Archive for October, 2013

Day 304: Double Trouble
October 31, 2013

I didn’t start out planning to do 2 projects this morning. It just kind of happened that way.

Thanks a Ton Whale Card

This may not seem overly appropriate for a Halloween craft, but it really is. My parents were always very clear with my brother and I that we ask politely for the candy and always, always say thank you. So this card is just my way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped me have so many great Halloween memories over the years.

Now the second project was actually something that I wasn’t going to do because it is hard to even really call it a project, but I needed that little something to finish off my Halloween costume.

Skull and Cross Bones Necklace

I am dressed a bit devilishly today and just needed something a little darker to wear. I had this pendant sitting around and the black and silver chain, so I just put them together and they are the perfect accent to my outfit.




Day 303: Ready for Trick of Treating
October 30, 2013

I love Halloween. It very well might be my favorite holiday. Today’s project is perfect for the traditions of this special day.

Skull and Cross Bones Trick or Treat Bag

I had leftover papers from when I did the decoupage pumpkin, so I decided to use them to create a pirate-themed trick or treat bag. Now, ideally I would have made an iron-on transfer, but I didn’t have the supplies for that, so I worked with what I had. I ran the paper pieces through my Xyron and made them into stickers that I then put onto the bag. Now, I only have a small Xyron so I had to cut the skull in half and run it through as 2 pieces and then carefully align them when I put them onto the bag. I think I did an okay job with that.

Anyway, since the design is made from paper stickers, I wouldn’t suggest taking it out in the rain and I don’t know how well the design will hold up for the long run, but I achieved the look that I was going for.

Day 302: Fishin’ You Were Here
October 29, 2013

I am not sure exactly where the inspiration for today’s project came from. Fortunately, it came together pretty much as I envisioned it, and I was able to put it all together quickly an easily this morning.

Paper pieced shaped fish card

For this paper pieced and shaped card, I cut all of the pieces using the Creative Memories Custom Cutting system and a Creative Memories heart punch. For the tail, I cut a diamond that I then folded in half and used it as my card base. I then cut ovals for the fish body. To create the fins, I used the starfish template, using the outside to cut the larger top fin and the inside to cut the smaller bottom fin. I added the side fin by punching a heart and used glue dots to adhere just the point to the card itself. I added a googly eye from my stash and created my goldfish card.

Fishin' you were here! sentiment

To finish the card off, I stamped the “Fishin’ you were here!” sentiment on the inside.

Day 301: Lighthouse Pocket Card
October 28, 2013

The other day when I made the double pocket card, I had originally wanted to use a different set of stamps, but they didn’t go with the paper I had. For today’s project, I made a different style of pocket card and was able to use the stamps that I had planned to use last week.

Lighthouse Pocket Card

I found this printed paper at The Queen’s Ink at Savage Mill when I went with Laura on Saturday. The print is subtle but I liked that for this project. Sometimes a bold print works, but for this card, I wanted the sentiment and image to really be the stars.

The sentiment reads: To keep the reefs and rocks at bay my light will help you find your way. I like the simplicity of this particular sentiment but also that it says so much.

Lighthouse Tag

For the tag, I used a lighthouse stamp and colored everything using chalk pencils. Again, I kept things pretty simple, but I think that it turned out beautifully. What do you think.

Day 300: Not Overly Nautical
October 27, 2013

So, first things first. I wasn’t completely happy with how yesterday’s project turned out, so I dissambled it and made it over taking a slightly different approach. I am much happier with the new result, so I wanted to share that first:

Redone Multi-strand Pearl Necklace

When I first made it, I tried doing it with out using a spacer bars, since I had never used them and was a little unsure about them. But, I redid it with the spacer bars and it sits so much nicer now.

Enough about yesterday. Today was a bit of a challenge. I had one idea that I tried, and the results were just not what I had hoped for. So, I started over.

Luckily, Laura and I went to Savage Mill yesterday where we both found a lot of inspiration. For my second attempt at a project for today, I used some of that inspiration to make this:

Sea Glass Ring Necklace

The title of the post points out that today’s project isn’t as nautical as many. However, the blue ring is tumbled sea glass and is a key element of today’s piece, so it counts. The actual inspiration piece included 2 different size rings but the more I play with the various pieces, I decided to just use the one. The top piece of the pendant is 2 silver ovals that I slight rounded and connected with jump rings. I then added the heart to symbolize my love of the sea. I included some small seed beads on a couple of the jump rings just to add another element to the piece.

I usually try not to do jewelry on back to back days, but I figured these 2 pieces were different enough and definitely used enough different techniques that I made an exception.

