Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Just before I started tidying up. It's the scissors convention, just outside the shot is my most used pair. The bag in the back is full of sea glass. The stamp in the front is one I cut apart (and put back together).

I stamped it twice, because my friend and I are getting to that age lol.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

What's Kracken?

 The whale is from Basic Gray's Set Sail stamp set. the birthday hat is hand cut fro a piece of scrap. The vial is from Tim Holtz' newer set wrapped with a bit of jute tied to make a loop to use as a charm. There is a very tiny piece of sea-glass from one of my favorite beaches inside.

The card is from Cricut's Simple Pop-Up cartridge cut in a light cardstock (DCWV?). The assembly instructions are relatively unclear and it took a bit of practice to figure out exactly how to bend the cuts or which tentacle went where and likewise the waves. Future cards will be easy peasy to put together. The sizing is also a bit awkward. It might be easier to only cut the blue and the green tentacles.

Friday, September 18, 2015

SAF 2015: Accessories Challenge

I found this cut (Pretty Pennants cartridge by Cricut) cut from Stamper's Select White cardstock. I was struck how it worked really well as a larger "cuff", and would be an inexpensive means of having a large statement accessory.

But as it was a gift, I cut it down and it still looks lovely, although definitely more subtle. Check out the Accessories Challenge for the particulars about shaping the popsicles. The challenge has ended, but the information is still there : ).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


 Does any one know if all these titles apply to just one person?

You might have read my post a couple of weeks ago about buying an iPad (mostly for crafting purposes). But it has also allowed me to achieve a dream I've had for over 30 years, immediate, 24 hour access to Philip Miller's Gardener's Dictionary (8th edition, 1768). I used to drive over an hour to pour over an original from opening to closing. The real-life edition is a 3 volume set, each volume is about 4 inches thick, 13 inches tall and about 10 inches wide.

I spent more than a day trying to figure it out (it is a BIG ASS file) how to store it on my iPad rather than having to download it from the Adobe Reader every time. It even baffled the folks at the genius bar for a while lol. Crafty time has been a bit minimal for actual activity due to a variety of factors including joining a gym.

When I was at physical therapy for 2.5 months this summer for tendinitis I was told that building up muscles will help the tendons. All the incentive I needed. Just behind the first picture you can see the leftovers from Stamp-a-faire back in the end of August. So I can watch my crafting videos whilst getting cardio lol.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015


I'm still tidying up from the aftermath of Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire even though I got distracted and only posted a couple of the challenges, I still made quite the mess.

The blue and green pieces are part of a card cut with Cricut Explore and the Simple Pop-Ups cartridge (a birthday card with a sea monster and "Let's Get Kracken" written on it for a friend celebrating her 50+ bithday). I'll be using my Explore a lot more now that I have an iPad mini. Also handy for playing crafting videos and no chance of getting glitter and bits of paper in the keyboard. Happy Birthday/Christmas/Mother's Day to me for years to come lol. (It's also my reading device). I'm a bit of a Luddite and don't want a smart phone (I don't like paying the monthly fees lol) so this is perfect for me.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

SAF 2015: Threads Challenge

Threads Challenge. Instead of making a card embellishment, I made a bracelet (so a wrist embellishment). I was perusing my stash of Melon Berry buttons (from SAF 2012) and I saw this button that had wavy Melon Berry lines in a transparent button.

I used two strands of Rustic Cream Button Thread and then braided them after making a loop (the two inner threads braided as one strand with the two outer threads. On the loop side I just braided and made a loop, cutting off the excess. The loop should be just large enough for the smaller button to go through.

I used my "needle" applicator to apply Ranger's Matte Multi Medium to make sure the knot doesn't come undone. The button twine can be a little "hairy" after braiding which is easily remedied with a little trimming.

SAF 2015 Bridal Challenge

Here's my take on Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2015 Bridal Challenge.

stamp and die sets: Everyday Happiness, Rosie Posie, Fabulous Frames
paper: Stamper's Select White, White Shimmer, Sheer Basics Vellum Patterned Paper (tiny polka dots and Chevron)
embossing powder: Sparkle n' Shine Gold Detail, Sparkle n' Shine White Detail Opaque
adhesives: Stampin' Up foam pop ups, Ranger Matte Multi Medium (sequins), mini glue dots (behind the embossed areas of the flower).
embellishments: white flower sequins from Lovely Laurels mini kit, Darice 8mm Crystal sequins, PTI silk ribbon on a spool