I met Michele Parlee last year on the Crafty Chica cruise. She and the rest of the Crafty Chica cruisers were some of the nicest people I had ever met. I was S-U-P-E-R intimidated when I got there. I thought they were way more talented than I could ever hope to be. Once I got over my issues with help from my sister and some of the other girls in the group, I found a lot of inspiration from all of the incredible people in the group. Unfortunately I won’t have a chance to go on the cruise this year, but I got this piece from Michele and it helps inspire me whenever I see it.
What a difference a year makes…… Fortunately and unfortunately that statement has been extremely true for me. The short version – I lost my job, decided to go back to college to finish my bachelor’s degree and then found a new job. The new job is at a place I used to work – definitely never, ever, ever thought I’d go back there. At least it’s in a completely different dept & doing something new. I even get to travel every 3 to 4 months for my job and get my passport stamped. Unfortunately it’s only to the suburbs of Toronto. (throwing my hands up in mock anger…..lol!) Hopefully I’ll get to spend an extra day out there so I can finally see Toronto, instead of just seeing from the airplane!
Juggling college & work has been a huge challenge, but I’m really happy I decided to go back to school. It’s something I needed to do for me. Although it’s taking up so much time – I haven’t had much opportunity to be creative. I’ve been thinking about setting up a schedule for myself for the weekends so that even if it’s just an hour, it’s something I can look forward to. A reward for all my hard work.
I have a few samples of stuff I’ve worked on and I think I’ll post some pics. I also have some pics of things and places that have been inspiring me lately. Hopefully blogging again will get the creative juices flowing and I can knock the dust off my sketchbook.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!
There has been so much that’s happened over the last 6 weeks. Unfortunately blogging took a backseat while I sorted everything out…..
So I took a much needed vacation in the middle of March with my sister & took part in the Crafty Chica cruise. We had the most incredible time, met the most amazing people and actually relaxed. We loved every minute of the trip! I almost forgot to mention the desserts at dinner every nite on the ship – I had the molten chocolate cake each night. Yep, you read that correctly…..and yes, it was that good that I had to have it each night!
I’ll post some of the pics of the stuff I made in a separate post. The projects were a lot of fun after I got over my initial melt-down & realized I needed to let go of the control freak in me. I was a little intimidated the first day by how easily the “art process” came to so many of the participants. These people are all incredibly talented & I felt like such a hack. My sister helped me snap out of it! I usually work differently & plan everything out, including sketching out my designs before-hand, but it taught me how to be resourceful & use the materials that were available. It was waaaaay out of my comfort zone, but I ended up learning so much about myself and that I’m not just a stamper, but an actual Mixed Media Artist! Go figure!
We stayed a few extra days in California. It was our first time there & everything was so beautiful. We stopped at Zuma Beach, drove thru Topanga Canyon, saw Grauman’s Chinese Theater, walked on Hollywood Blvd & the Walk of Fame. We even got to see Kat Von D’s tattoo shop! We took a so many pictures. I still can’t believe how much I loved Cali. Everyone we encountered were so nice! We’ll definitely go back. We’re considering signing up for next year’s Craft Chica cruise.
About a week after we returned, I was informed by my employer’s CEO that my position had been eliminated. So please pardon my short melt-down…… It took me about a week to really wrap my brain around the news. I went thru all of the emotions…….”Why me? Why? Why? Why? What the heck am I going to do now?” Once I picked up my shattered ego off the floor, I pulled myself together. So this is my last week at work and I’m wrapping up the final details. I’ve been busy over the last few weeks working out the hand-off of my responsibilities, prepping training documents/manuals, training some staff & attending a bunch of meetings.
Last week, my fave stamp store Stampology Chicago announced they’re looking for a new owner. If they aren’t able to find the right owner, then they will close the shop. This is a complete bummer. Jeez, so much bad news in a month. On the other hand, one door closes and another one opens…….!
Let’s see what the next month brings. I think things are about to change in a really positive way for me. I have a really good feeling about what’s going to happen next!
I mentioned several weeks ago that I was going on the Crafty Chica cruise. It’s 4 fun filled days crafting at sea. I can’t wait! Anyhow…..now on to the complication. Ok, so I decided to participate in the ATC swap the group is hosting. There’s no theme (yippee!) but you need to make at least 50 so there’s enough to share with everyone in the group. Simple enough, right? I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
My passport just arrived a few days ago…….and of course my pic looks just like a mug shot. Although it’s got a bunch of holograms on the page & running across my face, so you don’t notice how bad the pic really is. LOL!
My sister & I are going to stay a few extra days in Cali after the cruise. Who knows the next time we’ll ever get out there again? We’re gonna check out San Diego and then make our way to LA. Wish I knew someone out there that could provide some good advice on where to stay, see, etc. Tourist websites & guide books only tell you so much info, ya know? I kinda want to hear from a local. I’m from a big city (Chicago), but I’m never sure what to expect from other big cities.
Gotta tell you crafty peoples out there about a cool new thing I just joined. It’s called Paper Craft Planet (PCP). I found out about it thru Bombshell Stamps. PCP rocks! It’s kinda like Myspace & Facebook but only for paper crafters. There’s tutorials, photos of creations to view, groups to join, friend to make, contests & challenges offered by different groups, etc.
I’m having a craft nerd moment about this right now……..excuse me while I go pass out from the excitement!
I was just throwing some stuff together & came up with this one. The images are from Bombshell Stamps, except for the “I don’t do windows” saying. That’s actually an epoxy sticker from Creative Imaginations. I think it’s from one of the Marah Johnson lines/designs. I thought it fit really well with the whole theme of the card.
The base is periwinkle cardstock. The red cardstock is from the Ink by Steph line. I used Corner Adorner punches to punch the design in each corner. I punched a scalloped oval from gray/shimmery sugar coated paper.
I stamped the girl with shoe, bird and banner on white cardstock. The banner had the words “Girl’s Ruin” so I didn’t have to make sure the lettering fit inside the banner. Then, I colored in the shoe, banner, letters and bird with Copic markers. I added black Glaze pen her hair. I did about 3 coats to make it super shiny. I had to let it dry thoroughly before I added another coat. I also used the black Glaze pen for the underside of the shoe. I only applied one coat for this part.
I used clear gel pen to apply glittery accents to the shoe. I popped up the shoe and bird with foam tape. I used glue dots to adhere the banner.
It looks really cool in person. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
I was using up some cardstock in my stash & came up with this one. The copper background is actually a sticker sheet from Mrs. Grossman’s sticker line. I’ve had a bunch of them for ages but never used them for anything. It looks really good against the blue cardstock.
I used one of the Changito clear stamps sets by Stampendous. I stamped on white cardstock and stippled light blue chalk ink for the background. I used green Glaze pen for the rocket and grey souffle pen for the astronaut outfit. I used gold, orange, blue and silver glitter pen for the stars and accents.
I cut in a wierd pattern around the cardstock – I weaved the scissors in & out between the stars. Then I used glue dots to attach this piece to the copper sticker. Viola! Funky momkeys in space!