Sunday, January 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink January 2015 Blog Hop

This month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop challenge is to use hearts. It's been a few months since I had a chance to really play with paper. I've especially been wanting to use my Make It Market kits.

I don't have a lot of heart stamps, but I found one in the Make It Market kit: Country Fair. The front is embossed with the impression plate and the gold ink are from Make It Market kit: Luxe Letterpress and the sentiments are from MIMk: Beautiful Brushstrokes. The only things that aren't from a MIMkit are the heart punch and the Stamper's Select cardstock for the cardbase and the PTI chai inkpad used to ink the edge of the heart. I signed up to take Cards with Dimension: Lovely Layers, Textures & Embellishments by Danielle Flanders over at It is giving me a greater awareness of it all.

And because Simon Says Have a Heart for it's Wednesday Challenge, I'm entering it there as well.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


One of my Christmas gifts, Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set Japanese Traditional Solid Water Colours The lid has a place to color in each paint including white, pearl and two golds. All I can say is oooooooooooooo : D.  I'm getting ready to color the card to go with the Christmas hat using the gnome stamp set I was gluing last week.

The Christmas hat is finally completed (blocking, big ass pompom, ends woven in and all).
Garden Gnome Hat pattern can be found on ravelry  here. It knits big. I used 2.50 mm needles
 instead of 2.25 because my friend said she has a big head, from what I read in the pattern comments on the ravelry page, I could have done without the  increase lol. Note to self, read all the comments on ravelry (I found it on Etsy first I think). Without the pompom it measures 14 inches in length, if I had knit per the gauge it should be  11". But it fits in a slouchy way that is warm and comfortable, I'm hoping it suits the taste of the recipient lol.

The  pom pom tutorial is one I found on Pinterest, it's in Japanese(?), but the pictures tell the story, at least enough to get the job done. I trimmed off a lot and it's still 3.5" across. Just another reason I'd hate to see toilet paper rolls disappear, but they seem to be much more flimsy then in the past.

To see more crafty spaces head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander : ).

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


I'm still knitting the Christmas hat, but I've started on the decreases which is good but it's my first time doing a decrease with a fair isle pattern so it's lots and lots of double checking so it's like the closer I get to the end, the longer it takes to get there lol.

Today I decided to get the gnome stamp set from Club Scrap ready to use. So I use a glue that stays tacky (after it dries) on the back. I use a pizza box that has been covered in the glue. I can shut the lid and do other things if I'm so inclined.

To see more crafty spaces around the world head over to Julia's Stamping Ground

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


I'm stillllllllllll knitting. Size one needles, 172 stitches in each row, over 80 rows. I should have started in March lol.

But I did take some time to play with tea lights which come in different heights to the base apparently.
The base for this one is made to fit the tea light.

This one is a modified matchbox made with the Tim Holtz Match box die (ssoooo fabulous). The house is from Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Tinsel & Tags addition.  I felt a little bit like the Red Queen because I was beheading the tea-light "flames" saying "Off with their Heads!".

More crafty spaces can be found at Julia's Stamping Ground.

Friday, December 26, 2014

December 2014 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

It's time for Papertrey Ink's December Blog Hop. This month's theme is Silver & Gold. I used the house die from the Make It Market Tinsel & Tags kit, a (battery operated) flickering tea light with the "flame" removed.

Night Time view.

I discovered that the flameless tea lights come in a variety of sizes. I made a small box the height of top of the round surface of the light so the light will poke through the box lid. I used a pair of scissors with very fine tips to make the holes in the bottom of the house (before attaching the roof) and the top of the box. The box lid and the house are both made with foiled cardstock. The bottom of the box is made with Stamper's Select White.

The foil paper is more difficult to adhere than regular cardstock, so I used Scor-Tape to put everything together. I used a line of Frosted Lace Stickles around the base of the house as a finishing touch. If the box was glued shut I would have added a hole in the bottom to turn the tea light on and off, but for this one that wasn't needed. And since the foil cardstock is opaque, it worked best with the windows punched out.

And because Simon Says Anything Goes, I'm including it there also.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I haven't been doing much at my workdesk lately (except for the card below). It's time for Christmas knitting. Only I get distracted. I get distracted A LOT, and I had ADHD so it's challenging to pick up exactly where I left off. So I printed the pattern at 200% and broke down the pattern into sets of 10. Because, I can count to 10  (or if I get distracted can sort it out). It's a lot of doublechecking, but fingers crossed I'll have it done in time for Christmas.  In case you were wondering it's a hat with 172 stitches, 2 colours on size 1 (US) needles. The things we offer friends in July lol.

My take on the snow challenge for Papertrey Ink, Dachshund Thru the Snow, which was a take on the globe I made for my father...

'Stache'n Thru the Snow. Which moves with the aid of a magnet under the globe.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty goings ons : D.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink November 2014 Blog Hop

Dachshund Through the Snow.  I used the Dachshund die from Come All Ye Faithful with Dark Chocolate cardstock. The antlers are from Come All Ye Faithful Additions, and red Stickles for the nose. The Movers & Shakers Spinner dies. Papertrey Ink November 2014 Blog Hop.