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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….

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You can’t have a party without some yummy goodness, right?

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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!

Altered Stick Pin Swap with a Twist

Altered Stick Pin Swap with a Twist

Nothing like having a deadline to get you moving to finish a project, right? I have been running so far behind on so many things lately. I promised myself to not sign up for any more swaps that required me to make something until I can get what is already topside completed.

Every now and again, I am a night owl…working more efficiently in the quiet of the wee hours of the morning. As I write it is now 6:16 A.M. and I am still going strong. I am very proud to say that I finally completed the tags for the March 2011, Cricut Message Board Altered Stick Pin Swap that is due in a very short bit…AND I even edited a short video for YouTube. Now if I could get my internet provider to be so dedicated to keeping my internet running smoothly, I could maybe get it loaded sometime before my hair turns completely gray.

What adds the twist to this swap is that the host had challenges or requirements that had to be met. All beads, except for the metal charms were to be glass. Then each pin had to have one of the following:
1. Bead caps
2. Bead Spacers
3. Charm Bead
4. Crystal Beads
5. Glass Pearls

There was also a packaging requirment for this set of five. The hostess offered this example from passionwriter70 on YouTube…

Her pins and tags are beautiful!

Mine should be mailed on Monday along with the TP mini that I owe the hostess. 🙂

Cricut Cartridges: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
Paper: sei White Elegance
Various Trim and Ribbon