Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ok, I came across this off of Lifehacker . 

Check it out - very inspirational.

Friday, December 12, 2008

promoting little

I have been busy with moving, so nothing much on the crafty side of things, if you don't count unpacking and figuring out where things need to go.

I have been more active on Twitter. It is a cool site. You can find me here. Come... share the love (in really short statements).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

creating through the computer

You should check out the site Mr. Picassohead. It is a nice break for a moment of creativity.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

finally have my Arizona pictures all loaded

Originally uploaded by Sparkleyturtle
I know... it took me awhile. I sit at my computer futzing with photos from July and adding my CDs to my computer, but they are all up now. You can see them at if you would like.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Finishing big tasks

It feels amazing to be done with a large order. I took it on and now it is done. 50 cards for a church thing and then 10 other cards... that is quite the pile up. One thing that did make it easier is how she picked items out of my Flickr layout. At least then, I just had to make something similar. It is like having premade sketches.

I did try a different technique on one of the fairy cards by using my chalks over the embossing ink. It made it the same, but really pretty in a different way.

I also decided to finally take a picture of the space I usually paper craft. Sure, there is a larger table space but it isn't near all of my stash, so I end up working on a tv tray near the setup. Yeah, it is cramped and needs a change, so when I finally get to move out, this will change.

Oh, and lastly, I decided to make kind of an art journal... just a way to express, so I can explore creativity and the crap floating around in my head. I decided to take something from the Big Ass Book of Crafts and add it to my first try. Here it is:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Expanding my LOs

Okay, so I love this man. He can buff up. He can be funny. He is gorgeous. He has that accent. I am a lost cause.

Gerry, if you are interested in a crafty, nerdy girl... please, look me up.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Having a crafty evening

So, I decided to have a crafty evening and spend my time down in my basement with the television on and surrounded by my fortress of crafty stuff. I managed to put together some of my redone yearbook scrapbook pages, which I can't load here, since they are of people and have names on it. Not that I wouldn't love to share, but blurring out most of the page just doesn't make sense.

Then, since it is both of my aunt's birthdays in the next week, I decided to make two birthday cards for them, but happened to get in spired to just make some other blank ones.

(birtday card one)

(birthday card two)

I decided to see what would happen if I embossed this one with a white/glitter powder on black. Actually very cool, I just wish the camera would have picked up more of the glitter.

Here I used that technique again (from birthday card two), where I also stamped the dress on patterned paper and raised it up with foam dots. I think it looks neat with the continuation of the pattern from the mat.

Finally, I had to clean up my paper supplies and weave together a bracelet, which only needs a clasp. I am actually a bit impressed with myself, and after all that, I am actually posting these items when they are made. Who knew?

Glue Dots versus Zots

I know it doesn't seem like much, but I do have to lean towards Glue Dots. Sure, they seem to stick the same, but for me, it is one big thing. It is easier to get at the Glue Dots individually than the Zots. With Zots having this diagonal setup and two lines going down the paper, I find myself really having to work to position whatever I am trying to add the adhesive to so that it doesn't get two of the dots. It is annoying. For that reason alone, I lean towards Glue Dots. Of course, Glue Dots has the Dot-N-Go, which I like even better, except for the fact that they are even more expensive.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Trying to keep busy

Beyond finishing up the 40 invitations for my brother's wedding, I am working on a collection of 50 cards for a church outing. What is up with these huge projects, even though they are cool to finish. I need to take some pictures so I can post them.

For fun, I made a card, which I, of course, immediately put in an envelope and sent out to a friend as a RAK. I also made this new LO for my little fluffy face (the "f" in face seems to get a little lost, but it is there). It makes me smile when I think of how she will look when her hair grows back from her summer trim.

I am also including two cards I made a little while ago, one of which uses that cool corner punch, which I may start using more. The cake is Cuttlebug die cut and the sentiment is a rub on.

