Confessions of a Craftaholic

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An Envelope Book

Recently I got together with my craft group, and we made these lovely envelope books. We got together at Kate’s Paperie, where I taught a demo, using Martha Stewart punches, and rubber stamps (mostly) by 100 Proof Press.

Remember: double sided tape is a VERY good thing.

Craftiness in action.

You’ll notice the first shot was taken at home. I couldn’t get a good shot of the book inside the store, in the evening like that. So I went home and took the picture the next day.

I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, white glitter, and of course, envelopes.

We had so much fun! If you’ve never been to my crafty events, you should come join us.

The Craftaholic

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Pinecone Holiday Gift Tags

I just made this pretty set of holiday gift tags.

You like them? I used a stamp by 100 Proof Press, and rubbed some Pan Pastels along the edges, for a little extra pop.

These are for sale, in my shop.

The Craftaholic

Butterfly ATC

When I first dabbled in “traditional” crafts, I started with making ATCs since I’m a collage artist, first and foremost. I haven’t actually made one in such a long time, and really wanted to get back to that, so I made a fun ATC with some supplies by All Night Media (by Plaid Crafts).

You like it? It’s soft and pretty, which isn’t normally my style, but I do like butterflies a lot.

The butterfly stamp is H100 Proof Press, and the sentiment is by Stampin’ Up. The ribbon is from my stash. I created my own background by smudging pigment ink pads on the paper, and stamping with a stamp from the set, “Ornamental” by All Night Media (by Plaid Crafts). I love love love this set!  It does make a pretty background.

I also used pop up dots by All Night Media. They make pop up dots, yes! And in the two sheets that come in a pack, you get assorted sizes, which comes in handy for various projects.

This is a sort of soft and feminine project, which in general is not my thing, but it’s working here. I added the ribbon so it can be a bookmark as well.

Most of you know that I’m a big fan of recycling. So yes, I used baseball cards for this one. I have a whole bunch of baseball cards that I bought on ebay and etsy a while back, so i’ll be using them for ATCs. It’s cool, because I don’t need to buy the precut paper! Cool, right?

One funny thing is that since I am designing for Plaid Crafts, and am a guest designer for several others, I rarely run out of supplies! The only thing I do run out of is card stock and glue. It’s a blessing, for sure.

I say this because the other day, I was at the fine art supply store, and realized I really only needed watercolor paper and glue. But you know what? They have pre-cut ATC paper, and even sell little cases to keep them in! At the art supply store! Cool, eh? But for me, I’d rather just make my own case, once I have enough of them (ATCs, that is).

You know on a side note, when  I finished my 365 day creative journey, I thought for sure that I wouldn’t be posting as often as I am. But I am! I can’t help it. Sometimes I make something and get so excited about it, I just can’t wait to share it.

Handmade Swap Cards

As I stated yesterday, this week is all about me getting my swaps done. Today I made some swap cards for a swap. I had to make twenty! Holy Moly!

These have a asian letter background, inked in a red ink pad, so it doesn’t stand out too much. Scallop flowers and an embossed lotus from my collection of hand carved stamps is used on this set. I made two designs.

This is from a clear stamp set, I think it’s from Inkadinkado, but I am not sure. This one has music sheets stamped on the background. The pink paper is handmade, from Kate’s Paperie.

All of them have the same back, and here’s what it looks like:

This stamp is by 100 Proof Press, and the background is a retired stampin up stamp.

Speaking of retired stampin up, I actually ordered a bunch of retired Xmas stamps on ebay! I almost want to get Halloween over with, so I can start using my nice new Xmas stamps. But I have to still make a few decorations for Xmas. I ordered a Star die from Papertreyink, so I was thinking of making some black and orange stars to hang around the house.

Must finish my swap crafting.

The Craftaholic

Butterfly Altered Journal

Quote:

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

-William Faulkner

Copycats. Remember when you were in school, and someone would copy your work? It’s pretty common to look on websites like Craftster and Flickr for inspiration on your next project. You may even pick up a craft book to look up a new technique. It’s normal. Copying, however, does not need to be.

Step outside yourself. Challenge yourself. Within your creativity, as humans, we always try to add limits to things, to places, and our life. For some things, limits are a good thing; they can teach you discipline and control over life in general. But within creativity, limits are not a good thing.

I had a gym teacher who once told me to never say can’t. Maybe every gym teacher says that. But this particular gym teacher, was one that I will never forget. I’m really not much of an athlete. So this was his way of encouraging me, and the other skinny awkward kids in my class.

In art and creativity, never say can’t. Never. Never say you can’t. You just keep going. You keep trying. You continue to work at your creativity, and your creative process. Don’t compare yourself to others either. Just be what comes naturally to you. Be proud of your work. It doesn’t have to look like something out of “Paper Crafts” magazine, or “Somerset Studio”. It only has to reflect the statement of who you are, and what you feel inside, the way you look at life and the world around you.

Create, don’t imitate. That’s the key.

Recently, I finished the first of a few projects. I used the Fantasy Fiber by Art Institute. That stuff is so cool! Do you know, you can iron it on a low setting, and make your own fiber? That’s awesome! That’s what I did.

That’s a close up, of course. This stamp is from 100 Proof Press, stamped on hot pink paper from Stampin up, I think.

Oh, this is an altered notebook. I forgot to mention that. This is probably going to be an Xmas gift. The fabric I made with the fantasy fiber is layered over some textured black paper.

Nice, right? I really like how this turned out.

