Just returned from a wonderful few days in Vegas where I laughed until I couldn't breath at the Blue Man Group, was in awe of the beautiful voices of The Phantom and was amazed by the abilities of the talent in LOVE by Cirque de Soliel. I had some amazing meals and saw some beautiful settings in Caesars, The Venetian (where we stayed), and the Bellagio. But, the best part of all was spending some alone time (away from home) with my wonderful husband. Thanks honey!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
As I've said in my profile I have a twin sister who makes beautiful handmade cards. She is currently participating in a challenge that has her making several cards per month.
I make cards on a "as needed" basis and I am horrible at it. Not so much in content. I think I do "ok" but it's not my best talent.
My four year old grand daughter even put me to the test this weekend and beat me hands down.
We had a family member who celebrated a birthday this past week and I needed to make a card for him. My grand daughter also wanted to make a card. I could tell it meant a lot to her so off to my craft room we went.
She looked around and spotted my punches. Circles, flowers, scallops, ovals....she wanted to use them all. I also showed her additional flowers she could "cut out" using the Sizzix machine. She choose the papers from my scrap pile and loved using the "snake tape thingy" (snail tape runner). In the meantime I was trying to create a card myself and was becoming very frustrated with my paper choices and design ideas. I know I obliterated at least six different pieces of card stock and tossed about eight different designs!
About twenty minutes into it my grand daughter was done and I hadn't even begun!
I showed her where to write "I Love You" and sign her name on the inside of the card and where to put the recipients name on the outside of the card and she was done.
Three hours later and with some inspiration from a card I saw on Splitcoast Stampers.com mine was completed! Yes....three hours later! Sad isn't it?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time for Creativity.....Being currently unemployed you would think that I would have all the time in the world but over the last couple of weeks I haven't found the time to create. I did work on a couple of domino pendants and/or pins that should be a quick finish but that's about it.
My time has been spent entertaining my four year old (almost five) grand daughter for the last few days. I'd almost forgotten the days of not getting anything accomplished during the day because you devote your time to finding things for them to do!
She easy, really. At least one and one half to two hours are devoted to a movie. She loves her movies and is very picky about them! And she has had preschool or dance for part of that time. Day 1 was a beautiful day so we were able to go outside. Day w was kind of cool and overcast so we couldn't go back outside to reinspect the mole hills we found the day before. Today was snowy and cold after dance but the grocery store and princess dress up kept us entertained today (not at the same time). The most creative I got was to make a loaf of bread and even that wasn't much of a challenge with a bread maker. Still yummy!
So, even though time for creativity wasn't to be had over the last few days I did put my photography skills (limited as they may be) here is a picture of my grand daughter from day 1 of spending most of the week with Grams and Papa.
I'm also posting the pictures from a series that I created last month. Let me know what you think!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
With some pushing....or more like shoving.... here is my attempt at my own blog! My family has a blog that I post too on occasion (http://martifamilyandfriends.blogspot.com/) but this one will be mine, where I can showcase my own creations (or khreations) and bit's and pieces of my own thoughts and experiences.
So, like the title states...And, so it begins.
Over the last few days I began a project that was to be a birthday gift for my wicked step mother. Yes, I said wicked stepmother. She calls herself that! I would never, ever call her that!
This piece and a lot of what I've been creating over the last year are very inspired by a beautiful and talented artist by the name of KC Willis (http://www.lipstickranch.com/). Everything I've done in this medium I have learned from KC and this piece was made to almost mimic a piece she created. I didn't make it to sell. It was made as a gift for a loved one that I knew would appreciate the art and the patriotic value I gave it.
That being said, I also have to say this was one of the most difficult projects I've put together! It's big, 22x30, and required a lot of adjusting to get the stripes at least close to equal in size. KC teaches a class on how to create this flag. I did not take the class but wished I had!!! The big star in the upper left corner was a project all on it's own. It probably took me three hours to determine what I wanted to put on top of the blue ticking and I finally decided I couldn't do any better than what KC had already done. So, I created a similar (yet inferior) star and added some additional stars and buttons to give it my own flavor.
So, here it is! It's not my first piece but it is my favorite and I wanted it to be the subject of my first post on my blog.
Speaking of the blog...I'm sure it will be ever changing in topic and design. I went with the quick choices for now but hope to give it my own flair when I figure out how to make some changes.