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I need everyone’s opinon, please.

It is that time again where I have to order new business cards.  But I have been thinking.  I have been making ATCs, artist trading cards.  To relieved boredom, use up left over paint, try out new techniques, etc.  Unfortunately, I have made too many where I actually had to throw some out.

So that is where the idea of making them into business cards. Since Original Things’ motto is “Original things for Original People”  The only downfall to this is that it doesn’t show the yarn side of this.  But to be honest, I have not found any business cards design that doesn’t have yarn and paper.  And the logo still eludes me.

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Somehow I cannot connect my phone to my computer to download the photos.

Nevertheless, what does everyone think?

  • Order new business cards?
  • Use the ATCs as my new business cards?


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Trying to Catch Up

I know it has been awhile . . . again since I last post.  I have been still dealing with back problems and cleaning.  This is my next big cleaning up project.

The clean stamps.  I foresee a few slurpees and chocolates just to get through it.  It is a complete mess.


Although a funny note is while I was sorting out my buttons, this truck button was stuck in this jar.  I eventually got it out with a help from a friend.  But still that question still remains, how the heck did it get in there if I can’t get it out.  Good grief.


However I have participated in a few art exchanges.  One was favourite quote on an ATC and we had to used a playing card.  This was mine and the second one was the one I received from the exchanged.  I went alittle overboard because I completely covered the playing card.

20170106_1442471    The quote is from Maya Angelou, “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”


20170216_170052120170216_1701311  These two are birthday cards for my nieces.  I cannot believe one of them turned 18, ghee, it didn’t seem so long ago when she was playing with Barbie.

I did do a delivery for Koda’s Kountry for Easter. And please excuse my big toe in the shot

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As for knitting, I just finished these two pieces.

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So that is basically it.  Now wonder my back hurts.


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When I was in grade school, the teacher gave us a piece of paper and told us to color the entire sheet in different colors, using only pencil crayons.  I remembered of how hard I held on to my pencil crayons as I colored.  Then she gave us a black crayon and told us to cover the page in black.  I didn’t understand of what she wanted, but nevertheless, I did of what I was told.  It was after the paper was cover, she showed us by gently scrapping away the black crayon, it revealed the colors underneath and we made wonderful pictures.  To be honest, I can’t exactly of what I drew, I just remember the trick.

It is kind of what Crayola Color Wonder have, minus all of the hard work of prepping the paper.  I wish they had that when  I was a kid.  The only downside with Crayola is if you make a mistake, there  is nothing you can do about it.  But with the black crayon method, if you make a mistake, you take a black crayon and color over it.

This gave me an idea to try out an experiment and this time, I tried it on my ATCs and scraps, not a journal page.  I took a piece of 9 X 12 watercolor paper where I used dye spray to color the page.  Once it was dried, I cut it into 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 sizes leaving a couple of scraps.

I used my big solid leaf stamp and clear emboss to stamp on the scraps.


On one scrap, I used black watercolor paint and quickly wiped it with a baby wipe.  On the second scrap, I used black acrylic paint.

SAM_1914 <—-  The left one is watercolor and the right one is acrylic.

I went with acrylic paint because I like the intensity of the color.

So this is how I did the card before the paint.


And after I did the black paint.  I also ended covering it with modge podge because I didn’t like the feel of the card.


I’m really pleased of how they turned out, and simple it was.

In other news, I found out that the people who are organizing the craft sale next month has extended their deadline until the end of  this month.  To be honest, I’m starting to become anxious about it.  Mainly because this sale is going to be around Halloween and I should make some Halloween cards and maybe some pumpkins hats.