Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Scribble Picnic - Forest (In the Works)

Anybody out there remember my "Thursday's Throw Aways"?  For a brief period I did a weekly post featuring a project that recycled or reused something.  I've got a project like that in the works right now and I thought it would fit in with the Scribble Picnic theme of "FOREST".  

The material I'm recycling is paper - the kind that you get in the mail in the form of postcard-like advertisements.  The more colorful the better.  And since I have access to the recycling bin in the office at school, I have an additional source besides our home recycling.  The weight of the paper is heavier than your regular cardstock and these postcards are laminated so they have a sheen all their own.  

I used a die from Concord & 9th - Take a Bough - and I just kept at it until I had enough of a pile of boughs to make my first tree.


I needed 12 of each of the horizontal boughs and 4 each of the ones that can also double as snowflakes.


First I glued together 2 sets of each size just as they were.  Then I cut the rest in half and overlapped the holes to make sections that were slightly smaller.  The snowflakes were just doubled up.  All totaled there are 18 layers to this tree.


The center hole is 1/8" and calls for a dowel of that diameter which HWNSNBP tried to find in several stores for me without any luck.  Then I thought I should check out my wood stash (yes, I have a wood stash that includes all sorts of wooden things that I used to use in my crafting years ago).  I found another item that I can recycle - the dowel I used is actually a stick from a rock candy lollipop and it has a wooden bead at the bottom end.  I remember saving these to make felt carousel horse Christmas ornaments......another project that didn't come to fruition...............yet.  (There's always hope!)  Oh, and there will be a star for the topper.


I am really pleased with how this came out.  It kind of reminds me of some of the metalwork that I've seen coming out of Central and South America.  


HWNSNBP has some birch branches that I think would be great for bases for these.  


I can't wait to make a whole forest of them.  

I hope my friends at the picnic will be okay with this project for our theme this week.  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with.  You know you can join in at anytime if you like.  Our next theme due two weeks from now is GOODBYE AUTUMN.  (News flash - our autumn here in NJ is going to be winter much sooner than anticipated with snow forecast for this Thursday....... and I haven't even gotten out my Snow Day Wand yet!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jingle Belles - Mele Kalikimaka

I have been purposely staying out of craft stores because my "stash" at home is more than well stocked, however, I was in need of something in particular and found myself once again wandering the aisles checking out all the "new" stuff that I hadn't seen and this paper with the pineapples was so noisy (you know how something screams to you in a store, like the Oreo's you don't need to eat or the shoes that pinch but they look cool and they talk you into buying them anyway) that I had to buy it - sale or no sale price.  And it struck me, as I was already adding it to my basket, that this might be perfect for this fortnight's Jingle Belle challenge, except a pineapple is not a flower.  But it came home with me nonetheless and I made it work (or so I like to believe). 


I had a totally different flower in mind for this, but after I spent way too much time die cutting them with all their little bits, they looked way too busy. So I grabbed this poinsettia from Ink on 3 and embossed them in gold.  The leaves are actually the tops of a pineapple stamp that I had that I also embossed in gold to mimic what is on the background paper.  You can see from the photo below that there is some sparkle to this and also that the flowers, leaves, and sentiment are raised to give it more dimension.  



Now I have to figure out who is going to have a pineapply good Christmas this year!

I have one more idea for a card for this challenge - something again a little out there - let's see if I get it done in time!

Please mosey on over to the Jingle Belles blog to see the gorgeous floral creations for this challenge.  You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Happy 60th Birthday, Get Well, and a Wedding Card Too

The last of our Table 7 gang celebrated her 60th birthday the end of October.  This was the envelope for the card I made.


Once again, the seasonal theme for our group.  Each of these seasons is a separate die but I chose to keep them together in a square format, backing each season with an appropriate color.  You can't tell from the picture, but the sentiment "Celebrate" is die cut from a wood veneer sheet and painted with bronze glimmer paint.


A co-worker of HWNSNBP's recently had some neck surgery.  I thought this sentiment was appropriate and stuck with the fall theme.  


Inside.


And lastly, another wedding card for Rachel using the colors of the Philadelphia Eagles - favorites of the bride and groom.





Saturday, November 3, 2018

Time to Fall Back

The fall colors have certainly taken over this week.  The trees here are in their full splendor.  HWNSNBP is gathering/blowing/tractoring the leaves on a daily basis. We have leaf pickup in our town but you have to get them to the curb and with a little over an acre and many trees it's almost a full-time job.  Thankfully they come by more than once to "suck them up" in one of those large vacuum machines.  They won't be sucking these up though.


I used most of them for a bunch of these little reminders to some of my best buds.


I had a minor set back getting these out because I was enclosing a little giftee with them and planned to use these padded envelopes but alas, they were not wide enough for the cards!


So I checked through my stash and found some of these 5 x 7 yellow envies which would fit the enclosure and the card but first I embossed some more leaves on the front side.


