Friday, August 26, 2011


I was browsing through Pinterest one day and I stumbled across a tutorial for making glitter bangles. My darling daughter had a birthday to go to, so I decided this was the time to try them. Basically some vinyl tubing, some glitter and water. I only added water to one of them. The thicker bangles are a lot easier to fill than the thinner ones. They are easy, it only took 15 minutes to make the bracelets. However, I am graceful and it took 30 minutes to clean up the glitter lol.

The gift bag is repurposed, the candy centers of the flowers it held in February having been eaten.

August Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and My Monthly Mojo and a Good Cause All in One

This is the photograph that inspired Papertrey Ink's August Blog Hop.  I used one of my favorite Papertrey Ink stamp sets, Friendship Jar and the daisies from Friendship Jar Fillers. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used Memento markers to color them. I used repeated strokes to add shading to the flowers.

This also is my entry for Sasa's My Monthly Mojo. Every month she interviews an artist about their creative process and has a place to link a related piece.  This month we're supposed to include some notes about our creative process and why we like to share our work. Now this is a lot harder for me than just making stuff, but in the spirit of community (and a chance to win a great stamp set), I'm dipping my toes in the water :D.

When I saw the photograph for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, I knew I needed to do the mason jar and the flowers. Especially as I had stamps for those lol. I picked up the suitcase element by rounding two of the card corners with the Corner Chomper. Sometimes I like to pick up the feeling of the whole photograph (like I did last month) and sometimes just an element or two. I also made the card to donate to an event organizer who had asked My Pink Stamper readers for cards for a breast cancer survivor breakfast. And because of that I combined the red and white colors as a pink. So it's a threefer card!

Now the reasons why I like to share are usually a little less clear than my inspiration, but it's usually a combination of not having access to a lot of real-life folks who are thrilled to bits about giving feedback to my papercrafting projects and a means of keeping track of things I've made. It's also a way to give back to the online community I've learned so much from. In a larger sense, it's also given me more freedom to just put it out there for it's own sake, not so much for the feedback I get from others, if that makes sense lol. But I really do love comments. So that's me in a nutshell, full of contradictions lol.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Fine Linen and Sweet Blush.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Memento Dual Marker Summer Sky (jar), Dandelion (flower center), Pear Tart (leaves), Angel Pink (flower petals) and Rose Bud (edge around the Fine Linen mat).
Tools: Corner Chomper (1/4").