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.

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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…

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How to Successfully Sell Designer Handbags and Accessories on Ebay

How odd it is to find something I wrote years ago on someone else’s blog.

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How to Successfully Sell Designer Handbags and Accessories on Ebay

by Maureen Orlando-Lewis

Selling designer handbags is not only fun, it can ba a very profitable business venture.  As with any tangible good it is important to first, know your product and second, know how to market your product.  I will walk you through this process step-by-step.

There are some general rules and guidelines that are necessary to follow for success when you are selling high-end designer handbags and accessories.

1.If you cannot guarantee its authenticity, do not sell it! It is prohibited to sell counterfeit merchandise on eBay even if you state that you cannot authenticate the product.  The reason for this is that the counterfeit industry is illegal.  It would behoove you to research this aspect of the business.  Briefly on this subject, counterfeit products are manufactured in third-world countries primarily by children who are forced to…

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Quick Tip: Dylusions Ink Sprays

Never. Ever. Ever! Ever spill Dylusions Ink!

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Seriously! And it gets worse. As I was cleaning it up, a huge puddle rolled right off my craft mat onto the tile floor. No problem getting it off the tile, but the grout! That’s another story.

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My husband is currently out of the country on business. Whew! BUT, if I don’t get that Calypso Teal out of the grout, he might just kill me.

So, if I never make another post after Monday, you’ll know why.