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Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Break

Hi everyone!

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve decided to take an actual vacation from EVERYTHING! Ya! I always take the holiday week off from work-work, but I’ve never completely shut down my shop/blog, etc, etc., which means I usually run around like a nutcase trying to re-stock my virtual shelves, write some articles, and fine-tune all of my business “stuff.” This year, I’ve decided to take a break from all that too and really focus on spending some time with my family just relaxing.

I’m completely out of stock of all of my Christmas items so that’s good, and I plan to ship the rest of my packages out today and tomorrow, and then after that, I’m closing shop until January 2, 2013! YA!!!

I want to personally thank everyone who has read my blog, visited me on HubPages, purchased any of my items, and have sent me love in so many forms this year. I feel very blessed to have had such a successful year doing what I love. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and I can’t wait to hear from you all again soon!

Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Free Digi Stamp - Wally the Walrus


Right click on the image and choose the "Save As" function to download this image. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Handmade Dog Thank You Card

Today I'm featuring one of my dog thank you cards from my studio and Etsy shop.




This card features a digi stamp from Meljens that was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and chalks. The paper is from My Mind's Eye and was layered with coordinating patterns. Both the image and sentiment were adhered with foam tape for added dimension. 


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

Hi everyone!

Today I'm featuring my You Are My Sunshine framed art piece. I actually remembered to take a picture before shipping it off. Ya!!

The pattern is from Country Cottage Needleworks and it features some really great colors. For the background I decided to use 28 ct Jobelan in sky blue so it looks like it has clouds in the background. The stitching was the easiest part because once it was finished, I had no idea what color to paint the frame. I started with green, changed it to white (that was fun...) and then I went to black before settling on a slate blue color. I painted it a dark blue first, sanded it down, and then dry-brushed it with a lighter blue to make it look (hopefully) old! I added brown backing paper and a sawooth hanger before calling it a day.



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Friday, December 14, 2012

Featured Shop - Less Bitching, More Stitching

Today I'm featuring Less Bitching, More Stitching from my Etsy and blog friend, Erin.







Featured Item:



Less Bitching, More Stitching features handmade, high end, heirloom-quality cross stitched and knitted pieces, as well as more functional everyday items, such as keychains, bookmarks, and hand-knitted scarves and shawls. Erin's works feature bold colors and sparkling embellishments - all distinctive, eye-catching, and meticulously crafted.

Erin makes all of the pieces herself. If you are interested in a custom order or if you have a pattern in mind (either cross-stitched, embroidered, or knit), please send me Erin a message for pricing and ordering information. She can create a custom piece for almost any occasion!

You can find Erin at the following links:




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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

You Take the Cupcake

Hi everyone!

Today I'm posting two cards using similar stamps from Mo's Digital Pencil and similar paper from My Mind's Eye. When I went to start crafting these two cards I realized the similarities right away and just went with it. I colored the stamps with Prismacolor Pencils and used some chalk around the edges. I layered the DP and then added the paper-punched flowers.





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Sunday, December 2, 2012

First Christmas Cards

Quick post to feature two of my first Christmas cards this year. I'm still trying to find some time to create new stamped cards but it's just not working for me right now. This time of year always gets a little crazy and I always kick myself for not starting in July... maybe next year will be the year I take my own advice. :)





These cards are basically chipboard and lots and lots of layering. Christmas DP is some of the prettiest paper out there and I was fortunate to have some in my stash that match my cut-outs.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Two of a Kind Birthday Card

Today I'm featuring my Two of a Kind card from my studio and Etsy shop.



This stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil always makes me smile. Such a clever concept - and so cute. I used some polka-dot sage, red and white paper I had in my stash and mounted my "Smile" sentiment on a 1" circle, adhered with foam tape. After searching through my mounds of stamps, I figured "Smile" basically summed it up and also made it so that this card can be used for many occasions. 

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Make a Wish Birthday Card

Today I'm featuring my original Make a Wish birthday card from my studio and Etsy shop.



This card was one of my favorites because of the colors. It was one of those cards where everything just seemed to work - all the way down to the cloud DP I had in my stash. The fairy digi stamp was colored with Prismacolor pencils and accented with chalks and the sentiment and paper flower was attached with foam tape for added dimension. When I get a chance I'd like to make a few more of these cards in different colors/variations. Let's see how far I get... :)

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Featured Shop - Papernaut Cards


Today I'm featuring Papernaut Cards from fellow papercrafter, Andrea.



Papernaut Cards opened just over 6 months ago in April and focuses on "hand-crafted cards of the nerdy persuasion for every occasion.” They exclusively sell greeting cards, the geekier the better.

Andrea, artist and shop owner of Papernaut Cards lives in Texas where she currently works as a research assistant at Texas A&M. She is involved in a study investigating the root causes of PTSD in military Soldiers. It is a really important project that she's very proud to be involved. In her spare time Andrea loves making greeting cards!

Here is a little bit more about Andrea:

What are some crafting tools that you cannot live without?

I definitely use all kinds of scrap-booking paper, my ranger distress ink pads, and my glue sticks! Also music for rocking out while crafting is a must.

What is it about paper that you love?

