Sunday, November 22, 2015

recycled ornaments

Hi friends.  Today I want to show you some ornaments I've been working on.  I started with cereal boxes and cracker boxes.  I love being able to create something pretty from an item that would normally be put in the trash or recycling bin.  

I found instructions on line showing how to create a nice 5-pointed star by folding a square.  So that is how I made my pattern, which I cut from cardboard, so it was easy to trace.  And I traced it many times.  And cut them out.  You need two sides for every ornament.  Of course, it would have been much easier with a star die.  I forgot to check if I had one. 

I then had to score from each star point to the opposite valley and fold the stars to make them 3-D. 

I made small loops with crochet cotton for hanging the ornaments.  I prefer to use ornament hooks rather than a large string loop, so I kept my loops small.  I taped a loop inside one star point.  (I forgot to take a picture of that.)  Then a piece of newspaper was scrunched into a ball and sandwiched between the two sides.
I used a lot of masking tape for this, taping each side of every star point, trimming tape so that it was neat.  

The next step was to coat one side with mod podge and attach a square of newspaper, trimming and gluing the edges over the masking tape to the other side.  I repeated this on the 2nd side of the star.  Then I gave the star a good coating of mod podge and let it dry.  This helps to strengthen the star and make it a firm,  

The next layer is the decorative layer.  This can be designer paper, wrapping paper, old book pages, music, fabric, paint, or even napkin decoupage.  For this star I chose fabric.  It was applied in the same manner as the newspaper, except the 2nd side was first cut into the star shape, so there was no overlap. 
Then I gave it 2-3 coats of glossy mod podge.  Once it was completely dry, it was finished.  I really like how it turned out.  I've also done a couple using a bright shiny filler paper from the dollar store.  Because they are already shiny, they don't need a final glaze finish.  The one on the right is silver paper, but reflects the light differently from different angles, giving an iridescent coloring.  For the top one, I used tiny torn pieces of pages from a book that was falling apart.  This one still needs glaze on it.  I think I may try one that uses just a single piece of book page on each side instead of the tiny pieces.  That would be much easier. 
There are just so many possibilities for finishing these.  Of course, you could purchase ready made paper mache stars, so you didn't have to make them from scratch, but I love creating things from trash.  

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  If you made some of these, I'd love to see them. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

and time slips by...

Hi friends,

I can't believe an entire month has gone by since my last post. 

I spent a day at my sister's a couple of weeks ago.  She has been using scraps to make backgrounds and I really liked the idea.  So one of the things I took with me to work on was a box of scraps.  Some are pattern paper, and some are cardstock.  Rather than leave the cardstock plain, I like to stamp on it with background stamps, wheels, and small stamps.  That way, it's just like pattern paper and I like the mix better than using plain cardstock.  I sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink before arranging them on cardstock.  I spent a lot of time cutting strips, but I did manage to put together 3 backgrounds that day.  I use thinner, less expensive cardstock as a base, unless I am putting the strips right on the card front. 

I decided to use this technique in my class this week, so I wanted to use the backgrounds I had made. 

I pulled out some butterflies that were in my stash of stamped images.  I added a sentiment and some punched dots.  A layer of black between the background and the card base completed the card. 

The next one is very similar, but I didn't add an extra layer of cardstock.  I did stamp a large doily on this one, though.  These were both all pattern papers. 

This was the third one I had made, and the butterflies just didn't seem to work, so I pulled out a new SU set that I just picked up on Friday.  I love this flower.  I stamped it twice, colored with my cheap kid set of gelatos, and then cut them out. 

Of course, I colored more than I needed, so I had to make another card.  These last two are mostly pattern paper, but a couple of the strips are stamped cardstock. 

I think this is such a great way to use up those little strips that get cut off when creating layers for your cards. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

get well

Hi friends.  Today was ways to use it challenge on SCS -- the challenge -- shape up or shaped cards rather than the usual rectangular ones.  Since I had created a bottle shaped card for my class today, I decided to use the same template and change the colors to meet the challenge, which asked for some pink. 

The pills are made by punching two colors with the word window punch, cutting them in half, trimming one color to about 1/2" & gluing them together. 

Since I wanted it to look like a prescription, I created a label on my computer & pulled some clip art for the symbol. 

It was a pretty easy card, although putting the pills together was rather time consuming. 

Thank you so much for spending time with me today. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dr. Who?

Hi friends.  My husband (and my kids) love science fiction, and Dr. Who is right up there.

When SU came out with the set Feeling Sentimental, I knew that the telephone/police box would be perfect for a Dr. Who card, so I bought it.  It's been sitting on my stamp shelf ever since.

SCS recently posted a technique tutorial called burst through.  I was trying to think what stamp I could use and suddenly remembered the police box... PERFECT!

