I have finally had some crafty time and boy did I ever!

Firstly, because I cannot contain my excitement, I won my first anything in the stamping world!! Last week, the challenge at Hero Arts was to make a masculine card. I am not good at masculine cards (I guess no one else is either, thus, the name "challenge"). I never seem to know what to do. And I wasn't planning on entering. But I had a belated birthday card to make, fast, as it was already late, so I whipped this up:
I used Hero Arts stamps (the croc I already had on hand, colored and cut), some fun plaid paper and my new favorite, BoBunny dot paper. I added some orange vellum scraps, ribbon, and rain dots. This card was actually for a non-girly woman, and I thought it could masquerade as masculine too, so I submitted it....and won! First prize! Yay for me! :)

I have been able to get a few other things done this week...I was directed to a neat blog (the address of which I seem to have misplaced right now...) by another Hero Arts flickr group member for some tips on a neat inking technique. So I gave that a go with my new Inkadinkado Halloween stamps and am really pleased with the result:
And tonight, since I will spend the rest of the weekend glued to my desk, writing the first draft of my final paper (which I am soo not prepared for...), I got a couple other cards done. The first is for my uncle's birthday-playing with a concept I saw in last week's challenge, layering circle stamped images:
The second one uses a little leaf punch I bought in a $1 bin at Target (because I am obsessed with those things..."it's only a dollar, right?"). I thought it would be fun to use colored paper scraps and make a little wreath out of the leaves (I saw a similar thing at Impress Rubber Stamps website). Kept it simple (and kind of elegant for my normal style) with a gold embossed sentiment and I quite like how it came out:

I have also just finished a sinister-looking Halloween wreath for the front door, and as soon as we get a good hook for it, and it is hung up (out of the line of sight of all my junk here in the office), I will take a picture to put up here.

Since I already mentioned one blog, I suppose I'll mention a couple of other online things that are getting me lately:
1) I found a recipe for Berry Pavlovas (which I made and which were indeed fabulous) on this blog the other day. Check it out if you're food inclined, as it seems she has lots of other goodies there!
2) I am hooked on Pandora, an internet radio that matches you up with music that is similar to something you already like. The site is really straightforward and lots of fun--I have "discovered" several artists that I never knew existed but that are just my taste!

For now, I am off to do some reading and go to bed. Hope everyone has a good weekend! :)


where does the time go?

Seriously. Last I knew, September was finally here and now we are fast approaching Halloween! And there are never enough hours in the day to get it all done, but boy, do I ever try...

Our trip to NY went well. We were fortunate enough to have really great weather and we were able to do a lot of fun outdoor activities that I cannot wait to scrapbook. We got back last Tuesday evening and I dove into schoolwork for the next day. Even though I had spent the entire trip working (managing to get a 400 page book read while on vacation is an accomplishment for me), I had to sort through all the materials for my final paper and write an outline. It did not, however, come out very well, so I have a lot of work to do in writing my first draft for Oct. 22nd. The rest of the week was just as hectic...my university was hosting an annual foreign language conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and, being a teaching assistant, I was kind of obligated to volunteer in various functions-working the registration table and driving a shuttle van. My two hours at the table on Thursday converted into 4 because several volunteers did not show up and I spent several hours on both Thursday and Friday nights driving, in the rain!

The weekend proved to be productive--post vacation laundry and tidying up to do, family gathering, several thank you and birthday cards made (no pictures though), some homework done, and a delicious homemade dinner--despite the fact that it rained almost continuously. I still didn't get a chance to do anything with my new Halloween stamps from Inkadinkado, which I finally won on eBay (and some I bought at AC Moore on sale!). I have a neat decoration project that I want to tackle this week, as well as getting the yard all done up, so hopefully by the end of the week I'll have some pics up of those.

The Hero Arts challenges lately have not really been something I am into, and I have been too busy to submit anything anyway, but this week's challenge, using patterned paper, is something I totally do all the time and so I am really excited to get some things done. Keep your eyes peeled for more on that, hopefully soon.

For now I'm off to do some more reading and finish my lunch.....