Monday, June 24, 2013

Scrabble Tile necklaces

Here are 9 different pieces remade repurposed from old Scrabble game.

 This dragonfly I made for me, I am partial to pink.
 This is what the back of the game pieces looks like.
This one I made for my sister who loves butterflies. I'll mail it this week once the weather cools down (mid to low 90s all week) as a little surprise for her.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

revised notebook

I got this pocket notebook from a freecycler, not particularly liking the odd picture and saying on the cover, I revised it.

This is what it looked like and this is what I came up with! I fixed the front as well as the back.

Cardstock is from DCWV, The Old World 4 x 6 stack from JoAnn
The ribbon from Stampin' Up
The lock and key I die cut from black cardstock (Spellbinders) and the medallion is Sizzix (Tim Holtz). The little butterfly from SU!
The black elastic holds it together which was the original closure.

4th of July card

With 4th of July coming up real quick, I made this card very late last night.
This is a very old stamp set from Stampin' Up (1999) it was purchased at a consignment store.

A love of bears I have, so I was thrilled to have a couple bear stamps. I colored the image with my SU ink pads and the blender pen.
Embossed the A2 card with the Stars Cuttlebug embossing folder
Cut our the doily from Stampin" Up Sizzix Die
Punch our a flower border with the Martha Stewart doily punch
Raised the image (matted in black cs) using foam.
Mailing this to my daugher today, she's finishing her first clinical at an out patient PT office. She got raved reviews on her performance! Wahoo.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Crochet Flip Flop details

I bought three flip flops at Michael's on Sunday. They were on sale for $1.19 each.
The purpose of my purchase was to use the eyelash type yarn and crochet it on the top area (toe section).
I made these last night at crochet group as I could not remember how to start. The set shown here I created for my daughter.

I plan on making another set for myself, black flip flop with red yarn so stay tuned for that version.

I tried them on and they are very soft and feel like "slippers" so not sure how it will look to wear them in public. What do you think? Perhaps too informal ? Maybe for the beach ? or pool?

Jean bag accent

I used my bag last night at my crochet group I go to on Wednesday nights and the ladies loved the bag.
I also showed them another accent I did to dress up the bag. You can see the full version of the repurpose jean bag here.

I cut (approx.) a 6 inch circle of the left over jeans (leg portion) and hand stitched a running stitch along the outer edge of the circle. Pull the thread to create the yo yo. You will noticed I used the inside (reversed colors) so that it would show up on the pocket.
Then I created this bottlecap accent by gluing this image from etsy of flowers and birds, used glossy dimension to seal the top.
To get it to stay to the fabric yo yo I used E6000 glue and it took approx. 30 mins to set to where I could use a large safety pin and then pin it to the pocket.
It's adorable, I think :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

friend to friend

Using the left over negative piece from the card shown on this post, I used it as the main focus for this card.
Backing the negative portion branch with leaves die cut (Sizzix) with a green and blue pattern cardstock worked great to accent the image. To finish off the element, I added SU white ribbon (my favorite) as it's so easy to work with.
I embossed the base A2 card with Sizzix polka dot embossing folder. Added a couple punches and sentiment from Stampin' Up. The sentiment and die cut are raised on foam squares for dimension.
Quick 15 min card!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quick Jean repurpose into bag

I have not made one of these in a long time. I spent some time this weekend (30 minutes) to create this bag.
My friend gave me a pair of her jeans and I repurposed it into a bag to take to my crochet group on Wednesdays.

I cut off the legs

Turned inside out and sewed 1/4" across the bottom

Boxed the corners at 2"

cut strips of jeans (2") (2 pieces) out of one of the legs and sewed the strips to the top of the waistband.

Added a 2" corresponding fabric for a fashionable belt/bag scarf.

I still have plenty left over to make smaller bags; here is one, I just need to put a snap on it.

Monday, June 17, 2013

God's Beauty

I created this thank you card for my son. He bought me a NIV study bible, it was so thoughtful of him to provide it to me.

I saw a similar card on pinterest and had to make my own version with a twist to it.
I started with the traditional A2 card, then I did not use solid cardstock as seen on Pinterest, but I wanted to ink the 4" x 5 1/4" white cardstock to create a scenery back drop.
I then proceeded to cut the top layer (3 3/4 x 5") with a border of 3/4" to create the window (aperture). This is where the fun begins. I cut out the branches using my Sizzix branch with leaves die (yardsale .25!!), I only needed to cut two and they filled the window cutout perfectly.

I then stamped the sentiment (God's Beauty - Stampin' Up) on the bottom of the top layer. Flip the aperture piece over and strategically glue the branches in place.
All is raise on strips of foam for depth. The card may not show it, you can try and click the picture to see the depth.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Card take two

I kept looking at this card I made two days ago, and I just had to re-design it.
I like it much better by re-arranging the key and adding three pink flowers.
Spellbinders for the window and key, SU for the doily stamp, sentiment and pearls.  I like the added pink. I must try this combo more often; pink brown and black.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Beaded bookmarks

I got my NASB this week and made a bookmark from brown hemp, clear and solid glass beads I had in my stash and crosses I picked up I think from Michael's or Wal-Mart.
The first one I made is for a young lady who we sit next to in Church. She has a student bible and thought to make her a bookmark to go with it.

