Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween Wreath

I am so excited to share this Halloween wreath using products from Whisker Graphics.

As fast as the months are coming on us, it isn't too early to be thinking about Halloween. Today I will share with you how you can make a fast and easy wreath.



First I started with this stryofoam wreath and some black felt. I just used the 8.5 x 11 piece of black felt and cut them into strips. I used 3 piece of black felt for my wreath. Rather than using hot glue I used straight pins with black heads and started pinning the felt onto the wreath. 

This is the starting of wrapping the felt.


This is the wreath all wrapped with the felt.


Now you start wrapping the wreath with the twine. I used the Divine Twine Metallics and just started winding until I felt there was enough on the wreath.


Now comes the part where you make it your own. I added a spider from the Dollar Store and made the two smaller spiders using my Silhouette Cameo and a little paint. I also cut out the flower using my Silhouette Cameo and put them on the wreath and finally added a bow to finish off the wreath.


Please don't forget to check out all the wonderful products at the WhiskerGraphics store.   


Monday, September 18, 2017

Stick it Down Card Sketch

Today I get to share with you my fun card I made using the sketch from Stick it Down.  You have until the end of the month to use this sketch and create your own card and share it on Stick it Down.  Who knows you might be next month's Guest Designer or win the month's RAK.  Go on, give it a try.




Monday, September 11, 2017

Something fun coming your way

I love to alter items and that means pretty much anything. So when I was asked to participate in an altered art blog using paint brushes I said yes.  I participated in an altered paint brush swap once before and had so much fun that I couldn't wait to make another one.  So this is just the time to give it a try again.


Mark you calendar for "The Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop", October 5th through the 8th.  There are some great ladies involved in this hop so I know there will be lots of inspiration.  I hope you will join in the hop and get some inspiration and want to create your own altered paint brush.





Thursday, August 31, 2017

How fun to make some Wish Bracelets

Today I am sharing with you a fun project you could make for yourself or make them with your children or grandchildren.


These are called Wish Bracelets and the saying goes you make a wish while making them and then you wear them and when they wear out, one of the beads will fall off and your wish will come true.




These are so very easy and fast to make, you will end up making a bunch of them.

You start with Divine Twine and in any color you want. Then make sure you pick out your beads with a big enough hole the twine will go through the hole.

Next you measure out your twine, I cut my three pieces at 15 inches each.



Put your three strands together and tie a knot at one end.



For the next step for me it was the easiest to tape down the end onto a firm surface.



Now you get to start braiding. Just braid the way you always do nothing special. Braid down about 2 inches.




Now it is time to start adding the beads. Start with the twine at the far right and add your first bead. Once you have the bead on cross it over the same way and continue braiding. This is your choice to do one bead right after the other or leave a little space in between the beads. I did it both ways. Make sure you ALWAYS add your bead on the right and cross it over.




This one was made with a space in between the beads.



Now you just tie the two knotted ends together. Test fit it around your hand and wrist to make sure it will fit. If you are making them with children or grandchildren you may have to adjust to make them smaller.


I hope you will give this a try and have fun making them with your children or grandchildren. Don't forget to check out all the beautiful colors of Divine Twine at Whisker Graphics store




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A little song for your birthday

What a fun card sketch to work with this month at Stick it Down.  I hope you will give this sketch a try and link it up over at the blog.  Below is the sketch and my take on the sketch.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

My turn to share a challenge over at the Creative Inspiration forum.  Why not come on over and check out my challenge as well as some of the other great challenges.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's all about the Twine and the Wind

I am sharing a couple of projects using twine from Whisker Graphics.  I had so much fun winding and playing with the twine.


First I got out some different sizes of acrylic blocks used in stamping and some Divine Twine.  I next wrapped the Divine Twine around the blocks.




Then I took a cream colored piece of cardstock.  I inked the Divine Twine using my Tim Holtz inks.


After getting the Divine Twine inked I started putting the block on the cardstock.  The more you use the block the darker your ink will appear on the cardstock. Just keep adding as much or as little as you want to the cardstock.




Once I had what I wanted on the cardstock, I inked around the edges. Now you get to add your photos and embellishments. I used the Divine Twine that I had wrapped around the blocks and added that to the layout as well.




The 2nd project is using kind of the same technique but this time making a card.


I used one of the blocks that I used to ink the cardstock but this time I put modeling paste on the Divine Twine and stamped in on a black piece of cardstock.


This is what is looked like when it dried.


