Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Crafty Christmas Gifts

2018 = This year's selection for a crafty Christmas gift for all the ladies in our family (his and her sides) was a pincushion and I found the idea at YouTube on a video titled "Easy Pincushions with Jenny, Misty, and Cindy" by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I really enjoyed shopping at thrift stores for the containers and bought the Lizard Litter and some pillow filler fluff. Just a warning - the smallest bag Petco carries of Lizard Litter is a ten-pound sack of crushed walnut shells! 😁

Many of the pots were still dirty from their last use, so almost as soon as I got home with them, they got scrubbed in a warm, sudsy bath. I looked them over carefully at the store for cracks and chips and a couple of them didn't transfer home so well, so I had to touch up a couple with matching paint. All in all though, they were so cute when I finished making them. 

If you decide you have to make some too, here's what I suggest: several of the containers were deep and I stuffed the bottoms of them with plastic grocery sacks and foam packing before adding the glue around the top edges and then stuffing the pincushion bubble in and adding more glue where needed. To make the pincushion bubble,  I put the center of the fabric upside down into the top of a little cardboard tea package lid that was about 1 1/2 inch deep (you could use a custard cup or other small container), spooned in about 3 scoops of lizard litter, then drew it up into a "bubble" and stuffed pillow fluff into the opening (which will be the bottom of the pincushion), while twisting some strong crochet thread around the "neck" to tie it closed (secret: tie a slip knot first with a 3 inch tail and pull tight, then wrap the thread around the neck two or three times and tie off) and cut off the excess fabric. I used a thumbnail and a Chinese bamboo chopstick to push the pincushion pillow into the opening of several of the containers and tried to smooth them out until tight. Then I stretched a couple of large rubber-bands around the top of pincushion and the bottom of the containers to hold the pincushions in until the glue dried and set overnight. Added a couple of straight pins and a safety pin on top to finish them off. Made 25 in all and the gals had fun picking out their favorite one to take home!

If you want to see details, click on the photo to enlarge! 


Monday, November 26, 2018

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

But I'm as snug as a bug in a rug inside! 

Decided it was time to put my scissors and paper trimmer to work!


The cardboard box contains two brown paper grocery sacks stuffed to the gills and overflowing with paper food and product packaging.

This is my word box.


All words, cut out from packaging, extra stamp offs and confetti wording go into this pencil box. I use them on artist trading cards (atc's), artsy greeting cards, my Documented Faith scripture art journaling pages, glue-book pages, etc. 

When I don't have a individual word I can use, I dip into my letter pouch and spell out the word I need. I've separated the letters into snack sized zip bags. I also have a few alpha stickers in the back. It looks more artsy if the lettering doesn't match. I also have some punctuation and numbers as well. 


I may keep some images for my atc image collection and if there are any leftover pieces large enough for atc's of packaging left, it will get cut up into atc blanks and put away into a shoebox that I keep for that purpose. 

A perfect job for a cold snowy day! 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Scripture Art Journaling 2018

I'm still following Stephanie Ackerman's Documented Faith 
and receiving her scriptures by a weekly email. 
But this year, instead of using a 3-ring binder notebook,
I'll be art journaling the scriptures in a spiral, 5.5" x 8.5" (14 x 21.6 cm) 
Strathmore Sketch book 
and hanging it in my kitchen this way so I can read 
and meditate on the scriptures while I do my daily kitchen chores. 
If you want to see details, click on the photo to enlarge.
I'll be sharing what I consider my best pages. 
I've doodled this introduction page. 
Ain't it cute? 
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Cover on front and back. The flower is a Stephanie Ackerman Sizzix die 
that I cut out on my Cuddlebug using white cardstock,
 then water-colored, Sharpie stitched, and glued the parts together. 
I may add more to the front later -- haven't decided.
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Here I repurposed some used note-pad tea-cups and water-colored a lattice pattern in blue
around the stenciled dots. 
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Can you tell I have a theme going here? smile!
I had been tracing a line for the scripture box with a pencil and ruler, but decided that making a window mask with a bit of clear packaging would make it easier to trace around 
and I could use it for eyeballing placement. I've been experimenting with spritz paint and used 
By the way, that "Salted Caramel" tea flavor is yummy! 
And low-cal, when I use stevia to sweeten it!
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May-May not only inspired me to design my page similar to her's but she also inspired me to use a separate sheet of cardstock and glue it to the page which prevents two foreseeable problems with using the sketch-book. The Sketch-book's pages are perforated near the spirals and I had been using masking tape on the backside of the pages to prevent the pages from tearing and also, since I'm a magnet for oopsies messes, I can turn the cardstock over if I make a mistake. I cut a 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock in half and then cut off a quarter of an inch from one side to make it the perfect size for the page. I don't have a cri-cut, only my Cuddlebug, so used what I had - a tea-cup stamp that I stamped twice (once on the cherry paper and again on colored cardstock), fussy -cut and assembled. 
Then I traced around a tea-pot favor that I've had for years. 
And while I can doodle scallops, I decided to trace around a new stencil that I die-cut from clear packaging using a Christmas gift -- a Tim Holtz On the Edge Sizzix scallop die.
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Inspiration: Monica of "Because Jesus Bible Journaling"



I doodled and stamped this scripture art journal page!
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Inspiration: a Tea-riffic  Card!
I decided to create ahead when I get inspired, so here's the next one! The sentiment is doodled and the cups are stamped, just like the above one!


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I didn't know if I liked my version or not of this one
but after I got it up in my kitchen, it began to grow on me. 




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My friend, Karen, gave me flyers from a Christian company called Prince of Peace, 
a tea that she regularly consumes. I fussy cut the tea cups, brand name, & a heart from the flyers and attached them to the inked masking tape background, then gave it a clear coat of mod-podge. The ink lifted a little and made the scripture strips look a little grungy. 

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Some more of my collection of Documented Faith
(click on link below)
Enjoy!