Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A few days after I got her photo, the Fiskateers were having an online crop. It was also National Talk like a Pirate Day and one of the challenges involved creating a layout of someone or thing that you treasure and using a skull and crossbones on the layout. Perfect! Here’s what I did.
Now you know I revisit and tweak layouts on occasion. The ROCK portion of the title has been tweaked on this one. I originally used one inch alpha stickers in the blackadder font. They were okay but I felt they just weren’t heavy enough. I carefully removed the stickers and stamped ROCK with Making Memories foam stamps and Liquitex black acrylic paint. The letters are intentionally out of line. I wanted them to look like they were rocking out! Other products used to create the layout include DCWV textured cardstock (background), Inks by Steph Fletcher Cove stickers (photo corner, stars, skull and crossbones), Me and My Big Ideas adhesive rhinestones (princess and flowers), Bazzill (black) and Heidi Grace (pink) flowers, Making Memories medium star brad, Colorbok journaling block, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby brands ribbon. Photography by Christina DePalma.
Thank you for taking the journey with me. Rock on!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I love vintage and I love my family heirlooms. I promise to take better care of our heirlooms in the future so that future generations can enjoy them as much as I have.
Now, I have a guestion for all of you! I think the pattern for my little case is a quilt piece named Sunbonnet Sue but I'm not sure. I remember my mother calling it something but don't remember exactly what it was--wan't Sunbonnet Sue, though. Anybody have any ideas?
Thank you for helping out my tired old brain! And thanks for visiting Traveling Down A Crafty Road!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Do you ever go back and rework a page that you're not happy with? Wish I got each one right the first go round, but I don't! Those not quite right pages nag at my serenity. I go to bed at night thinking I can do better. Sometimes I have a Eureka! moment before sleep claims me. Sometimes I even remember that moment when I wake up!
Here's the left hand page. Please know that my borders are straight, my photograply is crooked. The photo is a solo shot of my mother.
I used the Fiskars border corner punch, Quilted Corners, around the mottled gray patterned paper (The Paper Studio) and carefully cut the outside edge off (more on that in the next post). The photo is matted on the same gray cardstock but I left about two inches on the left side. Punched that side with Fiskars Diamond border punch. On another piece of gray cardstock, I used the Fiskars Leave it to Weaver border punch and threaded pink organza ribbon through the punches. Then I poofed the ribbon. Not sure who made this ribbon--it's labeled Decorative Ribbon, made in Taiwan. I'm sure it was a bargain! The ribbon bedecked piece is adhered to the mat with medium sized glue dots. To complete, I made 5 inchies with cardstock and square rhinestones to place along the far left side.
Thanks for visiting! I would love to know the if, when, how, and why's of reworking your own pages--leave me a comment. Come back around for part 2, round 2, page 2, whatever you want to call it!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
My school system didn't offer home ec classes until high school but I decided to brave the evil sewing machine thing and take Sewing 1 as a freshman. I loved it! Even after the thread take up arm bonked me in the forehead, and left a giant, zit like, red mark that lasted for days (don't ask me how because I still don't know what happened), I signed up for Sewing 2!
My original sewing fit continued until I moved away from home after college. My mother's evil machine and I had become friends but she wasn't going to let me take it. My mother acted like she hated her machine but she really loved it. So, I ended up making a few things on weekends here and there until the rest of life got in the way.
About 20 years ago, I bought my own machine. Well, my machine hated me and I finally understood my mother's love/hate relationship with her machine. Most of the time, my machine hung out in the closet but it helped produce curtains, a few dresses and got me through the mending.
Not long ago, I bought a Singer Futura--a late Christmas present. So far, we've collaborated on an apron, some mending and the valance shown here.
It's a simple rod pocket valance. All straight lines, no pattern required. I lined it with unbleached muslin because I just happened to have some on hand.
Please note the finials. They are Styrofoam balls that I painted with Modge Podge and wrapped yarn around. I stabbed the balls with a bamboo skewer first to make them easier to work on. Then I used straight pins to keep the yarn in place until the adhesive set. Most of us have paper scissors and fabric shears? I now have fabric pins and craft pins (complete with dried glue blobs!) I finished the finials with bits of blue silk flowers. I nailed a long thin brad into each end of the rod (actually a closet rod, $0.68/foot) and stuck the finials onto the brad, flush against the end of the rod. There's probably a "right" way, but this worked for me.
I like my new machine and it seems to like me. I have several new projects lined up and I still need to try out the embroidery function. I think the two of us can go places!
Happy National Sewing Month! Thanks for stopping by Traveling Down a Crafty Road.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
All pattered paper is from Cloud 9 Outdoors Collection. The NUTS title is Heidi Grace Harvest Row adhesive alphas. The rhinestone leaves (on vellum paisley shapes) are from the dollar bin at JoAnn's. I used Fiskars Leave it to Weaver, Threading Waters, and Diamond border punches, Comma, Comma Chameleon squeeze punch and scallop paper edgers. The journaling block and Got part of the title were created in MS PowerPoint with the stationary fill background and Bradley Hand font.