I stamped the image and colored it with watercolor pencils.  I added the light at the top & filled in the light and top two rows of windows with a white gel pen.  Then I cut it out.

For the background, I used color box petal point chalk ink pads in a variety of colors direct to paper for the burst of color.

When I was rolling the little wedges of paper, I got a little heavy handed and tore the paper all the way through the edge.  Oops!  I decided it wasn't too bad and just glued and taped it back together.  This card is actually version 2.  I didn't like how dark the area behind the Tardis was - not enough contrast.  See for yourself.  Here's version 1.  What do you think? 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Christmas card

Hi friends.  I think I may have figured out my Christmas card for this year... waaaaayyyyy early!

Sandy Allnock is doing a a free online class called 'go for the gold' -- a week of daily videos.  She has some great ideas.  Day 1 was a Christmas card with a detachable ornament.  I love the idea of a card with an attached gift.  Since I don't have many of the products Sandy is using, I opted to put my own spin on it.

I die cut my ornament twice from cereal box chipboard and twice from cardstock.  I glued the 2 chipboard ornaments together.  I then die cut a star in the cardstock pieces.

I wanted the star to be bright gold, so I pulled out some very, very old wrapping paper (that used to be my mom's), and die cut some ovals big enough to cover the area behind the star opening.  After gluing the ovals to the chipboard, I then glued on the cardstock ornaments.  A little turquoise sponged around the edges defined the edges a bit.

I punched a hole in the top and added string.

The card base is turquoise.  A mint green layer was stamped with a pine bough stamp (Rubbernecker).

I made a pocket from vellum cardstock, which I edge punched and stamped with the sentiment.  I could have used gold for the sentiment, but can't seem to find my gold ink pad.  The vellum is folded to the back and glued to create the pocket for the ornament.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Monday, September 28, 2015

It all started at Goodwill

Hi friends.  I got to see most of the eclipse last night.  It was pretty awesome!  I thought I was going to miss it, since it was cloudy all day.  But then about 7:30 I noticed that the sky was clear where the moon was.  However, when I checked at the starting time, there were light clouds in the way.  I kept checking periodically and was able to see some of the beginning, but it wasn't until the shadow was half way across the moon that it cleared up again.  Now I wasn't going to sit and just watch for several hours, so I'd go take a peek every now and then.  Isn't God's creation awesome?

Now, what was that about Goodwill?  I was shopping there last week and found a plastic package with some wire thing inside with alligator clips on it.  I really wasn't sure what it was, but it was only 50 cents, so I bought it.  When I got home, I opened it up and found a mobile that you could attach anything to using the alligator clips.  My first thought was butterflies or birds. 

I wanted to enter the Sizzix fall challenge, (#FallforSizzix) so I decided to use the mobile.  I started by die cutting 20 leaves (Tim Holtz tattered leaves die) from cereal box chipboard and 20 from cardstock.  I then glued them together in sets of one chipboard leaf and one cardstock leaf, until I had 20 sets. 

I then proceeded to color the leaves, using a sponge with yellow, orange, red, green, purple, and brown ink. 

I wanted the leaves to have some texture, so I embossed each in the Tim Holtz layered leaf embossing folder and then highlighted the embossing a bit with the brown ink. 

The next step was matching the leaf halves and gluing them together, so they would be two-sided. 

Once they were all glued and dry, I attached them to the mobile.  I love how it turned out.  I can see other possibilities for the mobile.  I love how easy it is to change it. 

Thanks so much for visiting today. 

Monday, September 21, 2015


Hi friends.  Are you a lover of all things pumpkin?  I certainly enjoy many things made with pumpkin.  A number of years ago, I bought about 10 good sized pumpkins for a bargain price.  And then I canned pumpkin.  And canned more pumpkin.  And cannned...  You get the picture.  I'm still using that canned pumpkin - pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin dessert.  And I can make pumpkin something any time of the year.  It doesn't have to just be in the fall.  This week I made a pumpkin smoothie.  It was good, but I think I need to tweak the spices a bit.  And add some caramel syrup. 

So what else but a pumpkin card?  The free for all challenge on SCS this week was to use a pumpkin on your project. 

I used nested pumpkins dies from spellbinders to cut cereal box chipboard and designer paper for the pumpkin.  I sponged the edges with pumpkin pie & vintage photo inks. 

The flourish was already die cut (I think that's a sizzix die).  I die cut 2 leaves with assorted leaves dies (an old spellbinders set).  I sponged the leaves with always artichoke ink.  Then I spritzed them with water and crumbled them up and then flattened them back out partially.  Once they were dry, I adhered them to the pumpkin. 

The background is some designer paper and a couple of strips of dusty durango cardstock. 

The word thanks is a cuttlebug die and is die cut from black and cereal box chipboard.  I used a couple of layers of chipboard, because I wanted it to be sturdy. 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.