Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pin Swap ... Come Join In

Hi everybody! I hope the weather wherever you live has been behaving in a nice way. We had some devastating tornadoes in my area last weekend, and we almost never have tornadoes. I live in Hampton, Virginia, and my family lives in Arkansas, and they have had a lot of tornadoes there too in the last week. Major damage and several lives lost, so my prayers to all those affected.

A couple of months ago, my dear friend Jenn invited me over to join Crafter's Digital Art Center (CDAC) and particpate in a beaded stickpin swap. The swap was to make pins in spring colors to be used to decorate cards, scrapbook layouts, or whatever you like. These are a couple of photos of the pins I made.

This first one shows the packaging that I made to present the pins. Inside I used a fabric-wrapped piece of cork as a holder for the pins.

This one is a bunch of the pins I made (yes, I got carried away) stuck into a little blending sponge I had handy.

This shot shows a closeup of a few of the pins.

These are extremely easy to make. There is a quick tutorial on the CDAC Pin Swap thread in the Swap Group that shows you how they are made - the rest is up to your imagination.

I had never worked with beads before, and these were so much fun, that I signed up for the new pin swap, where we are doing various groups for different holiday themes - 4th of July, Halloween, Fall/Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. I signed up for all of the groups!

We would love to have you join in the fun, so please come on over to CDAC and check it out! You can find the main CDAC site at
. After you join, just look at the "Groups" and find the one for "CDAC Swap Central" and look for the Swap No. 7 - Holiday Colors Beaded Stick Pin Swap. You can sign up for one holiday group or all five - it's up to you! You'll love it!

Thanks for stopping by, and big hugs and Easter blessings to everyone!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Happy Birthday ... and some Echo Park

Yesterday's Question of the Day over at Simply Scrapping Crafts asked what was my least favorite line of papercrafting supplies. I really don't have a least favorite, but I did comment that I didn't understand all the hype over Echo Park, and that I don't generally care for their papers.

Well ... fast forward a few hours, and my lovely friends over at The Outlawz have a nice Sunday CAS Challenge, which I felt inspired to participate in. So guess what I used? You guessed it - Echo Park - their new Playground papers. The challenge is to have at least two punches (I used 3), use the color blue, and have some plain cardstock that isn't embossed or stamped upon. So here's my take on the challenge:

I also found myself one of those little flower frogs (at least that's what I think it's called) at Michael's to hold my cards while I photograph them. Now to just make myself a lightbox - one of these days!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll leave me a sweet comment - I always enjoy knowing that my friends stopped by! Hugs to you!