Crafty Project Links

originally posted March 18, 2010

Once again, work is keeping me far too busy to fit in time for crafting, hence, the reason I haven’t posted in awhile. Since I don’t have a new project for you, and since I haven’t worked on any of my ongoing craft projects – like my bee embroidery that I’ve yet to finish – I thought I’d peruse the interweb to see what other crafters are up to. I found some great projects, both old and new, that I’d like to pass along to you guys.

How to Restore a Lampshade – Craftstylish

Super Simple Rick Rack Card – All Things Paper

Orange Blossom and Rosewater Cupcakes – Peas Love Carrots

How to Make a Yo-Yo Pincushion – CraftyPod

Make your own Playdough – LucyKate Crafts

Mojito Bath Bombs – The O’Neil Sisters

Button Crafts – Martha Stewart

Hope you enjoy these project ideas, and, as usual…

Happy Crafting!

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Project 7: Bad Ass Bookmarks

originally posted November 2009

This past Sunday I decided to dedicate most of the day to crafting and simultaneously have a Thin Man movie festival in my living room. The weather here in South Florida has been in the 80s with relatively little humidity, which means we can finally turn off the air conditioner and open up the house. There’s something about the fresh air wafting its way through the house that gets me energized. I woke up early actually expecting to work some overtime at my job, but luck was on my side and work was all caught up, leaving me free to do whatever I wanted…Yahoo!

Awhile back on one of my trips to Michael’s, I picked up The Rock Star Mat Stack from the scrapbooking department. I had no I idea what I was going to use it for, but I loved the really cool patterned cardstock in this mat stack. I was flipping through the stack the other day and thought I might make some bookmarks, as I seem to have a thing with bookmarks, and, hence, the Bad Ass Bookmark was created.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Bad Ass Bookmark:

• Solid-colored cardstock

• The Rock Star Mat Stack by DCWV

• Double-sided tape

• Rhinestones and Sequins

• Craft glue/tacky glue

• Ribbons and fibers

Tools you’ll need for this project:

• Paper cutter

• Scissors

• Hole punch (I think the one I used is a ¼-inch hole punch)

• Ruler

• Decorative-edge scissors

Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of solid card stock 3 x 6 inches and trim the edges with your decorative-edge scissors. If you don’t have decorative edge scissors, you can tear the edges of the cardstock (tear about 1/8 inch of the edges and no more than that.

2. Next, cut the following from coordinating patterned papers and solid cardstock: A 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of patterned cardstock; a 2 x 2-1/2 inch piece of solid-colored cardstock; a 1-3/4 x 2-1/4 inch piece of patterned cardstock. These will serve as the background piece and the top square of the bookmark.

3. For the bottom square of the bookmark cut the following: A 1-1/2 x 2 inch piece of solid-colored cardstock; a 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 inch layer of patterned paper. For the center strip, cut a strip of cardstock that will fit in between the top and bottom squares on the bookmark. Then using whatever color cardstock you used for the backing of your bookmark, cut a smaller strip to mount on top of the first strip.

4. With double-stick tape or a glue stick, adhere the patterned papers to their respective solid-colored mats and adhere the center strip to its mat.

5. Adhere the large and small squares to the bookmark as shown in the picture and adhere the thin strip in between the two squares. Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark making sure to center the hole.

6. To finish the bookmark, glue a sequin and/or rhinestone to the center strip. Cut several pieces of ribbon/fibers and run them through the hole at the top of the bookmark and tie them together with an overhand knot.

Make lots of them in different themes. The next time you give a book as a gift, include several handmade bookmarks with it.

Happy Crafting!

Dover Clip Art + Watercolor Pencils = Work of Art

originally posted July 15, 2009

Okay, so I was going to have a project this week. To be exact, I was going to make some Art Deco note cards using clip art images from one of Dover’s CDs. Well, they turned out to be the world’s ugliest note cards. I attempted this project several times to no avail. I guess the creative juices just aren’t flowin’ this week. I’ve made plenty of cards in the past, but this time around, no matter what idea I came up with, the cards just ended up looking pretty crappy…too crappy to even show you 🙂

Since I have no project for you this week, I figured I would at least show you how I used some of my clip art designs that I got from Dover. Awhile back I bought Dover’s Art Deco Designs CD and clip art book. I can’t remember if I purchased it directly from Dover or if I got it from Amazon.com.

