Masculine themed notebook - assembled using a de-constructed 5x8 lined notepad (Staples). Pad covers are thick, Bazzill chipboard cut slightly larger than lined pages then covered neatly using papers from an idea-ology pad.
Knob and escutcheon are from Graphic 45, clear clock Heidi Swapp; tiny compass is from the store, light bulb, filmstrip ribbon and Journaling Tickets are idea-ology products. Happy Monday!
I've been experimenting with creating handmade flowers over the last few weeks - I would make one, get bored and toss it into 'the dish'. Couple of days would go by and I'd find another flower design, and repeat.
Flowers represented are: crinoline zapped with a heat gun (makes it curly), muslin die cut into circles then folded into thirds, and a spiral cut then loosely rolled one from scrap linen fabric. Fabric brads are old 7gypsies.
'The dish' on my worksurface is a glass dish from my great-grandma - the grandma that would make rum raisin ice cream that wouldn't freeze. Ha. It's my catch-all.
Anyhow, when 'the dish' gets too full I dump it out and make something or a bunch of somethings with some or all of the doodads.
Glass vial - also from 'the dish' - is filled with chunky glitter, Swarovski crystals, and butterfly scraps from Memory Box's Butterfly Delights. Script paper is from the darkest corner of an ancient paper stash; other cardstocks are from 12x12 idea-ology Lost & Found. Zva flourish; Prima leaves.
Notebook base is from Staples - finished size was 7 x 9 inches. One of the first things last week to sell at the artisan market. Thanks for stopping by!
Neighbor had a second baby - found this idea and adapted it to commence with the dad, mom and three-year-old, ending with the three plus new baby. Orla Kiely wrapping paper, Memory Box Thistle cardstock.
Michaels frame - was black in color, and scratched. Sanded then spray painted with a Krylon brushed silver metallic paint. Happy Hump Day!
Lockhart Cherries image was stamped and colored with Copic markers. I added a touch of glitter with Atyou glitter pens (also from Copic). If you use water-based markers or water-based stamping ink for the steps outlined in this post (using Glossy Accents) the colors may bleed. Copic markers are alcohol based and the ink stays put. I used Memento Tuxedo Black for my stamping ink.
I dispensed a layer of Glossy Accents onto the glass disc back and using my finger smeared the glue completely over the back, then pressed into the stamped image. I used an old credit card to squeegie/swipe out any air bubbles between the glass disc and the piece of cardstock. Finished sealing the cardstock edges to the glass disc using my fingers, and used a baby wipe to periodically clean my fingers and the glass of the glue.
Instead of a stamped image, try using an image from a magazine, or a photo - but test the adhesive you plan to use on a spare photo - you'll want to check for any adverse reactions between your planned adhesive and the photo ink that was used to process the photo. A 2-1/4-inch circle punch works great if you are not using the enclosed white cardstock circles.
Cork backing was adhered using Glossy Accents as well, and presto ~ instant gift!
Today's post is a partial re-post of a creation I did back in 2008 before I used typepad - today's post was done at a customer's request. Thank you!
A peek at a few gifts created for the school secretaries, school nurse, and so forth - Memory Box Country Landscape die, using white cardstock, and mounted with foam tape, backed with October Afternoon Holiday Style patterned cardstocks. Circle Spellbinders dies used.
I started with whole spices - whole spices will last for years so I purchase them in bulk. Bay leaves, cloves, star anise, rosehips and cinnamon.
My workroom smells wonderful!
Used these jars - short and perfect for this project. Sourced at my local grocery store.
The progression of adding the whole spices from left to right.
Using a Big Bite I punched holes all over the metal lid (device allows a long reach). One could use a Crop-A-Dile and punch holes in as far as the unit will reach as well. These holes will allow the spices' scents to permeate.
Peppermint Divine Twine and red burlap string were used to anchor a mother-of-pearl button (grlyhead on etsy), mini bells, and mulberry leaves around a narrow strip of burlap. A dot of fabric glue anchors the knot on the bow. Best wishes for a great week!
Folded a brown bag in half vertically, adhered two English doilies, then trimmed off the top so it (along with a tag) would fit into an envelope I had on hand, then machine stitched three sides to form a pocket.
Centered the Martha punch along the opening and punched the bag top.
Tag was hand-cut to fit the bag; patterned paper used is Fly a Kite; turquoise cardstock is Robin's Egg (Memory Box). The big white button on the tag insert is from Papertrey, adhered to the tag with Glue Dots and embellished with bling from Jolee's.
The butterfly body was created by wrapping 20 gauge silver wire around an idea-ology pen nib, then using Mini Glue Dots to adhere the body to the die cut...
When the sewing of the bag is complete, you will actually have three pockets, due to the fold. Ideal for inserting additional notes (for me - three kids = three thank you notes), thin chocolates such as Andes or Ghirardelli along with the tag - only possible to ship these chocolate goodies due to the now cold weather - wouldn't recommend this in the summer months! Best wishes for a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for your comments! To answer the clothespins font question - I did run OA paper cut to 8.5x11 through a laser printer - the font I used is called Champagne - size 24 - and I found the font at www.1001fonts.com.
Please know if I make these again I will increase the left margin to at least a half inch (and cut down as needed) as when the lid of the tin is closed one can not easily view the titles (hence the cardboard insert as explained in the post below). Once the left margin is increased and the titles are positioned slightly more toward the center of the clothespins the cardboard insert will not be required.
I have a small stash of these nugget tins for teacher gifts, and used one to house a set of clothespins a la Michelle Wooderson! October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers used, and a host of cute charms and doo dads from the store.
I covered (with patterned paper) a folded piece of chipboard cut to the inside measurement of the tin. When inserted, this chipboard piece forces the clothespins away from the inside edge of the tin...so one can view the clothespin titles when the lid is closed.
Next time I'll slightly increase the left margin when printing. This is going in the gift stash for the holidays!
I enjoy giving a little something to the teachers (and school secretaries, nurse and so forth) at my younger children's elementary school. I'll deliver these on Monday, Halloween, and I opted to create something related to the season versus the holiday.
Here's a close up. I used up patterned papers and Prima flowers purchased years ago. Burlap is from etsy. Notepad and sentiment (Autumn Abundance) are from Papertrey Ink. Large two inch diameter tags are covered in retired Daisy D papers.
This Altoid-style tin is for the lone male in the group - chocolate Reeses pumpkin enclosed. Felt is Papertrey and die is Sizzix Tattered Leaves, and the honkin' brad is from Bazzill. Best wishes for a great weekend and happy trick-or-treating!
In digging out some old supplies I found this white, six panel tray from 7gypsies.
Using October Afternoon Sidewalks I created this altered piece. Getting my thrill out of this line before Farmhouse and Holiday Style arrive, and then those lines take over my creativity.
Other 7gypsies retired goods used, along with some idea-ology products. This was a fun project.
It is what I look at when walking into the art room - and I love that photo of the five of us!
Up since 5:30am - did not eat breakfast - not hungry and body needed a run. Plus I can't eat then run or - well, let's say that's not a good thing. Plus with the braces on my teeth I gotta brush after I eat anything, so I just don't.
Got all kids on their buses, hit the gym, ran a 5K and did weight training. Hit the steam room and showers. Grocery shopped for the week on the way home. Put the cold stuff away then shipped packages for the store - mailcarrier comes in late afternoons on Mondays - usually do this before I hit the gym. And it's only 3pm!