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Fancy Clipboard Craft

Well, it’s down to the wire. I leave for San Francisco tomorrow night, then Thursday morning is the big workshop! Yay! Got my travel plans all nailed down, shirts ready and now I have a super fancy clipboard on which to take my notes. They do sell fancy clipboards at Target, but none of them fit my style, so I got myself a plain one and personalized it. Because that’s how I do.

My Design
My Design

I printed off a hi-res image of my Red Scorpio design and trimmed it down a little. I just happened to have some full sheet clear labels, but some alternatives would be to print a full sheet label, or Mod Podge or spray mount your  printed image onto your clipboard.

Clear Sheet Labels
Clear Sheet Labels

 

You could also use clear packing tape if you are able to apply it verrry carefully. I am way too spazzy for that. I was lucky to even get the clear label sheet on properly, but I just took my time and really concentrated and I got it on pretty straight with only one minor wrinkle.

Design Applied
Design Applied

Then I decorated the edges with some awesome duct tape. I love this stuff! I have like 5 rolls of it in different patterns. One day I will make a duct tape wallet, but not today.

Duct Tape Edges
Duct Tape Edges

Ok, clipboard looks beautiful, but the pad of paper I bought has a green stripe across the top and that will not do. More duct tape. I think I will do this to all my pads from now on. It took less than one minute and the results are super cute.

Duct Tape Embellishment
Duct Tape Embellishment
Fancy Pad
Fancy Pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Done! Now I just need to pack and I am ready to go kick ass in SF!!

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Custom T-Shirt with Freezer Paper Stencil

Trace Your Design
Trace Your Design

In just two days I will be heading of to San Francisco to participate in a workshop at the CreativeLive studios and I am very excited! First things first, I need something new to wear. I work from home and so I basically live in PJs. Time to go shopping! I really wanted to find some plain but “dressy” t-shirts and decorate them myself. Even though I have a Yudu screen printing machine, sadly I have no idea how to use it and no time to learn right now, so I opted to go with basic freezer paper stencils. It’s a simple technique and great results are practically a guarantee.

My design was pretty simple, a scorpion and a field of stars. I traced my design onto freezer paper, then cut it out with an exacto knife. I was making three shirts so I cut all three out at once to make it easier. Then I punched the stars out with a paper punch, like the ones scrapbookers use. With a medium iron, press the paper shiny side down onto your t-shirt. It bonds instantly to the fabric. Mask off any areas you don’t want sprayed and then go for it. I just used regular old spray paint, no fancy fabric paint. If you’ve ever gotten paint on your clothes, you know it never comes out and as long as you don’t apply it too thick, it will be nice and soft after you wash it.

Peel off the paper and boom! I just love crafts like this with a big reveal. Can’t wait to show these off at CreativeLive on Thursday.

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Pop-Up Card

I posted about my love of pop-ups a while back and linked to a tutorial to an amazing pop-up flower bouquet card that is simple to make and incredibly impressive, and what do you know, Ms. Martha Stewart puts a tutorial on her website for this same card! I must finally be an influencer. Feels great.

Here is Martha’s tutorial which is actually a little easier than the original one I posted, because Martha breaks it down into steps. She’s so awesome. The original tutorial by Golics is a video only, and the first time I made the card I had to watch it like 3 times and rewind and pause after each step. The tutorial calls for “text paper” which is a weirdly fancy way of saying “copy paper”. They use different colors of paper to make theirs but if you only have white, you can color your flowers with markers.

Decorate Your Flowers
Decorate Your Flowers
Little Flowers
Little Flowers

UPDATE: Golics video has been taken down or something. It won’t play on Instructables or Metacafe. What a bummer! And when you click the “Watch The Video” link on Martha’s page, it just takes you to the Mother’s Day crafts page. But never fear, the photo tutorial by Martha Stewart is clear enough to show you how to make the card without a video. If you have any problems, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help. Tip: Golics uses glue and Martha uses tape, but I think that glue dots (like for scrapbooking) work best. This project takes a bit of effort, lots of folding and cutting, but your Mom is worth it. And she will love you for it! Notice there is no picture of my final card. Click here to read why.

 

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A Very Busy Month of May…

I knew May was going to be hectic. Besides Mother’s Day, we have my daughter’s,  sister’s, sister-in-law’s, and two cousins’ birthdays. Add to that our week-long vacation to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and my head is already spinning.

Then Tuesday, April 16th, I got an email advising me that I had been accepted as an audience participant in the CreativeLive workshop, “Build a Successful Creative Blog”, being held in San francisco. On May 1st. I was shocked, thrilled and a little freaked out. When I applied for the chance to take part, I never thought I would actually be accepted. Whoa.

I have spent the last few days wrapping my mind around this. First of all, this is “last-minute” travel to me. I plan our vacations months in advance because I like to manage every detail. And I will be filmed. So not only will the event be broadcast live (yikes!) but it will also live on the interwebs forever. This is so far out of my comfort zone, I can’t even see it from here. But YOLO, right? Are they still saying that?

I am not one to back down from a challenge and I love trying new things so I really am looking forward to this. Check it out at CreativeLive, May 1-4.

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Easter Crafts Abound!

Easter is another Holiday that tricks people into being crafty. Coloring eggs? Crafty. Making Easter baskets? Crafty. It’s amazing and discouraging to me how many adults feel they are not crafty or artistic, so if they have to be tricked into doing crafts then I am all for it.

coloring Easter eggs
Coloring Eggs!

My kids are grown and my niece thinks she is, so I haven’t colored eggs in a while but I used to love it. We stuck with the basics of dying and over dying using wax resist. That’s what you call it when you write on the egg with the clear crayon they give you in the coloring kit. Call it “wax resist” from now on and sound fancy. Nowadays there is Pinterest, and about a million ideas for decorating eggs.

Easter eggs, before and after
Before and After

Here is a picture from a few years ago when we had about 9 pet chickens. They laid eggs in an array of colors that looked really cool when dyed. We only have three birds now and it takes a while to get a dozen eggs anymore. If you don’t have a backyard flock, maybe try buying brown eggs from the store, or better yet, if you have a local Farmers’ Market, you can probably get some nice free range eggs.

Quail Deviled Eggs
Quail Deviled Eggs

Here is a picture from the one time I made deviled eggs out of my quails’ eggs. That was an ambitious project. Those suckers are a pain to peel. We had about 6 quails laying at that time, now we are down to two so it takes about a week to accumulate a dozen eggs, This picture shows about 40 eggs. I tried counting like three times, but I give up. Let’s just call it “a lot”

Happy Crafting!

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Half a Snake…

My beaded snake project is coming right along. I am very pleased with my progress and I’m already plotting out another one. Next time I think I will make a striped snake.

I’m also planning to enter the Beading Daily Bead Star competition. I have the perfect necklace already made for that one. And I’m entering  Instructables‘ Jewelry Contest. Whew! Busy busy. I am so glad I get to spend my days doing what I love to do.