Thursday, July 30, 2015

Celebrate in Style

Here is a card that I made for my beautiful and sassy sister-in-law who always makes me laugh.


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Stamps:
Unity Feb 2015 KOM [happiness LOOKS GORGEOUS]

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #272
Sister Act - Anything Goes #116
Unity Friends with Flair 07/31/15
Digi Designs - Hand Colored Image
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Flower in your image
Top Tip Tuesday - Bingo:  Pearls or Gems, Sentiment, Flowers

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hiya! Kids Birthday Card

One of our nephews is taking karate and is doing an excellent job!  I found this karate boy image at Polka Doodles that was perfect for our nephew's birthday card.



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Stamps:
Unity - April 2013 KOM - You Make My Heart Puffy
Polka Doodles -  Karate Boy

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #271
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes July
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #42
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #236
Sister Act - Anything Goes #115
Unity - Friends with Flair 07/24/15

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Art Journal #1

I absolutely love cutting out pictures and words out of magazines.  I am a hoarder of magazine clippings.  It really doesn't make a lot of sense to just collect words and pictures and not use them so I decided to start an art journal to incorporate my clippings and explore different creative techniques.

On this page, I fell in love with my "mistake".  I used a brayer to try and smooth out the picture of the beautiful house and field of flowers and it just added more wrinkles and to my horror peeled up some of the picture.  I thought everything was absolutely ruined.  I walked away and when I came back to see if I could fix the picture some how; I looked at it with fresh eyes. 

I kind of liked how it looked a little faded and aged; it took out the perfect, like I had just cut it out of a magazine, look and I decided to leave it as is.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that art journaling isn't about the perfection; it is about the process.  I will love and I will hate some of the things I create, but that isn't the point.  The point is that I am creating and I am letting myself just BE.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Story Time #1

Today I am introducing Story Time.  The Wisconsin winters could be really long and the hubby and I would occasionally write short stories on these cold, long winter nights.  I would find a few words from an online random word generator and we would both come up with a story that included these random words.

It would be so fun to see how different our stories would be and to see where our imaginations would take us.

I am going to do a short story today to spark my creativity as I have so many projects I want to do I am not sure where to start.  I need to get the creativity brewing!

I went online to Creative Random Word Generator and generated the following 4 words.



da da duh [Law & Order music]  Here is my story*:

I am 43 years old and I travel everywhere on a skateboard.  Many people believe that I am way too old to travel by skateboard, but I think they are just jealous of my hot pink skateboard with electric blue glitter stars with rad color changing light up wheels.

I believe they have a paranoia that my eclectic and carefree style will corrupt the masses and soon everyone will be doing crazy and fun things.  Oh, the horror!  Pssh, I think it would do some people good to lighten up and do something crazy fun.

The other day I was skateboarding in the park and I saw this sweet handrail and I decided to attempt a railslide.  I had never done this before, but I had seen it done on TV many times; so really, how hard could it be?  I made the jump and got myself and the skateboard on the rail and things were going fab until I lost my balance and went ass over tea kettle on the sidewalk.

I laid there quite awhile looking up at the puffy white clouds, and brilliant blue sky until the stars swimming before my eyes went away.  I slowly began to take inventory of my body parts to make sure they were all still working.  I had only taken inventory of one arm from fingers to shoulder, when I felt something wet on my back.  At that moment I decided that my body inventory could wait until I figured out what I was lying on.  Eww! Eww! Eww!  I landed in a wad of spit!  I would have rather have broken a bone then landed in spit!

I quickly picked myself up and dusted myself off.  I only had minor scrapes and bruises and for my 1st attempt at railsliding that was not too shabby! I decided that in the future I should do a little more research on skateboarding techniques before attempting them for the first time.  

*This story is completely fictional and made up.

I challenge you to write a short story using the 4 words above.  If you like, you can leave a comment with a link to your blog with your version of Story Time #1 or email your story to percolatingspark@gmail.com, please put Story Time #1 in the subject line.


  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christmas Card #9

I really liked the Christmas in July theme so I decided to do another one.  Here is card #9. 


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Stamps:

Challenges:
Bugaboo Stamps - Anything Goes July
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes - Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes July
Hiding in My Craft Room - Red, White & Blue with a Twist #206
Simply Create Too - Get ahead for Christmas



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Christmas Card #8 of 52

It's Christmas in July!  Here is Christmas card #8:



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Stamps:

Challenges:
Bugaboo Stamps - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #268
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #236
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra July 2015
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - July 2015
Hiding in My Craft Room - Christmas in July #206
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #40
Pile it On - Flag Colors #75
Simply Create Too - Get ahead for Christmas #89

Friends are Like Stars

Here is a birthday card that I made for a good friend of mine.  I just love this saying! 




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Stamps:
Unity - smak kit Dec 2014 [moments like these]
Unity - KOM Jan 2011 [to the moon and back]
Unity - smak kit May 2014 [day dreaming]

Challenges:  
Bugaboo Stamps - Anything Goes
Clear it Out -  Theme: Your Style  Stash: your fav  Mine is silver embossing powder and anything BLING!
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #40
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes #95
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #234
Sister Act - Anything Goes #113
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes #TPE305
Loves Rubberstamps - Celebrations #158
Unity Friends with Flair 07/10/15

Friday, July 3, 2015

More than What Meets the Eye

This month is my brother-in-law and nephew's birthday and I was struggling with card ideas.  I was talking to my husband and telling him I was having a hard time coming up with ideas because I do not have a lot of masculine stamps and both my brother-in-law and nephew are man's men and I wanted to do something manly.  (Insert Tim the Tool Man grunt)

Hubby came up with the idea of doing two cards but that would also be something if you put them together side by side.  I thought this was a brilliant idea!

This is what I came up with:



And here is what they look like side by side:


The cards are not extremely manly, but they are not super girlie either.  And since, father and son share the same birthday I think hubby had a fabulous idea!

Stamps:
Unity - April 2013 KOM: You Make My Heart Puffy
Polka Doodles digi cake
Scribbles Designs - digi cake slice

Challenges:  
Clear it Out - Theme: Your Style  Stash:  Your favorite  - colored pencils
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #268
Hiding in my Craft Room - Anything Goes #205
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #40
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes #95
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #234
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes #TPE305
Loves Rubberstamps - Celebrations #158
Sister Act - Anything Goes #113

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