Friday, November 24, 2017

How to make a Christmas tree shaker card with heart dies

Heart die cut Christmas tree shaker card Crafter's Companion Stefanie Girard Buttons galore
It can be fun to take basic shapes like a heart and transform it into something like this Christmas tree. The heart dies from Crafter's Companion are mixed-media dies and they cut through cardstock and Fun Foam at the same time which is how you make this shaker card.
Heart die cut Christmas tree shaker card Crafter's Companion Stefanie Girard
First up I die cut the 3 hearts at the same time layering the silver cardstock and Fun Foam.
Heart die cut Christmas tree shaker card Crafter's Companion Stefanie Girard Buttons Galore
Then I glued a piece of recycled plastic container between the silver cardstock and Fun Foam. I played around with different sequins and embellishments from Buttons Galore on the top of the card until I liked the look.
I trimmed the black Fun Foam down to about a 1/4 inch.
Heart die cut Christmas tree shaker card Crafter's Companion Stefanie Girard Buttons Galore

 I then filled the three upside down hearts that formed the Christmas tree with gold sequin mix and glued the green glitter cardstock together.

Then I glued on the half pearls and buttons to the top layer of the card.

This technique for cutting the cardstock and fun foam makes creating shaker cards so easy!



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pill Paintings Series by Stefanie Lynn Girard

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Pill painting - YAY
Plaid Pill Painting Stefanie Lynn Girard, Pill art, Drug art, pharmacy art, pop art, modern art
Pill painting- Pink Plaid
Pouring Pill Painting Stefanie Lynn Girard, Pill art, Drug art, pharmacy art, pop art, modern art
Pill Painting- Pouring Out
Pill Painting Bunny, Stefanie Lynn Girard, Pill art, Drug art, pharmacy art, pop art, modern art
Pill Painting- Bunny in an open pill
Pill in a mirror Painting Stefanie Lynn Girard, Pill art, Drug art, pharmacy art, pop art, modern art
Pill Painting- Pill with reflection in a mirror

These are the first 5 pill paintings in the Stefanie Paints Pills series of capsule art

Monday, April 3, 2017

How to make a die cut bird recycled wool felted sweater drink cozy

Crafter's Companion Gemini die cutting machine Mixed-media bird die, stefanie Girard, recycled wool felted sweater, drink cozy

Here at Sweater Surgery I have a new favorite tool- the Crafter's Companion Gemini Die Cutting machine and the Crafter's Companion Mixed Media dies today's- the bird mixed media die. 

These two tools will die cut recycled sweaters like a dream! 

Crafter's Companion Gemini die cutting machine Mixed-media bird die, stefanie Girard, recycled wool felted sweater, drink cozy
With the hot weather just around the corner cool drinks will be by my side and that means new cup cozies.
Crafter's Companion Gemini die cutting machine Mixed-media bird die, stefanie Girard, recycled wool felted sweater, drink cozy
 The cuff part of the sleeve of a wool felted sweater works great to keep a drink cool.

After I die cut the body of the bird and the wing I stitched a pearl bead onto the body of the bird.

I glued the bird body onto the cuff while it was on the cup along with the wing.

I am sure these will work for hot drinks as well. Be sure to come on back to see more recycled sweater die cutting creativity with all the mixed-media dies.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Die cut recycled shampoo tube planner charm

Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm
I love making planner charms and clips. It's like making jewelry for my planners, sketchbooks and mixed-media journals.

What do I like making my planner charms out of? Recycled materials of course and my new bird mixed-media dies and Gemini die cutting machine from Crafter's Companion are the tools I am in love with cutting all sorts of recycled materials with.

Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm
For this planner charm I die cut a shampoo tube in beautiful copper color.
Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm
I opened up the tube and washed it out. I taped the tiny mixed-media bird die in place and ran it through the machine.
Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm

As well as cutting the bird shape it also curved it slightly. This works out great as when I glued the bird to the round earring wire the glue pooled nicely on the back side.

I added a pearl bead onto the earring wire before closing the wire up.
The earring wire is linked to a clip with a jump ring along with a few bead dangles in a variety of colors and shapes.
I added a bit of glitter washi tape to the clip to dress it up further.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to make conversation heart planner charms with a candy mold

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I love conversation hearts and when I found a conversation heart candy mold I new I had to make some charms for my Happy planner.
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They are super easy to make.
First bend little pieces of wire into a "U" shape and then bend them so the ends extend into the heart half way.
Tape them to the plastic mold.
Mix up a batch of Durham's Water Putty. I like to use this stuff as it is a bit more sturdy than plaster and these charms will be jostled. You may want to cover the molds with your favorite release so they pop out easy.
how to make conversation hearts, planner charms, valentine, stefanie girard
Once the hearts are dry pop them out of the mold and sand the rough edges if needed.

I had a bunch of real conversation hearts to use as my color guide. I gathered up a variety of Plaid paints that matched. If you don't have an exact match it's pretty easy to mix.

Paint the full heart and let dry. Then paint the letters with a pinky red color. I had to go back and fill in a few spaces with the background color in a few cases.

I tied my Valentine's Day conversation heart charms to the disks on the planner with a variety of colored organza ribbon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alternative Facts machine embroidery on unicorn fabric

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Today's quote is "Alternative Facts" by Kellyanne Conway machine embroidered on JoAnn's unicorn fabric with Coats and Clark pink embroidery thread.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Machine Embroidery - Whip It Good - Devo song lyric

Today's embroidery is "Whip it Good" the song lyric by Devo done with Sulky lavender thread on Free Spirit green polka dot fabric.
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