Well, it has been a little while since I have posted here. I just hate it when the “real” world gets in the way of this little blog. Oh well, I have been working on lots of projects and will try to share them as I can. I haven’t forgotten about sharing the rest of the Harry Potter party decorations. They are in the works, but on to today’s project!
I have a new toothpick doll to share with you. It is another Belle, this one inspired by the 1991 animated movie version of Belle. She is just a little different from my historically inspired Belle.
This doll took around four hours of working time to create. I have to let my dolls dry between layers. If I don’t I end up pulling my doll totally apart. I have also lost heads owing to my impatience. It is sort of unsettling to have a head in your hands, maybe not really when it is a doll but when you aren’t expecting it, it is a surprise. I created a video of my process. I compressed four hours into 13 minutes. Clearly, I am a little out of practice staying in frame, but I thought you all might get a kick out seeing it start to finish.
This doll was a lot of fun to make. I used a variety of yellow embroidery floss for her dress and accents.
Even though her hair covers it, I created a bodice lacing up the back of the dress.
I am really trying to slow down and work on being more accurate with my work. This isn’t easy for me, I always feel like I am in a hurry, which I think hurts my finished product. I think that this doll is neater and overall tidier than some of the previous girls but I will have to keep at it.
I have a few new ideas for things to try on upcoming dolls so stay tuned. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! Stay safe.
I have posted my video for the Harry Potter Party Invitations over on YouTube, or you can watch it here. I show the fun fold I did for the invitation itself. This might help you if you are having any trouble.
I hope that my post and video help inspire you to create your own party invitations. You can view the original post here.
Today’s card is a Winter Birthday card featuring a moose. This card is for my brother whose birthday is fast approaching. It was fun to make something that is “man friendly.” I will be sharing this card with this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenges, Winter Birthday and Be Square. I also have a video for you.
I started with a piece of 5 in. x 5 in. white cardstock, and using a scrap of paper with a circle punched out I inked the moon with Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I then used the negative to cover my moon so I could ink the rest of the card.
Next, I stamped the moose using VersaMark and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I then heat embossed the moose with clear embossing powder. The embossing powder protects the moose from smudging or getting any additional ink on him.
I then stamped the trees using Memento Ink, then using a scrap of copy paper I created a mask for the snow mounds. I randomly tore the paper and then using the stamps as a guide inked the mounds of snow using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Next, I covered the snow with the copy paper so that I would be able to ink the sky.
Then I created the sky using Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks. Once I was happy with my sky, I removed the masks and added a little snow with a white Gel Pen. I also added a shadow under my moose with by drawing with Weathered Wood Distress Marker and then softening the ink with an Aqua Pen. Since I wasn’t using watercolor paper I quickly removed the excess water with a paper towel and then heat gun.
I trimmed my stamped panel to 4 in. x 4 in. and stamped the sentiments. Then I added the gold and navy cardstock background. I thought I was done but it was just missing something. You guessed it, glitter! I added Crystal Stickles on the moon and the mounds of snow. Then I also added a little White Pearl Liquid Pearl on my snowflakes. That was just what this card needed and made it feel more like night. I can almost see my breath by the moonlight. Well, maybe not but the glitter really completed it.
I think that my brother will really like this card – thank you for stopping by to check it out.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree & Pines (Retired) – Stampin’ Up & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Annonymous
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Marigold Morning – Stampin’ Up, Navy – Unknown
I so thought that I would be able to get this post up last night but I am forever underestimating the time that it takes to create videos. No worries though I am up and rolling this morning with a new card. I needed a few thank you cards and this was what I came up with!
I will admit that I am a copper fan when it comes to metallics. I mean gold and silver are nice but I really love copper. For those of you that would like to watch the video here you are.
I started this card by stamping the “Merci.” This is from the Think Big Favorites #3 Mini Stamp Set. I love this font and I use it a lot. Since I was making a few of these (7) I used my MISTI which helped everything go quickly. I stamped with PTI True Black Ink and then heat embossed a few with Zing Black Glitter Finish Embossing Powder. For some reason, the embossing powder wasn’t really popping on the sentiment so I left it off the rest. It just didn’t really add anything.
Next, I stamped the large feather, this is from the Feather Finery Stamp Set, also from Papertrey Ink. I again used my MISTI and inked using VersaMark then heat embossed using Zing Glitter Finish in Copper Embossing Powder. This is a great embossing powder, it just really created the pop I was looking for. Then I stamped the additional four feathers using VersaMark and the regular Metallic Copper Zing Powder.
