Thursday, December 8, 2016

Balls Up Christmas machine embroidery

Balls Up Machine embroidery stefanie Girard
Just me being silly with a little Christmas double entendre machine embroidery.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Circle die cut paper Christmas tree and frame

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I like using both the interior and exterior of the things I die cut and today I have a post that features two projects- one that uses the inside of the circle die cuts - A hanging Christmas tree and another that uses the outside of the circle die cuts - A photo frame.

To make these two projects I used a variety of green scrapbook paper and Sizzix Framelits Plus set of 15 circle dies.
sizzix die cut circle christmas tree, paper christmas tree, circle scrapbook paper frame, stefanie Girard, die cut crafts
After I die cut all the circles I cut a slit in each one half way through the circle to the center.

Then placed it on a piece of thin green yarn and glued the circle flaps together forming a slight cone shape. 

You can adjust the cone shapes as narrow or wide as you like and space them close together or far apart to make your hanging paper cone Christmas tree any shape you like.
sizzix die cut circle christmas tree, paper christmas tree, circle scrapbook paper frame, stefanie Girard, die cut crafts

With the "leftover" outside circle shapes I glued them together with the largest on top and working through to the smallest underneath.

I placed a cute photo of my nephew in the final circle.

Then I trimmed up the top page to a square and glued it onto a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper.

To hang up my concentric circle photo frame I clipped it into a vintage wood clip hanger.
sizzix die cut circle christmas tree, paper christmas tree, circle scrapbook paper frame, stefanie Girard, die cut crafts
 I hope you have enjoyed my twofer circle die cut project and you'll give them a try!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Easy Halloween decoration- Candy Corn Stack of books

If you have a stash of books why not make an easy Halloween decoration with them by stacking them by color to form a candy corn.

Cost: Zip!

And best yet when the holiday is over no need to worry about where you are going to store your out of season decorations simply pop them back on the shelf where they belong.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Mummy cat rubber stamped and redacted recycled book page Halloween decoration

redacted book page altered art mummy cat rubber stamp Halloween decoration
Have you tried redacting book pages to make quotes and fun phrases? I love it. It's like a puzzle but creative.
redacted book page altered art mummy cat rubber stamp Halloween decoration
I thought I'd make some more book cover art with the redacted book pages and adding my favorite new Halloween stamp - a mummy cat from Judikins.
redacted book page altered art mummy cat rubber stamp Halloween decoration
 This page I actually found Kat and craft on the page!

The other 2 say

"One of the problems...an ordinary...person....is to keep a covert eye on him. He....would...hide behind.....tombstones.....of course.

and

What do we know?....asked....the....tail....he's....to...destroy....incriminating.....information.

Try hide and seek with words!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wiggle eye planner clips oh my!

wiggle eye planner clips stefanie girard
Fun and easy project for you today.

Simply grab your stash of wiggle eyes in a variety of sizes and some paper clips.

Heat up the hot glue gun and attach the wiggle eyes to the single bend end of the paper clip.

These wiggle eye planner clips are so easy you could make a whole bunch and give them out as treats to all your friends.

This project approved by my pompom candy corns.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Easy way to dress up an old pair of boots with a stencil

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I can't stop stenciling! I had this great bird stencil from Stencil1 and an old pair of motorcycle boots that were just calling for embellishment. I slipped some cardboard into the boot to flatten it a bit and used a Sharpie to draw in the bird onto the side of the boots. I'm thinking about hand painting some color into the outline of the bird shapes?

Monday, September 19, 2016

How to make candy corn planner clips

candy corn planner clips stefanie Girard
This year's Halloween theme is most definitely "candy corn". I think this is now my 4th or 5th candy corn craft so far and it's only mid-September!
candy corn planner clips stefanie Girard
I die cut 2 sets of each size candy corn in all 3 colors of scrapbook paper with the Sizzix candy corn die.
candy corn planner clips stefanie Girard
 I trimmed the top parts off the white candy corns and the bottom parts off the yellow candy corns.
Then I glued the parts onto the full orange candy corns.

Then I glued the two candy corns back to back with a paper clip in between with hot glue.

Note: I did try a wet glue but it made the paper soggy and the paper clip showed through.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

How to make yarn cone candy corn Halloween decorations

yarn candy corn Halloween decoration Stefanie Girard
As a recycled crafter I think my eyes have this way of looking at things and seeing something else....or it just could be my declining bad eyesight :) When sorting through my yarn stash I ran across a yellow one and thought it would make a fun candy corn decoration.
yarn wrapped candy corn Halloween decorations Stefanie Girard
So I went to my other boxes to see if I could find more and it turns out I had 5 cones of yarn in various sizes.
yarn stash yarn wrapped candy corn Halloween decorations Stefanie Girard
 Next step was to gather up the white, orange and yellow yarns, I even made a candy corn out of the boxes - I swear I didn't think of this it just happened when I placed them on the floor to photograph and there it was!

I had fun picking out different shades and textures of the yarns.

TIP: Start with the top and bottom of the cones then wrap the middle section I found it easier to get the proportions right and get the yarn to stay in place.

Oh and if you like the little guys on top- they are simply acorns painted orange and then little jack-o-lantern faces drawn on with a Sharpie.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to make a paper leather deer die cut cuff bracelet

Sizzix deer die cut paper leather cuff stefanie Girard jewelry
Sizzix paper leather is such a fun material to work with. It die cuts like a dream and one of my all time favorite motifs to use in my art, jewelry making and crafts is a deer and this Tim Holtz Holiday Knit deer sweater like pattern is awesome!

So I thought I'd make a cuff with paper leather and the deer die.
Sizzix deer die cut paper leather cuff stefanie Girard jewelry
The first step was to iron on some Heat n Bond to one side of the gray paper leather.
Then die cut the deer pattern.
Sizzix deer die cut paper leather cuff stefanie Girard jewelry
Peal off the backing paper and iron the gray paper leather to a piece of black paper leather.
Sizzix deer die cut paper leather cuff stefanie Girard jewelry
Cut the cuff to the size you would like it to be on your wrist - I did mine about 2 inches wide but you could make it any width you like.

I rounded the corners a bit and ran it through my sewing machine stitching a row of black stitches along each side about 1/4 of an inch in from each edge.

Use your favorite closure method- Velcro would work great or a button and button hole I bet would work great too.



Monday, August 22, 2016

Election year U.S. map and recycled dictionary page card

U.S. die cut Sizzix America card recycled book page Stefanie Girard Judikins field of stars stencil
I remember being at an election part for Obama's first term and the hostess had a map on a board that was colored in every time a state was announced. This U.S. die cut card is inspired by election year maps.
U.S. die cut Sizzix America card recycled book page Stefanie Girard Judikins field of stars stencil
For the background I used a page from an old dictionary and I chose the page that had California on it. To embellish the page I stenciled a field of stars with a blue ink pad and a Judikins field of stars stencil.
U.S. die cut Sizzix America card recycled book page Stefanie Girard Judikins field of stars stencil
I used the Sizzix United States die to cut out both the outline of America and the individual California state.
U.S. die cut Sizzix America card recycled book page Stefanie Girard Judikins field of stars stencil
Happy Election Year!

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