Monday, August 15, 2016

"To Read a Book" Postcard

This handmade postcard was a project for Postcrossing and a great excuse to play with some newer supplies. A book lover who likes handmade cards = a perfect recipient of my first postcard attempt!

I had some kraft postcard 12x12 paper on hand, so I gessoed it and started playing with gelatos, Brushos, and Twinkling H2Os. Not until after I water-sprayed the Brusho powder did I remember that gelatos are water reactive, and I was really wishing I had some fixative spray on hand. Lesson learned! Fortunately, it was the kind of creative accident that does not detract from the end result. The focal stamp is from Papertrey Ink's "All Booked Up" stamp set.

Does anyone else here have a love of reading? What book is a particularly loved "old friend" of yours?

{crafted while listening to "The Number 8" by Annalisa Tornfeldt}

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu August 2016 Pink Team Challenge

Where did this summer go? I am about to leave home again for another 9+ months after a couple of blissful months at home. Onward and upward, right? I am looking forward to beautiful sights and time to craft this fall and winter, but leaving home is getting harder each time I do it. It was a mood of home-based sentimentalism that inspired this month's Eclectic Ellapu piece for the Pink Team's Floral challenge.

Supplies used for this project:
  • Gessoed game card
  • Mister Huey's Color Mists - Mint Julep, Manila, and Overdue
  • red plastic projector slide frame
  • Smash post-it flag
  • mini glass beads
  • Distress Stain - Aged Mahogany
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist - Buccaneer Bronze
  • Thickers silver glitter alphabet chipboard stickers
  • Stickles - Xmas Red
  • red adhesive crystals
  • Petaloo "Color Me Crazy" flowers

{crafted while listening to The Echoing Green}

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu July 2016 Pink Team Challenge

It has been a slow crafting month but busy life month for me. Eclectic Ellapu's July "Anything Goes" Pink Team challenge gave me the motivation needed to carve out some time to craft! Killing two birds with one stone, I used my crafting time to create a present for a friend. These wooden initials have been hanging out in my stash for a year or two, intended for this project, so I am very happy to have finally put them to use.

Stained wood with Distress Stain and Dylusions spray.
Test layout of miscellaneous stash findings.

Papers picked, cut, torn, layered, and glued.
More Distress Stain, through stencils.

Modeling paste dyed with 3 inks, then stenciled.
Glued down stash embellishments.

Added metallic mist and mica flakes to complete.

{crafted while listening to Twenty One Pilots, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Phantagram}

Monday, June 6, 2016

Gypsum Mixed-Media Finished Work

Here is the finished mixed media piece inspired by the poem "Sunday Run".
Read the poem in its entirety at Gypsum Words:
There are numerous other poems on that site that I love, but this is the one that worked its way onto my cardboard canvas.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu June 2016 Pink Team Challenge

The theme for Eclectic Ellapu's Pink Team challenge for June is Midsummer!

This was a fun one for me, as I originally learned about the Midsummer holiday via green walnuts. Seriously. It is odd, but true. Turns out that St. John's Day, aka Midsummer Day, aka June 24, marks the first day that many (European) markets have green walnuts available. Why would people want to buy unripened walnuts? To make pickled walnuts, vin de noix, and nocino, of course!

May you have a heady Midsummer Day!

The painting depicted on this card is "Salome with the Head of John the Baptist" by Guido Reni, circa 1630-1635.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gratitude Journaling Via Mini Card Deck

Gratitude journaling; merely concentrating on things we are grateful for is supposed to reduce stress and increase the positivity in our lives. To apply this concept in a personal way, I decided to focus on things that I am grateful for in my husband. I made a small series from a macaroni & cheese box, cut into a deck of 1.5" x 3" cards. This project was inspired by an article by Irene Rafael in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors, by Gretchen Miller's incredible projects, and by an article about using gratitude journaling to manage stress.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Quickie Project: Trash Into Ornament

After Valentine's Day, I ended up with a plastic heart shell leftover from some SpongeBob SquarePants candy. It sat on my desk for nearly 3 months before I decided that it needed to be made useful or thrown away. That week, I needed a minimal supply, grab'n'go project, so here's what that almost-trash turned into: