Thanksgiving Place settings

Okay, I realize that Thanksgiving was yesterday. I thought I would share anyway. Go ahead and adapt these and use them for Christmas instead. No biggie.

I used Core’Dinations envelopes and tags, my cutie little Lawn Fawn Turkey stamp and my kiddo to complete these table name tag/place settings/gift “box” (for the ornaments I made earlier here and here).

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Envelopes were simply inked using Tim Holtz distress inks to add color to the background. Tags were decorated with a watercolor marker technique (Art Impressions have good YouTube videos on how this works).  Once the turkeys were done, we inked the edges for a little more depth and threw on some twine. The final touch was to add each person’s name. I was going to use a rotary text stamp at first but decided to go with hand written names. Then I remembered I had some new India ink that I haven’t played with much. This further reminded me that a young friend had shown me her art marker that was really a water brush filled with ink. Bingo. I pulled out an extra water brush and filled it with my ink to make my own calligraphy brush.

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And the results really were pretty. I’m not an expert hand letterer but practice makes perfect and here is a good place to practice.

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And here it all is put into action.

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Hope you enjoyed.

Update & crafting with kids

Remember these guys? I posted about them a few days ago.
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I didn’t mentioned that I was still working on two more designs. Well I got them finished and look how cute they turned out.
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My middle child got really involved with decorating all the stockings on the fireplaces. We’ve made at least 10 of each style of ornament so that means 30 colorful stockings that she worked on. That yellow ombre stocking was our favorite of the batch.So pretty. It is going to be hard to give them all away since they are so fun. (If you didn’t read the last post, these are all gifties for the holidays.)

Which brings me to the second part of my post today. When I bought all these to make my own gifts, I also bought a batch for the kids in my card class. I teach a card making class at my kids’ alternative school. It is so much fun to share my love of crafting with all of these young people. So here is what they look like before young minds get to work on them.
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I’ve removed the price labels and used my crop-a-dile to punch holes in them for the hanging string. I’m looking forward to seeing what they all come up with to decorate these items.

It just so happens that Jennifer McGuire’s theme this week for her Share Handmade Kindness campaign. What perfect timing since I am sharing these small wood disks for the kids to turn into treasures. Why don’t you go craft with or even for some kids in your life.

Look What arrived

I’ve got some new DCWV stacks in the house. Check it.

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I’ve already put the Le Blanc stack to use in my teacher thank you cards from a couple of days ago. This stack is a mix of beige on white prints and white-on-white emboss-resist prints. So fun to add your own colors to and make them fit whatever project you are working on.

 

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I have a great spot in my living room for seasonal decor. Putting up a wreath for the season will be a perfect way to add a little extra decoration to my home. I will be putting together the wreaths from this kit soon, starting of course with the fall themed wreath for Thanksgiving. I will give you my thoughts once I’ve got that put together.

Christmas Ornaments

We have a tradition, that was started by my husband’s grandmother, to give christmas ornaments to friends on Thanksgiving. Last year we stamped inked images into sculpy clay rounds.

This time, when I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video on stamping & coloring wood rounds I knew I had to C.A.S.E. this idea. I made a guess at how many ornaments I need this year and decided a simple wood blank from JoAnn’s would be the most practical choice. Turned out I miscalculated. Once I got home and made a physical list of people I’d like to give these little gifts to, there are nearly 50 ornaments I need to make. With an assembly line method and some help from the kids I know we’ll get through these all on time! So far I’ve come up with three stamped designs. There is the front art and a holiday sentiment stamped on the back. Using my crop-a-dile I punched holes in the rounds and added string. Stamps (older sets) and color pencils are from Stampin’ Up. I do have to say that my color pencils aren’t nearly as creamy smooth as the Prismacolor pencils appear to be in the video. New color pencils sound nice but it is hard to buy something new when I already have some, even if they aren’t as smooth.

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New baby gift

So May. I haven’t posted anything since May. I promise you I have been crafting. I have not felt any inclination to blog though. Such is life. I’m here now and offering some crafty goodness.