Day 299: Feeling Ambitious
October 26, 2013

For a while, I have wanted to create a multi-strand pearl choker. I decided that today was as good a day as any to try it.

Multi-strand pearl choker necklace

I considered trying to braid the strands but decided that with the size of the pearls it would be best to leave the strands as is. I used lilac and powder blue pearls and hand-strung more than 200 of them to create this piece. (That was the ambitious part.)

Multi-strand pearl necklace detail

Admittedly, I didn’t get the lengths quite perfect, and, if I had more time to spend, I would probably redo it. But, sadly I can’t spend my entire day stringing pearls. My friend Laura is coming over, and we are going to check out a bead shop and a scrapbooking and stamping store this afternoon. A girl has to have her priorities straight. I might rework this at some point. Now that I have done it, it doesn’t seem nearly as daunting to redo it to make sure that the lengths are all just right.

Day 298: Double Pocket Card
October 25, 2013

Today was one of those days. I had one idea for a project but couldn’t find one of the key elements and had to put that idea on hold. Then I decided to try something new and while my prototype didn’t work out, I was able to learn from it and create:

Double Pocket card

When I first tried it, I didn’t realize that having double sided printed paper was so key. Luckily, I was able to find some fun nautical paper in my stash that worked. Of course, that meant re-working my idea for what was going to do on the front and in the pockets. I decided to go with my seahorse stamp for on the tag and a sentiment for the front that reads, “no horsing around…I hope your birthday is a splash!” In the middle pocket, I placed a gift card.

For this project, I used a bunch of different tools and techniques. The card itself is created from a single sheet of 8 1/2×11 double-sided card stock that is scored, cut and folded. For the tag, I broke out the trusty old Sizzix machine and my tag die. It was pointed at the top but I cut the point off since it wouldn’t work as well with my ribbon embellishments. I stamped the seahorse and then colored him using colored pencils. I then used chalk to add a light blue background to the tag and give it a watery feel. For the sentiment, I cut the circle using my Cricut and then simply stamped the sentiment using Lettuce colored ink.

All in all, it was a bit more involved than I originally intended for today’s project but it worked out well in the end.

Day 297: Cap’n Jack’s Pumpkin
October 24, 2013

The other weekend, I went to a scrapbook crop with several ladies. My dear friend Laura was there, but she decided not to work on her scrapbook. Instead, she was working on Halloween decorations, and specifically she was decoupaging paper maché pumpkins. Well, I had bought one of the fake foam pumpkins a little while back and I have been trying to figure out how to decorate it. Her decision to decoupage inspired me. That and the skull and cross bones paper I found.

Decoupage Pirate Pumpkin

I started with a black foam pumpkin. I then used Mod Podge to decoupage the skull and cross bones paper to the pumpkin. You can’t tell from the picture, but there is a matching skull and cross bones on the back as well. Once the Mod Podge had dried, I applied a high gloss spray sealant to the entire exterior of the pumpkin. The high gloss finish made getting a picture a bit challenging, but I finally found a spot where the glare wasn’t too bad.

My original idea for this black pumpkin was to find some sort of pirate stencil and paint the design on in white. So, I didn’t stray too far from my original idea and probably wound up with a better result than if I had gone with the hand-painted design.

My son might even allow me to include this one with his Halloween decorating of the front yard.

Day 296: A Little Sparkle
October 23, 2013

The forecast for Baltimore is rainy and overcast as a cold front comes through and drops our temperatures. A dreary day like that can just spoil people’s moods. So, I decided to add a little sparkle to today with my project:

Coral and Gold Bracelet and Earrings

I found these beads at the craft store. I thought they were coral, but they were marked as being shell. Either way, they are from the sea. I loved the shape of them and knew that I wanted to do something with them. On my next trip to the craft store, I found this gold bracelet. I knew with a little re-working it would be perfect with the beads since the links in the chain were similar in shape.

First, I took just a couple lengths off of the bracelet to make the earrings.  Then, I was looking at it and realized that if I took another length off and added a bead in the middle, I could pretty much maintain the length and have a matching bracelet. Voila. A little sparkle for what looks to be a dreary day.

Day 295: Lighting the Way
October 22, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I made a centerpiece using an oil lamp, shells and river rocks. While I was happy with how that piece turned out, part of me wished that I had found a way to include a candle. Today, I found a way to include a candle:

Oil Lamp Centerpiece with Candle

I bought a smaller oil lamp in white rather than the blue that I used before. I opened it up and carefully placed the candle in the center. I then put the glass in place and poured in small sea shells to surround the candle:

Oil Lamp Candle Holder Close Up

Another simple project that turned out quite nicely in my humble opinion. What do you think?