Confessions of a Craftaholic

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On a card making binge

So this week, I’m in a bit of a card making binge. This is because I’m teaching a card making workshop at the Ink Pad next week. I frankly was not feeling the mojo at all, and went so far as to tell Barbara (at the ink pad) that I in fact, was not feeling the card mojo. She of course, informed me that it would not be very nice to cancel a class, so I decided to just muster up the mojo however I could. That’s what crafting books are good for, right? So here, I made a couple cards.

If you are interested in making cards with me, learning the basics of cardmaking, and working with watercolors and a heat gun, you can call the folks at the Ink Pad at 212-463-9876.

The Class is on April 13th, at around 7pm or so. So come by after work!

I should mention that I have different approach to card making. You know, if you go to flickr, lots of folks make the cards in a similar fashion. I kind of like them to look a bit more interesting, simple and not so much clutter. So that’s that.

What else? This of course, got me into a card making binge this week. I made jewelry, don’t worry. But I like to mix it up here on my blog, and keep you interested.

Oh, and I bought some owl pendants on Ebay. AND….I think I’m going to teach myself chaine maille. My best friend Miyoshi is teaching herself, and thanks to ebay, I found some very cheap jump ring suppliers. So I think I want to teach myself chaine maille. That’d be fun, right?

And the Owl pendants. Oh my, I cannot wait to work with them. Having jewelry making considered a fine art, I do have to say, I enjoy it very much. I do draw and paint, but of all the fine arts, I love making jewelry. I’ve been drawing a lot recently. YES. I have. I do draw. In the words of my favorite artist (Basquiat), “Believe it or not, I really can draw”. I can. I’m sort of private about it, mostly because it’s sort of a strange style. There’s a book out, called “Zentangles” that is a bit up the alley to my style of drawing, only I’ve been drawing that way since I was in high school.

Oh! And I wanted to let you all know that I’m working on a web show. It won’t be live, sorry. It’s going to be pre-recorded, and put up on youtube. I’m excited. That’ll happen soon. Gimme about a month or two, to set it all up. And maybe a live show, not sure yet.


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Pretty Paper Flowers

Here’s a fun item. The one thing I love is those beautiful paper flowers that are a bit expensive for my modest art supply budget. But they are pretty for making cards, or altered art.

I made a few of my own, here’s a few pics.

I’ll be making this for Andrea Currie’s Craftastic Live, and I do hope you’ll watch, so you too can save money by making your own supplies! You’ll learn how to make your own glimmer mist also.

Fun, right?


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A Ribbon Box

So here’s something I just made for another swap. In the swap, we are supposed to make a box for our partner, and then fill it up with handmade jewelry.

I can’t remember where I got this idea, but I made this box, out of an empty ribbon spool! Can you believe it? And the flower on top is a prima flower that I had saved for about a year or something, and finally found the perfect project for it.

Nice, right?

Oh, and not having a computer for a week actually worked to my benefit. Now I wake up, make my coffee, and write each morning. I right, and read the Bagavad Gita every morning. I love it. So I’ve been writing some poetry lately. I’m actually working on a book that I hope to publish through Lulu. It should be done by the summer, I think.

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100 Books for Lenina

I haven’t posted in a few days, sorry about that. I’ve been busy with workshops, and things.

My latest project is a major one for me. I’m working on making a set of 100 miniature accordion albums for a friend, who’s having a baby. These are favors for the baby shower. They aren’t finished yet, but here’s what it looks like so far:

I still have to stamp and heat emboss the words, “All you need is love” onto kraft cardstock, with inked edges (that coordinate with the booklets), and then stick them on with pop up dots.

It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it for a friend. And, I got to use up all the scrapbook paper from my stash, that I don’t use anymore, so that’s a bonus.

What else? I’m working on a baby blanket for my daughter. I’m so excited. You know, if you happen to live in New York City, you should really check out Smiley’s Yarns, in Queens. O M G. Not only are the prices right, but they have good quality yarn! Rowan yarns, wools, alpacas, silks and more! YES. Really.

Anyhow, back to my bookmaking. Boy, the things I do for a friend……


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Trumpet King Embossed Card

Here’s a set of cards I’m working on today. I finished the first one, and realized I ran out of embossing powder. So I’m off to Michael’s. But you don’t have to wait for that, so here’s a pic of it:

It’s from the set of stamps that I have for sale, in my shop.

I embossed him with versamark and black embossing ink. Then, I colored in his crown and trumpet with a gold marker.I also used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the background paper, which is textured Stampin up paper. Then, I rubbed some green PAN Pastels on it.

You like it?

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Christmas Cards, Batch #2

Here’s the second batch of Xmas cards that I made.

These are a variation of the first batch.

The snowflakes are from a stamp set by stampin up. I don’t know which one, because it doesn’t have the container anymore. I love that they keep their stamps in containers because they are so much easier to store that way.

I went over the snowflakes with a Martha Stewart glue pen and glitter. The letters are from a stamp set by All Night Media, called Ornamental.

The pop up dots are also by All Night Media.

Now, to make the gift tags!

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Lots of Little Trees…

Today I made set #1 of 2 sets of christmas cards. I am DETERMINED to get Christmas chores done early!

I used generic cardstock from Micheal’s, Pan Pastels in Green, Ornamental Alphabet Stamps  and Pop Up Dots by All Night Media, and  the Tree background Stamp by Northwoods Rubber stamps.  Oh, and generic brand Gold Pigment ink. And Brown Dye based ink, by Stampin Up.

Together, they make a very pretty card, don’t you think?

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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.

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A Gingerbread Card

Here’s a  holiday card I’ve made.

I used the Dazzler’s glitter and glue by art institute glitter, for the snow on top.

This is a retired stamp by stampin up. Hero arts has a similar one, but this is nice because it comes in a set, with the little gingerbread men.

You see the glittery goodness?

That’s what I love about the holidays-the glitter.

I really have to try this year, to make my Xmas cards early. I have to. So I’m trying to find some holiday inspiration, so I can make these cards and send them out!

I did order some new stamps from stampin up. But I hate waiting for things to come in the mail. I’m off to Michael’s today, since I have some last minute supplies to purchase for a kid’s party I was hired to do tomorrow.

What else? I hope to have my Christmas inspiration, so I can get cracking this weekend!

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Robotic Birthday Cards

his weekend I’m finishing up some birthday cards.

I have a party booked this month. Since my parties always come with invitations, I’ve got to make her some. This particular client wanted 25 invitations, so I’m getting going on them, so I can hand them over to her on monday.

You like it? The robot is hand carved, and the cupcake is from a stamp set by Stampin’ Up. Actually, so is the Happy birthday sentiment, but that set is retired.  The background stamp is a stamp by All Night Media.

The stars I actually have had for years. And the happy birthday cloud was my husband’s idea. I inked the sides, to make it more interesting.

Well, I hope she likes it!

I finished another project a couple days ago, and just found the pics, so I’ll be blogging about that soon, too.

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