So it’s easy to use fantasy fiber! Just put your iron on a low setting. I don’t have an ironing board because I frankly only use my iron for crafting reasons. So I just layed out some fantasy fiber on the table, spread out a little bit in the shape of the paper size I’d like. Then, on a low setting, I iron the fibers lightly and slowly. It gets fused together and forms a fiber! So cool! I love it! These are great for collage work. And cards. Wow.

Anything else? Meh. Not much to tell really. I have a couple new books I’m working on, and some jewelry making swaps. I have been really into the swaps lately. They’re fun and a good way to get me making things without cluttering my home too much.

The Craftaholic

Day 251: Handmade New York City Postcards

Quote:

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” -The Buddha

I’m reposting this, to encourage myself. Currently, I’m reading a book by SARK, “Making Your Creative Dreams Real”. I’m only at the begining. The sad thing is that I received this book as a gift from my husband years ago. I never picked it up to read it. I’m at the point in the book, in the begining, where she  says one must be WILLING to make things happen.

It reminds me of this quote, because you know, too often we become preoccupied with the how of our dreams, and focus too much on how much money it will take, how much our children get in the way, and how much of it will take up our time in the future, etc. Instead of over analyzing how much of this you will need, or how much of that you don’t have, or how much time you don’t have, focus on right now. Focus on today, right now.

In AA and NA, they preach this very thought. To only focus on today. “Just for today…”. But it’s true in life, no matter weather you are in recovery or not. Focus on today, on what you can do to make things better today, on what you can do to get loser to your goal TODAY. Don’t over analyze life. It’s too short to live your life miserable, blaming others for the lack of follow through that YOU should have had. Just focus on today. Work towards your goal TODAY. Do it.

So, I’ve got an excersize. First, here’s my quote that was on my status on facebook today:

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.
Henry D. Thoreau

Now, what I want you to do today, is work at it. You know your dreams already. You’ve said it in your head. Now, just make a list of things you can do right now, today to make that happen. And do it. Now. Put the list in your sacred space. If you don’t have one, put it in between your pillow and pillow case. Let it soak in your head.

Today, I made some cute postcards, for a postcard swap.

I used a New York City subway map, glued onto Kraft colored cardstock, a stamp by 100 Proof Press, and Glittery Blue Embossing powder by American Crafts.

It’s so easy! A Note to you tourists: please just make your own NYC souvenirs. The ones that are sold in Times Square are actually really corny.

Brooklyn-we go hard.

So, what do you think? Oh! I also used a postcard stamp by River City rubber works. Hmm, I really love using this stamp. I want to find more ways to use it!

I also went out with my baby the other day. I thought I’d post this pic, because it’s funny how she loves starbucks coffee.

A frappuccino. Actually, I do try to keep healthy, but those suckers are like crack cocaine. Seriously.

The Craftaholic

Day 148: Make a Set of Postage Stamp Cards

Quote:

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

I posted this one as a repeat, because I need to learn this lesson, truly. Why do doubt ourselves? Self doubt is probably one of the most destructive things a person can do to themselves as artists, crafters, mothers, and people.

When we are confident, we are sure of ourselves, we know our opportunities, and we can open doors, because a confident attitude attracts open doors. When you’re looking for love, any good matchmaker will tell you that a confident attitude is what attracts the opposite sex, weather male or female.

So we must learn as artists, to not doubt ourselves. Our self doubt comes from different places. It really depends on you, as a person. What triggers your self doubt? For some, it’s looking at other artists accomplishments, and comparing them with ours. It could be your age. It could be someone else’s talent.

The thing is, each of us have our OWN talent. The universe has just the right timing for when our goals will come to fruition. It is just a matter of us working towards it.

So how to we realize our own potential? How do we gain our confidence in ourselves, and our art? I can’t tell you. But I can tell you how NOT to. Here’s my advice: stop looking at other people. Your art will happen when it happens. And don’t try to be the “next” Martha Stewart or Fridha Khalo. Just be who you are, and do what you do. Remember: Van Gogh never sold a painting in all his life. He lived his life poor, and spent his entire rent money on art supplies. Although this may not be a very encouraging example, I mean to tell you this  so that you can understand that he did what he did because that was his calling. He knew it. He didn’t make art to sell. He didn’t try to make a business out of it. He just lived his life, and did what came naturally. So did Sylvia Plath. So did many others like them.

So we must STOP doubting ourselves. Just stop. As soon as you feel that negativity, just STOP it. Do what comes naturally to you. Just follow your instinct. Listen to your intuition. This is perhaps, what we all should do to realize our potential.

Today’s creative endeavor is a set of cards.


Recipe:

Words: Retired, from Stampin Up

Birds: Hero Arts

Postage Paper: 100 Proof Press

Oil Pastels

Workable Fixative

Black Ink Pad

Shimmerz Bling Paints, in various colors

Grey Cardstock (or whatever, but this is what I had on hand)

So all you do, is color the postage paper with the oil pastels, and blend it in. Spray it with Workable fixative. This is done so that it protects the oil pastel background, and allows you to do more work, without getting the color everywhere.

Stamp the birds on the postage paper.

Stamp the word stamp on some watercolor paper, and then paint over it with the Shimmerz Paints, in whichever color you choose.

Then, just cut it out, and glue it on the postage stamp.

After that, fold your cardstock, and glue a square of decorative paper onto the card. Then glue the postage stamps.

That’s it. You’re done.

You like it?

The Craftaholic