Thursday, August 13, 2009


As promised forever ago, I'm back with ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). The theme for this exchange was Time, and I think this wise little reader sort of looks like an amalgam of Father Time and Baby New Year. I stamped the book on some shiny textured cardstock I'd salvaged from a book of invitation samples, and cut it out to give the image some dimension.

This is my new toy - I love it! I've been participating in some ATC exchanges recently, and since they're small, they can be easy to lose track of. This little display holder from 7 Gypsies is so cute and retro, and looks fantastic on my desk. The card showing in the front is a gorgeous one I got recently - the image is printed on stiffened silk, then the center of the flower is stitched through with thread to give it texture. So gorgeous!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Payoff

So, this is what I've been working on for the last 9 months - a cross-stitch afghan. I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped it, and then I ended up rewrapping it at work in cuter paper, so a coworker was sweet enough to take a picture while I had it out. I didn't realize how wrinkly it was! It's been in a little pile on my lap all this time - Miles's favorite kind of craft. I'm so happy with how it turned out, though!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I lied

Just had to show off a sweet order someone made from my etsy shop this week - she ordered this card that I already had:

And then sent me a drawing of her new house to add to it:

Isn't that just so cute?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Back in a few...

I won't be posting for the next week or so... I'm down to the wire on a big project I've been working on for most of the last year, and I'm not sure if I'll make it or not. So I'll see you back here when I'm done - I'll have some ATCs to share!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Day Is Here!

In the order in which I received them:

Abbey (who mentioned that she did hers entirely with Elmer's glue, kitchen shears, and coins for templates):

Lindy (who, I think, receives the "Best Use Of Monkey" award):

One Little Monkey Jumping on the Bed:

Somewhat Asian:

Phyl (who did a great job tying her tags together as a coherent project):

Casey (who used a marker for the distressed orange parts - love that look!):

Jas (who turned my expectations on their head -I'm totally in love with the ribbon trees) :

Thank you all so much for participating! I'll have to do more of these challenges - I love seeing the creativity that comes out of them!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 12

Once again, no actual tag for the countdown - sorry I'm a slacker this weekend. Actually, not so much a slacker as barely home. Anyway, not only is this Day 12 Countdown post a reminder that YOUR TAGS ARE DUE TODAY, it's also my 100th post! If I'd noticed before five minutes ago, I would have planned something cool.

As it is, the cool post will have to be post #101 - and you know why it's cool? It's all you. I'm hoping to see a few more entries tonight; so far I'm loving the ones I've received. I can't wait to show you!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 11

No tag for the countdown today - worked too late, then a haircut and more work. Tomorrow's the last day of the countdown, and the day tags are due!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 9/10

I mentioned at the outset of this challenge that you could use any media at your disposal to make your tags - today I branched out from my usual paper-only art and into digiscrapping. Both of today's tags are made with the Bubblegum and Licorice set by Summertime Designs, and the Bleeding Cowboys font (my favorite!).

I also wanted to run with my idea from the other day of book-journal tags. These have plenty of space for documenting what you're reading and what you think about it, and since they're entirely digiscrapped, then printed and cut out, they're perfectly flat and perfect for using as bookmarks.

The fun little pins that hook onto the ring are from the new Making Memories line I mentioned the other day - they're called Vintage Findings Garment Pins. I think they're perfect for my vintage style and for what I'm using them for. I was going to display these on the ring with the first book-journal tag I made the other day, but for some odd reason my editing program prints them at a smaller scale, even though I created them at 100% scale to the other tags I've made. Oh, well, they aren't too small to use, and they still look good!

I've received a couple of entries for the tag challenge, and they look GREAT! I can't wait to see everyone else's - don't forget, they're due on Saturday and I'll reveal all of the entries on Sunday the 12th.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Michaels/Making Memories

I don't know if y'all have been to Michaels lately (I'm sure none of you go there as obsessively as I do), but they've got the best endcap now of new Making Memories products. There are several new sets of "vintage" findings (buttons, pins, ribbons), and quite a few new kits. Some of the kits are for scrapbooking, but several are tag kits! I'm kind of tempted to buy one to see what-all's in it, because from the description on the back, it seems like they have a TON of different stuff to use in the one little kit. On the other hand, I figure there's probably almost nothing in there that I can't find an equivalent to in my craft room now. Something that amused my inner 12-year-old from the list of items: "stamps" in French is "tampons."

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 8

Double the fun today, with tag bookmarks! I've done several gift tags so far, so I thought I'd do some flatter tags with the idea of using them as bookmarks. I can never have too many!

This first one is incredibly simple - nothing better, though, than settling down with a hot drink and a book.

