Thursday, July 12, 2007

Blog surfing


I spent an enjoyable evening surfing some new blogs Tuesday. I saw Belinda's blog for the first time. What a treat! She takes part in Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team Crusades which I had somehow managed to miss also. What fun! Now I just need to find the time to follow all the links on the Crusade blog. They are up to Crusade (kind of a challenge) number ten, but you can join in on the current one and have your blog linked by doing one of the past ones. How cool is that! They all look like fun. Crusade No. 8 - Cheap Tricks is one I can for sure contribute to. On of my favorites is to cut an eraser with a serated knife and stamp with the resulting edge. You can see that to the left of the row of postage stamps above in red and black.



Another new favorite is to use a hospital wrist tag as a stencil. I like the row of tiny dots like you can see above the lady's portrait.



Another favorite is to make new stamps from the scraps from UM stamp pages. The tone-on-tone stripes at the top and bottom of the page above were done with a stamp made from a Jenga block and some strips. I used a different one for the writing part of yesterday's page.



The current crusade No. 10 is mail art. Too bad I was in too big a hurry last week when I sent some off to take a picture. That's what happens when you procrastinate getting things sent. I did enjoy the recipient's telling me that her mailman hand delivered it with a big smile on his face because he didn't want to bend it.

More wall building is in tomorrow's plans. I'm hoping that we will have some of them vertical by the week-end.

11 comments:

michelle ward said...

hey dawn, nice to meet you! thanks for joining in the crusades...love your clever cheap tricks, AND your thorough explanation WITH cool visuals! our team will love your ideas. i'll be posting your link under #10 with a (C8) to indicate the crusade you have posted. thanks again!

Laura said...

I love the knife-eraser thing and while I also like the hospital bracelet circles, I think I'll put that trick off as long as possible ;)

Penny said...

Gorgeous journal, love the various writings inside the pages. Your "cheap trick" ideas are fantastic!

bodywisdom said...

I have a question about the "Jenga" stamps in the foreground of your photo. How, exactly, did you make those?

Nicole said...

Looks great and a good cheap trick either ;-)

Pilar said...

These are great tips! I never thought about using the discarded rubber from ums for new shapes and stamping. I love your stencil and journaling.:D

Dawn said...

Thanks all. Laura, maybe you can find a nurse or someone to get you a hospital bracelet. I definitely wouldn't advise gall-bladder surgery to get one like I got mine.

sigrid said...

These are awesome, original ideas on awesome journaling pages. Thanks for sharing!

audrey h. said...

Great journal pages. Love the eraser tip :o)

DymphieM said...

you made some wonderful stamps!

Crafty Green Poet said...

thanks for sharing your excellent cheap tricks!