Sunday, December 29, 2013

December Catch Up

Well, here I am the last few days of December and as much as I wanted to blog during the past month, it just didn't happen. 
But here is a glimpse at what did happen during the month.
I made many embroidered felt trees for adhering to gift tags.


I embroidered the french knots on the felt or stitched with my sewing machine using wool thread
Next I ironed on a two sided fusible web, then cut out the trees and then ironed the tree onto the tags.
I made tree trunks by either coloring in with a brown colored pencil or stitched a small zigzag stitch.
And although I am a culinary graduate, I do not spend much time in the kitchen anymore but this time of year calls me to create my decorated cookies that I have been making for over twenty years. 
This year I was on my own, no crabby teenagers who don't enjoy the process. I think I was able to get more done without anyone else to deal with. Here are the fruits of my 
Christmas cookie labor.





These snowmen and women turned out so cute, I must admit I got this idea from Pinterest.
This particular Pinner has a great cookie collection see it here.
I hope you had a happy, healthy holiday season.


Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards and Banner Flags

Thanksgiving Place Cards
If you are looking for some easy Thanksgiving crafting ideas you are in the right spot. Here, I have six different charming ways to personalize your harvest table. You could get these done this weekend and still have time to do some cooking. 

1. Chalkboard stickers on a stamped tag. Super easy. On a #5 manila tag stamp some warm colors of playful designs. Then Use a basic office label sticker that has been painted with chalkboard paint to place on top of the tag. Write the name with white colored pencil (oxymoron) Yes, you could use chalk, but the smears :( Next tie on a ribbon and tie the tag around napkin. *tip: paint several labels that come on a sheet you will want extras for mistakes and let dry well, you make need another light coat. When removing the sticker from the original paper remove any extra paint around the edges of the sticker before adhering to tag. 

Thanksgiving Place Cards

2. Printed fabric stitched to pretty card stock. Find a pretty fabric that will show the black printing. Adhere fabric right side up to the shiny side of freezer paper with an iron. Trim paper to 8.5 x 11" to fit in your computer printer. Simply print out the names and trim, remove freezer paper and sew to card stock. Fold card over to make place card.  
*tip: use two sided scrapbook card stock for a finished look. You will have to use your own measurements here depending on your font size. 

Thanksgiving Place Cards
Thanksgiving Place Cards

3. & 4.  Embroidered felt leaves on tags. All you need is some different colored felt and embroidery floss and tags. Do some basic embroidery running stitches on different felt, colors, cut out the leaves and glue on to some manila shipping tags. 
*tips: do several leaves so you have many to work with. write out your tags before attaching the leaves in case you mess up a name. you could also stamp the name. replace the white string with a nice ribbon.


Thanksgiving Place Cards

Thanksgiving Place Cards

5. A different variation on the above. Using a strip of colorful card stock write out or print the names and attach the felt leaves.  Lay the tag across the plate if you don't have place card holders. (which I didn't)
Thanksgiving Place Cards

6. Stamped name on fabric and glued to tag. Again super easy and nice fabric tags with no sewing.  I adhered fabric to Heat n Bond. Then I stamped the fabric using Dark Brown Chalk ink by Colorbox. Then bonded the stamped fabric to the manila tags with an iron.
*tip: whenever stamping on fabric test the ink on the fabric and make sure you have a well inked ink pad (or brand new). another option is to use the freezer paper technique from above and just use a glue stick to attach the fabric to the tags.

Thanksgiving Place cards1 

Thanksgiving Bunting
Now, if you still have some crafting stamina left, try this so adorable thankful bunting/banner... which ever you want to call it. 
I used the same felt leaves to make these banner kraft tags which I bought here on Etsy. I used some polished hemp cord and it turned out so awesome. Hang it on a mantle, on a door, in a window, across a mirror or anywhere to help celebrate our thankful day. 
Thanksgiving Bunting
Thanksgiving Bunting

*tip: you could cut out your own banner flags and use what ever paper you wanted. 

