Monday, September 12, 2011

A Shoppin' Good Time

This weekend my pal Penn and I went shopping for art goodies.
Here are the spoils:

7 Gypsies, which are one of my all-time favourite companies, made this incredible sheet of rubber. There are sixty four different stamps in all for a mere $15! (On sale.) That was a steal because if you do the math (which I did and I'm sure Penn did too because we both bought one) that works out to 23c per stamp. I recommend clicking on the image to read all the cool things they say. I can't wait to play with these!

And then there was the inevitable paper purchases. I freely admit I am a paper junkie. I'm hardcore about it, but I don't feel guilty because I actually use what I have. I'm not stockpiling or hoarding here-as far as I'm concerned, there's no point buying it if you're not going to enjoy it. Anyway, this one is Authentique "Blissful". I love the folk-arty feel of this one in a soft antique mustard gold.

Basic Grey, is one of my tried and true go-to companies for great papers. I love them! I got this strippy one-I think bits will find their way into some of my ROD journals. (The arc of yellow is what's on the other side-these are two-sided papers.) This line is called Out of Print and this piece is "Classifieds".

Another from the same line, called "Bits & Pieces". I am obsessed with circles. You would not believe the amount of circle paper I have.

 "Tribune". I love the layering on this one.

 "Newsflash" which reminds me of a quilting pattern I've done called "Bullseye". I have a stack of blocks, enough to make a queen sized quilt sewn. I've just never got around to piecing the top. One of these days! The blocks are all Aunt Gracies (1920's & 30's reproduction fabrics) on a white background. They are something special and piecing them in this way really makes them pop. One day I'll post pics.

 I am not a fan of Martha, but she does make some really cool Hallowe'en stuff. I decided I needed this set of paper tapes. There's a black doily pattern, black wood grain, spiders and then a roll of spider web. There's a fair bit of tape on the rolls. Fun stuff!

And lastly, I bought this package of post-it notes made by Smash. They have some really fun products and I can see myself buying more. I thought these would be fun to add to my RODs.

Speaking of RODs, I've been working on the one I started in January. It's almost ready. I will be sewing the signatures into the cover soon. I took it with us and showed Penn my progress over lunch. She gave me one of the fabrics I used in the cover for Xmas.

Right now I'm working on two Hallowe'en Petite Inspiration Boxes for a swap. I did the spring swap and had so much fun, I decided to sign up again. (You can see those boxes here, here and here.) I've been hunting and gathering bits in the last week. Today I hope to work on the boxes themselves. They have to be in the mail before the end of the month.

I'm also busy with week two of Swan Dive, which I am enjoying. Fall is turning out to be a busy time!


Anonymous said...

Lovely! I especially like the Halloween tape. I may have to hunt some down.

Pilar said...

Basic Grey makes the most delicious papers and are so perfect for ROD journals. I hope you post your finish product when you are done. Thanks for the tip on Martha's tape. I will have to check them out!

Susan said...

Lovely indeed! Where did you guys go shopping?? I live in Vancouver and haven't seen any Smash stuff yet; I'd luv to go drool at least.

Karenann Young said...

Wow! You got some great stuff! Looks like you got stuff they sell here in USA! Enjoy!

Sandy said...

Hi Faith

It's been awhile....

I've revisting some blogs after a long time away from them and I swung by to visit yours. It's so nice to hear that things are going well for you and I can really see how much your photography has grown. Your photos are wonderful.

I noticed that you mentioned you had copies of your artwork made. Where do you get them copied? Is there any special process or medium that they're copied to? I've been thinking about doing that with a couple of my pieces but have not pursued as yet.

Take care and best wishes.