Wednesday, October 22, 2014


It's been a slow week in the craft room. But I did manage to stamp this image (Festive Foliage by Waltzingmouse) using the pointy ends of Papertrey Ink inkpads. Now I'm trying to decide if I want to find a piney pun or just a straight up holiday card. In the way back is the jar of snowflakes from Papertrey Ink's Tinsel & Tags kit.

I nearly had an MRI, but what they described as loud banging and knocking sounded like a deathstar charging. My ears are still ringing. I'm hoping this week is actually quieter lol.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Aftermath of crafting and organization. I bought the new Alphanumeric dies from Tim Holtz (and I love them), but the envelope was not gravity proof (I drop it and little dies fall out). So I bought some magnetic vent covers from my local hardware store and cut them to fit in the Avery Elle stamp/die sleeves with washi tape coding to find the three of them in a hurry).

Also on my desk is my small clutch of Distress Markers, and the domes I've been making. Along with the little mug I cut out and still haven't finished.

The information on the ornament on rhe right can be seen here. This one is allllll the creator of the kit and the dies in them. I just used them and picked out the colours.

The snow globe (with moveable deer) can be seen here.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Merry & Bright

An ornament using all the ornament layers from Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Tinsel & Tags. All the cardstock is Stamper's Select White except for the snow layer which is Enchanted Evening. I used the small banner with the Merry & Bright sentiment stamped with Paris Dusk Memento Ink.

Snow Globe with Magnetized Movement

Simon Says Use Watercolors. The globe (half of a plastic ornament with the tab snipped off), house, deer and trees are from Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Tinsel & Tags. The snow globe is glued to the rim (open circle) part of a one quart mason jar lid. The magnet doesn't work if the seal part of the lid is included. So if you make one as a jar topper, don't fill the jar with anything liquid : D. Since most of the elements are painted green, I decided to include it in the Artful Times Green Challenge also.

I painted the little house with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks smooshed on the craft mat spritzed with water and painted on with a water brush. The doors are colored with Barn Door The base is painted with Papertrey Ink Fine Linen and Iced Spruce Distress Ink. The trees are cut off the circle, painted with Iced Spruce Distress Ink and stamped with the small tree with Papertrey Ink Pinefeather. Three trees are folded and glued together to make them 3-Dimensional.

But wait, there's more.
The deer moves (with the help of a magnet) under the base.

I covered the base of the deer with Glossy Accents and then dipped it into a small pile of iron filings.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


 A 5" x 7" Gelli plate I got on Monday being used to flatten some gold braid : D. A mug cut I just finished fussy cutting (cutting mat just put away). A small cluster of Distress Markers and a Christmas ball which will be two domes. A very mad max Christmas (thunder domes)? lol.

I also got my Great Wheel Monday. I'm still working out the kinks of getting the wheel to spin true so the drive band doesn't fall off. And it's a MONSTER, at least when it's in my living room/lounge. The whole thing is about 6 feet long, the wheel is about 48 inches. I can't get a picture of the whole thing yet because the chairs I had to move to put it in are still in the way lol.

It was built in 1865. I love the little details at the ends of the bench. The leg on the right is a piano. from the 1960s.  The leg on the left is a chrome shelving unit. My furniture is eclectic : D.

The wheel hub. Astounding light, maybe about 5 pounds.I swear the bench and legs are made of locust wood (some heavy heavy wood).

The business end of a Great Wheel. And now you can see how Sleeping Beauty could prick her finger. That is a stack of 78's on the piano which I play on my tabletop Victrola. I'm a bit of a Luddite, and I like to have some activities that operate without electricity as well : D. Can you tell I've had a lot of experience with power outages?

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Mason Jar Stamping

Make It Monday #182: Mason Jar Stamping. I don't have a lot of storage space for seasonal decoration, so I went with a jar I could make seasonal with the fillers. (How do I still not have Friendship Jar: Fall Fillers? Oh yeah there are too many awesome crafty distractions lol, especially ermergawd, the Make It Market Co. kits!!).

I painted a small newly emptied homemade jelly jar with blue acrylic craft paint. The stamp is made with fun foam using  the Stamp-a-faire 2014 1980's mini kit cloud die, and put a little Club Scrap Mounted Glue on the back. I used Ashley Cannon Newell's advice for small stamps, and used my finger for the stamp block. I could really get the Versamark in between the glass shapes.

The pumpkins are from Daily Designs, stamped with Orange Zest, the frame stamped with Plum Pudding and then the background painted with Limeade Ice. A Gelly Glaze black pen was used to draw on the faces. The tags were glued to skewers The little bats (from a Halloween kit) were stamped on Classic Kraft and attached to some wire. The "stuffing" for the jar is Classic Kraft run through a Paper Crimper and then cut into strips. The wrapping around the lip is a strand of jewelry hemp and a strand of 2-ply handspun silk embroidery thread.

Simon Says Falling in Love with . . . in my case, stamping fall : D.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy Birthday

Simon Says Finishing Touch. The finishing touches on this card are extra layers of Distress Inks to add dimension to the giraffe and under the sentiment.

The giraffe and birthday hat are from Alley Way Party Animal. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Life's Direction stamped with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. The giraffe is colored with Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks smushed on the craft mat and spritzed with water and painted over the image. The birthday hat is colored with Peacock Feather and Peel Paint Distress Markers with a dot of Glossy Accents at the top. Both the images are fussy cut. The pattern paper is both sides of Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue Corner Boutique. 

Virginia's View Challenge #8 is Clean and Simple.


As soon as I saw the sketch for this week's Paper Smooches  SPARKS challenge, I kept thinking of the hamster from Party Posse rolling down the slopes.  I drew out the lines and stamped the little "speed cloud" from Party Posse, then painted it in with Papertrey Ink Fine Linen smushed on the craft mat and spritzed with water. The Hamster is stamped on some scrap paper and fussy cut