Thank you so much for checking in. Enjoy the last little bit of summer!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Drum roll, please . . . and the winner is Barb Fiskateer 2975!
Congratulations, Barb! Please forward your mailing address and phone number to me at email@example.com.
Thanks to each and every one of you for making this giveaway, and my extended birthday celebration, so much fun. I hope you’ve enjoyed this leg of the trip as much as I have. My brother and I both thank you for all the birthday wishes, too.
Please check back in on Traveling Down a Crafty Road soon. I’ll be back to posting about crafty things in the next few days.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The room that started out as a home office, but evolved into a junk/storage room, became my crafty space. For the last few years it was an okay space but wasn't very pretty or inspiring. Last month, we started a redo of my craft room. It has new paint, carpet and a new window valance. I’m still working on a few storage and decorative things and will share all when complete. Until then, this is my switch plate cover.
It's wooden; painted with antique white Krylon spray paint follwed by Krylon matte sealer. I dipped blue yarn into Modge Podge and shaped into flourishes. The yarn dried hard and fast but a bit darker. The flowers are from an ancient arrangement that I'm slowly deconstructing. I must have had that one for at least 25 years but the colors worked for this room.
The birthday RAK winner will be announced sometime tomorrow, 9/13/2009! Thanks for your participation and best of luck! Contest rules listed in 9/5/2009 post.
Thank you for visiting Traveling Down a Crafty Road and for celebrating with me!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Not long after I started scrapbooking, I saw a sweet photo cube gift idea in a 2008 issue of Scrapbooks, etc. magazine. I loved it and decided to “lift” it to suit a specific purpose. My purpose was a Mother’s Day gift for my wonderful mother in law, Arlene. Now keep in mind that during our 2007 Christmas visit, she casually mentioned that the only photos she had of us were from our wedding, GASP, 18 years before. I guess we had been too busy behind the camera to get caught in front! Well a star was born (my husband) and I think the cube turned out pretty well.
Now it's time to let you in on what I did, how I did it and what I used. The original magazine project called for a Memory Makers brand photo cube but I couldn't find one in my local shops. I improvised with an upside down chipboard box, top removed (now holding post it lables and notes on my desk). Lightweight enough to ship but stable enough for tabletop display. You could also use a 4 inch section of a 4 x 4 post with edges sanded and corners filed off, especially if your not concerned with shipping fees. I had to ship and the only 4 x 4's at my house are supporting a deck!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
After participating in a few swaps, display and storage questions arose. The precious, little cards are too pretty to hide away in a drawer or box and they stimulate my own creativity. I thought and thought—maybe a tree type thing? Nope—too big for my space. Maybe a clothesline? Hmmm, that might work. Or what about a teeny tiny shelf? So off to the hardware store and this is what I ended up with.
Since I only have a few free feet left, I started thinking about long term storage. I visited a local sports card store and found bunches of cardboard storage boxes—all different sizes and price points! I bought a midsized one for $4. As soon as I personalize my plain white box, I’ll share a picture with you! I don’t want to put any of my treasures in a box but my wall space is limited. I plan to rotate the display and am anticipating how much fun that will be. Just thinking about it brings back memories of playing with dress up dolls. I’ll just be playing dress up the wall!
If you’ve joined the ATC brigade, let me know how you display and store yours! The birthday RAK is still up for grabs so leave that comment, or another, here and become a follower if you aren’t following yet. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, September 7, 2009
For those of you who haven’t succumbed, they are 2.5 by 3.5 inch Artist Trading Cards meant to be traded among an ever growing community of artists and crafters. Yes, traded--not sold. It’s a sharing thing!
Any arts and crafts media is acceptable—collage, watercolor, rubber stamping, fabric, photography, embroidery, oil paints, etc. Whatever makes your heart sing is okay as long as you adhere to the size rule. I save cereal boxes and cut those for my card base but you can buy precut cardboard ATC bases or even use old playing cards. The front is your artwork and the back provides the space for the title, edition or series number if any (1 of 20, etc.), name of swap, your name and contact information, date created and any other information the swap host requests or you want to include. A few that I’ve received have cute little poems or personal notes on the back.
This is one of my earlier efforts and is titled Hunka, Hunka Merman. It was part of a mermaid swap hosted by another blogger. “He” came from a magazine ad for watches, photocopied onto matte photo paper. The watch is why he has an embroidery floss wrist band. I added little beads to the band as I sewed it on. The background paper and his tail are from a ProvoCraft slab. His hair is made from unraveled twine with a little peat moss glued here and there. The hair was rather unruly so he ended up with a ponytail holder made from a bit of jewelry wire and the Fiskars Itty Bitty Cassette Punch sun shape.
A wonderful resource is Bernie Berlin’s Artist Trading Card Workshop. Her book is full of techniques, trading information, and inspiration. She recently shared her art on FiskarsTV (http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tv/). It’s Episode 99 and definitely worth viewing.
