Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Fun Flag

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop featuring products from Oly-Fun fabric. I had never used this product before, but now I am in love. It cuts beautifully with no fraying, is light-weight and comes in a great variety of colors. No need to stitch it on my sometimes-it-works-sometimes-it-doesn't sewing machine. I just used my old stand-by, Beacon FabriTak to put this together in an afternoon.

Here's how I did it:

Oly-Fun Fabric
Purple, 23" x 36"
Yellow, 1/2 yard
White, 1/2 yard
Green, 1/4 yard
Ribbon, 48" (Offray)
Fabric Adhesive (Beacon Fabri-Tak)
Vive Décor Pearl Pens, Sunny Yellow, Gold, White
Scissors, paper for pattern

Note: If your flag will be visible from both sides, you will need to double the amount of yellow and white fabric.

Draw a pattern for the large flower petals and cut five or more as desired.

Cut one large yellow circle (12-14") and two small ones (6-8"), 6 small yellow triangles, 2" x 3", and five green strips, 2" x 8".

Arrange all the elements except the green strips until you are happy with the arrangement.

Adhere the pieces with Fabri-Tak, beginning with the flower petals. Carefully trim the center of the flower so that very little is under the yellow center, then adhere both small yellow circles, one on top of the other. Trim any excess along the edges.

Adhere the large circle at the upper left, trim the edges and then add the triangles.

Apply Sunny Yellow Viva Décor Pearl Pen in a random scribble around the flower center. Apply Gold Viva Décor Pearl Pen on top of the yellow.

Dot Ice White Viva Décor Pearl Pen around the flower petals and Sunny Yellow Viva Décor Pearl Pen around the sun and triangles, adding dots descending from the triangle points.

Adhere the green tabs with Fabri-Tak equally spaced across the top of the banner, attaching to the back as well. Make sure the tab folds are the same distance from the top of the banner so that it will hang straight.

Attach ribbon with FabriTak across the top and at the bottom of the green tabs.

Hang it up and enjoy it all summer long!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Garden Flag

Welcome to another Designer Crafts Connection blog hop featuring Ann Butler's Background Basics Stamps and her line of Colorbox Crafter's Inks, all from Clearsnap.

I have had several of Ann's stamp designs, including my all-time favorite alphabet, and a selection of her bright ink colors for a couple of years, but when I received her newest stamps and colors, I developed a new-found appreciation for her products. Not only are the stamps red rubber on a firm foam cushion, but the ink pads are juicy, juicy, juicy. I think I'm in love!

I've been wanting custom garden flag for a long time, but never got around to making one. I have this beautiful mail box and address holder that my sweet friend Donna Lee gave us for Christmas a few years ago, but our driveway is long, and our mailbox is in my neighbor's yard across the street. I just painted our address on the placard and stuck it in my front flower bed, which is actually a sea of monkey grass. The sign had faded and was in need of updating.

I rejuvenated the whole thing and added my new flag, all with Ann's products and a little help from Beacon Fabri-Tak adhesive.

Here's how:

Ann Butler's Background Basics Stamps, 3" (Colorbox)
Ann Butler's Crafter's Inks, Blueberry, Tangelo, Sunshine, Lilac and Canyon (Colorbox)
Canvas-type fabric, 13" x 20"
Fat Quarter, cut to 3" x 21" (two), 13" x 3" (two) and 6" x 3" (five) (Quick Cuts, available at Walmart)
Large Buttons, 5
Fabri-Tak Permanent Adhesive (Beacon)
Computer generated letter, 8" x 10"
Spray Adhesive (3M)
Permanent marker (Sharpie)
Pearl Pen, Black, Viva Décor)
Scissors, masking tape, ruler, iron, needle and thread, chalk pencil, sponges

1. Mark the vertical center of the canvas with the chalk pencil.

2. Using Canyon and Blueberry inks and beginning in the center, stamp four 3" quilt square stamps down the center of the fabric, alternating colors and allowing the points to touch on the line.

