Sunday, February 24, 2013


Hi Everyone! I just finished up a Skewer Binding Mini Album, I learned how to make this album from the incredibly talented, Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. He did a u-stream class Tuesday night on this album and I couldn't wait to try it out. Here is a link to Jim's blog: 
You will find the post on this awesome binding technique which will direct you to his u-stream channel where you will find the recording for the tutorial on this mini. Thanks so much Jim, I love that you share your talent with us!
For my mini, I wanted to make something small enough to carry around in my purse. I wanted a place to keep an inventory of all my craft supplies. Inks, dies, sprays, stains, coupons etc.  I made the cover pretty plain so I could cover it with contact paper, so hopefully it  will hold up to being kept in my purse. The paper line I used was Graphic 45's Curtain Call. I inked everything with black soot. My book is 5 x 8 inches and has seven different pages, some are envelopes that I made with my new envelope maker (which I absolutely love) some are fold outs.
I have to figure out some kind of closure for this album yet and I might embellish it more. I will label all the tabs with the different categories.

Let me know if you like it and leave me a comment, It really makes my day! Shari

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A couple of weeks ago Jim The Gentleman Crafter made some valentines cards with modeling paste and utee. He has video tutorials on his blog 
I was so intrigued with the modeling paste I immediately went down in my crafty space and played. I didn't make cards, I just made tags. I didn't have some of the supplies he used so I made do with what I had.
You have to check Jim out, he is now doing live u-streams on Tuesday nights. Thanks Jim for the inspiration! I love your comments they make me happy!!!

This year I'm participating in the  with Tim Holtz. It's so much fun to follow along with Tim while using the supplies I have to create a monthly tag. 
 I didn't have a lot of the supplies he used so I made due with what I had.
He used his the blueprint stamp of the queen of hearts, I used a image of a card I printed out on my computer and colored it with TH Distress markers. I didn't have the red distress stain so I used red re-inker and water and spritzed it on the tag. I didn't have the kraft core seasonal paper so I used coordinations paper and embossed it.   I am really having fun with these tags!

I'm really