Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter Cards I Sent - 2010

This basket is really woven pieces of card stock. 
I also made a little 3D shelf for it to sit on,
complete with "fabric" table cloth.
I painted the "wall" with an old toothbrush.
I had delivered this card to my parents 
(they received my Sugar Egg Easter Card this year)

These are the cards I mailed out last year. 
Everything used on them is from Stampin' Up!, though some items are retired.
 (except the purple gingham ribbon)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bag With Scallops Die Bunny

I shared this little treat box a couple of years ago on I made several of them and set them on the table for our family Easter dinner.

The scalloped edge of this "bag" made me think of the tail of the Easter Bunny, bending over hiding eggs. I used various Stampin' Up! punches for the face and tail, inspired by the many creations shared already. Thanks for looking.
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Basic Black
Ink: white Signo gel pen, Going Gray to lightly sponge around the punches
Accessories: various punches, Sizzix Bag W/Scallops Bigz XL Die , wire works

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bunny Wreath

The bunny is made out of a towel and fabric scraps then stuffed with polyfil from an old toy. The carrots are scraps of fabric painted with acrylic craft paint. Buttons removed from old clothing for embellishment, pom pom nose, stitching with embroidery floss for detail, raffia. All pieces are hot glued onto the wreath. 

The pattern came from an old Crafts magazine nearly 20 years ago. I still think it's a cute bunny. 

Thanks for looking !

Oops, I didn't mean to publish this just yet, I planned it to go up on the 27th.... bonus post for today =)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bunnies Made From Gloves

Now that the computer has been repaired, I've been able to start sharing more projects. Unfortunately, I was unable to post them in time for Easter

I made these bunnies so many years ago and I have no idea where to find the instructions.  The girl bunny uses all five fingers with the thumb being the doll bunny. The boy bunny uses four with the thumb being tucked in on itself. Stick a tiny toy in the pocket that is formed from the tucked thumb (assuming you won't be giving it to a child of course). 

I used hot glue to hold the parts in place.

I painted the faces with fabric paints, the type that come in squeeze tubes.

I think I used heavy dental floss for the whiskers.......

Fabric scraps, buttons and ribbon for embellishments.

Stuff with polyfil.

These brightly colored bunnies were made from knit stretch gloves - but I have no idea how I did it now, it's been too long since I made them! I do know it involved cutting up the gloves somehow...........

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Cards I Sent - 2011

This is supposed to resemble a chocolate Easter bunny in a box.

Blech, I really thought the ribbon went better with the card stock when I made this in my craft dungeon,
it looks terrible to me in this photo on my monitor....... 
The "sugar egg" is the center piece that I cut out from my Sugar Egg Easel Easter card.

In addition to the two easel Easter Egg cards posted previously, I mailed out the above cards this year. I like to make things "difficult" for myself by creating totally different cards for each recipient. 

Most of the items used on these cards are available from Stampin' Up!

Happy Easter !

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Egg In The Grass Easel Card

Use the basic directions for my Sugar Egg Easel Easter card to create a simpler version. 

Just cut one egg piece to decorate and adhere to the folded egg shape card. Do not cut out the middle of the egg piece. 

This time I ran the egg front piece through the Textured Impressions embossing folder then colored the raised areas with Stampin' Pastels. 

Cut a "fringed" piece of Gable Green card stock to resemble grass. Leave an extra 1/4" strip on the width to fold back and glue onto the card base. You'll fold the grass flat to mail, maybe leave a note to the recipient to let them know that they can stand the grass up then stand the card front / Easter Egg up for display. 

Glue on an organdy ribbon bow and tag, stamp a sentiment inside.  

All supplies used are from Stampin' Up! although many are now retired:
Whisper White card stock
Gable Green card stock and ink
Textured Impressions embossing folder
Big Shot
Stampin' Pastels
Organdy Ribbon
Neverending Joy stamp set

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Sugar Egg" Easel Easter Card

A little time consuming depending on the detail you want to put into this card. It can been made easily using different products and not as much detail. I'll post another version tomorrow.