I then added the circle stamps. These are also from the Feather Finery set and I used the large and small circles, stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using the Gold Metallic Zing Powder.
I then added glitter dots using Stickle in Copper and Platinum. The last step on the stamped panel was to add the sequins. I added two gold and one silver.
I then started work on the card base. As usual, I started with Neenah Solar White base and scored it, then I used metallic copper washi tape in the front to create the background. It took just under two rolls of the tape to make seven cards. Now, normally I don’t like products that shed glitter, and this washi tape sheds a lot, but I still went with it since the overall look is awesome! Next, I mounted the stamped panel onto a piece of metallic copper cardstock and then that was added to the base using pop dots.
That was it! I just love the feathers in copper and the variety of metallics were som much fun to work with. Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Feathered Finery & Think Big Favorites #3 Mini Stamp Set – Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMark – Tsukineko & True Black – Papertrey Ink
Embossing Powders – Glitter Finish Black, Glitter Finish Copper, and Metallic Copper Zing Embossing Powder – American Crafts
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Brushed Copper Cardstock – Stampin’ Up (retired)
Other: Platinum & Copper Stickles – Ranger, Gold & Silver Sequins – The Paper Source, Copper Glitter Tape – Recollections
Getting down to the wire for Christmas! I hope that you are all ready, we are woefully unprepared but I am sure that we’ll pull it together. Today, I will be sharing these Japanese Koma Ornaments called Koma. I think that they are related to the craft called Temari but much simpler. The first time I saw these was on the Carol Duvall Show about a million years ago and I haven’t really seen very many people making them since them but I think that they are so much fun that I would share them with you today.
I have made a video of the process which you can view below.
To begin, you will need a piece of light cardboard. I use cereal boxes as they seem to be just the right weight. My standard size uses a piece that is 6″ by 2″ with three-inch squares. If you want to change sizes you would just need to stay with those ratios. For example, if you have a 9″ long it would need to be 3 ” with 3″ squares. Once you have drawn your rectangle, you will add the squares at 2″ and 4.” Then you will add diagonal lines. You can see how those are drawn on below.
Once you cut out your rectangle, you will need to score along the lines you have drawn. I use a box cutter and start very lightly so that I don’t accidentally cut through the score lines. Usually, I use a steel ruler with a cork backing to do any scoring, for two reasons, one – it doesn’t slip and two- I don’t have to worry about cutting through it. I will admit to cutting through a plastic ruler before. As always, be very careful when scoring.
Now, you will fold all of your score lines away from you. You are ready to start assembling your Koma. I use masking tape to tape mine together. You can, of course, use whatever works for you. I leave one corner open to glue in a hanger.
This time, I made a hanger with embroidery floss, about 5 inches long but I have use cording or ribbon. I use Alene’s Tack Glue to glue the hanger on the inside.
Then you will tape all the sides closed. I leave my ornament to dry.
Now it is time to start wrapping! If you ever made God’s Eyes as a kiddo, this is very similar. I start at the top and glue down my end. If you labeled your Koma points you would start at one, then wrap around three, then two and end the wrap at one. See images below.
To change colors, you just snip the thread and glue it down. Glue your new color and continue on. Just keep wrapping until the whole Koma is covered. Then you will glue down your final end. I used about three skeins for each Koma, this includes the tassels.
Most of the Koma’s I have made have tassels, I think that they look nice. For this Koma, I created one larger tassel in my main color, which will hang from the bottom point and then three in my complementary color. I used a variety of beads and beading thread to sew on my tassels.
That is it! You are only limited by your imagination. We have our Komas out at Christmas but there isn’t anything that says you couldn’t have them out at other times.
Here are all of the Harry Potter Komas I have made. The colors I used are from the Lead Cauldron site, here.
Now, you don’t have to stick with Hogwarts inspired ornaments, below are a few others I have made. You will see that a few have rings versus floss hangers and different tassel orientations.
I hope that this Japanese Koma Ornament Tutorial has inspired you to create your own!
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We enjoyed our time with family and are gearing up for the week today. I feel like I am coming down with a cold but hopefully I’ll be able to stave it off.
On to today’ card! There is a little video to go with today’s card if you’d like to watch as well.
I have created this ombre die cut background using Distress Inks and my Silhouette Cameo. The sentiment was also cut with the Cameo.
To begin I purchased this holly overlay. While I liked the shapes I wasn’t crazy about the layout so I ungrouped the shapes and repositioned them on a 5″x7″ rectangle. At this time, I also created the sentiment. I used the Silhouette font LD Demure for the word and simply created an oval around my word. I did tweak the word a little by increasing my Character Spacing to 108%. When I initially typed “Joyful” the “o” and “y” were just a little too close. The Character Spacing allows you to determine how far apart the letters in a font appear. I usually use this to move letters closer together to create a word merge with a script font.
Once I had cut out my background, I weeded my design. I really should have made my cuts a little deeper but I was able to work it out without tearing or ripping my shape. I added a little border around my holly background, however, it didn’t really work the way that I hoped so I had to trim my shape down to remove it. It all worked out in the end.
At this point, it was time to create my ombre pattern. First, I cut a piece of 5″x7″ white cardstock and taped it to my workspace using Washi tape. Then, I started applying the ink for the red portion of the ombre. I started with Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Distress Inks and worked those until I was happy with the result. Next, I began working on the green portion, I began inking with Evergreen Boughs and I had a tough time getting the ink to go on smoothly. Then I worked my Lucky Clover ink over this and went back and forth with my Ink Blending tools to try and get everything to be a smooth transition. Next, I added a layer of Cracked Pistachio which really helped blend my colors together. While it isn’t as smooth as I would really like it was much better then it looked at the beginning. my last step for the ombre was to add a little Spun Sugar over my red focusing on the red/green transition.
Next, I then adhered my holly panel over my ombre panel using Quick-Dry Adhesive and 2 Way Glue. I then trimmed off the excess and let my panel dry.
Then it was time to work on that sentiment. While I do realize that this is my third card that features a single word sentiment in the last few weeks, but I am just feeling the minimalist sentiment right now. Again I cut the oval and sentiment using my Silhouette Cameo. Next, I then cut a scrap of cardstock to fit behind my words. Then I applied a coat of Boss Gloss ( you could totally use Versamark) and then gave my paper a healthy coat of Enchanted Gold embossing powder. I then heat set my powdered using my heat gun. I repeated this process again. Next, I glued my glitter background behind my sentiment and glued in the little bits that required it. This would be the center of the “o” and the loops in the “f” and “l.” I used one of my acrylic stamping blocks as a weight to hold everything in place as it dried.
I the created a little red mat for my sentiment. Again the Cameo was my tool of choice. To created the oval, I used the Offset feature to cut another oval slightly larger than my sentiment. For the color, I inked this with Festive Berries Ink and adhered that to my sentiment using Scor-Tape. I added a green grosgrain ribbon around the center of my holly background.
My next step was to create two mats. I created one using Lucky Clover Distress Ink on the white cardstock. Then I created a slightly smaller mat using my Boss Gloss and the gold embossing powder. I then adhered my holly panel to my gold mat and then the green mat. This would be the time in my project when glitter went e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!
Now, I knew my card was missing something so I decided to add custom enameled brads. Doesn’t that sound fancy? Really all you do is coat your brads with embossing powder. Easy-pease. I used Boss Gloss but again you can use VersaMark. Get a healthy coat of Boss Gloss and dip the brad into the embossing powder and then heat. Repeat this process until you are happy. You do not have to reapply the gloss/VersaMark if you are quick because the melted powder will pick-up the embossing powder from the jar. If it gets cold or if you are having trouble just give it another coat before dipping. I gave my brad three coats.
You will want to be sure that you use tweezers or some other heat safe tool to hold your brad while you are heating it as it gets hot and you cannot hold them with your fingers. Also, be very sure that your tool and brad are cool before you touch them, these can get very hot in a very short period of time. You will get embossing powder on whatever you use to hold your brad so just keep that in mind too. I use tweezers from Tattered Angels and the embossing powder wipes right off.
Now my new fancy brads were added to my sentiment oval and then I mounted my oval to my card using foam tape. I then created an extra large card base and adhered my completed panel to the front. Voila! This card turned out so fun and I used very few supplies. Thank you as always for joining me today.
Today I will be sharing my revamped Sunflower Wreath. I whipped up a quick wreath last year and when I got it out for this Fall it just looked a little pitiful so it got a makeover! I made a quick video just to show you how I put it together. Super easy and quick.
1- Grapevine Wreath (mine was wrapped with a wired floral ribbon but this isn’t necessary.
3 – Large single stem sunflowers
3- Bunches of smaller sunflowers
1 – Hot Glue Gun
1- Small piece of ribbon or wire to hang finished wreath
All supplies were purchased at Michaels.
I started off with my wreath from last year. The sad little thing that she was. I hadn’t even glued the flowers on they were just stuck through the wreath. I am surprised that they didn’t blow off.
This is just a grapevine wreath with a wired floral ribbon wrapped around and then the three sunflowers and two leave stuck in the bottom. It really wasn’t bad but I wanted something with a little more pop.
All of the large sunflowers were removed and I used a high heat glue gun to re-adhere the sunflowers. Next, I dismantled the smaller sunflower bunches by popping the flowers of the stems. I purchased three bunches of sunflowers when they were on sale and used all of them for the wreath.
I also added a tiny loop of ribbon around the back so I could hang it on the wreath hanger.
As you can see, the ribbon that was there, to begin with, doesn’t really show but it didn’t seem worth it to take it off. I feel like using the hot glue will keep all the flowers in place even in strong winds.
As promised, I am back with part two. if you haven’t read Part One you might want to do so here. So, full disclosure, I actually made this sign on a canavas and it didn’t work how I wanted. In Part One, you saw how I cut out my vinyl, on a long stip since I was going to use the positive part as my stencil. When I decided that I would need to remake my sign as a wooden sign, it was clear that I needed to use the negative to create the sign. This changed the way I cut out the vinyl stencils. I’ll share a bit more on this later in the process.
We are having our basement finished and I was just certain that there had to be some scrap wood in our dumpster that I could use. It is a win-win in my book, I get free wood and it keeps something out of the landfil. I found a wooden crate that was not from our project. It held a marble vanity top from someother project but it was perfect.
I was going to take a photo before I started demolishing it but I was unable to stop myself. Hand this girl a mallet and I will start demo-ing things. To begin, I had to take the crate apart. I used a mallet to separate the sides that had been nailed together and also used a drill to remove any screws. It is possible that I did get a little overzealous becuase one of the sides did split during this process, luckily I only needed three planks.
Once I had everything apart I used our chop saw to trim off the ends. I ended up with three planks that were 4″x20.” I wasn’t too worried about the writting since I would be sanding the wood later.
Above you can see that back of the sign. I could have removed the labels but they were all stapled down and that was taking forever to get them all out and since that is the side going against the wall I wasn’t too worried.
Next I cut two pieces of wood into equal strips to hold my panels together. These were also from my crate.
I used our impact driver to screw the support strips in place. You could certainly use a regular screw driver but I like the impact driver becuase it sinks the screws. This way I will not have to worry about my sign scratching the wall.
Here is the sign all assembled.
The next step was the sanding. I used a palm sander and began with 60 grit sand paper then once that was smooth I switched over to a 220 grit. I left a few of my hammer marks and a few imperfections just to give it more character. When I was sanding the front, I also rounded the edges as well.
Before I applied my stain, I applied a coat of Pre-Stain Conditioner. I think this did help the stain go on smoothly and evenly. You could probably skip this step if you wanted but it really only took a few more minutes. Now came the stain! I used Minwax Red Mahogany and applied one coat according to the directions. I also made sure to apply stain around the edges.
Now, I allowed my stain to dry overnight this was becuase I don’t love the smell of wood stain in a small space. While it was still a little smelly it wasn’t terrible.
As I mentioned in the intro, I created two stencils for my sign. The finished sign is 16″x20.”
Here is the video of the stencil application and painting. I used Waverly Chalk Paint in White and a foam brush to apply my paint in two thin layers. I had some trouble getting the gold 12″ vinyl to stick to my wood, which I am not sure was owing to the fact that it was metallic or some other factor, in th end I was able to make it work. The pink was, for some reason, much easier to work with. Keeping two thin coats of paint helps minimize bleeding under the vinyl.
I am trying to decide if I should sand it a little to give it a little more distress but I am a little afraid to ruin it. So for now, this is the finished product. I’ll admit it, I totally want to make more of these. I think that I might try to make a couple with the last name, inital, and established for Christmas gifts.
One of the best things about this sign is that I had almost all of the materials on hand. The only thing that I had to purchase was the Chalk Paint, which ran all of $1.70. How cool is that?
Thank you for stopping by and I promise if I end up sanding this baby I’ll share more photos. Have a crafty day!
