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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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Saturday, February 13, 2010

recent crafting

Well I have been struggling with a nasty virus lately and have not had tons of energy, but I have been wanting to get in some crafting for friends and family so I have been working on cards and some ATCs.

I have rediscovered a method I learned several years ago at a Stampin' Up workshop for using a ball of rubber bands to create a background effect. By rolling the ball of rubber bands over an ink pad you wet the ball of rubber bands and roll over your card stock in a random pattern creating a really cool effect that looks printed. You could use several different balls of bands and colors of ink to create something really special and unique. As always I try to make sure I incorporate my microbeads from Pennywise Arts into all of my paper crafts. I have found that I like not only to mix the colors of the beads together but I also like adding glitter as well. When using a strip of sticky tape you can make sure the glitter sticks by adding it first on random spots of the tape and then adding on your microbeads to the bare spots of tape. I tried it out on a card the other day and it came out really nice.

I don't consider myself a technique junkie, but I do like to mix it up now and then and surprise myself :) my standby is alcohol inks. You can use the same colors a hundred times and never come up with the same design on paper twice. I also love UTEE or ultra thick embossing enamel. I have burned myself so many times but it is worth the pain to see the shiny results! The crackled glass technique is always fun, creating random crackles and not knowing where they will end up, they should sell that stuff by the barrel :)