Tip: Mark the horizontal center and place the tip of the first block at this point. Stamp the second right above it. Complete the last two stamps top and bottom and your stamps will be centered vertically and horizontally.

3. Stamp the horizontal rows lining up the corners.

Tip: Mark the horizontal lines after you have stamped the first vertical row if you are unsure about your placement.

4. Heat set the inks using an iron and pressing cloth or a heat tool.

5. Sponge the buttons with Tangelo and Blueberry inks and heat set. Set aside.

Tip: Remember to heat set your inks each time you add more.

6. Tape off the edges of the stamp blocks and sponge all blocks, beginning with Lilac ink in the center and Sunshine and Tangelo inks, on the edges, blending the colors a little. Use the edge of the sponge or a make-up applicator to lightly add Blueberry ink to the block edges. Remove the masking tape and heat set the inks.

7. Fold 3" x 21" and 13" x 3" to make 1 1/2" wide strips. Fold the edges under 1/4" on the long sides. Apply Fabri-Tak to the edges to hold them in place. Run a strip of adhesive along the fold on the short pieces and attach them to the top and bottom of the flag, pushing the flag edge right up to the fold. Apply Fabri-Tak to the front and back edges and adhere to the flag.

8. Turn under one end of the long strips 1/4" and adhere with Fabri-Tak. Apply Fabri-Tak to the center fold of each strip and, lining up the finished edge at the bottom of the flag, attach the strips to each side of the flag. Trim the top edge if necessary, fold it under 1/4" so it's flush with the top and adhere with Fabri-Tak.

9. Fold the edges all around on the five 3" x 6" strips  and fold the sides in to make a 1 1/4" wide tab. Mark five equidistant spots along the top of the flag, apply Fabri-Tak and place one edge of the tabs about 1/8" from the bottom of the trim edge. Stitch the buttons in place, then fold the remaining tab edge to the back. Apply Fabri-Tak and adhere in place, making sure the folds are properly aligned.

10. Print out your letter on standard printer paper and adhere it to a piece of chipboard.

Tip: I wanted my letter fatter, but the font I wanted to use, Harrington, did not come in bold. I just drew an additional 1/4" around the letter before cutting it out.

11. Tape the letter down with masking tape.

12. Use a permanent marker to trace the letter onto the stamped fabric.

Tip: Be careful to keep your marker moving so that your fabric doesn't absorb too much ink.

12. Place masking tape along the edges to mask out the background.

13. Sponge Lilac ink onto the letter body, then use the edge of your sponge to blend Blueberry ink along the edges. Remove the tape and heat set the ink.

14. Apply black Pearl Pen dots 3/16" apart all around the letter.

My address placard, originally painted with pastel acrylic paint, had faded, so I sponged the inside of the numbers with Canyon, Sunshine and Tangelo, then used a flat brush with a little bit of water to add Blueberry ink around the edges.

Tip: If you need to weaken your ink intensity, either smoosh the pad onto a palette made from a piece of wax paper or barely touch your damp brush to the side edge of the pad to keep your colors intense for a long time.

I think we will enjoy this flag for a long time. I also look forward to creating more seasonal flags using Ann Butler's wonderful products!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Celebrate Summer Pocket Card

Summer’s here, and what better way to celebrate than with this sweet little surprise for your favorite gardener? This is a wonderful little happy to cheer someone up, tuck into a gift bag or offer an extra-special thank you, and this little pocket card is not only pretty, it contains a nice surprise.

You can make this in 30 minutes or less so it’s a pleasure to give. Make several at one time to have on hand when you need a special little something at the last minute.

Here’s how:

  • Kool Tak™ Dimensional Foam Squares, 1/4” x 1/4” x 1/8
  • Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear Adhesive, 1/4”
  • Card stock, textured , 8 1/2” x 11” (Graphic 45 Coordinations), and cream, 3” x  4” (Stampin’Up®)
  • Patterned paper or card stock scraps, 3 5/8” x 4 5/8” and 3 3/8” x 4 3/8”
  • Colored pencil, green (Prismacolor)
  • Ribbon, gold, 1/2” x 8” and green, 1/2” x 28”
  • Flower Punch
  • Circle Punch, 1”
  • Cropadile or long reach hole punch, 1/8”
  • Distress Ink, Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
  • Pearl Pen (Viva Décor)
  • Flower seed packets

  • Tools: Scissors, paper cutter with scoring blade, small flat paint brush, sponges

Refer to the template below and use it as a guide to cut and score the textured card stock.

Apply 1/4” Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear Adhesive vertically along 2 1/2”side flap and horizontally along bottom flap.

Fold the bottom flap up and remove the release paper. Fold the 2” flap toward the center and adhere it to the bottom flap.

 Fold the 2 1/2” flap toward the center, remove the release paper and adhere it to the right and bottom flaps.
Note: This is the front of the card. The added papers will cover the seams.

Punch a half circle at the center top opening. Sponge the edges with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

Sponge the edges of the printed papers with Distress Inks and attach them to the card front with 1/4” Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear Adhesive.

On the cream card stock, mark the center of the card about 1 1/2 from the top, then mark a spot 3/8 om either side and punch two holes with the Cropadile.

Draw flower stems with the flat brush, dipping it onto the green stamp pad and brushing down from about 1 1/2 from the top of the cream card stock. Blend more color into the stems with the green colored pencil.

 Punch two holes on either side of the stems, just below the 1 1/2 mark and thread the gold ribbon through from back to front. Tie the ribbon in a bow across the drawn stems.

Punch the flowers from the card stock scraps, sponge the edges with Distress inks and adhere the flowers to the cream card stock at the top of the stems with 1/4” Kool Tak™ Dimensional Foam Squares.

Tip: If your card stock scraps are not quite the shade you want, just press them into the ink pads to make the colors blend with the overall appearance of the card.
Use the Pearl Pen to add centers to the flowers.

Wrap the green ribbon around the seed packets, top to bottom, and tie a bow at the top. Slip it inside the pocket with the bow showing at the half-circle cutout.

That’s it. Quick and easy-peasy. You’ll want to make several of these to have on hand when you need a sweet little something to tuck in a gift bag or just to give on it’s own. Your friends will remember you all summer long when they see the beautiful addition you gave them for their garden.

Tip: Change up the color scheme and slip cocoa, popcorn or tea bags in a Glassine envelope in the pocket for seasonal gifts.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Proud to Be an American

I love the latest stamps from KellyCraft featuring the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. They are such characters, so typical of southerners.

One thing I really love about this family is their love of our country, so I decided to make this card featuring Willie Robertson using some of my Makin's Air Dry Clay star embellishments that I made with bits and pieces of leftover clay from another project. As a matter of fact, all the pieces in this card are from leftovers. Pieces of paper and card stock that were too big to throw away have been inked to blend with my burgundy, navy and beige color scheme. The jute is left from a long-ago project that I don't even remember. The phrase stamp is a retired stamp from Stampin'Up!® that I have always loved.

Here's how I made it:

  • KellyCraft Jimbo Lojik Acrylic Stamps (Duck Commander Clear Polymer, Set 1)
  • Mason Jar die (Eileen Hull for Sizzix) 
  • Makin's White Air Dry Clay
  • Makin's Clay Star Cutter, small
  • Scraps of blue, burgundy, tan and cream card stock
  • Scraps of printed card stock
  • Distress Inks, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
  • Dye Ink, Cranberry
  • Jute, approximately 10"
  • Patriotic phrase stamp
  • Sponges
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Large Glue Dot, cut into quarters

1. Roll Makin's Air Dry White Clay to 1/8" thick, cut with the smallest star cutter and allow to dry overnight.

Tip: When you are working on any project with Makin's Air Dry Clay, you will always have a few leftover bits and pieces. Use these in clay mold, with clay cutters or just shape them into freehand roses, spirals, etc. When you need an embellishment, you'll already have something on hand. The clay can be mixed with acrylic paint to change colors or painted after drying.

