Category Archives: Crafts

Using a Drill on Pumpkin

1400266_10201267464746272_904139169_oA few years ago, I used a drill instead of a knife to carve my pumpkin. So easy (notice that’s an important word when I’m discussing crafts?). Just gather various sizes of drill bits – plan a pattern and go for it. I didn’t plan mine – just kept going till I thought it was okay. Then clean it out, let it dry and pop a strand of lights inside. This is my one and only attempt. Plus, the pumpkin was from my pumpkin patch which made it really special.

Seashell – Flower Pot Wind Chime

I’ve had this little wind chime for years. My grandsons made it for me in 2008 for Mother’s Day. I thought I’d share it today – because it’s fairly simple to make and a real treasure gift to give someone special. Or, to keep for yourself.

You’ll need:
Small clay flowerpots
Bells
Fishing line
Drain tray (for top)
Paints
Seashells
Hook for hanging
Buttons for sides of top

Using Sticker Designs for Quick and Easy Projects

I’ve designed several sheets of stickers and alphabets that are print and cut. Did you know that you can combine them, without the cut lines, to put on tags, cards, labels  – lots of projects. The majority of these have been saved as individual designs, rather than one solid design, so it’s easy to use one, two or more for other projects. For this example, I used Silhouette Design Store #130664.

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First, open the print and cut sticker(s) set you want to use. Ungroup all items.

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Choose the separate designs you want to use. I put them over on the side, away from the work space. I don’t include the cut lines because I’ll be combining them. I then do a copy, and I open a new window – where I then paste the pieces.

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You just have to grab the corners to re-size them. Other tools would be used –  arranging them, sending to front or back… the standards. On this one, I made a 5″x5″ rectangle which I’ll use for the front of a greeting card.

5aAnd, voila, my card is ready to print and cut. I left the sun to overlap over to the back so that it’s not a choppy look. The left side will be cut when the card is cut out.

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The finished card.

I also used another sticker sheet to put a pair of flip flops, using the foam adhesive dots. I also added some starfish and drew in a little sand. You can either use the components on the card, or make new cut lines to cut each out individually.

Update: Now here’s the really fun part. I sent my card to my friend Carol Campbell and was so surprised when she sent a picture of it on display on her mantle. How special is that? I’m honored. I guess in this day and age of texting, emails, twitter, facebook, etc., we forget the loveliness of receiving snail mail. I must get better at making cards and sending them. Yes, I had to include the “sending them” because I’m really bad at it. IMG_1001

I Received a Present!

carol_shell_glassI love seeing the crafts that others make. And, I especially like it when they make them for me! I received this yesterday. My bff Carol goes to Florida several times a year and sends me fun things she makes with shells. This a glass covered with some seashells. I love how she created butterflies using the little “Sunray Venus”. I don’t know if that’s the name, I tried to find it using Google. Now to figure out what I’m going to put in it.

Thank you, Carol!

Rhinestone Templates

Have you tried cutting rhinestone templates yet?
I’ve designed a lot of rhinestone designs and have used many of the ones by other artists on Silhouette. In a lot of these, I used metall studs instead of rhinestones. They make great gifts when ironed onto totes, aprons, shirts – whatever! My rhinestone designs are available on my website or in the Silhouette Design Store. https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/artists/303689

Paw Print Heart Gift/Tote Bag

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I created this tote using glitter HTV and one of my own designs – the paw print heart. The HTV is so easy to cut and weed. I use a 4 setting for the blade (unless it’s a new one – #3), and 4 and 18 as the other settings. I’ve never (knock on wood) had a problem, and I’ve cut a lot of the vinyl.

ABOUT THE TOTE:
Instead of giving a gift in a paper gift bag, it’s fun to make the bag as a part of the gift. The bags are approximately 13″ by 9″ and can be used for:

  • a shopping tote
  • arts & crafts tote
  • Bible tote
  • beach bag
  • school tote
  • summer camp tote
  • diaper bag
  • grocery tote
  • office tote.

 

 

DIY Cake/Cookie Stands

I love Pinterest. I keep finding so many craft projects on there that I want to do. That can be good and bad. I’m sure if you’re a Pinterest “Pinner”, you’ve found that to be true with recipes, crafts, tying scarves – you name it. Since I love making cupcakes, clay and real and however else I can make them, I’m also a huge fan of cake plates. I have several, different shapes and sizes and love to put my faux cupcakes in them and keep them on the kitchen counter.

I found a great Pinterest pin that gives the instructions on how to make my own. So I did. I struggled a little bit. Anytime I read directions and the author says, “easy”, I know it was easy for her, but I may mess something up like putting fingerprints on it before it’s dry and klutzy stuff like that. Here’s my attempt. If you want the ‘how-to’, you can go to Sweet Sugar Belle’s site.

 

Wire Photo Holder with Charm

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I have made zillions (seems that way) of little clay cupcakes, hamburgers, bows and tacos charms. I’ve put many on ballchains or on organza ribbon necklaces (available on this site). But, I tried to find something else to use them on. This is my first – trial, but I like it. I made wire photo holders and then added the charms. I’ve come up with a few ideas of what to use as a base. These could be stuck in little potted plants, but stayed tuned to see what I end up doing!

The photo is one of my favorites of my brother Bill and I. Sweet.

Decorated Mason Jar Lids – Adorable – Easy!

Just get those Mason jars (or facsimile) that you’ve been saving for something fun. Just put a cupcake liner – upside down and then screw on the round lid without the center lid. OMGosh – too easy and what a great idea for parties. Put differed colored liners on each one so everyone can tell which jar is theirs. Love this one. No painting, no punching holes in metal – just nothing much too do. AND so darned cute.

Polymer Clay Bows

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I love bows. I decided to try to make clay ones, and I’m pleased with the results. Lots of colors – some with polka dots, some with a metallic look, rhinestones and pearls and various sizes. No two are alike, each made by hand and each made in the U.S.A.
I have a loop on some so they can be worn on a chain. But I decided to leave them without a hole so when they’re purchased, the buyer can select how they want them. I can put a hole on each side, or through to have a loop at the top, or they can be purchased with no hole to be determined by the purchaser.
They can be used for all sorts of hobbies – even as pins or barrettes.

Clay Flip Flop Charms

Summer’s here – time to bring out the flip flops. Our flip flops are each individually made, no two are alike and all are made in the U.S. They come in hot colors and are available by themselves to  use in charm bracelets or craft projects. Or, they can be purchased with a 30″ silver ballchain (which can be cut to your own size) or some come with an Organza 5 ribbon necklace with clasp. Check out our flip flop charms.

 

Clothespin Wire Cupcake Charms

cpw_09Finally – a use for clothespins that doesn’t include work. I took the wire off of the clothespin to use with my polymer clay cupcake charms. I drilled a hole, then attached the wire to a 30″ silver ballchain. The ballchain can be cut to a shorter length if desired. I also made Minnie Mouse cupcake charms. Love our Minnie. The clothespin wire charms, as well as charms without chains, ballchain necklaces and organza ribbon cupcake charm necklaces are available on our website.

 

 
Minnie Mouse clothespin wire charms. The familiar mouse ears and a red and white polka dot bow top the red and white polka dot cupcake bottom.

 

Creating a Photo Book

friendshipbookI love to take photos. They usually end up on my computer with a backup that I save. One Christmas I went through all of my photos and picked some favorites to create a book as a gift for friends. I used Apple’s iPhoto book and the quality of the books was fantastic. There are many sites which make it easy to create your own books of kids, grandkids, vacations, events – you name it. And, the cost is very reasonable.

Having these books is so much nicer than trying to go through a box of loose pictures. And they make a wonderful gift.

Just a book I made using the favorite photos (besides the grandkids) I’ve taken.

 

Friendship Book (35mb)