Tuesday, September 11, 2012

shameless begging for money

Our high school band needs money. These days, all school band programs need money. I offered to make custom Scrabble tile charms to sell as a fundraiser for the band, and thought I would expand the effort to my blog. I am donating all of my supplies for the charms and necklaces, so 100% of your payment goes to all the band programs (symphonic, orchestra, marching, percussion, jazz) and the color guard.

Here's the deal:  I will make you any custom Scrabble tile charm you want for $10 each, plus $2 to cover a padded envelope and US postage. If you're local, I can give it to you in person. The price includes a free necklace of your choice - there's ball chain (18"), black rubber cord (adjustable 17.5" to 19.5"), and ribbon/cord combo (adjustable 17" to 19"). In the ribbon/cord I have mostly red, but other colors are available; if you have a favorite color, ask me - I might have it. The ball chain can be cut shorter to use for key chains, etc.

They're great for necklaces, key chains, zipper pulls, purse and backpack charms, rearview mirror danglies, etc., etc. I can use any photo you have, or help you find pictures of anything - school logos, celebrities, famous paintings, Hello Kitty - the possibilites are endless. Personal pictures could include kids, bride, pets, memorial keepsake - anything. I can also add text to the photo - just as long as it's not too many characters.

I use genuine Scrabble tiles, and and the front is covered with a protective clear dome. I may or may not be able to use the letter of your choice ("J", for example, is probably not available because there's only one of them in a set of 100 Scrabble tiles). As you can see, the metal bail covers up part of the letter anyway.

You can email me a photo of any size, and I will resize it for you. Full resolution digital photos are actually best. So, send me an email and we'll hammer out all the details. What are you waiting for???!!!

p.s. I want to say thanks to my friend Lara who got me hooked on these Scrabble tiles!

p.p.s. Yes, that's poor little Addie looking miserable with her snow-covered face

Saturday, September 8, 2012

homework help

The kittens are three months old already. Here they are helping Mike with his homework. There's Addie close by on the left. Ricky isn't too far away.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

beautiful smile

This is my second ATC for the fortune swap. The sentiment seemed perfect for Olive from Little Miss Sunshine. I knew I wanted a bright blue background to contrast the yellow and red, but was having trouble coming up with something interesting. I settled on blue Pearl Ex with a border of Ranger Crackle medium.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

fortune turtle

A friend in Texas, Jan, is hosting an ATC swap where we use fortune cookie fortunes (actual ones). When I saw this fortune, I immediately thought of the sea turtle with its long lifespan. I had a ton of fun making this ATC. Lots of inking, and scrunching, and more inking. I used two Distress inks, but can't remember which ones. The blue one was either Stormy Sky or Faded Jeans. The green one was either Shabby Shutters or Peeled Paint. On the main panel, I put both colors of ink on one side of vellum, then embossed the turtle in gold on the other side (stamp is from SU set Nature Prints). Then I ripped, rolled and scrunched the edges of the vellum, put more ink on the edges, then added some Stickles (I believe in Crystal). Sewed on a few beads. The tiny dots on the background are from SU set Itty Bitty Backgrounds.

I've made two more ATC's for this swap, and I'll post them as soon as I can get some decent photos. We're supposed to get lots of rain in the next few days (yay - we really need the rain), so I'll take pics when there's a break in the weather.