Ornament Love

Hello my craft friends!

I realize I am “out of order” with my posts.  I went from what I got from Santa, to a challenge, and back to Christmas.  Not sure why I can’t stay in chronological order.

The most requested item this holiday from the store was ornaments.  I love the look and ease of floating ornaments.  The first set below was for a friend in South Carolina who just had a new grandchild–congratulations Sandra!  Her new grandson is Sawyer who joins his big sisters Chloe and Lillie.  I love creating Disney ornaments because I know the girls were thrilled receiving them!

My loyal assistant Cassie requested two ornaments for a family ornament exchange.  She was so funny because when I brought them to her, she did not want to swap them–she wanted to keep them for herself.  Turns out, they managed to “steal” one back during the swap.

Finally, I want to congratulate my cousin, Ricky, for his recent engagement to Vanessa.  His sweet sister ordered an ornament so they can remember this special time.

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There are endless design options.  You can personalize them with their name and favorite hobby, sport, or occupation.  Don’t panic, you have 350 days, 3 hours, and 54 minutes until next Christmas.  There is plenty of time to create your design!

creativity funAre you making a New Year’s resolution?  If you have been following my blog, you have seen some posts about creativity and confidence.  I am preparing a post about the connection between creativity and mental health.  No…you don’t go crazy if you are creative.  I feel as if I am less stressed when I have been able to craft.  There is now research to prove it!  Stay tuned for that juicy information.

As always, I encourage you to take time for yourself.  Lost your mojo?  Go to Pinterest and just pin for a couple hours.  I assure you that you will be inspired!

Craftiness is happiness!

karen7

 

 

This entry was posted on January 4, 2018. 1 Comment

Presents from Santa!

Hello my crafty friends!

I hope all of you have enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to 2018–A Great New Year!  I am a member of Kit & Clowder online coloring classes.  Alyce Keegan is the young lady who teaches the classes and she is amazing.  I have had some extra time over the holiday break to practice some coloring and have been using my Prismacolors colored pencils.  I have two small sets–giving me several duplicates but not all the colors.  Soooooo…I found the full set online at a great discount and they were mine! pencils

Here are a few images I have colored.  I am quite pleased with the results.  I never dreamed colored pencils would look sooo good.  I used to use only pencils to color but used gamsol so you could not see the pencil marks.  The techniques Alyce uses are similar to working with Copics–you build up color and they actually blend.

The penguin is on kraft paper and I love how the image pops out.  The snowman and penguins image was done on light blue paper.  At first I thought I had made a mistake because it is difficult to cover the paper with white pencil.  Once I finished, I like how it looks.  The whole scene is colored but I think only the white areas are affected by the paper color.

Another gift from Santa is an ink pad and re-inker holder.  I have wanted this for years and I finally got it!  Isn’t it amazing?  Stamp ‘n Storage is the company who makes it.  You need to check out their other items.  I want everything!Ink holderThe last cool thing I want to show you is a “lazy-susan” for coloring.  One of the three cropateers found it and I don’t know how I have lived without it.  I purchased it from HSN but I have seen it on Amazon and scrapbook.com.  It comes in two sizes…I have the smaller one at 9 X 12.  They have a bigger one at 12 X 12.  lazy susanWishing all of you a wonderful new year.  I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be a great year!

Craftiness is happiness!

karen

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on January 2, 2018. 4 Comments

A Special Welcome

Hello my crafty friends!

I am very excited to share with you one of my recent projects.  A dear friend asked me to make a guest book for her niece who is building a new house and doesn’t need a thing.  She wanted to have a scrapbook so visitors could learn about the family.  The family is part of the Poarch Creek Indian tribe in Alabama and I incorporated their culture and history in the book.  There is also a section with pictures of the family and information about their college football team, Alabama (that was a difficult section to write since I am a die-hard Gator!). I made the book using heavy drawing paper and cardboard covers.  After decorating, I used my cinch to bind it.

I know many of you are on vacation during the holiday and I hope you are getting some crafting in.  Take time for yourself!  Wishing all of you a wonderful new year full of happiness, love, and lots of crafting!

Craftiness is happiness!

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Blog Hop!

Welcome to our BLOG HOP!!!

We decided to have a surprise Blog Hop over at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog and there is a great prize involved, Pop Up Box #2, from Farm to Market. This box is full of various stamps, dies and laces.  Woo hoo!!!  What a prize!

The best part…it is easy to win!

You will need to go to each design team members’ blog to get details of their projects, collect 1 red letter on each blog, and leave a comment. When you have finIshed looking at them all, Maya is the last stop, collect her 1 red letter and figure out what Christmas word we have scrambled and comment the answer on Maya’s post.  Here are the design teams’ blog links:

Ivy’s Blog, Kerri’s Blog, You are at Karen’s Blog, Rosette’s Blog, Rene’s Blog, and Maya’s Blog

The blog hop begins on Friday, December 15th and ends Sunday, December 17th at midnight (EST).  We will announce the winner on the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog  on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Good Luck to everyone and have fun!!

