Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
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A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
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Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
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The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
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Being one who creates by pulling materials from my stash of supplies as the project comes together, product challenges are always intimidating to me. I can't go grab a scrap of funky fabric that clashes with the rest of the project or a vintage button that adds some dimension. I have to do one of the things I like least in life; I have to deal with the feeling that I'm being asked to conform. Yet, in that request is where one of the greatest joys in crafting can emerge. If I come away with a project that still shows my individuality, I succeeded in not conforming! And that's when I'm always brought back to the reality that challenges are not really requests to conform. They are opportunities for creative growth. They're not always easy, but they are usually rewarding.
Our challenge this week was tough for me because it included no patterned paper, so I did something I never do. I made my own. Fortunately, my favorite Fiskars stamp set, For the Birds, included some single word stamps that I could combine to create a sentiment background. I'd like to say I purposefully chose to use a dye based ink pad to create a watercolor effect. The truth is I normally prefer pigment inks but I don't own a pigment based pad in this slate blue color. It was a happy accident. I attached the cling stamps to the Fiskars Stamp Press, inked the stamps before each impression, and starting in the lower left-hand corner, stamped a consistent pattern over the blank cardstock. The grid lines on the Stamp Press helped me to keep the pattern aligned and evenly spaced.
After using a Fiskars rotary trimmer to cut the tags to 3 inches high x 2 inches wide, I used more stamps from the For the Birds stamp set on the tags.
Next I used a rotary trimmer again, this time cutting strips of from my second sheet of cardstock to 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch. After distressing the edges of the strips with my fingernail, I created a simple plaid pattern on the tags. I decided to use a glue gun on this project because of the burlap but Aleen's Tacky Glue also works very well. It will hold the burlap roses together, but hot glue dries faster.
I made burlap fringe by pulling out some of the threads from the piece of the material, which was very simple to do since burlap has such an open weave. Follow the simple visual steps in the photo to loop the threads through a hole in the top of the tags. I have to confess and admit I used a hole punch but it didn't add anything decorative to the project. It just looked cleaner than if I'd have used the scissor tips. I also glued a scrap of burlap along the bottom edge of the tags.
The final step was to make the burlap roses. A very quick and easy job! Use a pair of Fiskars fabric scissors to cut a strip of burlap 1 1/4 inches wide and about 18 inches long. Fold one long edge over and glue it down to prevent unraveling of the burlap. This will be the edges of the petals. Starting from one short end, begin rolling the strip, gluing along the bottom edge as you go. Be sure to keep the top loosely wound and create small folds periodically as you roll, gluing those down as well. If the rose reaches the size you like before you finish rolling, just cut off the rest of the strip. Glue the roses to the tags, stick them in a little basket, and you have some sweet gift tags or thinking-of-you cards ready on a whim.
2 sheets of white cardstock slate blue dye based ink pad 1/2 yard burlap, glue gun.