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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mini Wintery Scene ornament on: January 15, 2013 09:34:03 PM
One thing I made for some family and friends this holiday season was this ornament!

I found some clear plastic (not glass-- they needed to travel and I was worried about breakage) ornaments... The snow base in the bottom is crayola model magic clay, and I had squished it in there with a wooden dowel.  I also used some snow-tex to give it snow texture along the ground.  The trees are pipe cleaners, which I trimmed with scissors and also donned with fake snow.  The other bits were just embellishments I had or found at the local craft store. 

Thanks for looking!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Countdown to Christmas Flip Calendar on: December 17, 2012 12:34:25 PM
For the mini 12 Days of Christmas swap, my partner was redstar13, and for the first day, I decided to make her a little countdown flip calendar and easel for the eleven days leading up to Christmas, as well as Christmas Day!

The numbers are on a ring, so the next day is easy to find!

The easel is decorated with sparkly and shiny gel pens.

I think my favorite part is the tiny "Christmas" bunting! Grin

Thanks for looking, and Mele Kalikimaka!
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hot Pink Cupcake Tiddly Winks on: December 13, 2012 10:17:18 PM
I had Rubylynns as a partner in the Ho Ho Ho swap!  One of her themes was a "Hot Pink/Cupcake Christmas."

One of the items I sent was this cupcake:

Which is also a tiddly winks game:

(Instructions are on the inside of the lid)

It's full of buttons and cupcake disks to flip into the cup!

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cupcake Game on: December 13, 2012 10:04:07 PM
I made this game for Rubylynns in the HOx3 swap!  Her theme I chose was Hot Pink Cupcake Christmas, and I wanted to send her something that could be used by her family too!

Here's the gameboard:

It's based on Candyland, and has the same idea (picking colored cards to move toward the end), and the prize at the end is little crochet cupcakes.

Cupcake pawns:


And "special" space cards; the steps in baking cupcakes!

(these were made with hand-carved stamps, also included in the package)

And one more shot of the gameboard:

Thanks for looking!
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A few fall squirrels and pumpkins on: December 13, 2012 09:30:22 PM
Hi everyone,
I know this is late, but I had made these for Likls in the Falling for Autumn swap.

Little squirrels!

They're made of Crayola Model Magic clay and colored with alcohol markers.

I also made some little pumpkins out of paper clay.

And they're painted with sparkly watercolor.

Thanks for looking!
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Scared Fish Interactive ATC- with tutorial! on: December 13, 2012 08:46:57 PM
I had forgotten that I took step-by-step shots as I made this interactive ATC for WideEyedLife's "Scared Fish" theme in the ongoing ATC swap this fall!

Little Fish is just chillin'....

But gets scared....

And darts behind some seaweed!

Sometimes people ask how I have made these, so here it is!
(First of all, I want to credit this book: http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Of-Pop-Up-Engineers/dp/0689822243/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1355456532&sr=8-5&keywords=how+to+make+pop+up+books The Elements of Pop Up which I had gotten back in college and remember to dig out from time to time.  The mechanism in the ATC is inspired by one sample design in the book.)

It's basically a little pulley system.

I started off with two ATC-sized (2.5 x 3.5") pieces of cardstock. (You will need at least another ATC's worth of cardstock later for the backing on the card)

One of the pieces will be the background, and the other is for the 3-D/ moving bits.  I use an ATC to start, so that I don't make the pieces so big they don't fit on the final ATC.  It also gives me a sense of the layout of the card.

First, I drew my little fish (and colored him in).

and cut it out with an Xacto blade.

Then, I drew my seaweed patch and made sure it was big enough to hide Little Fish (with perhaps a little wiggle room).

(colored in):

Then I cut it out and placed both on the other blank ATC to make sure sizing and locations worked.  (and because I do everything backwards, I also cut out the pull-tab notch, even though it's probably better to cut that out after you make the pull tab.)

Then, I made a pull tab by folding a piece of cardstock in thirds (approximately-- it's okay if it's not perfect!)

And I colored in the background (it's not necessary to color in the spots that won't be seen Smiley )

(I also marked the spots where the holes for the string will be.)

I used a small hole punch for the pulley holes, but you can probably use a knife.  Just make sure the holes lie flat!

Next, I found my string (make sure it's strong enough to be yanked on a little) and little fish.  I put a glue dot on a small circle of paper...

and stuck the string on the back of the fish with it:

This way, the little guy stays secure in the same place on the string!

Next, put the two ends of string into the holes.  (Make sure the fish is right-side-up!)

Pull the fish to the hole farthest away from its hiding spot:

Turn it over.  I found the easiest way to do this is with another glue dot.  First, put the glue dot on a circle of paper or cardstock, and then lay the string ends on top of it, making sure they are not loose.

Trim the ends:

Now, remember that pull tab?  Line the "pull" end up with the notch in the card and lay it straight over the glue dot:

Cut thin strips of double sided foam tape to use as a "track" for the pull tab.

Put the tracks around the sides of the pull tab so it doesn't move all wonky-like.

At this point, go ahead and put a border of foam tape around the edges of the card as well, to create a uniform depth on the back of the card.

I like to put it on a larger piece of cardstock and cut it out; this way, I don't have to be super careful about lining it up with another card of the exact same shape and size!

Check to make sure little fish moves!

Now, find your seaweed and make a border with foam tape, but be sure to leave the side empty where the fish will swim in!  (the drawing on the back is just because I used the other side of paper where I messed up!)

Stick it on the card, and test it out!

Enjoy, and happy crafting!!
27  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Traveling Christmas Countdown Village - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:32:23 AM
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Traveling Christmas Countdown Village  - featuring Elmer's products

This Christmas, we'll probably be traveling back to the mainland to visit family, and I was trying to come up with some sort of traveling countdown/advent calendar that was more than just opening doors on a piece of cardboard.

I present the Countdown-to-Christmas Village!

"Village?" you ask. "But it is just a box!"

"Nay!" I say.  

Look inside...

Twenty-four tiny paper clay houses are hiding inside!  Each is equipped with a velcro bottom so they can easily be "planted" in the lid, which is a snowy meadow of felt!

As we go through December, we can add a house to the scene each day, and when everyone has arrived, we will know Christmas is here!

Ah yes, and for the "traveling" part... The velcro holds the tiny houses in place in the lid, so I can close it up and carry it wherever we go for the holidays!

And now for the fine print:
All of this was made possible by Elmers Products!
The CraftBond Precision Embellishment Glue worked great to cover this paper mach box in paper (I applied it with a brush). I also used the embellishment glue to attach the velcro to the bottoms of the little houses.
The X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors were perfect for trimming off the edges of the velcro after they were glued on.
The design on the top of the house was made with Elmer's Painters markers, and the stars around the outside are Elmer's Gel Pens.
28  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Simple Pop-Up Card - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:31:35 AM
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Simple Pop-Up Card - featuring Elmer's products

As the holidays approach, I start experimenting with different styles of cards to send to friends and relatives.

I love pop-up mechanisms, but my problem is trying to go overboard with designs, which makes them hard to reproduce many copies easily.

Here's a very simple pop-up mechanism which can easily be used for many cards!

  • X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer
  • X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife
  • X-ACTO 12" Self-healing Cutting Mat
  • CraftBond Glue Stick
  • CraftBond Glue Dots

Start by using the paper trimmer to cut the size you want for the card (remember it will need to fold in half!).

(For this, I just cut an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock in half.  Not the best size to find envelopes for, but whatever.)

Fold it in half....

...and make two parallel cuts on the creased edge. (The X-ACTO precision tip scissors work great for this!)

Lift up the flap you made...

...and crease it down in both directions.

Open the card and invert the flap so it folds the opposite direction of the card.

Now, create your design (or cut out a photo) that you want to pop up inside the card. Make sure it is smaller than the space between the flap and the edge of the card, or it will stick out of the card when the card is closed.

Use the Gripster Knife and Self-Healing Mat to cut out the image.

Stick a glue dot in the center bottom of the back of your image.

And stick it on the front side of the flap!

Now to finish the outside... Use the paper trimmer to cut paper the same size as the inside.

Use the Glue Stick to coat the inside of one half of the outside sheet.

Stick one side of the card onto the outside sheet, making sure the center crease is lined up well.

Then glue the inside part and stick the other side together.

(I like to get all possible air bubbles out with my bone folder!)

As for the outside, you can use the glue stick or glue dots to attach another drawing or photo. Or, the Elmer's Painters Pens work well to cover patterned paper too.

Happy crafting!
29  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Quick Curious Shell Guys! - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:31:02 AM
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Quick Curious Shell Guys! - featuring Elmer's products

This was just a fun little thing I ended up with when playing around with Elmer's CraftBond Glue Dots.

All you need is:
  • Elmer's CraftBond Glue dots
  • Sharp scissors (X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors work well!)
  • Small shells (or shell beads)
  • Googly eyes

I ended up cutting the medium-sized glue spots into quarters. With the way these glue dots are packaged, it's easy to fold the sheet over the dot (so it's covering both sides) and cut in half (and then in half again) with a pair of sharp scissors. Then, apply the glue dots to googly eyes and stick them on the shells!

No need to limit yourself to shells, or even to two eyes per object!
The flexible glue dots make it easy to stick googly eyes to pretty much anything!

30  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Super Simple Table Placecards - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:30:06 AM
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Super Simple Table Placecards - featuring Elmer's products

In my family, we don't really have specific spots where we sit, (and I don't think anyone really cares who sits where) but I think the idea of making placecards is fun.

Making these is super simple.  Here's what I used:

  • Cardstock or paper
  • X-ACTO 12" Self Healing Mat
  • X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer
  • CraftBond Dot Runner (or gluestick)
  • CraftBond Gel Pens (I used metallic)
  • A black pen (I used micron)
  • Bone folder or smooth object for creasing

Use your X-ACTO paper trimmer to easily cut an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock or paper into quarters. (They will be 4.25" x 5.5")

The handy thing about this paper trimmer is the scored grid work surface.  I used the grid to score my paper at 1.75", 3.5", and 5" from the end.

Crease the end with the short flap, and the one adjacent to it. (I like to use my trusty bone folder!)

It should look like this:

Then, flip the paper over and draw your design on the uncreased square (there should still be the little score from before - we'll need that!). Make sure the folded sections are down, and try to leave about a half inch of space above your picture! (I used CraftBond metallic gel pens - they show up really well on dark paper!)

(I ended up outlining my design with a black pen to help it pop on the dark paper.)

Now, get your X-ACTO self-healing mat and Gripster Craft Knife and cut around the top of your design (above the score).  Make sure you don't cut along the score, because then your placecard will fall apart!

When you've cut the whole "pop-up" length, carefully fold down along the score and away from the design.

Then, crease that last flap backwards.

Run the Elmer's Dot Runner along the small flap, and stick to the top flap to make a triangle.


If you don't have much room to store these, you can make them all up ahead of time, and don't glue them together until you need them. The Glue Dot Runner makes it super easy to stick them together easily and fast!

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