Monday, October 25, 2010

Another peek!

Here's another peek at the upcoming Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. Our first item is a cute little 3D House. Here it is partially constructed. I've left the roof off for now so that it's easier for me to decorate.

I can't wait to show you what I've done with it!

Until then, happy crafting!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sizzix Blog Hop Sneak Peek

Happy Fall!

And, yes, it finally feels like fall here in central California. It's raining and the leaves are falling everywhere! It's time for the broom and the rake. I love the wonderful fresh smell of the air and the musty dampness of the earth as I rake up the leaves. The colors this time of year are so remarkable. And, the loss of leaves surprises me with new textures and silhouettes as the bark and branches of the trees are exposed to view. The season beckons me to get out of my cozy craft room and go for a walk in the woods to see the changing venue.

But, in the meantime, back in the cozy craft room, I'm having a great time decorating my 3D House. It's the first die cut in the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. Here's what it looked like when I got it in the mail:

In a couple of days, I'll show you how it looks constructed. I love working with 3D. I've made a lot of 3D objects in plastic canvas, so this is right up my alley! I can't wait to see all the little houses created by others on the blog hop. There are just so many ways to go with this little house.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!

Hi crafters!

Coming soon to over 60 blogs near you: The Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!

It should be oodles of fun as more than 60 talented designers decorate the same Sizzix cut-outs. I can't wait to see all the fantastic creations, and I can't wait to get started on my own models. The first project will be posted on November 4th, so stay tuned!

Happy crafting!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

A new book!

Hi crafters!

I like to say that I'm a self-taught crafter. And, in many ways, I am. I've had very few arts and craft teachers, but I learn easily from books and magazines. When I get a new craft magazine or book, I pore over it, first looking at all the pictures, then going back and reading the directions. I tend to do this several times, putting it away for awhile, then bringing it back out and going over it again. Then, I put it on my shelf and, when I'm in a lull in my designing, I take out a stack of magazines and flip through them for inspiration. There's always some new color combination or technique variation that jump starts my own creativity.
I made a comment on Margot Potter's blog recently, and in a random drawing, won a copy of her new book, Bead Chic.

It's full of on-trend jewelry ideas that will fit right in with today's styles, but it's also has a good layout of the elements of designing jewelry. Margot details how elements like scale, color and texture can change the a design into something that looks totally different. There are lots of beautiful examples, both hers and guest designers. There is also a great section with photos on all the basic jewelry techniques.

This is a great book to use as a springboard to create your own unique creations. I'm going to create my own version of the Talisman bracelet on page 97. I've always wanted to make a bracelet like that!
Happy crafting,