A big THANK YOU to everyone participating in the Birthday RAK! Your comments warm my heart. I’m thrilled that you have joined the celebration. We are still celebrating so leave a comment for a chance to win the RAK. Become a follower for another chance. Thanks, Amy Winehouse for today’s post title.
Gotta run! My ATC addiction is calling.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I made the following layout to honor my parents and there’s no better time than my extended Birthday Celebration to share it with you. They have passed on but left us with wonderful, loving memories and many boxes of photographs and keepsakes. While attempting to sort through the myriad “stuff”, I came across their Bride/Guest Book and all six of their wedding photographs. Buried treasure!
The background patterned paper is from The Paper Studio. The gold charms are Favorite Findings from Blumenthal Lansing Co. Fiskars lace border punch was used on one side of the cardstock mats. I used two different ribbons and added some floral embellishments I put together. Here’s a close up of the flowers
The flowers were very easy to make. I used an EK Success flower punch and outlined the petals and center with Stickles. A self adhesive rhinestone went in the center and some fun fiber was adhered to the back in pinwheel fashion.
Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful Labor Day! Until next time, happy crafting!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
* Become a follower of my blog—you get one chance to win,
* Comment on this post—you get another chance to win,
* Comment on additional posts from this one forward until 9/12, midnight CST—you get one chance to win for each post you comment on. I can promise at least 5 additional posts between now and 9/12/2009.
* A winner will be drawn on 9/13 and announced on the blog.
So you can have at least 7 chances in the “birthday bucket” if you want. Go for it! A little spreadsheet will keep up with your entries and I’ll rely on random.org for the winner. I’m looking forward to giving away . . .
NOTES: Because of the size and weight of the package, I must limit this prize giveaway to US residents only.
The quality of the photo does not accurately reflect the quality of the prize. Argh! Lighting issues here--it's raining!
Thanks for joining my birthday celebration! Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page to sign my guest book.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Remember this from my last post: “Everything is held together with a jump ring with pretty ribbon attached (more about that in Part 2, stay tuned!)”? I didn’t tell you how I got the jump ring in there, did I?
There are quite a few web tutorials on this type of mini album so I won’t bore you with all that. I learned two things from the web:
1. Save the unsolicited advertising and obsolete user guide type cd’s.
2. Save/rescue : ) a spindle from some new cd’s to use when drilling the hole for the jump ring. That’s right, folks, get out the power drill! Gather all the cd’s you will need for your album, stick them on a spindle and drill them all at once so the holes all match. Just hang the spindle a good third off your surface so you don’t drill through anything important like your kitchen counter or dining room table.
Something I encountered but never saw any warnings about anywhere was the Mylar coating usually on one side of the cd. Some of the Mylar coatings are very easy to remove. If they are, go ahead and do it. You may need to use a bit of sandpaper here and there. I encountered a problem with this and had to redo a page or two because of peeling Mylar. Go ahead and get rid of it if it's peels easily.
Now let’s move on down this road. I guess it’s Part 2 of Part 2? What should I put this little mini album in? I needed it to go in something structured since there were no page protectors and I didn’t want it beaten about. Besides I needed to ship it to Iowa!
I found a plain, round chipboard box at the craft store—not too expensive, a little wider than the cd’s and a good 3 inches taller. Perfect! It gave me the room to cushion the cd’s with extra tissue and bubble wrap for shipping and would give him room to add tickets and other ephemera afterwards.
This is what it looked like once it was completed:
I painted the entire box, inside and out, with red acrylic. The stadium photo and Alabama Crimson Tide (MS PowerPoint Word Art) are adhered and sealed with Modge Podge. That’s hounds tooth check ribbon around the rim of the top part--homage to Bear Bryant and his hat.
Thanks so much for coming along on this journey with me. Next post will be extra special, so do check back!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Most of my extended family loves University of Alabama athletics, especially football. Last season one of our nephews and his friend came down from Iowa for a whirlwind weekend visit of football fun. Christopher is definitely a devoted, enthusiastic, and passionate Alabama football fan! And this was his first “live and in person” game.
To commemorate the weekend, I made a cd mini album for him.
I used Provo Craft patterned paper scraps and card stock as a base for the cd’s, adhered with a Xyron adhesive tape runner. Then I added photos, stickers and word strips created in MS PowerPoint. There is a pocket page for some nifty little tags. The tags are card stock and include the fight song, a map of where we parked (it was a long walk, LOL!), coach info, and other cute stuff. Everything is held together with a jump ring with pretty ribbon attached (more about that in Part 2, stay tuned!).
Having our nephew as a guest in our home was wonderful—it had been more than 5 years since he had been here! Sharing time before, during and after the game with him, seeing all of that through his fresh eyes, made it a special moment in time for us.
I hope you will drop by for Part 2 of this post topic. Thanks for taking a look today and why not sign my guest book! Just scroll to the bottom of the page. Please feel free to leave a comment—I read each and every one of them.