End of May haul – stamps and stencil and paper, oh my!

Gaaah! What a crazy week. I just need a few minutes of normality. Where I am fully in charge of something and not dependent on anyone that will inevitably either screw up, or let me down.

At least the keyboard follows my commands. Well this one does…for now. I press a key – presto – a letter forms.

So let me share a haul with you. I am in love with our local craft shop. I’ve said it before, but it truly stocks ANYTHING crafty you can think of. You just have to be willing to dig a little deeper. Veronica shares her crafty passion with her patrons; and I still don’t know how she manages to have better prices than some leading online distributors or even big craft suppliers in the city. I wouldn’t blame small businesses in rural areas jacking up their profits for sake of convenience – but Le Mar does not. Or not in a way that I notice.

Back to the haul!

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Don’t you just love this stencil! That’s a full size distress inkpad next to it for scale. (Not the new little pads, the old big ones). I haven’t used it yet though, but I SOO want to. I just have to make time..but ja; like I said, it’s been a crazy week.

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In January I put my name down for #PostCircle. (Who’s taking bets when hashtags will be enabled in blog posts) And honestly, I kinda forgot about it when I didn’t get a reply. Then suddenly – SURPRISE! I’m in a group and we’re mailing shtuff and it’s so exciting and all my team peeps are in UK. {More of #PostCircle in another post} But I saw the cutest pen pal paper at the craft shop! It’s from PinkPaislee’s pen pals collection Had had HAD to get it.

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This stamp set from KaiserCraft’s Captured Moments collection is very ProjectLife. I fell in love with it, had to have IT, and asked the shop to keep it aside for me. Now…I’m not so sure that I want it anymore. It’s cute, yes, but will I use it? I took it anyway – I felt too bad for asking them to keep it for me, only to put it back on the shelf.

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The sheep was a complete impulse buy. I saw them, thought how cure they will look on an envelope, and I can colour them with my spectrum noir markers. See, my in-laws have a sheep farm.

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Ah, the cardmaker’s staple punch: 1” scalloped circle. Or so I’ve heard. I love scalloped edges – and my free hand cutting looks more like blindfolded cutting.

Retail therapy at it’s best. Now someone just lend me a time-turner so I can get my craft on more often.

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Washi Tape Bangle! So easy, so fun, so darn quick

End of the year always comes as a surprise. You’re still getting over the cold and rain and nest thing you know it’s December, the Christmas Tree has fallen over 3 times and you still need to wrap everyone’s presents. I had a few plans for today. But my printer decided to NOT work. I’m going to take a wild guess that it’s an ink problem. So scratch printing and assembling an Angel tree topper today.

In stead I give you this pic to tell the story:

WashiTapeBangle_LiliLots going on up there.

Firstly, my washi tape stash is coming along nicely! As part of my Christmas presents (To Me, From Me) I hit WashiTape.co.za with my creadit card. Had to cull about 50 items from my basket, but love the ones I got ❤

You know those big rolls of packaging tape? The brown ones? That some people use to reinforce a box with too and you end up attacking the parcel with a scalpel? We managed to empty a roll of the stuff at work. I plonked it into my carry all tote; it looked like the perfect size for a Bangle for Lili. Which she got today. Decorated it with my washi tape stash – She should be so lucky. In hindsight I should probably finish off the inside with a bit of paper to smooth down the sticky ends of tape.

What is not so obvious in the pic is my new light-box. Made from scratch. Recycled an empty stock box, some paper destined for the shredder and sellotape. I’m referring to the close up pics of the bangle; they were taken in the box. In full sunlight. (Think it’s supposed to hit 38C today again?) I think the paper I used is too think though. Maybe I should try wax paper? I need to fiddle with it some more. Because it doesn’t matter how cutesy your items are that you make, it’s all about the presentation. IRL it’s your table set-up at the market; online it’s about how good a photographer you are as well.

I really should enroll in some online classes. Any suggestions?

Pick a pin Tuesday : Keep calm and carry on – fridge inspiration!

I love the Keep calm and Carry On meme!! Hurrah for British propaganda from 1939.  Of course I have a board for some of my favourites. I’m not literary enough to write (of appreciate) haiku’s, but the simplicity and wit of these posters are right up my alley.

I knew I wanted to have some in my home. But probably won’t look perfect. More like a magazine cut-out on a tween’s bedroom. Cause crafts don’t have to be perfect, as long as you just carry on crafting.

This magnet frame is getting a makeover.

This magnet frame is getting a makeover.

I have a weakness for fridge magnets, and even more so for magnet frames.  I recently rearranged my fridge stash, updated some photos… and this Sasco once my Mom sent me is perfect for the faux gilt frame I had in mind for Keep Calm prints.

I trimmed the inside, photoshopped a google image to within an inch op it’s pixelated life. I was in too much of a hurry to modge podge the paper frame to the magnet, but regular glue stick worked fine.

I love how it turned out! Going to cycle them weekly… maybe daily in the beginning 😉

And yes, those are vinyl stickers on my fridge.

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Linking up to: Anti-procrastination Tuesday, What I whipped up Wednesday, We did it Wednesday