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Wasn’t it just a few posts ago I said I was going to stay away from the scrapbook paper aisle in AC Moore? And yet I find this now in my possession…

lovely papers!

In my defense, this was not in the scrapbook paper aisle, but in a separate display. The Eiffel tower, as well as the colors, caught my eye, and the deal was sealed when I saw the paper with the clothing pattern on it. Who could resist? Not me! And it’s only 6 by 6 inches, and was just a few dollars…

Excuses, excuses!

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I bought this paper stack (Engraved Garden by K&Company) the other day (because the other 2694 pieces of paper I already have are simply not enough). The cover caught my eye…

engraved garden

I thumbed through it and loved the papers (I am a big fan of K&Company) but when I saw this paper…

sofa paper

I knew I had to get it. I know, it’s crazy – paper with antique sofas on it? But I just love it! I couldn’t resist.

I really need to stop walking down the paper aisle at AC Moore. I said a couple of months ago I wasn’t going to buy any paper for a while…so much for that!

Anyone else out there unable to resist scrapbooking papers? Please let me know I’m not alone!

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Here is the current status of my March page…


…and a close-up.

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I mentioned quite a while ago that I had started working on a memo board like those by Amber Demien in the April/May/June 2010 issue of Somerset Life. Well I’ve had it finished for some time now but I just never got around to sharing it. So here it is….

homemade memo board

And a closer view….

homemade memo board

I started with a canvas (12″ by 16″ I think) and painted it a light blue color (after first painting it in variously-colored stripes, which turned out awful!). I wanted a blue, brown, and cream color palette, so I chose the ribbons accordingly. I used a staple gun to staple the ribbons to the underside of the canvas (first time using a staple gun!). Et voila!

I bought mini clothespins at AC Moore to attach notes to the ribbons. Now I just need to make some pretty little papers that I can write all my important notes on!

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I finished my ATCs for the Artella Holiday Memories ATC swap. Overall I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. This is the first time I have made ATCs. Each one is 2.5″ by 3.5″. Here they are (the tree background paper is by Basic Grey – I love everything Basic Grey!):

Artella Holiday Memories ATC Swap - 1

Artella Holiday Memories ATC Swap - 2

Artella Holiday Memories ATC Swap - 3

Artella Holiday Memories ATC Swap - 4

Artella Holiday Memories ATC Swap - 5

As usual the crystals did not scan well. It’s a shame, because they add just the right touch of sparkle to the cards, but you can’t tell from these pictures.

I made these using the watercolor paper ATC blanks I ordered from ArtChix. I direct-applied red ink around the edges, front and back. I used scrapbook paper for the backgrounds. I used pictures from the Memories of a Lifetime – Christmas book, resized them and toned down the color a bit in Photoshop, and printed them onto white cardstock that I first treated with the coffee technique.

I originally wanted to use ivory cardstock, but found that I had none, so decided to try out the coffee technique on white cardstock. It turned out pretty cool. I only did light splatters, because I wanted the pictures to be clear.

I ended up having to trim quite a bit off the pictures after I printed them out. I did measure them pre-printing, but I misjudged how they would look, and they were simply way too big. I wasn’t happy about that situation but most of them turned out well anyway.

I used German scrap paper and Swarovski crystals for embellishment. The larger crystals are topaz and the smaller ones are garnet.

The only card I’m not thrilled with is the one with the man and woman by the tree, with Merry Christmas along the side. Why I thought putting the Merry Christmas along the side was a good idea I don’t know. There is so much space at the bottom under the picture, and it just doesn’t look quite right. oh well.

Not sure if I previously mentioned this, but I took a class at AC Moore today on tatting. Bead & Button occasionally has articles featuring tatted jewelry, with beads of course, and I always thought it looked neat. Then I was at AC Moore a few weeks ago (well, I’m there every week. I wish they would stop giving me those 50% off coupons!) and I just happened to pick up the November class schedule, which I never do, and saw a bunch of tatting classes. Most were during the week in the daytime when I’m at work, but one was today, and seeing how I had requested the day off from work, I thought surely this is a sign that I must take this class! Plus it was only $15.

So here is my half-finished, first attempt at tatting. It’s hard to see the stitches because of course I had to use black thread (this is size 10 cotton crochet thread). I know very well when you’re first learning anything that involves thread or yarn you should always use a light color so you can see your stitches easily. But I knew that I would use black again, whereas I doubt I would use white.

First attempt at tatting.

The teacher, Leigh Ann, was kind enough to give me her finished sample, so that when I work on it at home I can see what it should look like.

Leigh Ann's tatted lace.

Isn’t that pretty? She used a thinner thread and needle. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy. And quick, which I’m all into these days. It’s relaxing too – there’s something about wrapping the thread around my finger and bringing it onto the needle that I find very soothing.

Obviously from the looks of my sample I need a bit more practice, but I’ve already ordered a set of needles and a book from Handy Hands Tatting, so in about a week I should be good to go. I plan on making this my portable creative endeavor.

And I also ordered a bunch of punches that I need for my Polyshrink jewelry. So I’ll be able to work on that soon too.

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So it didn’t even take until today for me to come up with the theme for my next batch of inchies. Inspiration hit in the shower last night. I often contemplate my projects while I’m in the shower. That’s valuable time that shouldn’t be wasted!

Anyway, I decided to do an ocean theme. Maybe it was the water raining down on my head, maybe it was the fact that we are going to Ocean City, MD next weekend, maybe it’s my love of the ocean – but the ocean it is. I saw these sea shell rubber stamps at AC Moore last weekend, so now I have to go buy them.

Maybe it was just that I wanted to go shopping…

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