Monday, December 31, 2012

Day 18 Birthday card w/collage bookmarks

This is the front of a birthday card - this collage consists of two laminated bookmarks that are removable for use.

Eye of the Beholder

There are no long lines or tickets required to see the art in the everyday.

Leaves gathered from my mom's backyard in San Diego. My 6-year old granddaughter spots a bird in the leaves (see in upper left-hand corner) or close up below. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 17

This bookmark is made from Jasper that I purchased from the same rock shop in Tucson, that has since closed.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 16 Everybody Needs a Rock

I love rocks!  One of my favorite books is Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor.  It is a wonderful book written for kids. 

I bought this rock  to make a bookmark from a small rock shop in Tucson.  This is a great bookmark, fits small or large books.  The elastic cord fits between the pages of the book without damaging the pages. 

This bookmark is available for sale.  You can visit my shop at the Big Cartel.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Day 15 - Photo bookmarks with tassles

Here are some more photo bookmarks.
I think tomorrow I will make some beaded bookmarks with an elastic cord, something different.  I have some wonderful pieces of Jasper and some banded onyx and more I bought from a rock shop in Tucson.  Can't wait.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 14 Magnetic bookmarks and card

Here are a couple of magnetic bookmarks on a card.  One has a map background and the other has postage/postcard background.   A simple gift for a guy, not too flowery.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 13 Hello Kitty! Magnetic bookmark with matching card/envelope

Hello Kitty bookmark with some added bling and a fringe tassel.  I made the card with a matching envelope. 
All of this was accomplished with my new tool, the Martha Stewart Scoring Board with envelope guide. I will post a complete product review!  I will give you a hint, I love it!  Great purchase.  It is wonderful.  It makes it so much easier to score and fold cards, envelopes, boxes, bookmarks and more.  Here is a wonderful link that will give you five scoring ideas.  I can't wait to make a box!

Here is my cute little fringe template I made for myself tonight.  It is 4cm wide, you wrap the embroidery floss around it 20 times.  I start it and pinch it between the covers to hold it in place as I start wrapping.

  I made note of the dimensions on my template so I don't have to look the information up again. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas photo bookmarks - at last I can post!

As promised, the photo bookmark I made for Christmas that I couldn't post on Day 1. 

By the way, the book used in this post is Lost Souls:  Found! Inspiring Stories About Chihuahuas.  The dog in this photo on page 114, is of Nala, the dog I adopted from a rescue organization!! 

The photo of her was taken when she was still in foster care.  She still has that adorable droopy ear!  She was found by a rescue group at the Arizona Humane Society underweight, scared and dragging herself around by her front paws.  At the time it was feared this was a permanent disability.  The foster parents were researching doggie wheelchairs.

The purchase price of the book goes in helps support animal rescue efforts by showcasing the love, happiness and joy adopted dogs have to offer.  I can testify to that.  Nala is the most wonderful, sweet-natured girl and I feel privileged to have her.  You can find out more about the stories/books or share your own by going to

I can report that Nala is thriving, walks and runs unassisted and as I write this post she is beside me, snoring in her sock monkey bed.

It is really hard to make just one!!!

Spotted this last-minute shopper ...

Spotted this last-minute shopper in the WalMart parking lot wrapping his present using the tailgate of his truck.

Day 11: Monster corner bookmarks

I know that I am always saying how much fun, but these really were fun to make!!!!


I had a couple of requests for these monster corner bookmarks.    My granddaughter's first grade teacher has monster theme for her classroom!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 9 Christmas card magnetic bookmarks

Here are some fun Christmas cards I made tonight with magnetic bookmarks.  Perfect stocking stuffers.  Sorry for the blurry cell photo pictures. 

Here is the inside of the card.  It says:  The nicest part of Christmas is remembering special people like you.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Take a Journey through time with Reading

Mrs. Quimby-Greene and Madison taking a journey through time with Reading with this time traveler.

I visited the Rio Vista Elementary School library today.  I met the librarian, Mrs. Quimby-Greene and this wonderful time traveler that was built completely from recyclable materials by Miss Dawkins and her 4th grade class for Journey Through Time with Reading....................

The Mrs. Quimby-Greene does wonderful story book parties as Silly Tassie.  Go to her Facebook page to find out more.  While you are there, please "like" her.  I understand if she does not get enough likes or her page, she will be charged. 

Day 8 Magnetic Duct Tape Bookmarks

There are so many fun patterns in tape these days, here are some examples that I used:  blue flowers, black and white graphic, pop art, Sponge Bob and Hello Kitty....
I told you duct tape bookmarks are addicting to make.  I decided they would be wonderful as magnetic bookmarks.  They will really hold your place.  Someone can't come along and pick up your book and have it fall out. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pajama Day!

Today was pajama day at my granddaughter's school.  They got to watch Polar Express and drink hot cocoa.  It was half day today and I was helping out by picking her up from school.  My granddaughter's one request was that I pick her up from school today wearing my Grinch pajamas.  I did, slippers and all.

On the way home in the car,  I was singing the song I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.  My granddaughter asked me to stop singing it, because I was embarrassing her.  So Grinch pajamas in public, not embarrassing but singing a Christmas song in my car on the way home, embarrassing.  Got it. 

Day 7: Thank you card w/magnet bookmarks

Another card with magnet bookmarks.  This one is a bit more masculine since I made this one for my doctor. I used scrapbook paper again and added a few spots with my micron pen.   Both of these are Duck tape bookmarks.  See my post from Day Five, I have a photo of the magnets.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day Six: Greeting card with Magnetic bookmarks

I had so much fun with this one.  The background is scrapbook paper.  I used a hole punch for the butterflies.  Both bookmarks are magnetic.  See my previous post where I have photos of the magnets.  They are strong and these will not fall out of your book.  The bookmark on the right is a "Duck" tape book mark and I drew the one on the right, then laminated it for protection and durability.  I will be making more cards that hold bookmarks.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day Five: Magnetic Flower Bookmark

I drew this flower bookmark, laminated it so it would be more durable and the magnets hold it in place.

You, will not lose your place with this bookmark, it won't fall out with the sturdy magnets I use!  I have to make more of these.  I really want to keep this one but it already has a home. 
UPDATE:  You can purchase this bookmark from my shop  Since it is original artwork, no two are the same.  I can also personalize it for you.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day Four: Fiber Art Bookmarks

Day Four of Book Mark a Day for 365 Days - These are fiber art bookmarks.  I have made two, showing fronts and backs.  This has color tissue papers, yarns, and ribbons giving it a water color effect, plus very small beads all fused together and laminated to keep it sturdy and protected. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day Three: Beaded Book Thong

 Day Three and I made a beaded book thong out of durable cording that won't damage the pages of the book.  This bookmark is available for sale.  If you are interested, go to my shop

Colored Beads, flower charm, ring charm and seagull.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day Two - Duct Tape Bookmarks

What fun!  I loved this!  This is one bookmark, reversible.......My daughter found this awesome duct tape at Wally World for me.  I think they actually call this brand "Duck" tape.  I love the designs.  I love the feel of these bookmarks.  I made it reversible, with a different pattern on each side. I used card stock inside to make them sturdier.  Very fast, fun, easy. (I have even seen prom dresses made out of duct tape!!)!.  There is a lot of wonderful duct tape prints out there too.  I saw some with Justin Bieber on it, but they wanted $12 for it at Office Max.  My granddaughter would have loved a bookmark made out of it.  These can be addicting.  I don't think I can make just one.

I've already made some discoveries as I plunge into making: A Bookmark-A-Day for 365 Days.  In order to complete this project and to last the whole year - I will have to get ORGANIZED!!  I will have to organize my supplies AND my time!!  Also, for now I will have to make bookmarks with supplies on hand.  Otherwise I can waste a lot of time shopping not to mention the expense!! 

Well, this sure beats using my receipt from Michaels as a bookmark, like I did last night!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day One of A Bookmark-A-Day for 365 Days

Well, this is it.  I made my first book mark.  However, I can't post it on this blog just yet!  It is a family Christmas gift and I do not want to spoil the surprise.  The bookmark shown is actually last year's family Christmas present.  This year it's a different style and I will post after Christmas.

So day one, completed.  That wasn't so bad................................

It is raining tonight.  For some reason, when it rains I crave Chinese food and want to eat it straight from the take-out carton with chopsticks. Since I did not have any Chinese take-out, I made some cards tonight along with the bookmarks.  Here is a get well card I drew plus added some stickers for a friend:

Here is a Christmas card I made from a photo of my dog's present that is currently hanging in the tree until Christmas:

 I also drew a birthday card and added some rhinestones.  Sorry the photo is a bit blurry, next time I will try scanning it instead.  My friend's birthday is on Christmas day so instead I wrote "Merry Birthday Eve":
 The above card is Zendoodle-inspired. I really enjoy drawing. In August I broke my shoulder.  I was standing on a step stool painting the ceiling of my bathroom and fell backwards into the bathtub.  I landed on my shoulder.  I suffered a three-point fracture of the humerus.  It was the worst pain I have ever experienced, that includes child birth.  I was not allowed to move it and of course I was on pain pills. The first thing I was finally allowed while still in a sling was to move it as if I was writing.  Well, I immediately picked up my micron pens and started drawing again, making cards mostly.  It was my therapy and what got me through a very difficult time. 
I had a doctor appointment yesterday in fact.  I am finally allowed to have some weight-bearing exercises (two-pound weights) and I go back to the doctor on Valentine's day!  Here is one of the first cards I made while still in a sling back in August.  I made it for my doctor to thank him for everything he has done for me: