how to: wax paper and crayon fall leaves so this last week i decided to quit ignoring the elephant in the room, and acknowledge that fall is... well basically at my door step. the leaves are starting to show a hint of change and with that change came my "NO! NOT YET!" these leaves were made just like you used to make those stain glass windows with wax paper and crayon shavings. you can hang them, you can place them prettily to dress up any surface, and well you can just place them on your windows as well.WHAT YOU WILL NEED: *wax paper. *fall colored crayons that have seen better days *leaf template (right click hit save as and then print off. make sure you make them fit your picture screen so it doesn't cut off any of the leaf. i made mine as a 4 by 7 picture) when you have your two colors shaved on, place the second piece of wax paper on top making a sandwich. slowly melt your crayon shavings. and push the "liquid crayon" around so it's thin and covers a larger area. cut out your leaves. ahh the life of a crafting mom. enjoy!
Cannibalistic Pumpkin Carving Tutorial I thought I would try my hand at carving the popular cannibalistic pumpkin that I've seen so many times before. Just as I was starting out, I realized that this was a good opportunity to document it with my camera. So below is a little tutorial I put together for anyone who might want to try this out. STEP 1: The first thing you want to do before setting out on this is to get the proper tools and items. 1. STEP 2: Take your washable marker and draw out the face on the big pumpkin. STEP 3: Grab your large knife and cut a hole in the top of the large pumpkin for the cap. STEP 4: Take the cap off and set it to the side. STEP 5: Get your children involved by having them scoop out the insides. STEP 6: Once you get all the seeds and innards out, then get your spoon and scrape out the extra stuff that clings to the side. When you are done, your pumpkin should have a smooth inside all the way around. STEP 7: Take out your large knife and cut a hole inside where the mouth is going to be.
Crafts | Handmade Gift Ideas | DIY Projects - Craftbits.com Silk Tie Easter Eggs | Well, we’ve found our absolute favorite Easter egg dyes… of all time. No tablets, no food colors, no cups, no drips, no stained fingers or clothes, no spilling— I could go on and on. Your whole family is going to love this. Here’s what you’ll need: Eggs Silk ties–look for a tiny tag at the small end of the tie. An old, white T-shirt–cut it into squares big enough to wrap around the eggs String 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar Pot of water Vegetable oil Now then… Cut open the tie at the back and take out the facing fabric. Cut the silk into pieces big enough to cover the egg… Wrap it around your egg. Now, roll the egg up with the T-shirt fabric. The idea is to press the colored silk right up against the egg. The bald kid and I had a competition to see who could wrap their eggs the purtiest. He’s such a sillyboy. Anyway… set the wrapped eggs in a pan of cold water with the vinegar mixed in. Boil for 20-25 minutes. Remove the eggs… and allow them to completely cool. Even the subtle ones are beautiful.
Paper Filigree Snowflake Gallery I've switched over to using acid free paper and glue to make my paper filigree snowflake ornaments now. I figure there's no sense in putting this much work into something that might fall apart in a few years, and with practice, they're starting to get pretty enough that I'm planning to make quite a few of them. In my search for paper that will hold up over time, I was looking for archival quality paper, but there wasn't much available that wasn't too thick, or too yellow. I visited all sorts of art, craft, scrapbook, and office supply stores in my paper quest, but the pickings were pretty slim for archival paper in shades of silver and white, so I went with mostly acid free paper and will see how it holds up. There are a limited number of shapes you can make by pinching a curled sliver of paper, but I've found that looping the paper adds bunches of additional possibilities. I can't wait to find the time to experiment with more of them!
Prairie Paper & Ink: How to Make a Glitter & Re-Inker Ornament I showed this to my Stampin' Up! club ladies and promised I would post the instructions (w/ pictures) on here for them and my other customers - I hope y'all will try these out - they're SO easy and the results are so fab!! Clear Glass Ornament Dye Re-inker (Stampin' Up! ink used for these - I do not know how other types of ink will work with this as I've only used SU Classic re-inkers) Water (optional) Paper Towel Rubber/Latex Gloves Fine Glitter (I use SU! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for these) Small Powder Pal OR scrap paper shaped into a funnel Small container (to drain the ink into - I used an empty plastic film container) Remove the top and hanger of the ornament (be careful as you're doing it as the glass is very thin and the hanger pops open as it's pulled out) Put on your gloves before moving to the next step. STEP 2: (optional) ***If you skipped step 2 and want to use just re-inker - add approx 20 drops to your ornament Pour the ink mixture into the ornament. STEP 7: (optional)
how to make a staple-free matchbook notepad. In an effort to use up the damaged & small surplus of 2010 calendars I have on-hand, I've been experimenting with ways to repurpose them. These matchbook notepads were this week's project. They are easy to make .... and adorable ... and completely practical. I'll be making these to drop into my customers' packages as a token of thanks. The paper is from the offcuts of my shipping labels. Cut cardstock into 9" lengths and whatever width you desire. Cut sheets of paper into 4-1/4" lengths and the same width as you chose for your cardstock. Make a 5/8 - 3/4" creased fold on one end of your cardstock. Tuck a stack of 10 pieces of paper into the fold. Sew or handstitch across this edge, leaving a 3/8" seam allowance. Tip: I experimented with various thread weights and needle sizes. Fold opposite edge of cardstock over the paper, aligning fold with edge of paper. Tuck the edge of your cardstock under the lip of your sewn edge. These are so simple and fun - try it out!
Friday Faves: Halloween DIY Roundup Halloween is 16 days away! Are you doing anything fun? I’m trying to convince Stan to go to Salem, but I’m not sure it’s in our budget. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 20 Unique Pumpkin Ideas via c.r.a.f.t. 7. I can’t wait for Halloween Knights tomorrow at the Renaissance Faire! Like this post? Creative Kismet » Blog Archive » little guiding stars Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share!
autumn leaf bouquet I don’t know what it’s like in your neighborhood, but when I step outside here in Oakland, I sense it right away: Fall is in the air! I’m lucky enough to have a few turning trees on my street, so I don’t miss out entirely on the brilliant autumn colors I remember from growing up in NH. Speaking of brilliant autumn colors, I’m thrilled to share this stunning maple leaf rose bouquet DIY from a fellow Kate — clay, fiber and paper artist Kate Hust. Kate first learned how to make these a few years ago from a retired art teacher in her community, and now they’ve become an annual tradition when fall rolls around. Her instructor taught her to wrap the leaves really tight, so they looked like rose buds, but Kate has modified the technique a bit to suit her own tastes: She likes to find the really big leaves and make them with large open “petals.” She’s clearly perfected the craft, and I’m so happy that she’s decided to pass the tradition on to us. Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials 1.
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