Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pocket Letter

Crafty peeps!!
As many of you have seen over the internet, there is a new, or at least new to me, crafty item known as a "Pocket Letter". It is made up of a 9 pocket page that is used primarily for storing your sport trading cards, or for you crafting enthusiasts, your ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). This was my first one, made for a friend of mine who loves Halloween.
Each pocket contains an ATC that I created using Graphic 45 retired paper, Happy Haunting.
From what I could gather on Pinterest and Instagram, not only do you create things to go into the pockets, but you can attach items to the outside as well.
I also used a few of my Halloween stamps to add that personal touch...
This was easy and fun to do. It gave me the opportunity to use my supplies and get the old creative juices flowing.
If you've been on the fence about trying to do one, or thought maybe they were too involved to create, I say jump in. Just think of a theme, dig through your stash and have fun with it!!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Artist Trading Card

Hi all my crafty peeps,
For those of you who craft, I'm sure you've experienced at one time or another the drought of creative juices. I was involved in an Artist Trading Card swap, and couldn't think of a single theme. I mean nothing was springing to mind. Finally, after deliberation, I just grabbed paint (which of course I hadn't used in forever) and a piece of chipboard and hoped for the best.
Next I went to a drawer I literally have labeled, "ATC Papers" and grabbed a handful of goodies, hoping something in there would speak to me.
Luckily, with help from my PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive), I was able to create a little piece of artwork.
Have a wonderful week and happy crafting!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

World Wide Open Design Team - Challenge #25

Hi my crafty peeps: I was lucky enough to be chosen to be on the design team for a challenge blog, for design team members around the world. If you are on any design team, you can partake.
Here is my inspiration...
The image is from an amazing artist, Julia Spiri, and I colored her in with Copic markers, primarily BG02, B05, and B24.
The wings were originally gold, but I changed the color using Ranger Alcohol Ink Silver Mixative.
The background was cut out from a new die set I bought from Sizzix & Tim Holtz, Mixed Media #2...
Julia's images are amazing and fun to color.
Don't forget to stop by her store by clicking on the picture below... Click on the picture below to go directly to the stamp I used.
Finally, why not join Julia's Facebook Group for more fun and great coloring ideas...
This is a wonderful group of talented ladies, so be sure and drop by! Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

All my Free Time

Afternoon all my crafty peeps, I know it's been a bit since my last post, but I thought I'd let you know what's been taking up all of my free time. It was a project that I purchased at Paper Phenomenon, known as The Makeup Case. The picture below sends you to the website...
I've been working on this for a while, doing it here and there. Keep in mind that everything is made by hand. I've changed the decor, so here is what mine is looking like at the moment.
I'm still not done, I'm about 60% there.
Now, I want to give you my opinion about this project. It's not for the faint of heart.
Kathy, the owner, often says that it's a labor of love and she is not joking. Her company has interesting projects, and if you are just starting out, don't start with this one.
I'd like to think of myself as an experienced crafter, and this project has been tough.
If you do decide to jump into the deep end, I can't stress enough, follow the cutting guide, NOT the video. Kathy's videos leave a little something to be desired. On many of them she is quoting the wrong measurements, often she has miscut chipboard, so there is downtime on the video while you are wait for her to return on camera as she goes and recuts. Also, watch each portion of the video completely before you begin trying to follow her. Often she has assembled something incorrectly and is having to redo sections. She then gives tips on how you should have assembled certain sections at the end of the video. If you watch the video segments in their entirety first, you will have picked up on her mistake.
Overall, I think the project will be cool, but it's taken a bit out of me to try and get to the finish line. I worked on it all day yesterday, and I'm done for now. Happy Crafting!!