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Saturday, June 25, 2011

adventures in crafting

hmm it seems that i could be doing better than posting once or twice a week...

One problem this time of year is it's not only hard to leave home, but it's increasingly difficult to be anywhere other than the back deck.  I do occasionally swap for the front deck, but the back one has a dining table (handy for meals, books, a laptop computer) and a view of the bird feeders:

I did leave home last weekend, to spend time at Strawberry Fest downtown - no pictures, but I bought the cutest hot air balloon crocheted over a Christmas bulb.  Afterwards there was a meeting of my friends' family craft club, where we were working on yard art created from bicycle wheels, an idea AJ found last year in a magazine - Better Homes & Gardens, maybe?

The consensus was that we needed smaller, colored glass dessert-size dishes, which we hadn't had much luck collecting from thrift stores and yard sales.  More shopping will be needed!  Well, maybe not "shopping" as much as "junking"...

Craft club is as much about food as any other craft.  One winter day we taught ourselves cake decorating, although none of us will be on Cake Boss any day soon.  Carol's contribution last week came from another magazine, Woman's Day, this time, or it may have been Family Circle.  I went searching and couldn't find it, but it's the current cover on the newsstands now:

Carol retired from a position with the school system recently, and although she sells real estate, it's a possibility she has a little too much free time on her hands.  Of course, I think she needs to get started in paper crafting.  Then she could make things like this card I designed for the Less is More Monogram theme:

Unfortunately, I am once again too late to post for the challenge.  I originally planned to stamp the monogram, but the only alphabet set I own seemed small for a focal point.  Then I remembered having a Sizzlit die set called Broadway Melody, which I had to have because the letters are created with a music-note motif, and it was on sale (it may have been retiring).  So, in spite of the border punch background being so new that it's not even available until July 1, I believe this card does qualify at Shopping Our Stash for THIS week's challenge to "use some of those tools we *had* to have but don't use often".  As does this card, since I never seem to think about the crimper unless someone else reminds me:

In this case, Nisha reminded me, when she taught this card at her stamp-a-stack event Thursday evening.  Please excuse (or ignore) the little schmear on the the sentiment - she did not teach it that way.  ;)  It's so totally ADORABLE! - I probably will have to use it at my 10-for-$10 stamp-a-stack, too.  Which is next week, so maybe I should design four more cards to go with it...

Or three more, as I'm pretty sure we'll be doing this card, because it demonstrates a technique I learned at Less is More to emboss a background that is wider than the embossing folder:

Well, I guess I better get to "work" (heh heh)


Chrissie said...

Hi there,
What a shame you missed the deadline this week with your lovely LIM monogram card!
I hope you'll manage to post a card in time for us this week!
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
If you could remove the Word Verification option from your blog that would help us enormously.
"Less is More"

Leslie Hanna said...

Where to begin?
1. I want your back yard. I'll even mow it.
2. I need to break out my lace punch I HAD to pre-order. ;/
3. I am going to make that ice cream bar card one of these days. I SHALL!
4. Yay you for "getting" that embossing thing. I still can't do it.
5. Oh, yeah, my crimper. ;)

Thanks for joining us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

Deena said...

oh the forlorne crimper that always sits at the bottom of a container somewhere...I always forget to use that your cards...thanks for joining in at SOS this week..Deena

KatheD said...

thanks for your kind comments, ladies! Leslie, i enjoy mowing the lawn, as long as i don't have to use a riding mower, but i HATE pulling weeds from the gardens. there may be a possible trade there, but the only thing wrong with my back yard is that it's in Michigan - i'm guessing that won't work so well for you ;)

Carla aka scrappypug said...

Super cards... and if I had a back yard like that it would be hard to get anything done! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

cardmaking bird said...

Wow - three very different but equally fab cards!! And I did laugh at your crimper comment - I 'had' to have one of those and have never used it!! Hopefully being on this DT might give me a reason too soon!! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash. Hugs, Marie x