Laminated feather book mark

I am playing a lot with the laminator lately, making a brochure for a laminator company. There is so much more, that you can do with the little machines than just business cards, signs and menus.
This was just a little test to try if I can actually run a big real feather through the machine and it worked unexpectedly well.

I used a feather I found in the woods when I walked the dog.
First I squeezed and broke the quill, that it is less thick and stiff. I put the feather on the opened laminating pouch. Then I added some sequins to the top and a ring from pink mirror card stock at the bottom.

I closed the laminating pouch and ran it through the laminator. It came out glossy and perfectly sealed.
If you don’t want the film to bend when it comes out just put some books in front and behind the laminator, just a little lower than the outlet.

Then I cut the feather with some distance, punched a hole into the card stock ring and added a ribbon.
It is a perfect little inexpensive present best coming with a book.

Thisone is for myself though and I use it directly for the book I will read during the next days outing myself as a Stephanie Plum fan 🙂
Happy easter!!!

 

 

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If your Sizzix Big Shot makes strange noises DO NOT ignore it!

This is my Big Shot, yes, it’s true!

In the middle of a big order she started to make a little bit a strange noise while turning the crank. I admit normally I would have ignored this, but thank god I have a very playful and talented man in the house, so I asked him to listen and he found this machine has to be taken apart. Did I mention I was in the middle of a big order???

I just tried to keep calm. It looked terrible all those parts. Honestly I myself would have never got this together again.
And indeed, there was a small metal ring lose, which held the barrel in place. It has been fallen down within the machine, which made the little noise. The upper barrel has already moved outside, so both barrels were not in line anymore. I guess I wouldn’t have finished my order like this. I am so glad I took this serious. And I will never ever take my little work horse for granted. She got a big portion of yummy sewing machine oil, was cleaned inside and outside carefully and now moves again quiet and like a charm. Pheeeewwww………

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Playing with my old spirograph

While I went into vacation mode during August (urgently needed) I tried to stay away from the computer. But those who know me also know I just can’t stop fiddling and playing. So I took the time to find my old spirograph set from the attic.

I stumbled over it through Inkscape, which has a spirograph function and I just didn’t understand what it does and how it works.
So now I searched for the box with numerous plastic rings and wheels and I remembered how it worked very quickly even if it was ages ago.
Two parts are missing, but I am glad it’s only two you don’t necessarily need and it still works well.
Until the new colored ball point pens arrived I did a lot of tests with all the wheels with simple blue pens.

It was hard to find beautiful pens, but I got 2 different types from Staedtler with different line thicknesses. They have to dry fast, because the wheels cross the lines over and over again while drawing.

Impatient me often slipped from turning too quick, ruining the whole drawing, so this is really something to do accurate and slow.
After all it was a lot of fun. Lets see what I can do with all the lovely circles and shapes I made. I already scanned them for further use.

And now I understand the digital version, too, yeah! It is all about mathematics 🙂
Anyway I find the real drawings very charming with the dots and spots and irregular lines.

If you want to learn more about spirograph I found some great infos here:
http://spirographicart.com/

Have fun and if you stumble over one of those sets by chance, try it !

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Handy DIY seeding and plant labels

Now it’s the time again to through out the little seeds in little pots and watch it growing. I LOVE this. I still find it a miracle how nature is awaking in spring and seeding for me means health, wealth and fun.

Tired of the ugly white plastic sticks I usually used I took the time to design my own labels. This way you can make as many as you need. They are done quickly on a sunny afternoon, just print, cut and glue them around a tooth picks or  skewers. They look pretty if you give away some seedlings as gifts.

You can get the downloadable files from my Etsy shop.

Colorful flower labels

Black and white and graphical pastel labels

Have fun!

 

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A look into my craft room and some storage tips

I have to admit I am a collector, but I also love to sort things so that I can find everything directly. With my ongoing work as a crafter and artist away from the computer my workshop gets from one mess to the next with whatever new techniques I try (and start to love).

So we visited IKEA this week and got 2 inexpensive new shelfs, which were set up and hung by my wonderful man directly ( I HATE setting up IKEA stuff, he LOVES it…). The Friday before easter is a day off in Germany so I used the extra time for sorting my latest die cuts and other materials. I added some more hooks on the wall for my most used tools and found a way to hang the bakers twine spools with using a big bead on the bottom. I found this very relaxing, almost meditative, so I also calmed down from some extremely stressy weeks, perfect!

What we eat is dependent not only from what we like, but also from how it is packed…lol…so my partner has to eat some certain Haribo drops over and over again and watching our health I also buy a lot of biological zucchini, which come in firm rectangle plastic bowls, that can be stapeled very well.
The salad from our local Pizza delivery service is served in thin bowls with great neutral lids, so Pizza always comes with salad. All these packages are perfect for temporary sorting while you work especially for cutting stencils and catching the cut outs for further use.

And I LOVE shoe boxes, not only for die cutting. They are heavy and make beautiful embellishments with the BigZ dies. But they are also perfect for storing all the mixed media supplies and you can just take out the box you actually need right now for stamping or gelli printing or drawing…

Enjoy the look into my new craft room as long as it is nice and neat. And don’t miss the great storage containers you get for free.
Have fun!

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