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Friday, October 12, 2018

Wine Corks Pumpkin

Hi Everyone!

Like many of you I read magazines, receive online newsletters, follow blogs, and search the Internet for crafting inspiration.  While I was searching for Thanksgiving ideas I saw many images of pumpkins that were created from wine corks.  I decided to create one of my own.  I grabbed my stash of recycled corks and counted out 25 of them.

Some sites suggest using a paintbrush and acrylic paint to paint the ends of the corks.  Several sites suggest dipping the ends of the corks into a puddle of acrylic paint and letting the excess drip off. 

I found some orange acrylic paint in my stash.  I poured a puddle of it onto a paper plate and dipped one end of 24 corks into orange paint and the end of one cork into green paint.  It took more than an hour for the paint to completely dry.  Then I painted the other ends of each cork. 

When the corks were completely dry I used a hot glue gun to glue them together.  I know that the pumpkin was supposed to look rustic, but I didn't like the natural look of the sides of the pumpkin. I decided to paint them.  I also used a paintbrush to add a little paint to the spaces between each cork.

I still wasn't happy.  The orange paint wasn't dark enough for me.  I glanced up at the clock and it was 8:30 at night.  I thought about asking Robbie to drive me to JoAnn's to buy some darker paint, but then I had an idea. 

I poured some orange paint into a bowl.  Then I added some red paint and stirred the 2 colors together.  The orange got darker.  I painted the entire pumpkin again and was happy with it. 

I used an oak leaf die to cut some green felt leaves and hot glue gunned them to the top of the pumpkin.  Here's my creation.

 
 
Have a great day!
 

 
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mason Jar Bands Pumpkin

Hi Everyone!

Sorry that I continue to post so irregularly.  I am not sure where the time goes.  It seems as if I am always busy crafting, cooking, and cleaning. I manage to find a little time each day to craft, but rarely stop to photograph what I made. 

Today's craft has a story and a great message to you fellow crafters.  If you search the Internet you will find many suggestions on ways to use mason jar rings to create a pumpkin.  I was inspired by the suggestions at this link, but as you will see I didn't follow their suggestions completely. 


I wanted to create a pumpkin.  I looked through my mason jar bands and found some that were white and some that were silver.  I thought to myself that I could use what I have or go out and buy more bands so that they would all be the same color.  I chose to use what I had. 

Many of the posts suggest that you spray paint the bands, but I didn't have any orange spray paint.  I looked at my craft supplies and thought ribbon or washi tape might work.  I decided to try ribbon.  I looked through my stash and even though I have tons of ribbon I only found one unopened orange roll and 2 orange rolls that had very little ribbon on them. 

So I kept searching and pulled out some golds and browns and figured they could work because after all I was creating a fall pumpkin. 

Well, you can see how my pumpkin turned out and I absolutely love it.  I used 1/4" wide Scor-tape to adhere the ribbon to each mason jar band.  My bands are strung together with twine and the pumpkin's stem is made from cinnamon sticks. 

So my message is...shop in your stash.  You may end up having exactly what you need!

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Happy National Coffee Day

Happy National Coffee Day!

I am mainly a tea drinker, but I do enjoy a hot cup of French Vanilla coffee from time to time.  Marie, on the other hand, has coffee flowing through her veins.  Her coffee consumption habits are such that she helps cement the country's reputation for being the biggest coffee consuming nation in the world.

With Marie and many of my friends in mind I recently created some coffee themed cards. 

I used some coffee bean patterned paper from a dcwv paper pad to create this first card.  A Sizzix mason jar die cut the card into its jar shape.  The sentiment was created from an impresscardsandcrafts.com stamp.

 
 
The coffee cups on this next card were created with stamps from PaperTrey Ink's "Heart-2-Heart #1 Mini Stamp set ".  I adhered foam tape to the back of some of the cups to add dimension to the card. 
 
 
 
 
Today's last card is a gift card holder.  It's a great card to give to a coffee lover along with a gift card to their favorite coffee source.
 
 




Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Granola

Hi Everyone!

I've been busy creating all sorts of things for Marie and Dan's upcoming wedding.  I'll be posting pictures of my creations for the bridal shower and the wedding in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, my sister, Paula and her husband, Robert arrive in Massachusetts tomorrow.  They'll stop here for a quick visit before they head North to visit friends and family.  Then, they'll be back to spend time here in a couple of weeks.

I made a yummy bag of homemade granola for them to munch on as they travel. 

 
 
The recipe is from a great book I purchased while we were on vacation.  It's called Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista.  If you like to create gifts you'll want to find this book.  Maggie gives all sorts of suggestions on ways to create small batch food gifts and package them. 
 
 
 
Here's a description of the book.
In Food Gift Love, Maggie Battista, a food-gift guru and rising star of the blog world, celebrates her expertise in and enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted foods. She features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions, and stunning photography. There are countless ways to share the pleasures of food with people you care about—from simple homemade infused salts and sugars to instant-gratification gifts like fresh ricotta and flavored butters; from jams, pickles, and vinaigrettes to irresistible cookies, desserts, savories, and spirits that will impress fellow food fans. There’s helpful information for creating your own Food Gift Love pantry at home as well as creative guidance on how to wrap food gifts with style. This book will inspire cooks, food-lovers, and DIY fans to be year-round food gifters.
 
I purchased the bakery bag that I used for the granola from King Arthur Flour.  I used some of my rubber stamps to decorate the bag.  The idea for decorating came from the above mentioned book. 
 
Have a great night!
 
 
 

 


Monday, August 6, 2018

Summery Shaker Cards

Good Morning!

I am addicted to creating shaker cards.  Since they are thicker than a standard card they won't go through the machine at the post office.  I put them in a padded envelope to protect them.  Since they don't weigh very much, the postal worker doesn't charge me for mailing a package.  He just charges a little more than the cost of mailing a standard card. 

Here are 2 of the cards I made recently.



When I create shaker cards I run a powder bag over the piece of transparency and along the edges of the foam tape.  It works great.  The sequins move freely and don't clump together. 

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Summer Z-Fold Cards

Happy Sunday to all!

A few weeks ago I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire on z-fold cards.  I decided to create some of my own. 

Toni sent me some scalloped circle dies.  I think they look like suns and thought they'd look great on some summery z-fold theme cards.

 
 
I used a large die to create the sun on the fronts of the cards and a smaller die to create the sun on the inside of the cards.  I wrote a brief message on the small suns.

 
 

Thanks for the dies, Toni.  As you can see I am having a lot of fun with them.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Have a Doggone Great Day

Hi Everyone!

Today's "to do" list is a long one so I am going to share just one card.  I used the adorable dog stamp from The Stamps of Life's "birthday4cookie" clear stamp set as the focal point of my card. 


I fussy cut the dog image and then I carefully cut off his head!  I adhered just the dog's body to the card.  Then I attached a mini action wobble from Art Impressions to the back of his head before I adhered it to the card.  Now the head wobbles back and forth. 

Have a great day!