Thursday, April 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

This month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop challenge is to feature something tilted.

The tilt is made with the back of the stripe stamp from Background Basics: Retro flanked by the striped side. The tag is from Tags for Spring.

The detail is made with the cast offs from cutting down the mat which had some of the striped stamping on it, so I tied three of them together in two places with PTI Rustic Twine.

Finally, after many years of punching out a shape and then stamping on it, I had an epiphany many of you probably already had. Stamp first, then punch. (Visualize face palm).

PTI cardstock: Vintage Cream (cardbase), Kraft
Stamps: Background Basics: Retro, Tags for Spring.
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Misc. PTI rustic twine.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The clipboards holding things, a flat glass ornament looking for the right stamp combinations, a silk flower that was daubled with by paint, garden and camping brads finally brought to the craftroom after a 4 year wait (no expiration date on them thankfully). Distress Inks to be labelled. And in the back, cards that didn't pass muster, but will live another day as something smaller (like clipboard art).

Besides the versatility of the clipboards, it's fun to make small bite-sized projects. The Proud Member of the Coffee Achievers was made because I had never used that happy bean stamp. Then I started experimenting with a bit of organza ribbon and a brooch pinned on the ribbon..

If you are pining because you can't find a little clipboard, don't fret. Tim Holtz has the little clips, so you can make your own with wood, chipboard, metal etc.

Saturday I went to my monthly (spinning) guild meeting for a workshop requiring a wheel (instead of my usual spindles). Only I had forgotten the wheel wasn't working properly, so I spent most of the meeting fiddling with it. Of course I forgot about it when I got home until I noticed a bag stuffed with 4 oz of angora fiber had burst open.

The other part of my workdesk this week is on my Lendrum spinning wheel (all clean, oiled where it should be oiled and the wobbly wheel spinning much truer). Yes, I'm spinning the angora over the mystery orange from last summer. Not really sure what I'm doing with either lol. Another thing about spinning angora, it makes me think of the quote delivered by Johnny Depp in the film Ed Wood, "Don't you think angora has a certain tactile sensuality lacking in all other fabrics?"

 Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I found these lovely miniature clipboards at AC Moore (2 for $1) so I've been fiddling about with ideas for changeable art jewelry. This one I used my crop-a-dile and punched two small holes for cording for a necklace. The other I think I'll turn into a brooch. Under the stamps in the back, you can just see a bit of my mini-smash book, I'll check to see if I've posted that one and will write more another time if I haven't.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Maze(zing) Birthday Book

This book was one of my Design Team Projects for Club Ruby Designers back in 2011. The basic tutorial can be found in this post.

In this case, I cut two covers to go over the ribbon glued to the front and back of the book. The fronts and backs of the pages were glued together to give a more finished appearance. The pages were decorated with party embellishments leaving room for small pictures and journaling.

Other variations can be found by clicking on the maze book label to the right, or using the search button at the top right of the page.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


One clear spot for stamping a collage that didn't happen because I got distracted. My scissors have been altered by a designer dog. They are unmistakably mine at crops lol. The spindle whorl on the left was an experiment with stamping and Glossy Accents (not a good choice for a spindle, but now I know). The other two are being prepped for decorating.

I used my Gypsy and Cricut  to cut freezer paper stencils for tee-shirts. Yes, we are a Whovian household lol.

I'm also still working on a layout that was "done" over a year ago. The title (Bugs & Kisses) needs to stand out more (the blue felt letters are the same tone as the green ribbon). So I'm adding Black Hematite Viva Decor Glitter Liner.  BTW this stuff lasts a long time, I've used this one bottle on at least 20 projects.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for info about WOYWW, the ATC 208 swap and links to lots and lots of crafty spaces. Better yet, snap a picture of yours and join in the fun : D.

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Tee-Shirt, Some Freezer Paper and some Paint

I was under strict instructions not to remove the tee-shirt from it's box, so that's the lesson learned for not photographing earlier. The tee-shirt is a tardis blue color. I only cut the freezer paper (with my Cricut) and gave the instructions.  I used my Gypsy for the layout and Street Sign cart (I love this cart) and a couple of hearts.