Thursday, January 18, 2018

My First Coptic Bound Book

I took the plunge and signed up for Creativebug classes.  It is a wonderful deal because when you spend the money on an art class in person, you have to take notes and remember all the details.  However, with Creativebug, I can go back and review the video over and over and over until I get the technique down.  I need lots of repetition apparently.

I have long wanted to learn coptic book binding (in fact, I had all the materials to do so, but, had not learned the skill).  This was another unfinished project that needed fulfillment.

I loved this class!  Book binding with thread is much like knitting because the tension must stay consistent.  I have so many books that I would like to repurpose and making sketchbooks and notebooks out of old beautiful covers is something I plan on doing more of.

Dropcloth Sampler Completed

This is one of those projects that I completed last year (my year of completions so to speak).  If you like doing embroidery you should check out Rebecca Ringquist's books, Etsy shop, and she has classes on Creativebug.  I must say that I enjoyed this project even more than anticipated.  Embroidery can be like sculpture and Rebecca has a modern approach which is refreshing.  Particularly for someone like me who has trouble keeping the back of the work nice and neat (which traditionally is a bit of a requirement).  The book makes a nice reference too, so I will be keeping it in my library.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday

My youngest grand-niece turned one and I wanted to make a card as adorable as she is.  I missed the mark because this child is unbelievably cute.  However, I was happy to be using one of my favorite fairy stamps again.

I am also tremendously excited about my new portable light box.  This thing helps me take amazing pictures.  Obviously, I need to work on my staging a bit, but, I am so pleased with this picture.

Check out the light box I purchased here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Quilted Heart Card

Sometimes just mixing and matching texture and pattern is fun!  The heart is made from sewing a heart shape into vintage quilted fabric and cutting it out.  I sewed on a button and then layered it onto different papers.  Happy Birthday!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween - 2017!

Hope everyone is enjoying the last days of October!

When I designed this card, I meant for the pumpkins to be the focus.  However, when I stamped the witch onto the background, she kind of took over and became a focal point.

I enjoyed making this card and since I have not done a 'step by step' in a while, here is how I made it:

First stamped the witch (Tim Holtz) and the text (also Tim Holtz) using black Versafine and Gold Encore ink.  I then used clear embossing powder to set the images.

Next, I colored in the witch image using Copic markers and then used Distress Glaze to protect the witch and her coloring from the next step.

Using a foam blender, I inked the colors onto the background.  I used a mister to flick water onto the paper and create the water spots. I think they look like those spectral floaters that you see in photos that supposedly show evidence of spirits.  Sometimes, I worry that my card recipients think I accidentally spilled something on their card - LOL

Last step is to stamp, color, and cut out the pumpkins (Tim Holtz).  Also, I created a sign using the woodgrain stamp and Trick or Treat text.

I made quite a few of these and they each came out a bit differently.  Some have bats stamped onto them and some have black text instead of gold.  Just depends on what I was 'feeling' that day.

Have a Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Christmas Countdown Village

Here is a project that I have been working on for years.  I saw this in Craft Stamper magazine and decided to make one for myself.  It took years because I would finish a house or two and then set the project aside for a long while.  I finally determined that I was going to finish it up this year and I did.  I really had fun collecting the numbers for the different days, and, for some reason I added the 25th - the original in the magazine only went to Christmas Eve.

Sorry some of the pictures are blurry.  Still getting used to a new camera.

Monday, September 18, 2017


It has been a challenging summer in many ways.  I took a lot of comfort from making this assemblage - probably the first assemblage that I am totally happy with.  It did not come together easily.  You can't tell, but, I have bolted and unbolted so many components to this box.  I finally left just the essentials.  When it got crowded, it got less peaceful.

So here is 'Peace' and may you find it in your life as well.

 The box was made by combining an antique frame with a wooden box (thanks hubby!).  I whitewashed the box, lined the inside of the box with music notes paper, whitewashed again, and then sanded the edges.  I included a vintage butterfly frame with the Madonna portrait.  The ceramic Madonna figurine is on top of an old faucet handle.  The praying hands are holding an old perfume compact that has been cleaned and yet another Madonna image glued to the inside.  Parts from an old watch are glued to the front of the compact.  The compact opens and closes, so this is an interactive peace.

It took me a while to figure out why the photo is picking up lines in the framed Madonna.  Those are reflections of the siding on my house.  I am thinking about investing in a small portable lightbox, but, for now I get the best images outside during twilight.

I like how the figurine's fingers are broken and blackened (that is how she came and I could not clean the fingers off and I really tried).  Is this not how peace is?  Things explode in life and we must stay still and hold on to our peace.