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It’s been months since I’ve created anything. I find when I don’t create for a while, I have trouble getting motivated to do it again. I’ve been working a lot and have been more tired than usual too, which does not help get the creative juices flowing. But I managed to finally 1-find time and 2-rouse myself to do something…anything!

I picked up where I left off with my magazine-page bows. These are so cute, and easy to make. I ripped out some magazine pages and painted each side with a gesso wash. Then I stamped on top with a variety of rubber stamps. The stamps are the clear cling-type; I have a large acrylic block and I stick as many stamps as I can to it. That way the stamping looks random-ish but doesn’t take as long as individually stamping each stamp. I used Staz-On ink, which is a new product for me, and I have to say I am becoming a big fan. Definitely need to get more colors of Staz On!

I’ve made these before, but I did not do anything additional to the magazine pages. This time I decided to step it up, and make some vintage glam bows. With sparkle of course! Courtesy of my beloved Glimmer Mist.

Here is a magazine page that is ready to cut into strips.

glam magazine page

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odd & end #1
I saw my first opera! (This was a few weeks ago). It was Manon Lescaut, about a young woman whose desire to live the good life leads to (what else) tragedy. It was very good – I like the second act the best. The singing was in Italian with English translations, which definitely helped a lot.

to the opera!

Afterward we ate at this restaurant, Barbuzzo. The food was delicious! But the most delicious thing I ate was the dessert – budino. It was a type of pudding in three layers – crushed chocolate cookies on the bottom, then some kind of creme fraiche type pudding, topped with a layer of salty caramel goop. It was amazing. We only got one and split it. I regret that decision very much.

odd & end #2
I’m working on some Christmas ornaments to submit to Somerset Studio. Here’s what I have so far:

pink and glitter

I cut strips of paper and glued them to a piece of cardstock to create a new background paper to use. Then I dry-brushed gesso on it and spritzed it with glimmer mist. The theme is “pink and glitter”, inspired by a song by Tori Amos. Each ornament (I’m making three) will have a phrase in the center, and will have beads and fringe. That’s the plan, anyway!

odd & end #3
Still working on my April page in my calendar journal…

journal page

This green paper will be cut into the journaling squares. I splattered it with white acrylic paint.
splattered paper

At this point I’m wondering if I want to use it for 2012 or save it for next year. I enjoy working on it and it’s a great way to try out techniques, but it’s a lot to have to do in my limited amount of time. I definitely will not do this again next year!

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The first few weeks of February were a bit rough with personal issues causing stormy weather. Last February was like that too. But things have calmed down and are peaceful now, thank goodness.

But of course I’ve ended up late in finishing my February page in my calendar journal. It should have been done 2 weeks ago. oh well. At least it’s done now. And here it is…





At first I was thinking of a black color theme, under the influence of my personal February storms and a Rasputina song called Dark February. But then I thought that was too depressing, so I decided to do something different and go with a “love” theme in pink, black, and silver. It still came out on the darker side though!

There are many layers of paint, with rubberstamping on top of that (I used these cool chandelier stamps and a love stamp). Then came a layer of Glimmer Mist. The journaling squares were cut from scrapbook paper; I ran black ink along the edges and then once they were glued down I went around each one with a charcoal pencil. I used silver glitter stickers to spell out “February”, and I punched small circles out of charcoal glitter paper and glued them on for just a touch more sparkle. I’m very pleased with this page.

Of course I’m behind now with the March page…ugh. Maybe I’ll get caught up for April!

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who knocks?

So here it is. My last Halloween inchie. Yay!! I’m so happy to be done. I loved creating these, but they have been rather time consuming. I would love to do Christmas inchies….next year!

Anyway, I’ve known for at least the past two weeks that I would use these words in my last inchie. They are fitting, I think, for October 31st. I applied Distress Inks and Glimmer Mist to the background paper, and Distress Ink to the words. I smeared Stickles glitter glue in black soot over the left side and just a tiny bit on the right side. et voila! c’est fini!

I’m amazed at how many times (which was most of the time, really) I had no idea what I was going to make. I often felt tired and uninspired. And yet usually all I had to do was look through my pre-selected supplies, particularly the words or papers, and within a minute or two I would feel inspired and energized with an idea. I’m very pleased overall with my inchies. I think they turned out better than I could have imagined. As a collection they are cohesive and look like they belong together, and yet still each one is unique and has its own story to tell.

Here they all are together, in no particular order, except that the first one is first. (funny how I wish I could go back and make that first one again. I could make it better now that I have some inchie experience under my belt!)

all together now

And, in case you’ve been burning with curiosity as to what the backs look like…

halloween inchie

I couldn’t very well just leave the back plain, now could I? How boring! Generally I pressed the back into my antique linen Distress Ink, then sometimes I also sprayed it with walnut ink. For the past few weeks I’ve been spritzing the back with Glimmer Mist too. And I ran the edges over my walnut Distress Ink, and depending on my mood applied more or less of the walnut Distress Ink over the back.

And that’s that. I hope you have enjoyed my inchies. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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it's the great pumplin, charlie brown

I love this inchie – it turned out so cute! Originally I was going to go with another idea (which I now forget), but then I remembered that I wanted to use this pumpkin rubber stamp (by Hot Fudge Studio). I can’t do Halloween inchies without a pumpkin, right?

Lily assisted me with this one. I started working on it in the afternoon, and of course she wanted to see what I was doing (normally I do my arts and crafts after she’s in bed, for good reason). She asked if she could help, so I said sure. We started with a piece of ivory cardstock (I just love ivory cardstock – it’s so versatile). She applied the antique linen Distress Ink, and helped to spritz it with walnut ink and Glimmer Mist. And then she stamped a whole bunch of pumpkins. We experimented with several different inks (Versacolor black, Colorbox copper, and walnut Distress Ink). The pumpkin I chose was done in the Versacolor black ink.

I cut out a piece of decorative paper and heavily applied Distress Inks. I also spritzed the inchie blank with Glimmer Mist before adding anything. The words of course have Distress Inks applied (I have such a newfound love of Distress Inks that I have in the past couple weeks purchased them in fired brick and peeled paint).

I am just so pleased with this inchie. Every time I look at it I smile. I wish I could find that Charlie Brown special on tv. I know I looked for it last year too and I couldn’t find it then either.

Have a wonderful Halloween!


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modern halloween

This inchie is a bit different than the others, I think, in terms of style. I loved this grey ribbon. Originally I was going to use some words, but that didn’t look right. Then I was going to glue the crystals next to the ribbon, but that didn’t look right. So again I went for simplicity.

I cut out the background paper, and applied a bit of Distress Ink. I glued on the ribbon, wrong side up because it wasn’t as shiny as the right side. And then I glued on the crystals. Oh, and I spritzed the inchie blank with Glimmer Mist first.

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creepy crawlie

I’ve gotten way behind in posting my inchies again! Here is number 27. I really wanted to use this spider rubber stamp. I started with a piece of ivory cardstock, and used Distress Ink and Glimmer Mist on it. I stamped the spider with black Versacolor ink, and glued two Swarovski crystals over the body. I used Stickles glitter glue around the edges. I thought about adding a word, but it seemed like too much. Better to keep it simple!



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