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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trick or Treats?

H2H Challenge - Halloween Theme

I may be cheating a bit by combining two posts into one, but I have been overloaded with things needing to be done around here.  As you may notice, I have already cleaned up my desk and checked it off my "to do" list.  Another project completed are the goody bags I made for my nieces and nephews, 8 total (one has been mailed out).  I used primarily CTMH paper from Hooligans to make the bags, but I was running short since I have also made cards and 4 layouts from one Hooligans paper pack, so two of the bags are made using paper from My Mind's Eye.  The images are all digi-stamps which I colored using copics and the pocket was made with an unknown spider's web stamp which I stamped onto vellum with Versamark ink, then embossed with black embossing power.  I cut out the web and attached it to the bag to make the little pocket to hold the name cards.  The bag is made from a Sizzix die using my Cuttlebug.  Hope you all have a wonderful week! 


Paper:  Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack and The Spider's Web from My Mind's Eye, Vellum, Neenah white cardstock

Inks:  Versamark and Copic markers

Stamps:  Digi-stamps "Charcoal" from Pollycraft and "Devil Billy" and "Wilma the Witch" from Digital Delights, unknown clear spider's web stamp

Misc:  CTMH black embossing powder and CTMH black brads

Tools:  Cuttlebug and Sizzix gift bag die

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Moved Again


First off, I would like the thank all of you who visited me last week and left such wonderful comments!  You are all the most wonderful ladies I have ever met who I have technically never met. ;)  I must also apologize for not returning the favor, but unfortunately I had become ill with a flu bug and did nothing but sleep for a couple of days. 

For those of you who enjoy nosing about crafty and creative work spaces, visit Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, to take a peek, it's a lot of fun I promise.

Now onto my workdesk, which has moved once more, this time to my kitchen counter.  The simple truth is I just didn't have enough clear space on my real workdesk to work on this project.  The project is a prototype for an event that I have volunteered to help with at the library.  My local library is awesome!  They allow me use of their meeting room each week (for free), for my scrapbooking classes which is such a benefit for me.  I am not sure I could supply enough space in my home for scrapbookers as it is, at times, a job in which you need to spread out.  The library also sponsors a program called Streams to Rivers which pairs the local Senior Citizens with the 3rd and 4th graders at the school to do scheduled activities together.  Isn't this a great idea?  Anyway, I will be instructing them on how to make paper bag albums for their get together in mid-November to use with the pictures each student will be taking of their families over the next several weeks.  The Seniors will help them to assemble their albums while each generation is interacting with one other. 

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Different Angle


Today I am taking you outside the confines of my little craft corner to share another "craft" that I enjoy, though it did not start out that way. 
Long story short, my son and I suffer from extremely sensitive skin and for years have lived with the side effects of using purchased soaps.  As a young child I was often asked if I had ants in my pants because I was such a squirmy thing due to my skin itching so much.  Several years ago I had read somewhere that all natural soaps, such as soap made from lye, are less irritating to the skin because they do not contain "detergents" as most store bought products do. 
So began my adventure in soapmaking and now it is a chore that I rather enjoy.  For many years I have left my soap uncolored, but with this last batch I gave coloring a go.  It didn't work out so well, thus the little chunks of blue soap on my table.  Once they are cured, I will shred them up and try it again by means of "rebatching". 
Soapmaking led me to also make my own lotions as well, and here on my table is the batch I made this morning.  It costs me 64 cents per bottle of lotion to make it myself, which is right up my alley, frugal as I am.  This particular batch however,  was made using emulsifying wax rather than my usual bee's wax, so technically it isn't 100% natural. 
Hope you enjoy the new angle of my workdesk, which can migrate to any part of my home.  Please drop by Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, to look at all the wonderful creative spaces that wonderful creators share.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Today on my workdesk I have a little sneeky peeky at what I will be teaching for my scrapbooking class.  We are going to do a fun halloween layout with cute little monsters that sparkle head to toe.  Just ignore all the background mess, I may eventually clean it up.   ; )  Thanks for stopping by and to snoop at others' workdesks, visit Julia at Stamping Ground to get started.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Birthday @ H2H

This week's H2H challenge is to create a Birthday card or Birthday item.  I created a card for my FIL's upcoming birthday.  Also take a second to look at what the DT created this week for the challenge.  Enjoy!

Supplies:  (all CTMH unless noted below)

     Paper:  Magnifique Level 2 Paper, Sky, Lagoon, Bamboo and White Daisy Cardstock
     Stamps:  Celebrate The Everyday, Say It In Style
     Inks:  Pacifica, Lagoon, Chocolate
     Other:  Digital Stamp (fishing bear) from Pixie Cottage
     Tools:  Spellbinders Nestabilities and Cuttlebug
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