And there's always a little hocus pocus going on around here as we get ready for Halloween. The pumpkins are ripening -- a little more slowly than the norm, but we will harvest a few more before the freeze we're expecting next week. This week has been peak viewing of the change in color of the leaves on the mountains in the area. They've been brilliant this year. Even our peach trees have given us quite the show. It's time for apple cider, hot chocolate and if the snow arrives as forecast, there'll be some doughnuts too.
It's been a fun couple of weeks designing and assembling some fun holiday decor this year and I'm so happy that the Skycut and SCAL 5 Pro have made it easy to accomplish. The first project is a new banner to hang over the fireplace. It's a featured article this week on The Artistry and I'm excited to share it with you.
You'll find the creative details and assembly instructions here.
And I still had a few rosettes left over, so I thought they would make a fun bouquet.
Hoping you're enjoying some creative time this week and if not, will be able to carve out a bit of time in the near future. I know that crafting makes my spirits lighter. Thanks for dropping by. For more inspiration, feel free to read some of my archived posts here on the blog or hop on over to my page over on The Artistry.
Covid-19 is still disrupting lives across the world and now in our community. I'm grateful for our online communities and the flexibility we have of working from home. I'm still grateful for a crafting stash and no need to leave the house. I'm pretty sure my hubby was wondering about the boxes that arrived earlier this year filled with glue, paper, and more.
This tag features another fun image from Buddly Crafts -- While this is printed on white stock, it would look wonderful on some antiqued paper for a more vintage look.
Size, print and color the image as desired. Using the print 2 cut feature in eCal, cut the tag. Add a shadow layer or more as shown in the tag featured in yesterday's post.
Embellish as desired for gifting. Create multiples for a fun Spring banner.
Only two weeks until Father's Day is celebrated here in the US. This project was inspired after a stroll through some images on Pinterest.
All cuts were made using the eclips2. The eCal3 software and library provided a few of the basic shapes (triangle, tie, tag) used. Lots of digital paper and themed cards were used (Carte Postale, Carta Bella - Our Family, Lori Whitlock Life Cards, MSC Moustaches, and a free download for the library card digital) and the Print 2 Cut feature in eCal made it so easy to fill the shapes, print and cut.
Close ups of a few of the pieces below:
Lots of fun and a relatively quick project to mat and put together.
Thanks for dropping by. Hoping you've scheduled some creative time this weekend. Enjoy and nurture your creative spirit this week.
It's T's birthday week. He was all smiles and laughter when he saw his birthday sign yesterday!
And the birthday banner make in his honor too.
The large sign designed with the SCAL software (SCAL 5 Pro) for the sign since it needed to be tiled due to sizing and the banner was all done on eCal3 using shapes from the library and a font on my computer. And cut using Sizzix's eclips2. Vinyl applied to a piece of yellow foam core from Hobby Lobby
Paper from Fun Stampers Journey and AC Cardstock. Lineco glue and some ribbon from my stash. Vinyl from Paper Studio (HL)
We needed some new porch decor this month. So I upcycled another side piece of a deconstructed shelving unit. The Crackle background stamp from Mixed Media Supplies has always been a favorite of mine. And even on this big piece, it added just the right touch.
You'll need paint (Decor Art Multisurface satin- antique white, blue and red and dark gray - wrought iron)
Prep the wood -- I sanded to give the surface a little more tooth for the paint. I used a based coat of Wrought Iron - let dry thoroughly.
Mark off sections for the "stripes" of color. Dry brush your colors on. Let a little of the dark gray wrought iron color show through. Let dry. If desired apply another light coat and let dry.
Base coat your letters, mine are 4 inches tall and about 1/4 in thick (Hobby Lobby) The star is about 6 inches in height and has some texture. I basecoated with the antique white and then applied a coat of Krylon's Hammered copper paint (be sure to apply in a well ventilated area and let dry thoroughly.
Glue the letters and star to the painted base. Let the glue dry. For final touches, brayer a light coat of paint onto a portion of the crackle stamp, press lightly to the edges of the board as desired. It's a nice touch and added just the right amount of texture.
Spray with several light coats of sealer, letting dry between coats.
Thanks for dropping by today and hope you'll set aside some time this week for some creative fun!
