Posts Tagged ‘Memory Box’

Memory box & card: You’ve touched my life

"Stop procrastinating and write a blog post already" I keep telling myself! I put the task on my calendar for this morning and promised myself that I would make this a priority today! If I made New Year's resolutions, I would say mine would be to quit procrastination and stop chasing those "squirrel" distractions! I should have blogged about this a few months ago but better late then never! I am in love with altered cigar boxes that hold handmade cards! A lot of work? Why yes, yes it is! But oh, the results are well worth the effort! This memory box and card were created at the request of a sweet friend who wanted something special for her mother who was celebrating her 80th FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Layering with a purpose

Just a quick post today to show you a few cards & tags I made recently! I started off with the tag which was used to teach other ladies at a local Scrap booking crop which raises money for missions. I do this event twice a year and each time I try to raise the bar on my creations for the ladies to do as Make-it-take-its. I always chuckle because the ladies look at what I've made and always say they wish they could be so creative and by the end of their time with me they have been creative by making it! Read more

Working Around the Inspiration Block

We've all been there (haven't we?)..... We step into our studio with the intent of being creative and nothing happens! We try and try to create, to make the next work of art and.....nothing! Whether you create for a living or, just create to create, running into a "block" can really be frustrating can't it? I've had those days.....often they run in a row and I can't seem to get beyond them. I was talking to a fellow artist one day and this subject came up so I asked the question of her "what do you do on days you are blocked?" She acknowledged having times with little to no inspiration but said she learned a long time ago that even though she is unable to create something new, FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Crafting for a Cure – Boobie Love!

It's extremely difficult for me to create something without understanding its purpose. You'll notice throughout my blog posts that along with many of my creations comes a story that is related to the creation, I do this in hopes of helping you understand that there is much more to a creation than just the physical item that is made. I'm inspired by stories, all types of stories which involve people, songs, places, pictures, if it's got a story, I'm going to want to understand it! This story took me a while to wrap my arms around because its such a tough subject. We are all aware of breast cancer and the impact it has on lives, but there is a deeper story behind the word cancer and I wanted FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Blue and Bling Collide

It's a "butterfly, bling and blue" week for me it seems.....and I'm ok with that! I've been trying to act responsibly and use up some of the "excess" design paper I've got on hand this week, it seems that I could create forever and still have paper left over....what an excellent problem to have! The designer paper on this card is from Stampinup, I had enough left for 3 cards.....got to find some more as I am in love with this paper! I decided to add a geometric layer using a Martha Stewart punch, if you measure your paper just right (for this one, it's 3 3/8" x 5") you can get a wonderful pattern to add onto your creation. I'll never grow tired of these Memory Box butterfly die FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

My Decision to Divorce the World

My decision to "divorce" the world was not an easy decision to make for me. I've been on a journey, and at each bend in the road I've struggled with what path to take, knowing that there was a right one and one that would be not so right. Let me explain how I arrived at this point... Several years ago I left the "corporate" world, desperate to identify where God was leading me on this journey called life. I returned to school to obtain a counseling degree, in my mind I believed that I was destined to work with foster children or broken women, or possibly as a death educator. All these options are unique to themselves but I had this "feeling", deep down inside of me that God was taking FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Friends are Friends Forever

C.S. Lewis said “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” Friendships are so wonderful to have and for some, they are life long relationships which become a precious part of our lives. I was commissioned to create a special gift for my friend Joy which she was giving to her friend as a keepsake. Joy and her family are moving and with that, I'm sure, comes mixed emotions. You are excited for what lies ahead but also go through a bit of grieving for relationships that change because of the miles that will be between you. Joy mentioned that her friend was a support and encouragement FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Elegant is as Elegant Does

   I am deeply mesmerized by the power of black and white when used together in something I create! I began this morning with no idea as to what I would create. All I knew was that I was going to pull down one of the cigar boxes I picked up recently and somehow incorporate it into my project. I sunk into a chair, gather paper samples, mixing and matching things for quite some time, but nothing was creating an "ah ha" moment for me, so I decided to stop and step away for a while. I went for a walk as this always helps me to refocus.....breathe in....breathe out....don't forget to walk......lol! Out of nowhere, I remembered a statement from Mr. Bivens which has come to me quite frequently FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Sweet Hour of Prayer

What began as a desire to use a song sheet in a card, turned into a day spent pouring over the words of this hymn, and recognizing the opportunity for a deeper, more meaningful prayer life with God. When I decide to create a card / card set that shares my faith, I am able to spend time reading Scripture, listening to music, talking with my Heavenly Father and creating. I've learned that if I don't willingly enter into a place where I can close off the world and be alone with God, my ability to create is affected. I'm blessed to have this special time with Father, it is precious and sweet to me. I grew up singing this song and hearing my father play it on the marimba. If I close my FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Gifted card box with tutorial

   Hello blogger friends. After a few months of creating cards, writing up descriptions and settling on prices, I was able to get my Etsy Shop open this week! I'm so thankful that I am able to create and share my things with others, including, this tutorial for card boxes which I hope you enjoy and use! Many of my cards are larger squared creations that have a lot of elements on them. They can't be placed in envelopes as that would smash them or make them fall apart. I was perusing other Makers blogs a few weeks back and came across a beautiful card made by Becca Feekan at Amazing Paper Grace which came with a box. I loved the design idea she had but knew I needed boxes that allowed more FULL STORY HERE....... Read more