I started by folding a piece of scratch paper in half then drawing a half of an egg shape on it. I do this often when I want to make a symmetrical shape and do not have a pattern. I need to make the time one of these days to learn how to use my electronic cutting machine and software to make my own patterns. 

Anyway, cut out the egg shape from the scratch paper then trace onto your card stock. Two pieces are just flat 4.25" x 5.5" that you trace the egg onto. They make the textured front piece and the "inside" of the egg. Only cut the middle out of one piece (this will be the front, sugared part). 

Cut another piece 4.25" x 11" , fold in half to create a 4.25" x 5.5" card. Lay the egg pattern on this again, being sure to leave a bit of an over hang at the top portion so that when you cut it out, you will still have a card that folds.

Score one side (I scored mine at about 2.5" from the bottom) then fold where you want it to fold to create the easel.

Decorate the front textured and glittered piece as you like.

I ran my egg piece through the Big Shot with the Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder. After texturizing, I brushed on a layer of clear drying white liquid glue immediately followed by glitter. If you have a Xyron machine, you could probably run the egg shape through the Xyron then the Big Shot/embossing folder, remove the protective sheet then add glitter. Set aside to dry.

You cold use fancy glitter paper and avoid the mess of making your own glitter paper altogether.

While the glitter is drying, make all of the die cut, punched or stamped and cut out items you want to add to the egg. Add details with markers, water coloring, embellishments and such before adhering all of the pieces.
Stamp the plain flat egg shape piece with your greeting - or add more images, die cuts, etc to create a scene "inside" the egg. I chose a simple greeting for this card. I'll sign the bottom half of the opened card. but you could stamp the greeting on that bottom half.

Attach the textured/glittered piece to the front of the stamped egg piece with dimensionals.

Glue on all of the embellishments and allow plenty of time to dry (depending on the adhesive you use) before handling.

Attach to the folded egg card by gluing the bottom half of the decorated egg to the bottom half of the folded card.

Create something inside the card using ribbon, card stock scraps, more die cuts, etc to help hold the card up when opened. I used a couple layers of card stock mounted with dimensionals.

Supplies I used for my project:
Stampin' Up! items, some of which are no longer available:
Whisper White card stock
Daffodil Delight card stock, ink, ribbon
Lovely Lilac card stock and ink
Green Galore card stock and ink
Textured Impressions embossing folder Vintage Wallpaper
Ribbon punch
Flower Trio punch
Boho Blossoms punch
Little Leaves die
Rhinestones colored with permanent markers

Modge Podge glue
Coarse glitter Martha Stewart (I thought it looked more sugar like, not quite as sparkly as the Dazzling Diamonds glitter from Stampin' Up!)

I added water color details to each flower and the leaves with the aquapainter and ink. 
Smooshing each flower in the palm of my hand with an Empressor stylus tool in the center of the flower gave them some dimension. The rhinestones were colored with permanent markers before adhering them to the flower centers.

Thank you for looking and Happy Easter ! 

Earth Day

Here are a few links to Earth Day related websites as well as a fantastic site for finding all sorts of recycling centers for different materials in your area:

Be sure to look at my repurposed item projects, too !

Aside from the every day recyclable items (paper, plastic, metal) I imagine you've heard of electronic recycling drives, but did you know that textiles can be recycled, too ? A local school recently held a textile drive that I participated in. Here is an interesting article about textile recycling: 

Be sure to look at to see the numerous items that can be recycled in you area. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cassie's Memory Box/Urn WINTER

This is the final side to the Memory Box/ Urn I created for Cassie's ashes. It will be on display in the living room year round.

I have many fun photos of her in the snow, she loved the snow. Most snow days she and I would walk about in the snow by ourselves; our favorite time was early in the morning when the snow was still pristine and all was quiet.

When the kids were younger and went sledding, she was right there with them. She would run down the hill after them at break neck speed. Sometimes she ended up ahead of them, getting in the way. 

I had a tough time deciding which photo to put on the Winter side since I do have several favorites of her in the snow. In the end I chose this shot.

I staged it, trying to recreate a Christmas card my parents gave me that resembled our old house.

