Circus Dogs & More Moldy-Oldie Fun!

Howdy friends! I spend most of my free time over the last couple of days trying to get my studio under control. The summer is hectic, the kids are home, packages arrive, projects get done but not put away and there there was the rummage sale (ever notice how rummage sounds like rubbish?) where I picked up a garbage bag full of wool felt and various other craft supplies for $2…wow, that is a lot of piled up craft-crap to deal with! So then I sorted, and put away, came up with a great way to store my fabric (the felt is in a plastic tote and nice and flat…until I pull out a piece from the bottom and it is a mess again, clearly the felt situation needs more consideration but that is for another day!)

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When I was cleaning and sorting I cam across another moldy-oldie tool I loved called the colorbox stylus with moldable tips. Wow, this is fun, you heat the tips with a light bulb, press it to a texture such as a stamp (I used the bubble background from Lost Coast Designs) or embossing folder and you have a cute shaped stamp. Don’t worry, you can also do this with cheap kids foam blocks from the dollar store! Why am I gabbing? Just watch the video! We will make this card from start to finish and drag out other oldies but goodies too!

Fun huh? I love the crepe paper and stenciling too, it is great when we can mix and match old with new and come up with a look that is all out own dontcha think?

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You can find the Circus Dogs stamp set from Lost Coast Designs here. So, what old tool or supply have you used lately? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Juggling Kits!

Happy rainy Wednesday folks! I have been crafting like a crazy lady {what’s new, right?} to get ready for my craft fair on Saturday. I spent the last two days sewing. I whipped up 14 batches of juggling balls and 38 sets of felt hand-warmers. Here is a pic of my desk as it sits this morning:

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I packaged up the juggling sets in tin-tie coffee bags from Papermart. It was a bit of serendipity that I had that funny juggling stamp. So I simply stamped the bag and placed in 3 of the juggling bags I made, instructions and a business card because I’m sure once people get the juggle-bug they will want to buy them for all of their friends. I am an avid juggler, bordering obsessive at times, and the great thing about juggling is that it is impossible to worry about anything when you juggle. I think instead of taking drugs like Prozac and Zoloft doctors should teach their patients how to juggle. The world would be a happier place!

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Thanks for stopping by! I have to take a break from crafting today and get groceries or I will have to dip into our SHTF Zombie Apocalypse food stash and nobody wants that. If you want to join the WOYWW fun pop over to Julia’s blog the  Stamping Ground and see what other crafty peeps are up to this week! It’s so much fun! Til next time happy crafting (and juggling!)

The Night Circus & WOYWW!

I am in love with the book The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! I finished it Tuesday night and started reading it again…it was that good! I highly recommend it, I don’t even know what genre it is, it is very dreamy and transcendent with a truly original plot and I don’t want to tell you about it because I don’t want to spoil anything. I even ordered the audio book so I could listen to it read to me! Anyway, it has inspired me in my work this week. I designed a printable party kit called Midnight Dinner Party and I used one of the printable sheets to make this card:

I was inspired by the character “Kiko”, the Asian contortionist when I created this card. The Geisha Stamp I used is by Art Neko, the sentiment is from MSE!, all other stamps are from Glitz Designs. I used my Inktense watercolor pencils to color the kimono, notice how much more vivid the colors are with this brand of pencils compared to the traditional colored pencils I used on my teacher valentines and my sock monkey card from earlier this week. Both the Inktense and the regular colored pencils are by the Derwent company but they are quite different.

Here is my desk mid-card (a day late) for What’s On Your Work-desk Wednesday:

So, this book influenced me so much while I was working this week. I was compelled to design a black and white party set called Midnight Dinner Party. All the elements in my kit are black and white so it is cheap to print and if you do not like black and white you can print it out on colored cardstock. I would be pretty on cream for a wedding, or hot pink for a sweet 16 or with accents of red for a “Night Circus Midnight Dinner” like I did here. Please note that no text or wording comes in this kit (but couldn’t help the mock-up with the characters names!)  you can customize that easily yourself and use this kit time and time again!

If you find yourself inspired enough by The Night Circus to create something leave a link to it, I’d love to see it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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