Oh, and although I don't have a snapshot of it, since it went into the envelope, can I just say how cool Maya Road rub-ons are. They are smooth and come right onto the paper how you want them to. There isn't any shifting or difficulty, and what is left looks awesome. I highly recommend them. I was introduced to them at the local store Craft Fancy. Very cool place.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

keeping busy

Well, two weeks ago was the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI, which I like to call "Bead Mecca." It is that annual pilgrimage for which we travel to spend a bit of cash on beads and tools and... you never know. Personally this year, I was out for patterns and tools. I have created two new bracelets seen here:
new weave on Czech
Lace weave

They are both so delicate. It is nice. The blue is also closed by using a button as the toggle and a loop, which is really neat and I will see if I can work this into some of my other patterns. The green was supposed to have a beaded toggle, but I decided to use a metal toggle instead. I don't know... the whole beaded loop and bar never sits well with me.

A week after that I went to the wedding of my friend Amanda out in Boston. It was a blast to see her happy, to see her parents again and especially to see one of my best friends, Josh. Yup, I had a blast and it ended to quickly.

happy (but little) bride
Josh and I

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What I have been up to

Well, I finally finished my new craft box that I plan to use to organize my stamps and miscellaneous items. I got the box from IKEA and planned on decorating it for months. Finally I did it. Okay, working with balsam wood sucks. I had serious splinters, but I guess you get what you pay for. Once it was together that wasn't such a problem. I mod podged the paper on and gave it a bit of a classic look. I am always looking for ways to use those stacks of paper (you know... the massive ones that make so much sense at the time), and this seemed like a nice way to do it. The colors all go well together, and if it gets botched up, then it wasn't my expensive paper. I absolutely love American Crafts Thickers, so those are what I used to create my words. I used rub ons for the paisley and smaller flowers, but the larger flowers took some creating. I used chip board flowers and coated them with three coats of gold acrylic paint. On the third coat, while it was still wet, I sprinkled the gold glitter on. After brushing off the extra and letting it dry, I sealed it with glossy mod podge so that the glitter won't end up everywhere. I am quite happy with how it all turned out. It might even have been worth the splinters.

Last Friday, I also went to an evening crop with my friend Caitlin at the local Archivers. Those are a blast. I need to learn to pack better, so I am not taking too much, but I really think that I am actually improving. Plus, I am getting better on using what I have and not spending oodles of bucks that I don't have while I am there. Now, I know that isn't the best for Archiver's, but they get my cash at other times. Anyway, I was happy to create 6 out of the 10 cards my grandmother was ordering from me. Look here:
asian thank you
This one has an Asian motif. I outlined the blue flowers with a glitter marker to give them a little stand out, which you can see here: asian accent

sparkle thanks This one has a nice touch of sparkle and glitter. Where can you go wrong with that? Okay, you can, but that is way over my level.

time-butterfly thanks I was excited about this one. I finally got the stamp to work all the way across. The fact that I had this on glossy paper just creates a nice accent to the rest of the textured paper.

blue thank you This was my first working attempt at the Versamark resist. It is so shiny and smooth on the glossy paper. My first real attempt used pigment ink instead of the dye ink. Beyond being messy, it had the color of poo-brown when things blended together. Not something that you really want for your cards. The Kaleidescope dye ink pads are really nice. I now have one, but I can definitely see myself collecting more of those.

green thank you Another resist card on the glossy. This time, I decided to have my message in the stamps and the pop out being more of the art. My grandmother was going to send this as a thinking of you card, which I quickly stopped. Nothing like seeing a pretty card without your glasses and not realizing that thank you so much is all over the card.

floral thanks This one turned out classy. It was a little boring until I decided to add the rhinestones the sides of the circles. Once that was done, I think it has an air of classiness. I definitely like the texture of the cardstock.

Well, guess I will catch up with more later.
You know what Friday is??? It is bead mecca. My annual pilgrimage to Milwaukee for the Bead and Button show. I can't wait... 8 hours of wandering through beady goodness. It is like Christmas in June. I am so excited.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

light blue and pearl twist bracelet

Ok, so I am finally trying to take pictures of the other items have made. I decided to step outside the box, and more specifically, outside the house altogether.

I like how it looks, and you can actually see the difference in color between the blue and pearl color, which is nice.

