Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I'm finally getting my new blending foam organizer going. Stamping the color on cardstock, putting the cardstock in a page protector attaching velcro to the page protector and into a notebook. Easier than the ring o' bags. Especially since I'm adding Distress Oxides to the mix Not shown is my Tim Holtz stamping platform (this is a magnificent tool, love the two open sides and the easy peasy switch from rubber cling to clear stamps).

I participated in the final GISHWES (Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen). Now my car trunk makes me feel I've been working as a Magical hit person.

Mostly Ive been knitting, aparently I can't resist a WestKnits knitalong. This is the Boneyard Shawl worked in fingering rather than worsted weight for WestKnits Fadealong.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


I've been doing a little coloring with pencils. Jenny Lawson's You Are Here which has some awesome writing thrown in amongst the pictures.  If you don't know who Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess is, I suggest you google The Bloggess Giant Metal Chicken (which is the post that made me a follower).

In other news, I'm still spinning the silk cap on the beaded spindle. This is a little video I made with my camera so it is a bit more wobbly than if I just spun.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017


There are some leftovers to put away and some ideas to put into use : D.

But the big plan for the day is to do some spinning whilst listening to the baseball game on the radio. BTW if you want to tilt the odd from rainy to dry, put plants outside to get rained on : /.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I turned 60 recently and decided to join the local senior center : D. We had a lunch and then for $1 we could get a bingo card for some lively games of bingo. But before and after lunch I managed to get a bit of spinning in.

This is a silk cap after it has been separated by layers, predrafted and rolled into a ball (on the left) the spinning is easy peasy (on the spindle).

I finished the shawl I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, and now have cast on another (much simpler, but on size 2 needles). Apparently 60 is when I tend to have fewer projects on the go at one time???? Who said old dogs can't learn new tricks : D.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


What I have mostly been doing for the last month and a halfish. : D. My first ever knitalong, mesh stitch, seed stitch, BRIOCHE stitch (that one almost did me in), marled knitting, full size shawl amongst other firsts I've forgotten. It's by WestKnits the pattern is Marled Magic.And I am making the medium size. It's a rare thing to just work mostly on one thing when it's a project for myself. I've managed to squeeze in some of my handspun pet skeins (spun just for spinning sake) and some Christmas knitting leftovers.

I've made notes for the mini album or scrapbook pages that are in the works to document this lol.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


The booties are finished (see post below for the glamor shots) and next on the list is a basket made with the Favor It #9 die set (Papertrey Ink).  It's been snowing and snowing, thankfully I don't have to go out the drifts make it difficult to tell how much snow we've had, but some of the drifts are about 3 feet high.

Behind the die are some very shiny mylar tape... this must be cut though, so no fun torn washi edges, still it is very very shiny. I also found some tiny clothespins/clothes pegs.

I finished the redo of section 1 of West Knits Magic Marled Mystery Shawl Knitalong and am forging ahead with section 2. I am running way behind as sections 3 and 4 came out last Friday. But onward I knit : D.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hello Baby Booties

Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 10 Year Anniversary with a Stitching Inspired Challenge. I was inspired by the Smokey Shadow coaster set.

These are for my spinning guild's annual auction. I used Papertrey Ink's Baby Bootie Dies, the flowers from the Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples kit, and the hello from the Quick Stitch Sentiments set. The booties are cut from Smokey Shadow and the flowers are Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice and Raspberry Fizz.

The idea of embellishing the soles came from the crafty genius, Betsy Veldman. I added a second sole cut from a thinner felt in my stash and it peeks out more in some areas than others but I like the effect.

 I added the flowers to the heel piece before stitching it on.

I don't know anyone expecting or even planning on expecting, but these baby booties are so fun to make. They make excellent purse projects too.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WOYWW 405 I have done something I have never done before. I am participating in a Knitalong, not after the fact, in real time.... well snail time but still. The Marled Magic Mystery Shawl KAL to be precise.

So here I am happily knitting along around row 32 of the first section... when I look at my piece and then look at the designer's picture of this section, and about 50 other people's pictures... and that's when I realized I was doing it WRONG... so very very very wrong.

So after a blue streak had filled the space above my house, I ripped IT ALL out and learned that the term yarn OVER means you put the yarn UNDER the needle... and apparently this makes a difference. So here is my rebooted project. Now it looks like it's supposed to look! Apparently I am tenacious AF XD or the knitting embodiment df Sisyphus: D.

On a less frustrating note, I made a ballerina robot get well card : D. Stamping Up Lots of Bots, with Papertrey Ink Background Basics: Retro on the card base background and various colors of Stickles.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink February 2017 Blog Hop

Today is Papertrey Ink's February 2017 Blog Hop. The laurel and sentiment are from the Make It Market: Lovely Laurels mini kit heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also sprinkled embossing powder across the background and on the edges. And two edges of the card base are inked with Raspberry Fizz.

 I started with Vintage Cream cardstock as the card base and blended Saffron Spice ink across it (spritzed with water). I wound up covering most of it with the focal image, but I love the effect.

