The Firebird

Occasionally, I’m lucky enough to be able to bring my crafty world into my work world.  When this happens, it usually involves one of the Symphony’s Education programs.  I’ve gotten to create a huge paper ice cream sundae and various pieces for the preconcert activities for our Family performances.  This latest project is one of my favorites.

The Symphony had it’s 2nd Family Concert today and featured was the music from Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Along with the concert itself, we have activities for the kids prior to the performance.  The activities  include things like creating masks or puppets, an instrument petting zoo etc.  This week, we included shadow puppets and I got to make them.  This was a Silhouette project all the way (seems appropriate doesn’t it?).  I used my die cutter, Silhouette chipboard and Silhouette sticky cardstock.  Prince Ivan and Tsarevna are files from Miss Kate Cuttables, the wizard Kashchei is a file from Snapdragon Snippets and the Firebird is a Silhouette file.  All four come with layers of detailed add ons but, being shadow puppets, I kept them as simple outlines.


I always have so much fun when I get to work with the Education Department and even more so when they are happy with what I come up with.  Story boards were used to tell the tale and the kids acted out the story using the puppets.

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Prince Ivan and Tsarevna


Prince Ivan, Kashchei and the Firebird

It was a fun afternoon and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  It’s a crazy, hectic hour leading up to the performance with lots and lots of kids creating and participating in the activities, but it’s such a wonderful thing to see the kids engaged and learning.

If you’re interested in the music, click here and take a listen.



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Winter Blues

Having moved to Arizona 18 months ago, I’ve learned not to comment to much on the cold back home in Wisconsin.  It’s a bit unfair when it’s freezing there and in the 60’s to 70’s here.

This card, however, says it all.

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My folks have my cat (really their cat now) and dad keeps the bird feeders well stocked.  These images are perfect to show just how much it pains her to see the birds eating and flitting about but not be able to do anything about it.  Of course, she’s never caught a bird in her life but it pains her regardless.

The images are from a company that I’ve just recently discovered:  Gerda Steiner Designs.  The images are fun, many of the sets come with matching dies and there are digital offerings too.  Oh and free shipping on orders over $40 which is amazing!

The images come on a clear sheet in a plastic package.  The dies come on a magnetic sheet (!!!!!) also in a plastic package.  If you hang your dies, they work perfect as the come.

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I like to store my dies and my stamps together and these fit perfectly in a 4 x 6 Sizzix envelope.  It’s my organizational dream come true.

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The images stamp clear and cleanly.  I’m so happy with these and the digitals are more of the same.  Very clean, sharp lines.

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I’ve stamped a few of the images and am looking forward to more coloring (the UNICORN!) and card making.  In the meantime, be sure to check out their offerings.



Images – Gerda Steiner Designs:  All Cats, Moody Unicorns
Ink – Versafine
Color – Prismacolor Premier Pencils
Paper – Gina K, Papertrey Ink
Stencil – Tim Holtz


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Resolution: Get Organized

What better time to commit to getting control of the chaos than the new year?  It helps that I had a three day weekend and a pretty decent plan.  My first mission was to organize my paper.  I love paper.  Wholly, completely and irrationally.  Organizing it however, can be a pain.  It takes up a lot of space and it’s so easy to forget what color or company something came from.

At one point a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and acquired this:


It’s a double layers file folder cart for 8 1/2 x 11 hanging folders.  Until today, it was mostly empty and a dump for odds and ends.  Now, however, it looks like this:

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I made the tag inserts using my Silhouette Cameo.  I drew a 2″ by .5″ rectangle and then used the replicate function to fill a 12 x 12 page.  Into each rectangle I typed the company name and color and then printed with a black Sketch Pen. Before unloading the paper, I used the cut outline feature to cut out the rectangles.  It took a bit but wasn’t difficult and the finished result is so worth it.

I predominantly have Gina K, Papertrey Ink and Reverse Confetti paper.  They seem to be my go to companies.  I sorted by company and color family – filing alphabetically from there. There are two or three colors per folder since I tend to buy variety packs and only have a few sheets per color.  There are also baskets holding ribbon, glue and punches attached to the cart.  The bottom shelf holds my large paper cutter.  130_0604


I’m so glad that I grabbed this when I had the chance and toted it with me as I moved.  It took a few years but now it’s living up to the potential I knew it had.  It was just up to me to make it happen 🙂

There’s more organizational magic coming.  I’ve done a thorough clear out and am determined to make sense of my crazy world, especially since this room does triple duty as my craft room, office and the spare bedroom when folks come to visit.  Not only am I a person who thrives on being organized but it’s so much easier to use what you have when you can find it.



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Happy New Year

A new year and a new blog.  Well… not so new.  It’s been hovering around for a while, I just haven’t posted yet so it doesn’t really count, does it?

Our friends over at Blitsy are sponsoring a give away today “It’s a New Day Challenge”.  The premise it to create a project using something new:  image, supplies, idea – really the sky’s the limit as long as you can explain it.

I thought it would be a good way for me to get my craft blogging feet wet again so I’ve created this card.  What’s better than a new baby?

Click here to link to the challenge and enter your own “new” projects.  There is a $100 store credit up for grabs.

**Edited to add:  The “scent” is intentional.  The sentiment stamp is from Papertrey and the card is going with a basket up goodies that make babies smell so good. Out of context it looks a little odd :)**

Stay tuned for more posts from me too.  It’s been a while but there is no time like the present to get back in the swing.



Stamp:  Whimsy Stamps “Baby Giraffe”, Papertrey Ink “Heaven Sent”
Color:  Spectrum Noir
Paper:  CC Designs, Papertrey Ink, Gina K
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, Distress Inks Dusty Rose
Dies:  CC Designs, Spellbinders
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