Confessions of a Craftaholic

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A Pretty Flock of Butterflies

Recently I made a little card, and a set of embellishments.

It’s kind of a crappy picture, sorry about that. Here’s the inside.

It pops out to reveal a flock of butterflies. It’s a simple card, but I like simplicity.

Here’s the embellishments I made:

This was made with watercolor papers, watercolor paint, and then the stamp (Blockhead Stamps) was embossed. Nice, right?

What else? I’ve been a bit out of sorts. Just kind of scrambled around. I have lots of things pending, ideas and things that are finally going to start happening.

I’ve decided to revive my etsy shop, to carry a line of handmade soaps. Not yet, but that will happen this year. I love soap making, and I’ve decided to start selling in craft fairs with a friend, who makes candles. I’m so excited.

I’m also going to be launching a video blog, through youtube. It’ll be my own web show, with tutorials, reviews, and me chattering on about this and that.

Those are all in the works, so hence the short blog post today. Oh, and I’ve got my husband’s birthday, and my daughter’s as well. I’m off today, to make his gift. Can’t tell you, since he reads my blog.

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A Scrapbook, and a Giveaway

So I’ve mentioned before that I design for The Sampler, which is a lovely monthly scrapbook kit subscription.  I love the idea of monthly kits. They are such a fun way of stocking up on paper craft supplies.

I wanted to first show you a sneak peak, for May kit, and then show you what I’ve made with April’s kit. And, they’re having a giveaway, isn’t that nice?

So here’s a couple sneak peaks:

Trust me, the items in the kit are as yummy as they look, truly. Oh, and they are having a very lovely giveaway! Isn’t that nice?

Here’s what I made, with my April Kit:

Do you like it? I really do. I used some vintage lace trip to bind the paper bag book. I love making paper bag books. They are so much fun! And so portable. You know? AND, the pockets. I’m a sucker for pockets, since I love to save things.

I’ve recently gotten back into scrapbooking, for reasons I cannot yet tell you. So you’ll have to wait another, uhm…4 or 5 weeks, and I’ll keep you in suspense that way.

But if you ever want to, I do suggest joining a monthly scrapbooking kit such as The Sampler, as it is chock full of all sorts of goodies.

I really want to tell you now, but I’m going to play it safe and wait a bit longer.

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A Hand Bound Book For Lisa

Sort of, that is. I think I had blogged about this one already, but this time it’s for sale, so I’m re-posting. Hope you don’t mind.

This is a hand bound sketchbook, with 100 pages of recycled paper, bound with my signature cardboard hardcover, a vintage picture frame, and hand dyed flower in the middle.

I originally made this as a sketch for a workshop, for my friend Lisa Kettell, but due to our busy lives, it never happened. So I have decided to put this baby up for sale, in my shop.

You like it?

I should make more of these, I think.

Hmmm. As far as food cravings are concerned, pizza is quite popular in this house. Homemade is even better. Yum. With ham and onion. Oh man.

What else? Well, my art supply closet is back to being a splendid mess. I do want to organize it, though. An organized mess, you know? Right now, it’s a bit too cluttered, even for me. And that’s saying a lot. I did de-stash some things tho. I’m getting rid of a bunch of rubber stamps I don’t use and such.

Things like fabric and paint, I never get rid of, though.

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Marie Antoinette Necklace

So one of my biggest inspirations, is walking around the city, and seeing all the cool things that people wear. Recently, I’ve seen these lovely necklaces that resemble charm bracelets. So I’ve made one, and have it for sale, in my shop. Take a look:

What do you think? You like it? I LOVE it. It’s for sale, of course, and I would be honored if you were to purchase this piece from me, truly.

Today is saturday, and I’m hanging out with my family. What else can I say? I’ve been getting some REALLY cool swaps lately in the mail, so here’s a shout out to you guys who’ve sent me some lovely things.

I decided to take a rest from too many swaps. I want to focus on making things for my shop. You know?

Not much else to say, except that I could really go for a slice of pizza right now. Random, I know.

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More Scallop Circle Flowers

Here’s another take on my ever-favorite scallop circle flowers.

I cut the flowers with my Big Shot, using a scallop circle die, and pages from a book that I didn’t care for. I would reccomend buying a dictionary, or using a newer book for this project, since vintage pages are a bit too fragile for that.

I used my PAN brand Pastels, and my own Twinkling H20s that I made myself. How did I do that? I used a handy dandy video from Youtube.

