Thursday, December 31, 2015

Brown Paper Package, Stitched Up with Twine

A fun way to wrap a small gift in an unconventional manner.

Using the star die from Papertrey Inks Quick Stitch kit: Beaded Holiday, I cut two layers of plain brown wrapping paper. I stitched about half way before putting in the pendant using Rustic Twine. Leave enough tail at the starting point to tie a bow. I used a stamped from the Make It Market Co mini kit: Holiday Pin Ups in Pure Poppy ink.

A close up of the pendant, a favorite purse project stitched entirely with French Knots and Cotswold Knots so it was easy to pick up again, like painting with knots.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


I bought a Papertrey Ink planner (the binder version), and it started on Sunday so I'm getting in the habit of it even before the New Year begins lol. I've tried note books, but I do better with a bona fide planner. In the back are some of the letters I made with my new Type Strip stamp set and die.  I think these will get a lot of use, and they are great for that creative down time, just stamp up a bunch and run them through the die cutter. The red cord enables me to recharge my iPad whilst crafting happily away. The dies on the left (and the little yellow fun foam stamp) are from Papertrey Ink's Come All Ye Faithful. You see, I've started working on my Christmas gifts for next year (and when they are done they get written down in the planner (who it is for and where it is stored).  This year might be very productive lol.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Stamps and dies to be put away before the next flurry of crafting. Feeling optimistic everything will get done or rather what needs to be done is done : D.

Happy Christmas to everyone who celebrates it and a lovely day to all who don't.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

It's a Snowy World

It's the Snowman and his companion made with Shrinky Dink again. Only this time they are in a winter dome filled with the Faux Snow from Papertrey Ink, with a tree made from one of the dies from the Make It Market Co. Kit: Tinsel and Tags (cut 3 times, cut off the tree, score them in half and glue together) and the House from the Trimmings kit.

I'm loving these little wide mouth jars.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pen Holding Bookmark, or Just a Pen Holder

This is a combination Pen Holder and Bookmark made with the Papertrey Ink Bookmark die cut four times. In order to make it long enough to hold a regular pen,. I cut off the tops of all of them, and the bottom of two of them, and stitched them all together.

I sewed two layers of Blanket Stitch Buttons to the undersaide of the top of the book mark. The braid is made with two tones of blue pearl cotton #3. The 6 strands brought up separately through the stitching and braided.

The braid goes between the 2 layers of felt.

The top button is made out of three layers of felt cut with the largest Blanket Stitch Button die. The polar bear is made with Warmest Wishes die cut and stamped Shrinky Dink (punch the button holes before shrinking).

The braid goes down around the book then up through the tab on the bottom. It's only sewn on the bookmark on the sides. The stitching across the top and bottom are just for reinforcement.

 The long braid allows it to be used on a wide variety of  book and notebok sizes.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Handle with Care

A plain knit scarf (hot pink with sparkles in the yarn), with an error made an epiphany in care instructions.

After I had stamped the tag (from Make It Market: Tinsel & Tags), I got ink on the top of the tag. Short on time, I thought to cover the mistake with leftover yarn. Then I realized it's a great way for the recipient to keep track of which care instructions go with each gift.


There's a clearing for the next set of projects. Actually it's the next step in a production of 5. I feel like I'm keeping my head above water this crafting season, as long as I can keep moving lol.

If you are doing anything that requires a care label, attach a little of the material it is made from to it to make it easy for the recipient to remember what the instructions are for : D.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Back to Dome Work, a smattering of dies and the first steps in the first of the Christmas Note books, pretty much all the same.

This dome is featuring The Snowman and his faithful companion (the dies are from Crafter's Companion). The house, tree and base are all from Papertrey Ink's Tinsel & Tag kit.

 The all the pages are stamped with this monocled fellow and "I say Old Bean" or "Jolly Well Done" all from My Kind of Guy from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I have some stitching going on and the knitting to block and stitch up, so I'm feeling totally elvish (though not at all in  Tolkien sort of way lol).

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Tis the time for Christmas Knitting. This one is mindless, so I knit whilst at our Thanksgiving Movie (The Good Dinosaur), and can watch my favorite Korean Dramas (Oh My Ghost, She Was Pretty and Oh My Venus) guilt free.

But I've also been working on a few other things. I made earrings with The Snowman die (out of Shrinky Dink).

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Snowman as Earrings

 A Metal Die, some Shrinky Dink, Markers and jewelry findings and it's some very easy to make earrings (as long as you remember to punch the hole first).

The presentation packaging is made using Papertrey Ink's Boutique Accessories with a bit of scotch tape on the backside of the patterned paper to keep the earrings in place during their travels.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 2015 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

November 2015 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, a simple card using Stamper's Select White, Stocking Prints and Simply Chartreuse and Enchanted Evening inks.


 I forgot to switch my iPad camera settings back to "photo". I picked up some new Papertrey Ink goodies.

Making a few Official Nice List Declaration cards.

I found some big ass domes. They easily cover my regular  domes.

And here's a picture of the completed Christmas Golf Dome (complete with working snowball and golf hole).

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Christmas Golf Dome

An interactive Christmas Golf Dome for my father's widow who loves golf. I made the snowman and the snow golf ball out of toilet paper and a smidge of glue (this dries much faster than paper clay at this size). I assembled the snowman and attached it with glossy accents. When it had dried I covered it and the snowball with Icicle Stickles. The tiny tree is one I picked up at a big box store and removed the base. The golf cart is die cut and stamped using On the Links stamp and die set with Shrinky Dink so it would fit in the dome.

Make sure the tree is not going to be cramped by the dome (unless that is the look you are going for lol).  The dome base is from the Make It Market kit: Tinsel & Tags. The tag on the front is from Tinier Tags from Stamp-a-faire 2015 stamped with the Merry Christmas from the Make It Market kit: All Through the House (attached to the dome with Glossy Accents).

I made the golf hole by using a standard size hole punch and attaching a piece of straw underneath it and a piece of cardstock at the base of the straw. I punched a hole for the tree wire and put some glossy accents around the hole to make sure the tree stayed put. The tree is decorated with red Stickles. The golf cart is attached with Glossy Accents.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


It's getting a little festive up in here. The crayons and organza ribbon still haven't been put away. There's a little forrest of trees. One in the upside down jar ornament is being contemplated.

This will be a Christmas Golf Dome. I made the golf hole with a hole punch and a piece of paper straw. The golf ball is made with a little glue and toilet paper and will be finished with some icicle stitckles (and will roll around). The golf cart is stamped and die cut on shrinky dink and shrunk down (on the links stamp and die set from Papertey Ink). The clothes pin Santa in the back is made from Papertrey Ink's Make It Market mini kit: Holiday Pin-ups. I'm contemplating the mittens and a beverage. Glossy Accents keep the golf cart upright.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


I'm having fun with clothespins. the dies are from the Make It Market mini kit: Holiday Pin-Ups. It comes with some printed sheets that can be cut with the die cuts, but it also has stamps.

But I also did a little stamping (the present from the stamp set in pure poppy). I also attached pencil and crayon holders (the Write Stuff die cuts cut apart).  The mittens for the clothespin Elves, Santa, Snowmen and Reindeer pins are under the pencil pin and the printed tags. I can't believe I don't have a single yellow pencil lol.

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There is a stack of Disney Stickers and stamps to be put away as well.  And my large box of Crayons : D. Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty goodness. : D.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Make It Monday #229: Fabric Strip Christmas Trees

Make It Monday #229: Fabric Strip Christmas Trees. A Dual Purpose card, because it's a card, but it's also a bit of holiday decoration. The card base is Spring Moss edged with both the Chai and Chamomile Vintage Tea Dyes and Santa from Petite Places: Holiday Lane stamped with Fine Linen. I used a bamboo skewer for the trunk, ribbon, organza ribbon and strips of tulle for the foliage. Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream buttons, red jingle bells and a sequin star are the finishing touches.  The presents are from the Make It Market kit: All Through the House.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Shine, It's Your Day!

Shine. It's your day! Using a petite LED from Papertrey Ink, the card actually lights up : ).

