The week ahead

Well, hopefully today I can get some crafting done-I am dying to get started on the invitations for our annual Halloween bash, but have yet to find the time to get started. I have also discovered a new love --eBay-- where I am awaiting the outcome of an auction (for the 2nd time!) on some more darling Halloween stamps from Inkadinkado. I hope I win! Mostly today I will be doing some reading for class tomorrow and starting to prepare for our trip to NY this week. We will be delighting in some of the fall treasures from my childhood (like Iron Kettle Farm for pumpkins) and I am hoping that the weather will cooperate for such activities. Also while there, I will be tackling the novel I am reading for my final paper in my lit class, which I should have already started but was waiting for through Inter Library Loan, which takes forever. Now it's here and I can finally get started...(as if I am glad).

Off to make some breakfast...



So, the challange this week on the Hero Arts blog was to make a "shabby chic" holiday card. Now, the concept of shabby chic is not completely foreign to me. While it may not be my personal taste for home decor, I have seen and admired it from afar. But putting it on a card? Took me a while to even give it a try. Here's the card I came up with:
I am not exactly sure that I even captured the shabby chicness of it all in my design, but I am quite pleased with it. I finally found a use for a scrap of lace-like embossed paper and used pearls for the first time, and tried (for the umpteenth time) to use the white embossing powder that I have, which never really seems to come out right. I need to find a different one...
Part of the challenge in this shabby card was that, being that it is an HA challenge, some HA stamps need to be used. I have some. But lately their stamps are cutesy, with little animals like the reindeer above and I am going for a more classic look...However, on a nice little shopping trip to AC Moore on Friday, I found a new brand that I love love love! Inkadinkado has some seriously awesome stamps out! Very frilly and elegant almost, even the Halloween ones, if it's possible. With the fall ones I got, I made these two shabby cards:

I am now on a quest to get more of these stamps and I may have found a new addiction: eBay.

I am off to do some grocery shopping, dinner making, and some schoolwork.


Project updates

It's been a while since I updated as things have been busy. School started on the 20th and although I only have 2 classes a week, between sorting out TA duties and tutoring and dealing with family stuff and trying to get our home into some kind of shape before I really have to crack down, I haven't had the time to write about my crafting. But I have been doing some! Which is the good news...

I am participating in the class on twopeasinabucket.com, 8 weeks to a Wedding Album. We're on week 4, the ceremony, which ends this evening, in fact, and I haven't done a page for that yet, but I did manage to get a few done: title page (week 1), engagement page (week 2), and the ring page (really kind of part of the engagement, but I did it for week 3, which was for rehearsal and dinner, which we didn't really have, and I have a few more to do for that week as well...pre-wedding stuff). And I thought I would share them here!

The color scheme is kraft, white and brown, with pops of color...be on the lookout for more pages, hopefully soon!

September also happens to be a month of birthdays around here, and I have been trying to get some cards done in advance. Here's one for my mom, whose birthday was yesterday:

Here are two more, one for my niece, who's turning 9, and one for my nephew, who'll be 5:

It's hard to show all the details in this card, because I made it super-interactive--all the cogs spin on hidden brads and there is an extra panel on the front with a pull-out greeting, plus I used wire and brads to hold it all together. The design stemmed from this great paper by Cosmo Cricket.

Well, I'm off to do some chores around the house, try to get some reading for school done and maybe get a ceremony page done for tonight's 2peas deadline...