Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I'm having a bit of a tidy up amidst some stamping : D. I decided to put my tiny trees all together in a clear bin. I understand some people use these for food storage lol.

I've been knitting up a small storm for the Women's March on Washington. I only found out about the Pussy Hat Project last week, so I got two knit in time to mail off to meet up with friends who will be there. Then I'll knit up one for myself and maybe a spare.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I bought all the Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal kit components with the gift certificate I got for Christmas. The book is one of the little traveler's notebook one can make with the precut and punched paper and cardstock. There is also a die to make a cover that the traveler's journals can be stored in (and easily removed and swapped out).

All sorts of dies (including the frame in the top picture) which I put to work on all the little scraps I had on my desk.

And a die for these lovely little square envelopes which I had me digging out eyelets and my eyelet setters (never get rid of crafting supplies : D). The one on top is made out of Papertrey Ink's Linen Vellum, the lower one is made with kraft cardstock, and I might be making a serious dent in my 4.5 foot stack of patterned paper lol. I used silk ribbon to make the closure of the vellum one.

My anxiety has been skyrocketing as January marches on. So I'm putting all the Distress Tolerance Crisis Survival Strategies in the handout my therapist gave me into a little book. I'm more likely to remember it if I've written it down and colored it.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Putting together elements for a layout about a stationery gift I made.

It was a lot of Christmas Crafting, but one of my favorites was the guinea pig headband to match one I found for $3.  I made the guinea pig version using Tim Holtz' Trophy Anters and Jingle Brads and took 4 days to sew.

 And here it is on the model : D.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Stationery Wedding Gift

Another hand-stamped and stenciled stationery set. The inspiration comes from the wedding invitation (behind the stationery sheet).

Because I'm only using one stamp, I just used my Tim Holtz Grid Block aligning it at the top of the sheet and the lines made it easy to center the stamp. The stamp is from Papertrey Ink's Damask Designs set. It took me a few months to find the right greens (Limeade Ice and Prairie Grass inks from Papertrey Ink and Pine Needles Distress Ink for the stenciling). I got the variegated effect by inking the stamp with Limeade Ice and then dabbing the edge of Prairie Grass over the top of the first ink.  I also stamped 2 1/4 inch adhesive paper circles for a decorative envelope seal.

Papertrey Ink has a Deluxe Stationery kit with paper, envelopes, adhesive sheets and a small container (I put the envelope seals in this). So easy to decorate. And then the paper and the envelopes fit so nicely into one of the Basic White Stationery Boxes. I attach patterned paper and a piece of cardstock decorated like the stationery to the box top.

I wanted to make a customized stencil that was at least translucent to ensure proper placement of the initials and found Papertrey Ink's Vellum to be sturdy enough for the job. I was really surprised to find that the Distress Ink was smudge proof after a few hours. That definitely needs more experimenting. The vellum is white, the picture was taken after I had used a blending tool over it a few times : D.

This is the second Monogrammed Stationery set I've given a young newlywed couple.  I told them they could either write letters to each other or write other people. I don't know if I'm #analog or #Luddite lol.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


The moose antlers (Tim Holtz Trophy Antlers (now retired, buy them if you find them if you like them) and jingle brads colored with Mushroom Alcohol Ink) and the star die underneath them are what I intended to work on this morning... and then some gifts to wrap... but then I started looking for the makings of a very important present only I kept finding other things like tea bag papers (being accumulated for a project) and scrapbook stickers and a stamp set I could not find at all 6 months ago... So today will be a test to see if I can complete the tasks I CAN find without wandering off to find the missing parts lol.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Sadly not much has happened on my desk (except the addition of a few more things to put away... which is actually a happy thing). Most of my crafty time has been spent knitting (Christmas Knitting Time has commenced!!!!). The first of three has been knit, the ends woven in and is in a nice warm soak getting ready for blocking.

The only Black Friday shopping I did was 5 of these wood crates at Jo-Ann's. A nice sturdy little shelf (on the left) to hold lots of stamps. Plus now my craft room smells pleasantly of pine : D.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


My desk is covered with goodies to put away.

This is where the real crafty activity has been. I signed up for the Craftsy Class, Adventures in Garter Stitch. The pattern is pretty simple, but still easy enough to forget where I am, so I made a reminder that can be folded up and slipped in the safety pin marking the right side.

The fully dressed fashion forward teapot with cosy and Wool Tea Warmer is now off my desk and in it's new home : D I was going to show it last week, but was distracted by things like 2 feet of snow on Monday lol.

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