Friday, July 27, 2012

TweedleDee & TweedleDum: Punkinheads!

Hello hello hello! I think I can eek out a few projects for this G45 Halloween in Wonderland paper. As I said before I'm not a rabid Alice fan, but I do froth at the mouth a bit for G45...

The twins are popped up, and each layer sits high above the card, with lots of sewing. :) One of these days I should challenge myself to make a card without sewn edges.... or maybe not.

Ok, that's it for me. It's going to be a hot one today - it's already 84 degrees at 9am! The forecast is just shy of three digits by this afternoon. Yikes! I'm venturing out to find walking shoes and then hiding inside so I don't melt. :) Hope you have a great day!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #164

Or, What's (Not) On Your Workdesk, Susan? Sheeps. It's busy here, but I'm in the midst of a card and trying to figure out the embellishments.

Actually, I'm trying to figure out the embellishments with what I already have on hand rather than running out to the fabric or craft stores. I've always been woefully short on black lace, trim and flowers and always end up scrambling and scrounging. I can see a black binge coming on...

So, what's on the desk? A card using G45's Halloween in Wonderland and all the mismatched bits I'm trying out. On the floor is the adhesive bin from the black Iris stand behind it. A Cropper Hopper sleeve with orange scraps. Beyond that - see the clear plastic thing? - is an over-the-door shoe rack that I was using for wood mounted stamps and punches. I've had it around for about 10 years and it finally gave up on me and tore away from the hooks. Right now I'm just walking around it until I can go to Target for a replacement.

It's been hard to figure out what to do with this paper. I'm not a huge Alice fan *gasp* but got the paper on a screamin' deal a couple of months ago.

"Buy it and the ideas will come", said the voice in my head. :)

Thanks for visiting. As always, I will try my best to visit your desk before next WOYWW. If I sit at the laptop I can fly through like a witch on a broom, but the iPad (which I use 97.6% of the time) is a little wonky with commenting on blogger blogs so it takes longer. Anyone else have this problem?I use the iPad 2, but I'm not sure it matters.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gather 'Round - It's Story Time

Hiya dear friends! It's another scorcher outside so why don't we all just gather around (in this cool air conditioning) for a little story?

Make yourself comfortable. It's a little snug with all the fairies filling the small spaces, but I think we can manage! After all... it's bigger on the inside...

It's a 3 1/4" x 5" tin set up on a pedestal that was sanded, painted, distressed, painted and sanded some more until the colors were just right.

It's similar to another I made in February.  I had many leftover bits and pieces from the first that I just had to make another. :) This time I put it on a stand and used vintage tatting as trim.

Fussy cutting is a favorite technique, and there's a lot of it here! You can't see in the photos, but there are little flowers all over the inside corners. It's a nice little surprise if you peek in...

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

We Will Look Fabulous!

Hello hello! I've been busy lately and want to share one of my latest cards. A while ago... a looong while ago I found a clearance stack of Marie Antoinette paper, all glitzy and glittery. How could I pass it up?

 Here's one in a short series of one-of-a-kind Marie Antoinette cards.

Only the front is done so far and I love the bright colors! The elements are cut out and popped up for dimension. Now to finish the inside and make a box. :)

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What's On You Workdesk? Wednesday #163

Hiya! Yes, I know, it's yet another post about my studio. *sigh* I have a couple of overdue posts in the queue but can't sit down long enough to finish them. They include stuff I've made as well as stuff other people made and sent to me {lucky girl}. 

Missed WOYWW last week *gasp* because I was in the THROES of throwing things out or shoving them into the hallway. You see, last Friday was the 4th Annual "Where Bloggers Create" kick-off (see this post if you'd like a long poke around) and I decided to spiffy up the joint, including the closet. It was scary, but everyone came out alive.

Right now, though, this is on my table.  

Yesterday I finished a sample for a potential customer. [Yes, I hate the ribbon, too... it's just a sample!] The card is based on one I made a while ago, which I dearly love. The order might include an album so I was playing around with ideas.

Since I didn't show this bit in the WBC post and it's the reason I missed you all last week, here's the closet.

Imagine all of those shelves filled high with a mish-mash of unidentifiable stuff. Now imagine that mish-mash all over the floor. Yep, that's how it was. I didn't touch the top shelf and the bottom still looks chaotic, but I  know what's there. The middle shelves are the important ones, containing shipping boxes and envelopes I don't have to dig for, stuff in my Etsy shops and ribbon to tie it all together.

If you stand on one foot, tilt your head to the left and squint you can see the original jukebox card on the bottom shelf. It's with all the other cards I can't bear to part with...

Thanks for visiting today! If you'd like to see more WOYWW  table tops visit Julia's Stamping Ground!


Friday, July 13, 2012

4th Annual Where Bloggers Create Party!

We all love to share our spaces and peek into others, right? Karen at My Desert Cottage makes it possible for many wonderful bloggers to have a walk around studio spaces from all over the world. I'm really excited to participate this year's event. Welcome!

The family story is that my father-in-law was weighed on this scale as a wee one. So sweet! Piled on top is my ever-growing collection of antique and vintage lace. I have a soft spot for doilies.

Now, on to the room itself. I've learned that if I can't see it, I won't use it. This is the view from the doorway. One day I'll figure out how to marry my love of old with my love of these metal racks so they don't feel so... metal.

