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Handmade Valentine’s Day Card. Awwww!

I have been writing so much lately about goal setting, people are probably thinking “Uh, hey when are you going back to writing about handmade stuff?”

Right now.

 

What a great week. I have been crafting my little heart out over here in Redscorpioland, and how appropriate since it is going to be Valentine’s Day very soon.

 

Back when I was a kid, a long long time ago, we had the lamest Valentine’s Day cards available to us. Hearts and stuff, with the most eye-roll inducing puns. No superheroes, and no candy. Or even worse, conversation hearts. Did you know they are made of bone meal and earwig honey? Gross.

 

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I’d rather starve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a big deal nowadays though. And a great time for kids are parents to get together and make some simple & cute handmade cards. My kids do not pass out Valentine’s to their classmates at community college, but I still make a handmade card for my sweetie almost every year.

 

This is the card I made for him this year. (He walked by my work table and saw me making it so the surprise is already blown. Hello, Dear.)

 

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Happy Valentines Day!

 

I call this technique ‘faux linocut’ and it works great for making a special card for your sweetheart, or 30 cards for the whole class.

It’s super easy & kid friendly because it doesn’t require any cutting. The hardest part is remembering that everything you do to the stamp must be in reverse so it prints properly.  I should say that is the hardest step for me. It helps to pre-sketch or print your design in reverse and then copy or trace it onto the stamp. Then your brain doesn’t need to try to reverse the image, just copy what’s on your sketch. Yes, I had to do that.

 

Yes, I did have to write GnR backwards and copy it.
Yes, I did have to write GnR backwards and copy it.

 

All you need is “fun foam” or craft foam (preferably the self stick kind. That saves you the step of gluing the foam to the base and the time it takes for the glue to dry), and a rigid base. We happened to have some nice wood squares about 3″x3″ and one inch thick. Anything about that size that is smooth and rigid will do.

 

Just a wood block and some craft foam
Just a wood block and some craft foam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a pencil or a dried up ballpoint pen, draw your design into the foam. As you can see in the picture below, I have a dried up ballpoint dedicated to embossing. I take it very seriously. Wherever you draw, the foam will compress leaving a permanent groove. Be very careful drawing the design because once the foam is mashed down by the pencil, it will not bounce back. There’s no erasing with this project.

 

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First Attempt

 

When you are happy with your design, use a wide brush to apply a light layer of craft paint to a paper plate, or plastic tray or something similar and tap your stamp in it til it’s evenly coated.

 

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Tray of Paint

  

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Juiced up stamp

 

Carefully stamp your custom design onto your card. Blammo.

 

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Awwww

 

 

This is a perfect example of my favorite kind of craft; one that is so simple and yet you could get very creative and make it super complex and elaborate. And they are reusable, just wipe clean after stamping! 

 

Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite way to make cards. Here’s an anniversary card I made using this technique.

 

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Week in Review

That Feeling When You Get It Done ~ Week in Review

 

My normal process for Week in Review posts starts with going through my photos and planner and putting it together. This week I was so focused on getting stuff done that I didn’t take very many pictures. Luckily, I have a lot of notes to refer to. And some video.

 

 

 

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This stuffed animal taxidermy is technically not from this past week, but I didn’t blog about it last week and I really think it deserves a mention. This is my new obsession. I will make one of these this year. It’s already in the planner.

 

This little darling hung in the restroom at the warehouse where I attended my first ever crafty Meet-Up. It was my first Meet-Up ever, so I have zero frame of reference, but it was not what I expected. I couldn’t talk anyone into going with me so I had to go alone No big deal, but the two girls who ended up sharing my table weren’t very talkative and I am. So the three of us crafted in relative silence until they left finished up without saying goodbye. It was not nearly as fun as the Social Sketch hosted by Courtney Cerruti and the Pooping Rabbit I attended in San Francisco in November.

 

 

 

 I was kind of stoked with my project though.

 

 

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Then, on Tuesday I checked every item on my to-do list.   What an awesome feeling. That doesn’t happen every day. It didn’t happen today, I know that.

 

 

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This happened. If you don’t know who Mark Montano is, what’s wrong with you? Just kidding. If you do know who Mark Montano is, and you also know that he is my crafty hero, then you know how much this means to me. And I got the shot of it. Bonus.

 

This week, I did a bunch of cleaning and a ton of crafting. It was so wonderful after such a long stretch of “admin” duties. I have a whole new series of images for some fresh and super sassy new bracelets. And I practiced making some tutorial videos. Here’s a sneak peek into my ‘studio’.

 

filming some stuff
filming some stuff

 

I am sure that the key to my productive week has been using my planner. Not just using it, but getting in a routine of writing in it and referring to it. I am pretty good about writing in my planner every night. I can’t even sleep if I don’t have a list for the next day, because I will just keep thinking of what needs to be done, over and over. So the list was a habit. Working the plan was another story. I get distracted fairly easily so it is not uncommon for me to work all day and yet cross nothing off of the list. The past couple of weeks, I have been vigilant about consulting the list.

Only do stuff that is on the list. And it really helped.

 

Stick to the List!
Stick to the List!

