New Product Release – Bookmarks!

I love being in my craft room playing with different products and trying out new craft mediums. I’ve been making cards for so many years and truly enjoy creating them. But another obsession of mine is my love for reading books. I have my mother to thank for introducing me to books and the public library. I cherished each trip to the library and having access to all those books each time was so magical for me. Fast-forward to now, and I have taken reading and the acquisition of books to a whole new level. I own several bookcases filled with books in my home. I enjoy watching videos and reading posts about books. So I don’t know why it has taken me so long to design my own bookmarks to sell in my Etsy shop.

Today I am releasing two new products – two Halloween-themed bookmarks. Be sure to stop by my Etsy shop (link above) to see more photos of these absolutely adorable Halloween witches! It is very important for me to challenge myself creatively from time to time. Designing on a smaller surface to create bookmarks has been my latest challenge and I have to say, I am really enjoying it. Coming up with images and sentiments and rummaging through my patterned paper stash to put together a small piece of art has been a lot of fun and just what I need to get me out of my creative slump.

I will be releasing more bookmarks for my fall collection in the coming days and hope that people will choose to purchase them to mark their place in their latest read!

Have a wonderful day!

30-Day Coloring Challenge Part 2: Day 1

challenge_graphic-June-650Do you remember the coloring challenge I participated in back in March?  Well if you do, it’s back!! Kathy at The Daily Marker is at it again. She hosted the challenge in March and now she’s at it again for June.  As you all know, my life is very crazy right now so I am trying to dial it back so I can get back to what I enjoy doing – my crafts.

The Challenge begins today and ends on June 30th.  All I have to do is spend a minimum of 5 minutes and color each day then share what I am creating. They don’t have to be finished cards or projects, just coloring. I like this because for me it takes the pressure off and let’s me play. So on some days I might have something complete and on others you will just see what I’m playing with. I will mostly be using my Copics, but I will also use my watercolor paint, watercolor pencils and distress markers from time to time. I hope by blogging and putting my stuff on Instagram, I will stay honest to the task.

To find out more if you would like to participate you should click here.

Having said all that, the last challenge I went strong for 11 days straight then things got wonky and then I picked up day 16-22 and then I fell off. So I aim to do better and that might not be all the way to 30 days or it might be. Let’s just see what happens. I have jury duty this month, I wonder if I could bring my markers on that day? hee hee.

So today I managed to squeeze a little time in to color up an image for a magnetic bookmark I wanted to make.

day1aI used an image from an old Flourishes stamp I have. I really miss that company. They had amazing stamps. They are so pretty you don’t even have to color them. I saw instructions for using dies to make a magnetic bookmark and took out some of my dies to find the right size.

day1bThis is the second time I am using my new Hex Chart from Sandy Allnock. It really is a great way to find the colors for my projects. It shows you how different colors relate very different from the Copic color chart. I like having both but am definitely seeing the benefit of having this one. I will write more about it as I use it for more projects. I can also easily see what I really need and what can wait when I look at the chart. Since we all know, Copics are an investment (nice way of saying expensive!!).

day1cI followed the instructions and adhered the magnets before attaching the patterned paper. I love Zinnias so this stamp makes me happy. Now I can see it every time I open my book.

day1dI think I will use a stronger magnet next time. This one isn’t as strong as I would like.

Well day one is complete. I won’t always be able to complete a project but I will try to stick to coloring a minimum of 10 minutes and try to keep up with posting it this time around. I post on Instagram too so I need to figure out an efficient process so not as to make this work instead of play.

I hope you find 10 minutes today to color. It’s not just for kids!!

Have a blessed night and I will be back tomorrow with day 2.

Belinda

12 Days of Holiday Cards and Crafts: Day 3 – Holiday Bookmarks

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Good morning and welcome to day three of my 12 Days of Holiday Cards and Crafts! I have a craft to share today.  Every year, my bookclub has a holiday party in early December. We take the month off due to holidays.  But we always have a party at a local restaurant and have dinner and a fun book swap.  So I made some bookmarks for each of the members to remind us of a year of books we explored and say thanks for the fun.

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So I cut out bookmarks on my Silhouette and then used a Flourishes stamp and stamped the greeting and topiary on each. Then I colored them up with Copics and added a Wink of Stella to the ornaments to give them a glowing look (can’t see in my photos unfortunately).  I then ran them through my laminator. Which by the way, is super inexpensive at Walmart.  It’s very easy to use and I am loving it.

day3_bookmarks5I added twine to them. Because lets face it, this girl has a load of twine!! I couldn’t decide which prop was better. The carpet shot, shows off the wine better but the wreath added nice texture to the picture.

day3_bookmarks3Here is a close up. I was trying to show you the glitter look on the ornaments but I think it’s not going to happen. You’ll have to trust me!

I hope you are having a blessed day.

Belinda

 

Silhouette Sunday #13: bookmarks

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Hello Everyone! I have been missing my Silhouette. This summer has pulled me in so many directions that I haven’t had much time to play like I like to with my Silhouette. But I did make a quick bookmark with it.

I was inspired by the store bought bookmark that I recently bought Apollo at the bookstore.  So I used this great calligraphy phrase by Tanya Batrak on the Silhouette store ( Design ID: #61896 ).

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I created two with ribbons on the top.

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The other two I used twine, beads from my old jewelry making days and metal charms.

Apollo has already asked to have one so move over store bought bookmarks.

Well I am off to go put one of these to use in my recent book.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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