Monday, June 1, 2020

Garden Cards

I have been trying to use all of the paper bits that I have lying around. It will take me fooooorever!!!!! I do have quite a bit. The greeting on the card comes from the paper. I picked up this paper at a big box craft store last year and had not gotten around to using it.

The paper was 12 x 12 and had 12 seed pack designs printed on it. I added the dragon fly and bee focal points to play up the garden feel.

These were cut from extra thick black card stock using a retired Stampin' Up set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.

All of the papers used in the layers on the cards are leftover bits from previous projects.

For the Dragon fly above and the bee below I added crystal effects to give it hi-gloss and dimension.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Stay at Home Creations

Just trying to spend some of this down time getting creative. 

Since I have all kinds of left over bits of paper so my goal is to use up as many as I can. Here are some cards that I created using some of my scraps.

Have you explored your creative side during this Stay at Home ~ Covid Staycation?

I would love to hear about your creative adventures!

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

WIP Fantasy Display

I made some progress on the wip I shared earlier. I added more scales and got the quote banner on the top. I love so many quotes from Tolkien. 

Here are some close-ups of the scales and banner

The glass display case that the display is going has a subtle division created by the sliding glass doors and metal brackets. You can get the feel of how this will layout from the photos of my Steampunk display

This banner will be on the left of the display and on the right I will have some quotes and the dragons eye.

Another Tolkien quote is part of the focal of the right display. It is matted on a piece of  11 x 14 brown card stock. I added copper glitter and copper brads to accent it.

Several more quotes will surround the dragon eye, it is still a work in progress.

About three of the quotes will be used around the dragon eye to offset the large quote. 

I tried to find some of the most inspirational quotes to help give positive inspiration in this troubled time.

We still haven't heard when the library will reopen. 
The display is set to be in July 
 but if we haven't reopened it can be used another time.

Today I have two questions. 

Who is your favorite author?      ....and....

What quote do you find inspirational?

Thanks for sharing


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

WIP ~ Fantasy Display for Library

Hello all,

These are pics of the progress on a display I am working on for the library. I am set to have the main lobby case in July and my theme is Fantasy.

I have just started to add color to the scales, I still have a long way to go.

Here are some progress pictures.

I have been making scales as part of the back drop. They will have a wavy border at the top that will be lined with copper foil paper and have black glitter letters with a Tolkien quote.

And being a library display the case will have a nice selection of fantasy books, pieces from my personal collection of figures and art, and some of my favorite quotes from favorite books!

I also have this little guy for the case in the children's area.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these, I will post more pictures as I get more work done on the dragon eye display.

Right now I am listening to the sound track from the Hobbit. 

When I was working on the scales I was listening to the audio book "Dragons of the Dwarves Depths" by  Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Which do you prefer to listen to when you are working on a project, books or music?

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, April 20, 2020

Welcome to National Stationery Week

I thought I would kick off this national stationery week with a picture of a stack of vintage letters. What else comes close to the feeling of rereading letters from friends and family. You are whisked back in time to relive all of those special moments. We don't have that with electronic communication. It is gone, as fleeting at the few moments it takes to send the text. 

So a few questions for this week. 

How long have you kept your most treasured letters?

Do you have a favorite pen pal? 

What is the farthest place from which you received a letter? 

Do pop into the comments and share with us, I would love to hear everyone's responses. 

Thanks for stopping by


Friday, April 10, 2020

Stay at Home Wild Life Entertainment

The cats love watching the birds and squirrels out the front window. We have a cut teacup bird feeder that everyone likes to visit.

This little guy can't get quite acrobatic in his attempt to get at the bird's seeds.


Check out how he is holding on with his back feet. 

Have you had more encounters with nature during your Stay at Home ~ Covid Staycation?

I would love to know what fun encounters you have experienced.

Thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March Craft Hour ~ Journal Your Story

This is the prototype for my March Craft Hour. We don't get to create this at the Library because of the Covid 19 shutdown. I did want to share it on here though.

The theme for March was Women's History Month and my blurb was

Craft Hour - Craft Your Story
Make, craft and create. This month’s focus will be to create a journal decorated with bits of ephemera and quotes for women’s history month in which you can write your own story.  Adults. Registration required

The cover is a piece of craft card stock cut to 8 1/2" by 8 1/2" folded 
in half to create an 8 1/2" by 4 1/4" journal.

An assortment of items can be used to decorate the cover. I used a paper doily, a piece of book page, a tag, blue velvet ribbon, washi tape, a bit of map and photo and quote of Eleanor Roosevelt mounted on blue card stock.

The pages inside are a variety of materials.

Dictionary pages, copy paper, map and map index to name a few.

Photos and quotes enhanced the Women's History month theme.

A lot of the pages were left blank so the creator could add their own bits as they collect them or to journal their story.

The pages were cut to a variety of sizes to add interest to the interior and give places to tuck items.

The journal is stitched together with a bit of sparkly cord.

Some of the pages folded as they were wider than the 8 1/2" size. This provides a tuck spot with the addition of a paper clip or a place to journal a hidden thought.

I love this quote. Another by Eleanor Roosevelt.