Designer Handbags, Handbag or Crutch?

I have been collecting designer handbags for a LONG time and sometimes, there are just too many. I know, I know, you can’t have too many shoes or handbags. However, in my case, I am running out of storage in my south Florida ranch home. You see, I also have another obsession (the whole point of this blog) and that is crafting. My crafting obsession (possession?) has led to an enormous collection of, well, everything you can think of that is craft related. I also collect vintage …..stuff. Anything and everything that reminds me of days gone by or eras I wasn’t even around for. And to top it all off, my hubby is also a collector. So, every room in our house is filled with our collections. Now, I feel it’s important that I mention that we are not hoarders. At least not in the sense that we hang on to every little thing and refuse to get rid of it. No, we are perfectly willing to donate, gift and sell many of our “items”. Which leads me back to the subject of this post. I have recently been selling off part of my handbag collection (and donated a few). So, if you’re interested, check them out below.

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Dooney & Bourke Pocket Satchel

Cole Haan Tassel Tote

Cole Haan Tassel Tote

Coach Parker Straw

Coach Parker Straw

Vintage Brighton Croco Leather

Vintage Brighton Croco Leather

Betsey Johnson Nerdy Pugs

Betsey Johnson Nerdy Pugs

This is just a few, I will be adding more to the store soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Cricut Wild Card 2, Graphic 45 Anchor Card

You Are My Anchor

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I ADORE this Graphic 45 cardstock!

And this card from Cricut Wild Card 2!

For the “rope” attached to the anchor, I used paper-backed canvas which I die-cut on my Cricut Explore. Then, I inked it using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. Actually, I just rubbed it across the ink pad.

And here is a little secret; I scanned in the sheet with the cut-outs and opened the file in Corel Paintshop Pro x7 Ultimate to create a path for the circle (inside card) and saved it as a PNG so that I could upload it into Cricut Design Space. Then, I utilized the Print then Cut feature so that I could cut a perfect circle at the size I needed.

Who Loves Anna Griffin?

I know I do. Her art and designs are absolutely beautiful.  But, did you know that she has a stationery line? I didn’t.

Notebooks

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Sticky Notes

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Mixed Media Steampunk Journal

SAMSUNG CSCAfter watching Marion Smith Design’s Ustream Video at least three times, I decided to tackle her journal project, which involves upcycling the cover of an old book and machine stitching the signatures. Although I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into, I can say with utmost certainty that I will never again make a mini album this way. EVER!  In hindsight, I recognize that my choice of papers was definitely not the best. But, that was only part of the problem. Where I got hung up was on attaching the first and last signature pages (leaves) to the inside covers of the book. It just didn’t work for me the way it did for her. Again, I’m certain my paper was at least part of the problem. I tore the front end paper on my first attempt and struggled to figure out how to fix it. So, in my frustration, I left the book sitting, unfinished on the kitchen table for about a week. Since I had already invested so much time and energy (i.e. passion) into creating it, I was determined to make it work. That’s when I showed it to my husband, who without batting an eyelash, saw exactly what needed to be done. And with that, I was able to finish the inside and get to the much more enjoyable decorating of the front cover.

I have not been able to locate the Ustream video to reference, however, once I do (if it’s still available) I will link it at the end. The gist is this; you rip out the guts of an old hardcover book (I chose one with especially brittle pages) and replace those pages with signatures from paper of your choosing. Note: I did not use Marion Smith Designs downloadable papers. Instead, I used what was in my stash. The cover is painted, distressed, decorated and a sealant is applied (I chose a gel matte medium).

SAMSUNG CSCFirst, the papers I chose; GCD Studios Antiquities and Tim Holtz idea-ology Kraft Resist Paper Stash. The Kraft Resist paper was trouble with a capitol “T”. Therefore, I do not recommend it for this type of project, as it tore easily. However, any paper will tear if you don’t treat it right. This is what happened on the inside cover. So, I used 7 Gypsies Gaffer tape to fix my mistake (i.e. manhandling of my papers).

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Another area of trouble was using the recommended distress ink (Tim Holtz) on the cover with a wet medium to seal it. As you probably know, distress ink reacts with water or water based products. I knew this, so I ended up going with my Timber Brown StazOn. But, not until after I gave the distress ink a shot. Some of it stayed put but, not much.

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Side note: The original cover color of this book was blue.

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I created six signatures but, because of the thickness of the Kraft paper, each signature has only three layers. I added mini envelopes (from an old Sizzix die I found at a thrift store) and embellished them with baked black Sculpey polymer clay.

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The “speak no evil” bird was made using UTEE in a homemade mold and the gear die-cuts are from Cricut. 

 All in all, I am happy with the final product and it is currently being displayed on top of one of my bookshelves.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve made one of these I’d love to hear about your experience and see your work.

Graphic 45 Paper Flowers

G45 ShoppeThese flowers are made from the G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection.

The largest flowers each have five layers of paper and the smaller flowers have eight layers each.

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I cut the layers using my Cricut Explore and various flower images.

Die Cut Bookmarks, Cricut Explore

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Very intricate die-cuts. It was kind of a pain to get all the little pieces out but, the Cricut Explore did an awesome job cutting.

6×6 Mixed Media Layout – Enjoy the Little Things

IMG_1581I’ve seen so many artists creating the large 12 x12 mixed media, dimensional “scrapbook” layouts and wanted so bad to give it a go. However, the large format was intimidating me. Then it dawned on me, as I was flipping through one of my 6 x 6 Prima paper collections, why not start small?

I backed the completed layout against a sheet of 6 x 6 corrugated cardstock to give it the extra weight it needed. After applying so many layers of gesso, ink, gel medium, etc, it just wouldn’t lay flat.

Since I didn’t do a step by step tutorial with photos, I will list the products I used. I’m amazed by how much went in to this little layout:

1. Prima Life Time 6 x 6 paper collection

2. Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste

3. Punchinella (as a stencil)

4. Inka Gold – Lava Red & Jade Green (LUV this stuff!)

5. Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Seafoam

6. Dylusions Spray – Calypso Teal ( see my earlier post regarding my “oopsie”)

7. Perfect Pearls Mist – Perfect Pearl

8. Gloss Gel Medium – Liquitex Basics

9. White Gesso ( can’t remember the brand right now but, I bought a gallon of the stuff on clearance at Hobby Lobby)

10. Tulip Beads in a Bottle – Aqua Marine Gemstone

11. Graphite

12. Faber-Castell Pitt Big White Pen

13. Martha Stewart Paper Clay

14. Mod Podge Molds (for use with paper clay)

15. Tsukineko All Purpose Inks – white & black

16. Metal heart embellishment

17. “Friend” wood embellishment

18. Cricut Die Cut – Ornate Heart

WOW, that’s a lot of product! And I realize I could have added more.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun to create and I plan to make more. In the meantime, I am working on a leather cuff bracelet. Which, of course, I will post at a later date.

Right now, I gots to chill. Currently (Feb. 6th), I am 22 hours post-op foot surgery.  *smile* *frown* *yawn* beep bop boop…

6x6 layout displayed