Thursday, March 06, 2014

Cleaning and an elf in training

I'm holed up, cleaning my studio today.

Yes. The mess maker is cleaning.

I have to because I can't find anything or move in my making space!

The cycle goes something like this: Make. Make. Make. Lose stuff. Make. Lose more stuff. Make. Can't find the floor. Clean.

One of the nice things about cleaning is discovering things you'd totally forgotten about. Like this fellow.

He'll make a very good elf one day.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Just two very quick updates today.

#1. The little 221B's have found their new Holmes homes (sorry, can't resist bad jokes). One is already packaged and on it's way! There will be one placed on etsy either tomorrow or Thursday, depending on when I can get around to it (company is coming, house is a disaster). Thanks to everyone for putting up with my blabbing over the past few weeks. It's been fun but I'm itching to move on and make other stuff :)

#2. If you are nearby and have a little artist, I'll be hosting a mixed media workshop for kids at the Brighton Library during March break. It's just $5 an artist and your little person gets to play with paper and paint and have a grand messy time.

And that's it! Happy pancake day!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Graphic 45 Harry Potter Mashup

If the sorting hat were placed upon my head the last house I would be put into would be Slytherin. Most silly quiz results put me in Hufflepuff. (Not sure how I feel about that either but I'll take it.) But as soon as I saw this paper, Play Ball from Good Ol' Sport ...

... I immediately saw quidditch team colours for the serpenty Hogwarts house and HAD to make something Slythernish. (Slytherinesque? Slytherinny?)

I'm pretty sure that almost every Slytherin student would have a sneaky false book to hide things in. Using the new staples Book Box from Graphic 45 and papers from the Good Ol' Sport and Steampunk Spells collections I've done just that!

Each of those gears and cut out pieces on the cover are laser cuts from Gina's Designs.

Inside are magical bits and pieces tucked away for safe keeping.

A captured winged key made with Graphic 45 Staples

A bottle of Death Microbes... because it is Slytherin house afterall.

A box of owl treats

And a little reminder to support the house team!


Not being a sports inclined person at all, I'm pretty pleased that I was able to find a sporty use for Good Ol' Sport. And don't you dare say quidditch isn't a real sport! (Muggle!)

Supply List:
Good Ol' Sport:
Game Day
Play Ball
Big Score

Steampunk Spells:
Steampunk Spells
Vintage Voyage
Mechanical Marvels
Totally Wicked
Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers
Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2
Steampunk Spells Tags & Pockets

Book Box
Metal Butterflies
Ornate Metal Keys

Gina's Designs

Acrylic paint, glass bottles, pen and nib, crafty wirey bits, glue and all that other good stuff :)

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

There's a reason I gush every time I talk about Graphic 45 ... they deserve it.

Being a member of their design team this past year has been an incredible experience. I am so appreciative to have had the opportunity to work with their stunning products (seriously, every box is like Christmas!) but even more than that, to have had the privilege to be in such wonderful company. Truly, I have never met a kinder, more supportive group than my fellow design team members, and the entire Graphic 45 family.

How could I pass up the opportunity to audition for this years team? And so, here are a few of my favourite projects from this past year. (Titles link to the original post with additional pictures and supply lists.)

A Spooky Little Steampunk Spells Box   

A small (but mighty!) box altered with Steampunk Spells and embellished with Graphic 45 staples which paired perfectly with those amazing vintage metal feet!

Staycation Adventure Book

Unable to go to far away places this summer, I created an activity book for my kiddo.  Using vibrant G45 papers from a variety of collections and Regular Tag Album, I packed the pages with surprises and prompts for at home adventures.

Botanical Tea Cards

What can I say? Botanical Tea is just a dream to work with. It's stunning and absolutely perfect for making elegant cards... and even igniting a spark of inspiration!

There were 14 layouts featuring Couture in this 8x8 Easel Album. Not being a layout artist, I found it  a huge challenge... but I'm so proud of the results. The vintage black and white photos worked so well with the classic look of the collection.

Using A Secret Garden and A Ladies' Diary I created a little set of ATC's. They aren't big or elaborate, but I think they are terribly sweet and elegant.

