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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Musical Ornament - with Tut on: December 13, 2015 04:10:51 PM
I recently posted music based ornaments here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442142.0

Now the tut! These were quite easy and I really am pleased with the results. I've gotten very nice feedback from friends and craftsters.



You can probably make these ornaments from supplies on hand. Using different lace and embellishments will give them a different look. These would make lovely Valentines Day decorations with pink and red lace, 4th of July with red, white and blue bunting rosettes or a wonderful birthday card with someones favorite music or a page from a favorite book.

You will need:
- Sheet music, or scanned and printed copies - copy paper is fine. You could also use old novels, old advertisements, dictionary pages, old newspaper, or hand write a love letter. The music I used was very fragile, very old, so I scanned and printed copies.
- Decorative paper, wrapping paper, or make them with music on both sides. (If the paper is thin, add an additional sheet of copy paper between the layers.)
- Glue - I used spray glue and tacky glue
- Paper cutter or exacto knife
- Scissors
- Hole punch
- Embroidery floss, ribbon, or string
- Lace
- Embellishments buttons, medallions, beads, cut paper circles, painted bottle caps.

The ornaments are 4 inches in diameter. You can make any size, just  make sure that the paper strip is 2 times longer than the widthif you dont, it wont make a complete circle. trust me, I tested it, you can skimp by about inch,  but not much more.
Cut the sheet music to 4 x 8. I like the music running horizontally along the longer edge.



Cut a strip of decorative paper the same size. Glue the music to the decorative paper, music on one side, decorative print on the other. I used spray glue to get a good bond. Distress the edges if you like.



Score the paper across the short width at inch intervals. I used a scoring board, but you could fold by hand. Then fold the paper like a paper fan.

Locate the middle of the folded paper and punch holes through the center. Try to punch in the exact center so your ends meet up. Thread floss through the holes and tie securely.



Fan out the paper with each side making a half circle. Run a bead of tacky glue down the edges where they meet and clamp together until dry.



While the glue is drying, take a piece of lace and paint it with slightly diluted gold craft paint. Painting the lace makes it a bit stiffer, but that actually makes the ornament sturdier.  If the lace is not gathered, use about a 14 to 16 piece. If it is already gathered, use about 8.  Let the lace dry.



Once everything is dry, sew the ends of the lace together and gather into a rosette. You can attach to the center of the ornament by sewing through the paper. Then sew a button or other embellishment to the center. Add tacky glue under the lace or button if it seems a bit loose.



Punch a hole in the ornament at the edge where you glued two sides together and thread a length of floss through and tie. Lovely.
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Musical holiday ornaments - now with link to tut on: December 12, 2015 02:54:33 PM
I like to send my kids and grandkids ornaments for Christmas. We don't really exchange gifts anymore, I just send fudge, Christmas crack, chex mix, pajamas (family tradition, everyone needs new pjs for Christmas morning!) and an ornament. But the selections this year were just not making me happy. Too commercial or too ordinary. So I made a few. These are for the grownups in the family. And it's been so warm here in Connecticut, it's not even feeling like Christmas.

They are 4" in diameter, Chirstmas music glued to a stiffer patterned backing with 1/2 inch fan folds. I distressed the paper before and after folding. I painted some lace gold, gathered it and added button embellishments. Simple and sweet. See tut here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442162.0

23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Old Man Forest protecting the woods on: December 08, 2015 07:29:21 AM
In the recent November Dotee swap the theme was color. My partner mentioned earth tones...yum! So meet Old Man Forest.

His innards are a recycled toilet paper roll. His face is a prototype soft sculpture that didn't quite work for the original project. I painted his face and added red crystal eyes. He grew a beard of moss green/brown roving. I had this very strange brown/black fabric that I quilted and covered the base, leaving extra at the top and bottom to turn into roots and branches. The branches are wrapped around good old pipe cleaners.

Then a bit of embellishing with yarn, beads, mushrooms and more moss.

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Branching out - Spirit Dolls on: November 22, 2015 01:00:43 PM
More spirit dolls. They are growing, getting bigger. I made new faces to accommodate the larger size. A bit more earth mother. I use polymer clay and then finish with a glimmer finish made of clear shoe polish and cheap, dollar store eye shadow. I can mix and blend colors to get the look I want.

