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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Novelty Prints on: September 02, 2019 06:49:26 AM
I love a good novelty print!

This is the color sample panel for Hoffman fabrics.


Doughnuts.  Because DOUGHNUTS. (Please notice how perfectly the print is matched at the front placket.)

Soda cans


Rainbow fish

Sparkly gummy bears



2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Succulent wreath on: September 02, 2018 09:51:26 AM

I happened to be in Michael's and saw these succulents in the 80% off bin.  I had a 12" extruded foam wreath on hand, which I covered with scrap fabric.  I used regular straight pins and a few u-shaped floral pins to attach the items to the wreath form. 
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Rose Wreath from Maps on: August 05, 2018 07:25:40 PM

I chose map pages that were mostly green (to wrap the wreath form); yellow, orange, and white. 

After cutting the flower pieces I inked them with yellow, orange, and pink. 

Before gluing, I pinned the flowers in place with corsage pins, and moved them about until I liked the arrangement.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Necktie Christmas Tree Skirt on: August 05, 2018 06:53:52 PM

I saw a necktie tree skirt online for $1200 and decided to give it a whirl.

Used 24 neckties, bought for .60 each at the thrift store.  

Drafted pattern in CorelDRAW.  I originally thought it was going to be some spirograph-like arrangement of circles, but ovals worked better.  I kept tweeking the curve and doing copy-paste-rotate until I liked what I saw.  Broke apart the curve into 8 pieces, added 1/4" seam allowance.  

For each piece, I cut fusible interfacing to the approximate shape and fused it to the back of the tie, then cut that piece.  Every piece was marked with its piece number and an X indicating the top of the piece.

After coming up with a preliminary layout on paper, I laid out all of the pieces on the floor and moved a few around to make a pleasing arrangement.

I sewed together the 8 pieces to make a curved strip, then 6 strips together.  

At that point I started getting worried that the circle wasn't going to meet exactly, but figured I had four seams,evenly distributed, to make adjustments to.  

So then, 6 strips and 6 strips sewed to each other to have the two halves of the tree skirt, and then the last two seams to finish.

Added a backing fabric, basting around the edges and then center.  

Who knew the fiddliest bit would be the binding?  I made continuous bias binding and swore a lot about so many dang points.

Here the edge is flipped back to show the backing fabric and the binding.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Crayon Box Pop Up Card on: July 05, 2018 11:46:29 AM
This is a card-in-a-box variation.  I originally made it as a 24th birthday card (24 brilliant years!) but I think it works better with two rows of crayons--16 crayons-- rather than 3 rows. 

Can be hand cut or machine cut.  I cut out each individual crayon tip separately but that is ENTIRELY unnecessary.  It's so much easier to print the entire row of crayons and cut them out.


Print and cut out box parts.

Glue together the open box "strut" that holds the crayons.

Print and cut out the crayons.

Center one short side of the strut on the side panel of the crayon box, aligning the top edge of the strut with the top edge of the crayon box.  It doesn't have to be perfectly centered on the side panel, just eyeball it.  Adhere.

Glue the crayons into the box strut.

Flatten the box and allow to dry.

When dry, adhere a second set of crayons to cover the white back.

Flip the crayons back to the right-hand side.  Spread glue on the short side of the strut, and on the long box flap.

Close the crayon box over the crayons, tucking the long flap under the front of the box. Flatten.

Adhere the printed box front to the card.

Print out a sentiment and add it to the back.  (I printed mine before cutting).

More specific instructions and cutting files available: https://www.extremepapercrafting.com/2016/02/crayon-box-pop-up-card.html
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mondrian Inspired Tri-Shutter Birthday Card on: June 05, 2018 05:04:14 PM
This birthday tri-shutter card features a Piet Mondrian inspired design of abstract rectangles in primary colors.

The inspiration?   Last summer I happened to watch the pilot of The Partridge Family--the one where they decide to form a band, and they paint the school bus?  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, poor you, you have no idea of the fabulousness of the Friday night tv line-up of the early 1970s).

This is what a tri-shutter card template looks like.  Black lines are to be cut, and red lines are folded.

Essentially, the card is divided vertically into 6 equal parts, with the center two pieces merged.
Here I have drawn pink lines to show those 6 equal parts.

The horizontal divisions do not need to be equal.

To assemble this, I cut the entire design from white card stock and left it adhered to the cutting mat from my Silhouette Cameo.  This created the framework.  I then removed rectangles as needed, and replaced them with the various colors.

In the next picture I've pulled out some of the white and replaced with yellow and black.

Once I had all the colors in place, I stuck the pieces together with painter's tape and removed the cutting mat... 

then pulled off the framework...

and glued the whole thing to a black backing card.

After the glue dried, I cut the card horizontally along the cutting lines and creased it on the vertical fold lines.
I cut white Happy Birthday! letters from adhesive vinyl and transferred them to the card.

This is what it looks like when folded flat for mailing.

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Succulents Birthday "Card" on: June 04, 2018 01:47:54 PM
 I made this 3D papercraft bouquet of succulent "flowers" as a Happy Birthday card for my daughter.

For all succulents:
cut the pieces, sponge on some ink, and curl the edges of the petals a little bit. Be generous with color.  Layer on greens and browns and highlight with red or white. White adds tremendous depth.

The circular flower-like succulents are made by stacking layers.

--Cut two sets of petal rounds for each "bloom".  Stack them to your liking.  You won't need every piece, and after gluing the stack use spare petals to fill in bare spots.
--Roll the smallest layer into a loose cone for the center.
--Use dimensional glue dots (foam) as your adhesive between the bigger layers to add height.

The purple trailing plant, which is cut as a long strip with leaves on both side, is wrapped and glued around thick floral wire or a skewer or toothpick or whatever you have.  Fill in bare spots with extra leaves.

The blue and the beige sprigs were a pain.  I glued them painstakingly, leaf by leaf, on a toothpick (beige) and small tube of paper (blue).  I'm sure there's a better way to make these.

The base/basket is 3" diameter styrofoam ball that I had covered with strips of wood grain paper.  The foot of the planter is a snap-together curtain grommet (left over from another crafty project) wrapped with the same paper strips. 

After your large succulent pieces are adhered and have dried, go back around and fill in empty spots with spare leaves. 

Free cutting files : http://www.extremepapercrafting.com/2017/06/paper-succulents.html
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Tree Pop Up Card Sliceform on: November 11, 2017 09:49:04 AM

Speeded up assembly video: https://youtu.be/DgUhQ6Uoqa4

Download free cutting files (SVG, PDF, Silhouette Studio) and view real time assembly videos here:

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Folded Book Art on: March 17, 2016 07:37:57 AM
Tried a couple different ways to make these.  The heart I made by stretching the pages and sketching directly on the page edges.  The apple I made with a stripe pattern, one stripe per book leaf (not "page"--there are two pages printed on each leaf  Cheesy ).   

I got the instructions from a video on Youtube called 
"Folded Book Art using Photoshop. Arte feito de Paginas Dobradas."
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / How to make a pleated star (or any shape) on: June 18, 2015 03:14:18 PM

There's a bit of reinventing the wheel to this project, but it was a result of my personal desire to figure out how to translate any shape into a pleated shape.
For my first attempts I made a heart and a star.  These two are about 3 inches across.

I also made tiny stars.

Easy to hand cut (there is a lot of scoring--but I did think to set the scores 1/4" apart which works well on a scoring board), or machine cut.  

Templates and tutorials for the heart and star here:

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