Edibles with Ease: When to Get Growing from Seeds or from Starts? Read more »
In my side yard which is mostly shade, I have tried a variety of perennials that thrive in a woodland setting. Read more »
Make your garden even more welcoming to birds and butterflies: turn it into a certified wildlife habitat. Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Keep your lawn and your shoes clean and free of clippings by adding our innovative, sturdy Grass Catcher to your StaySharp™ Ree... Read more »
The Salsa Rain Barrel System makes it easy to collect up to 58 gallons of water for your garden and lawn. Our rain barrel is ma... Read more »
Make the most of National Craft Month by preparing some craft kits for your children - let them explore color, texture and dif... Read more »
This is the second how-to in a series focused on getting the most out of your basic paper punches. Read more »
Spring brings in the most wonderful colors and here is a fun way to add a touch of color to your gifts! Read more »
Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle fo... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
My idea is to show everyone that they can make something cute and fashionable without spending a lot of money. Read more »
Embellishing a plain shirt using a reverse appliqué technique is easy - and your kids will love their personalized outfit! Read more »
This year, it seems like spring is way overdue at our house. Read more »
Perfect for tight, precise cuts, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force the blades back togethe... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through multiple layers, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabr... Read more »
I always look forward to school being out for the summer (more so than my children, probably!) and the change of pace means we... Read more »
This fun project is a great way to send a little love note to your child. These lunchbox notes can be slipped into a backpack... Read more »
Here is a fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day that is not only adorable, it makes kids stop and think about how lucky they are. Read more »
Children love our Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the handle that’s shiny, bright and smooth, not “sticky” or “bumpy.” Teachers and... Read more »
Our Big Kids Scissors take the basic design of our teacher-recommended Kids Scissors and enlarge them for kids that are a littl... Read more »
Our Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those older children who ar... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Super Pruner/Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear... Read more »
Our Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade makes cutting a wide variety of quilting materials comfortable and easy. A cu... Read more »
With our theme this month being mixed media, I decided to do something a little different and paint the bird die cut with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and I was surprised at the drastically different feel it gave the die cut!
I chose to use a journal with unlined pages in it so this can later be used as a small scrapbook or as a journal. The scalloped fabric circles were left overs from a previous project. This was a great opportunity to use them up!
Using Mod Podge, I adhered the circles to the cover, taking care make sure they were placed randomly instead of in a ring around the perimeter which would create a recognizable pattern. When finished, I coated the cover with a layer of Mod Podge. If retaining the soft look if the fabric is the desired look, fusible web could instead be used to adhere the circles and the sealer coat of Mod Podge skipped.
I tried to run the cover through my Fuse to cut an oval opening in the cover, but my cover was too thick. Instead, I die cut an oval from a piece of white paper and used that as a pattern to trace the oval onto the cover using a pencil. I cut the oval out using the Fiskars Fingertip Detail Knife.
After using the bird die cut and expansion pack to cut a bird from off white cardstock, I used Turquoise Glimmer Mist and a thin paintbrush to give the die cut the appearance of being painted with water colors.
Using a manilla file folder, I assembled a collage of torn book paper and the bird die cut. I then used Simply Khaki Glimmer mist to paint the breast of the bird and portions of the background. I eventually changed my mind about the paper above the bird and used a stamped strip of paper instead. I next cut the manilla folder down so the edges were 1/4" shorter on each side than the journal cover and I adhered the cover to it using a very strong double sided adhesive.
To finish my mixed media journal, I added some crocheted trim and a stamped tag strung with the jute that was used to tie the journal closed inside the packaging.
Blank journal, fabric scraps, manilla folder, off white cardstock, Glimmer Mists or watercolors, small tag, crocheted trim, Mod Podge or fusible web