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Altered Paint Sticks and the June Bug Blog Jump

Altered Paint Sticks and the June Bug Blog Jump
We are coming to the end of our Jumpin’ June Bug Swap over on the Cricut Message Board, so that means Blog Hop time! Since we were the Jumpin’ Bugs…we are calling this little jaunt to each of our blogs a “Jump”.


The above list of blogs are those of ladies who are participating in our Blog Jump and if you arrived here first, I encourage you to go back up to the start at Julie’s place at My Little Corner, where you will find a wealth of creativity, and make your way back down to the bottom…which is right here!

You should have arrived here from Cammi’s place at Cuttin’ Up. Isn’t she amazing?

Cammi is definitely a hard act to follow, but I present to you my Altered Paint Sticks that I created for yet another Cricut Message Board Swap. We took regular paint sticks and embellished them, sent them in to our hostess and we receive back everyone else’s to make an album or display however we wish.

My sticks were inked with a yellowish-orange ink from Studio G and then covered with papers from My Minds Eye Home Glitter Book. I chose to embellish my sticks with sunflowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die Set. After spritzing and inking them, I put them together with a glass bauble in the center and then adhered to the stick.

The reverse side of the stick was embellished with a silk flower with a center cut from coordinating papers. I used a crocheted lace on the end of the stick to hold a very tiny tag.


I cut a double set of Tim Holtz tickets and attached them with a ribbon on the reverse side.

My set ready to head to their new homes….

NOW FOR THE BLOG CANDY!!!!
You can’t have a party without some yummy goodness, right?

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Jumping June Bug Swap Blog Jump

Jumping June Bug Swap Blog Jump

This coming weekend we will be hosting a Blog Hop….errrr….Jump with some of the creative ladies from the Cricut Message Board Jumping June Bug Swap. The “Jump” will begin with the amazingly creative Julie at …
the blog jump then continues to the follow blogs….
Come back late tomorrow and join us on our jumpin’ journey to lots of creative designs and
some awesome
BLOG CANDY!

Mini Baking Album

Mini Baking Album

Finishing up my last assignment for the Bind-it-All class I was taking at the Creative Classroom, I decided to make a mini for my swap partner. Candyhazzard was my partner in the Handmade Swap over on the Cricut Message Board. Now that she has it in her possession, I thought I would post it here.

Here’s the youtube video that I posted, as well…..

I can hardly wait to get some photos taken of the items that she sent to me and get them posted. They are amazing!

Altered Mini Mini Paint Can Swap

Altered Mini Mini Paint Can Swap

Oh yea! I am so late in getting the photos posted of my swap partner’s mini paint can that she sent me. In May, I participated in Crystal’s Altered Mini Paint Can Swap and JackieBault was my partner. I posted the photos of the can I created before I sent it off to Jackie, but I was out of town for a long while when hers arrived to me. It sat, all alone, silently…waiting for me to pick it up from the post office.

What a lovely gift to be waiting for me when I arrived back home. Unfortunately, I had some deadlines that I had to meet, along with a large yard sale planned so I didn’t get the photos taken until this morning. In my opinion, not posting photos in a reasonable amount of time is RUDE! Photos of what you received in a swap is all part of the THANK YOU! and acknowledgment of all the hard work that goes into making something special for someone else. Jackie I owe you many HUGE apologies for my tardiness! I hope will accept my sincere regrets and that you will consider partnering with me again soon!

Take a look at my can and all it’s goodies!!!!

I just adore the Tim Holtz Bird Cage Die embellishment. How clever is that? Gives me all sorts of ideas!

Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap

Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap

Well, we have finally completed the first Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap over on the Cricut Message Board. Who would have thought that a die cut and some fabric, paper, feathers and a few other embellishments would present such a stunning group of dress forms?

I love Tim Holtz products and knew I just HAD to own the new Alterations Sewing Room Die set when it was released. Lucky for me, a friend sent me a link (thanks Caitlysnmommy!) to a great sale and I was able to make it all mine!

We have started a new swap which will be due in August. Check it out HERE. In the meantime, please enjoy this quick video showcasing all the fine work of by each of the participants of the June 2011 Tag Swap.

Help! My Ribbons Over-Floweth Profusely

Help! My Ribbons Over-Floweth Profusely

Help! My Ribbons Over-Floweth! How in the world did it come to this? How did five or six rolls of ribbon and trim turn into this? In an attempt to have all ribbons in one place and color coordinated, I removed them from their round thingies (real technical word there for spool, right?). The rounds were taking up too much room, and I had nothing that was big enough to hold it all…much less have it organized.

If you saw my scraftin’ room youtube then in the very first photos of my mess of a room, you saw all the ribbon hanging from a window treatment rod. That wasn’t working for me, so I hung them inside a cabinet. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that was a total waste of very useable space…so back to the drawing board (youtube) I went. Seems a lot of ladies store their ribbon hanging just like mine, but why does theirs look so cute and mine looks like a flippin’ mess?

I started adding them to self-adhesive hooks on the side of one of my cabinets (NO wall space) but soon realized it was not going to be wide enough to hold all my color choices. My dressform has been standing in as a holder for a short while, but that is NOT what I had intended when I purchased her.

So, here I am, just a simple scrafter…coming to you… my few readers… to help me solve my dilema. What should I do? How do you store your ribbon and trim? Am I a total hoarder? With no hope of organization? I throw myself upon the mercy of blogdomhood and hope that I will be blessed with a (inexpensive) solution….very soon!