I think it turned out pretty good. I especially like to look at the blown up photo on the monitor, the snow was so deep she didn't appear to have legs and I swear she was smiling running down the hill at me. I am going to miss our walks in the snow.

How fitting that it should snow the day of her passing......

All supplies used in this project are from Stampin' Up!, some of which are now retired.

Card Stock:
Brocade Blue
Whisper White

Northern Frost Decorative Strip Snowflake die
Northern Flurry Textured Impressions embossing folder
Button - Sherbert mix
Linen thread
Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Tombow liquid glue
Sticky strip
Brocade Blue 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Shimmer paint
small piece of a page protector that I cut then wrapped around the photo to help protect it

The ribbon around the top of the 6x6 paper mache` box was stamped with Whisper White craft ink and the paw print stamp from the Bow Wow stamp set. Be sure to set aside to dry well before handling, this will take quite a while.

I wrapped a piece of page protector around the photo before mounting it to a piece of Whisper White card stock.

Die cut a snowflake then brush on liquid glue and immediately sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Set aside to dry.

Run the Brocade Blue piece of card stock through the Big Shot die cut machine with the Northern Flurry embossing folder. Lightly smear Shimmer paint onto the raised snowflake images.

Cut a thin strip of scrap card stock the length of your photo and run a line of sticky strip along it. Scrunch up your ribbon and adhere it to create the crinkled ribbon accent piece. You could also do this on a sewing machine or by hand with a gathering stitch.

Attach the mounted photo to the Brocade Blue card stock. 

Adhere the scrunched up ribbon accent to the bottom of the photo with another piece of sticky strip. Use a glue dot to afix a button to the center of the snowflake then another glue dot to mount the snowflake to the ribbon. Be sure to tie a little piece of linen thread through the snowflake first if you'd like.

See the other seasonal sides to her memory box/urn here:

Thanks for looking and leaving comments, I always appreciate them =) 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cassie's Memory Box/Urn FALL

I took this photo last fall. She had just come back from our daily walk to the mail box to get the newspaper. She always knew when I was sliding on my shoes by the kitchen door we were going out to get the newspaper or the mail and always tagged along. Actually, she would lead the way, skipping along then looking back over her shoulder at me to make sure I was still there. I miss her walking with me to "get the mail".

I think Ringo misses her, too. Here he is sleeping on the blanket that she slept on at times when then bed I made her was being washed. He remained on this blanket while I was working on the box. Notice how his paw is wrapped around it, like he is hugging it ? He also rolls around on the dining room floor, which he has never done before, where she peed while she was sick. 

All supplies used in this project are from Stampin' Up!, some of which are now retired.

Card Stock:
Cajun Craze
More Mustard
Chocolate Chip textured

Top Note die
Gold Pearl Ex - rubbed lightly onto the Cajun Craze card stock to give it a bit of shimmer
Lovely Leaves stamp set
Cajun Craze marker
Dusty Durango marker
Tangerine Tango marker
Pumpkin Pie marker
small piece of a page protector that I cut then wrapped around the photo to help protect it
The ribbon around the top was stamped with Whisper White craft ink and the paw print stamp from the Bow Wow stamp set. Be sure to allow plenty of time to dry well before handling.

The photo is wrapped in a piece if page protector then mounted onto Textured Chocolate Chip card stock. 

I tore the bottom edge off of a piece of Cajun Craze card stock then used my fingers to slightly curl the edge. I smudged some gold pearl ex powder onto this same piece to give it a bit of shimmer. 

I die cut a piece or More Mustard with the Top Note die. I cut it in half lengthwise and will add another piece of cardstock to fill thegap. I want a swoopy part to stick out from the top and bottom both, the xtra width will be my journaling area. It will slide in and out underneath the layered photo/mats. 

I colored a leaf image from the Lovely Leaves stamp set with markers, stamped, cut out, curled then mounted to the corner of the photo. 

Thank you for looking and taking the time to leave a comment, they are always appreciated =)

Stop by tomorrow to see the Winter side of the box. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cassie's Memory Box/Urn SUMMER

Cassie loved to "swim" in our creek, but absolutely hated baths. After she would take a dip in the creek, she'd shake off as much as possible (always funny to watch) then head up to grandma and grandpa's house. Sometimes she would hang around our house after swimming, waiting under the porch to dry off and hoping she would be let back inside without anyone noticing she had been wet and was now dirty, needing a bath. More often than not, off to the grandparents house she would go.

