Monday, September 29, 2008

more ATC

Ok I have been on a runner with ATC cards. These are 3 of the 5 I need to have completed and in the mail no later than the 1st and still they will probably be late.

These are made with PID images. Nia to put a name to the little girl. I am really enjoying making these little cards, but I still feel as if I have a long way to go. There are so many different techniques I want to play with. In order to play with the techniques I need to stop signing up to swaps. Plus I have two or three jams that arrived in the mail.

This must be a disease and I am going to eventually need to be placed in an art Anonyomous treatment care facility. I think I will deal with it as I always do when I am doing something to the point of obsession. Just do them until I am sick of doing them. Kind of like when you start thinking of a certain food. You know you are not suppose to eat it. It will either make you fat, or cause more problems with your heart and so on. But, you just cannot get it off your mind. Pretty soon it is totally consuming you. You can't think of anything else but that chocolate bar, hamburger, blooming onion, chocolate chip cookies, potato chips. Ok, I could continue but I think you get the point. So, if you would of just indulged when it came to mind in the first place it would not of become such a problem. That is how I am going to deal with this desire to make ATC cards. Hopfully I will get the dining room done before this weekend ends. If I don't that will say how far gone I have become. Not to mention the completion of cleaning my living room. Although I do want a gold start because I worked on the family room. By, tomorrow evening it will be completed (clean that is). I will then move onto the living room. That is going to involve mopping and I have to work myself up to that.

So please check out my little cards. Have a great evening and I am off to bed.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

ATC cards

Well, I was going to tell you all about how I was going to compete with my Mom for the cleaning crown. Even if I did compete I would lose. Be that as it may, I was still willing to give it a whirl. It truly stinks when you spend all day cleaning then go over to visit your Mom who is sitting reading a book not a hair out of place and her house out shines yours. I on the other hand look like I had been in a battle and lost (whether you know it or not cleaning is battle, it's dirty and harsh). There really is something wrong with that.

I have put a lot of thought into this and believe that she (my Mom) has made some kind of deal with the cleaning fairy's. I am not sure what unholy deal she made, but by the look of her home I am thinking no matter what it is, it is so worth it. Knowing Mom I would venture to guess that she may of promised them me to torment (thinking is was time someone else enjoyed my fine company); but then if THEY know anything about me there is no way they would take that deal. As my husband has said on more then one occasion; "Heaven isn't ready for you, and hell is afraid that you would take over".

Now, I am not a bad person, I am just distracted easily. I will start cleaning and then get an idea to make something, or see a wall that I want to faux paint. I truly try hard to stay on task, but scrubbing floors, vacuuming, putting stuff away is just so darn boring. I can be in the middle of vacuuming and see an open magazine with a picture or title that will inspire me to either make an ATC card or I will remember I have something that I have wanted to alter. Some item I have been saving and that particular look would so work.

For instance as I started writing, you can see I have gotten a bit off track. I just noticed I have not even shown or talked about my cards I completed for a swap. It is about using one of Tim Holtz's new stamps. I tried really hard to stay focused on cleaning, but well it just was to much for me not to work on the cards. I hope you like them. If you would like to drop a line and commit on them I would love to hear from you.

This is a picture of the #13 closed.

The picture below is with it open (I know Obvious)

This is titled (again obvious) "Now Simplify"

This card is pretty obvious as well. Live the life. I made it because I was thinking how so many people get caught up in other people's lives and wished to change theirs. We are all given
one life, if we treated it with care I believe most of us would treasure it, as god intended.
I really like this card. I just wish my writing was better. Everyone should walk their own path. Think of the things you could do, if you put your energy into YOUR path instead of worrying what others were doing or what they had. Pretty simple if you think about it.

I didn't really have anything in mind with this card. I just really like the number 13. I don't think it is unlucky, just the opposite

Again nothing in particular other than I love this quote. As I stated above. Treat your life with care. I believe that if you can imagine it, you can accomplish it. Nothing is above anyone. You may have to alter a dream a bit; be willing to go through unexpected doors along the way. Don't expect life to stay the same. If it did it would be so very boring. I love the fact that each day brings something new to discover. It may be as simple as watching my dog run and play after healing from his recent injury. The joy he puts into being able to run and jump is very inspiring. Little things are not so little.

Now, I have made a bunch of other stuff. I know I was suppose to clean sometime. I was also suppose to finish painting my wall in the dining room. It will get done, I promise. But there is so much in my head to make, I have got to get it done, out of my head, whatever.
Maybe next month I will compete with Mom for the crown; or I could get just skip it. You know I could just concentrate on doing the basics. Competing is so not fun when you have no chance of winning. I hate losing. Plus, Murphy and Daisy are wanting to go for a walk. Walking is all Murphy is allowed to do for a bit. He has reinjured himself. I swear that dog is going to give me a heart attack. You would think I gave him credit for having a human brain; you know to understand you cannot keep running around when you have a sever sprain.
I guess tomorrow is planned. I will worry about cleaning another day; summer is leaving and I am sure God wants me and the pups to enjoy the last summer days we have.

Monday, September 22, 2008

mojo has reappeared

I know it has been quite sometime since I last posted. I had lost my creative mojo; and seemed to be to fixated on anything but my art. I have been looking for my mojo and can now say the hunt was successful. The search can be called off it has been found. Though I have tons of things to talk about to night I am going to focus on art. So I will show you a bunch of pictures of some of the things I have created since the capture of my mojo. I can say I am so very glad it is back. It has been quite a dry spell. I so hate that when it happens to because once it I am able to find it it over whelms me with all the stuff I want to create. So I end up not sleeping, simply not getting anything done around the house.

I was wandering around my local goodwill and found this little diamond in the rough. Now, I know what you are thinking; very deco in a desparate kind of way. But with a bit of paint, glue, and of course paper this little gem was turned into this. The knobs are 7 gypsies and I love them.

I am using it as my glitter cabinet. The picture above is the cabinet open showing off all the beautiful glitter. Isn't is darling. I liked it so much I have found a sweet little spice rack to convert into a button or more storage for glitter.
Now the cabinet was not the only thing I have been busy creating. I also have made another notebook; with "Life is worth celebrating" I love to make these sweet little notebooks out of composition notebooks and need no excuse to create them. I had some great paper from sis scrapbooking and some that I had in my stash that has life is worth celebrating written in circles. I so love the words, very inspirational.

The arrow is pointing to the word discover. The arrow was cut out of a piece of fabric and then I put the rubon "bliss" on top of the arrow. I loved this page I had ripped out of an old dictionary I had found at goodwill. I am telling you that store has a wealth of cool stuff.

I die cut several birds and stapled them together then placed a ribbon over the staple. Each little bird is a page that folds up and there are saying on each page.

I know this shiny paper makes it difficult to see the word on the flap, it says special.

The page above opens to reveal the background paper I painted. I am going to use the background paper to show case one or two pictures of those I love. Then once opened it has the numbers 1-5 the banner says "don't worry be happy". I will fill in the top 5 reason they are important to me.

For some reason the light is wanky, but this is a pocket that I can stick little momento's and or journaling cards. The tab says "my notes" and I added rinestones just for a bit of bling.

Again the lighting is wanky but in each circle I stamped inspirational words. The title says "Lazy Days". I also added a little chipboard butterfly. I believe everyone needs to take a few lazy days to enjoy all that we have. There is much to be thankful for. Taking a few minutes each day to journal and remember those little important moment of each day. Even if it's as simple as seeing the last of summer and summer butterflys.