Tuesday, January 31, 2012

{Etsy Shop} More Stick Pins Soon (and a swap teaser)

Hiya crafty collectors! For those of you collecting stick pins, I've made a bunch more and will have them in the shop over the next day. It's been a long time since a restock and I appreciate all the emails. There are 22 new styles, and I'm editing photos and listing today and tomorrow. Here's a sneak peek:

Otherwise, I'm working on another altered Altoid tin that I can't give you any info on in case my "Wicked Vices Altered Tin Swap" partner is lurking about. Here's a link to our swap gallery if you want to take a peek at what has already been received. (Just for the record, shipping deadline is February 15 and those early finishers are just overachievers.) *ahem*

OK, OK... here's a little teaser... (Really little - his head is about an inch tall!)

Now I must run to the grocery store so I can feed my husband and get back to important work! :)


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Painted Ladies

Hello crafty friends! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I spent the last few days tooling around with my sister in Washington, DC. It was crazy warm - perfect to walk around in (I won't tell you about the wind, though). We found a few old treasures, but the best part was getting together - it's been a year and a half!

Today I want to share a card featuring painted chipboard butterflies. I used Jacquard Lumiere acrylic paints, and Ranger's Liquid Pearls and Stickles. The antennae are made from craft wire.

And here's a detail from the inside:

I really love the rich colors of Prima's "Fairy Flora" paper line! The vine is from a Cheery Lynn metal die, called "Fanciful Flourish".

Thanks for visiting today!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Baby Boy Mini Album

Hiya crafty friends!

This weekend I traveled up to PA (outside Philadelphia) to a dear friends baby shower. There were 6 years between our visits, and it was so good to see her! I gave her a keepsake album and I want to share it with you today.

That Tim Holtz bird and cage die has gotten a lot of use over the last year! I do love it and can't wait for his new dies to come out over the next few weeks. :) I saw the phrase on Pinterest, in the form of a huge vinyl sticker over a baby crib. I just love it!

The chipboard album is just shy of 6x6, and I included photo corners for each mat.

The paper is 12x12 and 6x6 My Mind's Eye Portobello Road, from the (in)famously glittered "Lost and Found" line. I used silver Stickles over all the factory-glittered bits to seal them in. It made the glitter lines taller on the pages, but the alternative was to ignore it and have Stacy swear under her breath each time she picked the book up.

The banners are all made from the sticky, prepackaged chipboard letter banners from the PR line. I like the thickness but not the letters, so I stuck them on the backs of random scraps and cut them out. I used a needle to thread twine through the corners and finished with the tops of pearl brads. They're all popped up on 1/16" foam dots. The birds are coated with Glossy Accents for a little pop! on the page.

That's it for now! Thanks for visiting today.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Ribbon Organization, Anyone?

Hiya crafty folks! I turned the studio upside down this weekend and am trying to put it back together. This organizational bug bites me a couple times a year; sometimes it's over little things, sometimes over big. This weekend was big.

One problem I've never been able to solve is ribbon and lace storage. There's so much in bins, boxes and jars! Today I found this gorgeousness, thanks to a Google "ribbon organization" image search. It's so fabulous I had to share!

It's on a 2008 Making Memories blog post about organization - click to see each studio and loads of ideas! The shelf is 6" deep and perfect for the ribbon jars I already use. I have a perfect space behind a door for a narrower version of this - I wonder if Husband would be willing to make it for me? I would be SO HAPPY!

I'll post photos of the studio when it's done (without the as-yet-unmade shelves, of course). I'm pretty happy with many my organizational ideas these days and could use your help on others. :) Tonight Husband is installing a couple of wall shelves for project display (mostly awesome swaps and stuff I can't give up) as well as the Making Memories Embellishment Center thingy.

How do you organize your ribbons?


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be My Shabby Valentine

Hiya crafty friends! I know, I know... you're in shock to see two posts from me in as many days. I'll give you a moment to gather yourself. {tick tock tick tock}

Now, down to business. I have two, count 'em TWO Valentine's greetings to share with you today. I'm all over the shabby and pink with these and definitely need to get wicked on my next project (hint hint) to balance it all out. Phew!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Little Something

Hi crafty folks! I've finally rolled myself back to the computer after all the holiday excess. :) I hope you had a great holiday and the new year is treating you well!

Today I'm sharing a little whatsit I included in Christmas gifts I sent to my fabulous sister. She is a few years older than me and an incredible artist. Over the last couple of years we've become close, and she inspires me daily. I made this to tuck on a shelf in her studio to remind her what she does for me. 

The base is an old Scrabble tile tray covered in gorgeous Graphic 45 paper. The Scrabble tiles were sanded on the edges and inked. I glued the tiles together using Glossy Accents. The back flourish is Dusty Attic and the pearls are from a Viva Decor pearl pen. It's the first time I tried the pearl pen -- I like it for the most part, but it won't replace flatback pearls for me.

Thanks for visiting!