Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Findings

Happy Friday to youns! 
Hope this day finds you well!

To those that do not know why I say youns instead of you all... 
It is part of the Pittsburgh English also known as Pittsburghese. 
Just thought youns would like a little bit of something about where I live!! 

Well, I really need to take some time to clean my craft space. 
I am so ashamed of myself, if you could see my craft table you would be appalled.
There is absolutely not one inch of space to create, and that's no lie, I am dead serious!!

Let me tell a little story behind why it is in such array...
I have an desk organizer I created that was sitting on my craft table, chock full of goodies.
Well, I emptied the whole organizer out onto my craft table to take photos of it. 
And then, that's when my camera decided to quit on me.
So now my table is a total disaster and  I have no camera!  :(

But my camera is on its way to be fixed or replaced.
Fujifilm customer service was awesome! 
They asked no questions and gave me no hassles! 
Which is how it should be when something is still in warranty.

I am feeling like a lost puppy without my camera {me > whine, whine, whine}!!

I am 'The Rebel Blogger', and here is another reason why...
I have no photos, or shall I say no photos of my past creations that I am not willing to share. 
Whether it be the creation itself or my photo taking skills of that creation. 
I guess I give up to easily when my photos do not turn out like I want.

My next thought was posting other crafters' photos of their creations but I am not familiar with the sharing protocol of photos from the Internet and other bloggers, even after giving credit where credit is due and linking.
Would anyone like to give me their knowledge of this, it would be so appreciated!!

I do have a lot of photos that my thirteen-year-old granddaughter captured. 
I would like to share just four of them with you in the meantime! 

"The Man in the Tree" carving by
I call this carving "The Man in the Tree"
We found him on one of our nature walks.

Nico acting goofy pic by
My 4 year old grandson acting goofy for the camera! 

Frog Rock by
"Frog Rock"
This rock is in the middle of Tionesta Creek in the Allegheny Mountains of northern Pennsylvania.
Someone many, many, many years ago had painted it to look like a monster!
And all through the years people have kept up with painting it.
This is a beautiful, quiet spot to just sit and enjoy nature, which happens to 
be close to our camp.

Fresh Free Range Eggs by
Just a photo of our neighbor's fresh chicken eggs.
Love, love, love them!

Till next time, a little quote for the day...
"A day without laughter is a day wasted" 
~ Charlie Chaplin

Have a crafty weekend!

x's & o's
aka The Rebel Blogger

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Love You A Latte Tag

Hello crafty friends, and the not so crafty ones too!!

I have a 'not so good for me' story to tell.

If you remember, back in April I had bought a new camera because my not so old Nikon was junk.

Well, guess this camera is giving me problems!
The lens is stuck partially out, and giving me an error message saying that the lens cap is still on the camera.

The sad part is....
The creative and talented Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith had invited me to play along in The Creative Blog Hop this Monday and I was going to share another desk organizer I had created about a month ago. 

But of course, I kept forgetting to take photos of it, which is nothing new for me.  

I am so not a happy camper!

One good thing, I just finished taking these photos of my tag when it decided to quit on me.


While I was crafter/blogger stalking a couple of days ago, I realized I had not created a tag or used my Cricut in quite a long while.
Shame on me!

So here is my latest creation, you guessed it, a tag.

The patterned paper pack is called Retro Kitchen by Nicole has been in my stash since Moby was a minnow!
The coffee/tea pot and the sentiment are from the Cricut "Just Because" Cards cartridge.
I fussy cut one of the cups from the paper pack and adhered it and the coffee/tea pot with dimensional foam squares.
I added a bit of shine to the pot with a Martha Stewart Glitter Marker.
I used a Signo White Uni-ball pen to create the funny little marks coming from the cup, does it look like steam??!! 
I finished by tying a white Tim Holtz Paper String to my tag.

I would like to enter this into the 
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #228 Tag Your It 


Well, since I do not have my blog posts planned and/or scheduled in advance and I don't know when my camera issue will be taken care of....I won't be posting any of my creations for now.   sigh :-(

Maybe it was meant to be for a little while, I do feel the need to 'sit back' and take some time to do some 'positive pondering' on some things in my life.

As always...
remember to take time to create your life!

x's & o's
aka The Rebel Blogger

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hi! This Is Me

Hello everyone and welcome!

First thing first before I get to my creation... 

I am so excited to have some brand new and talented crafty followers!

There is a kind, thoughtful and amazingly artistic lady that made it possible and her name is 
Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith @ Inky Dinky Doodle!

It all started by her commenting on Google+ on one of my creations that I shared. 
We started conversing and a day later the next thing I see is her mentioning me to a Google+ community called Kraafters Kommunity
Well, that started the ball rolling and those gals at Kraafter's Kommunity welcomed me with open arms!

This 'comfort zone' I am in is prohibiting my blog and especially my creations from getting any recognition and Zsuzsa saw that right away.
I have said this in the past, I over critique everything, my blog, my creations.... everything!
My 'comfort zone' is actually inhibiting me in more ways than one. Which I am working on changing.

Needless to say, I am so thankful to Zsuzsa's intuition {or what ever it was}.
Because of her much needed 'little nudge', I joined a group of awesome kraafters!! 

Golly gee, I am feeling truly blessed!

Now with all that being said, on to my creation.

There are so many wonderful and talented scrapbookers out there that have created layouts about themselves.

In spite of that...
The thought of me creating a scrapbook page just about me was out of the question, till now.
And the thought of journaling with my own hand writing onto a scrapbook page was out of the question also, till now.

And, for those of you that are new to me, here is a little FYI... 
I have always loathed getting my photo taken. 
Here is evidence from when I was an infant!

Today I fuss even more so since I had a muscle strap in my neck removed because of the cancer. 
Talk about a double chin, now I have chicken wattles! LOL

So I used the last decent photo I own of me {which of course I don't own many}, taken while on vacation in Yellowstone National Park. 

I was not looking at my husband but I did have a smile for him and the magnificent beauty surrounding me. 

I consider this a CAS layout, even though it has a variety of color and patterns, but there is not a whole lot of layers and the only dimension is the buttons.

I am kinda fond of pattern paper, I have quite a bit of it. 
I can not resist a good deal on patterned paper!
Mind you though, I am not a hoarder! 
No siree!

Supplies used:
Crate Paper ~ Paper Heart 12x12 patterned paper pad
Fiskars ~ Antique Elegance circle border punch
We R Memory Keepers ~ baker's twine
DIY Thickers Alphabet ~ Ali mistable fabric stickers
Stampers Anonymous ~ Wendy Vecchi sentiment stamp
Basic Grey ~ Hello date stamp

Well, maybe, just maybe, someday I will not be such a fuss button about getting my picture taken.

Hey I am doing this one step at a time! 

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to take the time to create your life!

x's & o's
aka The Rebel Blogger

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Distress Markers & A Fun Background

Hello Folks!

I don't know about you, but I am happy for September!

For me, the best rides on the Harley are in the spring and fall time. 

The 'fragrances' of nature are pleasantly fresh and clean when you are riding in the open air.
Those assorted 'bouquets' seem to have a distinctive quality that seem to only peak during those two seasons.

I call it 'incense' of the season!

Any who ... on to my next creation.

I so enjoy Tim Holtz's Distress Markers
They are so versatile and easy to create with.

I wanted to create a card with a sunny background, so I just played around with six different colors:
  1. mustard seed
  2. squeezed lemonade
  3. broken china
  4. stormy sky
  5. shabby shutters
  6. peeled paint

I scribbled each color onto Ranger Watercolor Paper then sprayed water onto the paper and used my finger to manipulate the colors around a bit. 

The sentiment is from Fiskars Sentiments 8x8 Stamp Set.

I used a stamp from my stash for a flower container {I can't remember what company it was purchased from}.

I stamped it onto wood looking paper from Crate Paper ~ Flea Market and fussy cut it out.

The three little flowers are also from my stash and from the same company as the container stamp.

They came in a unmarked grab bag from a vendor at a stamping show earlier this year. That grab bag is chocked full of cling stamps!

Darn it, I can not remember the company... my mind seems to be in senior mode more and more often!!

The suns rays is a Tim Holtz Grunge Cirque cling stamp.
I added a bit of shine to each sun ray with Martha Stewart's Glitter Marker in yellow. 

Well...that is my latest inspiration for you and I hope you find some time this week to create your life!

Oh and if anyone recognizes those stamps and can tell me what company, I would appreciate it!

Happy Crafting!

aka The Rebel Blogger

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