Monday, June 30, 2008
Page #8: "Listen to Your Inner Child"
Yet another page inspired by childhood. Often my favorite inspirations come from memories of childhood.
Page #9: "Let Your Soul Shine"
Chaos is a friend of mine. This page comes with a removable charm with the initial of my swap partner.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
This was probably the most difficult and time consuming hand sew I've ever done. It was very tedious, but I really like the results. I'm in the market for some monopoly pieces I can pick up with it.
I'd love to claim this was my own personal idea - but it was created from this tutorial on Craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=103162.0
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I've decided to post my back log of pages that I have completed for the Chunky Page Swap on Craftster because the swap is nearing an end. Too bad, this was a fab swap and I'll be needing another journal type swap after this in order to keep my craftiness flowing.
Page #1 "Ode to Sylvia Plath"
I have a deep obsession with Sylvia Plath that started with reading the Bell Jar many years ago. I've always thought it was humorous and unusual how pink all of her books always seem to be (I highly doubt this was a personal choice of hers). So I made a pink and depressing page to pay homage to a creative force in my life.
Page #2 "Movies of My Dreams"
This page is inspired by my favorite Built to Spill song - Car. The lyrics are all amazing, but my personal favorite, and one that I've been quoted as saying many times over the years is "I want to see movies of my dreams" - do I ever....
Page #3 "Love Gone Wrong"
I pretty much love this page and wanted to keep if for myself. The poem is something which has spoken to me since the first day I read it. Beautiful and haunting.
Page #4 "Be Free"
A simple page with an acetate swallow and tags.
Page #5 "Choose Your Muse"
This Ouija page was inspired by the tastes of the recipient. Fun and funky. I like it.
Page #6 "Create Your Life"
Another page inspired by the tastes of the recipient, acetate dragonfly, colorful fibers.
Page #7 "Let Your Imagination Run Wild"
This is the page so nice I had to make it twice. Nothing better than merging adorable imagery and the restless (verging on depressive) longing for childhood, and no one can do that better than Lewis Carroll! The quote, if it's difficult to read is: "I'd give all the wealth that years have piled, The slow result of life's decay, To be once more a little child, For one bright summer day." Oh - and sewing paper is super awesome!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Soldering pendants is one of my go-to crafts. I picked up a soldering iron just over a year ago and although I've singed hair, burned finger tips, and ruined favorite pairs of jeans that I got on sale and will never find a pair as cute so long as I live, I have come out of it with some wonderful pieces of jewelry.
Here is one I finished his weekend (I'm a HUGE Costello fan!):
A mini-collection of some of my first pieces. You can see how poorly done the edges appear. My results have started to look much better since I discovered the importance of flux when it comes to soldering:
I found these fab Loteria cards while thrift shopping and decided they'd make an awesome reversible pendant:
A scrabble pendant with flower rub-ons:
Here's a great tutorials for soldering with slides: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=39105.0;topicseen
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Here are some older carved stamps I've created.... It truly is my obsession of the moment!
My collection, complied a month or so ago:
My favorite stamp I've carved (there's just something about a cute robot....):
Some I created for one of my best friends:
Many of the images are adapted from Craphound.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I have been smitten with stamp carving since I received a kit from someone in the Invite Your Partner Swap on Craftster. My swap buddy made me the kit below and I've been carving up a storm ever since! Here's a quick tutorial on stamp carving: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176460.0.
Mr. Death stamp (from Craphound, of course, Issue #6 - Death & Scissors):
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
One of the greatest aspects of the Craftster community is the swap board. I've done over 20 swaps, and my latest is The Chunky Book Page Swap which consists of trading 4x4 inch book "pages" within the theme of creativity. I would consider myself to be somewhat of an addict when it comes to swapping, so I will often be posting my latest swap projects.
Here is the front of my current page:
And the back:
These are all of my pages (some sent from partners, and some of my own) together: