Mar 31, 2011

DIY invitations and birthday cards

Here's how you can make beautiful custom cards on the cheap!

First gather some card stock.
You can use thin cardboard from cereal boxes, recycle old birthday or Xmas cards or even the covers of coloring books will do.
Yet another option is blank stationary cards from the dollar store. They come in fantastic colors, cover all occasions and give a nice clean cut look. I personally recycle any cards I can before buying new ones...There's just too many materials out there being wasted instead of being reused.
Next, you need your images and glue stick.
You can either print out images and fonts from the computer or make a collage from old magazines. I like using vintage ads from National Geographic.

For a little extra flair try using stamps or stickers!
The perfect final touch!

And there you have it! No need to shell out big bucks for impersonal cards, you can make it yourself! This is one of my favorite projects because it is so cheap, and oh so simple. The possibilities are endless.
Have fun!

Nov 1, 2010

Halloween Happiness

Jeez, I had a bunch of Halloween posts arranged but didn't get around to finishing them...Figures! I always have a dozen or so drafted posts that I rarely get around to sharing.
Well I have some updating to do but here is some Halloween fun to share with you!


I love my pretty pumpkin!
I was very hard up to find a design, I search online for hours for the perfect face or theme but in the end I did what I knew would make me feel good.
A beautiful glowing Omkin would definitely brighten anyone's spirits!
Below the one I carved are three little pumpkins that my daughter decorated. She used crayola markers and Halloween stickers.
Much more than chocolate and candy, I love to see the life of a glowing pumpkin in the night and all of the creativity that Halloween (Samhain) brings.

Another fun way to decorate a pumpkin would be to buy a kit of face features that you stick onto it. I rather like it on the lemon though!

I love this...

Don't want to buy a pumpkin to put a face on?
You don't need one! You can put a cute floating face on just about anything :)
I just love this happy tree creature guy!
Actually it was kind of spooky because across the street there was a school and the lights were flickering heavily inside...this was on my friends street who somehow encounters a lot of spiritual activity both here in the city and at his cottage in Cape Cod.

Anyway, I hope you all had a very fun and safe Halloween!
I had a blast!

Oct 28, 2010


On October 23rd, of 2010,
I was a vendor at the Dia De Los Muertos Festival of the Arts craft sale. I had so much fun!

There were so many awesome vendors.
I really couldn't pick a favorite so here they are in all of their glory!

Creepy Christine, Kaotic Ekko's Curiosities, Vintage Love, Ludic, Essex Girl, BonesInspired, Undead Clothing, Dont Call Me Sugar, Gruesome Enterprises, The Gnarled Branch, Baby's First Boo!, Black Currant Jewelry, Carmi's Art, Zirco Circus, Postart Blooming Collective, Clockwork Zero, Titania's Treasures, Curious Oddities, Ruffles & Stripes, Fangs N' Hiss, My Ghoul Friday,
Loca Leopard Lady Inc., Beat Black, Embody Clothing, MaKay & Hung, Kozo Studio, Cherry Bomb Vintage, Ransack The Universe, Lucky You, Fashion Whore Couture, Pixie Fashions

Here are a few items I made for the sale!

wrapped bangles wire wrapped beaded bracelets

Iron on Tee Raffle Donation!

wrapped wire and bead ring fuzzy compact mirrors

beaded ornaments

I think that's it for now but I'll keep you posted!

To Vendors of Dia De Los Muertos Festival of the Arts
I apologize if there are any mistakes in the links/websites! If you see something wrong let me know I will happily change and problems :)

Sep 17, 2010

Craft Tip #3

Craft Tip # 3
Save your scraps for your little ones art projects!
Give them a canvas, the scraps and some glue and let them go nuts!

Sep 4, 2010

Project deadlines.

Feeling a little more organizational than I have been in the last few months, I make a somewhat tidy little list of things to make for my upcoming sale. This pretty much speaks for itself.

They make everyone a little crazy. But still, "A goal is a dream with a deadline." And that's what makes it fun too!

Aug 11, 2010

Craft Tip #2

Craft Tip #2
Never fix a project with super glue while in a rush or in a moving vehicle!

Jul 29, 2010

BonesInspired on Twitter!

Well, I have finally succumbed to Twitter!
Receive instant up to date craft news!
Keep on Crafting on!

Jul 19, 2010

Dun dun dun dah!

Here's another cool crafting community! Weee! I'm on a roll tonight. I can't believe I've never heard of Cut out + Keep before...Ladies and gentlemen, let's get crafting!

Want Your Crafts Rated?

It's late, I am bored and I like to look up crafty you get that? Do you get those days where you are completely lacking motivation and waste the day completely uninspired?
On those days, it is when you should be getting to bed that BAM! You are hit by a wave of creativity...or if you are too tired and lazy, you look for hours at other people's creativity.

Anyway, the diy network is a good source of inspiration and I just bumped into their Rate My Craft gallery! How awesome is that? I should post some things that I've crafted and if fact, so should YOU! I hope to see your work there! Enjoy lovelies!

Jul 10, 2010

Summer lovin' and crafting galore!

Hello everyone!
I just got back from camping and our family vacation to Kissimmee, Florida to see the whimsical worlds of Disney. So, I am very well rested and right back to work! The Dia De Los Muertos Festival of The Arts is coming up in October and I have so many things to prepare for my booth.

In the last few days I have been working on a lot of rockin' recycled magnets, which has been amusing to see what I can find in my stack of old mags. When I post pictures the magnets will be happily displayed on my thrifted magnet display-which only cost me an awesome and well spent 2 dollars!
I have also been working half-assed on some button up scarves. So far I have two or three started and no where near finished. Both are crocheted, one is a shell stitch and the other a nice bubble stitch with some fluffy yarn.

Some of the other things on my to-do list include:
designing BonesInspired shirts for the raffle
finish designing sugar skull template
make more rockabilly themed jewellery
revamp wallets and purses w/ leopard prints
sewing up a storm!

I recently bought a new camera because the last one finally kicked the ol' bucket, so look forward to some awesome pics of my latest work!
(Can you tell that I am very please with my new Canon?!)

Bye for now and remember:
"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration. "
Thomas Edison

Apr 23, 2010

Some yarn...weee!

One of my stashes of yarn...mostly acrylics.
When I am more skilled in crochet, I will buy nice wool and yarn. Until then I'll stick with my donated stuff.


Apr 7, 2010

Alice In Craftsterland Swap

Hi everyone! I finally have something new to post! (Actually things have been piling up and I have a lot of posting to do!)
I have been a lifelong fan of Charles Dodgson's novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The adventures have been read by so many, and adored by all and Alice's Adventures have definitely been one of the most influential and creative stories of all time.
and last month, I participated in a very fun swap dubbed "Alice in Craftsterland." on
Here are the Alice themed goodies I made for my swap partner. She lives all the way in New Zealand and she hasn't received her package yet but I hope she likes it!

The whole Package

The White Rabbit

Mad Hatter & Pocket Watch Magnets

Tiny Alice Craft Bag

And last but Certainly not Least,
(I apologize for the blurriness!),
An Upcycled Alice Bookmark.

Original drawings by Sir John Tenniel.

I had a lot of fun doing this swap and I look forward to participating more often because it is a sheer joy for me to create and give things to other people. I must admit that it's also a lot of fun to receive lovingly handmade, crafty packages.
We may live across the world and have different skills but through swaps we are able to connect to others in a seriously creative and inspiring way.

With permission, I will post the really fantastic items that I received from my partner and perhaps she would answer a question or two for me. We'll see!

Until next time,
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Theodore Roosevelt.

Mar 27, 2010

Craft Tip #1
Keep cereal boxes and record covers to use as simple, yet durable sewing patterns.
You can also use the boxes for recycled notebook covers!


Craft Tip #1
Keep cereal boxes and record covers to use as simple, yet durable sewing patterns!

Mar 3, 2010

National Craft Month!

Hello everyone!
Did you know that March is National Craft Month?
Isn't that just too cool?

So many people are participating and celebrating their craftiness in so many different ways.
What will you do for National Craft Month?

Here are some ideas:

Visit your local craft store
Learn a new Craft
Teach someone your crafting skills
Try being a part of a craft swap
Donate unused supplies to schools or shelters
Craft in Public!

Whatever it is that you choose to do,
have fun making something with your own two hands

Happy Crafting Everyone!