1.31.2011

fresh from the Makery: duct tape and V-day

It's not what you think.  From the sound of this blog title, you're probably expecting something a little kinkier than I'm about to deliver.  I hope you're not too disappointed.


That's right, more sexy stationery! Today I have not one, but two projects to share! And I'm on time!  I was rifling through my craft area in the garage and pulled out some orange glitter and turquoise duct tape.  You'd think orange glitter would be a snap to use up, right? But for some crazy reason I've had a helluva time putting this orange glitter to use, part of the delightful welcome pack I received shortly after signing up on the Fiskateer blog.  I've had the glitter for about a year, maybe a bit longer.  Shortly after receiving the glitter, I was making my weekly visit to Paper Source where I came across this handy dandy "quickie" glue pen (I guess this post is a little kinky).


If all else fails, as I always say, make stationery, right.  Anyway, fast-forward one year and I'm finally putting the two together.


The orange glitter makes me think of oranges, naturally, and with all this love in the air, the timing made me think of the soda pop, Orange Crush, and the result was this card.



The glitter holds pretty well but I may make a second version with a finer glitter.  The whole point of today's projects, however, was to use materials already on-hand, so these will have to do for now.


For my second project I wanted to use some of this bright turquoise duct tape I accidentally purchased awhile back thinking it was more like painter's tape (oops).  I figured somebody's come up with something clever and sure enough, duct tape is one of those surprisingly crafty materials that runs the gamut as far as how folks have put it to use.  I saw a couple of posts on Instructables about duct tape bookmarks, specifically magnetic in nature.


Since I also had on hand a sheet of inkjet magnetic paper leftover from my paper goods shop, I decided to make a magnetic duct tape bookmark for myself.




And I put it in my shop! Hey, why not?  I'm mulling over ways to, you know, make it mine, but for now, the basic version is available.  If you like turquoise. And books. And magnetic things.


Oh, and in case you're wondering what I'm reading in actual book form that requires an actual, magnetic duct tape bookmark? Mary Roach's Bonk. So, yeah, a moderately kinky post, after all. Hey, I do what I can to make your Mondays more bearable. (You're welcome.)

1.25.2011

fresh from the Makery: because cheerleaders need a little Etsy love, too

It's Tuesday! Oops! Last week, I came across the leftover fuzzy pink pom poms from this project. With Valentine's Day right around the corner and fresh off the heels of revisiting the Chick Flick Notes, I quickly came up with a couple of projects to use up the rest of the pom poms, beginning with my first "art print" in my paper goods Etsy shop:


When trying to think of a project that would utilize the pom poms I naturally thought of cheerleaders and remembered the cheer from the beginning of the classic chick flick, "Bring It On."  I love that movie. So much.  Anyway, this is what I came up with:


The silhouette and text are printed on matte photo paper using my fancy schmancy 8-color inkjet printer and the pom poms are attached via glue gun. Zots would probably be a more archival solution and I may experiment with those but I worried they wouldn't hold as well.  You can get the print, sans frame, in my Etsy shop.  Colors are customizable (I'm thinking high school/college colors?).


Next I used the same silhouette/pom pom/varsity letters idea and applied it to yet another Valentine's Day card, with a decidedly less snarky message inside.


Pink, and more pink! When did I become so girly?

1.17.2011

fresh from the Makery: a little lite housekeeping

Okay, maybe this shouldn't count as a new project for the week, but I did reprint some of the Chick Flick Notes that are, once again, in my other shop. So they're kind of new.


Even though the FreshonMondays Etsy shop was started for products that come from Makery projects, regardless of materials used, it's making more sense to me lately that anything graphic design-y or involving paper should go to the RBGColor shop, "design studio and paper crafts" shop that it is, and anything involving felt or other non-paper materials will stay in the FreshonMondays shop. Basically, my scattered web presence is a big branding nightmare. So this is my effort at untangling that presence just a bit. The Chick Flick Notes are now their own category in that shop (you could say I've curated the dozens of quotes a bit...serving suggestions, if you will). I also moved over the Marie Antoinette recycled screenprint proof stationery.


So, anyway, that's that. God forbid I ever edit myself and focus on one thing! That wouldn't be any fun!

1.12.2011

crazy about conversation hearts

Yikes, it's been awhile! Happy New Year! I have a few real weddings from the last few months of 2010 to blog about but before I catch up, I'm super excited to announce a new save-the-date design in my Etsy shop.



I've been making a few ready-to-sell items for Valentine's Day, including a couple of cards inspired by conversation hearts and yesterday thought, hey, what a great idea for a save-the-date, especially if you get engaged on V-Day or send your save-the-dates out around then!


I used colors I had on hand (and the pastel yellow works nicely with the theme, don't you think?) but as always, all the details are customizable!


Check out my shop for those ready-to-send V-day cards, including folded notes with a similar conversation hearts theme:


And mini folded notes, no envelopes (these would make great gift tags for goody bags!):


Finally, last but not least, lovebirds with a little bling!


Hopefully I'll find the time to blog again before the next holiday!

1.10.2011

fresh from the Makery: you rock!

V-day is only five weeks away! Do you know what you'll be sending to your Valentine yet? How 'bout these folded notes or mini cards, both inspired by the Sweetheart printed candies:



They kind of speak for themselves, don't they? It doesn't help that I only got four solid hours of sleep last night. I promise I'll be more chatty next week!

1.03.2011

fresh from the Makery: can you say niche market?

For Christmas I made my Dad, who's a paraglider and uses a MyTouch 3G, a custom phone cozy featuring an Android dude with a little more lift than usual.



Wee!


The result is, of course, available in my shop as one of the custom listings but I don't anticipate selling a whole lot.  Talk about niche market, huh?