Bored with Cards


I’ve been making a lot of cards lately, and truth to tell I’m a little bored with them.  That isn’t to say I don’t love cards and card-making.  I certainly do — it’s just that I wanted to try something different.  So I made this last night:


It’s a paperweight!  Here’s a side view:


(God, the camera is unforgiving!  It doesn’t look nearly this thrown together in real life. It’s nice.)

I got these fill-them-yourself paperweights from Oriental Trading.  Oriental Trading, if you don’t know them, is a swaggy novelty company — they sell the kind of little crappy favors you give away at a kid’s birthday party, or the kind of simple crafts small kids make at summer camp.  But they also happen to have a pretty decent selection of crafting supplies. Beading, papercrafting, flower arranging, that kind of thing.  They have a ton of customizable “make your own” kind of stuff — tote bags, aprons, gift boxes, journals and blank spiral bound books, picture frames, Christmas ornaments, Frisbees, you name it — most of it aimed at kids, but there’s no reason adults can’t use them too.  I bought a few of these paperweights to make as Christmas gifts — two years ago! — but as usual, didn’t do anything with them.  So last night I hauled them out.

The base or stopper of the paperweight is a thick slab of foam rubber, which you pull out, and then you can add things inside the hollow glass square.  As you can see, the rubber is dead black.  I think next time I’ll try and cover it in some colored paper to match the insides.  But I won’t try and do it for this one — I’ve already glued the paper insert onto the rubber base, and if I try and pry it off I’ll just destroy it.  I’ve learned that, with rare exceptions, trying to go back and fix a craft project usually just makes it worse.  Better to leave well enough alone, and do better next time.  Don’t you agree? For this paperweight, the little paper flower is from a Recollections card-making pack , which is on my stash list.  The sentiment (Bloom Where You’re Planted) is one of those one-dollar clear Studio G clear stamps you get in the bin at Michaels, stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black and touched up — carefully! — with a black Sigma Micro pen.  I’ve never used it before.  The paper is from K & Company.  And that’s all there is to it.

I’ll add a new Category to my blog’s index now, for this kind of project — “not a card.”  Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: Adding this to the Simply Create Too challenge, Shop in Your Stash, because that’s what I do! 🙂


2 responses »

  1. Good for you to know when you need to step out of one type of creation and into another, Kirsten! And extra applause for hauling out these paper weights and getting them made! I’m impressed and inspired!!

    You asked about the journals. No, I did not make the books myself (heaven forbid, I’m with you on that!). I was lucky to find this set of a medium journal and a small journal at a place called Tuesday Morning. They were less than ten dollars for both and then I sold them for $9 for the small and $12 for the large, and they sold like hot cakes. Sadly, that was a few years ago and I can’t find them anymore. They were prolly faux leather, but they might have been real, not sure about that. The hard part was getting the paper to stick, which I finally seemed to do with Rubber Cement. I sold them all at this little boutique in town and didn’t keep one for myself so I’m dying of curiosity to know if the paper eventually just fell off. Ooops. They were sure fun to make, though, and in all modesty, I have to say some of them were just gorgeous and it was a great way to use some of the stunning patterned paper I have.

    Sorry for the long comment, I couldn’t find an email for you. Mine is on my profile page. Have a great week!! Hugs, Darnell

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