Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Ever Evolving Studio Sanctuary

I was crusing through the Blogs I subscribe to and was enjoying the organization of many crafters as shown on Paula Pascul's blog and was inspired to show you mine. I spent some of today cleaning off the desk top. I created the desk from a door and it sits atop 2 file cabinets. You can see here a repurposed bank deposit slip organizer. That now holds my peg stamps and poncers. I just got 2 of these so they aren't completely full right now. I added a Plexiglas top so I can stack things on top.


Below this is to the right hand side of my command center. I set up my office so that I can spin around in my chair and reach just about everything that I need.


This is the left side of my command square. In the foreground is my mac it sits on a rolling computer desk I got at Office depot. When someone comes to play with me I take this desk out so we can have more room.


This is behind my chair. It is a row of organizers that I got at Sam's. I topped them off with some particle board from the Home Depot.


This is one of 2 paper holders. It sits atop the organizers on the particle board shelf.


In the right hand corner of the command square.



Following the wall around.


Far right wall outside of the square holds cassette holder with a part of my ink collection and a part of my punches above another desk.


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Left over chest of drawers from when this room was my son's bedroom.


An overview from the far left corner of the room across to the opposite corner.


Friday, August 29, 2008

This is a Croc?

IF you love Crocs you have to see this. I think Crocs are the most comfortable shoes since Keds!
Classy Chaos: Ummmmmmm.... I am giving away classy sassy SHOES!!!


Monday, August 11, 2008

Fish Eye Zentangle

I thought I'd try my hand at making a Zentangle. It was surprisingly relaxing.
I see a fish, a rendering of the USA flag and a hot air balloon, all unintentional.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Special Cups

I like to drink out of special cups or glasses. I have been known to drink Koolaide out of a martini glass or Hawaiian Punch out of an ornate wine glass. So these are my special crafting glasses!




I started with cheap travel mugs I got at the Flower Factory in Dayton and some Quilting material.

I stamped DP Artworks Clio on typing paper. I wanted thin paper so it would accept the Mod Podge (MP)easily. 1st I applied the MP to the mug and then placed the pre-measured fabric. Added another coat of MP. Added the cut outs of Clio, then another coat of MP. I let things dry between layers. I outlined Clio in silver Krylon, in person it gives the mug a 3D look. Then I stamped an image of multiple profiles as a border. Then I used Diamond Glaze as my finishing coat. And since I like the 3D look from the paint pen I added some actual 3D effects over Clio's eyes and headwrap with the Diamond glaze.  I find MP sticky to the touch even went dry, but since Diamond Glaze is costly I only use it as a top coat and then there is no stickiness. Because of the fabric the end result feels like leather. I added some generic Dew Drops that I got from Michael's in the floral department (much less costly). Clio Cup was actually the second cup I made, here is the first.


Have you ever had a beautiful piece of handmade paper that you would not use because then it would be gone? Well my solution to this was a Special Paper Special Cup! I pieced the paper on and then used my MP with the Diamond Glaze top coat and some more of the faux dew drops. This time I used Glitter MP although the picture doesn't show it. I was also careful to make sure the paper and fabric where completely sealed around the seams so they can survive washing.

Make some thing special today!

Edited: They are holding up well to washing, each has been washed by hand, fully submerged multiple times!


Sunday, August 03, 2008

Stamp The Nite Away Invites



I'm having the Sistahs crew in following Stampaway next Saturday to Stamp The Nite Away and this is the invite I sent. The outside says A girl can never have too many (used to say shoes but I only inked a portion of the stamp). The inside had a check list; Stamps, Purses, Shoes, Friends. I checked them all and then gave the invite info. I mailed these last week. I told you I was hyped for Convention. The purse die is a cute one by Sizzix and the flourishes are on one die by QuikCuts. I cut the purse out of some quilting fat quarters I had and some black glossy. I cut the handle off the fabric diecut and glued it to the full black glossy paper diecut to give it body. I added some gold paint on the clasp.



Saturday, August 02, 2008

Last Week's Club Card

Our theme at Cincinnati Ink was Birthday with an embellishment.


I started with the verse as my inspiration. My embellishment is a clock with a page pebble over the face. I also used velvet ribbon, stickers and some great corrugated paper. The background paper is a Heidi Grace mask that I just sponged ink around. I used a Martha Stewart border punch that embosses and cuts. Love it!



I used some stickers from the same sheet on the inside and the same punch!

I almost didn't want to trade it...but I did!


Friday, August 01, 2008

Convention Hoopla!

I am already in convention mode.  What Convention you say...why STAMPAWAY of course if you are a rubberstamper or paper crafter anywhere near the Ohio Valley you should attend. It is here in my home town of Cincinnati and it is one week away. So yesterday I made my convention trades. This year I decided to make ATCs since they are all the rage. I wanted a simple design since I was making them in mass.



I'm calling her Beauty. I got her last year at Stampaway from DP Artworks, they called her Clio, but to me she is just so beautiful. I stamped her in Brilliance Cosmic Comic on glossy black paper and embossed her with Judikins Clear embossing powder. I rounded the corners with my new Round It All, what I liked about it was that I could do multiple layers at one time. I made 30 of these so that was a nice thing.


I had a custom ATC back stamp made by READYStamps. I love their service and I love that it helps a charity. You get a 7 by 9 sheet of stamps for $36, so I had a few custom made for friends.

Last weekend I went to a scrapbook store's garage sale and one of the bargains I got was a Maya Road tin for $1...I'm not much into chipboard (yet) so getting the tin empty was alright with me. It occurred to me that it would be perfect to carry my trades in. But not no no.

This is the front:


And this is the back:


I applied Alcohol Inks in blues. Then I stamped it with Palette Hybrid ink in Noir Black and added the dots with my Ranger white gel pen.

Hyped up for Stampaway!