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The Alchemist Compass – Part 4

Hey everybody, we’re in the home stretch for the Alchemist Compass project. At the end of Part 3, I just finished ‘altering’ the compass. I might go back and add a layer of clear coat over the grid paper and jewels as I’ve done on other compass projects.  We’ll see. I want to keep the… Continue reading The Alchemist Compass – Part 4

arts and crafts · Crafting How To's · Decor · Distressed · Etsy · Etsy Seller · Mixed Media · Paper Crafts · Upcycled

The Alchemist Compass – Part 2

Am I the only one who goes into their craft room and comes out minutes, hours, days later wondering what happened?  I think craft rooms must be similar to worm holes in the universe – it’s magic in there! So, I’m in the process of turning a yard sale ring box and dime store compass… Continue reading The Alchemist Compass – Part 2

Art Supplies · Calligraphy · Distressed · Etsy · Etsy Seller · Paper Crafts · Upcycling

Dip Pen, Nib Storage and Organizer

Hey everybody – YEAH – Spring gave us a little teaser this weekend here in Boise, Idaho and boy did it feel GREAT! I took it as a personal reward for completing a project I’ve been working on – a nib organizer. Over the last few years, I’ve been slowly getting into calligraphy, you know,… Continue reading Dip Pen, Nib Storage and Organizer

arts and crafts · ATC and ACEO · Crafting How To's · DIY · Etsy · Paper Crafts

ATC Swap – What’s Through The Window

ATC – Artist Trading Cards – have been around for a long time.  It’s a fun way to spend a crafting afternoon, explore techniques and, as in this instance, trade some of your cards for other artist’s product. Years ago I tried to get hooked up with a local ATC swap group but never quite… Continue reading ATC Swap – What’s Through The Window

arts and crafts · ATC and ACEO · Craft Supplies · Distressed · Etsy · Paper Crafts · Upcycled

Vintage Glassine Envelopes (or) Sleeves

I recently acquired a FULL BOX of Vintage Glassine Envelopes, although today I believe they would call them ‘sleeves’. I have always loved glassine envelopes, they have a bit of a mysterious quality to them where you can just see through the envelope but not really make out all the details.  And these envelopes are… Continue reading Vintage Glassine Envelopes (or) Sleeves

arts and crafts · Crafting How To's · Distressed · DIY · Etsy · Paper Crafts

Ins & Outs of Tim Holtz Distress Medium Collage – Crazing

I just finished the Apothecary Cabinet pictured above.  I’ve made a number of these 25 drawer chests, each one different from the next whether it’s the paint I use, the paper, the type of drawer pulls (or lack thereof) or any number of other variations. In general, I prefer a Vintage patina in my work… Continue reading Ins & Outs of Tim Holtz Distress Medium Collage – Crazing

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE – 2017 was an interesting ride.  I started it with a broken left shoulder – but that didn’t keep me from crafting, actually  it was more the case of crafting kept me sane while I healed. 2017 was also my best year yet with my Etsy online shop ‘Old Raven’. This… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 2