Anyhoo, I finally started playing around with the CD the other day. On the CD is the Dover Design Manager where you can pull up the clip art designs and do basic graphics editing. The clip art images on the Art Deco CD are all in black and white. I decided that I wanted to add a little color to the designs that I chose.

I printed out my designs onto 140 pound watercolor paper. First, I printed the images individually onto regular printer paper. My watercolor paper is 9 x 12, so after printing the image onto the printer paper, I cut a square of watercolor paper to fit the image, used removable double-stick tape and taped the watercolor paper on top of the image on the printer paper and ran it through the printer again.

Once I printed my images, I used my General’s Kimberly Watercolor Pencils and colored the images.

These watercolor pencils are great. I know absolutely nothing about painting, but these pencils make it easy to create a watercolor design. In the areas where I wanted shading and definition, I pressed a little harder with the pencils to apply more color and pressed lightly on the pencils where I just wanted a hint of color. Once I had everything colored in, I ran a wet paint brush over top of the pencil, which immediately changed the pencil marks to a soft watercolor.

Voila! Instant works of watercolor of art! Use this idea for cards, scrapbooking, collage art, or frame them and hang ’em on your wall.

The Art of Scherenschnitte

originally posted July 1, 2009

Scherenschnitte is the art of paper cutting. The word is German meaning scissor cuts, and it’s a pretty old art form. The cuts are usually made with an Xacto knife or really small scissors {think cuticle scissors}, and designs can be very intricate. My father made these three scherenschnitte Christmas trees about a million years ago.

 

Now it seems I’m becoming a little bit obsessed with scherenschnitte. I went on a Google search and not a whole lot comes up as far as instruction, but I did find some great blogs, some videos, and a few other sites that I thought I would share so that you guys can start obsessing about scherenschnitte, too.

Videos:

How to do Scherenschnitte by Cindy Ferguson

Scherenschnitte{this video gives a little bit of history behind the art form}

Scherenschnitte by Kaye Wagner {she’s made a video for each step on how to make a scherenschnitte snowflake}

 

Scherenschnitte and Paper Cutting Blogs

Scherenschnitte – Cindy Ferguson’s blog

Papercuts by Joe

The Heart of Papercuts

 

Online Groups

Yahoo Scherenschnitte group

 

Free Project

Scherenschnitte tree from Leisure Arts {pdf file}

 

Papercutters with Etsy Shops {if you don’t want to make your own}

Elsita

Fog and Thistle

Papercut Diecut

Cindy Mindy Pindy

 

Happy Papercutting!

Project 6: How to Make a Composition Notebook Journal

originally posted June 2009

Composition notebooks are CHEAP. I picked one up at my local grocery store for around $1.50. You could easily make several composition notebook journals for less than what it would cost for one new journal found at a bookstore or gift shop. All you need is a notebook, some decorative scrapbook papers, tape and a few more items. Most crafters will have the majority of the supplies already on hand in their stash, so the only cost really would be for the composition notebook itself. I made this floral themed journal yesterday afternoon while watching old movies on Turner Classic Movies {my favorite cable channel}.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this journal:

• Composition notebook

• Assorted floral and solid-colored 12 x 12 or 8-1/2 x 11 scrapbook papers {Of note, I used Deja Views The Sharon Ann collection Red Garden Paper Assortment – which is a pack that contains 8 sheets of 12 x 12 papers and 2 sheets of vellum}

• Vellum

• Solid-colored card stock

• Eyelets

• Acid-free double-sided tape

• Black or brown ink pad

• Flower templates {I made my own – 3 different sizes drawn free-hand onto white card stock, cut out, and used for templates}

Tools you’ll need:

• Sharp scissors or paper cutter

• Eyelet setting tools

• Ruler

Instructions:

1. Cut 2 pieces of solid-colored card stock to fit the inside of the front and back covers of the notebook. Tape them to the inside covers and trim the corners to a rounded edge.