This one is kind of a fun idea that I might expand on - I always like the idea of book journals to keep track of what you've read and what you thought about it, but I always tend to forget about them when I'm actually reading or finishing a book. So how about a stash of book-journal bookmarks? Keep one in your book as you're reading it, and keep track of your thoughts on it as you go. After you're done with the book, tie it onto a ring, and voila! The ring becomes your new book journal.

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 7

A friend dropped by right when I was about to get started on my tag, so tomorrow will be a two-tag day. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 5/6

So I REALLY cheated, and didn't even do anything yesterday. Too much celebrating, I guess. I have mixed feelings about this tag - I really hate my handwriting, but I do love this paper. It's from Sassafras Lass, my favorite source for fun papers - this is the "Whale of a Tale" line (sorry for the earworm, Ab) and it has the cutest sea creatures and pirate elements. For some reason my skinny brown marker wasn't working, so I wrote with the brush end (part of why I'm not fond of the handwriting), so I covered the writing with with my glitter gel pen to at least give it a little sparkle.

In case you've been wondering what I'm doing with all these tags... so far, this is it. I have baskets mounted on the wall to store all of my glitter and glitter glues and flowers, and I've been tying them to the baskets. I love how I'm able to see what I have and keep them off the desk (where they'd just get lost in the clutter).

I keep them around for little gifts and things - the birthday ones are perfect for tying to a gift bag or ribbon on a present, and I think I'm actually going to repurpose the sheep tag as a bookmark, since it's nice and flat.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 4

Happy Independence Day!

So tomorrow's tag may be kind of a cheat, because right when I finished photographing this one I thought of a couple of improvements, but oh well. Today's involves the stars from PTI's 2009 anniversary set, Everyday Classics, stamped in red on white, then in Versamark (watermark) ink on sparkly blue and cut out. The big star is chipboard covered with white ink, then lots of glue and glitter.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 3

I've got a couple of submissions now for the challenge - I can't wait to see them all!

Today's tag sticks with this week's theme of "stuff I bought this weekend" - the cute antique-print flower and the patterned paper - but I finally branched out a tad and used Stampin' Up's "All About U" stamp set. This one's pretty simple - just covered with the patterned paper, distressed with my Ranger distress inks, and stamped (with the darker distress ink) before I put the flower on. I think I need to put up a rod somewhere in my study to hang all these - they're too cute to sit around on my desk!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 2

Another sweet tag today, using the same book-lovers stamp set as yesterday. I just love the sheep's surprised and slightly annoyed expression - I think it's probably a lot like how I look when I'm interrupted in the middle of a good book.

The turquoise paper is actually part of the packaging from the canvas tags I bought this weekend - I liked the color and shape of the border, so I trimmed the white piece to match. Papers are, again, from the Basic Grey Bittersweet mini-pad.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tag Reveal Countdown Day 1

Photos of your tags for the tag challenge are due July 11, and I'll be revealing all of your beautiful artwork on the 12th. I thought I'd do a daily tag countdown, starting with a tag I made using some of my fun new stuff from this weekend.

How adorable is this owl? I just love this whole bookish stamp set - it's so perfectly me. I'd actually originally stamped something else on the top, then decided I wanted to do patterned paper (from a mini paper pad I picked up this weekend from Basic Grey - the Bittersweet line) and ribbon instead. I think the key is a great finishing touch!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Shopping Day

My cousin and I went for a fun shopping day today - I'd heard about a really cool scrapbooking store in a town about an hour away, and knew of a good restaurant there for lunch, so we took off this morning in her new car to check it out. We saw this sign on a little accidental detour we took before she mentioned she had a Garmin - my shorthanded Google maps notes got us really turned around. I had to take a picture - it was the same on the other side too!

This is us in front of the restaurant where we ate - the waiter disappeared right when I was going to get a picture, so we just did it ourselves - thus the weird angle.

I loved the scrapbook store! When I first saw the door, I thought I was going to be disappointed - it looked kind of dinky. But inside, The Crafty Scrapper was HUGE. They had so much great stuff. I picked up some fun stuff I plan on using for tags, not to mention some actual embroidered canvas tags that are just gorgeous. I also found this Book Lovers set that I'd been keeping an eye out for - I just love it! So, so cute.

We parked next to this Smart Car when we stopped on the way home for cookies - I thought it was so clever.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Inspired by how fun it was to make tags the other day, I've decided to issue a new kind of challenge - here's the deal:

Anyone who would like to join the challenge, leave a comment on this post with your email address. I'll contact you to get your mailing address and send you a packet.