Here it is with the light turned off. The balloons are from Make It Market kit: Party Pop Up stamped in Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Blueberry ky and Summer Sunrise inks.  The streamers are from the Hooray stamp set stamped with Pure Poppy. The background of the manilla mat is Fair Isle Borders stamped with Fine Linen. The kraft background is the Make It Market kit: Nostalgic Notions stamped with Fine Linen.

The lamp and sentiment are from Lighten Up. The lamp base is stamped with Dark Chocolate and distressed with Vintage Touch Tea Dye (Chai). The lampshade is cut from Sheer Basics vellum Patterned Paper (the polka dots).  The sofa is plaid patterned paper diecut and stamped with On My Couch and edged with Vintage Touch Tea Dye (Chamomile). A strip of Tombow Multi Glue set aside to dry is behind the ink on both sides.

The die for the light to shine through is the pointy ribbon from Make It Market kit: All Through the House. I made a little pocket for the light with an arrow from Movers & Shakers Sentiments to point out the button. I might use a hole punch on the edge so the button is a little more noticeable.

Foam tape is used to give a little dimension to the sofa and some of the balloons. If I were to to mail the card, I'd put it in a padded envelope to keep the light from creasing the card, but it's not very thick.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


I've been pulling out a few stamp sets to make a birthday card with a lamp that actually lights up. I'm especially loving the crepe paper banner stamps from Papertrey Ink's Hooray set. I've been fighting off a bug for the last week so crafting has been minimal. On the plus side, the phone situation finally got straightened out.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Krafty Message Board

A wintery message board (which I learned about here).  I used a piece of galvanized step flash (for magnet use make sure it's not the aluminum step flash).  Adhere kraft paper . Corner chompers make neat work of rounding the corners and the crop-a-dile makes the hole punching easy peasy.

White pigment ink  with the smaller snowflakes from Papertrey Ink's Snowflake sparkle set and the mountains from Warmest Wishes. Magnetic vent covers are easily die cut and stamped with Jet Black Stazon with a little shading with a copic (living dangerously coloring stazon image with alcohol markers lol).

Jingle Bells stitched through holes punched with the crop-a-dile.


Scrap paper, stamped (and stamped and stamped and stamped). I think I have some of the prettiest recycling in town. The red circles are from a layered image and I used a stamped off ink for one of the layers. I saw this little upside down jar ornament n the craft store and I couldn't resist. Now what to make with it.

The heat tool used to dry pigment ink on the message board to the right (the bear and mountains are magnetic sheet die cut and stamped). Of course since it is based on a piece of galvanized step flashing it got very hot ... note to self lol.

And my 9 year old flip phone because I can make calls on my home phone, but I can't receive any. The repair person is supposed to come today.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink October 2015 Blog Hop

Today is Papertrey Ink's October 2015 Blog Hop.  The Mistletoe is from Merry Kiss-mas stamped with Simply Chartreuse. The ornaments are from Kitchen Sink's Ornaments and Stars but I only used 4 of the 5 layers to subdue them a little bit (stamped with Sweet Blush, stamped off Pure Poppy, Pure Poppy and Scarlet Jewel). The Merry & Bright from Snowflake Sparkle stamped first in black and then in a wide stripe of repeats in Fine Linen. The white cardstock is Stamper's Select White and the card base is Simply Chartreuse.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Playing with my Papertrey Ink's All Through the House kit. This week I stripped down my entire workdesk (3.5' x 5') took off the plywood, swapped out the seriously tuckered out on the verge of immanent demise saw horses, flipped the plywood and put things back. Why would I do this?

The Pure Poppy ink pad made break for freedom (ultimately seeking refuge in an empty dishpan under the table in the opposite direction that it fell.

I also went a little Clothespins/pegs mad and scoured the stores for them and came home with 4 sizes.

Small snowman ornaments which fit in the matchbox one can make with the dies in the kit.

Matchbox turned into an ornament with a matching frame.
More fun with clothespins. A washi covered sheet of galvanized roof flashing with pins for holding papers and notes to self. Magnets too. It hangs on the door so I have an extra chance at remembering things before I go out : ).

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