Hello and welcome to The Capricious Crafter blog! Who or what is the capricious crafter? Well, that would be me, Becky, a sixty something child of God, wife, daughter, aunt, great aunt, friend and lover of crafting, cooking, reading, travel, and more. My husband and I have been married almost thirty years and are looking forward to his retirement at the end of 2014. Our plans are to buy a new camper and hit the road as much as possible. Oh, the possibilities are endless for our future!

I am a child of the 1950's and that is definitely my favorite 'era'. I collect Fire King items from the 1940's and 50's, clear glass or crystal glassware, especially pitchers, cream and sugar sets, etc., as well as old dishware and serving pieces, vintage fabrics and so much more!

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, and definitely from my early childhood. I remember my mother teaching me how to make paper dolls from the Sears catalog and 'shirt cardboard' from the cleaners. And now I still love playing with paper! My primary crafty passion is paper crafting items such as mini albums, cards, tags, etc., however I also enjoy crocheting, some sewing, embroidery, mixed media art and art journaling, felt crafts and so much more.

My purpose for this blog is to share the crafts I make, foods I cook, decorating and caring for my home, new products I try, treasures I find at estate and yard sales, my collections, and anything else I come up with. I hope you will join me on this journey ... it's going to be a very 'capricious' ride!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sharing ... ICAD 2014 ... My New Obsession!

About a week ago I noticed a post on facebook by a crafty friend, and it was a project she had made and labeled it 'ICAD 2014'.  Well, I searched it out and found their facebook page to discover what it was all about, and I loved what I found!  ICAD stands for Index Card A Day, and is using the simple index card to encourage artists (and aspiring artists) to create every day, and do it on an index card.

A project of Daisy Yellow, ICAD 2014 will last for 61 days ... all of June and July ... meaning you should make 61 projects.  You can choose several ways to participate ... following the daily prompts, the weekly themes, or just taking your own path ... just as long as you create and learn and grow in your artistic abilities and endeavors. 

I have chosen to follow the daily prompts, which are given out each Friday evening for the following week.  (An ICAD week runs Sunday to Saturday, just like on the calendar.)  Week one prompts were:

  • June 1  -  Day 1  -  Prism
  • June 2  -  Day 2  -  Circus Tent
  • June 3  -  Day 3  -  Hello, my name is ...
  • June 4  -  Day 4  -  Puzzle
  • June 5  -  Day 5  -  Galaxy
  • June 6  -  Day 6  -  Nail Polish
  • June 7  -  Day 7  -  Yellow

And here are my cards ....

Day One - Prism

Gelatos, Black Pitt Pen, Spica Pens

Day Two - Circus Tent

Graphite Pencil, Spica Pens.  The quote is my very own, describing how I feel these days!

Day Three - Hello, My Name Is ...

Day Four - Puzzle

For the base I used a gelli print on 110# card stock, using cheap acrylic paints.  I also used MME stamps, Archival Ink in Cobalt, Pitt Pens and Collage Podge.  I love doing some puzzles, but the Sudoku is just a mystery to me!  That's why I said "This Puzzie is a Puzzle to me".

Day Five - Galaxy

For this one, I used black acrylic paint, Stickles in Black, Silver and Stardust, tiny silver star sequins, and a Uniball Signo white pen.

Day Six - Nail Polish

Background and pink fingernails are Gelatos, fingers drawn with a graphite pencil (6B), and Pitt Pens.  I don't wear nail polish, don't like what it does to my nails, and prefer the natural color rather than some un-natural color.  That is why I did what I did on this card.

Day Seven - Yellow

Gelatos, water colors, Stickles, Glossy Accents and Pitt Pens.  No explanation necessary!

So that is my first week of ICAD!  I am running behind on week two, but it won't take long to get caught up. 

What I love about this challenge is that:
  • it is a small surface to work on, 
  • the prompts give you just enough to get you started, 
  • it isn't forever, but rather just two months, 
  • you can follow the prompts or themes, or go your own way, and 
  • the group page on Facebook is LOTS of fun, with lots of encouraging and talented folks!

So, let me know if you decide to give it a whirl!  I think you would really enjoy it!  Blessings,