Thursday, August 30, 2012


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bookbinding Technique

Did you ever participate in an exercise in which you close your eyes and proceed to fold a piece of paper based upon the oral instructions given to you?  At the end, when you open your eyes, you discover your piece of folded paper does not look anything like your instructor's.  The participants burst into laughter when they see how each of them interpreted the directions differently and no two pieces of paper are folded the same.  And then there's always the one who did it perfectly......  

Well, that's what last night's little art activity reminded me of.  Although I must say all of us Prairie Art Stampers were able to master this paper folding technique.  Our member, Ann, brought us a fantastic book binding technique that she learned in a book.  She is a master crafts(wo)man at making German stars so it didn't surprise me that she would know lots of other paper folding.  No glue.  No scissors.  No tape.  Just fold and assemble and you have a book. 

Here are some photos that I took during my assembly of my little book:

As you can tell, we had color coded papers to help us learn how to assemble.  When I got home, I pulled out DD1's Heidi Grace papers and a matching sticker and popped on a new cover that matched the yellow and pink.  The cover now is heavier card stock( but I was still able to crease it)--and no need for a cardboard insert.

You can cover the spine, use beautiful patterned papers, stamp, embellish, etc.  The examples Ann brought were all stunning.  I immediately determined this is a great way to use up all of those left over papers and stickers sitting in my craft room.

Monday, August 27, 2012

What's New and What's Not....

I haven't been crafting/posting or blogging for quite some time.  But it's still on my mind!

You know you're a crafter when you buy your peaches for the box they come in--not thinking about the tasty treats but rather how you're going to Modge Podge the crate looking cardboard box and use it for something...

Then a stop at a second hand store netted these.  One person's discards is a crafter's treasure:

I thought of my blogging friend Lynne's beautiful fabric and lace projects and couldn't pass on these upholstery fabric swatches.  Won't these make stunning backgrounds?  I think the red and green ones will come into play for Christmas projects. 

I won the Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets dress form and CD3.  They arrived in the mail.  The 3-D dress form is flat on the back side.  We stopped in a store, and a stock boy walked by us carrying a boatload of misc. stuff.  My dh said to me, Look, he's carrying one of those dress forms.....  My altered one will be revealed in January as one of my design team projects.

Also arriving in the mail was my stamp plate that I won at Rogue Redhead Designs for my challenge entry.  I really want to make something soon with my new Floriculture plate for the next RRD blog challenge.

I keep looking at all the challenge sites but they'll just have to wait.  I have a deadline looming on the horizon for the wedding guest book that has priority attention.

And of course I'm working quietly and secretly on projects for the upcoming Gecko Galz Blog Hop in October.  Did you see the badge at the top right corner?  Save the date.  You won't want to miss this!

Speaking of secrets, I've been asked to join another design team and happily agreed.  More on that when the time comes.....

Heading to my Prairie Stampers Club meeting so tomorrow I should have a post of what we make this evening....

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Here's a card that I made at Stampin' Up Club (design by the Stampin' Up demonstrator).  It's in the mail to my sister.  Have a great day, sis!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Radom Thoughts for August

Yesterday we celebrated the grandbaby's first birthday.  I've mentioned a couple of times that my two daughters gave up scrapbooking/cardmaking and gave me their stash.  So, good mom that I am, I made a couple of birthday cards for their niece, with the product they gave me--thinking, it's their style, as if they had made the cards themselves.

DD1:  Heidi Grace products--rub-ons

DD2's card; brown cardstock; patterned papers from a pack called Jeweled Tones Modern' Heidi Grace epoxy cupcake sticker.  Sticker might be from DD1's stash, but DD2 is the cupcake baker.

While blog surfing today:

I did the Case Study blog hop.  At one of the dt blogs, I spied this challenge, so I'm submitting these cards to FLOURISHES: Birthday Party--create anything birthday

and I nearly fell out of my chair when I stopped by Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets and saw THIS!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Clean and Simple in Green

Shar has me started on the clean and simple look.  Over at her Rogue Redhead Designs blog, her most recent challenge, Rebel Challenge #13 Distressed Greens,  is to use the color green and some distressing (along with stamping) 

Voila! Here are a couple of gift tags for wedding presents. This little Studio G wedding cake stamp that I picked up at our recent Prairie Stampers Club garage sale came in very handy. (Unfortunately I didn't use a RRD stamp for this little project.  But while visiting the RRD site, I did purchase her latest release, Nature Notes, and can't wait to get the plate!)

