Friday, October 2, 2015

31 Days | Day 2 | The Beginning of Mayhem

“Look deeper through the telescope
and do not be afraid when the stars
collide towards the darkness,
because sometimes the most beautiful
things begin in chaos.” 
- Robert M. Drake

via StockSnap

This is my first post circa 2007:

The First Thirteen

No introduction really. I just started. I knew that if I let my insecurities and ignorance of how this whole blog thing worked, I would never take that first step; I would never have put my thoughts out there to be read, judged or commented on!

8 years, on and off.
311 posts.
1024 published comments.

Those numbers don't really mean much to anyone else. Have I been a successful blogger? I never started this blog for anyone other than myself. In the beginning I shared my posts with family and for a short time locked down my blog to only invited readers, but I enjoyed this online forum, the ability to reach out to people with similar interests, to be edified and help build a community, a tribe of my own that wasn't limited by proximity, rank or gender.

Why Mayhem?

If you look up the definition of "mayhem" you will find all sorts of unsavory words - maim, violence, injury, destructive, havoc...I chose to take some creative license and only use part of those definitions:

...a state of disorder or chaos...

If you have ever raised four children (ages 4, 7, 10 & 16), while living overseas, married to your military man who was rarely home, living in a village where most of the people didn't speak your language and you definitely didn't speak their's (unless you count charades as a language skill!),
you might have experienced more than a little disorder in your life...

What I wanted was to make sense of the crazy chaos, to organize the lovely mess that was my life.  When you don't have your partner to buffer the troubles that come your way, you deal. You stay up late, you skip the put self at the end of the day. At the end of the day, I would tuck in the little ones and then I would make something. Anything. Cake, cookies, bread, scrapbook pages, paintings, home decor, a blog post...anything to feel that I had done more than manage crisis, deflect destruction, and minimize collateral damage caused by the whirlwind that was my family.

Although my sharing has been mostly about mommyhood, crafting and food, Making Mayhem came to be out of the darkness of disorder in 2007 and helped to bring light into my heart at a time when I needed to be able to connect with others.

A reluctant revolution has taken place in my life over this past year. It's time to embrace this mayhem that is my story.

Talk with you soon.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

31 Days | Day 1 | Hello, 31 Days!


It has been a long time since I've sat down and typed up a few words for this little blog of mine! This past year has been an incredible 10 months of change and I know there's more to come...good things and some things I'd like to forget for now, but I am embracing whatever it is that comes my way.

The development of MM (Making Mayhem) has been on my heart as my life has been evolving. Change is in the wind (and it has nothing to do with Hurricane Joaquin!) Whenever I need to feel the illusion of more control in my life, I start with a color change, new clothes, anything to help me feel better on the outside, so I can work on the inside with less distraction.

If you've been by before, you'll notice there have been a few changes around MM... a color change, a bit of tidying up? I am looking forward to sharing some lovely mayhem with you, my friends!

What better way to return to the blogosphere than with a challenge?!

Hello, 31 Days!

I only came across this online writing challenge a few days ago, but have spent hours, ahem, some time, reading through past years and finding myself immersed in letters of love, words of grief, pictures and tutorials that I didn't even know I needed!

Write what you want, every day...that's it! Link up, read and share, if you are so inclined. Pretty simple stuff. You can read more about 31 Days on the website and join in - it's not too late!

My plan? There really isn't one. For the next 31 days, I will work on the design of MM, write what is on my heart, share some of what has happened this year and hope that I will find the time to make more than a little creative mayhem...

Talk with you soon.

31 Days | Making the Most of Mayhem

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Monday, December 1, 2014

House of Cards Photo Inspiration & Blog Hop!

Hi friends!  Can you believe we've come to the end of our third term at House of Cards?!  We are saying a fond farewell to some of our DT members and feel so grateful to those staying on.  To say goodbye and thank you, we're celebrating with a blog hop!

This hop will run FROM DECEMBER 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment! 

Here's our photo inspiration~

You should have arrived here from ANITA'S blog.  If you haven't, and you'd like to hop with us, please make sure you start there and continue through the whole hop for the most chances to win!  Speaking of winning, we have some amazing sponsors!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Daydream Designs
Prize: $20 to their digital store

Deedee's Digis
Prize: Gift Card to the online store.

Eclectic Anthology
Prize: $50 gift voucher to the shop.

Great Impressions
Prize: Prize Package with 5 Stamps

Paper Sweeties
Prize: $20 gift voucher to the shop.

Stitchy Bear
Prize: $10 gift voucher to the shop.

Aren't those great sponsors & prizes? Be sure to leave some comment love at every stop!

Now on to my creative goodies! These projects use gorgeous papers from Eclectic Anthology: 

Eclectic Vintage Printable Papers - Aged Aqua

Eclectic Vintage Printable Papers - Coffee Bean

and images from Daydream Designs: Christmas Deer Outlines - PERFECT for our photo inspiration!

And, finally, a card using the Jolly Snowman from Great Impressions...

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is JUDY'S blog!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,

Saturday, November 1, 2014

House of Cards Sketch - O Holy Night

Happy Day After Halloween!

This day marks the official start of the holidays for me...already have plans in motion for Thanksgiving, Christmas plans being finalized and brain storming New Year's! Thankful for the sugar rush! lol

When it comes to making a few more Christmas cards in October, I can use all the help I can find! Well, this month's House of Cards Challenge is a sketch. Works for me!

Here's my take on the sketch:

At first glance this may look like a CAS card (...and to some of you it may be! lol), but this card has layers and lots of embossing - the hot kind!

- The basic notes:
- black panel is punched
- kraft layer is clear embossed and so is a section of the white base. It was super hard to photograph, but you can see how the light catches the shiny areas. It's so pretty in person!
- sentiment is gold embossed.

This card is also a gatefold card! (with a nekked inside...will finish that this weekend.)

Now it's YOUR turn! You can make it CAS (clean and simple), Classic, Cute or Vintage...whatever your style is! Link up your card HERE.

You'll find all of the Design Team cards linked up on the main challenge blog with HOC DT after their names. Be sure to visit them for lots of inspiration!

Inky hugs,

Friday, October 31, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - The Christmas Story Mini Triptych

Hello, Friends and Happy Halloween to those of you that celebrate it!

Welcome to my last Friday on the Globecraft & Piccolo blog. Seems to be the theme around here, doesn't it? *wink* No worries! There are good things in the works. Stay tuned...

I've had a great time designing with the G&P product line, especially the chunky Embossing Enamel Powders - I LOVE how you can customize the finish by the amount of heat and how long you heat it.

Here the triptych is laid out straight across.

For my farewell project I've revisited my first post where I shared how to create an ombre look with 2 powders. Here I used the powders to create a sky and focus point for the nativity.

All G&P supplies listed at the end of the post.

Begin by coating all the Accents with Mars Black 3D Gels. Set aside to dry.

Using rectangle bezels as the base, I gessoed the front and back. Time for the powders! I found that it was easiest to add and heat one powder at a time.

Can you see the sparkle and shine?

Adhere all the Accents to your bases. Adhere a couple of pieces of scrap ribbon to to the back of the bezels and connect all the pieces.

Thanks for stopping by today!

The Christmas Story Accents A121 Rectangle Bezels (pack of 4) B111 Medium Flourishes Accents A139  3D Enamel Gel MARS BLACK Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid   Enamel Powder AGED WHITE Enamel Powder DEEP BLUE SKY Enamel Powder MICRO WHITE Enamel Powder 24k GOLDGlastique GLOSS Finishing Glaze 2 oz.


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