If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change-Dr. Wayne Dyer

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trying somthing new...

Well it is another beautiful Spring day and I have had my head buried in my homework-not a bad place to be, I have really been enjoying what I have been studying-some days I do wonder though if I am ever going to fully grasp what I am trying to learn.  Being complacent is easy to do and these past couple of years have all been about change for me.  Change in career direction, trying new creative techniques Relearning to knit- (ha ha) which challenge and sometimes enrage...I for instance have been trying this "outside of your nestability die technique.  I have a PILE of no success.  So as you saw in my last blog I decided to make the best of what I had and accentuate, what to some may appear to be a flaw but to others a chance to really get creative.  (as in I meant it to be that way-right? wink wink)  Adding the triple layers of blossoms hides a multitude of crafty "sins".  So in a few very distinct aspects of my life general complacency is over and I am attempting to re-engage in life in different areas.  I find making cards much easier and sometimes way more enjoyable. I am sure that we all have those times in our lives where we realize that things really do need to change and that change is not a bad thing but a refreshing opportunity to gaze out on life from new eyes.  So here is to new beginnings and changing of directions.  I guess I was not out of my bunny making craze- I made a few more and speaking of a new technique, I usually photograph my cards in a white box but recently I have been seeing more things photographed in a black box.  I know, I need to "get out more".  So I tried it.  Check them out.  I can't promise I won't make anymore bunnies...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Whahoo its windy...

Who ever said Spring comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion or comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb didn't say exactly where the blustery wind comes from.  We are having quite a bit here.  The sun feels nice as long as the wind isn't trying to give you a new hairdo-or rip your planters off the porch!  So here is to warm thoughts of Spring and sunny days filled with happy little bunnies not the kind that eat your flowers or new little garden!
Went to InkBlots last week and made a darling Easter card.  Beth is so talented and takes great care in helping us recreate her masterpieces!  I am scheduled to teach in April and guess what I am doing?  No not a bunny...A frog.  I will be teaching a technique I saw done on working outside your nesti die.   Oh sure the instructions looked so simple-after I'd say about 30 tries following the instructions I decided it must just be me.  I did however figure out a way that worked.  It is very cool but harder than I think I would do for a card that I am going to give away.  InkBlots though is all about learning new techniques-so I am sure all the painful hours I spent trying to figure out the technique will pay off- I am sure that one of the really smart crafty ladies will have an easier way to make it then even I finally did!  I love this group.  A great bunch of very talented, creative ladies, I always look forward to getting together!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hopping By to Say Hi

Every year I think I am going to make fun Easter cards-I love bunnies and have some great stamps and sayings and usually Easter comes and goes and all I did was gaze lovingly at them.  This year I figured I have until the end of April- one day last week I was enjoying the warmth of the sun and the blue sky and was inspired to get out my paper and fun embellishments and start creating! There is just something fun and reminiscent of childhood in the face of the Easter bunnies!  It always amazes me how different the same items look with different paper combination's.  Some things you think will look just fabulous together then you get them put together and the overall effect isn't quite what you wanted-that is the great thing about paper you can make all kinds arrangements fairly inexpensively!  There are punches of color that can be added and touches of ribbon and chalk or pen work that can add just that little touch to make things come together!  I am still working on that-I either have too much or too little.  Sometimes I just have to put the card away for a while until I can get it right-it usually does come together with a little time away from staring at the same image staring back!  I think that creating helps keep you calm-I know for a fact that when I am stressed out I can't create very well. So I figure if I create everyday I will be a happier more productive person...at least in theory right?   For me creating is like eating good chocolate-an event to savor and enjoy!