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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CB2 Penguin Hack

Thumbing through one of the many Christmas catalogues the other day...I came across a cute set of penguins available at CB2.  I thought...I can make one of those!!! Here's what the catalogue showed
Cute right?
Here's mine





Saturday, November 22, 2014

Key Chain Fob


This project is so much cooler than it photographed...I thought I'd share 
it and maybe you can make one too.  I discovered this stuff called 
Diamond Glaze that is really fun.  It's a glue...but when applied topically 
leaves a clear resin like 3-D coating.  I'm always looking for fun 
stocking stuffers for my adult children and thought they might
all like a key chain fob with their children's pictures.  
Here are the supplies you need:
a package of decorative dog tags (Hobby Lobby)
a can acrylic sealer
a photo (1"x1.5")
Diamond Glaze (purchased online)
E6000 or another adhesive

Friday, November 21, 2014

3-D Wooden Christmas Trees



I'm still discovering new projects to make with my scroll saw. 
See previous posts for other ideas here.
I've had a funny little Christmas tree that I've used for 
decoration every year forever...it's a small little thing I 
probably picked up at the drug store when we couldn't 
afford many holiday extras.  It's wooden, painted green 
with little red hearts on it.  I always thought it was cool because 
it fit together with 2 slots cut out of the pieces...but stored away 
flat in a box the rest of the year.  I figured I could draft a similar 
pattern and cut out the pieces with my new scroll saw.  I started 
with a sketch of a tree 10" tall...traced that onto a piece of wood.


I cut 2 trees, cutting a slot on either tree, one from the top to halfway, 
one from the bottom up to halfway (slots are the width of the wood thickness)


Sand all the sides, edges, etc and stain...or paint.


I chose a bluish stain because most of my friends have beachy type decor and 
I thought a set of blue trees would look cool
Sand again to give it a weathered look...If you want a set...I made 
 8" and 6" trees to go along with the 10" one.



and disassembled, I tied the bundle with twine...ready for gift giving


Here's the pattern I made...printed on 8.5"x11" paper
(don't forget to make 2...with a slot on top of second)






Sunday, November 9, 2014

Watercolor resist thank you notes


It's never too early to make some thank you notes 
with Christmas around the corner.  Thought some watercolor
ones would be fun to do.  These simple resist cards don't take
any "artistic" ability...if you can put paint on a brush...you can do it.
I laid out a few thank you's on the Cricut screen and cut


them out of vinyl.  I first tried it with contact paper (like I use for silkscreening)
but it didn't stick to the watercolor paper very well. 
So...a scrap of vinyl worked great.  


I transferred the letters to watercolor paper and used a brayer 
(but you can use a rolling pin) to really make sure
the vinyl letters stuck to the paper.



Here's the fun part...flood the paper with water...then just
touch the tip of your brush (loaded with watercolor paint)
and watch it spread and mix.  Use different colors and
be amazed at the new colors it creates.





Let dry THOROUGHLY.

As you can see, I tried several color combos.



Then, using an Xacto knife or something pointy, gently peel
off the letters.  They come up very easily.




To turn these into notecards...I tore the edges of each 
"painting" to fit on a standard notecard size of card stock.
I just cut 8 1/2" x 11" card stock in half, score the sheet
and I've got a folded note.  Tearing the edges of the watercolor paper
with a straight edge gives you a nice deckle edge (more like
a full sheet of watercolor paper)


When you've got the piece the size you want, just center on 
your notecard and glue down.  I used some heavy books to 
make sure it stuck well (flat with no buckles)



Color combos are endless. Standard 
4 3/8 x 5 3/4"envelopes fit perfectly.







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Friday, October 24, 2014

Wooden Christmas Ornaments



I got a new toy...a Scroll Saw!!!  Something I've wanted for awhile. My daughter-in-law asked me if I could make a few things for the new babies room...(ideas she found on Pinterest).  I said sure...just need a new saw :)  How great is this thing...endless project ideas.


I made Katie's things then started in on fun things for Christmas...I did a little research online looking for  scroll saw patterns...seems its mostly old woodworking guys making creepy trivets and things...figured I could just sketch out my own designs and figure out the cutting as I went along.  It's super easy and really fun.  For the ornaments I thought starting with Christmas trees would be quick and easy.  I bought some 1/4" poplar at Home Depot and went to town.

I just traced multiple images using a template I cut out of paper...


How fun does this look? 
Once I got the hang of it I tried more complex designs...but later on that.
Once all the trees were cut out, I sanded them to smooth the edges. 
(actually the scroll saw leaves a pretty smooth edge) 

You can see the moose ornament?...that's my fancier shape
I drilled a hole at the top of each tree (for hanging...duh)
I wanted a "weathered" look to the wood and found a formula on Pinterest that sounded easy...I mixed up a STRONG cup of tea and added coffee grounds to it.  I painted it on each of the trees...stained the wood a little...not much and I was skeptical it was going to work...but the second stage worked like a charm.

Next, I mixed steel wool and vinegar in a jar and let it sit overnight.  Apparently the tea mixture mixed with the vinegar mixture "grays" the stain like old barn wood.  It's so cool...it worked.

I painted on the vinegar mix...left the room and 1/2 hour later when I returned it was quite brown and gray.
When they were dry I sanded off some highlights, tied hemp twine through the holes and I have a bunch of new Christmas ornaments.  I made a bunch more designs today...I'll share later.





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New tee shirts for the grandsons

As I've shown in earlier posts...I love silkscreening...and with my "discovery" of contact paper as a stencil and the use of my cricut for cutting intricate designs and text...a whole new world has opened up.  Silkscreening is really meant to be used for multiple runs i.e. printing the same image over and over again.  I usually will just print one tee (or maybe two) but it's so easy with this method it's hardly work at all.  Kale, my 3 year old grandson has become quite the celebrity at school.  The teachers like seeing what funny shirt he'll wear next.  I wish I could claim being clever enough to come up with the sayings...I usually just pour over the internet looking for funny things to print.  Here are two that I printed yesterday.  For a tutorial on silkscreening using contact paper check out this earlier post



and some old favorites: