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January 2012

Handmade Valentine's Pillow

Handwriting on stuff is very trendy these days.  If you look on Pinterest there's a ton of tutorials on how people have made everything from scarves to home decor items with messy handwriting one them.  Often it's black lettering on a white background, but sometimes it's reversed like on my sunglass case.  -Which I wish I could write like.  ;)


Kensie Eyeware Case

So I went with that idea and wrote my own paraphrased version of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 over, and over, and over again with a ZIG Textile Fabric Marker on to a white piece of fabric.

Erin Bassett - Love Is - Pillow - CloseUp2


The easiest way I found to write on fabric is to actually pin it to my ironing board so that it doesn't wrinkle or move when I'm writing. 

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When I was finished writing I ironed it so that the ink would be permenantly set into the fabric.  Then I added a heart shaped piece of fabric to it and sewed it and a plain white piece of fabric into a pillow.

Erin Bassett - Love Is - Pillow - CloseUp1

And here's how it turned out!


Erin Bassett - Love Is - Pillow

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Sponsor: Kuretake/ZIG



Simple Scrapbook Pages From The Heart

Somehow I forgot to share these scrapbook layouts with you!!


This first one is about my niece...

I love scrapbooking the "everyday" stuff of life, like the pretty common occurrence of coloring the driveway with chalk. 

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS January - Sidewalk Chalk

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BLOG Erin Bassett - SS January - Sidewalk Chalk


BLOG Erin Bassett - SS January - Sidewalk Chalk

I really like how the title turned out.  I used some ancient (and boy do I mean ancient) American Crafts sticker letters for "chalk" and then I took some Faber-Castell colored pencils (my fav!) and outlined and scribbled around it.  Then I applied some rub-on letters for "sidewalk".  Does it look like a 2 year old helped me? LOL!


And this next one is about my dog.  She's getting old.  :(

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS January- Old Girl


For those black circles I just painted over a stencil, let it dry and then added the flowers.

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS January- Old Girl
BLOG Erin Bassett - SS January- Old Girl

I created both of these layouts for Simple Scrapper's January sketch/digi template kit...I'm totally loving the Simple Scrapper sketches/templates, and it's so neat to look at how other people use them in completely different ways!  Click here to join Simple Scrapper.


Sponsor: Simple Scrapper, Faber-Castell



Re-Art Journaling

I've said it before, but one of the things that I love best about mixed media and art journaling is that you can re-do it.  For me it's not that the original was a "mistake"'s more that I'm just not in love with it the way it is...and sometimes it's that I just had to play with it some more and it morphed into a completely different piece.

For's the original page.

Erin Bassett - Life Journal - January - Doodle1

One night I just felt like coloring so I did one of Stephanie's doodles while I was watching some TV & relaxing.  I only grabbed a few colors of markers and was too lazy to get up so I just used what I had. It's fine...just kinda needs some paint & washi tape & more doodling!

So here's the finished page.  I gesso'd over some of it lightly, added some washi tape, and then doodled over it with my ZIG Millennium pen .

Erin Bassett - Life Journal - January - Doodle1

I'm liking's more "me," and that makes me happy.  :)


Sponsor: Kuretake/Zig



It Is A Giveaway Weekend!

So how's this year been treating you?  Have you stuck to your goals this year so far?  Do you need a little treat?  If so, you are in luck!  I'm giving away some great things this weekend!


First up is a crafty book by Carol Sterbenz called Homemade: The Heart and Science of Handcrafts.  I first met Carol through Twitter (follower her: @MakeItHomemade) and we have so much crafty stuff in common!  She, like me, is into more then one craft...and this book is a great asset to anyone who considers themselves crafty or who wants to become crafty.  It's thick & hard-backed!  773 pages!!!

Carol told me it was her labor of love and I think it was totally worth it!  It covers crafts such topics as: beading, floral arts, paper crafts, hand printing (stamping, stamp/block making, stenciling, screen-printing, etc), decoupage, decorative embellishing (glass etching, gilding, dry embossing, ribbon & trims, decals & heat-transfers, candle making & decorating, etc.) and kids arts & crafts.  And it includes a bunch of patterns as well.

You can peek inside the book on her website....but I'll tell you right now that besides the wealth of information inside this book, I love the quotes she uses at the beginning of each chapter.  

Carol's publisher has already sent me two copies of the for me & one to you'll be receiving this directly from me.

Enter to win this book by commenting below.




Secondly SheyB is giving away $30 credit to the store (formerly called "Gossomer")!!

So if you're in need of a cute new handmade clutch, a cover for your Kindle, or even a new decorative pillow, this giveaway is for you!  

Enter to win this $30 store credit by commenting below.



Winners from both giveaways will be announced on Monday, January 23, 2012 and will be promptly emailed.  If winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

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Disclaimer: Scribner/Simon & Schuster is providing the book for this promotion, and SheyB is providing the store credit for Gossamer at no cost to me.  Prize fulfillment will be done by both myself (for the book) and SheyB.  I will provide the sponsors with the winner's name, postal address, and email address.  I received a review copy of this product.