.....and what a shock it was to mean when I woke up to the sound of a plow about 6am this morning. We had gorgeous Spring weather for two days this week and then we end up with snow overnight and I had no clue it was even in the forecast. Not to mention that we had already broken a record for having one of the mildest and least snowy winters in year and years. Luckily, the snow ended early and the sun was out by about 9am. We ended up with about 4", I would. guess and most of that has already melted, thanks to the warm March sunshine. Oh and speaking of sunshine, we will be springing the clocks forward tonight, making tomorrow the first longer day in months and months. I can't wait and love having lots of daylight time. It also means Spring is even closer and every day will start to get warmer and warmer.
I'm still slowly cleaning my craft room and going through each and every drawer, storage bin and all my bookcases too, as I continue to re-organized and purge a lot of old "junk". I can't believe some of the 'stuff' I had bought when I first started crafting, and now much of it is outdated and simply not worth keeping. I did sent two large bags of paper and such to our recycle center today. I have way too much stuff and I also need to stop buying more. I really do have a bad habit of hearing about a sale or a new products and seem to want it right away. But, believe me I need NOTHING at this point and I'm trying very hard to pass the urge to add any more. I could craft for the next few years and other than adhesive, probably would not run out of anything! Plus, with my Girl's Getaway Weekend, coming in May and Brian and Meghan's Wedding in October, I have lots of better uses for my money! I am very much looking forward to the trip and wedding! I know they both are going to be fun-filled happy events and it's so fun to have both of them too look forward too!
I don't have anything new to share about my 'defective' set of Distress Markers, but I do plan to call on Monday and see if I can simply send them back for a refund. The more I think about this, I really do not think I want to take the chance on a second set, nor do I feel like waiting for them to be back in stock. I have been browsing the web to see if I can find anyone else is not loving their set, and I'm finding that most people can't even get them yet, which is a bummer? I'm taking a class as my LSS on Tuesday and I'm gong to check with the girls there and see if they have had any returns? I'm still SO disappointed and really thought I would LOVE them! It's a bummer when you wait and wait for something new only to receive it and find out, it's defective or missing pieces etc. I sure wish I felt more confident, about an exchange, but I'm afraid I will end up being even more disappointed, plus I really do not want to wait a couple more weeks to be able to do that. I guess if I decided to give them a try again, I will buy a few individual markers first and then decide? On the upside, I am very happy with my Copics and I totally LOVE to color with them. Maybe in some ways, I am spoiled, as I definitely feel the brush tip on a Coptic marker is far superior to those on the Distress Markers. I guess time will tell, but this has not turned out to be a great new product for me and right now I definitely can not recommend them, which is a shame.
Moving on..... I have a few new projects to share and everything I have today was created in the past couple of days for new challenges and the first is also something pretty new to me and that is making tags, something I really would LOVE to enhance my skills on and hope that trying them more often will help me to do that. I do admit, I'm not a huge fan of Tim's Holtz style or his color choices, but I do LOVE the techniques and think I'll learn more in the online class that starts on the 19th. I also have seen some gorgeous (more feminine tags) over on Pinterest and started a new board all for tag insulation.
This is the one I created for the challenge at Crafting by Designs, and it's not so great, but is a beginning. I first cut this tag with my Cameo and then simply decorated it a bit with some flowers and embellishments, along with a little tag.
My next card was also created for another challenge at CBD and this challenge was called , the last of Winter and the idea was to create one last winter or Christmas Card for the year, or one to add to our own stash if we are working on them year round. This is the card that I created, which was very easy and is pretty much a CAS Style. The card base was created with some new Stampin' Up cardstock, that I embossed with a Snowflake themed folder. I then cut a the cute the bottom section from a Basic Grey paper and added a cream colored laced border! I finished it off with a sentiment which was stamped and punched and then layered onto another punched scalloped circle.
Today, I've been working on two cards for challenges over at The Outlawz. The first card, was completed in two parts, as I was not happy with my first attempted, and took it apart and started over. I started by coloring up this cute little Bug digi by Bugaboo all in shades of Green for this weeks' Copic Challenge. I then ended up coming up with this first card idea....which just did not work out, as the colors were not right....the greens are all wrong...ugh!!
So....I took of my little bug and put the other pieces in my scrap bin and moved on to pick out some papers that were more in the Yellow-Green hue that I had used to color her. I went this this cute dotted paper by Hero Arts and also changed the Sentiment. In the end, I had this little card, which is the one I submitted to the challenge.
My mojo seems to be missing, as I have NOT been loving any of my most recent projects. If I had to pick one that I like most, it will be this next card, which is the last card I made today for the new Paper a la Mode Challenge, also hosted at The Outlawz. Our theme this week is "Mini" - Mini Cards, Mini Boxes, Mini Books or a card with Mini elements. Pretty much any paper project with a mini theme. At first, I had no clue what to create and decided to see if I could make some type of mini-bag with my Silhouette Cameo. Once I went to the store, I saw some envelopes I liked and decided instead to create a mini envelope/note to add to the front of a small note card. I picked out a few styles and simply changed the size down to just about 2". Once I had a few cut and found which size I like most, I cut the one I wanted in white.
I picked out some gorgeous purple papers from my all time favorite paper collection (Viola - by Memory Box), which I just LOVE. My mini 'letter' for my mini-envelope was computer generated and cut down to fit inside the envelope. I just love mini things like this and once I had it done, I thought it was cute! It's by far, my favorite today for sure!! I sure HOPE tomorrow will be a much more creative day.
That's all for today -- hope everyone is having a good day and for those of you who do change your clocks - Don't forget to Spring Forward when you go to bed tonight! Sweet Dreams!!!!
A Little About Me
- Northeastern, Massachusetts, United States
- Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, an illness I personally live with. I had to stop working in 2006 due to Fibro and Degenerative Disc Disease. It's been a tough road at times, but I have a wonderful family and fantastic friends. I am a Mom to two awesome sons (Ages 21 and 26) and a wife and friend to a wonderful Hubby. We live in a tiny coastal community in Massachusetts and have lived here all my life. My hubby and my boys are my whole world and mean every thing to me! I cherish all three of my guys!! I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends. I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and love all types and stamping, and also love coloring with my Copics. I'm very lucky to have this whole new world on online friends that I've met through my Craft Groups. HUGS TO YOU ALL!!