I lost my store job just last week, she finally closed up, so I now I have my evenings free, which is very strange, after working there for about 2 years?. But that also means, I need to find another job to fill in the time and the money I'll be missing. And that thoroughly depresses me, I've gone through this process so many times already.

I just bought some stuff online, that I really shouldn't have bought, but I found out about them last week and bought some in a store and they make me feel really good, so I decided the personal investment would be worth it (we'll see how I feel when I get the credit card bill at the end of the month).

I have plenty of time to create, I just can't get motivated to do it. I have decided I will jump in my craft closet tomorrow, because like I said I have a swap due on the 20th, that means, it better be in the mail by Fri. I think part of my reason is, that my closet it so messy and there's not a lot of space in there. I do have a space cleared out for my tiny table (probably about 3 ft by 2 ft), but it's only big enough to shove the table back in when I'm done, so I don't have to fold it up again.

I'm in a funk, I really wish I had something exciting to do, or someone exciting to hang out with, or something really interesting to eat.

I'm looking forward to next weekend, Fri, I'm hanging out with a friend, there's an antique show that my mother promised we'd go to (though I wouldn't be surprised if she says at the last minute she's too busy) on Sat, and on Sun, our local art center is having their annual art festival, which my mother, my aunt and I are planning to go to.
I'm worried I might be a little too excited for it, and be let down, again. On my birthday in July, my mother and I took a day trip to a town about an hour away from here to shop and eat at a tea room. I was really excited. The day started out with my mother not following the directions we were given, so she got a little lost and then very panicky which in turn put me in a bad mood, then I couldn't find anything to buy, and the stores weren't that exciting, and the food at the tea room wasn't that great either.
I don't think it helped that I didn't get any actual presents for my birthday, well, not any material things. My mom took me on our trip and bought my lunch (though I think that was kinda her birthday present also, as hers is the day after mine), my parents were supposed to get me a new mattress, but my mom decided she was too tired to go mattress shopping after our day out (haven't seen a new mattress or any present from them since), and my boyfriend took me to a car show, which was great, but sometimes you want something you can hold in your hand, my brother did send me a nice gift certificate for Amazon, and I have been slowly spending it (which is new for me, I generally spend those things fast), but since I only have so much, it's hard to pick out what I want to spend it on. I did buy a few craft books on a spur of the moment one day, but that was disappointing as I don't really look at craft books, they're good books, but I don't look at craft books.

I don't know what will get me out of my funk, but I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on.

I had plans to work on my swap last night, take pictures and post for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday today, but didn't feel like it last night, and didn't realize it was Wed until about 10 this morning, and by that time I knew I'd be somewhere in the later hundred's if I participated, and it seems less and less people visit them all. Which I know is hard when there's that many, I don't get to a lot of them any more either.

Guess I better sign off as I have to get up to go to work in the morning

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday

Hello everyone, I'm back to creating (that's what happens when you enter swaps and deadlines come up). These cards are some I created for the yahoo! group I host (collageATCs), August's theme was Artists Choice, where everyone made their own cards instead of my sending out a packet of stuff.
Last month I received a great packet of stamped images and mulberry paper from one of the members in my group as part of a Christmas in July swap, this month I used some of those papers.
I really love the orange one below, the elephant is from a set of earrings I bought at a garage sale this summer.
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