Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WOYWW 208 - Celebrating 4 years of peekiness

Not only did I not dismantle the tower of stamps, I added packages of stickers to the top of  it.  I've been sorting things around my craft table for an upcoming garage sale. This is no easy feat, because I usually waffle about each and every thing I put in the garage sale boxes (plural!). I see the bin in the back is really starting to topple. Note to self, start there fast lol. Fortunately ATCs take up little space, so I have one ready to go : D.

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW?, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander. Better yet, snap a picture and share your crafty space : D.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WOYWW 206 - Up, Up & Away

It *might* be time for a clear up lol. Stamps and alcohol markers balanced on my Mona Lisa mug. I put the prototype paper bonnet on my Gypsy so it could be seen in true scale. I'm not sure why the cardstock looked so enormous last week, it was only 8.5" x 11".

The final project using Papertrey Ink cardstock (a variation of this pin) because of a challenge on my sister's blog.

This card was in response to a challenge to make something with a farm animal on it. It's a "How You Gonna Keep Them Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paris) card.

The seahorse from the Cricut Art Nouveau cartridge. All the pieces are cut from white cardstock and then painted with Distress Inks (smoosh the inkpad on a nonstick mat, spritz with water and paint from the puddle). I also used some of the hints from Nadia's With Glittering Eyes post about creating perspective.

So if you like peeking at crafty workspaces, hop over to Julia's Stamping Ground. And if you have a crafty workspace you want to share, snap a picture and join in the fun : D.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Seahorse Card with Perspective

A group of very talented papercrafters at the Cricut Circle put on a series of challenges. One of them was All About Perspective with a wonderful tutorial by Nadia at With Glittering Eyes. I used the Seahorse cut from the Art Nouveau cartridge. All the pieces were cut out of white cardstock and then painted with various colours of Distress Inks (smoosh the ink pad on a nonstick mat, spritz with water and paint from the puddle). I bent the seahorse in the middle vertically and added extra layers of ink to accentuate the texture of it.

I also bent the seaweed and used pop dots in the middle of the seahorse to add more dimension. I opted for a plain Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink) card base because I wanted to emphasize the seahorse.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Circleville NDS Challenges.

The Cricut Circle Circleville had a National Scrapbook Day Challenge last weekend. For Sis's On Pins Challenge, I made this paper bonnet I found at this pin. I distressed the bonnet edge with the edge of a pair of scissors. The ribbon is 1 inch (which gives a reference to the finished size). The flowers (from the Beyond Birthdays cart) are bent to give some extra dimension and secured with stickles. The cardstock is PTI Ripe Avocado.

And this is my project for the E-I-E-I-O Challenge I pulled out my box of orphaned Cricut Cuts and found the windmill (from Heirloom?), the cow (from one of the Imagine carts) and the balloon from George(?). Jenny's challenge was to use a farm animal and the song "How you going to keep them down on the farm (after they've seen Paris) kept coming to mind. This is the result : D. The cardstock is PTI and so is the twine.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Today I'm working on a cardstock bonnet I found on Pinterest : D. The paper prototype is assembled. Only the directions call for it to be covered with fabric, and that would require finding appropriate fabric, which would add hours to the task. So I drew an additional bit to the pattern so the back can be easily attached.

I've also been doing a bit of gardening, the purple carrots have germinated. The hamster and guinea pig are loving all the radish seedlings I'm thinning. And if I can find other amusement for the squirrels the rest of the peas and edmame seedling will stay in the ground instead of being flung about while the squirrels dig and roll in the pots. Another scrappable moment lol.

If you want to see more workdesks all over the world, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander. Better yet, snap a picture of your own and join in the fun : D.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WOYWW 204 - portable workspace

Except for the April Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, I haven't even sat down at my desk until this morning. So today I'm showing you my "purse projects". It's a plastic pencil case I bought at the dollar store about 10 years ago to hold my portable projects.

Basically it's for some spindles and my long-term (about 15 years lol) handspun embroidery name tag. The paper towel roll (aka kitchen roll) holds some silk at the far end and it's either a wool-rayon or wool-silk blend on the middle and left. It usually winds up holding my needle threader too. The plastic bag hold more handspun embroidery thread. This is also where I stash little bits of things I find during my outings. The lastest is a nice paper doily that was too pretty to put a drink on lol.

The spindle in the middle is a Bosworth "Moosie" spindle made out of moose antler (Bosworth spindles are my favorite professionally made spindles btw) which I'm currently using to spin unbleached flax.  The snowman and the beaded spindles are ones I assembled from toy wooden wheels and decorated. The snowman is being used for some Churro and the beaded spindle (a semi-irregular peyote stitch using three types of seed beads) is my go-to spindle for silk (in this case a dyed silk "cap", not a cap for wearing just a name for a type of silk preparation for spinning).

My name tag sampler using a variety of handspun threads. The dark brown is a natural brown corriedale wool, the bottom blue is a blue wool plied with an undyed silk. On the needle is the wool-rayon(silk?) blend. I started it about 15 years ago, but kept misplacing it.. So when I found it this year, it's become my mission to complete it, and it's almost done! It didn't help that over the course of those 15 years my eyesight has become UN 20/20 and the stitch count is about 18 stitches per inch lol.

In a new level of scrappiness, I discovered that I could tie those little trimmings with twine to make an embellishment lol. This is the detail from my April Papertrey Ink Blog Hop card. I started working before coffee had fully kicked in, and stamped with the back of the stamp, and I decided I liked it.

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