Monday, October 18, 2010

Look at my new Watermark!!!

Hey everybody, Monday morning, beautiful outside, a day off work....doesn't get much better than that!!! I've got a long list of stuff to do, but that's fun too...wouldn't want to be bored or without a hundred projects that need attention!!! THAT'S LIFE!!! God wants us to be productive, and the most important question we have to answer EVERY DAY is "am I being loving to the people around me as I go about getting my work done?"

My biggest problem as I answer the question above is that I am constantly late in getting my cards to the people I want to bless. I get side-tracked, forget the card or the envelope, am late in getting cards done, etc. etc. etc. My focus right now is to break this and get my cards out on time.

That's why I've been making four at a get some extras in my stash. Here's the next two I have from the inchies set:

Don't they look totally different? I LOVE IT!!!  I started the Pooh one with the inchies and the trees... then got really stuck as to what to do with the rest. There was a challenge that I saw (My favorite things) that asked for a fave character and I knew then exactly what I wanted. I know I'm old now, but I have loved Pooh from when it first came out and my kids were really into it. His little sayings and the deep, heartfelt friendship between them all still touches my heart.

You know what that really cute background for the trees is??? a giftcard holder that I saved because I KNEW I could use it sometime down the road. Pooh is a copy out of a kids' book.  The leaves are stamped and cut out of an advertisement for a stamp store. I really LOVE using advertisements, magazines, whatever catches my eye, because when you cut designs out of them, they are so unique and interesting.

The second card is my favorite I think. I used distressed inks to color paper to different shades of orange, red and pink. Then I stamped on the pieces with little stamps. Here again, I cut some clear stamps apart to get words or images for what I need right then. I store the pieces together so that the original image is not lost.  The black flourishes on each side are actually the ends of a tag I bought at Hobby Lobby from Sizzix. It is made for Hobby Lobby, so you probably have to purchase it there.

Here's the challenges for these cards:

Well, that's it for me for today. On to paint my bedroom wall.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fun with Inchies

Hello everybody out there in blogland....I wish I could meet you all and talk a minute. WOW!!! All the stories we could share...all the hugs...all the inspiration....
but for now, this is how we get to touch each other's lives and I, for one, am happy that we have this.
I like looking at all your sites and reading the short snippets of life as you see it.  It makes me feel blessed. AND I'd be lost without the inspiration to take me on to the next card...the next LO and the next level.

Thank you from me to YOU!!!
BE BLESSED today, this week, and on.

Now, on to my next four cards.
I used inchies this time because I saw a card that I absolutely loved and I knew that inchies are very easy to work with. I also learned something I needed to know. I can't do four cards at a time!!!
Isn't that crazy?  I decided on three card layouts just fine and then I got totally stuck on the fourth one! It's like I just couldn't get anywhere!!! My ideas were good but I just couldn't finish it up...It took forever to get past it. I FELT OVERWHELMED!!!  My whole reason for doing this was to get cards stashed away so that I would have a card when I needed it....simple right?
I guess it will have to be by a little slower process.

On to the first two cards:
Very simple...I know. But fitting for sympathy or other solemn occasions. I cut the inchies from a card my hubby gave me for my Birthday several years ago. I love saving cards and other odds and ends that are beautiful. Cut them up into inchies and they get a whole new life.

On this card, the front is cut shorter and the inside tag cut shows just a little bit.
The tag is a Cricut cut from the Storybook cartridge. I love that cartridge, I use it more than any other.
First I cut a white one in Shadow and then a navy frame. And this is big enough to write a greeting in.

The inchies are rounded on two corners and look really different, don't they? Gives it a totally different look. Again, they are cut from a piece of cardstock that I had played around with several months ago.  Couldn't seem to find any use for the colored cardstock but I loved the colors and it was perfect for this card.

So that's two...
I am entering them into these challenges: