Wednesday, October 19, 2016


 Sample, sample, sample, sample. Pulling out all sorts of green for another stationery set. This time I'm working off the wedding invitation.

 I went to the New York Sheep and Wool Show in Rhinebeck where I met this little guy (a young alpaca I believe).

I bought 3 silk caps for spinning (I'll be writing a post about it soon). They are a lot shinier than they look in this picture though.

 It was crowded. I met people from all across the country. The person pushing the stroller is the end of the line for some very yummy falafels being sold under that tent in the background. I stood in line for 45 minutes. It was worth it. 

Then I needed a little space, and I found it. Monty Python fans may recognize this as "A Larch" : D.

Hop over to Julia's Stamping Ground for a gander at more crafty spaces : D.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Gender Neutral Card : )

A gatefold card made for Online Card Classes Wild Card. The card base is Papertrey Ink's Ocean Tides, stamped with the foliage stamp from Friendship Jar: Flowers set with Fine Linen ink. The flowers are cut from one of the small dies in the Friendship Jar: Flowers set out of patterned vellum. The hearts are Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches cut from Classic Kraft and the plane is Tim Holtz' Mini Airplane covered with a technique from Creative Chemistry 103 (also on Online Card Classes).

 The gatefold opened. Simon Says Global Exploration, so it's there as well. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I need to do a bit of clean up. Had to take my new Tim Holtz Postage die (found for $11 on Amazon with free shipping) out for a spin. The purple post it have enough life in them for at least a few more masking tasks, so there they sit huddled together at the back. In the front is actually gold foil adhesive paper, looking dull as can be : D.

So lots and lots of crafting to do.. Christmas is coming (and to quote Babe the movie, "Christmas is carnage lol).

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peaks : D.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Poe with Gold and Vellum

A card made for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #263: Background Building with Frames.  I started with Ocean Tides cardstock and added the frame die cut from Tag Sale #10 cut from a gold foil adhesive. The vellum is cut with Friendship Jars: Flowers (2 times) and is adhered to the card under the focal point with Ranger Matte Multi Medium. I love how the light reflecting off the frames catches in the vellum. The focal point is the Poe stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Metro Art stamp set (fussy cut, Tim Holtz collage crazing medium with  a little Distress Crayon worked into the crazing). I had made this a few months ago and it was just waiting on my desk for the perfect project : D.

Simon Says Halloween Inspiration, and since Poe always reminds me of Halloween, I'm entering it there as well : D.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Stitched Ornament (a small study in contrast)

I love experimenting in contrasts. In this case, glassine from my late father's stamp collection (postage) cut with Papertrey Ink's Stitched Ornaments: Topped dies and stitched together with Rustic Twine. I also love that the twine is the support for the structure, and how the very opaque and sturdy rustic twine contrasts against the translucent, and fragile glassine.

It does take a bit of concentration to make sure the stitching is done slowly and deliberately. It helps to use a rounded tip needle too. Projects like this one which require and slow and deliberate pace create a meditative space for me. And the crinkle of the glassine reminds me of my father turning the pages in his many stamp albums (a sheet of glassine between each page of stamps). In many ways, one of my first introductions to paper crafting.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


 Getting ready to do some cards from Online Card Classes Wild Card (interactive, moving cards... it's like they made it just for me! lol). But first I want to finish stitching this ornament (papertrey ink's stitched ornaments: topped) made with glassine from my father's stamp collecting supplies and some rustic twine (also papertrey ink). Also I've lost my favorite pair of regular use scissors, so this is my second favorite pair. The button in the back is waiting for the package with the matching felt to be delivered. The package is frustratingly close, but no movement at all since 8:38 this morning and no estimated delivery date. Also in the package is the stationery set needing to be decorated for a wedding in a couple of weeks.... no pressure lol.

It requires a bit of patience so the glassine doesn't tear. It's actually very meditative, and can not be rushed lol.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks : D.