 

Speaking of planners, my friend Cara created a delightful series of videos which help you get the very most from your planner. These three adorable tutorials will show you how to create a planner that is uniquely yours. After all, the best planner system is the one that helps you get stuff done.

Please click here to check out her charming video series!

 

 

 

If you still haven’t checked out my goal-fulfillment system, please give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Goals

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”

If you are ready to stop wishing and are eager to make things happen, you have to form a plan. For real. In writing. With a timeline, actionable steps and measurable milestones.

 

It isn’t easy to stay focused on fulfilling goals, at least not for me and not for most of the people I speak with. There are so many distractions.

 

This is the kind of stuff that distracts me.
This is the kind of stuff that distracts me.

 

Heck, I don’t even need outside influences like Facebook or Pinterest to distract me. My own thoughts swirl about my head like a tornado, scattering my focus to the far corners as if it were a Kansas farmhouse. Big ideas, small ideas, fleeting thoughts that might turn into something if I remember to revisit them later, when I’m not in the middle of doing something else.

 

A fairly accurate visual representation of the inside of my mind.
A fairly accurate visual representation of the inside of my mind.

 

The only thing that works for me is getting it all out on paper. So I created my own system for keeping track of long-term and short-term goals, as well as brilliant ideas that pop into my head, all in one place.

 

 

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The Red Scorpio Goal-fulfillment System is the super cheesy but rad name I gave to my custom planner. And I can call it the RSGS. Bonus. It is the best tool for helping me GSD so far. I have been refining it for years, literally, and I think it is just about perfect. I realize perfection is not an attainable goal, so I will settle for absolutely excellent.

 

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My actual planner

 

 

You do not need to buy my system. In fact, much of it is available for free on my blog. The planner that I offer for sale has all the days and dates filled in for you, though. So if that might be something you feel is worth not hassling over, check it out. You don’t have to use my free planner either. It works great for me, but there are lots of planners out there and the point is just to adopt some form of planning system. Start doing stuff on purpose.

 

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The time is right to make a commitment to planning your future. Something is going to happen, one way or the other, so you might at least try to skew the results in your favor. The journey of 1000 miles must begin with the first step. The first step of your journey should be planning. Would you drive somewhere you’ve never gone before without at least printing a Google map? You would not and you know it.

 

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Click here to get more info & check out some sample pages

 

 

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How to Make Those Resolutions Stick

It’s time, people. We’ve all made our resolutions and now we have to figure out how to follow through. Here are a couple of tips to boost success. I don’t have pictures that illustrate these ideas so I just used some pretty photos from my gallery. I think it works.

 

1) Make sure it is something you really want. Life is too short to take on projects with no passion. Only set you really want to fulfill.

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2) Tell the world. Nowadays it is so easy to broadcast your intentions, and that helps keep you accountable. And accountability is key for goal fulfillment.

 

A little too much perspective.
A little too much perspective.

 

3) Have a plan. One of my resolutions is to keep up on the laundry. What? I just told you to make sure your resolution is something you want to do and I for sure do not want to do laundry. Or it would be done by now. I do however want to reap the benefits of having my laundry done and put away versus piled up all over my house.

“Keep up on laundry” sounds so easy and doable, and for sure, it is not rocket science. But it is more complicated than breathing in and out, so it requires some thought and planning. Same with “Exercise more”, “Drink more water”, “Be more mindful”. How will I make this happen? One load every day? Once a week, all laundry, all day? I am still working this plan out so I will let you know.

 

Rainy day on Bourbon St.
Rainy day on Bourbon St.

 

4) Be realistic. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. Don’t set yourself up for failure. You are not going to become fluent in Spanish this year unless you move to Mexico and don’t have a choice. Sorry to have to break it to you. You can set a goal to “Take a Spanish Class”, or “Learn 10 Helpful Phrases in Spanish”.

 

Beautiful downtown San Diego, from the bridge
Beautiful downtown San Diego, from the bridge

 

5) Make it enjoyable. I always like to put some fun challenges on my list, and that is totally legit. Last year I set a goal to enter a project into the SD County Fair, and I actually won a ribbon. This year I want to sing Karaoke.

 

Sparkly ring
Sparkly ring

 

6) Things change, your intentions may change, and that is ok. It is important to set goals. It is just as important to know what goals are worth your time. You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

Tweet: Move forward and make progress. That is the point. via @redscorpiomade  Move forward and make progress. That is the point.

 

 

 

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Thanks For The Memories, 2014 – My Year in Review

The past year has flown by faster than any recent year that I can recall. Maybe because it was packed with so much good stuff. I vividly remember eating our traditional New Year’s Day dinner in the cold and damp enchanted forest of Samuel P. Taylor campground as if it were just last week, not last year. Goodbye 2014! You were awesome.

 

In January 2014, I made my list of resolutions, like I always do. Some things that made the list were “Get a Tweet read on live TV”, “Join a Fantasy Football League” and “Wake up earlier”.

By the way, that last one is on the list every year. Except for this one. I have given up fighting my body clock. I don’t have to get up at any particular time since I work from home, so now I get up when my body tells me to, usually around 8:30, and so far it is working great.

