Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Okay, I am warning you all - this is pretty sappy, corny, lovey dovey stuff. For the Hubby this year, I wanted to do something kind of special. We have a had a crazy year with a lot of unexpected ups and downs and I just wanted to give him something that wasn't commercial and meant something to us. One of our favourite children's book shares this title and we often say this to each other, so I decided to make a little watercolour of it to remind him that I do love him - to the moon and back.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hey Folks, So Last year I made this Harry Potter, Weasley's Gingerbread house which I did a post about last January, however I was recently asked to do an Instructables step by step instruction manual on how to build this. It took me way too long because I only had about 14 pictures so I did some watercolour renderings ( that are a bit ridiculous) to demonstrate the points I didn't have pictures for. I also entered the "Cookies challenge" with this Instructable and would super duper appreciate it if you could make your way over there and vote for my entry! I could win an Ipad 2 of which I have been drooling over, since they came out. ( Let's be honest here folks - I work in theatre, there's no way I can afford to buy one!) That being said here is the link to the instructable which I am not sure is public yet, but it will be so check it out. Here is an example of one of my silly drawings:
This one is to show how I imagine what all of the ingredients of the 4 double batches of gingerbread in a big pile would look like.
This one is what mixing all the dry ingredients up together looks like...
So go check it out on Instructables.. cause it just gets sillier...
Here is the link to the actual contest - My entry is now eligible so please vote!.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I am still going crazy with the ornaments. This one was very quick, it only took me about 2 hours to make three of these. I am not entirely happy with these little guys, but I think they are kind of funny, so I will share. Well, not every craft can be a total success but we learn from them all the same! I feel like my problem with these was I should have maybe made the under shapes a little more carefully, and perhaps kept the size of the pinecone tines not quite as long.
4 pieces of felt, 2 blue, 2 cream
To start out I bought 4 pieces of felt, 2 blue and 2 cream. I used spray adhesive to glue the blue to the cream.
I then squished together some tinfoil to make a shape remniscent of a pine cone or perhaps a little tinfoil cone.
I cut the felt up into 3 different widths of strips, probably about 8 strips of 3/4" length, then a bunch of strips of 1" then a bunch of strips of 1-1/4" length. ( Sorry I didn't actually count...) I then cut those into triangle shapes, alternating on the strip as to get the most out of it. Then I rounded the ends off.
At about a third of the way up, I moved to medium sized pieces, then again at 2/3rds of the way up I moved to the largest. I then put a loop of felt at the top to attach it to the tree.
It wouldn't be Christmas without something that felt really homemade right?
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I then added Cotton Balls as my snow. Super cheap, and oh so effective.
Here is the finished Dude! Isn't he adorable in his little star sparkled dome!
5 Pieces of 8-1/2 by 11 paper
12 beads for inner flowers ( I used faux cranberries, but pearls, or gems would work too.)
Glue or Hot Glue
9-10 Bobby pins
This is how you make each petal - mine are made with 2-3/4 inch square paper.
You can click on the image to see it larger. The most confusing part is where you see my hand - What you do there is you open up that part and push it down flat. After you have got your petal to the last stage you attach the two inner petal parts curving the back part not folding it.
As there is a hole in the centre of each flower a bead, or pearl or gem looks best when inserted in the hole. I chose some red faux cranberries, because I thought it made the colours reminiscent of Rudolph and his nose.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I then made a loop out of foam as well and hot glued that on. And voila a myriad of several colours of flowerballs made from Foam! On Another note: The foam was actually very easy to work with, much easier than paper and had a higher tolerance for bending without creasing... Plus you can throw them at people and it doesn't hurt, or give paper cuts!
On the tree they are such a vivid pop of colour, I also think they would make a great mobile if done in several different sizes for a kids room.
Friday, December 9, 2011
8-1/2" by 11 paper any colour
Glue or Hot Glue
I haven't really done a lot of tutorials on my site but I just thought this was so cool I needed to share it. So here goes. The basic shape of each piece is a pentagon with a halfmoon attached to each side. The ones I made are about 2-1/2" wide and make about a 3 " ball. I figured out the pattern on AutoCAD, and then printed them off on brown sheets of paper.
I then cut each one out ending up with what looks like a five sided flower.
Then you cut in on each of the lines going across the pentagon ONLY HALF way. This will be how each piece slots in together. You need to be very consistent with which side you cut. I made it easy for myself by always cutting from the bottom to half way up, then rotating the shape to do it all over again.
You will need twelve pieces altogether and once you have gotten them all to look like the above picture, you can start putting them together.
You keep adding in more pieces and attaching in the same way. It can get a bit tricky once you are attaching 4 or 5 sides but with a bit of patience and practice, it ain't nothin' but a thing.
Once you have the entire ball slotted together you may want to do a once over. Making sure to tug all the pieces together and lay them a bit flat so you get the neat effect you see above. I did this with really simple brown paper but I also tried it with GOLD card stock which was a little tougher only because of the weight but other wise it looks really cool.
These go really fast and are super fun to do, I would suggest this would be great to do with kids, and maybe older folks can help them when it gets to the point where you are attaching 4 and 5 sides on each piece but they are super fun and end up looking SO cute.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Here is an example of another of my Steampunk ornaments that I made for a craftster swap. This one is a series of Steamships that I found on old 18th century drawings.. I found this great topographical map fabric and embroidered them on that. I also found these great brass rings that came in a couple of different sizes. I embroidered the images, then cut it out and stretched it over the brass rings. I then added a little bit of gimp and voila a cute little ornament. This is the first time I incorporated felt into my embroidery and I think it went rather well.
Then I continued this process all the way around the back until the fabric sat nicely. I then put a piece of felt on the back and it finishes quite nicely!