Category Archives: Crafts

Shrinky Dinks & Gelli Plates

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One of my favorite holiday crafts were some gelli plated earrings. They were so easy to do, very inexpensive, and loved by all the recipients. I bought Shrinky Dink materials at Hobby Lobby and then gelli plated over one large sheet using acrylic paints. I then made assorted marks with paint, a cork, and the edge of a credit card. Finally, I cut them into assorted shapes, used a corner punch to round out each corner, and added a hole with a regular-sized hole punch.
I followed the directions on the Shrinky Dink package to bake and shrink each earring. I used a metal one-cup measuring to flatten each one down once it came out of the oven. To finish, I added a jump ring and earring hook to each, and paired the earrings up into matching sets.
Here’s Princess M modeling a rectangular pair. Now I have an incentive to get my ears pierced!

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Christmas Crafties

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For Christmas, I was thrilled to receive three new crafting supplies — a set of 8 Posca pens, 48 oil pastels crayons (such pretty colors!), and a 12″ x 14″ Gelli Plate (be still my heart!). Experimenting with the new Gelli plate, I made six large sheets with acrylic paints, masks, and stamps. Two of the sheets were completed using mixed media paper, and four of them were made with Dan the Man’s baking parchment paper. They’re all about 11″ x 14″.

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Christmas Tree Forest

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In one of our spare bedrooms, we have twin beds and a closet full of toys and games. We call this the “Grandkid Room” for fairly obvious reasons. There’s a built-in desk, and for the holidays every year, I put cotton batting and an assortment of Christmas trees. Some trees I’ve purchased; many I’ve made. Every year, I add one or two, so our forest is slowly growing.

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Gingerbread in a Jar

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Thanks to a Pinterest post from Better Homes & Gardens, my friends and I each made a charming gingerbread village in a jar. BH&G does a good job of explaining the process (https://www.bhg.com/christmas/gingerbread-houses/gingerbread-house-city/?ordersrc=rdbhg1107752), and the gingerbread recipe is delicious. Here is what BH&G’s gingerbread village looked like. Cute, huh?

Martha, Kathy, and I strayed a little from the directions, and we have some advice based upon our struggles. Read the rest of this entry

Golden Cross

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img_6069I had an idea for a small memento for Christmas gifts. What could be hard about a small wooden plaque and a painted cross? You would think that it would be easy, but the more I tried, the worse it got. In the photo above, you can see where I started. I painted two small wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby black. I then drew a white cross with acrylic paint on each and used some silver leaf to embellish it. CRAP ALERT: It didn’t really work to my satisfaction. Being a true crapsperson, I knew I could try another step, so out came the pink spackle. Read the rest of this entry

Halloween Couples Costume

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img_6140If you’re procrastinating about Halloween costumes for you and your significant other, perhaps you’d like to do what Dan the Man and I did for a party at our son’s house last night. Mine was easy — a purchased orange Jack-o-Lantern shirt, black pants, (a black turtleneck shirt because it was chilly), and a headband with a pumpkin stem on top. Dan the Man’s was a little more labor intensive, only because I couldn’t find a yellow shirt. After a trip to WalMart for a white shirt, yellow dye, and black duct tape, the Charlie Brown look was born. A little swish on the forehead of Charlie, a necklace for The Great Pumpkin, and a timeless partnership was born!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Pic

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I decided to temporarily replace a five-year old photo of my grandkids with a mixed media piece of a fall pumpkin. The grandkids have grown so much, but I can’t say my art skills have!  I started with a 11×17″ sheet of mixed media paper, some ecru tissue paper, and scraps of other tan-colored papers.  I ModPodged these down to form a random brownish background for my pumpkin.

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I then added some details to the background using stamps and black ink (though I neglected to take a picture of this).

My next step was to sketch a pumpkin onto another sheet of paper.

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I cut it into sections and used these sections as templates to reproduce the shapes on orange and patterned scrapbook paper.

I decided the center piece was too white, so I scribbled on some orange Distress Crayon and smeared it all over with a baby wipe.

img_5888To add some depth to the pumpkin sections, I used a brown Distress Crayon to edge each piece and smear the crayon marks with another baby wipe.

Now that the pumpkin part was finalized, I prepared it for ModPodging onto the background sheet.

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Now came the hard part. I played and played with green stems and leaves to get them just right.

img_5904I continued to add leaves and tweak their appearance until I was happy with the effect. I added some depth to both the leaves and the stem with brown and green Distress Crayons, a white GelliRoll pen, and a black Posca pen.

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I added a few more stamped images, framed it, and have it proudly displayed in a place of honor in my living room. I’m already working on the Christmas picture that will replace it!

Autumn Memories

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Over the past four years of this blog, I’ve posted much crafty crapsmanship related to fall and Halloween. In this post, I’m taking the lazy way out by revisiting a few. And maybe I’ll inspire you to try one!

FALL CANDLE DECOR

Crap 1

https://crapsmanship.com/2014/10/06/fall-candle-decor/

EASY HALLOWEEN DOOR HANGER

Crap 2

https://crapsmanship.com/2016/10/05/easy-halloween-door-hanger/

KICKED UP PUMPKIN

Crap 3

https://crapsmanship.com/2016/09/11/kicked-up-pumpkin-2/

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Crap 4

https://crapsmanship.com/2015/11/04/pumpkin-muffins/

TRIO OF PUMPKINS

Crap 5

https://crapsmanship.com/2015/10/07/trio-of-pumpkins/

Fall Leaves

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Last week, I shared the pumpkin picture I painted for a display in my living room (https://crapsmanship.com/2018/09/23/pumpkin-pic/). I change the picture out every month or so to match the season. I also use this same strategy for a display in my guest bathroom, and this time I decided to use my 5″ x 7″ Gelli Plate to make a picture of fall leaves. Read the rest of this entry