Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Free Fun

Most people who know me, know that I am a little on the, ahem, cheap side. I clip coupons, buy things on clearance, and lament everytime I put out on anything (except craft supplies, for some reason I am immune there?!?)

I have a list of to-do's in my creative life and one of those is to spend more time here in the bloggy world. I mean, what's the point of even having a blog if you don't post often? I also wanted to find some fun things to share here, with my frineds who know me and those who don't.

Ok, Michelle, get to the point.......wait for it....

Witness a new tradition: Friday Free Fun. I am pretty good at finding cheap or even free activities, downloads, etc. and I thought it might be fun to share them with you.

Friday Free Fun #1
Live Lunch

Local station WFPK hosts Live Lunch every Friday! Local and National Acts come and play a few ditties while people sit, listen, and munch on lunch. This week was my first, but hopefully not my last. The concerts start at noon, and if today was any indication, you want to get there early. There was a pretty long line when they opened the doors.

I had so much fun, and heard two great acts. Defitnitely a fan now. We heard

Matthew Perryman Jones


Ingrid Michealson

I linked up to my favorite songs from each. I hope to hear more from them soon!

So, there you go, my little present to you. Free of charge.

Anyone have fun Halloween plans? I do for sure. I have to jump off and finish my costume! Have a good one!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


This past Thursday I celebrated the opening of ArtWorks, an exhibition of mixed works by five very special artists from Kentucky. Two years ago my agency, Community Employment, took on five people with disabilities who, for various reasons, were not successful in traditional employment. They wanted to earn money by selling their artwork. Their talents were already developed, they just needed help with the administration of their business. We assembled a team of people to work with the artists to accomplish their goal. My job was mostly cheerleader/paper chaser/bill writer/phone call maker. It was a great experience and I learned so much.

This was a pilot program, and we decided to celebrate their success with a group exhibition. The staff (namely the wonderful Paul Burns) did a fantastic job and welcomed us and our program. Take a look at a few shots from the night (click on image to view larger):

If you live anywhere near Louisville you MUST make your way down to the downtown library before November 21st. You will not be disappointed, but you will be blown away.

All artists were supported by Creative Diversity, a local art studio serving people with disabilities. Learn more about them here.

All funds for supporting each artist was provided by the KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. You can find them here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I *heart* October

I hope you are having a fun October, there is soooo much going on-my pocketbook is empty, but my schedule is very full!!! I try to pack in all that fall has to offer before...sniff....winter keeps me inside for three months.

What do you love to do this time of year?

Here are my top ten, in case you need some ideas:
1. Costumes. Really, what other time of year can a grown man dress in a french fry outfit and people think it's cool. I love the planning and creting of my costume almost every year, even if I only get to wear it for one night. Here's a hint to what my costume is going to be this year:

the four seasons Pictures, Images and Photos

2. Scary movies. LOVE THEM. Not necessarily the dumb slash'em ones, but a good psycholoical thriller. Introducing my BF to this series of movies starting this weekend:
jig saw Pictures, Images and Photos

3. Fall food, Chai tea lattes, apples, chili, and of course....
Pumpkin Pie Pictures, Images and Photos
I need to get a

4. Chili! I am jumping on the Bengals bandwagon this year and have been watching them every weekend. Fun. Fun.

5. Decorations. If you were reaing my blog last year you saw pictures of how my neighborhood does up Halloween. Even though I don't have a porch, I do my best t o create a spooky atmosphere. This year a made a few garlands.

On my way to a haunted house of my very own :)

6.Sweaters and scarfs. A little easier on the figure that shorts and tank tops ;).

7. Dracula. I see this show every year, and it never dissapoints. If you live anywhere near Louisville, you MUST see Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

8. Haunted Houses. Last night I went to the BEST house in Louisville! I stumbled upon this little gem last year when Chris and I attempted the Danger Run. This year, we decided to go back, without the hassle of following a booklet full of confusing clues. Another must see if you are anywhere near Louisville: Psychomania. It's 3 haunts in one house, including a casket attraction that you climb into that simulates your own burial. It's way fun and best of all-completly wheelchair accessible. Much nicer to get to join everyone else thru, instead of being lead around certain parts.

