You know how I set up those Inspiration Stations in my craft room? Well, you should see it now...not so inspiring. My little basket is overflowing with junk because I just kept piling inspiring stuff in there. Not a good plan with me. I must put stuff away as I go or else it starts to look like Sanford and Son....does anybody get that phrase by the way? We used to watch that show all the time as kids!! They were junk collectors on the show. It cracks me up when my mom says that too.
Anyyyyyway, I've decided to now get out my inspiring products a little at a time...leave them out for a day or so and then back it all goes. I think I'll call it my Instant Inspiration. How bout that? So on this day, I was inspired by some new Jenni Bowlin goodies I got from Emma's Paperie. That online shop has soooooo many fun goodies. I can get into real trouble with the click of 1 or 2 or 20 buttons! Man I'm chatty today, must be the coffee kicking in already.
So these new Jenni Bowlin papers....4 x 4 size, how cute is that!? They're made for little albums she has too but I think they are the perfect size for cards. I'm always cutting a sheet of 12 x 12 paper into 4 x 4 squares so this works out just perfectly. Along with the pretty papers, I go out some new Making Memories ribbon and some Crafty Secrets stamp sets. I set out to make a bookmark. I've been using receipts as bookmarks and that is SO unattractive.
So on to my bookmark. The Crafty Secrets set I used is called Story of Me. Scroll down at the link and you can also see a set called Book Lovers, which has a lot of book themed images too. To create the bookmark, I used some of the new long Spellbinder's Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities. They're perfect for bookmarks! I love my finished bookmark, it just makes me happy to look at it!
For the main stamped image, I did some paper piecing for the book the child is holding, and added some shading with a Copic marker. The rest of the image is colored with Copics too.
For the top of the book mark, I used various papers from the Jenni Bowlin packet of paper, some Jenni Bowlin brown stickers(star and *read this*) and some ribbon (Making Memories) from Emma's Paperie.
For the bottom of my bookmark, I used some tiny little letter stickers from Making Memories, also available at Emma's Paperie. I got a bunch more at Archiver's too last week. They are FUN little niblets of letters, so cute! I stitched around my bookmark before adhering it to the scallop rectangle. I like my stitches to be concealed. So overall, my bookmark is pretty flat...which is hard for me to create flat stuff. The ribbon adds a little dimension but that portion sticks out of the book anyway, so that's okay. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to create your own bookmark.
So what's on your reading list lately? I'd love to hear about some good books so I can create a list. A bunch of my friends are reading the teenage vampire series with that dreamy Edward boy. I GUUUUUESS I will read them, after much coaxing. I typically enjoy historical fiction type books but the pressure is just too much..so I caved! My librarian friend at the high school is going to hook me up with them. Here we are, a couple of almost 40 year old ladies, scoping out the teenage vampire book section at the high school library!! Snort!
The Elm Creek novels by Jennifer Chiaverini are on my top reading list right now. Nichole suggested them to us when she unveiled my beloved Quilter's Sampler stamp set from Papertrey. I've 4-5 of the books already this summer. They are feel good stories about every day women who are brought together by the love of quilting. Some of the books refer back to the historical days and some are in today's setting. They're all good reads!! Ohhhhhh, I should make a quilting bookmark, why didn't I think of that before? Then when I get to the teenage vampire books, I'll have to make a vampire bookmark, right??? Maybe I'll start reading them about Halloween time and vampires will be in season. I'm done now..really...I must stop babbling. Have a great day everyone!!