Sunday, January 30, 2011

Olive Wood and More...

   The front pen is made of Bethlehem olive wood and the one in back is bocote from West Africa... they have American flag clips.

     A bullet pen made of dark blue acrylic with streaks light blue and tan.

     American bison horn and the Sierra pen kit produce a pen fit for an executive.

     A coffee scoop made from a multi colored acrylic... tans, blues, reds. Scoop up your favorite grind in style.

Sew Happy...

     I used a small Clover Yo-Yo maker for this embellishment. I was surprised how tiny it was... perfect for this card.

     The font I used here is called Topstitch... it worked in nicely with the theme of the card.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Granddaughter's Birthday Gift

     I bought the wood box at Keim Lumber in Charm, Ohio about three years ago. It was in a bin of miss-cuts and scraps, but there wasn't a thing wrong with it... even had the perfect size cut for the music box movement. I paid the $2.50 and stashed it away for future use.

     I started with a coat of white acrylic paint all over, and finished with pink. Lined the inside with a piece of felt and added cord around the edges, covered the top and sides with close-out paper from Michaels. Used Tim Holtz Caged Bird Die and grundgeboard. 

     Painted the cage with Ranger's Snow Cap Dabber and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Used the Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans on the bird then spritzed with Perfect Pearls Blue Smoke mixed with water in a Mini Mister. Inked a mini key charm with silver Alcohol Ink and added to the cage along with some of my rhinestones. (Didn't use that Heart... a girl can change her mind, can't she?) Put on some ribbon and nylon trim from my ever growing stash.

     Glued on some Recollections roses, a bow of nylon ribbon and Divine Twine and my little sweetheart's name. (I am so blessed to have three granddaughters and two grandsons.)

     I put a mirror on the inside of the lid (what a girl needs). Bought the music box movement from a shop on eBay that plays Edelweiss. Let me know what you think?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kirsty Vittetoe Sketch and My Card

         This is a first for me along with everything else I've done with this blog... but here goes...
Kirsty at Pixie Dust Paperie posted this sketch to follow for the January challenge. I thought... I think I'm up for this. So... I made this card.

     Hope you like it... and hope you'll go over to Pixie Dust Paperie and check out their great designs and kits.

Shabby Seam Binding Ribbon

     Bought a few more colors of Patsy's hand distressed, shabby wrinkled seam binding ribbon... needed some basics and I keeping running out of white.

My Gift

     My hubby made this pen for me... another style of dymondwood... multi colored.

     One of his bullet pens he made for a friend. He used African padauk wood for this one. It has a beautiful, rich finish.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Some New Styles

     Using some new materials... this is a 30 cal bullet pen made of Bethlehem olive wood.

     This one is made of acrylic... it's dark blue with gold and light blue highlights running through it.

     Don't you love the color of this wood... it's dymondwood... sort of a purple variegated.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

LOVE to Shop

   Bought some of these papers and flowers on sale... can't pass up a bargain... especially when it's craft supplies. The baker's twine is Divine Twine. I found a 12 color sampler pack on Etsy and just had to have it. Don't you just love colored cords... and jute... and floss? The steel die is Die-namics... my first one. I used it today for a gift I'm making my granddaughter... will show you that soon.

Bullet Pens

     Two of my hubby's new Civil War Bullet pens are made of acrylic. The whole house smells of plastic when he's turning them on the lathe. The top of the pen is a 58 cal. and the nib is a 44 cal. The clip is a Springfield rifle.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Framed Card

     My hubby liked the birthday card I made him so well, he had me frame it. (Sorry about the glare!) The music is one of his favorite hymns. Used the Tim Holtz method of rusted grungeboard using the Distress Embossing Ink and Distress Embossing Powder. I made the flowers from sheet music and Tim's Alterations Tattered Florals die using just the next smallest flower. Love this wrinkled seam binding ribbon.... won't be happy till I have every color.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

All in a Days Work

     Hubby is busy making pens faster than I can make cards. Ahhh..... sweet retirement!
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