The packet will include 2 tags (in case you mess up or don't like your first one, or just want to do two) and a small assortment of embellishments or other items to use in making your tag, or to get you inspired. You may decorate your tag however you'd like - stamping, drawing, painting, sewing, digiscrapping (print out and paste it on), writing... whatever gets your creative juices flowing. When you're done, send me a photo or scan of your tag and I'll post it here.

Tags will be due July 10.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tags of Birthday Fancy

Playing a little tonight with new stamps and not-so-new glitter.

I stamped the birds in Versamark on top of PTI's Ripe Avocado and embossed them so they'd resist the distress ink, then sponged Ranger's Old Paper and Vintage Photo distress ink on top.

The chipboard "B" is covered in Ripe Avocado ink, then outlined with peridot german glass glitter. I love avocado and brown for a vintage look!

This one's a little more fun and bright - just my big flower from PTI's anniversary set stamped in Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, and Raspberry Fizz. The sentiment is from the same anniversary set.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bad Blogger

Sorry I've been such a bad blogger - I really just haven't been stamping much lately. I've got a big, long-term project I've been working on in my free time, and I haven't really had much free time these days anyway. Now that choir concerts are over and we're heading in to summer hours at work, I should be getting some more time to work on stuff... I'll make an effort to post more then.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Digi-Scrap Collab Week 11 - Tell Me A Story

Sorry it took me so long to get these posted - didn't get a chance this morning. I love how everyone interpreted this!

This week's challenge is: Tell Me A Story.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so a layout should be worth two thousand. Tell me a story with a photo, layout, and (optional) title... the catch? No journaling allowed. It can be your own story, a family story, or something that evokes a favorite childhood/fictional story.

My LO:

Emily's LO:

And Emily's complementary layout, just because it's SO STINKING CUTE:

Casey's LO:

And now to Casey for next week's challenge!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Digi-Scrap Collab Week 10

Kristen's challenge this week is "All About Me" - We are rarely in pictures b/c we are always taking them! Design a LO that is all about you. Include at least 2 pictures of yourself.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Digi-scrap Collab Week 9

The challenge from Emily this week is to use a black and white photo that takes up over half of the page.

Journaling reads: The Park Theatre movie house in Estes Park, CO, is truly the grande dame of the city. She towers over the downtown shopping area, an anchor for weary travelers.

Credits: All papers and embellishments: Bubblegum & Licorice kit from Summertime Designs; Fonts: Bleeding Cowboys and Handwriting-Dakota

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bathroom Decorating

Two posts in two days! I'm on a roll! I decided this week to finally do something about decorating our guest bathroom. In our old apartment, it was pretty much just "the dogs' bathroom" and we didn't use it for anything else. Now that both dogs are housetrained and we can keep it nice, I decided to make it nice for us and guests to use. I was shopping with a friend a few weeks ago at Pottery Barn and got inspired with all of their ocean-themed stuff... but I knew I could do it cheaper.

This first photo, I'm so proud of. I had an image in my head of what I wanted to do, and it turned out EXACTLY like what I wanted. Which is pretty rare, actually, especially for a technique I've never tried before. I found a blocky stenciled image of a seahorse (an actual stencil would have worked, too, but I didn't find one I liked - instead I found a photo on Flickr of a seahorse that had been stenciled on to a wall), printed it out, and taped it to the window of my sunroom with my cut-down piece of cardstock over it. The window worked as a lightbox, so I could trace the outline of the image, then I cut out each piece with a craft knife. I mounted it on sparkly navy-blue paper (I love how the shimmer ties in the ocean theme) and hung it over the towel rack.

The counter was where I copied the Pottery Barn idea - I found some super-cheap vases and candles at Hobby Lobby (they're half-off this week) and a thrift store - I particularly like the square tealight vase - it reminds me of a lantern. Hobby Lobby also provided me with big bags of different kinds of seashells, so each vase has a slightly different mix.

Since my seahorse turned out so well, I'm thinking I might do a starfish or octopus for another wall - I'll post it if I end up doing it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Crafty Birthday Week

I've been busy this week making thank-you cards for birthday gifts - this one uses Papertrey's Aqua Mist and Spring Moss cardstock and ink, Aqua Mist twill tape, Everyday Blessings 6x6 patterned paper, Fancy Pants Bella Brush set, SU!'s Merci set, and heat embossing. I distressed the edges of all the layers and embossed the bottom layer with my textile folder.

My other thank you note is made up mostly of Basic Grey Sultry paper and embellishments, with coordinating Papertrey cardstock, the same "merci" stamp, brads, and glitter gel pen outlining the hearts.