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Art Journaling Catch Up

I've mentioned it before that I don't usually post every project I create here on my blog, especially my art journaling.  It's mostly because I create stuff just about daily and I'd need a personal assistant to take photos, edit them, & help me blog about them...she could also do some laundry.  :)  Well, since I don't have that assistant, you're getting a "catch up" post today of just a few of my recent art journaling pages!

This first one was inspired by a photo Margie posted on Instagram.  I saved it to my phone when I saw it since I wanted to do this with it:

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I used my favorite ampersand mask with some Glimmer Mist for the background.  I wanted the ampersand to stand out a bit more so I thought I'd hand stitch around it...but after I poked all the holes I liked it just like that, so I left it.  Less is more.  :)

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This next one is a bit abstract for me...which I love.  It's one of the ones I did after watching Dina's class at 21 Secrets.  I did it in my 11" x 15" journal.

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Here's a closer looks like the start of a hug to me.  :)

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This one is also done at 11" x15"'s not 100% done, but I thought I'd share it anyways.  
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 That's it for today!!  Happy creating!



Catching up reading my crafty books!

Time seems to go by faster & faster these days!  I've been slowing down my to-do list so that I can enjoy more of each day and it's been fantastic.  I'm really looking forward to a meaningful, consciously enjoyed summer!!

With that in mind, I haven't been watching much TV, which has been great.  I got in a bad TV habit after my surgery and I'm loving the extra time I have when I'm not hooked on it! For me, even when it's on in the background and I'm multitasking with something else I'm not as productive...which has lead to me reading more at night...which has lead to me sleeping SO well (most of the time)!  


So what have I been reading?  

image from www.sixthandspringbooks.comI've been trying to go through my new knitting books and get ideas and good projects. Knitting with The Color Guys: Inspiration, Ideas, and Projects from the Kaffe Fassett Studio is visually stunning!  Especially if you're like me & love cheery colors and interesting patterns. Each chapter is organized by color inspiration such as: soft tones, singing colors (vibrant colors & graphic patterned designs), moody hues, and rich shades.  Here's a peek inside:



image from www.sixthandspringbooks.comIf you've read my previous post about knitting books you've seen how much I like the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary series. Right now I'm reading through Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary.  This series is THE best resource for knitting!  Just this one book contains more then 250 stitch patterns (and great swatch photos of each one) and they are arranged by order of difficulty, which is really handy!! There's also a bunch of patterns in this book and the instructions are really great.  You can check out more info about this book on Amazon.


image from www.sixthandspringbooks.comIs it wrong to love a book just for its cover?  LOL, I love the cover of Knitting Never Felt Better: The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting ...but I also love the actual book too!  I love that it starts with a warning that "felting is addictive. Those of you who have felted before know what I mean. Those of you who have not should be prepared to embark on a wondrous new knitting experience that may change you from a docile, contented, traditional knitter into ...a wildly creative felting freak! So don't say I didn't warn you."  :) 

The author gives great instructions for the basics of felting and shows how different yarns react to the felting process (with before & after swatch photos), she also shows many unique three dimensional projects which literally made my jaw drop.  Here's just a peek:

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I'm also reading some fiction...I just finished Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne on the Kindle App (I read most books on my Samson Galaxy Tablet).  Great book, but it was very "real" and graphic book about a dysfunctional family.  It made me think about the kids that I used to work with since so many of them had tragic family situations.  Broke my heart a bit.  I did love that relationship that developed between the Aunt and one of the children.  As a Auntie I hope that my nieces and nephew know they can always come to me with anything and will receive non-judgemental love and help.


Anyways, I'm on Goodreads if you're interested in seeing what else I've read or plan on reading in the future.  Also, if you have a great book you've read lately, crafty or fiction, please let me know!!



Sponsor: Sixth & Spring Books/SoHo Publishing

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the knitting books from Sixth & Spring Books/SoHo Publishing.


Handmade Cards and Candy Jar...Oh my!

There are many "little things" in life that I love...canning jars, labels (on everything!!!), and cheery cards are just a few of my faves!

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I was super excited to see Lifestyle Crafts NEW Label It die package....there's 17 different dies to use on your favorite manual die cut machine AND the digital cut files to use on your favorite digital die cutting machine.