I think more so I just love greeting cards. They represent thoughtfulness, and a lot of care goes into sending a handwritten note by mail, especially nowadays when it is so easy to just type “happy birthday” on someone’s Facebook wall without even leaving your homepage. A handmade card in the mail means so much more to the sender and the recipient.

What inspires you?

I am very passionate about astronomy and astrophysics (Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is my hero) so the name Papernaut Cards just seemed to fit perfectly. Just picture an astronaut flying around in a paper airplane! I also wanted a big part of my shop to feature more quirky, off-beat, scientifically themed cards so I have a whole section listing titled “For Science!” Each of those cards is dedicated to an inspirational scientist. I try to incorporate pieces of their famous works or discoveries into the design.

For inspiration I also rely heavily on my hardcore nerdiness. We are so fortunate to live in a time where nerds and geeks have infiltrated so far into pop-culture there’s no shortage of amazing books, games, TV shows, and movies to provide material. A lot of the old stereotypical stigmas have also fallen away, so people are now proud to let their geek flags fly.

How did you get started making cards?

I owe a lot of credit to my mom, who is really into “Stampin’ Up” and started making her own Christmas and Birthday cards for her family and friends every year. I remember helping her as a kid, and I definitely inherited the crafting gene from her.

What is your favorite item?
Definitely my “Steampunk Pi!” I’m a little obsessed with the number, I celebrate March 14th with Pi cupcakes, and I can recite the number to 56 digits. I’m proud of this card because I actually drew the design myself. This is a great example of a unique Papernaut Card that you won’t find anywhere else.

Do you sell mostly online or at craft shows?

Currently my cards are sold exclusively on Etsy, although I am interested in getting more involved in local craft fairs. I have to get my act together for that!

You can find Andrea at the following:

Please check out Andrea's shop and show her some love. And as always, thanks for stopping by!
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Free Digi Stamp - Whale


Right click on the image and choose the "Save As" function to download this image. 

Enjoy!

More freebies:  Free Digi Stamps


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Productive Weekend!

I just love productive weekends. It didn't necessarily start out perfectly, but I finished strong at least. I was able to get my latest batch of shipments done for tomorrow's mail and also finish up a custom school-themed ornament, a keepsake box, some beaded fobs AND I had a little time to watercolor. Can't complain about that!


I still have to take pics of the keepsake box and beaded fobs but I was able to take a few pictures of the school ornament before it got shipped to Australia. Here's how it turned out: 


The pattern is from Lizzie Kate. I believe the person who ordered it is a teacher -- or its going as a teacher gifts -- I don't know, someone's a teacher! :)

I had never thought of making this into an ornament but I guess its the right size to do so, so good idea Tracy! Wish I had thought of it myself. Hope it looks good on your tree!

Thanks for stopping by! Off to take some pics.
 



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dandelion Wishes & New Gemstone Necklace

Hi everyone!


Today I'm featuring my Dandelion Wishes handmade card and Charcoal Granite beaded necklace.

For my Dandelion Wishes card, I went with some really great floral paper from My Mind's Eye, and then colored the image to match. I adhered the image, paper flower and sentiment with various levels of foam tape for some added dimension and added the red rhinestone center for some color. I somehow broke my jumbo daisy punch in the process though - so that was kind of a bummer but it just gives me an excuse to shop for some more stash!




My Charcoal Granite necklace was made with jungle Jaspar and all natural gemstones. The beads pretty much can stand on their own so I didn't go too crazy with this one. Sometimes less is more, right?




On a different note, I get a lot of e-mails from people asking how I'm able to ship internationally from home. I have an account with Stamps.com which allows me to print postage right from my studio and mail it out in my own mailbox. In terms of international, Stamps.com has a customs form feature where you can fill out your electronic form online and it will include itself within the label. Anything under 16 oz can be placed in your mailbox. My mailman picks it up all the time - I've never had a problem. Hope that helps. Feel free to e-mail me if you have more questions or concerns though!

Have a great rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Keepsake Box

Hi everyone!

Today I'm featuring my Be True keepsake box. This is the first box I've made that wasn't a custom order and I'm seriously considering keeping it myself for a button box. This pattern from Little House Needleworks is one of my favorites - I'm not sure if it's just the colors or what, but I've stitched it many times and I swear I stitch it faster each time I do!

The box is approximately 6x6" with a 5 1/4" square opening. The top lid pops out so I'm able to add the stitching securely. I stitched the pattern on lambswool Jobelan using DMC fibers.




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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bundle of Joy

Just finished up a custom order of 30 baby boy-themed cards for an upcoming baby shower and stopped to take a photo before shipping them off. I have finally perfected the art of assembly when putting together multiples of the same card so it really wasn't as daunting as I had originally thought. 


The theme is brown, baby blue and teal so I completely lucked out with the DP because I had a TON of this stuff in my stash. The paper was pretty enough to stand on its own (love when paper can do that), so I just cut a 2x5 strip of the same paper, matted it with teal cardstock and adhered it with foam tape just so it would stand out a little. The sentiment was part of a sticker pack the expecting mother's sister had found and shipped to me, so I adhered that to some brown scallop-framed cardstock and attached it to the center. 

The inside contains all of the party details so for obvious reasons I can't show pictures, but I did take extra strips of paper I had for the envelopes just for a little added touch. All-in-all, I think they came out good and I really hope she likes them.

Off to check your blogs!

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