I hope you are inspired. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thanksgiving Crafting!



Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fox Tags - Blog Drive-By





















Hi there bloggers and visitors, I just wanted to say hi with a quick blog drive-by.
Playing with the fox stamp and that ubiquitous chevron stamp, I know....trending! Or even past that, right? 
I will try not to make apologies for the kitsch.
Have a nice day.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What Does the Fox SayFox

What Does the Fox Say?
November 2013
Sorry, I couldn't resist.  But hey, it is trending, and I am not one to follow trends but I find this amusing. "What Does the Fox Say?" was featured on Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live last week and many other places I don't know about. So, if you haven't heard about this Video  you will and why not? It's fun and just plain silly, also it's  good clean fun, if that is important to you.
Go check it out.....
You will Smile! 

Here are some cute little fox tags I have in my Etsy shop.
A set of ten (10) oh so cute, and rather cool little tags.
November 2013

Here I stamped some gorgeous rich fall colors with one of my ornamental stamps. Of course, all my stamps are hand carved.
These would be perfect for Thanksgiving table place cards, wine gifts, hostess gifts and any other gift you can think of. 

November 2013

And speaking of trending...we have ALL seen the craze with Chevron patterns. I  too have been enjoying this motif for about a year now, and I am certainly guilty of being a follower on this one. The bright funky harvest colors are so bold.  I think these tags are swell.

November 2013


 All of the tags are stamped with pigment ink which I find gives the richest, best color. The impressions are more solid and if you use a well inked ink pad that makes it better. The tags below I deliberately stamped with a lighter hand. This set has softer harvest colors with a playful swirl stamped pattern.
November 2013

Oh, the fox is back, and hiding in the grass.
Not exactly sly, but quite cute.
November 2013


This little girl fox is hanging out with a cheery yellow flower. Yes, foxes are girls too. 
November 2013

November 2013


These beauties below are perfect for a wedding or wedding related gifts.
They are handpainted with gouache and stamped. They have an amazing finish and overall feel.
November 2013

And, finally, I have some pretty little botanical collage tags. I never stray far from collage of any kind. sigh.
November 2013

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Art Journal page with a #Chalkboard Accent

#Chalkboard art journal accent.
Chalkboard paint in my art journal
On two pages stamped and painted with gouache.
Chalkboard paint in my art journal
Then I painted some Chalkboard accents for some titles. 
Chalkboard paint in my art journal
Used Chalkboard paint with white colored pencil
I then filled in the rest of the pages with my writing. ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chalkboard Paint + Art Journaling and No Halloween Decorating Mojo

Chalkboard paint in my art journal
I am still having a great time playing with this awesome chalkboard paint I blogged about here.
Using it with other paints and papers gives a whole other quality to art journal pages that you don't get with any other medium. It must be the bold black that grounds the pages and brings the eye to focus easier on the words. 
Chalkboard paint in my art journal
Yep, it is true...I wish I had more motivation to do the Halloween decorations this year, but I simply do not. I do have gourds and lots of mums and so, that is how it is going to be. There is a whole lot of other things I am getting done and working is one of them :/   
 So no guilt. 
I like this little circle I painted and then drew the fox in with colored pencil. I use colored  pencil on all of the areas of the chalkboard paint. And this charming little spookette is a stamp from Stampotique, they have some very cool stamps, go see.
Chalkboard paint in my art journal
And there candy corn was first colored in solid with white and then I drew in the yellow and orange colors. 
Chalkboard paint in my art journal
Otherwise those colors would have not  been so vibrant on the black paint.
The other paint is yes, you guessed it....my favorite....Designers Gouache.
Now, this page is ready for my personal words.
I have a feeling I am going to find myself in the basement digging out the Halloween decorations before the week is over....if not, I have gourds and mums and a few small hooked pumpkins ;) 
 I will show you later...but here is an idea...
I sold this on Etsy a few years ago and I have always wanted to do more. I will keep you posted. And, if you don't have the Halloween decorating mojo, be okay with that and go find something else creative to do, I know I will.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chalkboard Art - Be Inspired

Power of thought - Chalkboard Art
Today I wanted to give you an example of the chalkboard art typography that is trending right now and demonstrate a way to actually produce something wonderful for your journal. No, you do not have to be a hand lettering typography master. I will show you how I created this in my large Strathmore Visual Journal (Mixed Media). 
But first, here are a few pictures of my art journal using the Chalkboard paint I mentioned in my previous post. Oh yes, I love this paint, it really is awesome. Here in my Moleskine sketchbook, I fully painted the two pages, however you certainly do not have do that. You can just paint in some areas of your journal pages.
Chalkboard Art
I collaged several items onto the pages using a glue stick and used Prisma colored pencils to create the chalk affect. Glue sticks works best because collaging with gel medium in a decoupage style would ruin the surface of the chalkboard paint.
Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art
Now.... on to the typography how-to.
I had my chalkboard pages painted and dry. I started my typography print by looking on Pinterest for some chalkboard fonts and then went and downloaded them. Yes, there are so many to choose from. I put together several including some dingbats to make this quote.

I printed out the words on basic copy paper. *I have it for download at the end of this post.
Chalkboard Art
Then I used a pencil to go over the lettering on the backside of the paper. I used a 6B pencil (soft lead) but you can certainly use a basic #2 pencil. You can see how I only covered the lead on the areas where the lettering was. Most of us probably remember this from elementary school art class. If you have trouble seeing through to the front of the printed text place the paper on a window to see where you are working (of course this would be done in daylight ;D). 
Next, I placed the print on top of my prepared chalkboard page, positioned it and used a light tack tape to secure it into place. I actually used washi tape, it removes easily, but painters blue tape would work well too. Then, using a very sharp 8H pencil hard lead pencil I traced over the entire quote. You could use a #2 pencil for this too, you will just need to keep your pencil point very sharp to capture all the detail of fonts. 
Chalkboard Art

Once the quote is completely transferred to the chalkboard painted page (check to make sure you have it all transferred before removing the taped page), remove the printed page. Next use a white Prisma colored pencil to make your chalk typography lettering. Here too, you want to keep your white colored pencil very sharp for the detailed areas. Some places will need a duller point of the pencil like the outside of the word 'power'. Play with it a bit but, take your time. 
Chalkboard Art

You will be astonished how you can create some gorgeous chalkboard typography in your art journal.
Power of thought - Chalkboard Art

Here is your copy of this wonderful statement.
Download this page for your use by right clicking on top of this quote
and save copy as a jpeg.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

More Chalkboard Art Journal Pages-Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Art
Hi there visitors, I wanted to share some more of my art journal pages with the chalkboard style that I talked about in my last post.
And now I must tell you that although when I first started playing with this medium I created the recipe for making my own chalkboard paint in order not to have to buy a quart of chalkboard paint. But that was over a year ago when I started dabbling in this, and since I have found the small 4oz. bottles of chalkboard paint  from by Americana from DecoArt.
Available online here in The Shoppe at Somerset.
I have tried this wonderful paint and have found it to be fierce, yes, that is a good thing. It really is remarkable and much easier than my recipe in my article in Art Journaling by Somerset, Autumn 2013. It is much more convenient to use and even though the directions call for two coats, I have found that one coat applied evenly and well with a flat brush is sufficient in my art journals. So, by all means try this product if you want to experiment with chalkboard paint. I would definitely still use the colored pencils for writing and drawing. It is better to not have your work smeared away if you use chalk.
Here are some more pages in my journals playing with this medium. 
Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art

Chalkboard Art
I hope you are inspired to try this paint and play in your journal. Thanks for stopping by. 

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