Before I go, let me share a birthday card that I made for a friend's November birthday.  You know I save my scraps and I was happy to find this scrap of white cardstock that I had used to cut out some of those large oak leaves oh, about a month ago.  There was a scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock near it and I really liked the combo, so I used that color for my card base.  I die cut the skeletonized leaves in a burnt orange and also did the same with the sentiment.  I still had some of those smaller leaves left so I used a few.  The last addition was the strip of sunny yellow at the top.  


And I think I promised pictures of the little guy in his Halloween costume.  He wanted to be a firefighter with a fire engine.  He and his mom stopped by the local firehouse to take a picture and as luck would have it the truck was outside.


One of the "real" firefighters saw them and asked if he would like to see the truck up close.  Thank you Mr. Firefighter!


And those lights even lit up to do a little Trick or Treating!


Don't forget to turn your clock back!  Enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The End of Inktober with a Double Pinch of Scribble Picnic

Inktober comes to an end today.  I have enjoyed doing this daily challenge but I'm looking forward to getting back to using different art supplies again.  I know HWNSNBP is also looking forward to getting some of these art supplies off the dining room table as I've taken advantage and spread my "stuff" out, but now it's time to get things in order for the holidays.  Oh, I can't believe tomorrow will be November already.  

Day 26 - STRETCH
Some neon rubber bands.


Day 27 - THUNDER
Or in this case, Thunderbird.


Day 28 - GIFT
Should be self-explanatory I hope.


Day 29 - DOUBLE
And here is my entry for Scribble Picnic this week which also is DOUBLE (or JOLT).  I recently saw a photo of a castle in France that had the facade painted incorporating these pixellated 3-story skulls in very vibrant colors.  The rest was covered in polka dots.  Very bizarre, yet beautiful.  The windows were eyes.  So since the prompt was DOUBLE I used facing pages for these double skulls.  Fits the season - no?


Day 30 - JOLT (off prompt)
Instead a rendition of some sort of moss that was on a rock bordering one of our plantings. HWNSNBP told me to come outside with my camera to see something which turned out to be mushrooms that were growing in the garden bed on the side of the garage that resembled penises.  This is not the first time that we've had these in the yard, but these appeared to be a different variety. And although I did take a picture of them, my eye was drawn to this moss (or it could be a lichen - not sure) that was growing on the rock.  There were several patches of it and the closer I looked the more interesting it was.  So this is what I have for this date.


Day 31 - SLICE
One of the local bistro's was offering plain pizzas for $5 today as a Halloween special so pizza slice was on my mind.  But I wanted to somehow fit Halloween into this and went with a tangled pumpkin of sorts, which if you notice does have 8 slices like a pizza would, but don't look too closely or you will see the mistake that I made coloring it.


I hope that you enjoyed viewing these Inktober pieces.  I feel a sense of accomplishment having completed the whole month, but like I said at the start, I will be glad to be able to have more choice of the media to use and also to work at my leisure.  There's always so much that I want to do but the drawback is the limited amount of creative time that I have.  I was contemplating another challenge for the beginning of November (a 10-day Square-a-Thon on Instagram) but think I will pass so I can make sure that I'm on track for a more enjoyable December coming up.

Now I will ask you to join me in checking out the other entries at the picnic this week.  You can by clicking here.  The next theme will be FOREST due on November 11th should you like to join in.


Happy Halloween


We sent this light up pumpkin to the little guy in a plastic jar and I'm hoping that the post office didn't confiscate it as a threatening object.  It only lights up when you bounce it.

We dropped this card off for him over the weekend and I can't wait to see pictures of him in his costume this year.



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Jingle Belles - Creature Feature Revisited

Got this die recently and it was sitting on my work table almost screaming at me to be used, so I let the voices have their way and thus have another entry for the Jingle Belles creature prompt for this fortnight.  It helped that I had a scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock in the vicinity and had just gone through some patterned paper and put this plaid aside for possible Christmas card use.  These colors together are one of my favorites.


Yes, I know that baker's twine is not that "hot" anymore, but I like it and I think it works here.  So much so that I made two of these.  (But if you look closely at that second card you will see how misplaced the plaid background is - something I thought I could live with but alas, I think it will be trimmed off the base and remounted properly.)


Dare I ask whether those berries should also be red?  

Okay, so there's more Christmas creature cards over at the Jingle Belles.  I'm going to get there soon and give out some Halloween comments - what about you!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Jingle Belles - Not a Creature Was Stirring

Leave it to Laurel Burch to be able to herd those cats into a Christmas tree.  I've been waiting for a good time to use this stamp from Stampendous and had a lot of fun coloring it for the Jingle Belles challenge this fortnight.  I have a second one stamped and ready for trying alternate colors when I get a chance.  Maybe when I'm watching one of the new Hallmark Christmas movies (which btw began tonight.....and it's not even Halloween yet!).

I'm also going to post this card at Janis' blog - Her Peaceful Garden for the Cat Lover's Hop and squeezing it in just in the nick of time.  


I have a few Laurel Burch cat items that I've gotten through Zulily.  The sets of make-up/jewelry zippered pouches are a pretty way to carry craft supplies too. 


So won't you check out those links above and see what other creatures are Jingling and if you're a cat lover you have to check out all the creative cat entries.