2. Cut blue card stock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and fold to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Ink the edges with Faded Jeans ink.

3. Cut blue printed card stock to 5 1/4" x 4". Ink the edges with Faded Jeans ink. Cut another piece 3 1/2" x 1 1/2",  and ink with Faded Jeans ink.

4. Cut burgundy card stock to 5" x 3 3/4" and ink edges with Cranberry ink. Cut a second piece 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" and ink edges with Cranberry ink.

5. Cut second piece of printed card stock to 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" ink edges with Cranberry ink.

6. Ink the stars with Cranberry, Faded Jeans and Tea Dye inks.

7. Apply double stick tape to the back of the blue patterned card stock and adhere to the blue card base.

8. Apply double stick tape to the second piece of printed card stock and attach it to the burgundy card stock.

9. Stamp the Duck Commander stamp in Faded Jeans on cream card stock and trim to 3" x 2 1/2". Ink the edges with Vintage Photo, Faded jeans and Cranberry inks. Attach to the  3 1/4" x 2 3/4" burgundy card stock and adhere it to the card front.

10. Stamp the Proud to be an American stamp in cranberry ink on tan card stock. Trim and ink the edges with Cranberry and Faded Jeans ink. Apply a strip of double stick adhesive to the back of the tan card stock and attach three 2 1/2" pieces of jute to the center.

11. Attach the phrase tag to the 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" piece of blue printed card stock, lining it up on the right side with about  a 1/4" margin. Fold the left side back to leave a 1 1/4" margin. Wrap the left side to the back the burgundy/printed card stock layer and adhere the front in place. Trim the jute if necessary, then attach the clay stars with 1/4 of a large glue dot.

Tip: When using Glue Dots, fold the release paper over on the dots and cut them into smaller pieces to attach small embellishments. You make your Glue Dots last longer and your scissors won't get sticky. 

12. Attach the top layer to the rest of the card with double-stick tape.

I think this will make a nice little Independence Day greeting for my friends. It went together quickly, used up some of my stash and is in one of my favorite color combinations. This easy-to-make cards is one of those projects that can be completed on a lap desk in front of the TV. Guess what I'll be doing for the next few nights.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Personalized Doggie Bandana

I would do anything for my sweet sixteen-year-old Sam, the Wonder Lab, so when I had the opportunity to work with Joy iron-on letters, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Sam lets me dress him up in jackets when it rains or is cold and bandanas the rest of the time, but he has never had his own personalized clothing before.
Here’s how I made it:
  • Joy Embroidered Iron-on Letters, 1 ½” Cooper Style Letters, white
  • KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square and Multi-Mat
  • Bandana (Hobby Lobby)
  • Pearl Pen, white (Viva Décor)
  • Iron
  • Pressing Cloth


1. Press the bandana. Fold it into a triangle, then fold the sides in so that it fits on the Kellycraft Multi-Mat. Turn on the laser light and line up the letters.


2. Remove the release paper on each letter and stick the letters down.

3. Remove the bandana from the Kellycraft Multi-Mat and place it on your ironing surface.
Cover the letters with a pressing cloth. Set the iron on the cotton setting and iron press the letters for 30 seconds.

4.     Use the Pearl Pen to add dot embellishments and allow it to dry.

4.     Tie it around your pet’s neck, sit back and admire.

Tip: You can change these letters to any color you like with a little bit of fabric dye!

Here are a few of Sam's out-takes:
The food bribe.

Ignoring the camera.
Is this really necessary?
I'm bored.
Wake me when this is over.