Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lasered Weekend Update

I love doing these weekend updates! I get to show off all my week's creations in one spot :) It makes me realize how much I got done and how many new things I tried too! Eventually I need to quit playing around and start actually getting down to business! But for now, I'm just having too much fun!!!
Bamboo Coaster Set
White Ceramic Tile...Painted Pink then etched
Two Picture Frames (which can easily be customized)
Agate Slice
(I think these would be awesome! But I need to find ones that don't have such difference in the layers so they laser better. I think I found a supplier for these!)
Wood Sign on untreated wood
Bare Name Albums
(These are selling like crazy right now! I think I have 18 on order!!!)
Question: What should I play with next week?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Memory Plaque

As many of you know, my little sisfur passed away a couple of weeks ago. I knew immediately that I wanted to create something special for my parents to remember both of their beloved furbabies.
I created this beautiful plaque using two different photos of the girls along with text and used my laser engraver to create a one-of-a-kind Memory Plaque. I absolutely love how this turned out! And I think it would be such a great idea for so many occasions! This will definitely be something I add to my shop soon!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Features-Ready for Spring!

We just got hit yesterday with another snow storm here in Iowa! It wasn't too bad, but we had just gotten rid of the snow from our last storm! I'm really ready for Spring! Good thing Etsy has so many great flowery items to look at!!!
by zany
And I also created this Spring Treasury for the EtsyBloggers this week as well :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Going Green-EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival

This week's EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival themes are brought to us by HoneyfromtheBee and our themes are:
1) St. Patrick's Day will be our next holiday. Write about any St. Patrick's Day traditions you have or memories... crafts.... food...
2) Thinking Green... write about what you're doing to make this a greener planet. This could be about your art or just around the house or at work.
I'm always trying to find ways to "go green" in my scrapbooking by using odds and ends from other projects to make something new. I just can't bare to throw away pretty papers and perfectly good scraps of chipboard! With my new laser cutter, I've found the perfect way to use part of my stash!!!
Chipboard Alphabets
I plan to make these in several different sizes and different fonts. I can even make custom requests from any font someone wants!
And for the larger pieces, Chipboard Words
Maybe this will help put a dent in my very large stash of chipboard :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday-Laser in Action

Not the greatest picture, hard to get a photo when it's moving so fast!
If you look close, you can see where it's lasering...looks like a mini fire :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Go Do Your Homework!

I feel like a sponge lately! I've been taking in as much info as I possibly can about my new laser and all the materials I can use with it. I've been scouring the Internet for good resources and joined a great forum called Saw Mill Creek with a special Engravers Forum! It is more information than I could take in in a lifetime!
Since buying my laser, I feel like I've gone back to school, only now the homework is fun :) And I have a new kind of science experiment! I've been learning new software, new settings for the laser, buying fun new materials to work with and so much more! And you know what...I have a new excitement for creating!!! All I want to do is learn and play!
Not to sound like your mother, but I encourage you to do the same...Go Do Your Homework! You might just find a new project to try, a new material to work with, or a new tool you can't live without! And I hope it brings you an excitement to create as it did for me :)
Gotta laser is calling :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend Update-Laser Projects

It's been another fun week with my laser! I got some new supplies in that I've been playing around with. I want to try anything and everything to see how it turns out and see what I want to focus most on. I hope to have lasered items in my shop within the next week or two! Here are this week's new items. Acrylic was very easy to cut and engrave on! I'll be making magnets out of these similar to the glass tiles ones I've been making. (And I think I found a better way to do the of that to come later!) Leather was a little tricky. It wanted to curl while engraving and it leaves a smoky film afterwards. I've been doing some research and have a few products I want to try with the leather. Leather also has a very interesting smell after being engraved...the nice smell of burnt hair...LOL! I did a few different glass picture frames that I'll soon be adding to my shop. These turned out very nice! I also have some mirrors I want to try...add that to the list :)
I painted some of the wood discs that I showed last week and made them into rings and pendants. I love the "Diamond Ring" :) Last but not least...a wood frame. These are great for lasering with a flat surface and 1.25" of area to engrave! I'll be offering these in premade options as well as custom ones. Question: Do you think these will go over well in my Scrapbook Shop, or should I consider starting a second shop? Thanks for your comments :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Treasury Time

It's been a while since I've posted any recent treasuries! I've been featured in two this week that I wanted to share :)
The first is a team treasury by CreativeLily called Spring is On It's Way
And the next one I was particularly excited about because this Address Book had just expired and I decided to relist it. That same day it was featured in this House Hunting! treasury by andreah8339
Thank you both for the features!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Features-Lucky

My parents dog ( little sisfur) passed away last Friday! It was a very hard time for my parents as well as myself. She was 14 yrs. old and lived a wonderful life. She couldn't have asked for better parents...I know first hand :) My thoughts have turned to her many times this week and I thought I'd share a few Etsy finds today featuring Rat Terriers. RAT TERRIER Dog Art Print Mouse Pad by artbyljgrove RAT TERRIER Dog Watercolor Painting ART Print by k9artgallery Rat Terrier Welcome Slate by paintingsbysandy
You will be forever in our hearts Lucky!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

First Laser Cut Albums

I just shipped out my first three albums cut with my laser! I can't wait to hear the feedback from them!!! I have several premade word albums ready to be put in the machine next and I hope to have them in my store soon! I have a show on March 26th and I hope to have lots done by then!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February's Featured EtsyBlogger

Diana is this month's Featured EtsyBlogger! She runs the shop Faerie Garden Fancies under the username bunnykissd. Congrats Diana!!!
What I love most about her shop is the variety of pretty items she has! Here are my faves:
Please stop by Her Blog and tell her Congrats!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Lasered Projects

I'm having so much fun with my laser I just don't know how I'm going to get everything done I want to! I want to laser anything and everything!!! I got quite a bit done yesterday and couldn't wait to show off my new projects :)
Glass etched picture frame
Wood engraved magnets Close up of a cool!
Wood engraved pendants (and rings to come soon!!!) Live~Laugh~Love Engraved Tile Engraved Tile Coaster Wood Photo Plaque (These are still a work on progress.) Laserable Metal (Gold with Black backing!)
Etched cell phone cover Close up of etched design Etched glass stone (will most likely become a magnet) Glass etched Save the Date Wedding Favor tiles
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