This week's challenge was to pick a previous challenge as HM&F is celebrating it's year anniversary. With Halloween coming, I did Challenge #8 (Halloween) and I used one of my favorite stamps. I also did something fun - I made a home made button. Can't say it's my idea, but if was from the Splitcoast stamping Monday challenge. Its very easy:
Cut 4 pieces of same design from any cheap card stock. I cut these ovally pieces with my cricut using the George cartridge.
Cut one piece of same design from pattern or stamped card stock (or even plain).
Using a liquid glue, glue all together with your "nice" one on the top.
Sand the edges - this is what makes it look like one piece when you are done.
At this point punch holes with a cropodile or other hole punching device.
Use Glossy accents or other clear laquer to finish - the toughest part is keeping your holes clear. When it's almost try I start clearing out the holes with the end of an opened paper clip. Haven't experimented yet with repunching the holes or waiting until the glossy accents are dry.
This is really cool because you can make coordinating buttons for all your projects and can do them in any shape!
How do you get your crafting energy back when you lose it? I have no excuses, I had a very light work week. I thought I was going to be very productive in terms of making cards but no such luck. Even tonight, all I did was take some elements that were already done: the angel was already colored and cut, and the background was already cuttlebugged. The only energy I had to expend was to change the color thread in my sewing machine and sew the card. You'd think I could do more like this, but it's still not working. Still a few months til Christmas, thank goodness.
I was playing around with some 3D origami this weekend. It's impossible to find any instructions online. Eventually I found some very basic instructions plus this swan, but it turned out those instructions were wrong! I had gotten about 1/4 through it and couldn't get any further until I played around and figured out why the instructions were wrong. There were also some error which I had to figure out too (maybe because the instructions were translated from korean or chinese, who knows). I am wanting to make a vase for some of my paper roses, but need to figure that out next.
I wish I was creative as some of the people out there. The card itself is not my own idea, you can find instructions for cutting and folding at http://www.cricutchristmas.blogspot.com/. But the rest is all mine. Package cut with Joys of the season at 4". Cuttlebugged and sewed the background and cuttlebugged the package too.
This week's challenge was to let a song inspire you...so my inspiration is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. What cute star - this little house mouse is. I finally sewed on a card again too! I was worried because I haven't done it in ages, but the stitches came out pretty straight. The red paper is embossed once, brayered on the back with white ink, and then embossed again. I like the texture it gives the paper to double emboss it, and the double embossing seems to press the ink into the paper so it looks like it's part of it rather than sitting on top.
Thanks to Donna "Popsicle Toes" M. for the cut file. Perfect for my parent's anniversary coming up. Her blog is on the right side of my page. I hope you'll check it out because she is uber talented and I love her style of cardmaking.
Still practicing my brayering. It's a hit or miss proposition sometimes. Yesterday's card came out great and today's only so-so. But it's still ok I think.
Used Stampin' Up! and Inkadinkadoo stamps, Stampin' Up! inks and cuttlebugged on Core-dinations paper. Hobby Lobby was having a sale and I got a big stack of this paper in a rainbow of colors. I really like the sanding effect. Finally, used my favorite new MS drippy goo punch!
I became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator if for nothing else to be able to get some supplies at discount so I can do more with brayering. The craft ink is just the best and it's the supplies that make the difference. This is a copy of a card by Michelle Zindorf, who is coming to my house in January to teach the technique. Go to her website - you can learn like I did!!
Hi! I'm definitely a frustrated crafter. I work full time, have a 15 year old son and a husband who is a teacher. I barely have time for anything let alone crafting. And I always seem to take on the toughest projects. But I've discovered card making which at least allows me to work on smaller projects and actually complete them. I'm motivated by the cricut message board as well as all the other blogs I look at each day.