Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WOYWW 254--Feeling Embossy

Look at me - I went to the dollar store! I needed some extra spring organization in my crafty corner. They have a lot of handy (and cheap) organization! In the midst of organizing--notice also the new little white cube there I'm trying out (big Michaels sale)--I've got the little Texture Boutique working hard on scraps I have lying around. I can just stick them in a container and have them for future tags, cards and srapbooking! I love embossing things. Of course you can also emboss on the Big Shot. But, when all I'm doing is embossing, it's nice just to pull out the little compact Texture Boutique.
Little baskets from the dollar store to organize projects that can travel around.
The verdict is, I really like the white cube and need three more! (but the sale's over...boo)
Embossing for a few more Easter tags and scrapbooking
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Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Emboss

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Little Mixed-Media Tag for the Holiday

Paper scraps laying around, some little diecuts that have been in the stash for a decade, baker's twine, a scrap piece of felt, a tiny twig from the yard, dark pink pearl cotton floss, a piece of trim and a few bling stickers, doll clothespins, and a little one-dollar red ink pad...it was fun to put these all together to make an egg-themed tag.

See all the festive egg-themed tags today over at Tag Tuesday!

I had this little bag of these Easter-themed diecuts, and never really liked them (maybe too cutesy for me). But then I decided to run them through my Texture Boutique, and wallah. Love them!
Getting out my little Texture Boutique always makes me realize I need to do some mass embossing of paper scraps for future cards, tags, and scrapbook pages!

This tag takes me back to childhood Easters, running around in the backyard looking for dyed eggs in our egg hunts with our Easter baskets in hand, the sheets and aprons blowing on the clothesline, the new garden planted with the radishes and lettuces (bunny food), and egg salad for lunch the next day. It meant spring was here!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Hunt


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Threads

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1

Friday, April 11, 2014

Making My Dollar Cling Stamps Work

I love these little packages of unmounted dollar cling stamps. One dollar for two or three stamps, especially with sentiments, is pretty good! Now, I'm not referring to clear stamps--which I try to buy on sale because they can be pricey, and are to be used interchangeably with a clear stamping block to get the full benefit--I'm talking about these little rubber stamps that have foam glued to the top showing the design, and can be used as they are. But, why not make them better?
It hit me when I was cleaning out a shelf and found this mound of blocks my daughter and nephews used to play with all the time. Wallah! My new stamping blocks available to me in pretty much any size, color or shape!
Suddenly, three one-dollar packages of cling stamps became nine wonderful blocked rubber stamps.
I just pulled the foamy print top off the rubber stamp (very carefully--because I tore one of the foam pieces a little), and there was enough glue already on there that the rubber stamp easily stuck to one side of the block, and the printed foam part easily stuck to the other side. I added a little glue with only one of them.
I may be late to the party on figuring this out because I've since heard of crafters using their Jenga blocks!  But I think this works really great, and I prefer stamping like this rather than with the flatter foamy version, and feel more in control of what the stamp is doing.
I do not remember what we paid for these blocks so long ago, but now they're being upcycled a bit! And there are still plenty of blocks left, it was a huge container of them. Woo hoo! This would be a good yard sale find if you need some so you could pay next to nothing possibly. Happy stamping.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Stamp






Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WOYWW 253--More Ear Candy Than Eye Candy

Here's the side view of my madness and mess! Inbetween my stitching and art journaling, I've been making ear candy earrings, little tags for them to go on for a future craft fair, more bubble wand necklaces with my new Urban Ice beads, and bead and wire rings--I call them Bliss Rings!
I'm using blocks our kids don't play with anymore to mount my dollar cling rubber stamps (not clear stamps though).
I'm just in heaven when I'm at my crafty table and watching Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge! Loving this new season of both  shows. In other news this week, hubby and I are getting the gardens ready for planting and airing the house out on the pretty days. My little nephew is taking his first acting class--stay tuned, he may be the next Brad Pitt. (who is from my town, and his sweet family lives here) And we've started our flea market booth now. How do I have time to work? I have no idea.

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Have a wonderful day lovely deskers! Crafty hugs!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Threads

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
Ecclesiastes 9:10

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I ♥ My Craft Room--WOYWW 252

So I actually don't have a whole dedicated room for my craft room. It is in the corner of a master bedroom and there's a door that opens onto my greenhouse sunporch. At times the sunlight is so gorgeous. I have that little crafty corner stuffed to the brim with pieces of happiness--being all the crafty things I love...including my creations and my crafty supplies. I never pay full-price for anything, and I constantly find creative ways to get my hands on a few craft supplies almost every week! Hmm...does somebody have a problem? Oh well. It's all organized, and I don't buy what I don't have room for! So you can't call me a hoarder. Now, here is a completely different angle of my work desk today!
I was looking through one of my Stampington magazines for inspiration while enjoying a cuppa.

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I made another trip to my new haunt, JoAnn's! I've discovered all the gorgeous colors of craft and bead wire--I pumped up my supply! I'm going to make some pink copper wire rings. I'm calling them "bliss rings" 'cause they're so cute and make you happy when one is on your finger. I am not going to show you the two additional crafty-themed tote bags I bought, cause then you'll know I have a problem!
I got those alphabet stamp blocks, bling stickers, and rolls of trim for a dollar each. Woo hoo! Used sales and coupons on everything else, including the gorgeous variegated machine embroidery thread. I can't wait to work on an art quilt with that. *happy sigh* On the way out the door, they gave me more coupons for next week! Boy, they've got my number.

Now, who watches "Call the Midwife" on PBS? I am thrilled beyond imagination that it is back on!! I don't think there's ever been a better character than Chummy. She just makes me happy. And they always show her or someone sewing! Love it.

Have a happy day lovely desker.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch