Quote for the day...

What art offers is space...a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike

Saturday, December 14, 2013

DIY gift bags

I decided to try my hand at making some gift bags out of some of the extra paper I have accumulated.
I am including the link below. Here is what I did different: she said score 3 sides of your 12x12 paper 2.5 inches from the 3 edges on the first sample she made. This would make the width 2.5 inches wide and I needed it to be 3 inches wide for the gift I had. So, I scored at 3 inches on 3 sides. She uses glue. I didn't have that type, but I am going to buy some because I've heard good things about it. I just used double sided tape at strategic points. You will have all the best places for tape  figured out after you have made the first one.  These are quick. I did reinforce the holes on each one with a little piece of cardstock before I added the ribbon. I made several of the bags this morning, using both thin and heavier paper. The only thing I did different with the one made from thinner paper to make it sturdier was fold down the top edges. (toward the inside, do this before you put the bag together) All of the bags feel sturdy enough to put something small in. I don't think you would want real heavy gifts in any of these, but they would work great for smaller/light-weight gifts. Excuse the picture quality...it was 4am!

The video is provided by Joy of joyslife.com

gift bag tutorial

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mosaic punch from Stampin Up, sheer Madness

When I saw the Mosaic Madness stamp set with matching punch, I HAD to have it. Just crazy about it! I had started this card a few days before and hadn't been able to figure out what type of detail it needed to complete the look. After I brought my new Mosaic merchandise home, I realized the punch would come in handy for more that using it with the stamp set. That shape is going to show up in lots of my artwork.

Faux Patina

I saw this technique on Splitcoast Stampers. Fell in love with elegance of it. I used various embossing folders and dies. Distress inks and gold embossing powder. I even embossed the burlap with the gold e/p.

Things With Wings

I discovered a stamp company called JustRite a few weeks ago and am in LOVE with their images, especially the Spellbinders compatible stamps.  JustRite Stampers is having a challenge called Things With Wings (Friday Challenge #103). For my entry, I used several of their stamps and several different dies, including Tim Holtz, Hero Arts/Sizzix (the butterfly) and 4 different Nestabilities. This card is also entered in the Make the Cut Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Watercolor Pendant

Watercolor pendant made with rubberstamps and Peerless watercolors.

Friday, July 05, 2013