 

Check!
Check!

 

I did join a Fantasy Football League and it was fun. I had no clue what I was doing when I started, and ended up in 4th place. Not too shabby.  I did not get a live tweet read on TV, but got lots of shout outs on CreativeLive, and I think that’s even better.

 

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CL Twitter feed. That’s my tweet!

 

My big goal for 2014 was to “Have a Successful Holiday Season”, and I would have to say that I did do that. That’s on my list again this year, but bigger and better in 2015. “Get into Oprah’s “Favorite Things” gift guide was also one of my resolutions, but I missed the deadline. This year, I will be prepared.

 

Jewelry as Unique as You Are
Jewelry as Unique as You Are

 

In 2014 we camped in Pt. Reyes, Kings Canyon and Sequoia, Anza-Borrego, Yosemite and Death Valley. That last one just barely though, since we arrived 12/31/2014 at 3pm, but still, it counts.

 

I travelled to San Francisco four times. Twice by myself, which is something I had never done before and something I had never even imagined I would be able to do, quite frankly. In 2014, I discovered I am more capable than I previously realized.

 

I left my heart here
I left my heart here

 

I found a community of like-minded souls and now have a supportive network of creative cohorts who I can count on for encouragement.

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Yay! 

 

I celebrated 27 years of marriage to my best friend.

 

Wedding Day 1987
Wedding Day 1987

 

 

I entered my beaded snake into the San Diego County Fair (another “2014 Resolution”) and won second place in my division.

 

Prize Winning Beaded Snake!
Prize Winning Beaded Snake!

 

 

We lost our tortoise, Frank when he was taken from our back yard. We almost lost our little dog Lola, who was bitten by a rattlesnake, but fortunately she recovered fully. We welcomed two new members to the flock.

 

 

2014 turned out so differently that I could have ever imagined. I experienced much more than I had thought possible. I pushed myself further and harder than I had planned. I opened up more. I tried a bunch of new stuff. Some of it worked, some of it did not. All of it taught me lessons.

 

Coming at you, 2015. Be ready, because I sure am.

 

 

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New Year’s Resolutions! Woot!

I love New Year’s Eve because I really dig symbolism, and what is more symbolic than a holiday dedicated to a fresh start?

 

Tweet: http://ctt.ec/M8DS6+ night the sun goes down and every day it comes up again... a fresh start, a new chance. via @redscorpiomadeLet’s not forget that every night the sun goes down and every day it comes up again, signaling a fresh start. Every day is a new chance.

 

That said, I do make New Year’s Resolutions and here they are in no particular order…

 

#1) Systems and schedules for success. This is my theme for the year. I write it on my daily planner every day to help reinforce the idea. I began this in 2014, and this year I am really ramping it up. For real though.

 

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#2) “Get used to the sound of my voice”. I wrote this in my planner on December 30th when I was contemplating my plans for 2015. I would love to do a podcast, but the thought of hearing myself speak on tape made me cringe. January 3rd, I was in Death Valley camping and had no cell signal. My laptop had just enough juice for me to write a one-page document. Greg was on a day-long solo hike so it was just me and the dogs. That got boring after a while so I just decided to try recording my voice, you know, to get used to it. I ended up making three kind of long recordings because I quickly realized that hearing my own voice did not bother me in the least. I was elated, but kind of annoyed at the same time for waiting so long to discover this! I could have been making voice notes the whole time. Psssh. But bonus, I got to check off a resolution on day 3, the fastest time yet. And then I turned it into a new resolution which is…

 

#3) Do a bunch more stuff I think I will hate. I am still working on the list and will share it with you ASAP. Also, just because they’re called “New Year’s Resolutions” does not mean you need to make a list by January 1st and then that’s it. I add stuff for at least a month. Sometimes longer.

 

#4) Create a morning routine. A perpetual resolution. Each year I get a little better.

 

#5) Sing Karaoke. Not just sing Karaoke, but get so comfortable singing Karaoke that I can do it any time, even while sober.

 

 

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#6) Simplify my space. It’s too chaotic. It’s starting to bug me. I am going to get my pal Jane Dolan involved in this because she is an organizational Zen Master. Or Mistress.

 

#7) Get into Oprah’s O Magazine Gift Guide. This is a holdover from last year because I missed the cut off date. Not this year. Coming for you Oprah. You won’t be sorry.

 

#8) Act impulsively. I realized beyond a shadow of a doubt that I work best when backed into a corner. I have always been careful about what I say I am going to do because I don’t want to commit out loud and risk failing.  Funny thing though, all that ‘secret’ stuff never gets done. I can easily justify letting myself down, but I don’t feel the same when others are involved. It’s the power of accountability, people! So I am going to just blurt stuff out and then I will be forced to back my sh!t up.

 

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#9) Paint a big giant picture. I bought some large canvases last year (yikes!) and they’ve been sitting here staring at me because I am too intimidated by their big giant blankness. This year, I am ready to vajayjay up and go for it. The worst that will happen is I will be out about $15, but know what? I already am!

 

Wishing you the best 2015 ever ♥

 

How about you? Any good ones you would like to share?

I would love to hear them. Please share in the comments!

 

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