Posts Tagged ‘Footprints’

My, Oh, MY…

Posted by Catherine on February 12, 2009

…*YAWN* WOW! I can’t stop yawning…I think things are catching up with me pretty fast and I just can’t get ahead of the game!

If you didn’t already know, I work in an educational setting (post-secondary institution) and they’ve all announced some serious budget cuts over the next few years…and we all know what budget cuts REALLY mean, right? Anywho…to get started on that, everyone’s positions and departments are being “re-evaluated” and esentially it pretty much wants you to describe what you DO in your job and how that contributes to the whole organization. The questionnaire was initially about 25 pages with blanks and spaces to fill in, but when I was done with mine, it came to 60 pages. (It wants us to compare our jobs to when the last “re-evaluation” was done – which was a million years ago, so the job has definitely evolved since then!) Anywho, to really WRACK your brain to think of EVERY SINGLE thing you do and how what you do contributes to the organization and to defend what you do and rationalize why you should stay (without actually saying that) and also to rationalize why the position could possibly go up in grade and pay (since a LOT has been added to the job) is SO exhausting, time-consuming and just…BLAH. By the end of the day, I felt like my evaluation papers grew arms and legs and kicked the living daylights out of me.

So….all that blah blah blah up there pretty much means, is that I didn’t have time to really do up a very fancy sort of card… *sad face* I did end up turning to my Footprints stamp again as first of all, it’s my only religious/inspirational stamp (so far…) and secondly because I really felt like I needed it after the mental wringer that we all went through.

Anywho, there it is…with very little embellishing or detail – with the stamp there, I really don’t think it needs much more anyway! But I did pierce around the edges and add stitching (which took up the majority of time) and then used my Tim Holtz paper distresser to distress the edge. Inked it up a bit with Distress Ink (I can’t even tell you what colour right now, my brain is so fried..) and just embellished with ribbon and that little picture frame charm. It looks cloudy right now, but I glued some paper in it and inserted a heart-shaped pearl heart and filled in the frame with diamond glaze.

P.S. A little bit out of left field, but if you ever wondered where I took my pictures…I use the bathroom sink. *LOL* Just throwin’ it out there…

Off to get some SLEEP – I need to conserve my energy to keep up with Hurricane Marti. Good things coming and some fun announcements!

All hyperlinked products are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Footprints by Inkadinkado
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink and Distress Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny Back to Basics Black and K&Co.
Embellishments/Tools: Foam ink applicator tool, Vintage Flowers with SwirlyPop centers by Sugar and Scraps, ribbon and metal charm from Dollarama



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Footprints and full moons…

Posted by Catherine on February 9, 2009

…my favourite EVER religious/inspirational story (that’s not in the Bible) is Footprints. I remember it making me cry when I first read it and it’s always stayed with me ever since. I know everyone has different ways of coping and getting through things and I know a lot of people have experienced different/difficult/hard times, but for me, this story has always helped me through those hard times.

Like TODAY! Let me walk you through a little bit of history and proven facts. Lunatic is borrowed from the Latin word lunaticus which is derived from the stem luna, which if you watch enough Dora (thank you, my little niece Tiana) means the MOON. So all of this was taken from the theory that there is a commonality between madness and the phases of the moon. Based on today, I would like to second that motion with a nice, clear, loud “AY-AY!” I swear it must have been because of the full moon that the MOST difficult people in all of university’s UNIVERSAL history came out today and ended up in/on my line. I kid you not when I say that I could have generated a whole household’s worth of heat for the whole day the way that my blood pressure was rising. ANYWHO…I do not mean to belittle anyone’s actual sufferings by comparing it alongside my trivial workdays, so MOVING ON! (P.S. Thanks for letting me vent a little…)

So when I saw this stamp at Michaels, I knew I had to have it – even after I’d already dropped some change on COPICs and Nesties – and today I used it for my main focal point for Mojo Monday!

Here’s the sketch for MM:

And here’s my take:

Can I just say how much I’m loving participating in these sketches? It’s just like its name, definitely gets my crafty mojo going! I’m only really just getting into sketches and challenges, but for someone with a short attention span and not a fan of being told what to do, these sketches are great! Definitely inspirational!

So I would say that mine is a sort of loose take of the sketch…I didn’t follow through on some things, but it all came together and I am still loving how everything turned out! Before I finished, I kept looking at it and considered adding different things to it just because…but I decided that this was really all it needed. I didn’t want to take anything away from the quote and the simplicity of it all. When I realized I left out a little part of the sketch (ie. for the sentiment) I added the little flower but I’m considering taking it out just to keep things nice and neat. We’ll see how I feel about the flower when I wake up tomorrow!

Anywho, for today’s MM card, I also decided to get my fingers inky! I got out my Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) and my foam tool and…well, let’s just say what DIDN’T I ink?! *LOL* I stamped onto nice and clean, bright cardstock and thought it was just too bright with the paper that I wanted to use, so at first I just inked the sides…and then I made a teeny mistake and then I just ended up inking the whole rectangle…just darkening the edges for a nice ‘vintage photo’ look to go with the name of the ink! I dragged the edges right along the stamp pad to really make the edge stand out.

Thanks so much for looking! If you’ve just misplaced your mojo and can’t seem to find it, I definitely recommend checking out MM and seeing if your mojo is hiding there!

All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Paper: K&Co. (Costco)
Stamp: ‘Footprints’ by Inkadinkado (Michaels)
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink (Black) and Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Tools: Foam applicator tool
Embellishments: ‘Faith’ ribbon slider (Dollarama), embellished flower (Sugar & Scraps), ribbon


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