I has rawrs!

I has roars!

I saw the dots and circle motif somewhere and decided that I wanted to replicate that look. I’m very please with my results. The paw prints are from a Darice embossing folder, I used the smallest Spellbinder circle die for to cut them out. The adorable lion is Lester, from Inky Antics.

Sense the unseen

DiscoveryTrailWolf“We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is, but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be..

The mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer..

Which is, in reality no more than a reflexed images of ourself”
~Farley Mowat.

I like this wolf stamp. When I stumbled upon the triple layer technique, I thought this was the perfect image to use. I’m please with how it turned out.

Enter the Dragon


I think it’s punny. I think I’ll be doing more like this, maybe Hidden Dragon will be next.

Oh, and I found the cool stamp at https://www.etsy.com/listing/118252595/dragon-chinese-character-stamp-deeply?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=dragon

I’m thinking about getting the Tiger stamp next. ‘Cuz, you know, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It could work.

Dragon chronicles

20130917_152822I bought this really cool Chinese dragon stamp from ebay. I’m not exactly sure why I’m into dragons this year, but I am.

As soon as he arrived, I ripped open the package, inked him up, and stamped his image onto my favorite paper. I colored him using Copic markers, colored pencils, gel pens, and water colors. I had such fun coloring the image.

He’s quite intricate, so I kept the background simple. Yet, he needed something more. I thought that maybe I would I try my hand at writing the word Dragon in beautiful Chinese calligraphy, but I just couldn’t pull it off. Etsy came to my rescue and I found this gem from someone who creates stamps by hand. I LOVE it! I can’t wait to dream up more ways to showcase it.

Wrap music

The kid’s ballroom dance teacher is getting married tomorrow in a civil ceremony. Her (adult) students are hosting a small reception for her and her groom at a posh restaurant downtown. She chose not to register, and the invitation explicitly stated no gifts; however, my husband doesn’t always follow directions. Besides, it’s wine!BottlesBoxPapper It doesn’t count as a wedding gift, it’s more of a indulging-the-bride-in-one-of-her-favorite-pastimes kinda thing.

BoxIdeaOf course, he asked me to wrap it. How do you wrap a non-wedding wedding present? Further, how do you wrap two bottles of wine so they doesn’t exactly look like two bottles of wine?

I pulled out my trusty Scor Pal, glue, and all the other things necessary to be crafty. Using a 12 x 9 sheet of pressed cardboard, I made a box. It worked, but it wasn’t sturdy enough. Using foam core, I reinforced the sides and bottom. So far, so good. Someone gave me a pad of The BagCardEnvelopeStar Collection paper pad, so I used that to wrap around the box I made. Okay, so I cheated just a little. The paper wasn’t long enough, so I added a 3″ trim piece to extend it.

Of course, I had to have a coordinating card and envelope.

I’m pleased with how it turned out. I should probably write down the dimensions so that if I need to wrap two wine bottles again, I won’t need to re-invent the wheel, to use a rather tired cliché. Nah, that’d be too organized. 2WineBottlesWrapped