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Friday, April 5, 2019

Altenew Dahlia Stencil Card

I'm blog hopping for Altenew's 5 Year Anniversary. I decided to post one of my favorite cards using Layered Dahlia A and B stencils.


I used Simon Says Stamp Script Thanks and used Distress Oxide Inks Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade.

This is one of my all time favorite stenciled cards.  The dual stencils are so gorgeous on white card stock.

Go check out the blog and get in on the hop to see all the great artwork Altenew Blog

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pen Storage unit using Amac boxes

Several months ago I was shopping at a local art store for the last time.  Allegheny Art was going out of business. I had shopped at the store for years and I was sad to see it close. I found an inexpensive pen rack for $3 and purchased it. I loved using it because my pens were stored horizontally and they were accessible.



I have been trying to organize my supplies for so long and what I realized is that my pen collection was much larger than I thought. Primarily, because I had pens stashed away, in cute zippered bags, in drawers. So, like Marie Kondo would recommend, I decided to pull them all out. What I discovered was a bit shocking.

My first reaction was to rush out and buy something to store all these pens. Then I decided to peruse Pinterest and see what others had done. I decided that for me, having the pens out and available was important. I eliminated the idea of drawers and found this link to pen storage

Pin on pen storage using amac boxes

This gave me an idea. I took stock of what I had, measured how deep the cubbies should be and decided what I would need. Then I visited the Container Store and got 21 Amac boxes sized 2 5/16" square by 5 1/16" high. 




I decided I wanted to make a 7 box-high storage unit and have three columns. Why seven? Well ROYGBIV of course. What I didn't appreciate is that indigo and violet are rarely part of a huge collection so these can go in one box. So the 7th box was great for neutrals like brown and gray.

To glue the boxes I did some research and learned that acrylic can be "welded" chemically by using acetone. So I got myself a small syringe and glued them by applying a small amount of acetone to the gap between the boxes. The acetone does leave a cloudy mark, but I tried to keep this to the bottoms of the boxes, so you cannot really see the marks.

Here's the final result:



I am so excited to have my pens out, available and visible. That's all for today!!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mis en place

Hey there campers.  I've been having fun with a great die set from Penny Black called What's in your Cup?

Here's a link to the set on Simon Says Stamp:

What's in Your Cup by Penny Black

Initially, I confess that I didn't want to dabble in all the tiny bits and pieces. However, after I started working on the elements I could not stop. Choosing fun colors and arranging all the pieces to make cards, it was addictive.

See the back of the die set below, there are three mug "styles" a mug with a snowflake, a mug with a teabag (complete with a heart) and a swirl of steam and a frothy top that I decided had to be made with flocking.  Also, the hand stamp is from Earth Tone Images.  

The cards have Jane Davenport washi tape along the side and I created a huge stack of tags that I colored with Distress Oxide inks and water.  Just smoosh the inks on the Tim Holtz glass mat and spray then mop them up with the tags. I finished the tags off with two stencils and some dye inks.

Have a warm and sweet day!






Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Philly Shrine

I want to show you one of my older projects from my swap days. For those of you who don't know about swaps they are projects made with a group of artists, based on a theme where you make several of the same works and the hostess will send each artist a piece of art made by each participating artist.

There is something so wonderful about working with a theme. I always enjoy this, it helps me get focused and really allows me to cull down my options.

So this was a shrine swap. I made a Philly shrine using a small wooden box, painted and embellished with stamped images of the Liberty Bell, the Constitution and Scrabble tiles. I also used a button from Valley Forge Military Academy. My favorite part is the pretzel and Love statue made from clay which embellish the inside.

I keep this on my mantle and love it so much!




Sunday, July 15, 2018

New store coming in my area Creative Inkling

I am so excited that there is a new store coming to our area. This store is called Creative Inkling and is located in Hatboro. The store owner had a previous store in Peddler's Village. 

What's so amazing is that they have a second floor with rooms that people can rent. So if you want to have a creative retreat with friends, you can arrange to stay and will have a studio space to use for your group. The whole building was renovated and it looks amazing.

Here are pics from my first visit:








Check out their Facebook site and see more info including the great tools they have for doing jewelry classes. They have a lot of fun stuff planned. I met Edie the creative director and she showed me around the studio space. It looks so wonderful. Loads of light, great chairs, lots of room. 

Also, Karen the owner showed me the rooms where guests can stay overnight. The prices are so reasonable and the rooms look great. All new beds and furniture and nice big clean bathrooms. The kitchen area is so nice, with a big long dining table and sitting area. I wanna stay over, even though I'm local.

I cannot wait to see what classes are coming up. Edie did mention that they are teaching a terrarium class and it involves soldering.  I'm ready to sign up! I think the class list will be ready when they have their grand opening in a couple weeks.

So thrilled to have a store around. I've missed it.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Trying new stuff THE BEST

So a year or so ago, after watching tons of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer videos (including the online show Make it Artsy) where she uses the Brother ScanNCut I decided to purchase one.  These machines are great because you can design the art that you use in the machine. 

The video that blew me away is making your own stamps with the Brother ScanNCut. 

Video making stamps ScanNCut

I ordered the supplies (although I must not have ordered the full "kit" because I don't seem to have the downloads for the images she uses in the video).  

I found this image of a leaf, that I love.


The leaf image was the basis for the stamp and above you see the negative image left in the silicone material after I used the ScanNCut to create the stamp.  

Here are samples of me using the newly created image to stamp on paper.  I really prefer to use paint for the images, as they turned out better than using ink.  It might be that there is a coating on the silicone which makes ink resistant.  


How amazing to be able to cut out your own stamps using the ScanNCut.  Love it!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sewing maker madness

So as I was ready to work on the fabric to repair my patio chairs I realized that my free 10 year old ancient sewing machine was no longer working. I had to make the call, to buy new or repair it. I realized that although these old metal sewing machines were the best ever made, I don't have all the bells and whistles included. Plus the time and effort to find a repair shop and have to wait . . . ughh.

My awesome hubby bought me one for my birthday and I feel like a kid with a new toy. I had no idea how wonderful it is to have a new sewing machine. I got a Singer Stylist 7258 and I LOVE this machine. It has decorative stitches, has 8 different feet included and it's so easy to thread. I'm so thrilled I had to make a couple projects. I made some fun zippered bags and again, YouTube has so many great videos to show you exactly how to make these.

I have a feeling I'm going to be making these for the holidays as gifts. I have tons of these bags and frankly, you cannot get enough of them.

Here's the VERY first one, using saved fabric from old clothes. The wildest one is the inside lining of this bag which is from an old Coca Cola shirt I had from 20+ years ago. I loved the fabric and so I put it to good use.




I personally cannot believe I made this. For the first few days I was literally carrying this bag around with me like a little kid with a teddy bear.

Then I decided I wanted to branch out and use some of the GORGEOUS Trader Joe's bags that I saved up. These bags have great artwork. So here's the second one I made!



I ordered a pack of 8 inch zippers online and they come in fun colors, so I used them on this bag.  Total blast.  Now I want to play with having a two zipper section bag and integrating clear vinyl for the bags. It's just the beginning of my research and development on this one.