A friend had a baby not too long ago and I had fun making this layout for a gift when we get to visit for the first time. I placed it in a 12×12 frame so that they can hang it on their wall with the other lovely family photos. I hope they appreciates this little piece of art to add to their collection.

For this project I actually went to the craft store and specifically shopped for product. I never (okay, ALMOST never) go shopping for a specific project. I try to keep a bunch of interesting supplies on hand and just create with what I have in stock. But this time I wanted to shop. And how fun it was.

Recipe

Baby themed kit (6×6 paper pad, die cuts, tiny text, words): Authentique (on sale for $5! What a score)
pattern paper: Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye
inks: Studio Calico (Mr. Huey), Ranger (distress for inking edges)
washi tape: My Mind’s Eye
wood die cuts: Studio Calico
die cut machine: Provo Craft (Nursery Rhyme cartridge for title lettering, Heritage for banner, Gypsy for resizing elements)
date stamp: K&Co. (Smash stamp)
punches: Stampin’ Up
journaling pocket: Simple Stories
journaling cards: Project Life elements

This qualifies for 2 challenge blogs, both of which I have never entered anything in before:

I look forward to more challenges with these sites and a few other new ones as well as an old time favorite. I may even get blog posts done about them and actually enter them! He he.

Thank you bouquet

My friend has been spending a lot of her time (happily, I’m glad to report) driving my son around to different events. I have been very thankful for the extra set of wheels to get him where he needs to go. I made a quick and simple bouquet out of one of our early spring flowering shrubs and wrapped it up with some ribbon and a tag. Easy, easy.

Recipe
stamps, cardstock, punch: Stampin’ Up
ink: Tsukineko
markers: Copic
die cut machine: Cricut
other: ribbon, jump rings

I keep a supply of various size tags that I cut out on my Circut. This allows me to grab a tag, stamp and go when I need a really quick accent for something.

Blue and Yellow!

I have been following all the news coming out from the winter CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) 2012 event this past week. I’m always excited to see what is new and hot. Even though I am not a particularly trendy person, I do like new ideas and get bored of the stale trends. I have followed the news at Scrapbook Update as well as at Write.Click.Scrapbook. I also just found coverage of CHA from Paper Crafter’s Corner. You should check all of them out and see what their coverage was like!

I especially enjoyed the Write.Click.Scrapbook coverage as they laid out some of the trends happening at the show. I’d like to point out a trend that I noticed that I didn’t see anyone else mention and that is the blue/aqua and yellow color scheme.

Studio Calico‘s Take Note collection is sporting aqua, blue and yellow along with some neutrals and a bit of green.

Photo Credit: Studio Calico

And Authentique also is clearly defining blue and yellow in their Genuine collection.

Photo Credit: http://papercrafterscorner.com/

Tori Spelling is releasing a line of jewelry with Darcie and she even is sporting some yellow and blue.

Photo Credit: May Flaum for Scrapbook Update

And Claudine Hellmuth is also rocking the blue and yellow

Photo Credit: May Flaum for Scrapbook Update

How about Lilly Bee’s Buttercup line?

Photo Credit: http://papercrafterscorner.com/

And one more from you is My Mind’s Eye Dilly Dally.

Photo Credit: My Mind's Eye

I’m sure I could find more examples, but I think you get the point. The reason I am noticing all this new blue and yellow is because that is exactly the color scheme I just painted my new laundry room! We had the laundry room constructed in our basement last month in order to move the washer and dryer out of the garage. I now have a whole room with pretty colors and a folding table. Previously, the laundry would just be dumped on our bed, or more likely just piled up in baskets on our bedroom floor. I’m glad to have a new space for organizing this daily chore. Check it…

Because it is still under construction the utility sink has not yet been installed. The sink is a wonderful addition to our laundry setup which will now allow me to wash all my messy craft stuff right next to where I work! In the past I had to drag everything up from the basement and wash it in the kitchen sink. It really prevented me from doing too many messy things because I didn’t want to do the cleanup! That will change now. The other great thing about this area is that I will have a little better organization for my sewing projects. As you can see in the photo below the folding table can double as a fabric cutting table.