What is barely visible (just enough to break the starkness of the solid cardstock) is the bow from Lovely Laurels stamped randomly with Fine Linen.

And because Simon Says Anything Goes, it's there as well : D.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Experimental Stitching

I got to pull out my purse project container while my car was being serviced. I had this bit of perforated paper that I had spritzed with dylusions ink.

The thread is a ply of unknown naturally colored gray wool (probably romney) plied against a ply of white corriedale (from a Ewe named Eugenia).

And I have to say as I've gotten older, it's become much more difficult to thread a needle. I've spent as long as 20 minutes on a bad day. But this beauty is thread in 3 seconds at most. It's called a Spiral Eye Side Threading Needle and can be found at (no affliation or anything, just thrilled to bits).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Cleaning up after a mist of Dylusion Spray went awry. The snowflake die cuts are for a card waiting to be finished, embossing buddy and gold embossing powder waiting to be put away. Packing tape ready for the next batch of packing tape transfers. And the ring of blending foams are about to be transferred to laminated sheets in a note book or two.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Celebrating Papertrey Ink: 2009

Papertrey Ink is celebrating 2009. I used two sets released that year Wishing You and Vintage Picnic. I stamped the foliage with Prairie Grass and the flowers with Pure Poppy (and washed over them with an aqua brush). The picnic basket and the tea towel are die cut and stamped (and painted) with Pure Poppy. The food is stamped with Fine Linen and then colored with Scattered Straw, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Spun Sugar and Candied Apple Distress Markers. The background is made with a large flat aqua brush picking up Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

Simon Says use your favorite tool, so I did (BigKick) : ). Simon also Says Fantastic Florals, so I did that too

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Papretrey Ink: Celebrating 2008

This card features Bitty Baby Blessings released in 2008. The onesie was stamped in Spun Sugar Distress Ink, then colored with Spun Sugar Distress Marker applied directly and with a water brush. The "Ahoy Little Sailor" and the sail boat are stamped with Black Onyx Versa Fine and the sailboat is colored in with Wild Honey and Ground Espresso Distress Markers.

The background is heat embossed with the Compass Rose from Out to Sea and then brushed with washes of Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral. Wild Honey Distress Marker was also applied with the Distress Marker Spritzer.

Simon Says Use Your Favorite Tool, so I did : D.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I remembered it was Wednesday when I was photographing this card (the glamor shot is in the post before this one lol). There has been some crafty goingson, especially because it's Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary, so contests about : D.

And I did manage to clear the bit to the right of me, but as you can see it needs clearing again. A bag of tiny embossing powders and my bin of sequins (the buttons have been moved into their own sort of bins... 3 of them in fact.

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Papertrey Ink: Celebrating 2007

Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 10th anniversary starting with the 2007 release. Both berry sizes from Green Thumb are stamped with Versamark. The tops are heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold and the berries with Sprinkle N Sparkle White Opaque Embossing Powders. Then I painted a little Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twig Distress Ink and applied Golden Rod and Champagne Stickles with a few sequins for good measure. : )

While I wasn't papercrafting at all in 2007, I bought some of the sets later. This is one of my favorites using the Paper Tray stamp set (the first set Papertrey Ink released).

Miss Ewe is made with My Punny Valentine and some stickles for the crown.

And the Thanks Ewes with moving legs. Sadly mini wobbles had not been manufactured yet for the sheep heads. But I might make another : D.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Garden Gate Birthday Card

A gate fold birthday card, featuring a gate on the front made almost entirely from elements in Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Garden Gate. The only bit of stamping in the entire card is the paper before the gate was cut. Stamped with Fine Linen and blended with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The front of the gate fold before the lattice and gate were attached is stenciled with leafy Garden Gate stencil and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The sign and flowers are cut from printed sheets included in the kit.

The stenciled non-embellished side of the gate fold.

The inside shows the printed card base with the mailbox and removeable letter (which contains a birthday message) from the Make It Market kit: Post & Parcel with more floral embellishments from Garden Gate.

Simon Says Use Your Favorite Tool (BigKick),  so I did : ).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


My desk, to the left photos for a layout I've been puzzling over for about 2 years, in the middle my DIY stamping tool made from a DVD case. The instructional video I watched is here : D. Under that is my fine line markers... mostly browns and blacks in slightly varying widths lol. Then my small Tim Holtz stencils (on a ring).

All because I'm trying to clear this space ... where electronic cutters go... The trick of it is not to just bounce things between the two spaces lol. This might take a while : D. On the very very plus side, I uncovered a die set before it was known to be missing from its proper spot, so panic averted!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Not much going on except a little label attaching. This is an older Papertrey Ink stamp set that I used to store in CD cases, except now I store them in Avery Elle envelopes, so I keep the on their original sheet and cut the labels to suit (the newer sets come with the label in the same order as the stamps on the sheets so just peel and stick).

Since my eyesight isn't what it used to be, I find that inking up the stamps on the sheet and then pressing a bit of scrap on it makes it easy to tell which little stamp is which : D.

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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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