Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What I have been up to

Boy does time fly.
I have been working on some swaps over the last few month.

Here are a few things I have been working on.

 
I made some altered mouse traps.  I made the flower out of some trim I had and added a small rose to the center.  Most of the stamps where from CTMH, the small bird cage is from Prima.  All paper is from CTMH, and I made the small charm as well. 


For a stick pin swap I came up with this one.  The tag and the bird with cage are from a Tim Holtz die.  The flower I took apart and removed all the plastic pieces and glued a small flower into the center.  I had painted and distressed the bird cage.  It is hard to see, but the background is painted and I heat embossed in white a script stamp.  The bird and the cage are on pop dots, and the stick pins are stuck under the bird.  I added some trim and cut lace for the bow.


Here is a chunky charm.  I used again the Tim Holtz tag die, and a swivel clasp.  I made charms out of glass beads, and a number of charms.  I also added a fragment charm and a stamped image on shrinky dink. 

I know my pictures are not the best.  I have still not mastered taking decent pictures and am still having a hard time with the settings etc. 

Thanks for visiting me in my little corner.
Marlies

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

How come that time just flies so fast.  It was just Thanksgiving,  Christmas came so fast, and of course now the New Year.  Hopefully things will slow down a bit.

So, I usually do not make New Years Resolutions.  But, I will make one exception, when it comes to my crafting world. 

Like so many, I have just way to much crafting supplies.  To much paper, and to many of everything. It is just getting out of control.  I have no more space to go to, I am already taking over parts of my living room.  I was just contemplating what I could move onto my shelf that would look pretty, like a big jar of ribbon scraps, or my laces.  What will be next?  My bedroom or even the kitchen.  We live in a rather small house, and space is very limited.  So I am constantly tying to figure out what to move where, and that takes time away from what I would like to do. 

So, for the year 2013 I will go on a "Stash-Diet".  I have done that before for a while (about 6-9 month), but not for a whole year.  Now I will have to still get glues etc and stuff I may run out of and truly need, but no purchases of "extras".  Of course I will use my gift card and money I received at Christmas for something fun, and any gifts etc I may receive during the year of course.  But otherwise I will work very hard on not buying anything new.  Boy that will be hard.  But I think I can do that. 

And my other resolution is to start an Art Journal.  I have started a small one last year, but have not done much, mostly sketching.  I have a nice big book, and I would love to try out mixed media techniques.  I do have enough paint, pencil, inks, etc to make it work.  And I have decoupage glue and lots of paper.  So nothing should stop me.

Of course I try to be a better blogger.  I am still having a hard time with loading pictures.  The whole process seems to long.   So I will have to research if I am doing something wrong, or if it will just get easier with practice. 

So, this week I am going to unearth my desk, again, and start on my 2013 journey.

I hope you will all have a fantastic crafty year as well.

Thanks for visiting me in my little corner,
Marlies