Monday, October 29, 2012

Pinterest Inspired

I have seen several of these upcycled jars on Pinterest.  While out shopping the other day I searched for some orange tissue paper without success.  I did find orange napkins for 99 cents however.  This is such a fast and fun project.  You will need:
Mod Podge - I used the kind for paper in matte
one or 2 orange napkins (one lady used white paper towels and food coloring)
black card stock - go ahead and cut out the shapes for the face
at least 1 jar (but why stop at one?)
I also painted the lid (not pictured) with acrylic paint
a battery operated candle is recommended (I used a tea light candle without incidence however)
an inexpensive foam brush
styrofoam plate or wax paper to sit your jar and brush onto while working

Start by tearing your napkin into narrow strips.  Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the jar, slightly wider than your napkin strip.  Spread your napkin strip onto the jar, then apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top.  Continue around the jar by slightly overlapping each strip.  Then apply more Mod Podge for the face.  Apply MP to the back of facial shapes, apply shapes to jar and cover with more Mod Podge.  Allow to dry. 

I think these would be so cute outside, perhaps add some sand, gravel or kitty litter for weight.

Hope you take some time to make one or more of these little cuties.  LOVE mine and I see more of them in my future!


The winner of my Fiskar's goodness from this weekend's blog hop was commentor #18:

That is such an adorable project!"
Thank everyone for all the wonderful comments.  Michelle, PM your name and address to me on the Fiskateers website and I will mail your goodies out by the end of the week. 
Also, if you are interested in a pattern for the apron, send me a SASE and I will send one to you.  PM me on Fiskateers and I will send you my address.
Donna #6036

Friday, October 26, 2012

Third Annual Fiskateers Blog Hop

Welcome to the Third Annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop! If you're hopping along, you should have come from Michelle #7586's at  (If you are joining us in the middle, go to to start from the beginning.) Today we are celebrating Fiskars' signature color, ORANGE.  Who isn't familiar with Fiskars' famous orange-handled scissors?!  But Fiskars makes many other wonderful products for crafting, sewing, gardening, and more as well.   Each stop along our Hop will feature different Fiskars' products.  My ORANGE project today today is a cute little apron for your dishwashing liquid.  My neighbor got this one for me a few years ago. 

First, I made some stencils using some of my limited edition squeeze punches. 

 Then, I cut my ribbon with the Imaginisce ribbon cutter...

 And used some orange fabric (a shower curtain from Target) that I had on hand to make this:

I also used my Fiskars Simple Stick Stamps to stamp the "BOO!"

Fiskars Squeeze Punches are so easy to use.  They are the only punches to be awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation.  My 9 year old grandchild has been able to use them for several years.  The Simple Stick Stamps are great too, they stick securely to the acrylic blocks, first time - every time.  Fiskars also has a great product warranty also. For more information about Fiskars and the Fiskateers, you can go to:    Be sure to leave a comment below to enter my "ORANGE you glad you hopped?" giveaway.  I'll be sending some lucky blog hopper some Fiskars goodness.  EVERYONE is eligible for this drawing.  Winner will be announced Monday - October 29, 2012.
                                   Next up is Pamela #8040 here:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Save The Date

Scissors, Stamps and Scrapbooks will be part of the Orange blog hop and I'm looking forward to checking out all the Fiskateer's sites.  Just in case you don't know,  Fiskateers is an online community of crafters hosted by Fiskars. Fiskars will have prizes to giveaway for those who complete the hop. You don't have to be a Fiskateer to be eligible, but it is cool. I am sure you will probably find a Fiskars giveaway right here as well. Save the Date and I'll see you on the Orange Hop trail. Here is the starting place on Friday...Fiskateers Blog

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Cardmaking Day

Welcome!! This has been a productive World Cardmaking Day.  Over at Fiskateers, we have had a bunch of fun and fabulous challenges.  Are you a Fiskateer?  If not, head on over and join up:
                                           Here are some of the cards I made today:

                                                                  Thanks for stopping by. 
                                           Hope you will take some time to be crafty today.

Friday, October 5, 2012

More Wishes

 My 30 wishes are almost done.  It is harder than it seems.  Should they be realistic or serious or frivilous?   So many decisions...  #20 was an idea from Rosie.  She made a sweet scrapbook page about her Sister using this paper, so, true to using what is easy access, I made this wish.  It would be great if we always got a little something sweet on everything.  "Here is your speeding ticket Mrs.Woods, oh and here is a Hershey's Kiss for you."   $200 electric bill, oh, and here is a Tootsie Roll"  You get the drift.

#21 - back to wishing for that clean house again, and the smell of fresh baked cookies as you walk in the door, dinner on the neatly set table with fancy plates and glasses...

                            #22 - Of all the things I have lost, I miss my memory the most...
                       Thanks for stopping by.  Please take some time to go be crafty today.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Thinking Off The Table

I have seen some really cute Halloween pillows lately.  Most are more than I want to pay for them.  So, while browsing at Target today,  I found some very trendy placemats.  VOILA!  Just what I wasn't looking for...  I bought a pair and headed home with them.  Making them was really "sew" easy!  In my stash, I happened to have an orange fabric shower curtain.  By using the top section, 2 sides of the pillow back were hemmed.  The top of the pillow back had 3 ready made "buttonholes" (meant for the shower curtain hooks to go in).  I machine stitched the wrong sides together, leaving the top open.  Then I marked where the holes were, hand stitched 3 buttons on, stuffed the pillows with plastic shopping bags, and buttoned them closed.  These pillows cost me $2.99 plus tax each.  They can be emptied and will lay flat to store away until next year.  They look pretty cute and the price was exactly right!  They took less than an hour to put together.
I also made a collage from my favorite Webster's Pages EVER!
The flower is from some tulle from my stash.  The 31 is from Tim Holtz.  The cute little spider is from one of those little plastic rings.  The saying, "The world, for a little while, was an enchanted land", was cut from a discarded retailer's catalog.  I added some punched elements and some stickers, then put them in a frame that always hangs there over the usual photos.  After Halloween, I can switch them out, storing the Halloween collage underneath.
Hope this gets your creative juices flowing and that you take some time to be crafty today.