I used a few of the Label It dies to dress up a canning jar that I filled with candy.  

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Some of the labels have slits cut in them so that you can thread ribbon or twine through them. 
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I also ran the die cut through my Epic with one of my favorite embossing folders...because you can never have enough hearts!
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Here's a peek at all the other dies that come in that package.

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I also made some cards since I can never have enough of them either!  I use up birthday cards fast!

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I love using Simple Stories papers for cards! Many of their 12" x 12" sheets are printed with smaller segments that you can cut them up and use them as a jumping off I did with this card.  I also used another one of those Label It dies and the NEW Lollipop alphabet die on this card too.

This next card came about when I was cleaning up scraps...

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I used the NEW Parade alphabet die on it...along with scraps of Simple Stories papers. I love how it's so simple, yet graphic.  Oh, and I sprayed a bit of Glimmer Mist on that heart I hand cut out.

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Simple Stories - Love U Card

Lifestyle crafts has launched a bunch of new dies...check them out here & use coupon code "ERIN" to get 20% off your order!


Sponsor: Lifestyle Crafts


Bloom & Grow

It's been three years since my spine surgery and I'm so thankful for the journey God has taken me on.  While I'm by no means "cured" I am overwhelmingly grateful for the improvement and function that I do have since surgery...and of course I wanted to document my thankfulness, so I created this scrapbook page.

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts -Doily -Scrapbook1The photo I used was just a random photo my husband took around the time of my "back-aversary" (as it's known in my home LOL).  It's not my favorite photo of myself, but it's real life.  

For the background I used a piece of white cardstock and some old book pages.  I took some watercolors and randomly painted the book pages and then I die-cut them with one of my new favorite dies, the NEW Scallop Doilies die, which is part of the NEW Bloom & Grow product release for Lifestyle Crafts.


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I also added some Washi tape to my layout...the turquoise striped one I used was from Target.  I used the Weave boarder die to add some character to the tape by ripping off a strip of it, sticking it directly onto the die, and then running it through my die cut machine. -And in case you have a different die-cutter, it's good to know that these dies work in most the popular brands of die cut machines....can I get an amen! :)


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The tape peeled easily off of the die, thankfully! I then played around with layering it with other pieces of Washi tape.  

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And eventually I decided I wanted it like this...

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I then took a piece of packaging tape and applied it to the die to remove the small bits of tape that were left on the die.

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I also added a bit more to the corner...

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While I had all my die-cutting stuff out I wanted to use the NEW Bouquet die so I made a card with some Studio Calico papers.

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Don't you just love those dies!  It comes with two dies for all those flowers:

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It was really fun to add a bit of zentangle doodles to the cut out parts of the larger flowers...and of course I did a quick doodle on the other flowers as well.

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Get 20% off your Lifestyle Crafts products when you enter coupon code "ERIN" at checkout!

Have a "blooming" good week! 



sponsor: Lifestyle Crafts


Celebrate Today!

I believe everyday should be celebrated!  Which is one reason why I tend to scrapbook way more everyday moments then holidays!  But, today I'm not sharing a scrapbook layout, I'm sharing a simple framed piece of wall decor that I made to go along with the "celebrate today" theme.

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I used some pretty background papers by Studio Calico and sewed them together with my sewing machine.  Then I cut out the “celebrate today” text twice using my Silhouette Cameo…once on brown cardstock and once on black cardstock.  When I glued to two layers together I let the black peek out a tiny bit behind the brown to give it a bit of a shadow.

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And then I was ready to make the cupcake using the Basically Bare Stack-A-Bellies Cupcakes.  I love that the pack has pieces that are felt, chipboard, and cardboard…I used the felt frosting (there's two different styles in the package!), the cardboard cake, and the chipboard wrapper.  They looked so cute all stacked up that I really didn’t have to do too much to them.  I just “wallpapered” the chipboard wrapper and added a few embellishments.

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I love that they are so dimensional when stacked up!!  It looks so cool,  especially when I added the glass back into the frame.  (I removed the glass from the frame to take photos with out a glare.)

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And here is the final piece!

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 sponsor: Basically Bare