Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Wednesday has rolled around again and I'm catching the tail end of it long enough to post. I've found the grazing ground for my blue pens lol. Nice that most of them have congregated together long enough to be photographed. My $3 garage sale photo cropper in the middle of cutting down Papertrey Ink cardstock scraps. And bits and bobs from other projects.

If you are wondering what WOYWW is all about, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander. Better yet, snap a picture of your workspace and join in the fun : D.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Spinning is my Cup of Tea.

I love twofers. This Wool and Spindle gift basket is an entry in the Papertrey Ink's 6th Anniversary Favorite Project Contest and will also be my contribution to the spinning guild's annual auction. It's based on Melisa Phillips' Berry Basket.project. To give the berry basket a bit more stability, I folded in the first pair of flaps on the bottom and then put glue on the underside of them before folding the remaining pair.

I believe it was Ashley Cannon Newell who said she used her finger for tiny stamps. It was an especially useful technique to stamp the curved sides of the spindle whorl.

Gift Basket contents: Romney wool roving (nothing to do with the former Gov. of MA, it's a breed of sheep with awesome fleece). Toy Wheel spindle stamped with the tiny bee in Papertrey Ink's Tag-It #3 stamp set.

Berry Basket Materials:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores, Kraft, Vintage Cream Poppy Red.
Dies: Berry Basket, Simply Jane, Teacup Die.
Punch: Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Front and center is the Papertrey Ink Love Potion stamp set that my daughter used to make a Valentine's Day card. Behind it is a spindle whorl I stamped with a tiny bee from PTI's Every Day Tag #1(?). And the Papertrey Ink die cuts to make a berry basket. It's Papertrey Ink's 6th Anniversary, so there are lots of contests and so much inspiration my workspace might collapse lol. The pictures below are from my entries to date.

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground. Take a gander at workdesks around the world. Snap a picture of your crafty space and join in the fun : D.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers: Lily of the Valley Cards.

I love doing variations. Four cards with the same Year in Flowers: Lily of the Valley stamp. Three are stamped on Papertrey Ink vellum using Archival Brilliance Graphite Black ink (boy that makes a difference in clear stamping on vellum!). All the cards are made with PTI Ocean Tides cardstock.

Stamped image with scoring.

Stamped image with a scored frame and colored on the back with colored pencils.

Stamped image embossed with a stylus on the back with scored frame.

Stamped directly on card.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Papertrey Ink Inspired Mini Banner

It's Papertrey Ink's 6th Anniversary and they are having lots of contests. This is my first entry in the Inspiration Contest (pick a card from one of the Designers' favorite projects in the post and interpret it using at least one Papertrey Ink product).

My inspiration is a ribbon card by Ashley Cannon Newell. The elements I used were the ribbon, especially the way it's rounded at the top, the use of two die cuts in the focal point, and the sewing. The tutorial for making the  mini-banner holder is at the link. I decided to limit myself to things that were already on my craft table. If you've seen any of my WOYWW posts, the only surprise is that the project is so small lol.

The roses from the Rosie Posie stamp set are souvenirs from my PTI Stamp-a-faire trip to my sister's house. I stamped the pattern on the banner with the Love Potion chemical liquid stamp (using Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick Distress Ink on PTI craft cardstock). I used the folded ribbon top in the card to string the banner. The sewing is with some wool/mohair handspun embroidery thread used to attach the Eiffel Tower confetti piece.

I didn't have a long piece of twine on my desktop, so I tied to Papertrey Ink rustic twine to a piece of cotton twine. But it looked odd when I tied a loop at the end, so I improvised a hoop with wire and then attached a freshwater pearl to one end.