Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Card with Starbucks Help

Here's another Christmas card with a little help from Starbucks! (Click HERE to view my other Starbuck's Christmas Cards). With this card I used a Vintage bingo card and then another cardboard coffee sleeve to create the palm tree on the card. The backside of the coffee sleeve is corrugated and worked perfectly for a palm tree.
Just a FYI-Usually Starbucks will give you a handful of the sleeves if you ask for them :-)

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Altered Book Yahoo Group Anniversary Book

Awhile back I posted about the yahoo Altered Book Group anniversary book I particpated in (click HERE to read my previous post and see the page I created). It was a nice unexpected surprise to have it arrive on Saturday and all I can say is WOW! talk about a ton of work Corinne Stubson did for this project is mind blowing! She really out did herself!

I can't recall the last count on how many pages were submitted but that's a heck of a lot of pages!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

The Artful Crafter Whatever the holiday, make cute pop-up place cards to organize the dinner table and delight guests of all ages.

The Impatient Crafter Madge is ready for Christmas so bring it on! Check out this retrolicious frame she designed for iLoveToCreate

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery See a necklace and bracelet made from the same Blue Moon Beads pendant with a how-to video with me.

Crafty Princess Diaries Tammy is making her first crocheted hat for herself. Now, hopefully it will be done by the time it gets cold down South!

Cross Stitch at The 2009 Holiday Ornament Collection is ready! Whip up some super quick back stitch ornies or cross stitch some more colorful ones.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style Don't fence her in! Linda shares the story of her Fences and Ferns Quilt and how creativity can prosper even in dark times.

Mixed Media Artist Mixed media artist Nicolette Anderson shares her lovely work!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world Craftside's got yummy pumpkin cookie and biscuit recipes, an inside peek into Bead Quilled Jewelry, eco friendly recipes for casein glue and an all-purpose cleaner, and starting Monday- The 19 Days of Holiday Goodness Giveaways starts, answer each day's question and you are entered to win a free book every day!

About Family Crafts Does your family have any creative Thanksgiving traditions. You can read about other people's Thanksgiving traditions and then share your own.

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Starbucks Coffee Sleeve Christmas Card

I'm still on a mission to use things up that I've had for awhile and in the process try and go green as best I can.

Each year Starbucks Coffee comes out with Christmas themed coffee sleeves. I enjoy the challenge of using them to make Christmas cards with. Here's my my processing of turning them into Christmas cards using the sleeve and things I already had.

Of course your not going to have the same things I have, but I challenge you to use things you already have and create your own simple Christmas cards using a Starbucks coffee sleeve.

Coffee Sleeve
Here I've assembled my supplies
A little trimming of the sleeve with pinking shears makes it just the right size to use.
A little ink around the edges will help pop the piece.
Using a stylus I embossed the veins in the leaves to give them some dimension. Use a hole punch to cut the berries from the holly paper.
More ink around the edges of the holly leaves.
Assemble your pieces using pop dots.
Here I added a rhinestone embellishment.
It seemed a little plain yet to me so I added a die cut I had from a
Christmas card kit I bought after
several years ago.
Card 2 Assembled
2 more card variations using the Starbucks coffee sleeve.
Card 3 Assembled

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Cathie Filian Cathie has lots of Thanksgiving recipes, crafts and family activities posted. Plus tips for a smooth Thanksgiving! html

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world Over at Craftside you can enter to win a Mixed-Media Doll by Linda O'Brien, Co-author of Who's Your Dada?, download a free intricate leaf paper cutting pattern, get a fun how-to on making a paper cupcake and a pretty pair of fall leaf earrings.

Crafty Princess Diaries Mix up altered books, glitter, and teenagers, shake well, and voila! You have a fun day of art combined with writing.

Cross Stitch at Stitch a Simple Hanukah Menorah Motif for a card or ornament. Suitable for knitting or crochet projects too.

