Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mark Montano Swap Returns

I received these ATC's (artist trading cards) in the mail today back from Mark Montano's swap. The first one is Mark's "Scarlet Letter" ATC and the rest are from various artists.
 
 
Mark Montano's Scarlet Letter



 
  
One is from:

 
 
Another one is from:
Kim Patrick
 
 

Two are from:
Marta Harvey
 
 

Another two are from:
 
  
and three are from
Susan B., Bertha Trujillo, Jessica V.

 
It was fun to see where they all came from!
 
  


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Submit Your Jewelry Designs to Newest Issue of Just Jewelry!

I received this note in my email today:


Just Jewelry, Vol. 1.
"Dear Contributor,
At this time we are accepting jewelry submissions for the second volume of Just Jewelry! Show us your best earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more!
Thank you for your contributions and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions/concerns. Looking forward to working with you in 2015!

Kelly Herrold, editor of Scott Publications 
Scrap & Stamp Arts
Soft Dolls & Animals!
2145 W. Sherman Blvd.
Norton Shores, MI 49441
231-755-2200"

I don't make jewelry, but thought I might share in case you do and would like to see your work published.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Three ATC's


David finally got another shed key made for me and today was my creative appointment with myself! Oh boy, you should have seen the mess that greeted me!  My sweetie, bless his heart, took out all the stuff I had collected and wouldn't you know, he put a bunch of it in the one free space I had which was on top of my crafting table, so I spent the better part of the day trying to find homes for some of the stuff. I had one little spot to turn around in and sit down in. LOL!
Merry, you wanted to see the atc's (artist trading cards) I'm sending to Mark Montano's swap. Seriously, you ought to join me. Never know, might get one of mine. *smile* I made these some time ago for an atc swap club that met here in my home town once a month at a scrapbook store, which has since gone out of business. I always made a few extras just in case somebody wanted to swap with me. One of the rubber stamp conventions that came to town had a swap meet sometime during the weekend and everybody would be lugging their tins and notebooks around hoping somebody would eventually swap with them. It was amazing that I could put my hands on my notebook as messy as the shed was.
So the envies are addressed and waiting for postage to be added to them. I also addressed a stamp set that was supposed to go to a friend in Scotland months ago (oops!) and a mail art envie for a sick friend. So the day was productive and I was able to check off some of the things I had on my list.
 
So here's how I made my atcs:
 
# 1 is a "fabric" ATC = that was the theme that month. I used a brass template as a mask and sprayed the pink and green inks until the fabric was wet. Then I let it dry, cut them out and stapled it to the cs background. I also stamped it and stitched it and added a safety pin. Added the pertinent stuff to the back and done.

Tip: I made my own spray inks. Got the recipe from Colorbox video I picked up from a thrift store. It's 30 drops of reinker in a 2 oz. mister bottle (Walmart) of water.
 
# 2 is also spray-painted = on cardstock. I think the theme was "travel." Then I stamped sentiment (aloha) and the flower. Cut out the hibiscus flower, punched the little flower and glued them down. Added a little glitter and gotta remember to do the back. Finished!
 
# 3. is distressed. I think the theme that month was "buttons and bows" (or ribbon). I scanned a button card with the buttons still attached, printed it out in black and white , then scuffed it a bit with a sanding block. The edges were cut with decorative scissors and glued down to the grey cardstock that had been distressed along the edges. Also glued down a real button, pinned a tiny safety pin on, punched holes to thread the ribbon through and added the tiny tag with a Fiskars teddy bear punched in it.  Signature on back and presto! The End. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Studio Shed Storage

Since the shed was built, I've been busy looking for storage solutions in my half of the building (the other half my hubbin has claimed for a library/office). We've been making trips to thrift shops to purchase shelving units, office equipment and other odds and ends. I even began a board on Pinterest for interesting storage ideas that might work for my shed. On one wall, my hubbin put up a pegboard for me and Harbor Freight had the necessary post hardware to insert into the holes.
 
I have kept rubber stamps in shoeboxes, in dishwasher tubs, and shirt-sized gift boxes, disposable plastic mother-board clam-shell boxes (a computer part abt the size of a sandwich) my hubbin saved for me from work stacked on an old VHS video shelf in my kitchen. However when my husband was laid off from his computer warehouse job in August 2011, I've taken to storing my stamps in reclaimed plastic VHS clamshell boxes on a bookshelf in my new studio shed. The posts inside the box can be removed with a rotary craft knife.
 
I found a narrow shelf unit at a thrift store that was just the right size for dollar store plastic baskets to hold all my odds and ends of paper ephemera. I had been using transparent plastic shoeboxes. Right now all my spool ribbon are stored in cardboard shoe boxes. With two guys in the family who are hard on shoes and wear them out, I have a steady supply of them. I was given a big sack of sewing trims and bias tape and I found they fit perfectly in these three metal index card catalog boxes. I really like the sliders in the bottom to keep the trim cards standing upright.
 
It's getting there.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stamping Studio

Tuff Shed
 
I went out to my new studio  yesterday (Aug. 24, 2013) to work on cards since I've been invited to a shoebox party and I could tell my husband had been in there -- what a mess! I had to move stuff to find my work tables and a chair to sit in. Never did get to designing as I had put stuff away before I could. Still have piles of cardstock to put away. Oh, for a studio leprechaun! *smile*

Postscript: Hopefully it is true -- the old saying that good things come to those who wait. Here is it almost 2 years later and I finally have most of the necessary equipment to use my shed studio/playroom. Mom purchased a large enough heater to warm it during cold weather for my birthday last month and my hubbin is getting foam insulation inserted around the foundation so the heater will warm the area closest to the floor more efficiently. Mom had it custom built  and insulated for me in our backyard for St. Valentine's Day 2013.  Immediately we set to work organizing it inside and then during the the first month of  that summer I landed in the hospital for two weeks and then three weeks rehab for a really bad staph infection in my leg. That's where I began my post above. . .

By the way, I've signed up for Stephanie Ackerman's  Documented Faith 2015 Art Journaling focus group.  Stephanie is a designer for Sizzix. (Click here if you want to sign up too.)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Creative Cousin's Cell Case

I have such a creative cousin. Her name is Joyce and she sent me a photo of a project she crocheted and I just had to share. *smile* She said she threaded all the beads onto the crochet thread before she began, then measured her phone and crocheted away. Isn't it pretty? I can just see this in black with white beads or white with black beads too!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thank You, Girlfriend!

It's so nice to receive a get well card in the mail when one isn't feeling well. First I had a bacterial infection and finished my 15 days of antibiotics and then just when I got to feeling better and venturing out,  I picked up a viral bug. I have asthma and everything goes south when I get sick, so it takes me a little more time to get over it.
 
Thank you, Joan Petty, for thinking of me!