We're getting things ready to switch out some decor for the month of March which begins today! Hard to believe that we're entering the 3rd month of the year. I wanted to get a head start on National Crafting Month, so here's my first project to usher in March a day early:
My "NEW" porch sign.
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I printed some digital paper (Irish Eyes - retired) from PlainDigitalWrapper, The lettering was cut using the Sizzix eclips2 and eCal2 software. Once the letters were cut and inked lightly around the edges, I used my Xyron Creative Station with permanent adhesive to make it easier to apply to the board. I used the "X" for the smaller letters.
The Banner pennants were cut using the scraps from the lettering pages. A little bit of ribbon, and some SCOR Tape made for quick work there. Since my board was part of an old shelving unit, I "filled" the holes in the four corners with a coordinating brad.
I love the chunky font for the word Lucky and the smaller serif font for "to have friends like you." I'm really excited to add this and a few other things to our March porch decor this year.
I still need to seal this since it will be used outside -- and exposed to weather. Several light coats should do the trick!
While going through some boxes and bags recently, I came across a stash of chipboard banner pieces and some wooden beads... they were begging to be used for this Halloween themed Mixed Media Supply DT post.
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You'll need: Chipboard banner pieces Background stamps (Mixed Media Supplies) cardstock - black and off-white (stash) Gelli plate butter cream, whipped cream paint (FSJ) brayer ink (pumpkin bread [FSJ]) silver embellishments (FSJ) 18 mm wooden beads (stash) black ribbon (1/4 " wide - stash) electronic die cutting machine, software blender tool, blender pads embossing folder, embossing machine (optional) Crop-o-dile
Cut the letters and ovals using the electronic machine. (dies and punches could be used or purchased chip letters and oval cuts)
Using the fence background stamp, stamp the ovals using the pumpkin bread ink... ink the edges using the blender tool. If desired, dry emboss with any desired folder.
Grab the Gelli plate and paint. add a couple of dots of each color and blend lightly using a brayer. Stamp the Gelli plate, remove the stamp* and press a banner piece face down into the plate and pull the print. Repeat as desired for each of your banner pieces, adding additional paint and stamping with different stamps as I have done.
TIP: *clean your stamps promptly. I keep a small bucket with about an inch of water in it and place the stamps in there to keep the ink or paint moist until I can properly clean the stamps when I've finished stamping.
Now place the ovals and lettering on the banners as desired. BUT.... Don't secure in place yet!
Using the crop-o-dile, punch 2 holes about 1/4" from the top and side of the banner piece. Wrap a piece of black ribbon around the banner. Adhere two silver embellishments on either end of the oval. Secure the ovals using pop dots centered over the black ribbon and then secure the letter, centered over the oval. I used a pop up for a little more dimension.
Leaving a 6 inch or more length at one end of the ribbon, tie a knot and thread 3 beads, tie a knot and add a banner piece, tying a knot at each hole on the banner piece to keep the banner from sliding along the ribbon, add 3 beads and repeat until all the banner pieces have been used. Tie a knot, add 3 beads, tie a knot and cut leaving a length of ribbon similar in length to the ribbon at the other end of your banner.
This banner has attracted a lot of attention as we begin our Halloween holiday decorating. Hope this project inspires you in your decorating ideas. Get creative, play -- and check out more creative fun this week on the Mixed Media blog! Thanks for stopping by!
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I'm excited to be a part of this small but hoping to grow bigger blog hop featuring Sizzix' eclips machine. Hoping you'll enjoy your stops and the projects created using the Sizzix eclips and files from a broad group of designers and shops.
I chose to use a file from a recent release by Mary Rudakis at SVGCuts.com. The Game Day Marquee Signs Set is so much fun and for my Baseball fanatic hubby, it's a perfect addition to his growing collection of Baseball decor on the walls and shelves in his space. The title is my own design and you can download a copy of the file in SVG form here.
Use a good quick drying glue as adhesive. I used Scotch Quick dry for this project. It's a good quality glue and still gives you a bit of time to adjust if needed before the bond is secure.
Following the excellent assembly tutorial here, Mary made assembly EZ!.... Assemble your title and using some dimensional pop up dots, secure to the front of the baseball.
Add the lights. Heidi Swap has several kits available for use with Marquee items. You'll need a set of 24 lights for this project. Don't forget those triple A batteries!
T caught a glimpse of this and gave it 2 thumbs up!
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