Anytime she was given a bath, or just hearing the leash rattle thinking she was going to get a bath, would send her to the grandparents.

Whenever I applied flea preparation to her, she would go to grandma and grandpas to tell on me.

Occasionally she would get bored staying outside while I worked in the yard and walk to their house. Many times I wouldn't realize she was gone until after I came inside to clean up. After a quick call to grandmas to make sure she was there, she would almost always spend the night.

She would make that 1/2 mile long walk up hill several times a week most of the year and at least once a week during the cold winter. Some days she'd go up there two times !

She didn't' always go to tell on me, many times she made the walk just to visit with them - and to see what yummys they were having for supper.

Or to simply visit her best friend, their dog "Pretty Girl".

Pretty Girl knew when Cassie passed, was very sad the first few days afterwards and has since done a few Cassie things. It is freaky !

Somehow she sensed when Cassie passed, seeking out mom during that time. Pretty Girl would never willingly go into the bathroom since she gets baths in there, but on that particular morning during that time, she found mom in there and snuggled up into her would not leave. She wouldn't eat and acted out of sorts the rest of the day.
The following day she was blue, just sad looking, still not herself.

Later that week mom came down to the house with Pretty Girl in the car - she refused to get out of it. No matter who tried to coax her out, she would just lay there in the seat with sad eyes looking at us. We kept going out and checking on her, she hadn't budged. It was the strangest thing, odd behavior for her.
I've visited a couple of times since. In the beginning I could tell she was out of sorts - especially when she expected Cassie dog to be with me and she was not there. How heartbreaking !

Cassie could not stand thunderstorms, she would shiver and shake, insist that we stay with her, hand on her. Storms never bothered Pretty Girl until the first one we had after Cassie's passing. Once again, she sought mom out in her bedroom which she never does, she knows she isn't allowed in there. But that night she insisted she lay down next to moms bed.

Pretty Girl was always so gentle when she took treats from our hands, never nipped at fingers. Cassie on the other hand was terrible about gobbling things up as quickly as she could and would nip at fingers, she had been like that her entire life. Perhaps she learned that as a puppy fending for herself to get enough food. She never outgrew it.

When we had dinner at their house recently mom told me Pretty Girl had "gotten grabby" for the first time ever the past week. All of these little things make you wonder.............

The summer side of the memory box/urn is dedicated to Cassie's love of the creek and her buddy, Pretty Girl. I thought the two photos would go well together since nearly anytime she went swimming, it was followed by a walk to grandma, grandpa and Pretty Girls house.

All supplies used in this project are from Stampin' Up!, some of which are now retired.

Kiwi Kiss scalloped circle note card
Crushed Curry card stock
Library clip
Crushed Curry polka dot grosgrain ribbon
Pick A Petal brass template
paper piercer
rhinestones - color them with permanent markers
sticky strip
glue dots
Circle Scissor plus
The ribbon around the top was stamped with Whisper White craft ink and the paw print stamp from the Bow Wow stamp set. Be sure to let dry (overnight is best) before handling because it takes a while for the craft ink to dry on the satin ribon.

Trim the scalloped circle note card to fit the box.

Cut out the photo with the Circle Scissor Plus.

Use the Pick A Petal brass template to pierce the dots and to use as a placement guide for the rhinestones.

Tear the bottom edge off of a piece of Crushed Curry card stock cut to fit the small photo. Attach a library clip and piece of Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon. Mount to the box with dimensionals. 

I'll add an accordion folded piece of paper for journaling behind the small photo, using the library clip to hold it in place. I'll pull it out and unfold it to read, then fold it back up, slide it back in and reclip into place. I thought about making it attached to the box at one end and the back of the photo at the other, then unhinge somehow to read. The only way I could think of to do that was to use velcro dots to hold it in place - and I didn't have any on hand.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my project and leave your comments, I always appreciate them =) 

Come back tomorrow to see the Fall side of the box.