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Rainy days and Mondays

don’t usually get me down, but the old Carpenter’s song sure does, hopefully it won’t be stuck in your head for too long.

I’ve been taking advantage of the rain and getting back into my creative groove, hopefully the blogging groove will follow.

I decided I needed a little extra help to get my mojo back and maybe expand my horizons, so I started following a tutorial series Christine Middlecamp has going on her blog called The Embellished Doily. The end result:  a shadowbox of 16 different mini collages based on tiny Martha Stewart doilies. If you’re not familiar with Christine’s work, check out her blog she is the queen of detail…teeny, tiny details…and lots of layers. It’s amazing the amount of detail she gets in such a tiny space.  Here are a couple quick pics of my version.

eventually each of these doilies will be filled up with scrappy goodness. I’ve also challenged myself to work mostly with supplies on hand — no rushing out to Archiver’s to buy the same product she uses — granted I have a wee bit of a stash myself so up until the next doily I have most of the same products. Go figure…

Here’s a good close-up to give you an idea about the amount of work and detail. the blue ruffle like background is made up of tiny squares in two shades of teal layered on top of each other.

I think this one is my favorite in the series so far, the main part of the doily is filled in with some of my favorite things

buttons, pearls and lots and lots of bling.  It hurt my heart just a bit to cover most of them up, but I’m happy with the end result.

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oh my butterflies part 2

So now I have a desk full of beautiful stamped butterflies (see yesterday’s post if you don’t already know how they got there) but my mojo is tapped so I once again turn to Jennifer and start lifting her card design from the video.

Before long I had a set of my own — good thing I had some cuttlebug embossing folders on hand — no doubt from a previous purchase made after a McGuire video/blog post

and a close up of each since I can’t pick my favorite

It’s a little hard to tell in these photos, but these butterflies also have a touch of glitter to make them extra sparkly

last but not least…

I made 6 of these and still have more butterflies to play with, where will they land next?

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Dusting off the Bind-It-All

seriously, it was really dusty, since I’m on a self-imposed mini-album hiatus poor Mr. Bind It All doesn’t get much of a work out these days.

I was organizing  my craft room on Saturday (who knew I had 3 spools of  dark brown thread, not me) and I needed to move Bind-It-All to make room for a newish sewing station(after all if I have three spools I should probably try and sew something.)

As I moved my Bind-It-All to its new home I was immediately struck with an idea — not for a mini-album but a way to store all of my uber fun Studio Calico stamps.  Which, if the truth be told, are one of my favorite things about the kits even though I hardly ever use them. I’ve had this post by fellow SCer Reyanna rolling around in my head for a few weeks and the combination of ideas had all attempts at organization for the rest of the room coming to a halt so I could stop and make this…

KI Die Cut Paper, Glimmer Mists, OA Alpha, Random ribbon and SC Packaging materials, MS butterfly punch

This was truly an  ‘all scraps on deck’ project.  The covers were made with some packaging from some We R Page protectors,  I misted them and the KI paper which was a green that I wasn’t in love with the started cutting apart bits and pieces of the packaging that comes with the SC stamps and wrapped a ribbon around for closure.

For the inside…

just some cheapy white cardstock, transparency sheets and again more SC stamp packaging.  I adhered the plastic piece with the image that comes with the stamp to the cardstock and then put my stamps on top.

I love that they are all in one place and that the book is easy to transport, maybe now I’ll actually use them.

or not

but at least Mr. Bind-It-All feels loved and useful again.

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Thrive…

I admit it…I didn’t pick a 2010 word, nor did I pick one in 2009 or 2008 or 2007 when it became scrappy chic to do so. Selecting a word seemed to fall dangerously close to positive affirmations, self-help type stuff that works marvelously well for others but just seems to make my head hurt.

I was content to carry on throughout the year with a word to focus on — until— January’s studio calico kit arrived full of scrappy goodness including a maya road scallop chipboard album.  Since I’m still in the phase that has me running from mini-albums like Apollo Ono on the short track, I immediately thought of making a banner to spruce up the winter decorating hum-drum.  After all I really loved my fall banner and the mantel just hasn’t been the same since I took it down.

Enter the problem of not having a chosen a word, I was without something to make a banner about.  Yes, I guess I could have just decorated with pretties, but that seemed silly, or my name except that my name has more letters than I had banner pieces and it might be a touch egomaniacish to hang a banner with my name on it in the middle of the living room -even if the only person that sees it is the dog – it’s not like I need reminded of my name.  So without an idea, the coasters sat, and sat, and this week February kit arrived and still nothing done in the banner area.  I guess it’s time to think about a word after all.

And so I did, and did some more when several others with more than 6 letters came into my head.  Surely this is not the methodology power bloggers like Ali E and Christina Kane would recommend when selecting the word that will define your life for the next year, pretty sure their inspirational ideas did not include ‘must be able to fit on a banner made of chipboard to be displayed in your living room’  although it makes this blogger wonder what words others would choose if there were such a requirement.

