Cards Cards Cards!

Eleanor and I had such a blast friday night doing a Card Making Workshop at our awesome church!

Here are some of the cards we came up with for samples.

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We did mostly Christmas cards…

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Here are some of the cards they made:

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We glued, we misted, we sewed, we sliced, we stamped, and we embossed! And by the end of the night, everyone was a boss at embossing!

Some of the gang’s favorite items that we used were: ( all items linked to purchase)

Foam dots- to make things stand out and give dimension

Heidi Swapp- Color Shine – misting spray 

Embossing powder, ink, and heat gun

Enamel dots

Liquid glass

Scotch Glue Glider – the big tape runner thingie 🙂

 

And here is a link to the handout I made for the workshop:

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I think this has inspired Roo and I to do some more card making for the upcoming season, so be on the look out for some tutorials!

 

Hope everyone has a blessed week and enjoy your Sunday!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas- Day 12 – December Daily Album

You didn’t think I’d make it through all 12 crafts without getting scrappy did you??? Ha! Well… I actually didn’t get too scrappy yet. But the scrapfest is inevitable due to this self-given prompt.

So for those of you who aren’t wrapped up in the Scrapbooking community like I am… especially around this time of year… you may not know what “December Daily” means.

This whole December Daily thing was started by Ali Edwards, a very talented scrapbooker among other things… So if you want to join in and are clueless, she has some kits to get you started on her site: Aliedwards.com

I have nothing new so far myself.  I’m aiming to jump into my stash and make most of it a kind of organic whatever I can find type thing. But I may grab a few festive bits here and there.

The idea is to document the month of december… daily…  with some kind of story. Even if you sat on the couch all day and watched “Elf,” you should include that. I don’t think there are any problems coming up with material to scrap because it’s the busiest month for most and there are usually at least 9 different parties to attend.

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Well, I hate to admit this, but I’ve never actually finished a December Daily album. I’ve started them… had the best intentions… but for some reason… they just never got to the point of being display worthy. To be totally honest, most of my own mini albums never get finished.  I only finish the ones that I make as gifts. I must need that “deadline” to actually make things happen.

But this year, I’ve decided is the year! And I think the key is organization. In past years, I’ve waited until after the holidays to even think about this album. So this year, my last craft for the 12 Crafts of Christmas will be the first step to making my December Daily a reality!

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I probably would have used another old book… but they all went to my Advent Calendar… lol.

I found this plain Kraft Binder that I never used. I believe I got it from Close to My Heart. But they have them at any craft supply store in all kinds of sizes.

So I’m looking at this binder… and I just didn’t want to do what I usually would do which is cover it with fabric, so I slept on it.  The idea came to me at 6am to paint it like a Christmas door… so I got up and got started.  Lol…    coffee is always made at that time anyway because I set it up the night before for my husband to just push the button in the morning before he leaves for work. So I got to work in my Christmas Owl jammies mommy got me for Christmas last year… and I got my cup of coffee and started marking out where I wanted  to cut holes for the top part of the door. I know I want to make the first inside page something that can peek through the cover.  Haven’t exactly planned it out yet, but that will be for another post. This is strictly a cover post.

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I did end up using some fabric for the side. So… a little won’t hurt. But I think overall, I’m keeping the color scheme cool. I did a blue berry wreath on the front instead of a red one. Mainly because I had blue paint handy.  So after I saw the blue and white I mentally decided on a blue, grey, white color palatte for the rest.

 

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So there’s nothing really to tell here because all I did was paint it so far. But I did a video of the painting if anyone wants a tutorial on how to paint an old white door with a blueberry wreath on it.  heh…  Well, not necessarily a tutorial because I don’t know anything about painting except that I like to do it.

So I used Golden Acrylics: Zinc White, Cerulean Blue, and Mars Black. A couple of Artist’s loft brushes, a sponge, and my fingers.  I may still add some green holly leaves perhaps. Haven’t decided if that will wreck the coldness of the cover.  We shall see!

Oh, and I also used an exacto knife to cut out the holes it the door! It wasn’t hard. The album is like a chipboard.. so didn’t take long to break through!

Anyway, thanks to all who have followed us through our 12 crafts!  We hope this has inspired someone to get crafty this Christmas!

Here is my painting vid to music. I like to listen to music when I paint so I figured I’d stop talking for this one. Lol. I was listening to Band of Horses and Andrew Bird while I painted this… but I don’t think I’m allowed to use their music for my video. haha… But I do reccomend doing your own painting while listening to them.

God Bless! Happy December!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 11 – Bible Backpacks

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This is my favorite sewing project so far! I think it’s because of my obsession with school supplies and accessories of the like..

And I also think this would make a great gift for a lot of friends of mine..  heh…

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So this fabric I found at Hobby Lobby was perfect for our Bibles. I’ve already made some other stuff out of it, but I still had some left.

This project is really simple and takes about 20 minutes to make.

You will need:

  1. Fabric, one or two choices.
  2. Interfacing
  3. Elastic
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Yourself
  6. Cookies
  7. Twix
  8. Coffee

Items in italics are obvious, but I didn’t want to insult you.

Anyway, our Bibles are 7.5 x 6.5′.

So I cut my material as follows:

        2 pieces background fabric- 7.5 x 4′

        2 pieces pocket fabric – 6 x 4′

        Interfacing, 1 piece 7.5 x 4′.  1 piece 6 x 4′

        Elastic pieces – 7.5 – 8 ‘

 

Here are some links to materials:

Elastic – This is the exact stuff I used.

Interfacing – Makes the project more sturdy – (optional). I also see this at Walmart all the time.

I got the material I used at Hobby Lobby. They probably still have it. lol.

Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine – I got this machine for Roo not last Christmas, but the one before. I also had a $50 gc from Jo-ann fabric, so I got it for $100. I say this all the time, but I am still amazed at this machine. I mean, you just can’t get a machine that cheap that is as sturdy as this one. I’ve made soo soo many things on it and have not had one problem. Not one! It’s heavy weight which I like…  I alsolutely hate the brother machines and the new singer machines that I can pretty much toss across the room because they’re so light. They actually fall off the table while you’re sewing because they can’t hold themselves down.

So anyway, my point is… Janome so far has been a great brand for me. lol. Well, for Roo… when I finally give her machine back.  hahahahahhaa

But I highly reccomend this brand for a really good inexpensive machine! They have a variety of Hello Kitty ones now… they are all on amazon. So you can’t go wrong. Some are less than $100.

So here is our process video to learn how to make these YUMMY pen totes… highlighter cozies… Book buddies…  BIBLE BACKPACKS! It’s really a Bible frontpack because that’s where I put mine… but I guess you could also put it on the back.. Just hate the whole…not laying flat thing..  hahaha

 
We hope you have fun making these for all your friends!
Or making these for all your books! heh…

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Enjoy! And have a blessed week!!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 10 – Quilted Christmas Zipper Pouch

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This is another project that you could simplify if need be. You can totally skip the “quilted” part and save yourself a few steps.

And to be honest, I originally did not plan on doing a quilted pouch.  I was just going to do a straight up normal run of the mill zipper pouch. But the closer Christmas gets… the more quilty I feel.

Have no idea what I mean by that. Someone does.

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So anyway, for this zipper pouch as is, you will need:

  1. Fabric
  2. 7 in’ zipper – (like a dollar in walmart… sometimes less) You can also get a whole lot from amazon ridiculously cheap. If you’re planning on making christmas gifts… (wink)
  3. Batting – the fluffy stuff in the middle.  There are many different brands.  No need to break the bank here.  Should be able to get a roll for less than $5. And again, you can find this at walmart.
  4. If you are planning on quilting, make sure you locate your sewing machine’s quilting foot.  Mine looks like this. It should have some kind of circular hole at the bottom. And like I mention in the video, my sewing machine does not allow for the feed dogs to be dropped… so it kinda makes it difficult to do free motion sewing, but it is possible! So for small projects, most machines can quilt just fine.  If you have a darning plate attachment, that will help as well. I’m pretty sure mine came with one, but I can’t seem to locate it..  lol.  Also, these items are cheap on amazon. You can usually find a replacement for your machine pretty easily. Make sure it fits your machine though. My old singer quilting foot was a totally different beast than my Janome.  So be careful!