Maybe my neighbors won't mind me using their bricks some more when they return home. There was all the nice open space that had the sun.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

the certificate

the certificate
Originally uploaded by Sparkleyturtle
My brother and his girlie got married. Wish them the best of luck!

zippered pouches

zippered pouches
Originally uploaded by Sparkleyturtle
Pouches made using instructions from Bend the Rules sewing. The black has the white inside and vice versa.

These are fun. Can't wait to make more.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cards for my aunt

So, I am making some cards at the request of my aunt. Hopefully, she will be able to wow some of her peers into purchasing cards, which would be awesome. I tried to go with a couple of styles, so that I am not just doing my cartoonish, fun style. I want to be taken seriously and have my cards purchased. I would actually like to make a bit of money back from the creation of these cards. I don't know... that always makes me nervous of going back to the questions of, 'Do they like me?' and 'Do they think I am creative?' I guess I will just have to wait. Anyway, here are the cards.

The first two are get well. I used the cuttlebug embossing plate across the two edges and then filled in the inside gap with the layering and message.
The second one has the tree silouette stamp and has Distress Ink surrounding the stamped image, which picks up the color in the DCWV paper.

The second set are birthday. The first has the owl from Sun Spirit Studios and is on an embossed by CB. The ribbon is from Michael's and I chalked some of the message and added to brads to the corners. The color wasn't the best on my scan, but the orange in the brads is nice with the orange on the card.

The other birthday wish is cool, I think.
The paisley paper is Basic Grey. The fairy stamp and rhinestones make this feel very light and dreamy. The ribbon along the top has the same colors and the paisley.

Next, were the two thank you cards. The first is stamped and then watercolored in. It is accented with ribbon from Michaels.

Then the last was stamped and colored in with Prismacolor markers. The statement is from My Favorite Things and the rhinestones are a nice accent on the corner. The blue cardstock is texturized from DCWV.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

happy birthday flowers.jpg

I really love this card. It seems so classy with the flowers and the Asian theme.

Just thought I would share it as I am listing it on etsy.
I have been trying to keep busy. I December, I went to a 12 hour crop at Archiver's (once upon a time, I didn't think I would have enough to work on in 12 hours - so not true) and I made a cool organizer from a Making Memories Desktop Storage set and Basic Grey paper with embellishments.

Well, when I brought it home and showed Mom, she said that the only thing wrong with it was that there wasn't another one for her. Okay... so, I got another set up for it and made one for Mom. I have to say, I love American Craft's Thickers. Of course, the ones that I put on Mom's got a little washed out, so I am going to take a marker and kind of outline them to bring them out.

I also have started to take part in swaps over at Split Coast Stampers. It is kind of nice to make something and know that it is going somewhere. So I made these cards for a birthday swap. I also am doing a no bumps swap, but I don't have pictures of those.

Lastly, I am starting up a pretty scrapbook for just pictures and fun (8x8). I like the idea of not always having a theme and sometimes creating just for the sake of creating, so I made this one of Zoey and her new coat. I like to think of her as the caped crusaders, the way it kind of seems to fly on her back. She is so adorable. I am not stopping the Beloit remake of my scrapbook/yearbook (12x12), but this one is more for fun.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

keeping up with the crafting

I actually finished redoing some envelopes last night. Now I just have to list them on etsy. Yeah!

I think I might also list the larger envelopes on there. They are colorful and pretty. Maybe someone might be interested in them as well.

I also made two new birthday cards (one for this weekend and one for the stash). I will post them when I can.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Celebration card

it's your day.jpg
Originally uploaded by Sparkleyturtle
Okay, so I am going to make an effort to blog on some of my crafts. I enjoy making these cards. The colors are so vivid. I do the clean and simple layout without much to it. I like making matching envelopes, because that is half the fun. What good is a plain, boring white one.

A few of my resolutions this year:
1. maintain etsy store (now I just need people to purchase from it)
2. cut back on spending for crafts - I have enough! (okay, I will have to regularly reaffirm this resolution)
3. scrap and craft more. I have the goods, I just need to use them.

Those are just some of the crafty ones... add to that losing weight, getting more active, and budgeting money more (which really comes back to crafting) and I am just about set.