Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It's a Four-fer! Craft of the Weeks: 8,9,10, and a bonus!

It's been busy! We finally squeezed in a little family getaway, not too far, but far enough to be away.
It was the first outing with the new puppy -a little crazy, but not bad. The next will be easier.
So, without further ado,
Craft of the Week #8:
Clothespin Magnets:
 Clothespins, ModgePodge, DSP paper scraps, more ModgePodge, sandpaper, and adhesive magnet strips -Voila! Very easy, but a little time consuming (I do not enjoy sanding), and super-cute. I will be selling them at the local community fair in sets of 3.
Craft of Week #9: Dog Toys!
These were made with donated towels, cut into 3 sizes (sm., med., lg.) and tightly braided into dog toys. My daughter will be selling these at same community fair to raise money for 2 local animal shelters that we have worked with. 
Craft of the Week #10: Photo Cards
Very self explanatory...I found some of my favorite digital photos I had taken as far as 6 years back, printed them off at Costco with a white trim and matte finish. Then mounted them on what I felt was best coordinating color of SU! cardstock. This is just a small sampling of the almost 8 dozen I made.
Bonus craft: Bleach on T-shirts
 So, I've stamped with bleach on cards, but took it another step to a couple of cute junior-fit tees I found. I used bleach on paper towels for my "ink pad" then stamped with the beautiful "Gently Falling" SU! set. The blue tee has a few leaves at the front center, and a single one at the nape.
This one has a single leaf front-top-center, and a ring of them around the hem.
Just a tip: I tried this on a couple of heathered colored tees, and it did not work! The bleach wasn't received and simply dried on the shirt without removing color.
Anyone know why?
 I want to go back and get some fall-colored shirts in different sizes and do a few more. It was fun!
Until next time: Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Craft of the Week and Bonus "Craft"

So this week, I made these super-easy washer necklaces. I just made sure the diameter of the washer and the hole in the washer coordinated with my circle punch sizes. Then I punched out a bunch of retired DSP I have adhered it with Tombo multi-purpose glue, let dry, and sealed with SU! Crystal Effects. Voila!
It felt way to easy -kind of like I was cheating, so I made them double-sided and added assorted SU! Jewels.
This one is my favorite:
It's very dainty and pretty, well, for a washer anyway!

Since I seemed to have a bunch of extra days in the week (I finished these last Saturday), well technically, I finished them before the week even started, I went and bought a dozen more washers that I'll finish by Saturday.
Also, late last week, our new local produce shop got in tons of peaches from their orchard over in Eastern Wa. I couldn't resist and bought 2 boxes (40lbs), as the price was amazing, and they're non-certified organic. Well, I learned a little something: Don't try to peel/skin unripe peaches. I thought they were good as they gave a little under pressure, but they were a little green. So, couple days hanging out in the warm-ish garage, and ta-da! They peeled perfectly yesterday, and today, and more again today. I gave my first try at canning them, next will be jam, and the rest into the freezer and crisp for tonight.

Ironically peaches aren't my favorite, and after a year of 40lbs of peaches, I'll probably stick with a single 20lb box next year. But, boy oh boy, I can't wait for the blackberries to come in (our yard ones are a later variety), to make some peach/blackberry cobbler -Yummy!

Oh, and for those of you who are local, here is the link to Bill Pace Produce . He's not new, but he's got a new shop in our 'hood. I'm so excited about getting fresh local apples by the box soon. Applesaucin' here I come!!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Craft of the Week: Week 6

Still on track for Crafts of the Week! I am looking to sustain this through August, and hopefully it will have become enough of a habit to carry on into the holiday season.
This past week's project was purely a practical one: A bed/pillow for puppy.

 I used two solid colors of blizzard fleece on sale at Joann's -kind of a limey green and chocolate brown, and a 27" square pillow form. Ironically, we did not have puppy then, but I knew we would get a puppy at some point in the near future and tried to choose something neutral color-wise. I just had to take advantage of the great 4th of July sale and military discount.
Don't the colors go great with her coat and collar??

Happy Crafting!

Christmas in July in August!