So with the six letter limit in mind, I thought and I thought and then it hit me…THRIVE.  I think there is still a little NYC lingering in me,  when I’m there I feel like I’m thriving and I want to remember what that feels like when I’m back in my cozy simple life.

A visual reminder that eating girl scout cookies and getting a high score on bejeweled blitz is not thriving (even though they both feel pretty good).  It will take some work to define what thriving really means, but until I figure that part out, I have something pretty to look at.

so to make this lovely I combined various bits and pieces from the kit, with things I had lying around

to make the letter pieces and then alternated them with some lovely embellishment squares from the Artsy Urban line from GCD.  I’ve eyed these babies for some time so glad to have a project to justify buying them.

and a little letter detail…for the base I painted all the coasters white and on the second coat I pounced a wadded up section of tissue paper to give it dimension and then added some Tattered Angels Mists in Blue Skies, Tattered Leather and Coffee.I love that this project had me digging through my stash to find goodies like the prima transparency, making memories stick pins and misc flowers.

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"Dressing the Nest’ for Fall


How did it get to be Thursday so fast? If you remember way back on Sunday, I promised a glimpse into some of the fall decor I’ve been inspired to put together. In all honesty, I started this post last night and then got swept away by Glee (Emma as Audrey, simply wonderful). All inspiration credit goes to The Nester and her 31 Days to a Better Dressed Nest Series(although today’s post —fix something not particularly inspiring or maybe it’s just because I like to put my head in hole and avoid those things, wonder if a call to the prop manager counts?)

The fall banner(center pic and close up on right) is what started this whole thing. Nester found it somewhere else and made one and you know it was everything I had not to rush out an buy some burlap that very minute. But I couldn’t just hang a plain burlap banner —oh no I decided I really wanted to redo the whole fireplace ‘focal wall’. I’ve been scouting punched tin mirrors at antique stores and outside markets for a few months —long enough to know the real deal is way out of my budget. So off to Hobby Lobby to try and find something similar, that was a no go, but mirrors were on sale so I came home with a plain black mirror. I painted the molded frame white and rubbed some silver to antique and I’m pretty happy. Banner is super easy…cut burlap into triangles, stencil letters in brown paint (I used some old BG chip letters to make the stencil) then punch 4 holes with your handy dandy crop-o-dile at the top and thread some twine or ribbon. The original poster had twine, but I’m thinking she must not have had cute brown and white polka dot ribbon, otherwise how could she resist.

The Nester is a big promoter of the ‘Shop the House’ theory for accessorizing and decorating, Yay for her as she has clearly spent her extra pennies on accessories at TJ Max and Ross. I shopped my house and came up with 3 types of things: clothing, craft supplies, and dead and faded dried flowers. Sadly hanging my beloved pink denim jacket on the wall just didn’t look right, so I moved on to the craft supplies. Who knew mists could bring life to faded flowers? I wrapped a basic jar candle in my beloved ribbon and stuck a misted prima in the middle. Did you know burlap is super cheap? Not great if you suffer from asthma or allergies, but if you can get past it, this stuff is great for decorating for fall on the cheap. Not only did I use it on the banner, I used as table covers and runners for a bookcase, dining table, and side table. Then I stuffed an old pillow in a folded piece and stitched it up with some twine. Cute, made cuter by hot gluing some silk leaves (in the $1 spot at Target) on the front.

Even my October kit from Studio Calico got in the fun, I copied this from
one of the Tinas on the SC Design Team. Make a tree from Bo Bunny rubons, spell out Autumn with BG letter stickers, add some Cosmo Boyfriend paper, Brown cardstock and green pompom trim and you’ve got a festive art piece, stick it a frame from Goodwill with some silk leaves hot glued on and you’ve hit a home run.

I’m still on the search for the perfect pumpkin to be the centerpiece on the dining table, for now the white plastic one is filling in just fine.

How about you, how have you dressed you nest for fall?

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Altered Journal Goodness

Have you noticed the school supplies everywhere you go, I love all of them…crayons, binders, and especially composition books on sale for 50 cents. I usually stock up and by 10 or so. Then I have them on hand when the inspiration hits…and hit it did. I gave this birdy a glitter bath thinking he would go on one of the layouts I posted yesterday, but then he just turned out so wonderful I thought he needed a project where he could really be the star.

I built up his nest with other goodies and adhered them all to the front on a composition book, I know this glittery friend with the cheery yellow will bring a smile to my face on those stressful days that the start of the school year brings.

August KGK Journal

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Oh Jen…

I love altering wooden letters and monograms, so when Jen asked if I would do a set for her little guy I was happy to do so. It took a bit(ok 6 weeks) for the inspiration to strike, I realized that all of the letters I done in the past were for girls…easy to add flowers and sparkle, but a growing boy? I was at a loss until I really looked at the paper Jen gave me.

A little fussy cutting and some rub-ons and voila. I’m in love with the ‘waves’ on the E, it’s my favorite of the set.

Now to make a plan to deliver them and I’m on to the next project.

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