Very fun technique to try.  Of course, keep your Divine Twine and use it again on another project.


Thanking you for stopping by and I hope you give one or both the techniques a try.










Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Some fun and pretty easy birthday games


I have been making games for my grandson's 5th birthday coming soon.  They all are pretty quick and easy to make but oh so much fun to watch when the kids are playing them.

In case you can't tell he picked TMNT for the theme for his party.  This first game they punch through the tissue paper and there is a prize inside the cup.



This second game is just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey but this time you need to pin the mask on the turtle.


This game is to knock over all the turtles using tennis balls.  I made this game using old yogurt containers and painted them and then printed off the faces and glued them on.


These are the party favors the kids will take home.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the boxes.



I still have a few more things to make but happy with my progress so far.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sure fire uses of tags

I am going to share with you a couple ideas for using tags.  I love the tags from Whisker Graphics, they are just a high quality tag.

My first project was to create tags to use on a scrapbook page and can you believe I did something I have never done before, I covered the tags with scrapbook paper to use on this page.



Here is the paper and tag I started with.


Here is the finished tag and I just inked around the edges.  I did that with 3 of the tags and added them to the scrapbook page.


I also inked another tag with Ranger Distress Oxide ink and when dry cut it in half and did my journaling on the tag and added that to the page.  To finish each tag off I added some of the brown twine to each tag.


The 2nd idea was to use tags to create a very pretty card.


I had so much fun with this card.  I started with 3 tags and used Ranger's Distress Oxide ink.  The colors used were Worn Lipstick and Broken China.  Mist the tag and the inks run and create beautiful backgrounds.

To finish the tags I used the brown twine in each one and then added rub ons to each tag.  Very quick and easy card.

One thing I love about these tags is they don't wilt when you add water to them, they hold their shape and dry quickly.  Check out all the different tags Whisker Graphics have and did you know they have colored tags as well.

Thank you for stopping by and come back again soon.




Sunday, June 25, 2017

Get Well Soon

Here is my take on the card sketch over at Stick it Down as well as the sketch.



Come on over to Stick it Down and join in the fun, who  knows you might be the Guest Designer next month.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Card using Dies

Mini challenges are posted over at Creative Inspiration and my challenge was to use your dies and make multiple layers.

Here is my card I created for the challenge.


Come on over to the forum and have some fun with the challenges.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Father's Day Card

 My turn to share a project over at Chattering Robin's Blog.  I used the beautiful products from The Robin Nest Store to create this Father's Day card.



I love the fact the paper is double sided so it works great to create the collar on the card.


 I used a pop dot behind the collar to make it stand out more.

Of course bow ties are so popular now that this card wouldn't be complete with out one.  Here are the 3 piece to the bow tie and it goes together so fast and easy.

Once your bow tie is finished just add it to your card along with some buttons on the shirt and you will be finished.  If you want you could add a pocket like I did or leave it off.  I used a die to cut out the pocket and put the saying on the front.








I hope you give this card a try.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A fun project that can be used in 3 different ways.

Colleen here with a new project for Whisker Graphics.

With the fact school will be ending soon, this first idea is something you could use with your children or grandchildren.


These are bookmarks that you can make and give as gifts to encourage the children to read.


I made a girly one with curls by winding the twine around toothpicks, spraying lightly with water and clipping them with binder clips and then left them to dry. One of the tan ones I tied knots in the hair. You can just let the children use their imagination on these bookmarks.

I started by picking some of the yummy twine from the Whisker Graphics store, so many choices to pick from. You can see the selection here.

Once you have your twine, you start by winding around your fingers.  The more fingers you use the bigger the hair will be.  I wound mine around 15 times.


Now you cut the twine off and hold it with one hand and push it through the opening of the paperclip.  I suggest you use the big colored paperclips.  

Once you the twine through the paperclip then you can cut the one end and you have your hair. You can then trim it as short as you would like.

Add wiggly eyes and your bookmark is done.

The next project was to use these bookmarks and make a card to send to your favorite book reader. You just add some of your favorite embellishments, add your bookmarks to the front of the card and it is ready to give to a special person.



The final project using the bookmark is for a scrapbook page.

I started the page by layering all the papers I decided to use, inked the edges and adhered them down.



I then added the photos and all the embellishments and the final touch was to add the bookmark for a little whimsy to the page.


 I hope you will take some time and make some of these with your children or grandchildren.  Once you start you want to keep making more and keep trying new ideas.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back again soon, I love to have visitors.