Sunday, February 9, 2014

Estate Sale Finds

I've been wanting to learn a little calligraphy or just learn to make a fancy letter here and there.  Yesterday at an estate sale in Seal Beach I found a couple of calligraphy books (well, actually there was an abundance of books) but I only purchased two.  Along with books I also picked up quite a few tablets of calligraphy practice sheets.  I also purchased tablets of watercolor paper, aquarelle watercolor crayons, a box of envelopes, some pretty handmade papers, packages of handmade paper, some pretty pearl buttons, and a punch bowl (with cups!) all for the grand total of $20.

The weather in Seal Beach was beautiful, the little shops we walked by were cute, the two we stopped in were amazing - one store was 80% vintage jewelry and all in cases so it was eye candy just to walk by case after case and admire all the vintage jewelry.  They also had some lovely vintage art on the walls, wish I had the kind of home and decor to house it all it but I don't.   The next cute store we browsed in was all beach themed.  Very cute and calming -  I would love to have a beach house!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jewelry Classes

For the past 3 and a half years I have been teaching various classes at my local community center in Monrovia.  I have really been enjoying teaching beginners jewelry because once you have the basics, you can create just about anything.  I have a small assortment of handouts but there are just so many ideas and free tutorial out there in cyber space that I thought I would try to put all my favorites in one spot so that my students can easily find the links that will get them to the sites with all the wonderful information.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


If you need to do a little last minute shopping and you don't think your gift will arrive in time, here's an idea. Order this on line class for $14.95.  

Order here:
This class offers innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success. Divided into six PDF documents this class includes written instructions, step out photos, a few videos, and supply lists for 30+ projects. 

The following topics are covered in the class:
* Basic Stamping
* Embossing
* Masking
* Stamp-a-ma-jig
* Watercoloring and Markers
* Big Shot Basics

       Contact me with any questions.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Trending! - Carve Your Own Stamps

Through the years I've carved a small stamp or two so that I could stamp just the image I had in mind.  Then rubber stamping companies came on the scene and really grew the market so there really was no need to make them myself anymore.  Still, with my large stash of stamps, there are those moments when inspiration strikes and I start to look for "just the right stamp" for a person and have had no luck.  Fortunately, there are still stores carrying rubber and other assorted supplies to get it done myself.

This summer Stampin'Up! rolled out a new kit for carving your own stamps.  It contains everything you need to give it a try yourself.  It also includes some sample images if you need a little inspiration.

Also on the market are a few books that can really take your rubber stamp carving to the next level.  One book in particular is by Geninne Zlatkis . Love her art!!! In her book she has some very cute templates to follow. Take a quick peek at it on Amazon (click on the picture below).  Did I mention you should follow her blog?  She creates these beautiful pictures with her photography and art AND she shares them as screensavers.  I cannot tell you how many people have stopped by my desk just to look at the screensaver she shared for October!  

Another book I came across is by Jenny Doh and it too can be found on Amazon by clicking the photo below.  Nice small stamp carving ideas to get you started.  Unique ideas for making simple stamp shapes into fun projects.  

That's all for this morning.  I'll post my own carved stamp images this weekend.  In the meantime, enjoy looking through the books and of course, don't forget to order your Stamp Carving Kit from me.  Item # 133402 for $19.95 plus S&H.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wristy Business and Carpinteria

A few weeks ago during our 100+ heat in So. California my friend GinaMarie and I took a drive to Carpinteria to escape the heat and visit the monthly flea market at the Historical Society. Surprise, surprise, the heat was there too but we had a nice, cool ocean breeze. So much to see! I wish I could share all the fun items that were out but I don't have a smart phone - yet!

One booth that caught my eye was from Wristy Business.  The reason their booth caught my eye was because I recently saw an article in my Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine which had featured on the cover something new that I had not seen before - " neck art" is the only way to describe it.  Old men's ties, a little memory wire, some embellishments, and you have a necklace from a necktie.

Here is the March/April 2013 issue cover:

And here are a few of the beautiful pieces made by Leslie and Joy:

Purse Front
Purse Back
Purse with Distinct Ties
Green Pretty Purse

Friday, October 4, 2013

Jewelry Class

I have been teaching jewelry making classes at my local community center for the past three years.  It has been a lot of fun and my students are so fun, I can hear them chatting with each other as I come down the hall to my class. What a great way to start my evening after a day at the office!  I am determined to take pictures of their jewelry designs, they are so creative.  I have made me a list of items to remember to bring to our last class next week and my camera is at the top of the list.  So the reason for this post without pictures at the moment is that I am determined to take pictures next week and post them.  To be continued....

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Such a quick and cute way to decorate a gift, or even an envelope.  Top two tags use silver glimmer paper (available in the holiday catalog) and the cute stamp set is Ciao Baby (now in the Clearance Rack).

Ciao, Baby tags
Cute and Quick Tags