The next one is for me, used same elements but the cross is larger and has my favorite coloring (pink) accenting it. All set for Sunday.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thinking of you

A little vintage and combination of SU and Spellbinders on this card.
The base card is black layered by and an "oops" of the doily lace stamped image. It was a little light in an area but hated to discard it. With some embellishments it become this vintage card!
I added a couple new Spellbinders dies (the window and the key). I love the details and they cut wonderfully in my Big Shot.

I added pearls (SU) to the bottom of the window and a couple other places.
And this time I remembered to add the Glitter Gelly Roll Pen to the doily stamped image (SU).

Finished it off with a SU sentiment and punches.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Masculine Birthday Cards

My twin boys will be 20 and I made these last night to give to them when we take them out to eat.
I used ColorBox base card stock and trimmed it with my new On the Edge Die from Sizzix (Tim Holtz) Iron Works.
Then layered the paper on the cover and down at the bottom using DCWV Old World Stack that I picked up on clearance at JoAnns.
Next I die cut the plaques also from Sizzix and added the Sentiment from SU "Perfectly Penned" and inked the edges.
Using some left over cording from my last project I used it to hang the plaques. I did not glue them down as they are free flowing just to add a different element. Under the plaque I put their age "20".

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Red Sox Hair Bow

Sunday afternoon my daughter received a text that her friend got Red Sox tickets for next Tuesday's game.  My daughter loves bows and stated she makes bows for a lot of events for her hair.

Asking if I had red ribbon and the hair bow clips, I went to my stash downstairs and produced 4 clips (whew! as I did not want to go to Wal-Mart or Michaels). The only wired red ribbon I have is a sheer typed, but it worked ok. (I keep all my ribbon separated by color so that was easy to find.)

We took a couple of the Red Sox bottlecaps off the two last keychains I had left from Saturday and hot glued them to the bow, and which was hot glued to the clip.

Quick craft but effective. 
FYI: To ensure the bow stayed on the clip I did take a 2 inch piece of thin red ribbon and hot glued around the center of the bow and wrapped it around the metal clip prior to adding the bottle cap.
FYI: To keep the ribbon from fraying you can use Fray Check or clear nail polish. This kind you cannot use the lighter method as it distorts the ends.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Birthday Wishes

This was a card we had made at our last Friday Fest (I believe) at Judi's. My intentions was to add glitter to the flower to add a little dimension before taking the photo. I wanted to get this to post to the blog, so please imagine (ha ha) there is glitter on the flowers as an accent.

I love these colors and the doily stamp is my favorite as well.
This card to going to a dear friend for her birthday.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bruins Key chains

I made 5 of these yesterday afternoon in anticipation of game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. I'm not a hockey fan (just too fast pace, I enjoy football and baseball) but I do support all our Boston teams.

While watching the "sweep" game that evening, between making two lasagnas for the graduation gathering, these party favors are for a couple of the male attendees today. I am sure they will enjoy these little trinkets.

I downloaded image, used my one inch circle punch to make the perfect size to fit the bottle cap.
Punch a hole with my Crop-a-dile and added the key ring and clip.

Super quick and a perfect favor to take home. The Bruins are off to the Stanley Cup finals.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Red Sox Keychains

I made a dozen of these last night for my son's friends who will be coming to the graduation gathering tomorrow.

Wanted to give the young men  little favor to go home with, you may remember my candle jars for the other family members.
I punched a hole into the bottle cap with my Crop-a-dile added a photo glossy image of the Red Sox Logo and covered it with an epoxy sticker. Hung it from one of those clips you may see on zipper pulls as i did not have a lot of traditonal key chain material. Added the split keyring to hold it all together. Just a little something to hang off their car key ring or other sets of keys.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Joy Glittery hanging Ornament

Well, this is a rather large ornament for the tree so this would be a better wall accent piece or perhaps from a door knob.

Hot glue the glitter pieces together made two of these quickly tonight. While this was a kit I came across in my stash when I was looking for lace for another project this could easily be done on the Cricut.

The swirl is 6 inches long and the letters approx 3" high. Will save one and give one away during the next holiday gift giving. This gave me more ideas to use my lonely Cricut Machine and glitter card stock!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Repurpose jars - party favors

I am hosting a graduation party on Saturday for our daughter and son who both graduated from college.

I've been saving these glass jars (sauce, jelly etc) and just can't see to throw them all away as they are perfectly good containers.

Looking at them real early this morning, before church I created these two to begin with.  I'll do a video and show more variations as well. I plan on putting tea lights in them and give one out to each pair of guest for coming to the gathering.

Gather up some burlap, lace and buttons. Use your glue gun or strong liquid adhesive.
I saved the covers to them and plan on spray painting a solid color in case folks want to use it for storage instead of a tea light.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Get Well Card

I learned at work on Thursday that a young woman was in a motorcycle accident over the Memorial Day weekend. Here is a card I made this morning to send off to her.

Base is a deep green ColorBok card stock layered by 5 1/4" x 4" red card stock.
I added the blue Tim Holtz Sizzix bird cage and followed by the SU bird and twig punch.
It is layered on a pale pink pattern paper at 4" x 2 1/4" and then a light brown pattern paper (I pulled the red from the pattern paper to match the base) cut at 4" x 1 3/4".

Hope she mends well.