The Impatient Crafter In this week's teen crafts blog for iLoveToCreate Madge makes a stunning mixed media necklace. You might just want to sport this one yourself!

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style Linda shares one of the first quilts she designed and tells the first of many stories about lessons learned.

Mixed Media Artist Cyndi has finished a second Garden Quilt and is offering her tutorial!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Sweater Surgery attacks t-shirts and cuts them up into some cute gathered tops with the help of Generation-T Beyond Fashion

The Artful Crafter Check out Eileen’s latest craft finds: lots of free stuff and free advice – well that’s usually free, isn’t it? LOL.

The Crochet Dude Drew kicks off the holiday season with a crochet pattern event!

About Family Crafts Do you play with clay? If so, please take a moment and share your favorite stories, projects, recipes, techniques, and more.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Erosion Bundle Project

I'm participating in a creative challenge called
The Erosion Bundle Project. The idea was borrowed from Seth at the Altered Page.

The idea is to create small bundles out of whatever you like (paper, metal, cloth etc.) then hang, bury or submerge your bundles and watch mother nature have her way with them. The due date for hanging your bundles is Jan. 1, 2010. We have such mild winters here in California that I decided to get mine now so they could have longer out in the weather. We'll then take pictures of their progress along the way and remove them April 15th, 2010. Once we remove our bundles we'll have until August 2010 to finish art pieces using our eroded items.

If you'd like to particpate in this creative challenge pop over to The Erosion Bundle Blog, and leave Kris Henderson, the inspiration beyond this project, a post.

Below are pictures of my bundles. I'm hoping to create a few more using more metals so I can get some good grungy rusted metal. Click the pictures to read further explantion of my packages.

Erosion Bundle 1
pak1a pak1 finalwrappedpak
Erosion Bundle 2
pak2i pak2h pak2g
pak2f pak2e pak2d
pak2c pak2wrap pak2finalA

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Freebie Vintage Images

It's been awhile since I've added new freebie
images so here you go:
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download, save and print them to use in your art.

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Felt Christmas Banners Galore!

Sorry so quiet I've been sick and finally this morning I'm feeling half way normal again...whew~
I hope your not getting too tired of all these felt banners, but I'm trying to get as many made before the Christmas boutique. Here's a couple more I had done but finally took pictures of. The great thing is that I'm able to use up bits and pieces of Christmas embellishments left over from the last several years.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts Come play along with this Make-It-Over craft challenge! What can you make out of candy? This is a great way to use up any left over Halloween candy. Cross Stitch Connie's added a new pattern collection - Four Ways to Say Peace. These designs will make great holiday ornaments.

Cathie Filian Cathie shows you how to make a kids felt book. The book are perfect for airplane trips, car rides and rainy days. They make great gifts!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world Over on the Craftside blog there are how-to ideas for casting and making a silver metal clay wing necklace and a recycled wool sweater Christmas needle book. There’s an Mail Art Call Out to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, tips for making a vintage rosary style necklace and a little Jimi Hendrix thrown in.

Crafty Princess Diaries Tammy reviews a new book full of unique and earth-friendly ways to wrap your gifts this holiday season using scarves.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style How did you get introduced to your hobby? Linda shares the story on how she learned to quilt and where those skills have gotten her.

Mixed Media Artist Would you ever do an art show where you knew you wouldn’t sell anything?

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery How to make a Sweater Surgery Light up Christmas tree inspired by The Lampshade Lady's Guide to Lighting Up Your Life

The Artful Crafter Eileen shares directions for some lovely polymer clay Thanksgiving napkin rings. You have a choice of one embellished with a cute clay turkey or a more formal looking ring stamped with a fall motif.

The Impatient Crafter Madge makes a festive Patchwork Paper decoupaged letter for your teen's bedroom door in this week's post for iLoveToCreate

Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love Make cool, graphic wall art using Ed Roth's Stencil Decor kit and a little imagination!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another Christmas Felt Banner Flag

Here's another large size banner I finished.
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