Most of my art is paper-based. The communication-themed shadow box is my work, while the gorgeous greeting card was sent by a blogging friend. 

 I like to work on a small scale, so 6x6 and 8x8 paper pads are essential.

Of course, there are a couple of manufacturers I cannot resist in 12x12; half of these trays are Graphic 45 alone!

One can never have too many paper flowers!

I set up this die-cutting station so I don't have to move the die cutter to my work table. When I'm in the throes, there isn't usually much room on the table! The baskets on the left are filled with dies and embossing folders.

Another aspect of my art is jewelry. From fun hat pins to fine silver bracelets and earrings, I love detail work. These bins hold crystals and findings for my pins as well as semi-precious gemstones, lampwork beads and hand made Argentium silver jump rings for chainmaille jewelry.

I use this carousel for anything and everything that is small enough to allow it to spin. the bottom is filled with flowers and the top has anything from vintage ephemera to glass bottles and metal bits. The shelves below hold the "to be altered" items including tins, cigar boxes and mini album blanks. The art was a Christmas gift from my incredibly talented skilled sister. :)

I've agonized over lace storage. This seems to be a good way to keep the selection accessible and neat.

Here's my work table. It's a secondhand kitchen table found on Craigslist (plus an extra chair from my own kitchen table set). The wall shelves hold gifts, swaps and some of my own favorite pieces.

I've been fortunate enough to swap with very creative folks!

The drawers hold jewelry pliers and tools as well as an assortment of pens. On top are the first two chainmaille bracelets I made. Even though they need a good cleaning, they are sparklier than this photo shows.  The ATC octopus is a swap and the fairy bits are a prize won. (I'll have a blog post about it after this one.) The tin is mine, called "Fairy Stories".

Ready to start another project...

Thanks for visiting! The colmplete list of participating blogs can be found HERE. Enjoy!


I Love A Good Swap!

Hiya dear friends! One of the best things about this community is the swaps. I love to make for others and have made for me. Some swaps have theme that challenges my creativity and others allow free reign. This swap was definitely free reign!

Shoshi and I swapped ATC's (artist trading cards - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2") in honor of the 3rd anniversary of "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday?".

This is what I sent to Shoshi (who happens to live in the UK): 

I used Shelly Hickox's Faux Crazed Porcelain technique on the center piece. The Union Jack stamp was painted with Luminarte acrylics and stamped onto the card.

This is what I was lucky enough to receive from her:

She zentangle'd an octopus and colored it beautifully. I don't think this photo shows how gorgeous it really is!

Beautifully packaged!
Thanks Shoshi! It's a wonderful addition to my new ATC collection. :)


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Working With Pliers

Hiya bloggity bloggers and readers of all kinds! I've been working with the stunning Argentium™ silver again. I thought I'd share some pieces with you. I missed my regular "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday" post because I was... I dunno... distracted by bright shiny objects?

Anyway, here are are few bright and shinies to distract you, too!


And then there are the dangly bits...

I've had a lot of fun with these! My love of detail work on paper projects translates easily to hand coiling raw wire to make the jump rings and then precision cutting with a jewelers saw. I derive a lot of personal satisfaction in the work. :) I'll do a post showing the process soon - just need a few more photos.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Attention Magnolia Ink Magazine Lovers!

Hi folks! I have back issues of Magnolia Ink magazine for sale on eBay. I adore the magazine but want the storage space back. I have the December 2009 first issue all the way through (almost) the end of 2011.

Premier Issue, December 2009

If you love Tilda and Edwin and missed out on the magazines, now is your chance to own them all! Click here to see all 8 listings. Thanks!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #161

Happy Independence Day to everyone in the US! It's a "regular" day around here, but I did put a pork butt in the slow cooker before my first coffee. Let's just say it was confusing. I had to check my spices a couple of times before adding to the mix... not that an overage of anything would really matter that much after 8 hours of cooking. :)

Happy WOYWW to everyone! What's WOYWW, you wonder? Pop on over to Julia's to see a master list of desks you can peek at - it's fun!

I'm still on my jewelry kick. Yesterday I pulled out rings for a chainmaille bracelet I haven't made in almost 2 years. It's a basic weave and one most new chainmaillers start out on... and I couldn't remember how to do it. I spent HOURS with online tutorials and very little patience... not a good combination! Add a lot of stubbornness to the mix and I just couldn't walk away. I eventually got it, though. *Phew!*

I started to clear out my hideous closet and found a bunch of Magnolia Ink magazines that I'll put on eBay. I have the premier issue through to the end of last year. They are really lovely magazines but I don't stamp my Magnolias much anymore and I figure someone else will be happy to have them.

The card on the stand was a lovely gift from my blogging friend Jill. I absolutely adore her (both the card and Jill!)

The blue boxes are ring bins from leftover jewelry or rings I've cut for a piece yet to be made. The butane torch is for making my own ball-end head pins. The bag of blue beads is a mix that reminds me of summer and the beach. I'll make a dangle-y bracelet out of those.

What you don't see is the pile of Halloween papers moaning to be used. If I was shoved in a corner and ignored I'd moan, too. :)

No reason for you to moan! Join use at WOYWW and you'll be able to see all kinds of work spaces all over the world. :)