Merry Christmas,

Love from,
Ivy, Kerri, Karen, Rosette, Rene, Maya, Shawn, and Kim

 

My Magnolia-licious Blog Hop project is a box to hold and display Christmas cards.  One year, I started taping all our Christmas cards on the door frame between the kitchen and family room.  When I took them down 6 weeks later, the tape took the paint with it!  Oh gosh, it was a mess.  Since then, I have collected all the cards in a bag and kept them to look through.  My dear friend Kim made a similar box to display a calendar each month.  I took the idea from her and here it is!

I got a plain wood box from Hobby Lobby and decorated it with items from Hobby Lobby: miscellaneous paper, pearl trim, Tim Holtz hardware and pearls, and Foamiran flowers.  Shawn has some Foamiran Flower Kits and individual sheets of Foamiran at Magnolia-licious.  The cards were spotlighted in our challenge but are made with mini Tildas.  Shawn has a great selection of mini Tildas.  I love them because they are small, quick to color, and put together.

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I hope you enjoyed our Blog Hop and my Christmas card holder and display.  Have an amazing weekend and craft on!

karen6

 

 

This entry was posted on December 15, 2017. 34 Comments

Why Journal?

Hello my craft friends!

journal2I was messaging a dear friend of mine and she sent me a couple Pinterest pins about journaling.  When I was little I <tried> to keep a diary.  I ran across it not too long ago and I just laughed at myself.  The pages were dated and evidently I either forgot or did not “journal” that day.  So I wrote “see next page,” which just kept going.  The thing is I love to write…but not about myself.  It goes back to the creative insecurity.  I started looking for articles about journaling and I found out a few interesting things!

One interesting comment was for you scrapbookers.  I have seen many people put pictures in a book but don’t write anything down (journaling).  I have heard every excuse but one specifically, “I don’t like my handwriting.”  That is up there with “I don’t like my picture taken.”  I had to come to grips with that one.  After all, my friends, we look the same in a picture as we do in real life.  It would be a shame to not have pictures of ourselves for our children and grandchildren to treasure.  The same with journaling–your handwriting is you!  Your thoughts and memories of the occasion are important for your family to remember.  If you are really worried about it, type out what you want to say and add it to the scrapbook.  I have to admit, I am glad I wrote down the people and places in my pictures.  I look back now when my girls were little and I don’t recognize or remember half of the people!  Remember to write it down!

As a society, we are addicted to social media.  We focus on our friends and what they are doing and not on what we are doing.  Use your journal to list daily items to do, goals, and dreams.  When you accomplish one of these, pat yourself on your back and write it down.  Don’t make journaling hard…don’t worry if your entry is only a few sentences.  Unload your terrible day at work into your journal. After a few weeks, you may begin to see a pattern that was not apparent before…even a pattern of involving you!!!  Remember your goals!

journalJournaling is an exercise to relieve stress.  There is data shows there is a health benefit when you journal. Whether you think you are “moody” or not, journaling helps you to “get it out of your system.” Write down how you feel emotionally and how you feel about coworkers or your boss, all the while you are working on brain development and memory.  Not only that, you are recording your life…something that Ancestory.com will never have in their database. Remember your health!

Keeping a journal is a great way to build better habits because it forces you to be aware of your actions and behaviors. If you’re looking to watch what you eat, keeping a food diary is a great way to stay paying closer attention—one that’s been proven to help people eat more healthfully. Similarly, just writing down positive things that happened to you or tracking your mood can help you identify good patterns in your life that are repeatable that you should make time for—not to mention things that make you feel bad or throw you off your game that should be eliminated. Remember your actions!

journal1There are online resources that will help you get started. Make it fun and creative! You can hand-write your journal entries or keep them online.  Some people send emails to a unique address and keep memories and stories of their family to pass on to their kids.  Look for resources that provide journaling prompts.  The prompts will get you started and then let your thoughts take you.  Remember the memories!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post.  I feel that having this blog is a forum for journaling and I look forward to logging on.  Why don’t you start a blog?  I have given you several good reasons to starting writing it all down–give it a try!  See you later.

Karen

This entry was posted on December 11, 2017. 3 Comments

What are you Thankful for?

Hello my crafty friends:

Boy, this time of year is a whirlwind isn’t it?  Midway through October, there seems to be an increase of invitations and events filling my calendar!  I love the craft shows that are in the fall–they get me energized and inspired!  Before I knew it, we are in December and had not shared anything!

Thanksgiving is always a wonderful holiday. I like it better than Christmas because you only have to eat a big dinner and have time to visit with the family.  At Christmas, you have to buy gifts, wrap gifts, ship gifts, open gifts, thank people for gifts, and of course, eat.  We had the whole family together this holiday including my brother and his family and my aunt and uncle.

It is a special time to reflect on our lives and spend time with our families.  Don’t take anything for granted…we are not assured another day.  I am extremely thankful for my family and my friends (some friends more than some family 🙂 ).  Take some time for yourself and make something beautiful.  Good friends never say goodbye…they say “see you soon”!

karen2

This entry was posted on December 8, 2017. 2 Comments