Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WOYWW 444

Still giving the BigShot and SideKick a workout. I am in the throes of Christmas Crafting afterall. Papertrey Ink has wonderful stitching dies. I am currently making coasters (I do love one size fits all things lol). The round gold bit in the middle comes from the round bit on the side, to be used in a popup card of sorts. I'm a bit gold obsessed this year. Somehow I have managed to lose my bin full of clothes pins, they are supposed to be in my well organized closet, but somehow are not.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WOYWW 443

Bits of this and that. Wooden box about to be painted a purple metallic. Not in the picture is my Tim Holtz SideKick. Why buy a Sidekick when I just got a BigShot? Because the Sidekick fits right on my workspace which is extra fantastic for cutting those little things without having to walk around to the BigShot. Both of them have been getting a workout.

Cloche Up project from Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Wonderland.

 Ornament made with two of the main pieces put together around the edges. Shutterbug Special from Papertrey Ink.

Another ornament made with the Shutterbug Special set this time with a photo as the slider.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WOYWW 439

My new Big Shot arrived so I got busy cutting variations of Papertrey Ink's Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs. Each die comes with an interchangeable outer edge, inner frame and decorative background. It needed one folded sheet of printer paper as a shim to cut all the way through, but it works! I'm not sure what to do with my uneven cutting BigKick (but it worked well for most of the 15 years I had it).

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WOYWW 437

 Some pouring medium I got and have not started using yet towards the back. Pens waiting to go back where they belong. Front and center is a lovely die called Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs interchanable mat dies only my BigKick is giving up the ghost and doesn't cut evenly so a BigShot is on it's way to me because there was a sale at Scrapbook.com.

I found this recently.... Ivory Black... : / ... isn't that oxymoronic? The ink looks just black, no ivory. Perhaps it shows up after stamping lol. I bought it thinking it was Ivory lol.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WOYWW 436

My desk has been neglected lately. This is pretty much how it has looked since September 27.  The stamp set is Tim Holtz Doodled [somethings] I found on sale (I totally have a merry & bright addiction). Note the Peerless Watercolor book perched atop the Distress Oxides?

I was on a roll, doing things like the creativebug book art class (this is watercolor with salt and Gansai Tambi Starry Colors (6 tones of gold)).

Then I had to travel to Florida for 3 days. With an 8 hour stay at the airport (cue scream face). So I totally overpacked crafty things.

I made a peerless watercolor travel kit (glue bits of peerless warercolor onto cardstock, use waterbrush) for airport crafting.

two colored crayons from the dollar store, colored pencils, gold gel pen, waterbrush, tiny travel notebook that bleeds through which provides an opportunity to embellish  lol.

Some airport knitting (my shawl is matching the carpet, my knee is matching the tile lol. I try to blend in wherever I go). I also had an embroidery bag, coloring book, treasure pouch material, and spinning supplies).  When I got home I promptly succumbed to all the airport germs culminating in a trip to the ER last week. Today I am starting to feel crafty again.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Embedded Object Page

Day 7 from the creativebug book art class. The two sides are also stitched together with pierced holes and handspun chain-plied cinnamon tussah silk embroidery thread. Ends left for an interactive elements since the dur-a-lar prevents the perforated paper from being touched.

There are a few drops of gold paint for a little extra shine : D.

I started with a little piece of perforated paper that has been on my desk for a couple of years. I started painting it with paint I had left on my desk when I was coloring background papers. This was the front.

Until I turned it over. Now this is the front.

I stitched the perforated paper some Pearl Cotton and DMC Gold Metallic floss. I liked both sides so I decided to make two pages that worked together so both sides could be seen. The windows were cut with the square from Papertrey Ink's Limitless Layers: 2 1/4 Square die.

The back can be seen on the next page. I used the square cut from the paper to fill in the hole on this page. The piece is seen against the same background no matter which side is looked at.

I love being able to see the shadows cast too.







Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WOYWW 433

I'm still working my way through the creativebug book art class. This page works with the page behind it by way of an embellished bit of perforated paper suspending between two sheets of duralar. Stitching and paint. I'm working on a post with all the details. I used a bit of gold paint in the page coloring. I love a touch of sparkle : D.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Plaid will always be my favorite color.

I'm taking a Book Art class on creatvebug. I had so much fun working on this. Plus stitching on paper and photographs is one of my favorite things. I used printer paper colored with Distress Paint (Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass and Antiqued Bronze).


Then I wrote the text with a marker, and poked holes along the letters for the stitches. The paint might have kept tearing at bay. It doesn't show in the photograph, but I used a lovely variegated embroidery thread from DMC.

 I attached the photo with a little ATG in the middle and then stitched around the outer edge with some handspun merino tencel 2-ply embroidery thread.


The grass and bow are colored with Distress Markers. The dress and teddy bear were painted with Distress Oxide, but it really only whited them out because I used a water brush to apply them. The dress was colored again with Distress Markers and a little Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paint. I poked holes around the teddy bear and stiched over it with some two tone handspun embroidery thread.



Abstract Time Line

I'm taking a book art class online. Perhaps burnishing the heck out of the pages will keep the papers adhered. I have not had a lot of luck with gluesticks. I used Distress Paint (Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass and Antiqued Bronze) on typing (okay I'm old, the package says printer paper). A 10 year old Gold Uniball gel pen.

I'm also doing the Daily Marker 30 day Challenge

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WOYWW 431

Transferring some stamp sets from CD cases to dur-a-lar sheets in Avery Elle envelopes. I am procrastinating a few birthday cards I need to make.

I did make this one last night though. Tim Holtz' Hipster stamp set : D. A card for anyone who likes sheep!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Stamp-a-Faire 2017: Wool with Debbie Olson

The challenge is to make wool cookies. I used some scraps of Papertrey Ink Fine Linen as the Sugar Cookie base. I stitched sprinkles and faces and then attached jump rings to the back.

 The pattern was made by cutting out a cookie from the Friendship Jar: Holiday cookie stamp.

Then cutting out the icing.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Papertrey Ink Vellum Birthday Card

I love making clear and translucent cards. Papertrey Ink's Vellum is easily sturdy enough to make a card with. In this case I used the large Jellyfish and go with the flow sentiment from Altenew's Painted Jellyfish stamp set. The happy birthday sentiment is from Club Scrap's Gimme A Ring kit. The largest jelly fish layer is stamped with Papertrey Ink's Fresh Snow. I heat set it and waited a while to move on to the next layers which included Sap Green Archival Ink and Wendy Vecchi's Cornflower Blue.

The mat effect is from a piece of  folded patterned paper (enhanced with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide).

The folded patterned paper lifts up to reveal the birthday sentiment : D.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WOYWW 429 (for realsies)

The aftermath of a birthday card I made yesterday. Using Papertrey Ink vellum as the base because it is so deliciously sturdy and still translucent : D. I also used my new Painted Jellyfish stamps from Altenew. Squirrels took up residence in the crawl space over my craftroom back in February due to a gap made by a windstorm. And though they were evicted by the heat in July and the gap finally fixed, it's taken me a while to stop listening for those rascals. It's lovely to be able to enjoy my crafty space again.

Especially because I bought a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. One perk that was not in any of the demos I've seen, is that when my crafting surface shrinks (is surrounded by crafty things), the top pulls off for easy inking while lying flat. And is easy peasy to put back on again.

I was certain someone asked me a question about using unmounted rubber stamps with the platform, but I can't find it now. The answer is yes, but if you've been a bit uneven with the glue as I am sometimes, it can be a little uneven. There are two fixes for that. If you are using the clear stamp side, the easiest fix is to re-stamp as needed . The second is to use the mounted rubber side with a piece of fun foam on the base (which is how I stamp unmounted stamps with an acrylic block).

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WOYWW 429

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

WOYWW 415

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

WOYWW 413

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

WOYWW 412

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

WOYWW 410

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

WOYWW 406

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.