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Hello and welcome to my blog and Pennywise Arts annual Blog Hop! My projects featured here; the gardener's bag with goodies, and the floral bag with goodies both feature products from Pennywise Arts, which can be found here: . Pennywise arts is not only a wonderful source of glass microbeads and crafting products, but is also a great group of amazing, talented, and friendly people who can offer lots of advice and ideas on how to use microbeads, and just crafting in general.

gardener's bag

gardener's bag
spring is here people! Let's grow something!

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My first "blog" candy project, aka ( blog hop prize) is a gardener's gift bag. Being the lover of all things Dollar Tree, I bought 2 of these gift bags for a dollar, and using the collage pictures from Pennywise Arts, I covered them in O'So sticky paperback tape from Pennywise Arts, cut them to size, and then covered the picture in cardstock, and stamped on the bag itself using a stamp from Stampin' Up. I then stamed the word Sweet on cardstock and covered it in the sticky tape, and then in Terra Cotta colored microbeads from Pennywise. I framed it with cardstock and scrapbooking paper, and then attached all the pieces with Mono adhesive. I put a bow of handkerchief ribbon on it an got springy, and filled it with assorted gardening goodies!

If you WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS BAG, please leave a comment about it along with a way for me to notify you, if you have won!

I loved the first bag so much, I made another in bright yellow, using another collage picture from Pennywise Arts and covered it with O'So sticky tape and then with clear microbeads. I backed it with cardstock and then scrapbooking paper and applied it to the bag with Mono adhesive. I made a big bow with bright daisy ribbon and filled it with all sorts of flowery goodies!

If you WOULD LIKE TO WINT THIS BAg, please leave a comment about it along with a way for me to notify you if you have won!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New cards and ideas

I have been doing some new card making lately and decided to make different sized cards. Normally I take the Stampin' Up 8x10 cardstock and cut it right in half to make two cards of equal size. Recently I found a box of envelopes of varying sizes at my local Big Lots and it was a steal at only 1.50 so I snatched it up. I have been making cards to fit the new envelopes and it is really fun to see what you can come up with with a much larger or much smaller card. I found myself using stamps I hadn't used in quite a while and playing around a lot more.

I also had a thought last week that I would really like to write and encourage people to look beyond the craft store for the most obvious embellishments for their crafts. It is really amazing the things I have run across in places like The Dollar Tree, Big Lots and Home depot! When you start looking at things from a crafters point of view, everyday items take on a whole new meaning.

I had once bought a huge roll of foil tape at Home Depot for about 7 dollars, it is sticky with a backing on one side and shiny foil on the other. This makes a great vehicle for alcohol inks! You can cut the piece as large or small as you want and use on cards, ATCs, journals and the like.

The Dollar Tree is my favorite place to go when I am on the hunt for new items that will be used in a craft project and I don't have a lot to spend. Buttons, ribbon, artificial flowers, and even vellum and mullberry paper have been found there and of course it is always a dollar! Even things you wouldn't think of like sponges for painting, charms from keychains and bamboo placemats are all very useful and can be altered or cut to be used for several projects. I recently wandered the pen/paper isle in my local Dollar Tree and found amongst the school supplies these great big paper clips with heavy weight charms attached to them. I snatched up as many as I could being 4 paper clips for a dollar in hopes that they could be disassembled. I took them home and was pleased to find the charms held on only by a tiny dab of solder. I used my jewerly pliers and pulled off the charm from the paper clip. They can then be used on any project I wish with just a large glue dot or maybe some hot glue! I have found charms very expensive in the craft stores and I ended up making my own for a quarter a piece!! I took some pictures so I could show some examples of what I bought.

The biggest thing is not to discount any item that seems "worthless" as it has a potential all its own and sometimes it takes a while to find that perfect project to use it on, but you will be glad you saved it from a less than glamorous life as something like a paperclip!

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