Saturday, November 22, 2014

My New Crafty Crush

Okay you might be laughing at the title...but if you think about it, I bet you have a crafty crush too! Maybe its Tim Holtz and his grunge-chic style or perhaps its the haphazard nature of the beautiful art journal pages of Dyan Reaveley.  So I'll let you in on a secret....my crafty crush is on Stephanie Ackerman

I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie at Right at Home Scrapbooking in North Attleboro, MA, last weekend for a class on doodling. Yes, you heard me right. I paid good money to have someone teach me how to doodle. But it really is an art form and here's what I created during class:




It may not look like much, but I am artistically challenged. In fact one of the reasons that I like scrapbooking and cardmaking is that it allows me to be "artistic" without relying on any real skills. Thanks to dies and border punches....anyone can scrapbook. But drawing? That's a whole other kind of artist.

So I left class, picked up my journal and created this during my son's soccer practice:



And then learned how to turn my doodles into page embellishments for my scrapbook pages, thanks to a tutorial from Art to the 5th.  Look at how cute they are?


When I was all done doodling....I found this great $5 tutorial on Stephanie's website for handmade ornaments (1/2 the cost of the PDF is donated to India's Daughter's of Hope charitable organization. And it is as easy as it looks....look at my almost finished product. Just need to replace the ornament top and wrap with twine. Voila! Super cute, handmade ornaments for the holidays. Perfect for those hostess gifts that we always need at this time of year.  



Pretty cool that I've gotten all this inspiration from one class. Stephanie is coming back to Right at Home Scrapbooking in May and I will be signing up for ALL of her classes. Can you say stalker...just (kinda) kidding? So I'd love to hear, who is your crafty crush? 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stitching Together a Couple of Cards

So after my first sewing lesson last week, I've been stitching up a storm....some projects more successful than others. 

First up is a clean and simple sympathy card (based on something I saw on Pinterest) that I made for a friend who suffered not only the loss of her father but her little grandson as well. No sooner had I finished this card, when I heard of another friend who lost her uncle and aunt this week as well. I should have made a few while I was at it. Try to overlook the fact that the stitching cuts across some of the butterfly wings...I'm still a beginner.

Butterfly die from Penny Black's Tag set and sentiment from My Favorite Things.
The second card was one that I tried stitching by machine, but ended up going the old fashioned route with a needle and thread since I'm just not practiced enough to turn corners. I'm not sure who this will go to...but I always need general greeting cards around the holidays for the teachers, mail carrier, and dry cleaner.

Snowflake punches by Fiskars, sentiment from Paper Smooches, and fabric from Hobby Lobby.

Not bad for a day's work. Thanks for stopping by.