So, I found another picture of Christmas cards from last year, this class set highlighted the Stampin' Up! DSP Be of Good Cheer and attendees got a pack of it, Dazzling Details in Cherry Cobbler, and pre-cut supplies to make all of their cards.
Colors used for c/s, ink, and markers include: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White. Ribbon: Stitched Satin Ribbon Gumball Green, Victorian Lace. Sets used starting top left and going clockwise: Greeting Card Kids (ret.), Teeny Tiny Wishes, Bells & Boughs (ret.), Snow Much Fun (ret.),  Snow Swirled (ret.), Many Merry Messages, Evergreen, and Beautiful Season (ret.).
Again, I apologize for the group photo...scanner issues. The printer/scanner has since died, and has been replaced. I have yet to test the scanner function, but have no reason to believe it will have issues. :)
A few tips/insights/opinions: First -I am really going to miss the retired stamps at my card classes this year. Thank goodness for the Evergreen & Merry Messages sets -I love those!! Second -I found when using the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, they work best when going over something that is already colored red. The sparkles look a little sparse  otherwise. Third -I almost forgot (!) I used the Illuminate ink for the snowflakes  and on the tree on the bottom two cards. I love that ink -it gives such a great subtle highlight/shimmer. It looks amazing stamped on Midnight Muse.
Alright -enjoy your day, I'll be back soon with my Craft of the Week.
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Christmas in July

So, here are some of the previously mentioned holiday cards from my card classes. I am very sad that many of the sets used have retired, so therefore will not be reappearing in any of my upcoming holiday card classes. *sad face*. But hey! Click here for a list of carryover sets from last year's Holiday mini that aren't in the new one or in the idea book. Some beautiful stamps in there!

This one uses More Merry Messages set (it carried over!),Snow Festival DSP, Champagne glimmer paper, Gumball Green c/s & ink, rhinestone jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, oh! and the Apothecary Framelits.

Greeting Card Kids set (retired), Bells & Boughs set (retired), Snow Festival DSP, Whisper White c/s, Cherry Cobbler c/s & ink, coordinating markers, Dazzling Details (glitter glue). XL Scallop Circle Die, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 2-1/2" Circle punch.

More Merry Messages set, Evergreen set (also carried over -yay!), Snow Festival DSP, Whisper White c/s, Midnight Muse & Baja Breeze (retired) ink, 1-3/8" circle punch, Dazzling Details, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Teeny Tiny Wishes set, Snow Festival DSP, Whisper White c/s, Cherry Cobbler c/s & ink, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Plenty of Petals TEIF, Dazzling Details, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Snow Much Fun set (retired *super sad face*), Snow Festival DSP, Baja Breeze (retired) & Whisper White c/s, Cherry Cobbler c/s & ink, Basic Gray ink, coordinating marker, Dazzling Details, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

More Merry Messages set, Snow Festival DSP, Crumb Cake, Whisper White & Primrose Petals c/s, Early Espresso ink, Decorative Label punch, rhinestone jewels, Stampin Dimensionals.
Notice some similarities? Last year I held 2 classes, each designed around a package of DSP. Each attendee received all the pre-cut supplies for 4 each of the cards above, a package of the DSP, and a bottle of Dazzling Details. I didn't have time for my normal 3 classes, so I consolidated, in a sense. This year will probably be back to my regular format, as I'm not head over heels with any of the holiday DSPs this year.  My scanner wasn't functioning when I took these, so color isn't very true.
When I find the 2nd class pics I'll see about posting them for you.
Be sure to check out the sidebar -Holiday mini catalog is available starting today!!!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bad Blogger's Crafts of the Week

I really enjoy reading good bloggers, but I'm hoping if any of you followers are still around, you don't mind checking out blogs of bad bloggers like myself. Many life changes since the last blog posting. I have implemented a "craft-of-the-week" this summer to keep myself crafting, and using the supplies I just "had to have". I started 6/24.
Weeks 1&2 were these cute recipe boxes:
I've got more paper ordered so I can make some more -love the way they turned out with the matching divider cards.

Week 3 were swaps for Girl Scout camp that I volunteered at with my 3 kiddos:
We made over 150 to go with our camp names: Bunny, CrocStar, Snorkel, and Pearl (like in Finding Nemo)

Week 4 was basket weaving at camp:
Basket weaving (for those of you who don't already know), is so amazingly zen. Must do this again!

Week 5 was these super-fun and easy necklaces:

I'll be selling these along with some other style necklaces at a community craft fair in the fall.

Week 6 will be a bed for this little cutie, our newest family member:

Thanks for hanging in with me! I'm thinking along with Craft of the Week, I need to start Blog of the Week. :)
Have a great afternoon wherever you are!
Happy Crafting!