That video is SO awesome. In the last photo, you can see how it really adds a nice shimmer. I really enjoyed this. These scallop flowers are a fun for scrapbooking if that’s your thing, or for card making if you like that too. I personally will be adding a spray primer that makes the paper “hard” and waterproof, so I can make them into hair clippies.

You like it?

Today, I’m off to Chinatown, to buy supplies for a workshop that I’m teaching this weekend. I love chinatown, don’t you?

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A Collage Podge Book


Recently, for one of the last art swaps I’ve joined, I created a hand bound collage book.

The cover is made from vintage fabric from my stash. The lace trim you see there, is also from my stash. Can’t remember where I got it. The fabric was given to me by my husband’s old co-worker who was quite the seamstress.

That’s a glimpse of the inside. It’s nice, right?

This book was sent out in a swap, but I can make one like this for you, if you want. Just leave me a comment and I’ll email you back.

It’s so fun to make books like this. I love it.

What else? I’m quite busy lately. Tomorrow, I’ve got to bake a cake for a friend in my poetry group who’s birthday it is. Red Velvet cake. I usually bring my leftover baked goods, so that’s what I’m up to.

Also, I took a trip to Dick Blick and got some stuff to make my own twinkling H2Os! More on that on Friday.

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Decoupaged Wood Bead Necklace

Recently I held a workshop with my art group, on making decoupaged wood bead necklaces. We had so much fun. Here’s a picture of what I made.

Cute, right? We of course, used Mod Podge for these. And they are so much fun. If you’ve got a paper shredder at home, you can shred your junk mail, and make your own beads just like this! I dried them on a wooden skewer.

What do you think? Nice, right?

I like these. I’m going to put them in my christmas gift bin. I want to start early. I’m taking a break from doing too many swaps, so I can concentrate on my art, and making things for sale.

On a personal note, my husband and I had been going through some stuff, and have come out of it with sheer bliss and love on our faces. So I’ll be chatting a bit more here.

We’ve also decided to try to have another baby, can you believe it? Woohoo! Trust me, when I pee on a stick and see two blue lines, you all will be the second to know (after my hubs, of course).

Dakota will be four in May, and I cannot believe it. Wow.

I’ve got some ideas for jewelry pieces that I’m going to be selling in my shop online, and I also will be carrying some new handbound books in my etsy shop. I’m excited for that.

Other than that, I’m just really awaiting spring. I hate the cold weather. I don’t mind it in December because I LOVE christmas (and my birthday is in December) but after that, I just want to fast forward to spring and summer. Summer is great, because you don’t need a lot of money to have fun. Pack up some sandwiches and go to Coney Island, that’s what I do most days. I love the ocean a lot. And I’m pale, so sitting in the sun won’t hurt me much.

Ta-ta for now.

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Birdcage Necklace

I’ve been on a jewelry making kick. I really like making jewelry. I find it to be so soothing and relaxing. As with all forms of art that I create, I try to incorporate my intentions and my philosphy on life and spirituality into my jewelry making. It’s fun because then it means more than just the image or charm that dangles. You know? Just like a cross pendant means more than just a cross, and a buddha necklace means more than just a buddha hanging from your neck.

Anyway, this piece has a pretty birdcage that I bought a long time ago, and a piece from a charm bracelet that someone made for me a while ago, in a swap. The bracelet was pretty, but it had fallen apart when it got to me, so I just kept it, so that I could incorporate it with other jewelry making projects.

A pretty bit of lace makes the necklace a bit more feminine and soft, don’t you think?

I love this piece a lot. It’s more of a creative statement then anything else, though.

 

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A Pair of Wish Jars

One of the new companies I design for is Blockhead Stamps. Recently they sent me some new goods and treats to play with. Here’s a new item I just recently finished making, their stamps, and acrylic paint daubbers that they sell. I love those paint daubers! How cool!

I used Mod Podge with dictionary paper, and then went over it with mod podge, waited for it to dry, and then went over it with the paint daubers. Then, I used this “Joker” stamp set, for the little hats there, and a stamp sentiment that I had. Cute, right? And of course, lacey ribbon finishes the items nicely.

These are wish jars. Write down your wishes on a full moon, and set it on your windowsill until your wish comes true. Or, if you’re not a superstitious person, just make one for vanity’s sake.  It’s cute.

Oh, and no, I can’t remember where I got the bottles, at all. Sorry. I litterally had that in my stash for a year or more.

 

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A Bouquet of Fabric Flowers

Since I get these lovely kits from the Sampler Kit Club, I decided to take the fabric swatches from this month’s kit, and make them into some pretty flowers.

Pretty, right? I like them. And I love their kits!

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