9. Changing Leaves. Kentucky+fall=BEAUTIFUL. Seriously. This is where I live.
Fall colors, Kentucky Pictures, Images and Photos

10. People are starting to talk about Thanksgiving and Christmas! I can't believe it, but I am getting excited about handmade gifts, big dinners, and family get togethers.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Challenging Craftiness.

(Made for the current SPCC challenge. Various ribbons and deco tape from Making Memories, sentiment by American Crafts)

(Second card for SPCC Color Challenge and this week's 2Sketches4U. Used patterned paper and sentiment from Scenic Routem paper by SEI, Stampedous dot stamp, Versamark ink, Fiskars Apron Lace punch)

(Made for a new challenge site I stumbled upon this week: Practical Scrappers. Lace cardstock from SEI, Bazzill cardstock, brads, scrap of patterned paper from Making Memories. Note: I have started mixing pocket pages with my 12 x 12 layouts. I think it is a great way to show all the photos I have for an event without making an overly cluttered layout.)

(Yet a third card for the SPCC Color Challenge and a second card for Practical Scrappers! I really liked this color combo! backed a scrap of lace cardstock from KI with scraps of patterned and plain paper. Used some old brads that matched the paper and added a sentiment from American Crafts)

Gotta run, Internet is VERY sketchy tonite. Off to introduce the BF to the SAW movie series!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Oh wireless, where are you?

So, I have had big plans on posting, lots of fun stuff I have found to share. Alas, I am having major problems with my wireless signal (namely, it likes to hide whenever it is cloudy. ahem, it is October!). So, for now, I wanted to post a few cards I made for challenges this week. When I (re)started scrapbooking 10 years ago, I never considered myself a stamper or a card maker. I dare admit I snickered at too-cutesy or sentimental cards I saw people making.

I stand corrected. I have learned a few things about cardmaking that appeal to me.

1. It is an excellent way to use scraps of paper I already had (and saved!)
2. With my computer I can customize my cards and fill them with all the snarky sayings I want. No cute kittens or sappy poems to be found!
3. When you make a card for someone, you don't have to BUY one! The cheap in me sees this as saving money (don't remind her that we paid for all the product to get it, but I digress)
4. I can work in small snippets of time and squeeze in some creativity everyday. I am the kind of person who needs to get my hands in a project. A few days away, and I am very cranky. Making cards lets me get out a few supplies and whip up something, then clean up quickly (or not. HA!)
5. Even if a card is not my 'style', I enjoy looking at them and taking away a new idea. Someone took a lot of time and was really excited about what they created, and that is very cool. There are so many talented crafters out there, and I can see them all here on the web!

So, I am now officially a cardmaker. There, I said it, it's out there. Thanks for your support.

This week's lovelies (and the respective challenges that inspired them):


BG Challenge board
(pp, rubons-Basic Grey, canvas circles-Tech. Tuesday, gems& stamps-Hero Arts)

SPCC WCMD Challenge #2
(pp-SEI, flowers-Hero Arts, buttons-Basic Grey, hello senti-Quickutz Silohuette)


SPCC WCMD Challenge #2
(pp-SEI, Bazzill, gems-Basic Grey, bracket frame-Quickutz Silohuette)

SPCC WCMD Challenge #4
(pp-Studio Calico kit, red card-Studio Calico packaging, stamps-Anna Griffin, ribbon-?, gems-Hero Arts)

Tried a few different techniques, just playing around. Not sure if I love them, but they make me laugh.

both cards-SPCC Color Combo #18
(both cards-pp-Love, Elsie, ribbon-?, blue paper is the inside of junk mail envelope, blue moon bottle cap-hiccup!)

Thanks for looking, I'mm off the catch up on my favorite blogs while the gettin's good! Here's hoping for blue skies soon!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Card Shares

Hope you are enjoying this lovely weekend. I returned late last night from a few days in Chicago. More on that soon. For now, a few cards I made last week for challenge websites. Thanks for stopping by!

{Halloween Humor}

Ha Ha! I used some die cuts I had left over from last year. I embossed the paper from Basic Grey with my versamark pen to make the spiderweb stand out. I also embossed the kraft paper back ground with some polka dots. Instead of stamping in a straight, traditional way, I overlapped the images and kept it messy to give it a cool grunge texture. This guy is going in a care package for my peeps in Springfield.
(entry for BG challenge board and 2Sketches4You).

{Monster Humor}

Isn't that the cutest stamp! I want to use him on everything!
(entry for SPCC's challenge)