Category Archives: Crafting

Sunflower Birthday Card

Jeanette loves Sunflowers so that’s what she got on her birthday card.

This card is 4″ square (the line along the bottom of the front is an acrylic ruler holding the card closed.)

The photo on the front I took last summer at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens. (My camera has a good telephoto lens – I was not that close to a bee!)

The interior sunflower is a random internet find – I did a search for “sunflower coloring sheet” and found it. I colored it in Photoshop, and kludged my way through Illustrator to create an svg file. I imported that into Silhouette Studio Designer Edition for my cutting line. I’m sure I did it the long way round, it’s something to work on…

I did a lot of searching for decent “exploding card” instructions and/or videos. Lots on “exploding boxes”, not so much the card, but I finally found enough info.

The Happy Birthday confetti is from the Silhouette online store. (happy_birthday_with_shadow__C00942_19210) I calculated that I could fit 2″ pieces in the card, so I shrank it *way* down and set up a row of 4. I then created a rectangle on top of that, and filled it with a gradient. I printed just the gradient onto some photo paper that wasn’t working for me for photos, but gave the confetti a little shine. Then I cut them. I love how the Cameo can handle tiny little details! I had to finesse the ‘y’ on 2 of them, but the other two popped right out.

Another card, another several learning experiences<g> I’m having a blast!

Plum Medallion Card

I have a new Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine. I’m having fun.

This card started from a challenge at Monica’s Creative Madness for Silhouette owners. The rules were: square card, use a digital stamp, and add buttons. This is what I came up with.

Thinking of You Plum Floral Medallion

The card is 5″ square. (and it is square – I need to practice my craft photography!)

The digital stamp is from Fred, She Said’s Sentimental Flower Doodledallion Set, colored with two different styles of gradients in Photoshop Elements. The flower is attached with foam tape, and the edges of the white pieces are paper-pierced.

The cardstock background is printed from Beth Nixon’s Altered Journey digital page kit (no longer available.)

The font is English Hand WF from Walden Font Co.

The buttons were a delightfully fortuitous find – I was looking for small pearly buttons and found these which are perfect! (Belle Buttons by Dritz #BB517)

I do love Challenges! And I’m utterly delighted with how this card turned out.

Experimenting with Tattoos

Somehow or other, I ended up with one of the little Dover books of temporary tattoos (they’re Celtic, so they may have been hanging around since St Patrick’s time (that is, my time in the Guild of St Patrick’s!))

I wondered – would they work with Polymer Clay/ Based on two experiments so far – yes, mostly.

The first one I tried was the mermaid. I followed the directions and applied her to raw clay, then baked it. She came out with a crackle finish.

The dog I tried on a pre-baked base. I had a little more trouble getting the backing off, but that may have been user error. (I have 8 more experiment with.) That one ended up looking a little rubbed.

They both looked “antiqued” and I love it! The circles are badly ragged because I tried using the lid to a spice jar for a cutter (the only handy thing large enough for the tattoos) and it doesn’t have a sharp edge. I’m going to seal these, string one of them and get my nephew to give it a field trial next week – if it survives Patrick I have a winner<g>.

Playing with Color

I’m happily working my way through Lindly Haunani’s and Maggie Maggio’s Polymer Clay Color Inspirations.

I have a batch of package color tiles for most of the Premo colors (but no photo right now.)

Last night I made a color scale from Cobalt to Fuchsia. Just some lovely shades in there.

Next, I’m combining that with the Color Triangle and Cadmium Yellow. I am so looking forward to seeing what develops!

While working on the Scale, I realized I could process both colors at once. Since they’re really small bits of clay, there’s more than enough room to run both through the pasta machine at once. Should cut the time by almost half!

String Behavior

Wednesday evenings I spend with Mom. We have hamburgers, watch our shows and knit while Dad is out playing with trains.

So, last night I get to the house, grab my purse and the knitting bag out of the car and head in. I tangle with the wildly enthusiastic cocker spaniel who greets me at the door, set down my purse, and find that I have yarn wrapped around my knees. Sock yarn. Wool and silk sock yarn. From the socks I was planning to work on.

I follow the yarn out the door. Down the steps. Down the walkway. Down the driveway.

Sitting in the (only slightly damp) gutter is one ball of burgundy wool-and-silk (KnitPicks Gloss to be precise) sock yarn.

Fortunately, it was a mostly dry gutter, and a mostly dry evening and the sock yarn dried by the time dinner was over. It is now part of a mostly finished pair of socks from the Knitting Vintage Socks book.

Social-Knitting Top Finished!

Tonight, I actually, really and truly, finished a piece of knitting. For me.

Last February I bought a beautiful purple/pink hank of rayon yarn from Interlacements at Stitches West. I was careful with this one (I’ll tell you later about the yarn from Interlacements I bought the year before and wasn’t careful about!) and got it wound into two neat balls.

I cast on an absolutely basic t-shirt top. I call this my Social-Knitting Top because I wanted something I could work on with a minimum of thought – so I could knit and visit and watch tv all at the same time. The directions (as I rearranged them) called for knitting in the round for 15 inches, then dividing for front and back, adding seven stitches on either side for sleeves, and knitting until I ran out of yarn. Which I did – I believe there’s about 5 yards left.

The rayon yarn came pre-pulled – by that I mean the separate strands of yarn were already twisting free and poking about. So, this is a top that’s going to look well-loved and well-lived-in very quickly. The sleeves are too short to be flattering, and the boat neckline is inclined to show my bra straps. But the colors are glorious and I’m already considering the advantages of a purple cardigan or shrug to wear over this.

As soon as I get a good photo, I’ll add it.