For Easter, my BFF gave me a watercolor of two cute chicks in a square frame with a mat opening of 6″ x 6″. We decided that I could replace the chick pic with seasonal art of my own design. So using mixed media paper, cheap watercolors, and a white Gelly Roll pen, here’s my product. I think I’ll leave it on my table from Memorial Day weekend until the Fourth of July. Go, USA!
I’m back to blogging after a restorative long weekend with girlfriends in Hot Springs, AR. It’s amazing what good friends, a little wine, a few adventures, and lots of laughter can do! Today’s post shares how friends Martha, Kathy, and I started with old road maps, acrylic paints, and Gelli Plates to create crap art, and how we used creativity and other products to turn our crapsmanship into craftsmanship.
This project was inspired by an article in an old issue of Craft, Paper, Scissors about using old road maps to create wrapping paper. The idea was to use the Gelli Plate, paint, and stencils to stamp great designs onto a large map. You can see Kathy’s attempt above. It’s colorful but unimpressive. Kathy’s was the best design on the three of ours, so you can imagine what Martha’s and mine looked like!
Not wanting to give up too soon, we got out assorted stamps and stamp pads. In the photo above, you can see Martha’s crap improving as she adds layers of design. We also tried stamping some more paint on to the map with household items such as corks and bottle tops. The photo below shows my almost-completed work …
…and this last photo shows my end product.
I like it so much, I’m not yet willing to cut it up and wrap it around a gift. So I’m hoarding it in my Finished Projects stash, just waiting for the right use.
I’ve recently been experimenting with decorating paper and using it to make hand-rolled beads. It’s an easy process and lends a distinctive crafty (do I mean crappy?) touch to a necklace.
My first task was to create the decorated paper. For each color theme, I used cardstock and paint or inks. The red/white and the pink/lime necklaces had paper printed from my GelliPlate using acrylic craft paint. I used Distress Oxides and sprayed-on water to get the blue colors that I hoped would resemble shades of denim.
Once the papers were dry, I cut them up into half-inch strips. Pinterest has a ton of how-to links, but the rolling-up process was easy. Using craft glue and a toothpick, I first glued (with gloss ModPodge, my best friend) a tab on each strip that was about an inch long, just by folding over an end. Then I wrapped this tab (without glue on the outside) around a toothpick and continued to wrap, gluing as I went. After removing the toothpick, I set aside each bead to dry.
My last task was to thread some jeweler’s string through the hand-made beads, adding other coordinating beads from my stash. I like how each necklace turned out, and they’re certainly one-of-a-kind!
Last year, I bought a cheap, cheap side table for my patio — I think it was under $6. The glass top was painted a pretty blue on its underside, but over time, the paint had almost completely peeled away. Not a good look!
I scraped and scraped to remove the remaining paint, but there were a couple areas that were attached with rivets, and I couldn’t get under the rivets to get rid of the little patches of blue. This was not a good look either!
Knowing I had little to lose, I looked in my craft stash for colorful paper, intending to decoupage it onto the underside of the glass. I found a bright floral tissue paper that I hoped would serve to camouflage the unwanted blue specks. Fortunately, I also had some outdoor ModPodge to use as glue.
This photo shows the outcome. Up close, it’s definitely flawed, but I figure few people will be examining it carefully. I think it lends a nice plop of color to an otherwise boring section of my backyard. Score one for me!
My granddaughter Kelsey has just turned 20, and I made her this birthday card. I’m not sure she was very impressed with my illustration skills, but I’m quite convinced she appreciated the cash that accompanied the card!
I first washed the front of a blank white notecard with some Distress crayons and water. Once dry, I penned the words “Happy birthday” and dotted each letter with a white Gelly Roll pen.
On the inside, I again used Gelly Roll pens to create birthday candles representing tally marks. My signature, “G & G”, is our standard one for “Grandma and Grandpa.” Love, love, love!
For the last week or so, I’ve been experimenting with a few techniques for making Valentine’s Day cards. Coincidentally, I’ve had to send out both a get well card and a condolence card, and I’ve used my newly-created cards for those purposes too.
