Day 317:…and a Bottle of Rum
November 13, 2013

This morning, I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to do. Then, my son informed me that he didn’t have all of the paperwork that he needed in order to try out for indoor track so I had to scramble to find the missing paperwork and get it all filled out. Not the way I wanted my morning to go.

Luckily, when I went into my craft room things came together and I was able to make this card:

Bottle of Rum Card front

When you open the card up, this is what you see:

Bottle of Rum Card Inside

While it seems fancy since it is not a conventional card, it is actually super easy to make. I originally was thinking of going a different direction but the papers just weren’t working, so I was lucky to have my pirate paper along with matching red paper right at my finger tips. The pirate was actually a little too big for the card front, but I made him work.

Once I had put the card together, I knew I wanted to put something inside. I found some small black letter stickers and tried to go with a pirate-themed sentiment. Can I have that bottle of rum now?




Day 314: Not How It Was Originally Intended
November 10, 2013

Today’s project was all about using something in a way other than that in which it was intended. I found a bandana that was designed to look like an old fashioned map of the Caribbean. I knew that I wanted to use it somehow, but I just wasn’t sure how. That is until I took a trip to Ikea with my friend Laura yesterday.

Framed Bandana Map Art

I saw this large 50cmx50cm square frame while we were there and decided to frame the bandana to create wall art.

When I bought the bandana I knew that I didn’t want to fold it up or cut it into pieces. I love the map on it and the colors and I really wanted to showcase those elements. Framing it so I could hang it on a wall seemed like the perfect solution.

Okay, so it was a really easy project, but the point for me was to find a way to use the bandana that might not be consistent with its original purpose. Plus, if someone is decorating on a budget, I think that this could be a fun way to do it.


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 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 294: His and Hers
October 21, 2013

Some crafts are involved and take more time. Some crafts just fall into place with little to no effort.

Over the weekend, I was in my craft room when I noticed that I had two different pirate buttons – a more traditional male pirate and one that was obviously more of a girly pirate. They were sitting next to my stash of bottle caps. The decision to make matching his and hers pirate magnets was easy.

His and Hers Pirate Magnets

To be perfectly honest, I even had the black circles already punched and sitting with the bottle caps. How could I not take this as a sign? This morning, I ran the black paper circles through my Xyron and put them onto the bottle caps. Next, I adhered the buttons using glue dots. Put some magnets on the inside of the bottle caps and this morning’s project was done in next to no time.

After the last couple of days in which I did much more involved projects, I figure I deserve an easy day.

Day 284: Reading Weather
October 11, 2013

The past couple of days have been dreary and chilly. Lots of grey skies and rain. Perfect weather for reading. But, life continues and we can’t just sit and read. Today’s project will help you to mark your spot when it comes time to put your book down to focus on other things.

Whale Tail and Sword Bookmarks

I have been wanting to make one of these bookmarks for a while now, so instead of making just one, I made two. Originally, I had hoped to find a gold bookmark base so that I could use a different charm from my stash, but since I found silver ones, I decided to use my whale tail and sword charms instead.

While I was at it, I made one more,but it isn’t nautical. It is more appropriate for Purple Friday:

Purple Kitty Bookmark

Or for my dear friend Laura who is affectionately known as the “Crazy Cat Lady.”

Day 282: Pink Pirates?
October 9, 2013

First things first. Yesterday, I asked for your help deciding which sentiment I should use in my card. The winner, by an overwhelming majority is: “Needed Immediately Beach Hammock and Winning Lotto Ticket.” I don’t know if that is because a lot of my friends are being impacted directly by the government furloughs or if it is just a reflection on my friends in general. I wish that I could say that I found the results surprising, but I really don’t.

Now, on to today’s project. As is happening fairly often lately, I woke up without a clear direction in mind for what I wanted to do. I found some inspiration in a piece of paper from my stash, but I still didn’t know quite what I should do with it. So, I reached over and grabbed my copy of Card Sketches for Paper Crafters. I flipped through it for a couple of minutes until I happened upon the sketch on page 60.

Pink Pirate Card

I liked that the sketch put the emphasis on the paper. I embellished with some black hearts and a pirate button from my stash. I am not 100% in love with this card and looking at the photo I am seeing minor things about the card that are driving me a little bit crazy. It was a bit different from the cards that I usually make so, I am counting it as a win.

Day 275: Pretty as a Pirate
October 2, 2013

I’m not sure quite where the idea for today’s project came from…probably somewhere deep in my subconscious.

Pirate Hair Clip

It didn’t turn out perfectly, but I couldn’t find the hair clip that I originally thought of when I was developing this project in my head. I saw the pirate grad on my craft table yesterday when I was working on the fish bookmarks and thought it would be cute if I could figure out a way to attach it to a hair clip. I am guessing the bow on the brad got me thinking in that direction. I know that I have some metal hair clips in my bathroom, but when I was searching for them, I couldn’t put my hands on one of them, so I used a different hair clip. I opened the metal pieces on the back of the brad and tried to figure out the best way to adhere them to the clip. Unfortunately, the surface of the clip wasn’t the best for sticking things to, so I had to improvise. I saw some black ribbon and thought I could use that to cover up the brad backing and help it stay on the clip. Because of how the clip was attached, I couldn’t wrap the ribbon around it as smoothly as I would have liked, but I was able to create a less than perfect version of my vision.

Day 254: A Change of Pace
September 11, 2013

Since the scrap and stamp expo this past weekend, I have been very focused on paper crafting, so today, I decided to take a break from that and make something a bit different.

Pirate Bracelet

I went with jewelry, but not my normal pretty, very feminine jewelry.

I have had this black cord/chain combo forever. It is actually designed to be a choker necklace. But, I have seen a lot of bracelets and watches with multiple strands, so I decided to double this up and to attach the two strands with a black jump ring to create a double strand bracelet. Of course, that didn’t make it nautical. I had some pirate-themed charms that I bought just a couple of weeks ago and thought this little skull and cross bones worked well with the black and silver. I used a couple more jump rings to attach the pirate charm to the ring that is attaching the 2 strands to create a slightly edgier bracelet.

Not my usual style but I may find some reason to wear this at some point.