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361  Stenciled Heart Shirt - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by jillybeans on: April 16, 2012 09:33:22 AM
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Stenciled Heart Shirt - featuring Elmer's products

I made myself a sassy new freezer paper stenciled shirt last night!  And you can have one, too!  First off, download and print off the design that I made from the bottom of this post. (You'll need to be logged in to see it!)

For the first step, you will need your print-out of the design, freezer paper, a pencil, and either a window or a lightbox.  Pull out a piece of freezer paper that is large enough to cover the design.  The roll of freezer paper that I have is rather large, so after I pulled out some, I have to cut it down so that I don't have an overly large piece of paper to work with.  I purchased my roll of freezer paper from Wal-Mart, but most grocery stores sell it.  They will be with the wax paper and tin foil.  It was on the bottom shelf and I almost missed it when I was looking for it.

Place the image under your freezer paper with the shiny side of the freezer paper facing down.  (The shiny side is what will be ironed onto the shirt later and has the wax that will make it stick.)  Then trace the design using a pencil and your window or lightbox.  (I have an old x-ray viewing lightbox from my work that is quite big and bulky, but it works great for my purposes.)

Once your design is all traced out onto your freezer paper, grab your X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife and Self-Healing Cutting Mat and CAREFULLY (that knife is SHARP!) cut out the hearts.  I love how sharp the tip of the craft knife is, it goes through the paper so easily.  And the mat is the perfect size for a project like this.  It protects my table, and since its not overly huge, its easy to store and travel with.

Its up to you whether or not you want to keep the hearts you cut out, but you won't be needing them for this project.  You might be able to use them for a future project where you dab the paint around them after they are ironed on.  Could be rather cute!

At the end you should have a stencil that looks like this.

Grab yourself a plain t-shirt.  I found mine in my dresser drawer.  Its just a plain ol' work out shirt. (gasp, I have a plain shirt in the house!  I know, its hard to believe.)  Iron on your stencil, using the highest non-steam setting on your iron (mine is number 3, I believe).  I aligned my stencil as close to the top right of the shirt as I could get without the hearts being on the collar.  I like my designs to be off centered.  Most times they are on the bottom and sides of my shirts.  I'm just quirky that way.  But you can place your design wherever you like it best!

Before you start adding paint, slip a piece of cardboard inside the shirt.  This will keep the paint from soaking into the back of the shirt and give you a nice surface for applying paint.  Grab a sea sponge.  You can get these as most craft stores and are reusable so long as you wash off your paint afterwards.  To make them soft to use, just rinse with water and then dry off with a towel.  Using your softened and dried sea sponge, dab on your first color of fabric paint or even acrylic paint with fabric medium mixed in.  Apply your paint to a 1/3 of the design at an angle.

Make sure to rinse off your sponge in between colors!

Next, to add a little fun to the shirt, I grabbed my light purple paint pen from my Painters Sherbet Swirl set.  I drew in a little heart on the bottom left heart.  The pen soaks into the shirt, so it took a few layers before I got the little heart to the color I wanted.  

And here's what you get!

The shirt almost has an 80's feel to it, so I believe this next picture is required:
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362  ATC Bases - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by jillybeans on: April 16, 2012 09:31:40 AM
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ATC Bases - featuring Elmer's products

Here is a fast and easy way to make up some ATC bases! (If you aren't sure what an ATC is, this will help.) These ATC blanks are perfect starting points for creating ATCs.  Once you have them done, all you need to do is embellish and decorate!  Having a pile of these bad boys done will save you time in the future, so you can just grab one and start the fun!  Once decorated, you can keep your little works of art, or trade them in our Ongoing ATC Swap!

To start, make yourself a template that is ATC sized (2.5" by 3.5") using an old food packaging box (like a cracker box) or other thick paper.  For mine, I used a back of an old greeting card (I used the front for a different project and kept the left over parts to use for ATC bases).  X-ACTO's 9" Paper Trimmer has a wonderful measuring area on it, which makes it so it it easy to mark your desired size and then cut away! (Watch out, it's super sharp, too!  Great for cutting thick paper, but not great for your fingers, so keep 'em away!)

Once you have a template, it will make marking the size for your other papers super easy!

These ATC bases that I made have three layers to them.  They have an old book page on top, an old card or food packaging box in the middle, and a piece of scrapbooking paper on the back.  The end result will be a nice and sturdy ATC!

So gather your supplies of old cards or food packaging boxes, scraps of scrapbooking paper, and book pages.  I like to use light colored scrapbooking paper for the back so that its pretty on the back as well on the front, and so that when you write your vital information on the back it stands out better.  Using your ATC template, mark the size you need  to cut on your different papers and cut out however many ATCs you want to make.  Its great to premake a bunch of these and then you will have them on hand and save you time in the future.  

Grab your handy dandy Elmer's Craftbond All Purpose Glue Stick and apply it to one side of your middle piece and then apply your bookpage to it, trying to get it aligned as best as you can.  Do the same to the other side of your middle piece and apply your scrapbook paper.

Now that you have your three pieces of paper smooshed and glued together, its time to make 'em fancy! Elmer's Designer Tape is such a fast and easy way to add some flare to your projects.  They come in so many different varieties of patterns to choose from!  

Grab whichever Designer Tape appeals to you and add a length of tape to one edge, making sure that only half of of the width is on the one side.  (Can you tell what old book I'm using for this project? hehe)

Fold over the tape to the back and cut off the extra length that is hanging off the sides.  I'm using X-ACTO 5" Precision Tip Scissors.  They are super sharp and great for these small projects!  Go around each edge and do the same thing; add a length of tape, apply it halfway and fold over the edge, and cut off the extra.

Here is the front and back of the final result!  Cute, huh?

Once you have your lovely pile of ATC bases, you can embellish to your heart's desire!  Stamp it, add paper and other embellishments, paint it, whatever!  BTW Elmer's Craftbond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen is great for adding embellishments (like jewels and buttons) and Painter's Paint Pens work wonders at adding backgrounds and designs (and they come in so many wonderful colors, too!).
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363  Making Old Cards New Again! - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by jillybeans on: April 16, 2012 09:29:12 AM
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Making Old Cards New Again! - featuring Elmer's products

I've been wanting to make some of the old greeting cards that I've received over the years into new greeting cards.  It's kinda a great feeling to make old useless things new and purposeful again.

I started with a selection of old greeting cards from my stash.

Using my Elmer's 9" Paper Trimmer, I cut out the imagine from the card.  This trimmer is super sharp and great for smaller projects, like cards. (Side note: If you are an ATCer, keep the leftover pieces of the old card.  They work great for ATC bases!)

I rounded the corners of the card image with Elmer's Corner Rounder Punch.

To give the plain new cards some interest on the background, I applied Elmer's Designer Tape and cut off the extra with some scissors.  This is such a fast and easy way to easily decorate the background of a card.

To make the old card image pop on the new card, I put on Elmer's Foam Mounting Tape.

Tada!  New card!

You can also add embellishments and borders to the card images, to spice 'em up!
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364  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 01:05:56 PM
I feel ya, kookaloo!  I've been soooooo busy!  I just not finally got a chance to hop over here and thought I'd share with you what I made my two partners (Teachart and redstar13) in the IYP20 swap (both packages were made in March)!

Here is what I sent to redstar13:

Bookmarks, headbands, felted and regular soap, a yard of flannel fabric, flower hair clips (I think one of them didn't make it into the group photo), a bejeweled key brooch, a cowl, and a vintage key necklace.  Some of this finally have their own posts:

And for teachart:

A Beatles wall hanging, an extra Beatles patch, a bookmark, felted and regular soap, two freezer paper stenciled t-shirts, and some fabric to make TM patches.

The Beatles wall hanging has its own post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407021.0

I also made some brooches for my sister's birthday in March:

Their post is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407023.0

I've also been doing ATCs, like normal, but I don't have those posted yet.  ^_^  I'll have some more projects to share next week when I get all their pictures uploaded.  I've been away from here, but definitely non-stop with the crafting.  hehe
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365  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 12:46:57 PM
I received some hilarious ATCs from Teamama this week for my Non-Curse Words theme!

Teamama knows all about non-curse words, being a bus driving and working at a church.  They are so colorful, and they are on wonderful sturdy and thick cardstock!  She even sent me some ATC blanks, as well!  Woot!

Thanks Teamama!  <3
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366  Flower Headbands and Hair Clips in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 12:42:20 PM
I've done something similar to these before, but I swear I never tire of making them.  They always turn out so beautiful!  When redstar13 asked me to be her partner in the Invite Your Partner Round 20 Swap and I did some stalking and found her love for hair accessories, I knew I needed to turn some out for her.

Purple and black flower with a pretty button in the middle (I clipped the shank off it so it would glue in easier).  I got the plain headband from JoAnn's, and glued on the sequin and jewels.  The flower is made from polester lining that is cut into circles and then the edges are singed and curled by holding it over a flame.  There is an awesome tutorial on how to make these flowers here on crafster, posted by barbolot.  It can be found here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318808.0

This one has lace that I glued on first, and feathers!  Yay feathers!

Hair clips!  The one on the left is a metal hair clip, and the one on the right is a bobby pin.  This bobby pin is made for applying things to it because it has a circle welded onto the pin which gives you a base to work with.  I got mine from JoAnn's. 

And here is a brooch that I sent off as an extra for Teachart, my other wonderful partner in the IYP20 swap:

It has a metal pin back hot glued to the back of it, and the same button as the first headband.  (I believe it was a two pack when I bought the buttons from JoAnns).

Thanks for looking!
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367  Loom Knitted Cowl in Knitting: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 12:13:21 PM
Hi there!  I made this cowl for my wonderful partner, redstar13, in the Invite Your Partner Swap Round 20.  I used Loops & Threads Country Loom Yarn in the "Kiss Me" color.  Its so soft, and thick, too!  I used my rectangular Knifty Knitter loom.  The cowl is 10 pegs wide.

I used magnetic clasps, which makes the buttons on the top purely decorative.  I applied the magnetic clasps to felt and then used Heat N Bond to apply it the cowl.

Action shot!:

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
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368  Brooches (aka Shirt Bling) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 11:30:47 AM
My little sister found a shirt that she loved while shopping.  It was basically a plain black shirt with a low neckline, but its main appeal was the brooch on it that had a bow and some dangly pearls and chain.  She took one look at that thing, took a picture, sent it to me and told me it was my next project.  Lol!  She knows me far too well.  ^_^  She calls 'em shirt bling.  hehe

So here are the ones I made for her.

And here is what they look like being worn:

Each is on a regular pin back applied to the flower/bow with hot glue.  The pin back has three holes, so the beads were tied off onto the holes and the wire was attached using jump rings.

Definitely an easy way to amp up a plain shirt and make it fancier!  I think I will need to be making some for myself.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
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369  The Beatles Wall Hanging in Needlework: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 11:19:51 AM
My wonderful partner, Teachart, in the Invite Your Partner Swap Round 20, has a love of all things The Beatles!  I desperately wanted to make her something TM styled, but I wasn't sure what until my awesome husband told me I should go with a Beatles theme.  Smart man!  Abbey Road seemed the best route.

TADA!  As you can see they are basically huge TM patches sewed together.  They are about the size of a sheet a paper each.  To make this, I printed each Beatle out on a piece of paper.  I first applied Heat N Bond to the fabric I was using for the Beatle.  Using a lightbox and a water-soluble pen I trace the design onto the fabric and then cut out the design.  It worked well this way because then I didn't have to pin the huge image onto the main fabric and I didn't have to worry about fraying.  I knew it would just lay down flat!  It does make it super stiff, too.  It was definitely harder to stitch threw, but I only went around the edges of the design and didn't do a bunch of stitching inside, so it was ok.  I definitely wouldn't recommend using the Heat N Bond if you are going to be doing a lot of stitching inside the area.  I also used fusible batting for inside. 

Oh, and I made this last patch with every intention of tacking it onto the bottom, but ended up not liking the looks of it with it on there.  So I just sent it along as an extra.  ^_^

The words are freezer paper stenciled on with fabric paint and then I did stitching around it.

Thanks for looking!
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370  Re: IYP 20 Winter Chillin Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 10:52:49 AM
I thought I'd share a few pictures so everyone can see the hair accessories I sent to redstar13 better.  I so love making those types of flowers, as you can tell.  ^_^

Wow, Luckdragon!  That is one amazing package you sent!!!  I'm so in love with the tape measure bag!!
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