I began by looking for inspiration on YouTube and Pinterest. I found this “Masked Gelli Plate Hearts” from Balzar Designs on YouTube at https://youtu.be/8VGfRw8L6T4. Since I’d just acquired a Gelli Plate and was anxious to experiment, this seemed like a great starting point. The tutorial showed me how to use all sorts of paints, stencils, and stamps to build color onto plain card stock. Once I was happy with my paper, I cut out hearts (using my kindergarten cutting technique beginning with a paper fold), and then I glued them onto previously-purchased cards. A few pen strokes later, here are a few of my creations.
Next, I tried some bright red acrylic paint, white paint, and a spray bottle of water. I plopped some dabs of paint onto a piece of parchment paper (my favorite crafting underlayment!), sprayed it with a healthy dose of water, and used my finger to swirl the water into the paints. Using more white cardstock, I ran the paper through the paints, getting a somewhat marbled effect. Once dry, I cut out my hearts and added them to cards.
For my final effort, I followed a watercolor tutorial I found on Pinterest from Bedlam answers Butterflies (http://bedlamandbutterflies.co.uk/2016/02/last-minute-valentines-day-cards/). I’m kind of “Meh” about these, and they certainly didn’t turn out as pretty as the original, but whatever!
Now I’m on to decorating the envelopes. More on that next week!
It’s been about six weeks since I’ve last posted on this blog. I haven’t lost my crafting mojo, but my motivation to write has been sorely missing. I’ve finally decided to get back to it — writing can be hard work, but it’s an excellent mental exercise. So here goes!
This post was a long time in coming, and I’m afraid the topic is much belated. Christmas. Planned, prepped, celebrated, and finally all put away. But my Christmas prep started early last year and lasted a long time, because my goal was to make it a hand-made holiday. Gifts, tags, and bags, handmade by yours truly. Here’s a slide show of many of the items that I gifted this year.
I’ve been crafting many, many holiday gift tags, and these tea bag tags are one of my favorites. A tag with a gift inside attached to a gift. What could be better? Because I made several of these tags for all my tea-loving friends and family, I started with a template so that I wouldn’t have to measure each one. Read the rest of this entry
My BFF and I were looking for the perfect gift for a friend of ours (Jack) who was turning 65, and I think we found it! I bought a good bottle of wine (when is wine NOT a great gift?!), and BFF and I reworked the label to personalize it. Read the rest of this entry
I am extremely fortunate to have a group of eight of us who have known each other at least since high school. (Carol and I just celebrated our 60th year of friendship; we’ve known each other since kindergarten!) We call ourselves the HaHa’s because we laugh so much when we’re together. This weekend, we had our annual holiday cookie exchange. The event has evolved over the years — we now bring frozen dough so we can each bake what we want when we want. In addition to our dough exchange and lots of laughter, we might have stuffed ourselves with good food and wine. I’m not confessing to anything!
My cookies were extremely easy to do, and I was able to fairly quickly make eight batches for sharing. The recipe comes from the Magnolia Days blog, and I followed the recipe almost to a tee. (Find the recipe here: https://magnoliadays.com/lemon-sour-cream-cookies.) The directions called for grating a lemon and rubbing the zest into the sugar with your fingers. What a brilliant technique! The lemon fragrance spread through the kitchen and flavored the sugar perfectly. The recipe is straightforward and the blog post is well-explained, so I won’t give any more comment on it.
But I did do a quick craft project to decorate the slice-and-bake logs and to give written directions for baking. Using a large purchased tag, I sprayed each side with red watercolor spray. I printed the baking directions on one side…
… and used scrapbook paper, a fine-tipped Sharpie pen, and ModPodge to decorate the other side.
CRAP ALERT: I glued the trees too far up onto the tags, and they weren’t centered to my liking. Pieces of green washi tape fixed the problem in a hurry.
To finish the packages, I used red and white bakers twine to tie the tag onto each log. Quick, cute, and fun!