Two big topics to cover in one post!
So today is blog action day - talking about the environment and working on ways to improve it. We are big recyclers at our house and I pride myself on the fact that most weeks the recycling pile is way bigger that the trash pile we leave out of Fridays for pickup.
When Brianna and I started on our Ink & Nickel venture it has been all about taking things we found at garage sales, thrift stores, or even just things people have donated to us and creating something new out of it - recycling it, reuseing it, and/or redecorating it. It has amazed me at what we have found that I thought we would never come across. There are so many crafting supplies I have not needed to buy, because of the things we have discovered - although don't get me wrong, I do love new craft supplies too. But, I think with all of this it has opened our minds to using what we have or heading to the thrift store to see what's available that could work for our next projects.
Someone asked a while ago in a blog comment about where we get our wooden clothespins from. When we first started out, I thought they might be so hard to find - especially since I knew I would have so mnay uses for them. We find them all the time! And it always seems like when we might be running low, one of us comes across another bag of them - at garage sales, thrift stores, etc. You just have to keep you eyes (and mind) open.
I challenge you with your next project, to use things you already have, or things you recieved secondhand. Recycle something you don't use anymore into something new. Find an old scrabble game and make magnet sets of your family members names for gifts. Use vintage buttons and lace on your next paper craft project. Organize a supply exchange with your crafting friends - donate what you and your friends don't want to local schools or clubs for their art projects. You will save money and the environment at the same time!
At our craft sale last Friday, so many people went through our booth and would comment, "wow, this ia all recycled stuff - so cool." This is exactly our mantra and so it felt great to have people see it without having to say anything to them about it. I added photos from our last sale to the Ink & Nickel album. You can click here to see it.
We have another sale coming up soon - I will post that announcement tomorrow!
Now onto the Papertrey release!
I fell in love with the Piece of Cake set right away. My mom's birthday was earlier in the month and so she got a little sneak peek with her card we gave her...
I added the glitter right over the wet pigment ink for a little sparkle. You should know that the glitter will be more permanent and better coverage by attaching it with glue or heat & stick, but this method works for keeping the glitter subtle. This piece of cake pops together so quick - I love it. In just a few minutes I put together several pieces. October is a big birthday month in our family so this set couldn't have had more perfect timing!
The next project I did was with the wedding cake in the set...
And yes, that is my wedding picture - our 10th anniversary is next month. Unfortunately this picture that I used on the page is the best picture that we have from our photographer that day. This is one thing that if I had to go back and do over - I would do it and I would spend the money to make sure I got the best pictures that I could get. We have many candid shots from friends and family and so that helps, but I can't go back and get the formal shots I wanted to have. This is the first scrapbook page that I have done from our wedding and I do plan to try and put together something from the pictures we do have.
Next - the Snowflake Serenade...
A simple card idea in a brown color scheme. Very earthy and krafty. This smallest snowflake from the set is my favorite for sure.
Another simple layout design. Again, I added glitter to the wet pigment ink. The naturals white paper is popped up on dimensionals to make a window for the "peace" sentiment.
Head over to Papertrey Ink to pick up these 2 new sets and make sure to check out the galleries while you are there - all of the design team projects this month are gorgeous!
See you tomorrow!
Brianna and I have been running around this week getting ink & nickel projects ready and priced for a craft sale on Friday. If you are in the Saint Cloud, MN area that day - stop by the hospital craft sale, we would love to meet you! It runs from 7AM - 5PM that day only. We will also be doing the craft sale at the Centracare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud on November 9 as well.
My desk after finishing one of the projects...
What was I saying about decluttering the other day?
Can you see the snippet of fabric from the pile I coordinated the other day? It, along with other fabrics, became these...
All together it looks like this - a vintagey photo clip card for the holidays...
The clip is to hold a photo about 2" x 3". I love how they turned out and can't wait to display them at the sale.
Stop back for another sale date announcement soon...!
I am on a mission to get in the habit or getting rid of what I don't need and trying to simplify - aren't we all? It definitely isn't something you can do for a day or an hour... it is a life change, a habit, a mind set that you have to acquire. I feel like some days, I do great! And others, well... it all falls apart.
This past week, my family came down with an ucky virus cold bug that kept us home the first part of the week. In between movies, naps, and juice I got the time to sit and declutter the sewing part of my craft space. I have been into sewing ever since I can remember, I just haven't done it as much as I would like to latey... I think I sew more on my cards and scrapbook pages than on actual fabric!
I didn't take before pictures... I thought of that after I was done. Imagine stuffed shelves.. and piles... LOTS of piles... it was a virtual tetris of sewing supplies... But now...
My goal was to unstuff those shelves that were so FULL. Full of so many things that I don't need anymore and things I will never use. I let the extra stuff go and it felt good. My space can breathe again and I don't feel like I have to dig for things like I used to. I feel like I can sit down and work on a project without moving a bunch of stuff to get to the space.
See the one cup of tools? That used to be 5 cups of tools... or 6... maybe more.
This sewing box was usually stuffed so full, couldn't close it. Now I could close it if I wanted to, but I leave it open so I can get to what's inside easily.
I even had time to coordinate a few fabrics for a project (that I will share later...)
My thread is ready to go... usually spools are here there and everywhere...
One of the big inspirations for cleaning up my space was reading this book:
Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol - you can find her blog here. If you love to sew or want to learn, it's a book to check out. I can see myself referencing this book all the time. And it got me motivated to get my stuff in order - so even just that makes it worth it...
Now onto the rest of my crafting space... and the rest of my house.
sharing a few cards to celebrate!
This simple card was for a holiday mini card swap using the Autumn Apparitions (SU) set. Instead of using my usual white - I used my black craft pad to give it a little more of a spooky look...
This is a card we did at my stamp club last week. To get the multicolored leaves on the chocolate chip paper I rolled the leaves in white pigment/craft ink. When that dried I colored over the images with markers. The white ink give the marker color a base and make the images "pop" from the paper. Such a simple and neat technique! I really how the Sanded background stamp looked with the white ink on kraft paper - so cool.
The other technique we did was toilet paper casting. That's right, the deer image is made of toilet paper! You will need to get the super cheap 1-ply stuff - the nicer, more absorbant, puffy, quilty kind will not work. Layer about 10 sheets of your cheapy toilet paper and dip it into a bowl of water. Gently get rid of the excess water (so it's not dripping) and put it over your stamp - bold and simple images work the best. Use a towel to press the wet toilet paper onto the image and then let it dry. You could either leave the paper right on the stamp or you can use a heat tool to speed this process up. Be patient, the results are worth it!
One more card to share...
A fun card with the Simple Snowman (SU) set. I thought the birdy on his hand was just right. The snowman is colored using a dauber and white ink and the rest of the image is colored with watercolor crayons.
It's October, and I am going pink for the month! It's Breast Cancer awareness month and it's something that I have been touched directly by both in my family and with my friends. Visit the Pink for October website for more information on how you can go pink too.