Saturday, November 15, 2008

Crafty fun night

My sister came over last night for a Christmas-craft night. The original plan was to make cinnamon-scented ornaments, but I let the dough dry out too much before we got around to working with it, so we did other things. While she cut out pieces for a little felt pig, I glittered and crackled some little ornament-shaped pieces. The crackling turned out realy cool - I used Crackle Accents from Ranger Ink on die-cuts from the Basic Grey Figgy Pudding set of papers.

Materials: Paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding; Ink: Versamark; Crackle Accents from Ranger Ink, glass glitter, heat gun

For the glittering, I covered an ornament with Versamark, then with heat-and-stick powder that I got from Stampin' Up. As soon as I heated that with my embossing gun, I moved the ornament to my powder/glitter tray and coated it with glass glitter - it's kind of pebbly but still tiny, and gives the finished product a really nice texture. I heated it again after that to set the glitter. This ornament just happened to coordinate really well with Papertrey's Aqua Mist ink, so I stamped a flourish from my favorite Fancy Pants set as a background. I like keeping this one really simple, since the glittered ornament is such a bold focal point.

Materials: Paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, Papertrey white; Ink: Versamark, Papertrey Aqua Mist; Stamps: Fancy Pants Pollen Dust; Ribbon: Papertrey Silver Sheer Metallic Edge; glass glitter

I also played around with some beading - I might make these into little hairpins to give someone as a stocking-stuffer.

Materials: Seed beads, pearl beads, wire

This isn't Christmasy, but I just had to do something with the Sassafras Lass papers and chipboard elements I picked up yesterday. They're so adorable! It took for-freaking-ever to weave the background for this card - I used to help my mom weave raw silk for these fancy-pants jackets and stuff, and it's actually not much easier to do it for a teeny tiny card front than it is for yards and yards of silk. I think it's a cute background for this little bunny, though. The set has a really interesting dichotomous theme of cute animals and office-y images like graph paper, bits of accounting books, and notebook-paper-style lines, so I picked up on the more utilitarian side and mounted the chipboard frame on plain notebook paper. This way, once I decide what occasion to use it for, I can just write in the sentiment.

Materials: Paper: Sassafras Lass "My Dearest," Papertrey white; Accents: notebook paper, Sassafras Lass chipboard sticker shapes


Anonymous said...

Very cute and clever. The silk weaving sounds fun. Did your mom pay you?

Bonnie said...

She did - it was a great way to make some extra money.