Typography is one on my very favourite collections and it was perfect for creating this miniature post office. Again, those Graphic 45 Staples come in handy and are put to good use as windows and doors on this piece.

A pink and frilly, rather sentimental piece I created with bits of stash and papers from Secret Garden. This piece really just makes me dreamy eyed to look at it.

These projects show off a range of skills and styles, but they also represent some of the projects that I had the most fun creating. It really has been the most amazing year and I hope I'll be lucky enough to take part again. Each of my fingers and toes are crossed!

P.S. If you're thinking about auditioning for the design team... show off your awesomeness, be yourself and GO FOR IT! Here's the link to the Design Team call blog post.

Friday, February 28, 2014

221B Baker Street Real Estate Links

I have one auction listing live. It can be found **SOLD**. I will list a second today, but I'm looking for an alternative to ebay. Listing that tin reminded me of all the reasons I stopped using ebay YEARS ago. Anywho, I'll update this post when I list the second tin later today. **SOLD**

Secondly... and most amazingly... check this out!

Those three little letters? That "Wow!" at the end? That's from the man himself, Arwel Wyn Jones, who created the brilliant BBC Sherlock set! Needless to say I just about fainted dead away ... 

... then, being me, I thought "Oh crap. What if he means 'Wow! what a nutter?"

... then I pushed that thought aside and decided to believe it was a nice 'Wow!' afterall :)

Good luck folks!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

221B Baker Street - Redux Update!

First things first. I've completed two tins and they will be going up for auction tomorrow (ETA: BOTH ARE NOW SOLD). I will post the links to the auctions all over the place. You'll be fed up to the back teeth with me before this is through.

The details...

There are 10 new tins, at least 6 of them will be for sale (in some form or other) online. I will always post the where and when's prior to listing. (There will probably be an etsy listing next week.) I also wanted to say that I will not be making any more of these particular tins. In the distant future I may do the bullet marked wall or something else Sherlock related... but this particular design is being put to rest.

I'm really proud of this lot of little Baker St flats and I'm glad to have had the chance to improve upon the original and 'fix' a few things that ate away me. Here's a look at the completed pieces...

The fireplace is now much closer to the fabulous BBC Sherlock set, which is designed by the amazing Arwel Wyn Jones.

The tins do shut, but once again the chairs have to be removed... but I'll send along extra papery bits to mess up the apartment with to make up for that particular annoyance.

Finally (while I have your attention) I wanted to say a few words about The Undershaw Preservation Trust and ask you to consider taking a moment to 'Like' their facebook page. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle holds a very special place in my heart, not just as the creator of Sherlock, but as someone who had a deep interest in fairies. Preserving his home not only acknowledges the significant mark he left on the literary world and our very culture, but also respects his memory... something I believe he deserves.

The trust isn't accepting donations at this time, but I'll be holding on to one of these tins (for a while at least) in the hopes that the sale of one of these silly things can benefit their cause. We'll have to see what develops. Again, I'll keep you informed.

So that's it for now. If you're planning on bidding I wish you all the luck in the world. If not, thanks for being nosy.


Artist Trading Blocks for Graphic 45

A few Artist Trading Blocks created for Graphic 45 using Good Ol Sport. It’s great fun to create these tiny 3 dimensional works of art and I thought it would be a fabulous medium for the Good ol Sport collection. They remind me of little trophies! How great would these look in a masculine den or sports lovers room?

A few tips for making your own: The top finials and bottom stands are simply miscellaneous wooden pieces adhered together. Old wooden knobs and pulls, chess pieces, crafting pieces pieced together until they look just right. Once painted or stained they look as though they are one piece. Add some age to the pieces by grunging them. Sand all of the edges and then staining them with dark brown, watered down acrylic paint. To protect the finished project, coat with a light sealant.

There's more pics over on the Graphic 45 blog, along with other beautiful projects by Olga and Miranda :)

Materials List:
 Good ol Sport
Number 1 Fan
Cheer On
Play Ball
Game Day
Big Score
Ornate Metal Keys

Wooden Block
Rusty bits and bobs
Wooden Egg Cup

Small Wooden Finial

Miscellaneous old wooden knobs, pulls and pieces
Acrylic paint