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I finally finished the April page in my calendar journal. Here it is…



For the background I used Distress Stains in blues, and rubber-stamping with white acrylic paint. It’s hard to see the designs of the rubberstamps; maybe I needed to put more paint on them? I tried outlining the designs with white pencil but it didn’t add much.

The journaling squares are paper from the The Rockstar stack by DCWV; I splattered it with the white paint to add interest and to help blend it with the background.

Off to my May page!

Have a great day!


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but what about the beads?
I realized the other day that I never mention my beading magazines. Or magazine, since I only read one these days. I’m so lost in my Somerset world – I have truly neglected my poor beads.

So here is the February 2009 issue of Bead and Button (and I just got the April 2009 issue yesterday)…

the cover…cool necklace!
Bead & Button February 2009 - cover

page 4, necklace by Gay Dries. This is stunning. I love how it’s asymmetrical.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p4, by Gay Dries

page 50, bracelet by Carol Butler. This bracelet really appeals to me. It looks like it would drape beautifully. I wouldn’t choose the gold beads though – I don’t care for gold in jewelry. And I’ve never cared for mixing silver and gold together.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p50 by Carol Butler

page 64, necklace by Jeka Lambert. This is my favorite piece from this issue. It’s so pretty, and elegant, feminine and vintage.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p64 by Jeka Lambert

It’s difficult for me to do any real beadwork these days because it is so time-consuming. I do have a few ideas in mind for some simple beaded jewelry that wouldn’t take too long, plus I have two bracelet projects that I started – um, let’s just say it was a “while” ago – that I want to finish.

delightful things
I received a lovely package in the mail yesterday – my order from Joggles! I got some glitter glue, ribbons (the “tea rose” Special Effects – absolutely gorgeous!), rubberstamps, Tim Holtz journaling tickets (very cool), Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips, rub-ons, German scrap, velvet leaves, and Steph Francis perle cotton 5 for tatting. Lots of goodies.

Here are the rubberstamps I got…

These are by Crafty Individuals. They are the unmounted reddish-colored stamps. Aren’t they lovely?
rubberstamps by Crafty Individuals

And this little cutie is called Girls Rule, by Tim Holtz. I’ve wanted this one for several years now and she’s finally mine. With a name like Girls Rule how could I resist her?
Girls Rule rubberstamp by Tim Holtz

~eagerly awaiting my Artchix order~

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Another year gone by. Wherever does the time go? Seems like it was June only a few weeks ago. That’s alright, it will be here in another few weeks!

Let’s revisit 2008
Here’s a recap of what I accomplished in 2008, creativity-wise:
1. Rearranged my studio.
2. Completed a collaged frame for Marc.
3. Made a “vintage halloween” project which I submitted to Somerset Studio.
4. Made invitations for Lily’s birthday party.
5. Made earrings for my sister’s birthday and bookmarks for Mother’s Day gifts.
6. Started the second side of my green carnelian (poor thing hasn’t been worked on since July though).
7. Made a Father’s Day card for Marc and a birthday card for my Grammom.
8. Participated in two inchies swaps and one ATC swap.
9. Made a digitally-altered book and entered it in a contest.
10. Made a birthday crown and a necklace for my Mom’s 60th birthday.
11. Made two Marie Antoinette canvases and submitted them to Stampington.
12. Made necklaces for my sister and sister-in-law for Christmas and a collage for my Mom.
13. Took a tatting class.
14. Made a necklace for me!

This is not to brag, of course. It’s just that sometimes I feel I’m not accomplishing much, and when I started to look back on the previous year I was surprised by how much I actually did.

I still, however, did not learn how to solder. That makes two years now that I’ve not achieved that goal. But there’s always 2009…

Speaking of which
My goals for this year include, in addition to soldering, opening up my Etsy shop and completing my new website, finishing several old projects, and getting back to my jewelry roots but in the new styles I am envisioning. I’d love to take a class too, especially at one of the bead conferences. And I want to keep working with paper, paint, rubber stamps, and the like.

That should keep me pretty fruitful!

Pretty little rubberstamps
Check out these sweet rubberstamps I bought at AC Moore today. Aren’t they so cute? They’d be great on cards. I may try them with the polyshrink too but I’m afraid they may end up being too small once the polyshrink is shrunken. But I’ll give it a try.

Inkadinkado – Flower Garden
Inkadinkado - Flower Garden Clear Stamps

I also bought two of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Milled Lavender and Antique Linen. I’ve never tried them before. And Tsukineko’s Versa Magic Dew Drops in Perfect Plumeria, Purple Hydrangea, Spanish Olive, and Aegean Blue. I have one of their other sets which I love and use all the time. And these colors are so pretty.

Looking forward to what 2009 holds~

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