The wedding invitation used mossy green paper and brown grosgrain ribbon.  I found matching green ribbon (which turned out to be the color of the bridesmaids' dresses) and then searched for some brown wrapping paper for the gifts.  My little gift tags followed the theme.

My distressing is with ink, using a green Studio G chalk to edge the card as well as some Ranger Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Tea Dye.  On one of the tags, I also used my distress blade to rough up the edges.  

Image is stamped with Archival Ink in sepia and colored with Copics E37 sepia and YG03 yellow green.

Keeping it clean and simple, one card is stamped and folded, then glued onto a brown square.  The other is layered into a traditional card.  I punched a hole in each tag and attached them to the gifts with the brown ribbon from the wedding invitation. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Art Journaling

My second article as an Unruly columnist is posted today at Unruly Paper Arts (UPA) blogozine.  My column is entitled Musings of a 2amscrapper.  Today my musings are all about journaling. If you have an interest in what I have to say, please head over HERE.

Having a great interest in art journaling, I decided one of my art goals for 2012 would be to actually try my hand at this.  In my last post, I showed you my first pages.  Here is my second attempt which I used as an example in my UPA article:

I started with card stock (6-3/4" high by 10.5" wide) to which I glued on a piece of patterned circus paper in beige tones.  I believe this paper is from Rusty Pickle (I've had it quite a while).  I added the reverse side of stripes in a couple of places.  I also found in my stash some Rusty Pickle Big Top stickers so I used one: A Great Balancing Act.  I used several colors of Ranger Distress inks to color this background.  I painted on white gesso and USArtQuest Vintage MicaColor watercolor paint in Sepia Veil.  

Since I used punchinella on my first pages, this time for my stenciling I used some mesh drywall tape (from my dh's workshop).  I love the effect of the little squares.  

Direct stamping at the top with Wendy Vecchi's scroll (from Studio 490 Art by Number set).  On the bottom, I stamped Tim Holtz' city stamp (Rock Star set) onto tissue paper and then glued and pounced the tissue into the page.  This is a new technique for me that was well worth the try.  

Of course I had to do some fussy cutting.  The image on the left side is from Gecko Galz (Circus ephemera set).  The smaller image on the right is from Graphic 45 (Le Cirque collection).  Both are outlined with a broad tip black pen before glued down on the tightrope lines drawn in with a fine tip black pen.

My journaling words are computer generated.  I used several Ranger Distress inks on the paper, using the traditional blending as well as pouncing direct to paper with the ink pad to create a pattern prior to cutting out the word strips. 

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:

Since I used a Gecko Galz image, I'm entering this in the Vintage Image Challenge due September 29 in the Gecko Galz Ephemera Emporium PapercraftingYahoo Group

Case Study #102: Your Signature Style (vintage style  in the form of fussy cutting my two fave paper lines: Gecko Galz and Graphic 45-- along with some distress inks and stamping) 

Fashionable Stamping Challenge: Anything Goes 
(Stampers Anonymous stamps by Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz)

Simon Says Stamp and Show:  What do you say?   I say, Sometimes I feel like I'm walking a tightrope.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's August ?!?!??!?!

Happy August First!  

Today marks the start of  a new topic at Unruly Paper Arts blogozine.  This month we're working on art journaling.  My Unruly column will be posted there on August 3rd, linking to my post here.  In the meantime, please check out the table of contents for the month and the two Reader Art Quests that are up and running today at UNRULY PAPER ARTS.

Art Journaling is a new venture for me.  These literally are my first two art journaling pages.  I spent a long time on them, trying to create a cross between art journaling and the smash book concept.  I wasn't sure how I liked the outcome so I tossed it for my Unruly column, creating something totally different to include in the article.

But since this is my personal blog, I'm posting them here just to see what you think.  Blue: It's a Color, Not a state of mind.

I love a children's book, My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss and thought I'd create my own small journal about color. (If you are not familiar with this book, here is a link to a review that I found fascinating from the perspective of both writer and illustrator: HERE,)


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