It has been a very busy month for me. I've had several medical appointments to followup with a problem I've been having. To keep my mind off these tests, I've had to find ways to keep busy. Since we aren't on the road traveling, my other keep busy projects are to shop! I don't think I know anybody that doesn't like to shop and especially for craft supplies. There were some good deals on Cricut cartridges at CricutMachine.com, so I picked up Batman, Superman, Old West and Dinosaur Tracks at $22.95 each. I'm hoping to make more children's cards with these cartridges! While blog-hopping and looking at other art pieces I noticed some wonderful paper - Graphic 45, so I was able to find a good on-line shop for that, Zutter came out with the Distrezz-it-All, a wonderful electric tool for as they state "achieving that shabby-chic look" without using sandpaper, and files! More browsing on-line and was able to find Tim Holtz products of clock faces, sprockets and gears, keyholes, keys, etc., wonderful embellishments. I finally found this wonderful paper - Mariposa. It is gorgeous - I'm really going to have a hard time cutting this paper!
When I wasn't busy catching up with e-mail and shopping on-line, I participated in a couple of swaps with my Yahoo group, ARTHavenCreations_Friendships. One swap was to create a blue tag no bigger than 5.5"x3" and embellished in blue. That was fun because blue happens to be my favorite color. The other swap was to make these wonderfully easy corner bookmarks. You take a sealed envelope, measure down 4" on two sides (forming a triangle) and cut across using your decorative scissors to make a fancy edge. Decorate the object in anyway you like and then swap with the assigned partner. These were fun, so easy and make wonderful RAKs. You can also make them using your favorite paper, make your own envelope, or cut a strip of paper roughly 8" long and 4" wide. Fold over, forming a triangle and seal with your favorite glue and decorate as you like. I'm going to attach pictures of the bookmarks and tags I made and later I'll upload pictures of the ones I received.
I am married, retired from the Federal Government 5 years ago and my husband and I love to travel around the country in our RV. We are currently on an extended trip to AZ and western states. I started to make cards a couple of years ago and it quickly became my favorite thing to do. My husband says all he has to do is look in my craft room and that's where he'll find me. My interests have grown from cardmaking to decoupage, altered art, vintage, mixed media, and collage. I am also very interested in learning jewelry, wire wrapping and polymer clay. There is so much to do and not enough time.