Today’s card was inspired by the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Think Pink. This was in honor of October’s status as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I dug out a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up called Hope Is. . . I paired this with another oldie but goodie, In the Garden stamp set from Fancy Pants Design. I love these large 12×12 sets from Fancy Pants and I really wish that they made more stamp sets. I have also made a quick video for this card. For some reason, I could not remember the name and color of Liquid Pearls in White Opal while I was recording. So, I shall be sure that you all know what that product is called. You may also notice that I added some captions in the video to that effect. If you can “Peanut Gallery” yourself I think that I just did. Without further ado, here is my card for today.
I started this card with a quarter sheet of white cardstock which I stamped the first large stamp image. I used Festive Berries Distress Ink and my MISTI to accomplish this. Next, I stamped a flourish using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I also added another small flourish in Festive Berries. Last, but not least I added the sentiment using Festive Berries.
Now that I had my stamping done, I added the direct-to-paper ink in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and a tiny bit of Festive Berries on the very edge. I also went back over the Festive Berries with Worn Lipstick to smooth out the color transition.
Once, the ink was dry I added tiny Liquid Pearl accents. I followed the natural lines and curves in my stamping to accent the shapes. I also added just a bit of Stickles in Glam Pink and Fruit Punch. I should mention that I was able to take a trip to my closest independent scrapbook store and came home with more Stickles this weekend. I think I might be part magpie, the shiny and glitter just gets to me. I let the Stickles dry overnight and then added round adhesive gems and small adhesive pearls.
The whole card was mounted to a piece of Rose Red cardstock which I trimmed down to give it a very narrow border. This all went to a top fold card and that was it. I like the monochromatic feel of this card.
Stamps: In The Garden – Fancy Pants Designs & Hope Is. . . – Stampin’ Up
Ink: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries
Other: Glam Pink & Fruit Punch Stickles – Ranger, Liquid Pearls in White Opal – Ranger, Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Pink Round Gems – Elements by Mark Richards
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Rose Red – Stampin’ Up
I am back with a card and video today. Don’t worry if you are enjoying the dolls there are more of them on the way. I am planning to do a video time-lapse of the creation of my next doll. Not too sure on the timeline for that but it is in the works.
Today’s card is one I have created for an upcoming fundraiser. it is actually one of 12 cards.I created two different sets of cards each with 12 cards and envelopes. The other style will be featured here later this week.
So, a quick word about my creative process. These two sets of cards really show my two main workflows. The card today was a work-in-progress creation. I wasn’t really sure where I was going and I only knew the silhouette I wanted to use and that was it. It can be a challenge creating multiple cards in this manner but I just jumped in. This style of work requires a bit of trial and error and sometimes that looks like staring at a half-made project or ripping things off a completed card.
The other way I work is with a clear plan or vision. The other set was a project that was clearly formed in my mind. I knew what I wanted and how I was going to get there. It is just an interesting process.
So, with that out of the way on to the card and video link!!
I started with a piece of white cardstock and started applying ink in Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord. I laid down my colors from light to dark and then went back over them to blend. This can get darker ink on you ink blending tool but I haven’t had this be a problem and I think that you could just replace your sponge if you started getting ink transfer.
Next, I gave my panel a splash with water and then white watercolor paint. I used a long bristled paint brush to splatter the watercolor and that seemed to give a smaller splatter.
Next, I die cut the circles from white cardstock using my Silhouette. This is a shape that I created by using the circle tool and then the offset tool. Once I had my first circle I simply used copy and paste and then resized the circles to the size I wanted. Once I had the circle as I wanted I merged everything together. If you replicate this you will want to be sure that your circles have been made a Compound Path before you merge them, if you don’t they will be solid circles. Once I had these cut, I inked them with a little Dazzle Versamark and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.
Then onto out horse, I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to my die cut and then gave it a few spritzes with Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist. The horse silhouette is a shape that I purchased online.
I then cut out 12 hearts from white cardstock. This is a shape I created in my Silhouette, it is a very basic heart but I use it all the time. I inked my hearts with Seedless Preserves and then Dusty Concord on the edges. I adhered the horse with Scor-tape and then glued the hearts on.
So this was where I got stuck. I just couldn’t decide what to do. I stared at this card for awhile, played with embellishments and was generally lost. This it hit me! I have the wonderful Star Gazer set from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment was perfect and it fit in the space I had created and the little stars were just what I needed. I used Memento Ink and Black Detail Embossing Powder. Everything went on a black cardstock mat and then to the card bases.
I was afraid that there would be a time when I would have to scrap these and I am so glad that they came together! I hope that you all have a wonderful week.