And that’s basically it. Very inexpensive to knock out a bunch of these.

You’ll need two pieces each of:

  1. Outside fabric
  2. Lining
  3. Batting

All cut at 8 x 7, or however big you want your pouch. I cut the batting slightly smaller. You can watch video for more details about that.

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And even if you’ve never quilted before, I don’t think you need to worry about your stitches. I just kinda went wherever with them. For a gift, I may plan out a better design, but for the tutorial I didn’t get too serious about it.

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For my outside, I first stitched four squares of different Christmas fabrics together. You don’t need to do this, but you can if you’re feeling extra adventurous! I think it made a nice effect.

 

So here’s our tutorial! Enjoy!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 9 – The Bunting of Christmas Past

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So…  every year I seem to find a pile of old Christmas cards that never got sent. The pile of extra ones … that either came back in the mail… or were just… extra. And I’ve thought of making a mini album with them… but I’ve never gotten around to it.

So this idea came to mind… to print out the photos onto printable fabric and turn them into festive bunting.  lol.  That way I could display them for the Holidays and stroll down memory lane at the same time…

I suppose after another five years, I’ll make another one.

 

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So bunting is one of those things I love to sew. I just love the look of it… when Eleanor (Roo) was a baby, I made a bunch and decorated her room with it. I made a big banner with her name on it. I made birthday bunting. I made Boo Bunting for Halloween. I even made Dora the Explorer bunting (still hanging in her room)!

So I thought, why not Christmas Bunting.  Actually, I was kinda shocked when I realized I’d never made any.

So two things are different about this bunting then other buntings I’ve made. One, I’ve never put photos on it. And two, I’ve never overlapped my pieces.

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So anyway, this project is pretty easy and builds on skills we learned in some of our other Christmas Crafts like Bias Tape (apron straps) and sewing triangles…(tree ornaments). 

You can make your triangles as big as you like, I made five bigger ones, and four smaller ones.

So you’ll need:

  1. Fabric- of your choosing
  2. Printable fabric
  3. Ribbon, string, or ric rac for the ends to hang it.
  4. Photos of Christmas past ready to print!

 

So here is our video tutorial!  Enjoy!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 8 – Part 2 – Christmas Apron

Ok, here is Part 2 of our Christmas Apron craft!

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Here is a diagram of the total measurements for fabric you will need for the adult size:

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We are fairly new to doing sewing tutorials, so forgive us if this was confusing! We are tweaking as we go, and sometimes things seem easier than they might actually be…

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If you wanted to simplify this project even more, you could leave off the ruffles and the yo yo.

Here is the video for part two which includes putting the top together, making and attaching the straps, and making the yo-yo detail.

We hope you enjoyed this craft!  Stay tuned for a few more crafts coming up shortly!

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And here is Part one of the apron vid if you missed it!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 8- Christmas Aprons – Part 1

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We are winding down here and we almost forgot to post our vid.  I must apologize for breaking this one in two parts.  My iron had a freak accident and is now slightly detached at the bottom…  lol.  So, the safety level is now at code red.

So I’ve since procured another iron from walmart, but have not had a chance to finish our video, so we will post part 2 as soon as get that done!  (Really need that iron for the apron strings…)

 

For the material we cut so far:

Roo’s Top= 10 x 10″, Bottom =  20 x 12″

Mine Top = 13 x 12′, Bottom = 26 x 17″

And also for mine, three strips 5 x 32″ for ruffles.

So you need to cut two  pieces for the top part of the apron, (one liner, one main fabric.. could both be same.. up to you)

And one piece for the bottom half of the apron and you’ll hem around the sides and bottom edge.

And the for the ruffles, I cut one strip in the same fabric as the bottom half, and two strips in the alternating fabric. ( again, up to you which fabric for what…)

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas- Day 7 – Button Christmas Trees!

For Day 7 we have another kid friendly craft hosted by Kool Kitty and Crazy Cat!

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BUTTON CHRISTMAS TREES!

You will need:

  1. A canvas, piece of wood, mini album cover, cardboard… anything you want to use to put your tree on.
  2. Buttons
  3. Paint
  4. Hot glue or Elmers
  5. …  and then if you’re Crazy Cat and Kool Kitty you’ll end up using cotton balls, glitter, glittery pom poms, scrapbook embellishments, beads, highlighters… etc…

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So as you can see, you can really step outside the box and use anything to make your tree, but essentially all you need is some spare buttons and some glue.  You can paint your star, or you can use a sticker…  you can paint your trunk as well if you don’t have cinnamon sticks or even a twig to glue on.

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Here is the girls video of their crafting fun!

 

Enjoy and Stay tuned tomorrow for our Christmas Thanksgiving craft!

 

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 6 – Woofie Warmers

Today is for gettin’ snuggy!

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I’m pretty sure many of you are pet lovers so we thought we’d incorporate a doggie/fuzzy pet project in the mix.

It’s gettin chilly out there and your wittle woofies need to keep warm!!

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In this craft, we show you how to crochet a super super simple style “Woofie Warmer.”  Essentially, it’s just a mini scarf I guess you could say, but in the interest of making something suitable for a doggie, we thought we’d give it a different name.

WOOFIE WARMERS!

You will need:

1.Wool/Yarn of choice

2.Crochet Hook

3. Buttons to fasten

4. Needle and thread or use yarn to attach

 

Like I mention in the video, the chunkier the yarn, the bigger the hook you’ll need. I am making the middle woofie warmer (shown in pic above) during the tutorial so for that I used a J sized hook.

This project uses only a single crochet stitch so it’s perfect for a beginner.  After chaining, you single crochet all the way! Then it’s edged with a slip stitch and that’s it! Attach the buttons and you’re done!

So far Norma is really enjoying her neck temperature when we go outside… heh…

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I think she looks rather appropriate don’t you?

And here’s the video!  Stay tuned tomorrow for another episode of the 12 Crafts of Christmas featuring Crazy Cat and Kool Kitty again!!

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 5 – Scripture Present Tags

It’s Monday and we’re gonna make this evenings craft light and easy.

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All that is really required are some tags and some pens.. perhaps a stamp or watercolors.

You can grab these tags pretty cheap at any craft store, or you could make your own.  They also sell tag punches.

Here is a link to a tag/twine duo on Amazon: Kraft Tags

And here is a link to a Tag punch: PUNCH

So it all depends on how much you think you will actually use tags.  I end up using them more than can think of.  Most frequently I use them in scrapbooking. And sometimes they end up in my planner or as a bookmark.

 

I had a pile of these Kraft tags, so I decided to use them to make some decorations for my Christmas presents. For some reason, I love the look of a brown Kraft tag hanging off a gift or gift bag. I went pretty rustic and simple with my designs.

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I started of by edging the tags with a dark ink. This is one of those little steps that I feel like if I skip, makes such a big difference. It really just adds such a nice punch to the border. Then I ended up putting a base of watercolor. Nothing special, just any kinda color to give it a pale coating. Little dripping on some, but mostly a light wash.  After that I decided what Scripture to use on each. And though you might be the type of person who hates their handwriting, I think this is the type of project that lends well to a variety of writing styles. Because of the craft and the watercolor, it kind of already has a crafty look, so I think the imperfect handwriting really lends well to it.

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I do have one set of Scripture stamps from Close to my heart so I used one stamp from that for the Anchor tag. So I might have picked something else to go with this Anchor, like Hebrews 6:19, but in this instance I actually thought that block print went well visually with it. I have some anchor themed fabric, so I used that to eyeball while I was drawing this one. It was kinda a no-brainer because I used the fabric to make myself a zipper pouch to hold my pens and highlighters so it was sitting right next to me. I just kinda looked over and said… “Oh… that would make a good tag graphic…”

“19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil

 Hebrews 6

The pens I used to doodle with are these MICRON pens. They are the 005 size so ideal for super skinny lines.

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So yea, I think before we get all wrapped up in the shopping spirit, we ought not to forget why we are here and why we are celebrating Christmas in the first place. It may not be the day exactly, but let our hearts be on the right track and our minds in the right place.

I made a nice, short video of the doodling if you so choose to set your eyes, other than that, enjoy this week of Thanksgiving and God Bless!

For some reason the music is taking a bit to attach itself to this vid, so if it’s still silent, I apologize… but should be together shortly!