Saturday, November 1, 2014

A New Meaning to "Going Postal" - Challenge

CS Designs is also having a DT and GDT Cal
Happy Happy Saturday My Dear Sweet Friends

Wow!!  October and Halloween are behind us and now it's really crunch time.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I haven't even begun that journey yet.  What about you, have you started your Christmas cards or Christmas shopping yet??  Funny, I am not even sure where to even begin except with this next Re-Cycle, Re-Invent and Re-Use.  

When I first heard the theme "Going Postal" I pretty much knew what I wanted to do.  Nope, not the usual interpretation of "Going Postal" however what it means to me.  You see, going to the Post Office is on the top of my "Hate List".  It literally puts me in a horrible mood, I am stressed, frustrated and that's just the beginning.  In other words,this problem is now solved and its all because of these amazing images by Chris Stern and the "Re-Cycle, Re-Use and Re-Invent Challenge Blog.



I found this vintage tool box at an estate sale.  It measures approximately
18.75" wide; 7" deep; 4" tall (closed).  

Such a wonderful place to hold all my shipping stuff.  
I made some magnets to utilize the space on the inside of the lid.  

 Here's another view with the extra envelopes removed.  You can see the various storage containers as well as the small altered composition book and chipboard album to hold my postage stamps, the various post office forms, etc.  

 This shows a closer look at the altered composition book and stack of six greeting cards made from recycled cardboard.  On the back of each one there is some plain cardstock so I can write a quick note.  You can see more of the altered greeting cards below.










 I also used chipboard to create this 5" x 4" album.  It now holds different post office forms and post stamps.  See the example below of the first page.

 Now all the forms I may need are in one little pocket album & I love it.

 These are the altered magnets.  I also used cardboard and magnets I have saved over the years from the backs of worn out magnets.

The top container is one I found at a yard sale and the two empty dog food cans.  

I really was immediately inspired to create these projects when I saw these adorable images from CS Designs.  They were perfect and I am not finished yet.  I still have some copic coloring to do with the cat bones not only around the cans but the insides of the chipboard book.  It's still a work in progress but what's so amazing is that not only does the vintage tool box make me smile but everything inside does too.  Its a box full of smiles and joy!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today - I really appreciate it.  

I hope you will join in this challenge - I would love to see what you are inspired to create.  

With smiles and hugs
Laine

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Butterflies in October - Sister Act DT Challenge Card

Hello my dear sweet friends

Hope you are all doing great!!  Has anyone else felt like October has been the longest month ever?  My goodness, for me it seems October wasn't just 31 days but double that.  Don't know why but I am glad November is just around the corner.

So my post for today is my second card as a DT member with Sister Act - Challenge #81.  There are a lot of wonderful cards made by the entire design team and I hope you will check them out as well as join in the challenge.  

Our proud sponsor for this challenge is:  


I am a big fan of quick and simple cards and this one was really fun to make   I stamped a greeting on the inside however didn't take a photo of it to share (but I can if anyone would like to take a peek. And I never miss an opportunity to create something with pink and butterflies.  

I sure hope you will check the blogs for each of the Sister Act Design Teams and say hello and check out their cards. The link to the Sister Act Challenge Blog is highlighted above.  Enjoy!!!!

More later

With hugs and smiles
Laine


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Butterflies, 15 Minutes and a BIG GOOFY SAD MISTAKE

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends -

How are you doing this cloudy Wednesday (it is here anyway)??  Yay - it's also Hump Day!!  Maybe that's why my head is in the clouds (actually more often than not) - at least that's what my family always tells me.  

First of - A little disclaimer before the journey begins:

I promise not to take you around the blog world in 90 days.  I also promise the word "SAD" in my post title is nothing serious or life challenging.  

Disappointment in myself - YEP BIG TIME!!  So with patience in tow:

Have a seat, buckle up, and hold on because the journey starts now:

It all started a few days ago when I promised myself I would work on my 15 minute project for the Speed Craft Challenge.  So I gathered my supplies, took photos, set up my timer, pushed the start button and told myself to take a deep breath and "Go!!"

 
Forgot to take photo of my tote of Copics
(Image by CS Designs)

Here's what I did:

01.  Covered large piece of recycled laminate with cardstock using Mod Podge.
02.  Ran over to paper trimmer to cut edges off butterflies image.
03.  Ran back to work area (carrying trimmed image).  
04.  Used my fingers to work out the air bubbles from step 1.  
05.  Cut off the excess edges of green cardstock.
06.  Colored  butterflies with my Copics (which took most of the time).  
07.  Used more Mod Podge to glue butterfly image on top of green cardstock.
08.  Add "Diamond" Stickles for some bling on butterfly wings.
09.  As I began adding lace realized I added the above bling to early.
10.  Carefully added ruffled lace anyway along with a thin lace border on top of lace.



So this is how far I got in 14 minutes and 58 seconds.  Yep - 2 seconds to spare.  

I had done it.  I had two seconds to spare and my project was complete.  Only problem was - I started thinking of other things I could still add to it.  So I added the thin lace border across the top.  Grabbed three of the flower pieces from the plastic bag and used a bling brad to hold them together.  


And this is the finished project 5 minutes later.



By the way - this is now a completed refrigerator magnet.
This gorgeous image is from CS Designs.


I took more photos, began to write blog post and went to Speed Challenge to submit my entry.  It was then I discovered   ......................................


this is where things turn ugly, ugly and even more ugly ................... ..............................................

hold on...............

almost to the end....................  I saw these words (verbatim)


"Challenge 5 - Halloween and Winner/Top 3 announcement"


Did you catch that?  (Clue: HALLOWEEN)

My reaction:

1.  Are you kidding me?
2.  Oh my goodness - I already knew that but totally forgot.
3.  Poop - I really wanted to enter this challenge.
4.  Oh man - I am not in the mood to start all over again.
5.  I am not a quitter.
6.  Oh well, I can still blog about this project but I have to go back and re-write my post.
7.  I am not a quitter.
8.  And then it occurred to me:

I can still enter this challenge and this is why:

My challenge entry fits the Halloween theme perfectly and it makes total sense to me:

My Halloween Challenge entry is actually a "caterpillar dressed up in a butterfly costume".  



I know, I know - its a stretch but I am going to stretch the rules and enter it anyway. And I do so not only because I can but most importantly its been a wonderful process.  I absolutely love doing this challenge.  And if I have time - I will do another project and actually follow the rules this time.

Thanks so stopping and I really hope you will check out this great blog challenge and spend 15 minutes creating your own challenge entry and submitting it to the Speed Challenge.  If you do, will you let me know about it?

With hugs and smiles
Laine

I am also entering this version below into the