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Tips for using rubber stamps

Well, this seems like an embarrassingly basic question, but can anyone give me some advice on how to get good results with rubber stamps? Most of the time I try to use them, large sections of the design do not actually show up. I've tried a few different techniques for applying the ink that I've found googling, but it still happens. Help!

Pink and Blue Chunky Loom Knit Shawl

x-posted to loom_knitters

It's been forever since I knitted something! It took me about two weeks to knit this ~26x60" shawl with super bulky Copenhagen yarn from Michael's on a long Knifty Knitter. It's their store brand yarn and it was on sale for $4.77. I don't need more yarn - but how could I go wrong at that price? A lot of the colours in this line are not to my taste - there was an aqua, maroon and grey combo along with grey and lime green. Somehow someone came up with this pink and blue combo and it was easy to see the project take shape.

However, every ball was different. The first ball produced only solid colours. The second and third balls had a good balance of variegated blends. I wanted to finish the shawl off in solid colours and I could not find another ball like it :\ I ended up buying a whole bag and cannibalizing the balls for the solid parts :-D

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Christmas Crafts

Have you made any?

I made some Christmas cards for a collector group exchange, but all my cards were storebought this year. I'm so embarrassed ;-D

Heat embossing

My crafty friend and I got together yesterday and it was awesome. We tried heat embossing and did some cardmaking. I had tried embossing before with little success, but we took turns. I would wager my problem was static. My province is incredibly dry (I didn't experience humidity until I went to the southern US in my early 20s :-D). We ended up using a glass dish instead of a plastic try and had much better results.

The only embossing powder I had on hand was red and green glitter embossing powder. I'm going to buy the regular stuff and see if that works better. Even the parts not stuck to Versamark ended up bonding with the paper. At least by the end of our tries we had improved!



The Fibre Shindig

x-posted to nacramamo

Yesterday Mom and I went to a bi-annual fibre festival called The Fibre Shindig. I have been wanting to go for years, but, as you can imagine, it's a pretty dangerous place. I don't need more yarn. However, TECHNICALLY I didn't buy new yarn. I just bought the supplies to make yarn ;-) I bought a drop spindle, merino wool roving and a cute bag.

Today I sat down to try out the drop spindle. The last time I did it was briefly as part of a textiles class in art college. It was relaxing and I did drop it a few times, hehe. The vendor who sold me the wool roving said that it was a gateway to buying a spinning wheel *gulp*


Fibre Shindig fun

October 6 - World Card Making Day

x-posted to nacramamo

Apparently today was World Cardmaking Day, so here's my contribution - I had some leftover cut up pieces of this Christmas paper from last year, tested out my new blizzard snowflake die on some Stardream paper and kind of threw things together. I feel like it still needs something, but there's definitely room to add a star maybe or a bit of green. Click for larger.



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