Wednesday, March 2, 2011

#91 WOYWW Back in the swing of things

Yippee it's time for a trip around the world over at Julia's Stamping Ground. I can't tell you how much this has changed my life, I mean where else can you go to visit, greet and meet so many great artists. Yes, artists. I am of the opinion that anyone who is creative is an artiste because they share their work in a public forum, i.e., chez Julia.

Since the husband's return from golfing in South Carolina, I'm more inclined to head down to the studio, room of stash, furnace room, etc.  Last weekend I made a reallllly long banner for my niece's birthday. Well I had to, there was a lot to say: Angela*16*Mar.19* It is probably 4 ft long. Here it is

 I think she'll like it, and especially the little bit of cash I tucked inside, too.

Also played with some alcohol inks. They sure are easy to use and make some uber cool backgrounds for stamping.

 Here's a card I made. Love those colors for spring. You may be wondering why there is a dental tool in front of the card. Well, it makes it easier for me to take the plastic redline tape off the adhesive than if I used my fingernails! 

I've had the tool for eons and can only suggest that you ask your dentist for old or broken ones. I wonder if a local medical supply store might have one? Another tool I love to use is a hemostat for gripping tiny eye screws when using Tim Holtz's Configurations. My fingers don't fit in those small spaces. I simply (haha) make a hole with the dental tool, grasp the eye screw with the hemostat and turn. Maybe this little tip will be of help to some of you who are equally as challenged as I am! Now I'm off to the post office to mail the banner.
Hope you have time to make something creative and fun that will make you smile and laugh. Hugs. 


Karen said...

WOW the birthday banner is gorgeous, as are your cards :)
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #68

S said...

Love the banner and the card. You are just as crafty as can be.

Twiglet said...

Lovely card - never thought of using dental tools - might contact my daughter's ex to see if he has any cast offs!!
Don't forget to pop over to our shop and put your name down in the next gift draw.

Marjo said...

Oh that dental looks Whatever works, great idea. Love your Bday projects!

Thanks for the peek and sharing. Have a great WOYWW.

Hugs, Marjo #5

Caroline Hallett said...

loving happy bird-day sentiment card

Sam said...

I love that birdie stamp! And your backgroundsd are gorgeous. I have been playing with alcohol inks this week too.

Hettie #135

Sheila said...

What a gorgeous banner!

Lori said...

Oooo, lotsa good stuff here today! Love the banner, and that card is stunning. No, I just thought you were picking your teeth before you took the photo.. kidding. Those backgrounds are awesome.

Shazsilverwolf said...

Its amazing how many 'non-crafting' tools we find a use for! I have seen packs of dental hygiene kits in Poundland- I shall be getting one tomorrow, The banner is great, Love it. Shaz #125

DanielleP said...

Love the banner and cards. Thanks for the peek at your desk!

The Crafty Elf said...

What a great banner! I've learned so much here since I stopped to peek! Thanks.

Angie said...

Love the card ...beautiful colours. Love the use of a redundant tool having a new lease of life. Both tips are so useful for any who suffer 'thickfingeritus'

Gini said...

Hi Irene,
you're banner is fabulous and my favourite colours are in your card, I do so like the silhouette stamps and love your card :-)

Gini said...

Sorry Vicky!
I had a brain fart with your name :-(

Ohhh Snap said...

What a wonderful banner and card! TFS :D #157

Julia Dunnit said...

The banner is lovely - am sure that Angela will be thrilled! You 'play' very tidily - love what you've come up with. Hemostat? Dunno. Dental tool - genius!

okienurse said...

Sorry I am late been busy with life. Love the banner for the niece! I use a lot of tools intended for other things in my crafting endeavors but never thought about that pic thingey...and I own one. Thanks for sharing Vickie #49

Gini said...

Hello again Vicki,
I would have emailed you a reply, but I couldn't find your email address.
I only wish I had had a couple of months to make the circus, it wouldn't have been the thrown together thing it ended up as. I had 10 days, the weekend of which I was away, and I was at work during the week. Aaargh, I was a little bit stressed over it all...
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, you have completely made my day :-)

Helen said...

I can't believe I didn't comment on this (last week) - what a fab banner - I always love coming to yours!!