Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #156

Hiya! Happy Wednesday and happy WOYWW. :) It's the third anniversary of those wacky work space sharing folks at Julia's Stamping Ground. *Wootwoot* Conga-rats on this milestone!


I love swaps and am setting up bits and baubles for a bead swap over at Craftster. Now that I've picked out the supply side I just need to decide on the finished bits. Our sending deadline is tomorrow so as you read this I'll have tossed my Queen Procrastinator hat aside and will be busy on my projects... I hope!

Speaking of swaps, I'm happy to participate in the WOYWW ATC fun. Yay! If you are sending to me there's an email link on the sidebar - can't wait to hear from you! If I am sending to *you* I'll track you down via your blog. :)

Cheers,
Susan

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Week Sale at Etsy!

Hi folks! Just wanted to give you a heads-up that I put the shop on sale! Everything -- including pins, paper and mixed media projects -- is on sale 10% off with coupon code MEMORIAL10 now through MondayThursday, May 31st.

There are many colorful pins that are great for scrapbooks, paper projects *and* your hat, lapel or pin collection. :)




I still have 2 mini albums available also!



Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #155

Good morning/afternoon/evening! I hope you're enjoying a nice cup of whatever makes you smile while you desk hop... :)

It's WOYWW once again and I'm all sparkly today. I have lots of new stick pins made up and I'm futzing with a photography upgrade in the shop. Tired of the boring white background so I whipped out my trusty teacup and saucer collection with a little vintage lace and I'm going to town!

Or, at least I've sorted pins with plates... Hey, it's a start!


"I'll have what she's having..."


See the lace bit? It is part of a vintage cuff set I found at a junk shop. Best.Find.Ever.

Lots to do now including my ATC swap for next week's WOYWW anniversary. Yay! I've GOT to get myself going earlier, though, or there won't be anyone behind me to send my ATC to... Wondering what I'm on about? Pop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground to see all kinds of desks filled with fabulous works-in-progress.

Cheers and stuff!
Susan

Friday, May 18, 2012

Alpha Stamps Yahoo Group Challenge

Hiya! Over at the Alpha Stamps Yahoo Groups there's a reproduction challenge going on. The idea is to take techniques shared by Nichola Battilana of Pixie Hill and Alpha Stamp's design team and make your own version of her faerie folk specimen jars (holding official proof that the faeries exist!). Around the Internets you might know her as Knickertwist, too.

Here's a link to her Pixie Hill Studio shop so you can see how the professional does it... and here's my reproduction:


The jar is 1 5/8" tall and a minute 1/2" wide. That's small! The label reads:

Faerie Specimen 1.001
Found in a shipping box with this tag attached: "Canada or Bust!"

It's kind of a joke since Nichola just happens to be my swap partner on a Craftster swap and I'll be sending a wicked forest-themed matchbox her way in a week or two. Yea, she's in Canada...

The mushrooms are made with paper clay and painted with shimmery paint. There's a bit of glare from the lights on the glass, but that doesn't disguise the fact that I definitely need practice on my dots. :) It was fun (and kinda hard) to make, though!


Thanks for sharing your technique, Knickers! I can only hope I win the prize of fabulous Pixie Hill art stuffs... :)

Thanks for visiting today!

Cheers,
Susan

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Asian Inspired Bird Card

Hello there! If you tiptoe quietly down the page you'll see a pretty little bird on a painted branch. Go ahead. I don't think you'll disturb him.


Isn't he sweet? He's from a K & Co. die cut and vellum pack - I think it's a Brenda Walton branded one that I know is still available at Hobby Lobby.

The branch is Dusty Attic's Cherry Blossom but the shape was too perfect for this gorgeous blue and green Basic Grey Kioshi paper. I painted the flowers and branch with Adirondack Paint Dabbers then touched them all up with Gathered Twigs Distress ink. (My favorite brown EVER.) Funny that I hardly ever use the dabbers and these 4 colors just happen to be almost all I have... how's that for serendipity? The centers are this funky liquid embossing stuff I bought last year and never used. I like the 3D aspect of the centers, so the liquid embossing stuff gets a reprieve.


Thanks for stopping in today to see my Asian-inspired card. It makes me feel calm and happy...

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #154

Hiya! It's your friendly neighborhood slacker here. I can't believe it's already 12:30pm and I haven't bared it all for my WOYWW buddies. Gah!


Not a lot going on, really. The Basket of Shame filled with things that need to be put away. The left side is envelopes but the right side and bottom are filled with small bits that I will undoubtedly look for and forget they are still in that basket.

There are more hat pins as I prepare for a Memorial Day sale in the shop and a matchbox with some bits for a Wicked Forest matchbox swap. (Knickers, avert your eyes! Er... nevermind, you can't see what hasn't been started. Yikes!)

