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Christmas Card :: Merry and Bright

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in Cards, featured, Holiday | 0 comments

I was extremely excited when the mailman arrived yesterday with my order from Two Peas and a Bucket.  For those of you who have not checked out the site, it is wonderful with a really active community and a super packed store.  The link is in the side bar.  Anyway, the order was full of Christmas pattered paper goodness.  I will be sharing with you my order in a following blog post but for now a card.

It was such a rainy day out yesterday, it allowed me to get started on my Christmas cards.  New supplies are always my greatest kick of inspiration.   I used the Prima North Country patterned paper, a piece from the 25 Days of Christmas pattered paper by Simple Stories, and some kraft cardstock.  I also purchased the My Mind’s Eye 25 Days of Christmas clear stamps and used the two trees from the set. The Merry & Bright stamp is from an old Autumn Leaves Tis the Season stamp set that I was able to locate on Simon Says Stamp.

I really like the way it turned out.   Take a look…

Handmade Christmas Card Merry and Bright

Handmade Card: Merry and Bright Closeup

Handmade Card: Merry and Bright Side View



















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In the Holiday Way :: Thanksgiving Card

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Cards | 0 comments

Even in Florida now, the weather is starting to change.  Not quite yet cool enough to turn up the A/C but enough to get me in the mood for creating.  I am not sure what it is about this time of year but it makes me want to craft.  I spent the last weekend cleaning up my scrap room preparing to start my holiday cards and gifts.  Along with regular gifts at Christmastime, I always give something handmade.  Sometimes I have an idea months and months before and other times it takes me a long time to figure out what I want to do.

Last year, Mark and I matted and framed some of our own photographs.  The year before, I transcribed an old family recipe book, added graphics, printed and bound it.   The year before it was handmade blankets that folded into pillows.  Those were special as the pockets were made from a blanket that I had made my grandmother that she loved and was with her until she passed.  I am not sure yet what this year will be yet.

Here is my first card for the holidays.  It is a Thanksgiving card I made some time ago to submit to a magazine.  I can now share it with you now.  I really love it.  The base is dark brown with a Martha Stewart Punch edge.  I used a Cornish Heritage Farms (now out of business) wood grain stamp stamped in Tim Holtz Distress Ink Old Paper and Vintage Photo with Clear Embossing on peach cardstock.  I wanted to go for a table cloth look and used a Gingham patterned paper from K & Company.  I used a scallop punch and the Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Dinner punch.  I just used some letter stamps for the sentiment.  The inside is also decorated with a little dinner plate.


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New Spiral Bound “Beautiful” Art Journal

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in featured, Mixed Media, Projects | 2 comments

About once a year my husband and I make handmade paper. We save all our mail all year round and just throw it in a basket and wait. I save it partially because I think what if I am going to need it and partly because I don’t like putting private mail in the trash, but around the time the basket (and it’s a large basket) overflows, we decide its time to make paper. For someone that does not make it that often and doesn’t have a studio dedicated to this, it can be a messy job but it is really gratifying to repurpose what would otherwise go into the landfill.

Really the only essentials that are needed are a blender, water, sponge, and some type of screen apparatus. We use Arnold Grummer’s Papermill handmolds and also what they call couch sheets to help in the drying process (although you can use felt or just a longer dry time). Our sink is large enough that we don’t need a basin or plastic tub but that is also helpful. There are a lot of great papermaking videos on youtube.

Anyway, the paper normally sits around for a while but I decided to put it to good use and cut some into half sheets and spiral bound them to make myself an art journal. The pages are incredibly sturdy (although they don’t look it). I decorated the front with some of our stamps and some corrugated cardboard and flower.

I put together a video to show you and some pictures.. I really love it and hope you will to.
Beautiful Art Journal with Handmade Paper

recycled handmade paper art journal


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Tutorial Sparkly Plastic Charms

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Tutorials | 1 comment

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A Copic Marker Alternative – Twin Touch Markers

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Haul, Product Review | 0 comments

Like lots of you out there, I myself could not imagine paying nearly $5 for any marker, Copic or otherwise, but really wanted to get that beautiful color they give. I searched high and low for other alcohol marker alternatives and found Shinhan Twin Touch markers, made in Korea. Most places in the U.S. sell them for $2 and under each. Right now I believe there are 163 colors in total and the markers are very similar to Copic. Most places are clearancing their current stock of Twin Touch markers right now, i.e. Dick Blick and Jerry’s Art-a-rama, as Shinhan is releasing their new refillable and brush versions of their markers within the next few months.

I really did not want to wait and plan to just replace with a refillable one when my color runs out. I am quite happy with them. You can take a look in the video. The second half of the video is me coloring one of our stamps. Very comparable.

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Corset Cart with Insert

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Cards, featured, SVG/SCAL/SCUT, Tutorials | 0 comments

I really had this card in my mind for quite some time, so I sat one evening and designed the base in Photoshop and made an SVG for Sure Cuts A Lot and am so glad I took the time because I really love it and it will make such cute cards. I have added the file for sale in the store of course along with our stamps. I have another cut I plan on making a new card with tomorrow or Tuesday. Its just the corset with no insert – a slightly different shape. I video taped my card making for you to see. Take a look.



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Shopping cart programs and a winner

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Giveaway, Web/Graphic Design | 0 comments

Shopping cart programs, ugh…  Putting it lightly.  Free wordpress shopping cart system – Thumbs Down.  My old shopping cart hosting (which will remain nameless) – Thumbs down.  I had a semi-successful e-store for my lampwork beads and used a company who when they first started were just a 2 person business.  By the time I left them, they had employees and thousands of sites.  My website was long since designed and I had worked all the kinks out back when their support was actually helpful.  So I took a chance even though my better judgment said not to.  Now a big company, their support stinks.  If you might have noticed last week, my blog was down for a day or two.  I was in the middle of designing it and OMG errors all over the place after installing wordpress via their management software and without getting too technical regarding file permissions, they said it was not their software it was wordpress.  Well I have installed, reinstalled, and designed many blogs and know my way around wordpress and it was not wordpress.  They were completely less than helpful.  So, gone they go and I am trying again with someone else.

I really believe in not putting all your eggs in one basket and building your own web presence.  That’s what I did with my bead shop and by the end I was getting thousands of hits a month and good sales.   I never just put my toe in the water, I seem to always go all in or nothing.  Anyway…    I am trying someone new and we will see how it goes.  She seems far more helpful.  Just when someone tells you that they are a mom and pop shop, don’t believe them.  Far from it nowadays.

Anyway, for the good stuff.  Yesterday I digitally pulled the name for my 100 subscribers giveaway.  Congrats to the winner.  I am at 120 or so right now, bring on the 200’s.

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