Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crafting for kids

Way back in Feb I had one of these rare afternoons free of kids & responsibilities so I put it to use making everything I wanted to send to my niece this spring.  So starting with Valentine's Day I made her a card (that I forgot to photograpgh :-/)  and a doll carrier.  We had given her a Bitty Baby for Christmas & had intended a stroller for her birthday (in Jan) but they were sold out, so I figured she still "needed" something to carry her baby in!  

Of course the hardest part of this whole enterprise was convincing my son to model his cousin's carrier so I could photograph it -- but then he didn't want to take it off & insisted on his own (but that's for another time ;-) ).

In full disclosure: The method  & creation of making this carrier is from my own mind but I the idea for the overall style of it came from a blog I read many years ago.  I always try to credit another crafter's ideas but I can't find the orgin now so I'm sorry if you happen to read this - unlikely but ya know?

With Valentine's Day done, I went forward to St. Patrick's Day.  My eldest daughter picked out some shamrock bracelets & then I made her this card:

Cut out some custom shamrock stamps on my Cameo & inked them up with Forest Moss & Mowed Grass before stamping all over a piece of white cardstock.  It was looking a little plain so I sprayed it with some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  Modify a Silhouette file to get "Irish Lassie" & cut it out in two different fonts on Cameo - I love that you can cut multiple fonts & shapes at the same time with this machine!  The "hello" is stamped (Hampton Art I think) & of course topped off with ivory & gold twine.

After St. Pat's is of course Easter!  Ever since I saw Tim Holtz's alcohol ink technique  I've been wanting to try it.  Alcohol ink on metal is old news but did you know it works on plastic too?!  I finally found plain white eggs at our brand new Hobby Lobby & decided our niece was the perfect recipient.  After I colored the eggs I filled each one with some small treats & my eldest made a cloth basket to hold them so she (my niece) could play egg hunt anytime!

While I had my alcohol inks out I used them to color a piece of glossy cardstock & spread glitter texture paste through a star stencil.  Then wrote out "Happy Anniversary" with a Perfect Medium pen & coated it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and fussy cut it out.  I needed something else to balance out the card & thought this present sitting in my scrap pile would work ;-).  Included this in the box to our niece for her parent's anniversary.

Now I've got to tell you that this much was done in Feb well before all these holidays & I had every intention of finishing & sending the package out in time .... but of course life gets in the way more often then we'd like to admit! So by the time I got back around to finishing it all off, my husband had gotten me one of SSS's monthly kits that had the cutest watercolor panel in it.  I decided it was serendipity & colored it in as my niece's Easter Card!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Creative Play

So I had some time to myself - such a rarity with 3 kids & a busy husband! - & had my new favorite medium, Distress Crayons, & one of my favorite stamp/die sets, Crazy Birds, out on my desk and decided to take May Flaum's advice to just play without pressure to make *something*.  And this was my end result...

I wanted to see how these crayons would work with embossing so I scribbled Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & a little bit of Antique Linen on a piece of heavy white cardstock then used a broad waterbrush to blend them together.  I then inked up my woodgrain embossing folder (by Teresa Collins) with Potting Soil Archival Ink before putting the whole thing through.  I was hoping the Archival Ink would stick to the crayons creating additional depth - didn't really work but the final look is still neat I think.  I love how the browns marbled together to look real wood grain.

Then I wanted to play with blending the crayons some more so I set aside the "wood grain"  and stamped two of each bird in the set on a piece of watercolor paper & set to work.  I tested a different idea on each bird & ended up with 3 I liked (the third is featured on the "birthday wish" card in previous post).  For the blue bird I scribbled several colors of crayon my craft sheet & used a fine tip watercolor brush to pick up pigment to blend onto the stamped bird. I went in several times to create layers & shading.  For the purple bird I colored directly on the stamped bird & used my finger (dipped in water) to blend, I think this makes for a more 'rustic' end look since it's not as smooth & you can see the crayon strokes still but always fun to get a little messy :-P.  I finished both birds with Glossy Accent eyes.

At this point I decided all these parts would make a perfect card for my in-laws because FIL is a woodsman & MIL is a bird lover & they in the woods of rural OH ;-).  So mounted the birds on the woodgrain w/ foam adhesive & added the sentiment stamped on manila, then mounted the whole thing on blue cardstock & topped it off with a twine bow.

Have a great day & remember "the greatest casualty is being forgotten" :-)

** Entered into Simon Says Stamo Wednesday "Anything Goes" Challenge **

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A wish...

"A wish is a dream your heart makes"

This quote/song is one of my all-time favorites and came to my mind when I saw this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Make A Wish".  Immediately the idea for a heart shaped dream catcher for my daughters' room came to my mind...but it's already Sunday & I only have a few child-free hours to get teacher gift(s) done so it'll have to be tabled for another time ;-).

Instead I'd like to share the Happy Birthday (wish) card I sent to my Grandma.

I finally got my hands on Tim Holtz's new Distress Crayons & *swoon*  I think I have a new favorite medium.  On this card I used Distress Crayons to color in my Crazy Bird & also for the edging.  I went for an ombre effect through stencil on the background (done with Distress Ink).  I wanted a little bit texture so spread colored texture paste through another stencil & finished off with a hand-lettered "Happy Birthday" musical score.

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day & remembers those who have given all ;-)