More ornaments!

Hey everybody!

Anybody else totally addicted to the Olympics going on right now?

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I don’t know why I’m so into it this year.   I never get into the summer Olympics, and usually I don’t bother much with the winter games unless I feel like trying to catch some of the figure skating.  And yes, that’s totally what I’m watching for most, but I get home and turn the tv on at 7 and just have playing whatever is on while I’m working on other things.  I definitely don’t work on anything else while the skating is happening, though.  🙂

And I will freely admit that I have stayed up WAY TOO LATE far too much watching these games and it’s starting to wear, but gosh dang it, I can’t help it!  I’m just into it this time around, and since the games only happen every four years, I don’t feel too guilty over it.  I’m currently waiting for ice dancing to start in about fifteen minutes…

In any case, in honor of the Olympics and feeling all American, I made some patriotic fabric ornaments this week.

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I made the one on the right first, as it is the same pattern I’ve been doing since I started.  And I added the little star charm for a flash of bling.  The butterfly ornament was my first attempt at making one with the picture in the middle.  I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out, but since it’s just the first one, I guess it’s alright.  The Peanuts one in the middle was my second and a half attempt.  I tried a different fabric first, but the picture was too big, so I gave up on that and switched over to Charlie Brown.  I did more measuring and readjusting on that one as I went, so I’m a lot happier with how that one turned out.

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The pictures on the back half of the ornaments are different.  And I added some silver beads to the Peanuts ornament to make it a little more interesting.

Now that I’ve made a couple of this pattern, I think future ones will be a little easier, but I’m definitely going to have to reevaluate some of the ones I had planned to do.  I’ve got a better understanding of the size of pictures that fit and how they need to be laid out on the fabric for it to work properly and cover the whole ornament.  I need to go through my stack of planned ornaments and see if there’s anything that will need to be eliminated from the plans.

Ok, I’m off to make some hot chocolate and grab a snack for the games!

Go U.S.A.!!!

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A New Vision

*le sigh*

 

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Somehow, writing this post kind of feel like a defeat, a surrender.  Throwing in the towel.  Waving the white flag.

And yet, in other ways, it is so freeing and burden-lifting that I just want to jump up and shout for joy.

I have come to the conclusion that making a card every week is no longer giving me the joy and satisfaction that it used to.  I was pretty faithful at making them for about two and a half years, which I think is pretty darn good.  And I had fun at first, I really did.  But, as time passed, the commitment to making them become more of a chore and burden than something I looked forward to.  My creative juices just haven’t been flowing in the papercrafting arena for quite a while, and stuff online just isn’t sparking the inspiration like it used to.

And so, with that realization, I have decided to cease the “weekly” cards (I know, they haven’t been weekly for a good long while!).  I have other crafting interests, which I will get into in a minute, that are taking more of my time now and have rekindled in me the desire to create.  And as a naturally creative person, having something going on that inspires me and makes me want to work with my hands again is like a breath of fresh air compared to my feelings of dread when I thought about making cards.

Maybe dread is too strong a word.  More like, “mild displeasure” or “intense mental grumbling.”

And while I feel slightly like I will be letting my readership down, let’s be real.  I don’t really have a readership.  Six people visited my blog after I posted the last card a couple weeks ago.  I didn’t really start the blog as a way to gain readers, it was more of a way to keep myself accountable to making cards and using up supplies.  So, I’d rather disappoint the very few people that read my blog and change things up to make myself happy than continue with a project I no longer enjoy.

I do still have too many papercrafting supplies, though, so I will be decluttering my stash and just getting rid of a bunch instead of trying to use it.  Including the chipboard letters I was going to use on the alphabet cards I was going to start making.  🙂  Getting rid of stuff I know I will never use will be so much more freeing than continuing to hang onto it like some crazed hoarder.

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And it will make room for other supplies that are taking up space in my office.  🙂

Which brings me to my next subject.  I’m not going to discontinue my blog, just redefine what I’m doing with it.  The blog is called “Geek Girl Creations” after all, not “Geek Girl Cards.”  I’m planning on keeping you up to date on my latest projects and creations, a lot of which will be these guys:

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I’m planning on having a craft booth at a local show this fall trying to sell these lovely ornaments.  But that means that I need to make a whole bundle of them.

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This is my stash so far.  I think I’ve got a looooong way to go.  😉

So I’m going to pop into the blog to showcase my latest creations, be they ornaments for my booth, or other random crafts that I’m working on (I’ve got two projects in the planning stages right now that I’m dying to get to!), or maybe even just to post a pretty, random photograph that I take once in a while.  And yes, if I do make a card for a special occasion or if the inspiration randomly strikes, I will post those, too.  I’m not going to dump ALL of my papercrafting supplies, after all!  🙂

So yeah, new year, new blog.  I’m excited to see where this year takes me/us on this creative journey, and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!

Blessings.

Card #120: Alphabet card 1: A

Happy weekend!  Hope you’re all enjoying it.  I’ve spent most of my day tucked away in my craft room making things.  I finished two ornaments today as well as made my card for the blog.  I also hung all the awesome dragon art prints I got for Christmas.  And I even cooked some real food (hey, that’s an accomplishment for me!), so it’s been a pretty productive day.

So, I told you last week that I had a plan for the blog for the next several (read: many) weeks, and today is the start of it.  In my collection of scrapbooking supplies, I have a couple sets of patterned chipboard letters, as well as a TON of letter stickers.  So, I’m going to use up as much of that as I can and make a series of ” _ is for _____” cards.  You may recall that I made an “A is for awesome” card last year.  This idea has been in my head ever since, to make a series of cards with the same phrasing, but different layouts and colors.

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I did use the same wording for this card as for the original, but it’s definitely a different design and color scheme.  I started with a blue base card and just layered everything on, using a few scraps along the way.

It’s going to be interesting trying to match paper and cardstock that I have to the various colors that are on the big letters.  As well as trying to come up with good words for some of the letters!  If anyone reading has suggestions for words that are good for cards, please comment!  I’ve got ideas for some, but I didn’t really think much about how hard some of the letters might be when I decided on this idea.

Hmm, I hope I don’t regret this!

Anyway, hope you enjoy reviewing your alphabet over the next few months as I make these cards!

Card #119: Wintry Beary Thanks

Welcome to the first blog post of 2018!

And I’m not even late.  We’re off to a good start.  😉

For my first card of the year, I needed something for thank you cards for Christmas.  I needed three thank you cards and I wanted to use a stamp set that I hadn’t used before, so I started browsing on Pinterest for some inspiration.  Hey, it’s been a while since I made a card, so my creative brain is a little rusty!

I found something very similar to what I ended up making, which was these:

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I found the sheet of blue snowflake paper in my collection, so I layered that on a white card first.  I stamped the bears on white; colored the scarves, skates, and mugs; and cut them out.  Since everything else is blue and white, I really like the tiny little dot of dark pink on the mugs.  I used a sponge and ink pad to make the faded blue splotch behind the bears, masking off the lower portion of the white with a sticky note to get that nice, crisp line.  Then I simply glued the bears down, stamped the sentiment, adhered the rectangles with the bears to the cards over the blue snowflakes, and added the little clear gems for some sparkle and interest.

I actually made four cards with this layout, since you can get four equal large rectangles from an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper.  But on the last card I stamped a different sentiment and sent it to the one person who actually sent me a real Christmas card.  And yes, this was too late for Christmas, but I still wanted to send her something.

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I probably would have made more of an effort to make actual Christmas cards had my grandparents not come down for the holiday.  Since they and my parents are about the only people I send cards to anymore, and I knew I was going to see them to wish them Merry Christmas in person, I didn’t make time in my busy December to make any new cards.

So, there we have it!  First post of the year down!  I’ve got a plan for the blog for a while that will hopefully help keep me on track and help me use up some stuff that I otherwise wouldn’t know how to use (since using stuff up was kind of the whole point anyway!).  It’s an idea that’s been in my head for quite some time.  Hopefully you guys won’t get bored with it!

Come back next week to find out what it is!  🙂

 

Stamps used: grateful stamp from Stampin’ Up set “Small Script”, polar bear from Stampin’ Up set “Polar Bears”, friendship sentiment from Stampin’ Up set “Chill of Winter”