Oh! I stumbled on a small local bead show and picked up semi-precious gemstones, which are now waiting to be inventoried.... my pretties... There are two K&Co Die Cuts/Vellum packs that I need to sort into Ziploc bags - too annoying to replace in those little packages. The last thing is a card I finished yesterday and just photographed for the shop.

 If you want to have a poke around all sorts of work spaces, join us at Julia's Stamping Ground!

Cheers,
Susan

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vintage Toddler In A Tiara ATC

Hiya! Wow two posts in two days - when it rains it pours, eh? I wanted to share the last of the crafty weekend swaps. We could either do a tin, matchbox or ATC, and on this one I chose an ATC, then made it stand up... which probably disqualifies it as a true ATC, but whatever. I'm not too worried about it!

This time I had to work with the "child beauty pageant" theme. Boy, was that eye-opening when I did a little "google research". Yikes, is all I have to say about it. I chose to stay in my vintage comfort zone so I didn't have nightmares.


I gave my little beauty queen a pink netting skirt with a layer of loopy ribbon. I think that ribbon is Webster's Pages, from a year or two ago... it's another thing I've been hoarding. :) Or maybe it's May Arts?


You can see a little more of the stand from the back. The whole thing is two pieces of heavy cardboard that were glued and braced together with lining sheets that went from the top (at the watermark), were scored at the joint and continued to the edge of the base. The same thing with this purple lattice layer. It all stays pretty true to the proper 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" (64mm x 89mm) ATC size, although a little taller because of the base.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cheers,
Susan

Monday, May 14, 2012

Jewels of the Sea Altoid Tin

Hiya! So, I've been hoarding this Creative Imaginations paper for a couple of years. It's designed by Christine Adolph and part of her Oceana collection. I imagine it's been discontinued by now, but you can find bits of the collection here and there. This sheet is called "Sealife" and I adore it. Who else would I cut into it for, if not my sister? :) We did a swap and her theme was "mermaid".


There is a little layering on her fins:


The back shows a good view of the beauty of this paper:


Heh, I know the label is crooked. I *swear* it wasn't when I applied it... but you know how it goes. :)

The mermaid is a digital download from an Etsy shop called OVArtstore. It's probably the most beautiful mermaid image I've ever seen. The base is a wood candlestick from Michaels painted up with acrylics.

That's it for me today. I'm working on a new card while I figure out what to do with a "Wicked Forest" themed matchbox swap. Even as an adult I'm still a little afraid of the dark, and this wicked forest has me shaking in my shoes! *grin*

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #153

Hiya! *Whoop whoop* I missed last week's WOYWW for whatever reason... can't remember. It might have had something to do with my long weekend visit with a couple of crafty folks down south. Check out this post if you want to see photos of our escapades.

Part of our weekend was junk shopping. Yay! Here's a photo of some of the things I brought home:


There's a lidded teal tea mug, so it doesn't go cold on me. In front of that are the three swap items I received (see the post mentioned above for a closer look - they're beautiful!). Little vessels to use for hat pin photography, a silver-plated tray with feet...

One of the ladies makes wonderful soaps and gave me a sheep shaped bar of lemon verbena. She's at Missing Willow Farm, if you want to pop on over and visit. It's divine and I think I'll hoard it. There's a stack of ephemera, an old photo of a lady with funny hair, a printers block with monthly calendars (I love old calendars), and hardware bits.

The best part is the house. I think it will be Halloween-themed.

And, I got my WOYWW badge. Yay! Thanks Julia. :)

For those of you kind enough to remember and ask about my brain-teaser of the past weeks, here is Zombie Sheep's Laboratory. The brains were made from polymer clay (my first use of clay!) with help from a You Tube video. I'll link it up when I find it again. :)



Thanks for popping by! If you want to be a master snooper, head on over to Julia's place for the master list!

Cheers,
Susan

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Craftster Meetup and Tin Swapping Fun!

Hiya crafty folks! I've been MIA for a while as I worked on my swapping tins and prepared for a long weekend that went way too fast.

You might have read about Craftster on these pages. I hang out there with a bunch of incredibly talented and fun people, one of which is my big sister, Cackle. :) She lives in a small town in southern Virginia near another Craftster member called MissingWillow. Last weekend a third member - Rackycoo - drove up from the deep south and I drove down from Maryland for a wild weekend of food, laughter and junk shopping. It was so much fun!


Because we swap on Craftster we decided to swap for this weekend. Everyone picked a theme and the others had the choice of using matchboxes, tins or ATC's. Our themes were zombie sheep, butterflies, mermaids, and child beauty pageants. What an assortment!


Here's a closer peek at the tins made for my butterfly theme.


Aren't they gorgeous?! From left to right - an embroidered pincushion in a tin by MissingWillow, a fairy butterfly by Cackle, and a butterfly garden in a mini tin by Rackycoo. I couldn't be happier with these lovelies!

I have much to share about the weekend, so click the "click here for lots more" link below for food and farm life!