More crafti-goodness!

Hiya everyone!  Blog post day has rolled around again, with very little no paper crafting to share with you!  Our kitchen reno is nearing completion though, so I hope to be back playing with paper again soon.  New product is piling up and I really want to play!

In the meantime though, here are some more crafty things I was busy with in December.

Ever since Lori posted this photo and Pinterest link on the blog (probably 2 years ago now) I have wanted to do this.  Finally, I did.  You can’t believe how hard it was to source those plastic alphabet stencils!  I finally had to resort to eBay!


I started by taping printer paper together to approximate the size of the cushion cover and wrote out each quote/message in the general size of the letters, adjusting where I needed to. That told me which stencil size to use, and how close to draw the sentence lines.



For the 1st two pillows, I used pencil to outline the letters, because that’s what the link source assured me was a good idea.  It’s not.  It DIDN’T erase or wash out like I asked it to.  Then I remembered my Fading Quilting pen.  It’s meant for drawing on fabric and then fading away in 24+ hours.  Only tricky part was to stencil out the letters when I was sure I had enough time to complete the sharpie outlining for later coloring in, and before the purple marker completely disappeared.  As I went along I did more adjusting again.  Some needed, some I should have left well enough alone.  But the finished look makes me happy.  And you don’t really notice where letters are squished too closely.




After outlining each letter with a fine tip marker, I tried coloring the letters in with a thicker Sharpie.  Didn’t really work that well.  The ink flowed a little too freely and tended to spread past the lines.  So I went back to the fine tip Sharpie and if you think that’s not time consuming…!!  But it made for good activity while chatting on the phone or visiting with people across the table. I even colored letters on one plane trip!  It’s actually sort of a mind numbing, zen inducing exercise.



The next project was inspired by something I saw while shopping in Barnes and Noble.  I instantly fell in love with idea of book origami (except for the price part), and just as instantly thought, I bet I could do that myself!!


Probably, the hardest part was finding a youtube video to teach how to make the pattern…..which I now know how to do.  It’s boring.  I’ll spare you the details.  It has to be done in Photoshop.  But if anyone wants to learn how, shoot me a message and I’ll help you out!  In the process of searching out this unique form of art, I discovered the artist behind it all: Isaac Salazar.

I thought I should begin nice and simple, so decided to start with a heart, and then move on to a single alphabet letter.

crafts31That seemed to work out ok, so I amped it up and tried THREE characters!


Basically, you create your design on a striped background, each stripe corresponding to a page in the book.  Where there is and upper AND lower stroke to the letter, every other stripe matches either the upper or lower part of the letter.  In the photo below, you can see the little pencil ticks that mark the point on that part of the letter where the page will fold.  I drew a pencil line on the top and bottom of the closed book and used a straight edge to keep the upper and lower folding point of the page uniform as well.


I’ve got a long way to go to match up to the stuff Isaac Salazar is creating but this was a pretty fun way to start.  The best part was turning on an audio book and sitting there for an hour or two just folding pages, folding pages….

Thanks for stopping by and I promise to have some scrappy goodness for you when I next come back!

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This post was written by Norine on January 14, 2015

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Happy Hump Day!

Hi everyone!  Since I moved my scrap room and got it all set up, and then did a little photo shoot for to show all y’alls sometime down the road….I haven’t wanted to make anything and mess it all up!  Well, last night I finally started pulling things out and today it’s a fright.  But this is what the mess birthed so I guess it was worth it!

A while back I got some Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off Stickers from Lori (and there are a TON of cute designs!) so I started playing with them.  SO many cool ways to use them.  All I’d ever done with them before was to put the stickers on glossy card stock and then color them with Sakura Gel markers.  Fun enough, although the colors I owned limited my range a little.  But here are a couple of other fun options.

For this first card, I used some Sookwang adhesive paper.  I peeled off one side of release paper and laid the Outline sticker onto the (extremely sticky) adhesive paper.  (Don’t throw that release paper away yet though.)

peeloffs15Then I COVERED the whole piece with a SUPER MICRO FINE glitter.


WHY, exactly, I own this stuff, I have no idea.


It must be at least 1000 years old.  But I was pretty pleased to find it in my stash last night!  And it worked great for this application.  This stuff here, is what you want to use.  If you’re no friend of glitter, like me, I would suggest pouring the glitter onto a sheet of printer paper and pressing the sticker/adhesive face down into the glitter.  Less mess somehow.  Anyway, then you shake off the excess, lay the release paper back on the sticker and burnish it well.  Amazingly, very little glitter comes off after that!  So then I pulled out my Copic markers and started to color.  Again, little to no glitter shifted in the coloring and the glitter accepted the color like, well, like you see!  After I fussy-cut around the finished design it was ready to go onto a card.



The next card uses a PeelOffs sticker from the same set, and this time I laid it onto a piece of dictionary paper.


Again, I colored it with Copic markers (and last night when I was working under two burned out light bulbs, I was much more impressed with my coloring skills.  Today, not so much.  Room for improvement.  Good thing I have a few more of these stickers!) and I love the transparent effect that lets the print show through.  LOVE that.



And finally, I tried some peel off stickers on vellum.  These are old ones I had from years ago and it feels good to use them up in a fresh, fun way.  After I laid them onto a sheet of vellum, I used my Sharpie markers, (yes, Sharpies!) to color the ombre backgrounds.


I used 3 varying shades of red, orange and pink and colored on the back.  The cool thing is, you can lay down a patch of color and while its still wet, use your finger to smudge and smooth the color out.  The add the next color below it and with your finger, rub that color back up into the first shade.  Totally in love with this little technique.  I wonder if anyone else has discovered it? And I’ll admit that the Sharpies were the last resort after trying and not succeeding with either Copics or Tim Holtz distress markers.  If you have to raid your kids’ art supplies to try this, I don’t know a thing about it.



Needless to say I have a renewed crush on these Peel Off stickers and I’m thinking I need some more!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you found some inspiration!

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