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!