2. Cut 2 pieces of patterned paper to fit the outside front and back covers, tape these into place, and trim the corners to a rounded edge.

3. Cut a strip of solid-colored scrapbook paper the length of the notebook and about 1-1/4 inches wide. Tape this to the spine of the notebook.

4. Cut out your flower shapes using patterned and solid scrapbook papers. Outline the edges of the flower shapes with your black or brown ink pad by either directly rubbing the paper edge to the ink pad or inking up a Q-tip and brushing the edges of the flower with the ink.

5. Attach all three flower shapes together in the center with a decorative eyelet.

6. Cut a square out of the solid paper roughly 5-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches. Cut a square out of patterned paper roughly 4-3/4 x 4-1/2 inches. Cut a piece of vellum roughly 4-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches and tear the edges of the vellum. Cut a strip of solid card stock roughly 6-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. Ink the edges on all of these pieces the same way you did the flowers. Attach these in the following manner: Tape the patterned square to the larger solid square. Tape the strip of card stock in the center. Tape the vellum on top of the strip of card stock. **When taping the vellum, only put a piece of tape in the center of the vellum where it will be covered up by the flower.** Tape the flower on top of the vellum.

7. Cut a strip of solid-colored card stock roughly 3-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. Cut a strip of patterned paper roughly 3-1/4 x 1 inches. Cut a piece of vellum roughly 3-1/4 x 1 inch. Print the saying “Take time to smell the roses” {or whatever saying you want} onto the vellum using your computer printer. {First I printed the saying onto a sheet of printer paper and then using removable double-sided tape, I taped the piece of vellum over top of the saying on the printer paper and ran it through the printer again.} Let the ink dry on the vellum for awhile and then tear the edges. Ink the edges on all three strips. Tape the patterned piece to the card stock. Attach the vellum using eyelets.

assembled embellishments

8. Finally, tape these embellishments to the front of the notebook as shown on the above finished book.

Make a bunch of these journals in different themes and give them away as gifts. This is a great project for using up scraps and embellishments you have on hand. All you need is a notebook, a paper cutter, and some tape and your good to go.

Happy Crafting!

Project 1: Ode to Paris {the city not the socialite}

originally posted in 2009

I have an obsession with Paris…anything French, really. This obsession has gone on for quite some time and I hope someday to actually visit Paris. Until then, I will just be happy creating little French-themed works of art. So for The Craft Floozy’s first official project, I’ve come up with this little ACEO (Art Cards, Editions, and Originals). For those of you who are not familiar with ACEO’s, check out Art-Cards.org for more information. One rule about ACEO’s is they must measure 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches, so it’s a small work of art you’ll be creating…nothing intimidating and fairly quick to put together once you have a layout in mind. I have mine framed on a double matting of green and purple cardstock held in at the corners, but it can be easily removed because I didn’t adhere it to the mat.

Here are the basic supplies you’ll need to complete this project:

• 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch piece of 140-lb watercolor paper

• French-themed clip art & scrapbook paper (I purchased my clip art at Majik Design)

• Colored cardstock and vellum papers

• Flat-back rhinstones, sequins, or embellishments of your choice

• Glue stick or double-sided tape

• Tacky glue

• Craft knife or scissors

• Pop dots (optional)

Instructions:

1. For the background, cut a 2-1/2 inch x 3-1/2 inch piece of scrapbook paper & adhere it to the piece of watercolor paper using a glue stick or double-sided tape.

2. Cut out your clip art images that you’ll be using in your design.

3. Arrange the pieces on your background paper to decide on a layout you like best. Tip: Matting certain pieces of your clip art to cardstock or vellum, such as the focal point of your piece, really makes them stand out and makes the piece more eye catching.

4. Add embellishments using rhinestones, sequins, fibers, etc.

5. Adhere the clip art pieces to the background using a glue stick. Tip: Use pop dots to adhere some of the pieces for added dimension.

6. Complete the piece with any additional embellishments.

So there you have it. Once you decide on your design, this project really takes no time at all to complete.

Happy Crafting!