Friday, July 29, 2022

More bookmarks and day lilies

 I sent away for this cute punch to use on my bookmarks. It has a triple scalloped edge if you use 2 1/2 wide paper and less scallops if you use 2" or 1 1/2. It even punches the hole.

This time round I used two of my old favorite Hot Potato stamps (no longer in business) and watercolored and splattered after stamping. Of course I used my new laminating machine and added some pretty ribbons. These are just too much fun to do, but I have to stop before I am inundated.

I am very fond of day lilies. To me they are the almost perfect flower. They require very little care, have no insect or disease issues and are self cleaning, altho I do dead-head because it looks nicer. They come up year after year and spread their clumps in size.Their only enemy are deer, which consider them candy. So I spray, spray,  spray with nasty smelling stuff. My correct favorite is Repels All. The odor does not last, but the deer can smell it long after we can and they stay away. Aptly named, the flowers only last for one day, but there are always new ones coming behind.

As for sewing, I am working on a project which is giving me a lot of grief. I was almost ready to throw in the towel, but I brought it to my FiberWorks group today and they encouraged me to carry on. I will show it when finished.

Hop on over to Off the Wall Friday to see what some talented people are doing.

Friday, July 22, 2022


 Haven't posted in about a month. Not much going on in my studio. I am working on a piece but it's not ready to show yet.

I have been having fun with my new "toy". I bought a laminating machine on Amazon. It was very inexpensive, as were the folders you use. I am a big reader and like to have a nice bookmark. Paper ones always get beat up and the laminated ones are so sturdy. When I borrow a book I like to return it to its owner with a nice book mark.

I used good watercolor paper and used a smooshing technique with Distress Inks for the backgrounds.  The Distress inks pads were  pressed down on a craft sheet, spritzed with water. Then I placed the paper on it and smooshed it around. The results are unpredictable but always pretty. Then I stamped them with black ink and various stamps. I especially liked the Tim Holtz flowers. The stamping is much more visible than in the photos, don't know why.

I brought them to my book club meeting and to my FiberWorkks meeting and had them all pick one or two.  

I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.