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Friday Craft, Stamping and Coloring

These cards use the stamp set from Stampendous called Build a Bouquet. The set comes with a mask for each stamp, which makes it very easy to create a single layer card with a lush bouquet.

In the above card, I used all the floral elements to make a bouquet, with the jar as a vase. I colored in the images using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I am teaching myself how to use them through practice, and I’m liking most of the results.

For this card, I used the same flower stamp over and over, with the round vase. I also colored these with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Another pretty simple way to make beautiful cards.

McM


Friday Craft, Sewing Fabricdoris

The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is a brand of planner/notebook from Japan, a leather cover which holds notebook inserts using elastic. There is an entire community of users who have adapted this concept and created their own covers, inserts and other fun accessories.

These are some handmade versions using fabric instead of leather, with some handmade inserts as well. It’s a lot more fun making the fabric cover than it is making the paper inserts.

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It’s been a few years since I took to the sewing machine. I forgot how much I enjoy it. The actual act of sewing, but not the ironing, measuring and cutting. Too bad, because that part takes up 60-70% of the actual time spent on a project.

But I was able to flex my creative muscles with these. Since they’re just big rectangles in essence, and created no small amount of waste fabric after measuring and cutting, I added side pockets to several of them and was able to use up most of that waste.

For my next batch, I want to figure out how to add a zipper pocket, or perhaps some other way to hold a pen inside the cover.

MCM

 

 


Friday Craft, SSS March Card Kit

Going back in time a bit with this post to show off my cards from March’s Simon Says Stamp Card kit. This one was Easter themed, with three sizes of 3D Peep bunnies in the stamp set, spring and easter themed paper pack, and two printed panels for watercoloring. These cards were heavily inspired by Vicky Papiaonnou, who has been making a video for each card kit demonstrating 10 cards made with each month’s kit.

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With this kit I am coming to the realization that I don’t like stamping images with my Distress inks, as they don’t leave the best impressions (check out my bunny Peeps below). What is your favorite ink, dear reader?
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This card is pretty much an exact copy of the technique Vicky used in her video. For this card I used my Peerless watercolors to paint and my Distress ink to stamp the sentiment “Hoppy Easter”.
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The card below is another example of Distress ink perhaps not being the best ink for stamping. The sentiment bled out a bit, but I still like the simplicity of this one.

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I especially like these card kits as they force me out of my comfort zone, I would never buy an Easter themed stamp set or paper pad. YouTube is filled with inspiration videos for using each kit.

MCM


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Friday Craft, Bazaar Time

It’s beginning to look a lot like Holiday Bazaar time ~ this weekend I’ll be showing my wares at a local Holiday Bazaar with my helper KidMakes, wish us luck!

To prepare for the rush of customers clamoring for my products (positive thinking) I have opened a new online shop using Tictail. I closed my Etsy show quite awhile ago and have decided to try out this vendor.  My new shop is available at this link, or if you click on Shop in the top menu. I’ve got a few pieces listed, more to come after the show this weekend.

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Have a great weekend!

MCM


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Friday Craft, Envelope Album Episode Four, Paper Revenge

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The learning continues. This album is made of envelopes and cards again, and a 12×12 paper pad from my stash. I inked the edges of all the pages in this album with Faded Jeans Distress Ink @ Simon Says Stamp, which is a little too bright for this book, in my opinion.

I did a lot more fussy cutting for this album (cutting images out of the pattern paper to use as embellishments). The hot air balloon and the oval with a bird in the pictures above. I tried to use the scrap strips again, to decorate the tags and pockets.

The cover turned out a lot better on this album, and did not split at the seams like the last book. I added tabs to some of the pages, and I used stamps to fill some of the white space on the tags.

I really like this paper collection, but the blue edges don’t match well. That’s the only part of this album I don’t like. Progress!

MCM


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Friday Craft, Ring Bracelet tutorial

I refuse to call these by their common name, so I’m going to call this a Ring-bracelet. I made it by request, and after taking these pictures I revised the design a couple of times to make the ring-bracelet work for my friend’s hand.

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I used 20g craft wire and gold fill chain from my local craft store for this. You’ll also need a big focal bead that will lay flat on the wearer’s hand; I used all my pliers, but you could get away with just round nose and nippers.

Working from the wire spool, put your bead on the wire and then create the beginning of a wrapped loop, before closing your wrapped loop string on your short piece of chain. (2) The size of this piece of chain will depend on the wearer’s finger size. My wearer was not a tiny person, so I used 3 inches. Once both ends of the chain are attached, close the loop (3).

Cut the wire from the spool, 1.5 inches below your focal bead. Repeat the prior steps, with the long piece of chain (5). I decided to make the bracelet section big enough to bit around my wearer’s hand so I used 8.5 inches of chain.

I wanted a little more WOW, so I too 10 inches of wire and created a spiral (6). Mark the mid-point of your wire, then clasp this point between your round-nose pliers. Bend the ends around your pliers creating a spiral. Leave at least 2 inch tails to wrap around the wrapped loops, attaching your spiral to your focal bead.

After wearing this for a bit, my friend discovered she could not comfortably flex her hand without worrying about breaking the chain. So I brought the piece back to my studio and added a wrapped link at the top and bottom. This gave her the wiggle room she needed.

Pretty easy gift idea. What do you think?

MCM


Friday Craft, Trees of Life Series Part Three

I have passed through my Tree of Life phase. The trick has worked, I feel inspired to create again. I’ve moved from wire and beads to paper and paint. Stay tuned for the fruits of these ingredients. Here are some of my last Tree creations.Tree_BlackGemstonesMulti

I love the multi-colored gemstones against the black wire.Tree_TurquoiseCopperGoldGreen

This tiny copper and turquoise bead tree was made as a gift for a lovely co-worker. The tree on the left is dark green wire with a gold frame. TreeBlueGreenCopper

This is made using some duo-beads, they have holes in both sides of the bead. I love how they look more like leaves than the round beads.

MCM