Author Archives: crapsmanship

Kraft-Tex Necklace

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Have you heard of Kraft-Tex? It’s a paper product that functions as fabric. You can paint, cut, sew, emboss, stamp, and draw on the material. I’ve just recently learned about Kraft-Tex, and I bought a starter kit — ten 8.5×11″ sheets with five colors — to give it a go. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1617454710/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

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Paper-Making Fail!

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I had such a good idea! I thought it would be fun to make seeded paper — a chunk of papier-mache-ish wad with seeds inside that can be planted — to go inside my Valentines Day cards. After reading about making seeded paper from the blog Kitchen Counter Chronicle (see https://www.kitchencounterchronicle.com/how-to-make-seed-bombs-for-earth-day/), I thought it would be an easy adaptation to go from layering paper in muffin tins, as described in the blog, to making flatter paper that I could cut into hearts and insert into cards. CRAP ALERT: Boy, was I wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Cork Heart

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This was an easy project that I first read about at https://trishsutton.com/wine-cork-valentine-heart-decor-printable-pattern/. I keep a steady supply of corks on hand (it’s a fun item to collect!), so this quick heart was a no-brainer to try.

I first printed out a heart outline and lined up some corks to make sure I had enough. No problem!

I then dragged the cork tops through a big blob of red acrylic paint. It took a little while for these to dry. Next, I hot-glued cork to cork, following the printed heart outline. After giving it all a little while to completely set, …

I tied some white ribbon through the top and hung it on the door into my garage. Cute!

Coaster Art

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Several months ago, I blogged about getting some discarded beer coasters from a local brewery.  I used them to crap up for gift tags, and the making of the tags has been quite addictive (https://crapsmanship.com/2019/10/12/recycled-beer-coaster-gift-tags/). Just about everyone I know got hand-crafted gift tags for Christmas.  But I didn’t stop there! Read the rest of this entry

Last-Minute Xmas Cards

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Those who know me well know that I don’t do anything at the last minute. I was always the first one to have a paper turned in to my professor, the first one to have their shopping list made for Christmas dinner, and the first one to have all my purchased gifts wrapped and under the fully-decorated tree. So I must confess, I didn’t do these cards at the very last minute. But you could! Read the rest of this entry

Christmas Crapsmanship

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Over the past several years of publishing this blog, I have done a number of holiday projects. Some were successfully completed at the outset, some needed a touch of crapsmanship to be presentable, and a few were only appropriate for the trash. Below are links to a few of my favorite Christmas projects. Merry Christmas! Read the rest of this entry