I donate them to a holiday fair to benefit our church and it's fun to watch how they reach out and grab someone. Each doll speaks to someone special.

25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Zoologie Baby Quilt! Wild and Wonderful on: November 03, 2015 02:19:52 PM
I bought this Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie jelly roll from Craftsy to make a baby quilt for my niece's baby. I simply fell in love with it. I added a red polka dot as the main fabric and went to town.

I kept it simple, creating 12 inch/3 strip blocks with the birds as the center block. The fabrics were so busy, I didn't want to make them any smaller or lose the wonderful birds. I did a simple "stitch in the ditch" around each square, then hand tied the center of each square with red floss. It's so warm and cozy I don't want to send it off.

I made some bibs and a crinkly block with the bits left over.

I has taken me 3 months, due to other fun things to do like vacation and work and the outdoors. But here is the finished product.

26  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Day of the Dead Skull Gourds on: November 03, 2015 05:56:40 AM
I grew birdhouse gourds one summer and have had several rattling around my basement for years. They take up space and roll all over! I have used them one by one for crafts, but the last 5 were just annoying me.

So, with a few layers of paint, a cup hook or three, and a saw (for the bowls) I transformed them into......Day of the Dead Skulls! Few people recognized them as gourds with the paint and hanging them upside down.

I sketched the faces in pencil, then painted the bright colors. The first two gourds I outlined in black paint, but with Halloween approaching, I used Sharpies on the last one and it worked just great! Much faster and easier. We will see what it looks like next year. I find that sharpies can bleed over time. For the full effect see http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441356.0



Here's a shot of the naked gourds. Lovely with their mold spots and variations.



Here's one after several coats of paint. I should have done a base sealer coat of shellac, but I do like the slight discolorations coming through the white paint. Makes them a bit creepier.



These are the bowls after a coat or two of shellac. They show the lovely patterns the curing process left. The insides are also coated with several coats of shellac. Caution: Always wear a face mask when sawing or sanding with gourds. The dust is not good for you.





See http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441356.0 for more on the costume.
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Day of the Dead is coming after you on: November 02, 2015 12:07:08 PM
Our church did a Trunk or Treat this year so my trusty Matrix received a make over to DAY OF THE DEAD!

I constructed the hat out of posterboard, an old pair of black pants (I couldn't find enough plain black fabric in my stash), and red pom pom trim. The mask was downloaded from the internet and hand colored (I grew short on time!). The rest of the outfit was straight from my closet.

I painted up some birdhouse gourds to keep me company and cut tissue paper garland for a festive look. I ran the lights from a Diehard battery charger. The candy bowls are missing in this pic, but were cut from the gourds and painted with shellac. I included a pic...we ate ALL the candy!

Come and have fun!


28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wild Woman of the forest Ninni!!! on: October 15, 2015 05:36:05 PM
She's wild, she's untamed, she's a forest dweller, she's a ninni!

For the Fall Ninni Swap I created a wild woman of the forest. Her hair is wild, her cloak is torn and dirty, her bag is full of rocks and acorns. Watch out or she'll hex you!

Check out the Fall Ninni Swap http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440842.0

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "Jacquotte" The Fierce Female Pirate on: October 15, 2015 04:49:12 PM
Dotees are so much fun. No arms, no legs, just all personality. Meet "Jacquotte". She's gone to live with blupaisan and to sail the stormy seas.

She has a sword, a pirate hat with a feather, and masses of red hair. But her lacy under skirt reveals her soft side. Watch out, she will sink your ship. And check out the Sept. Monthly Dotee swap. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440774.0

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quick dry wallet and gadget bags on: September 06, 2015 06:00:24 PM
With a trip to the rainy Pacific Northwest looming, I wanted to make some quick items.

First was a wallet. I love these simple little wallets, but the one I have is falling apart and made of cotton, which would never dry if it got wet. So I made several of these for my sweetie and me.

Then I made gadget bags to protect my gadgets. One is for my phone and the other is for my book reader. All from left over ripstop and nylon camping fabric. Hence the green and brown. I made a bunch of camping bags several years ago.



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