Saturday, November 30, 2013

Print Poetry and the Artisan Kit

Submitted by Linda
Here's another one using a paper from Print Poetry. The doily, lace, love ticket and flower are all from Stampin' Up's 'Artisan Embellishment' kit that was offered way in the early months of 2013. The sweet "admit one" ticket is from the "That's the Ticket" set, which features 8 different sentiments that are all ticket shaped and can be punched out with the ticket punch. 
That little smidgen of music is another piece of my french marching band music. Perfect size for cards! And, I love having a nice wedding or valentine card on hand and ready to go!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Print Poetry and In-Color Dahlias

Submitted by Linda
I have often said that there is a fine line between hoarding paper crafting supplies and having on hand what you need when you need it. Recently I felt like I had crossed that line when I discovered that I had (on hand) the Print Poetry (shown below) paper since last spring and had never used one sheet of it!
So this month I decided to get busy and use some of it. Stampin' Up is clever in their marketing, in that they offer 'in-colors' that are only available for 2 years. They also offer the cutest embellishments and coordinating ribbons. I also happened to have the 'dahlia' embellishments on hand as well.

Demonstrator Michelle always says "something new is always coming" in the Stampin' Up world, but we agree that sometimes it's good to hang on to the 'oldie but goodie' stamps. In the example pictured below, you'll see the "Thanks from the heart" set, from 2001, which has a super cute mason jar in it, as well as the flower stems. I attached my dahlias and some yellow brads, and it's done! Lately I feel like almost everything needs sponging on the edges, to give it a bit of a vintage feeling.
For any of you stampers who are wondering about that "Hello" stamp, it's from Simon Says Stamp, and is designed by Kristina Werner who has a wonderful blog that you can follow HERE. This card also uses papers from Print Poetry, and I'm happy to say I used up most of the paper and all of the dahlias!
Can you tell that the jar looks like it has water in it? I used Crystal Effects to give it that glossy laquer finish.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

NOEL: My Version of a Pinterest Classic

Submitted by Linda
You may remember that I just became a pinner this last June. Soon thereafter, I began seeing this beautiful NOEL being pinned and repinned. I decided to begin looking for letters in my antiquing adventures. To see the original Creator's blog, click HERE.
As one is shopping for old letters, lots of questions come to mind. Colors? Size? Upper case vs. lower case?

In Clovis I found this upper case N and lower case E. Both red, which could be a problem. I was happy with the red N, because I was eager to add more color to my project. After striking out on an L, and even checking out the local craft stores, I sought out my dad's work bench. He helped me cut this L out of a scrap of wood. The picture below was taken so that I could look for a grapevine wreath for the O.

Next I decided to paint the L with a dark gray color, and then sanded the edges so it would look old.
Then I painted the E a cream color, and Mod Podged some french marching band music onto it. I had bought the marching band music at Remnants of the Past, and it's small size makes it perfect for paper crafting.  Then I glittered it up, of course.
And here we go!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Watermelon Cross Stitch Up-Cycling

Submitted by Linda
So now that I've become a stitcher, I realize the time and love that go into hand stitched projects. I also have realized how I often in my younger days I asked my mom to stitch things up for me without realizing how much time was involved.

Back in the day (1996, as pictured below), at my request my mom stitched me the cutest watermelon design onto a sweatshirt. You can't see the design very well, but the picture gives you an idea of the era. This was on an anniversary trip to the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo.   
I've since learned about stitching on something other than cross stitch fabric and using waste canvas. It's a giant pain in the neck! So I owe my mom and apology or a 'thank you' or both.

As time passed, I got a stain on the sweatshirt, and it began to form those little balls from wear, so I gave it back to her because I couldn't bear to give it to Goodwill after all of her work.  At which point she stored it for a year. Or two. Or ten.

Recently, we decided it should be made into a pillow, so we picked out some fabric and seam binding, and set it aside until we had time to work on it together.

Earlier this week, I went over to my parents' place to stitch and look what I found!
I love, love, love it! It's even cuter as a pillow than it was as a sweatshirt. And it perfectly fits my happy-country-homey kitchen vibe. (And I'm so happy I didn't have to wrangle the sewing machine to get it done. Thank you Mother dear!)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Halloween 2013

Submitted by Linda
It seems like every time I post, I give a long 'blah blah' about how teaching (and implementing full day kindergarten) leaves me little time for other fun stuff. Well, it's true! I have managed to squeeze in some crafting time with friends (after all, I do have my priorities!), but the blog posts have been slow in coming.

Nevertheless, I'm off this week for Thanksgiving, so I'm going to (hopefully) get ya'll caught up.

My kindergarten team always does a 'group costume', and this year we revived a theme that's an oldie  but goodie.  The assortment of bugs and the bug catcher (me). We actually used this idea in 2006, so it was time to pull it all back out! Our team looks huge, because this photo includes two 'one on one' aides, plus three teachers and our other support staff. 

In the spirit of sharing ideas, (and since you can't see the details of my costume) I'm including this picture from Family Fun magazine of the original idea for the bug catcher costume. The suit is from Home Depot (about $8), and I covered a hat with white tulle and glued on bunches of bugs and butterflies. Add a net, and voila!