Confessions of a Craftaholic

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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!

The Craftaholic

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.

The Craftaholic

Day 317: A Set of Cards for a Friend


“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

-The Dalai Lama

This is a recycled quote, because it inspired a short poem.

My darling daughter, I

have wanted to warn you: the world is harsh.

My darling daughter, I only wish I could

protect you from the bad things

from the crazy and evil people that only judge you

Life is

such a suprise, such a wonderful suprise

and sometimes

the nightmares come true

and my own mother never warned me

never told me about the nightmares

she told me,

pray and they will go away

but sometimes

they just




with just a word or whisper

but If I look

and I realize

It’s not a nightmare

it’s just a reflection

of my fears

of some certain part of me

then it’s not

a nightmare

and I can sing along with

Mick Jagger:

“You can’t always get what you want….

but if you look

you might find…

you get what you need”

Anyway, that’s my poem, and those are my thoughts. I have surgery tomorow, so I won’t be blogging! If I have time, I’ll try to post one tonight. The surgery is due to my lady parts, but it’s no big deal. I mean, I’m not really scared.

Anyway, today I have my mineral makeup workshop! Yes! I am looking forward to that. And, I made Cinnamon rolls this morning. SO yummy.

Today, I made a set of cards for a friend. She’s paying for them. This is a set of 10. If you’re interested, I can make a set for you.

You like?

I also got my swap from my friend Yoshi. Jewelry, because that’s her thing.

Beautiful, isn’t it? I hope she likes my humble necklace and trinkets. I love her work, she’s amazing at bead weaving. She doesn’t use a loom.

Anyway, I have to rush off. The trains are going on a different train line, which means I’ve got to go up further than I have to go, then change and go back down the right way to the right stop. Then change for the J. Wonderful.

The Craftaholic

Day 301: Hand Stamped Cards


“Please realize your responsibility, remember your potential, and have self-confidence. Have an open mind and a sense of caring & belonging.”

-The Dalai Lama

If only we could realize our potential and remember our responsibilities as mothers, families, and spouses. We have a responsibility to our family. This doesn’t just mean the cooking, the cleaning, and driving to and from school. I mean that we must live up to our potential, if we plan on being the best parent we can, the best wife or husband we can. It’s true. How can you tell your children to pursue their dreams, when you never pursued yours? True, you may have impossible dreams. But I firmly believe in creating the impossible. Make it happen! Lead by example. My mother made a lot of mistakes with me, and to be honest, our relationship is strained because of that. But the one thing she did, was go to college. I was still a small child, and she had my father to live with, who never cooks or cleans. On top of that, she had a language barrier. And still, she made the dean’s list. And did the cooking, and the cleaning. So I admire that in her. She made it happen. You know? The best gift you can give a child is the ability to admire you as a person.

Today, I will admit something to you: I am in a creative rut. Seriously. I feel no inspiration! It’s because of the phases of the moon. The moon is almost full, and when that happens, I normally run out of creative energy. Today, I made a couple of simple hand stamped cards. I like them alot, because they really make a statement, just on their own. I decided to put them up for sale in my shop.

You like it? It’s for sale, in my shop.

I also made a simple owl card.

Click here to buy it in my shop.

Another card I made, was a cute birthday card.

Click here to buy it in my shop!

So, what do you think? This was my way of fighting the creative rut. And, I really do love the simplicity of these cards a lot. Today is another hot day. I told you about my “lady parts” acting up. Well, today I’ve got a doctor’s appointment. I was going to a very nice doctor in manhattan for a while, but I decided to go back to the doctor who delivered my daughter, just in case they have to cut me open or something, I’d rather be in Brooklyn than all the way up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

That’s all for today. Yesterday I made the most amazing chicken alfredo. OMG. It came out so good! Today, I’m going to make some banana cream pie. Yum.

The Craftaholic

Day 300: Hand Stamped Cards


“As long as you’re not completely enlightened there will always be an inner obstruction to knowledge…”

-The Dalai Lama

What does it mean to be completely enlightened? It means you’ve removed the obstacles in your life, the things that only damage you or get in the way.

So then, remove them! Is it that easy? Not always. I think that sometimes we, in a sick way, like the obstacles. Either we like to complain, or we just have some ulterior motive for slowing ourselves down. Think about it. You talk about quitting smoking. You’ve tried it. But…you…actually like smoking. You like sitting outside and having a smoke once in a blue.

Think about the things that get in the way of your happiness, of your success and your peace. Make YOU a priority, by removing them. As mothers and fathers, we tend to make everyone else a priority but ourselves. And so we create obstructions, by not making ourselves a priority. Make yourself a priority. The best way to be a good mother or good wife, is for your family to know you care for youself, and you take time for yourself. Right? Right.

Last night, I went to glassybaby and made some hand stamped cards. I took the F train which is a few blocks further than the A. Next time, I’ll take the A, instead of shlepping my crap halfway across town. Here’s some shots of our night:

A Table Shot.

I brought A LOT of stamps. Too much, probably.

Here’s what I made:

NICE, right? The background stamp is *I think* a retired stampin up set, as well as the letters. The paper is just construction paper. Such simple ingredients make such a cool statement. Let this be a lesson: you don’t always have to clutter up a page, to make an artistic statement.

Another retired Stampin up stamp. I do, if you haven’t noticed, love retired stampin up stamps. I don’t know, somehow they are better when they are not manufactured anymore. Who knows.

Nice, right? I can’t remember, but the sentiment is stampin up. I don’t think it’s retired, but you’d have to check with your local SU rep. The hand is a stamp from my local stamp shop, The Ink Pad. I plan on throwing myself a birthday party this year, and telling everyone who attends to buy me certificates to the Ink Pad and Dick Blick.

I have so much fun at Glassybaby! On the 21st, we’re going to be making our own herbal tea blends. YAY!

My daughter has her first swimming lesson today. I am so excited. I wish I could take pictures, but they don’t allow cameras. Ohwell.

That, and the utter heat is just getting me plain annoyed. I hate it. Ugh. I don’t mind hot days, but really. Must it be this hot?

Day 297: Birthday Keepsake Card


“It is said that if you want to know what you were doing in the past, look at your body now.”\

-The Dalai Lama

Your body tells an interesting story. Is that it? YEs. Your body, the way you carry yourself, your manners, the way you eat in public, your posture….all these things tell a story of what you’ve gone through.

It’s a good idea to keep our bodies healthy, and maintained. I’m trying. I am slowly giving up red meat. And today, starts me yoga practice again! I am going to do yoga every day, if I can. If I add it to my daily routine, I know I’ll do it. I’ll just add it in, after my morning crafty time. My daughter does it with me, so that’s not a problem. She loves it. So that’s my resolution for keeping my body healthy.

You’ll notice that yesterday I didn’t blog. This is because I am totally not feeling well, at all. It’s my “lady parts”. They are acting up and causing me lots of physical pain.

Also, today is my mother in law’s birthday, and so we celebrated it yesterday. I’ll show you the card I made.

I made her a keepsake card, that she can keep as a memory of her family.

I really like it! I used Tim Holt’z grunge board, my own homemade glimmer mist (inside the Ranger Ink’s mister thingies), A butterfly frame from Tattered angels, glitter by stampin up, and flowers by Prima. And the decorative paper by Colorbok. And the ink by Stampin up.

I like it. And she liked the earrings I also made her. At least that’s what she told me, anyway.

Well, this week is supposed to be a heat wave here in New York City. So that means more sweltering sweating nasty heat. And lots of sunblock. I try to go out when it’s hot, so that I don’t waste too much money on the A/C. It’s expensive, you know? Although it is nice to just hibernate away from the nasty oven like heat.

The Craftaholic