I have plenty of room to store tubs of fabric under the table. And there is room to open up the ironing board right next to an electrical outlet where I can plug in an iron to iron my seams and hems. That will make for tidier projects! See that fabric on the table? It is for three sets of curtains. One large set will cover up the plumbing area/storage closet that was built behind the new washer/dryer wall. I also bought enough to add little curtains to each of the laundry room windows. I was excited to take my paint chips to the fabric store and find a pretty nature print that used my blue and yellow color scheme!

So, what do you think about blue and yellow?

Weekend update #6

Okay, here is my final update of things I worked on this past weekend. Since our plans were canceled on Sunday due to weather, I had plenty of time to craft. I spent all day Sunday in my basement craft room. If any of you have been following my blog, I have been working on sprucing up my basement craft room. My work table looks out onto the furnace and water heater. Not the most inspiring sight! I spent some time in a previous post putting up some decorations to hide the furnace ducts a bit. I finally got to hanging the curtain I planned to use to hide the actually utilities! Since I am going for a Cafe theme in my space I added a scalloped “awning” to my curtain. Both pieces came from sheets I bought for really cheap at the Goodwill.

This is the view as I walk into my space.

This is the view as I am sitting at my table.

I plan on adding several metal chians (attached under the scalloped piece). I can hang inspirational items from these chains such as finished layouts, magazine clippings, mini art pieces, and other things. As I build up my decor palette, I’ll post more pictures!

Weekend update #4

Okay, I am getting most of the projects done that I had floating around in my brain. I’m thinking I am going to spread these posts out a bit this week so that they don’t get overwhelming. I hope I don’t annoy anyone with over-posting! Here is a quick little project that I wanted to do.

What is it you ask? It is a tiny, double-sided tag that I made for my sewing machine. Since I am a sewer I use my machine for both paper and for fabric. I use different needles for the two tasks and find myself forgetting which needle I last used in the machine! I made this little tag to leave under my presser foot to remind me which needle I have installed. I use the “F” side for fabric needles and the “P” side for paper needles. Before I was just using a scrap piece of paper with a big “F” and “P” on either side . This is going to make me much happier! Here you can see it in action.

Recipe
ink, cardstock: Stampin’ Up
stamp: Scraptivity (an old stamp I almost got rid of, silly me. I think I’ll be using it more often for texture on projects!)
sealant: modge podge
ribbon, pattern paper, alpha: stash scraps

Steps
I made my tag a-la Tim Holtz. I put a couple of drops of dye ink from 3 different colors onto a plastic sheet (leftover packaging!), misted, swirled a bit and then dragged my tags through the pool of color. Then gave it some distressing by inking the edges and stamping with some cool texture. I finished the whole thing off with a layer of modge podge for added durability (and another layer of texture dimension that isn’t showing up on camera).

If you need a label for something you keep forgetting, give this little tag a try.

Cupcake saga continues

My latest challenge from The Paper Variety was to make something involving a cupcake. Oh how perfect since I’ve spent the last two weeks in cupcake land. Well I couldn’t just submit the cupcakes that I already made. That wouldn’t be in the spirit of a crafty challenge. I had to figure out how to incorporate those cupcakes. I decided to make a cake plate out of paper to display my cupcakes in my scrap room. I’ve been decorating my scrap room in a “Creative Cafe” theme and these little delights will be displayed to spruce up my space. What better way to present paper cupcakes, than with a paper cake plate? So here it is…

I used my Gypsy & Cricut to design and cut the stand. If you really want all the complicated details read more below. The stand was a little off from what I had envisioned. If I feel up to it, I will enlarge the circle plate at the top to make it more in proportion to the size of the stand. Other than that, it was a fun project and a neat way to decorate my space.

Recipe:
I took the letter L from a font (can’t remember which one). I flipped it horizontally and welded the L and the upside down L together. Then I flipped this vertically and welded then together again for form half of the stand. I cut two stands–each was 4 layers of heavy cardstock glued together that all fit on one sheet of cardstock. I sliced a slit in each stand about half way down and then slid them together. I don’t know if any of that made sense. I really should have taken photos for a better description.