Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sketch Pad- Journal For A Male Teacher

Hi, Crafty Peeps!
Just a quick post to share a sketch pad journal I created for my grandson's art teacher.  I obsessed over this gift because giving a craft project to an art teacher is a little intimidating.
I wanted to create a sketch pad journal that was small enough for him to slip into his backpack (I saw him walking from the academy campus one day) and yet large enough for him to create a decent-sized working sketch of his characters.   A few years ago, my husband gave me a bunch of 11x17 Canvas sheets.  They had a clear adhesive back and I used them for a variety of bookbinding projects.  I had originally intended to create a faux leather cover but determined that this canvas would be better because he can personalize it with his characters.
I used a heavyweight chipboard to reinforce the cover.  I did not reinforce the spine.  I wanted that to be flexible.  I found in my scrap bin a sheet from G45's Couture Collection (retired) that gave me the masculine look I wanted.  I also found in that scrap pile a single sheet of swiss dotted paper that I thought would create the perfect tension with the color of the cover and the G45 DSP.  Since the theme is "Imagine," I also added a Tim Holtz Philosophy Tag. 

To create the sketch pads, I cut oversized drawing paper down to the two sizes I wanted to use.  Rather than attach the pad to the righthand side, I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to stain a piece of chipboard and created a pocket for it to slide into.  Finally, I created a matching cover for a 3"x5" notepad.
I really love the look of the umbrella man on this project.  
My grandson tells me that his teacher was "impressed" with my work and commented that he sees where the talent comes from.  Actually, it comes from his Zaidy who is the real artist in the family but Mr. A. doesn't really need to know that!😄

Thanks for Stopping By
*I am citing Helmuth Sticky Back Canvas Sheets, however, the sheets I used were 11"x17".  I don't know where my husband purchased them and I could not find that size on line.  You could, however, join two of the 8-1/2"x11" sheets to create the size you need!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Teacher Gift Ensemble - Trimcraft Papers

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
     Each year I promise myself that I will create very simple gifts for teachers at my grandson's homeschool academy.  I think I was successful in doing that this year. 
     I am even more proud of myself for finally using a First Edition paper collection "Sweet Owl" that I have been holding on to since 2011.  With the completion of these end of the year projects, I painlessly achieved my goal of stash reduction in 2019.  It has been fairly easy "not spending" money on crafts and I plan to continue to limit my spending in 2020.  Using a stash can force creativity and take one into unexpected directions. 
My photography does not do justice to this beautiful "glittered" paper. Not only are these papers beautifully embossed and glittered, but they also come with companion "flat" papers.  Each premium pack contains thirty-two 6x6 inch double-sided sheets in eight designs, sixteen 6x6 inch single-sided spot UV sheets in four designs, eight 6x6 inch foil design sheets and eight 6x6 inch glitter effect design sheets in two designs (four of each design). 
This shot gives a better picture of the wonderful details in this DSP.

 I was so happy with the outcome of my tag and hidden paper clip bookmarker (using scrap gold cardstock.)  I also used scraps to cut the sentiments.
 I included an extra note pad and mini pencil in each bag!


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Shopping Our Stash - Happy Holidays - Retro Snowman

 Hello, Crafty Peeps!
Finally finished creating Christmas Cards for my favorite 
Sister-In-Law.  This perfect timing for our final challenge of the year at Shopping Our Stash!
I don't know why I like this little snowman so much.  Maybe, just maybe, it is because he looks so retro.  


Stuff I Used

Monday, December 2, 2019

A Place To Start Challenge- Happy Holidays: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza,etc.

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
I had every intention of including a tutorial for this K-Cup Holder/Tote.  Lisa Rojas, over at Bella Crafts, live-streamed a similar project last Wednesday but that required purchasing an SVG file.  I wanted to make a few modifications, I am really trying to stick to my craft diet, and I really enjoy building my projects from scratch, so I tweaked it a little for my needs.  I plan to make another one with a slight modification so I will have to include the tutorial with that project!  Chanukah is an eight-day celebration, so I have seven more projects to complete.  I should be able to work a tutorial in there somewhere! 
I planned to use a Chanukiah as my focal, but this large Gelt combined with the banner has more visual appeal.
I wanted a more finished look for the handles, so used silver die-cuts for the exterior and white card for the interior.
I asked "The Hubster" to save all of his empty spice jars.
These two were the "Spice Island®" brand which has a beige and brown top.  I covered the caps with Gesso and then applied two coats of Inka~Gold™Silver wax and then buffed to a shine.
The jar on the left holds Chanukah Candles.  The Jar on the right holds Chanukah Gelt.  I may add labels to the bottles.
I just love My 3D Dreidel!
(Wrap it up/Tie it Up, and Share with Artsy Stamper)
DARE TO 2B ARTZY  - Holiday Fun

Stuff I Used:
American Crafts Christmas 6 x 6 Paper Pad Marine
Delicate Stitched Satin Christmas Colors Assortment RESTOCKED!
Design Bundles™
Happy Hanukkah Digital Scrapbooking Collection example image 1