Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 17: a fresh start for Christmas!

A little dollar store craft never hurt anyone!
For my return--- a craft that cost me one buck!

This is a styrofoam cone from the dollar store. It's typically used for making floral arrangements, but this time its a paper tree! AND-- as a bonus, I get to use some of my Christmas paper scraps. You just can't get cheaper and more green than that-- well-- stryofoam isn't very green.. but-- it's really cool. hahaha !!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I've been gone..

Yes-- I have already broken my year commitment, but for a very good reason.

**For the last 4 months, I have been participating in core training. It's been an enriching and very enlightening experience. I am grateful to my friend for sponsoring me and asking me to go.
This training is intense and haaaaaaaaaaaaaard. BUT-- I am not a graduate of this core training and I am proud to say-- I made it through the hardest insights of my life.

Now things are almost back to normal... so bare with me-- I will pick this back up on Sunday- and new projects will be in the works soon!!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 16: What's in my head???

In my dollar store stash, I just happened to have a small bag of skull heads. lol
Well-- add this to a wreath, and this is what you get... I think I will add more to it--- but for now, it's kind of cute. -- I plan on adding some black tool if I can find some. How cute will that be??

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 15: It was music to my ears

So-- for day 15, I have nothing visual to post. Instead of making something that you can see, I made something you can hear... but not yet. lol I will just blog about it instead.

Here's the dealio:
I 'm taking a core training series called Pathways for the past 4 months now. It's been a really eye opening experience. I have been working hard at finding some keys that unlock the doors to my success. HARD WORK! But, I have a feeling that if I keep at it, this work will pay off. I just have to keep these lessons in my heart and my head.

So--- for my graduation this up coming weekend, I decided to write our class song. I volunteered to do this because I really wanted to give something back to the class, facilitators, and everyone who volunteers with this organization which has done so much for me. I find that my music is my own personal and unique way of saying thank you.

Having said all that-- HOLY MOLY, I had no idea it was going to be this much of a challenge for me. I have been working on the song for about 2 months and have had many beginnings to songs that I am just not happy with. Then, last week, when I was thinking all hope was lost and this song wasn't going to come to me, it finally hit me! Exciting stuff. As a songwriter, the music that is good really comes to me in a flash. Davine inspiration? maybe so...
This time, I wrote about half of it in about 15 to 20 minutes, waited a couple of days and sat down and just finished it. I was leery to play it for very many people- because a) it is very personal and b) I'm always self conscious about what I write. It's that tortured artist in me.

Now-- the song has been written, I have played it for one of my musician friends whose musical opinion greatly respect. His response: "Melli, this is the best song you have ever brought me." Those are some mighty powerful words. We have recorded another song together that we both feel is radio worthy and a great little tune... but this one, this one is a little more meaningful.

As a songwriter, it's a happy moment for someone else to acknowledge your talents. It's a proud moment for another musician to compliment your writing style. It's an exciting moment when you hear that perfect voice accompany you. I have to admit, when this guy sings with me, I just fall in love with the song. Our voices lend themselves to each other like crazy. And when my buddy picked up that guitar to play that song with me, and started harmonizing, my heart just jumped up and down. This is truly exciting stuff.

I would love to post the song, but I am going to wait for 2 things: a proper recording, and for my class to hear the song first. I really want this song to be a surprise. I'm performing it at our graduation, which should be interesting. I'm really hoping that it pulls at the heart strings of the people most important to me, and they are able to use this song in any capacity that they want. I just really hope that they like it as much as my friend did. Wish me luck!!!

Have a great day folks!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 14: simple but cool

This is a pretty simple day, I'm feeling a little more like playing music than visual arts, so this is a quick card to suffice the day's challenge. Then, I'm going to go play guitar! lol

This is just layers of ink on a simple stampin' up white card stock, which just happens to be the best white card stock ever. All the yellow and orange inks are just sponged on over a staz-on black stamped tree branch.

Hope you like it simple too!! :)
Have a great Holiday weekend! See ya tomorrow!

Day 13: Falling in love with this invite???

I've been commissioned to make some invitations for a house warming party. They hadn't really thought of a theme, so I suggested "Come FALL in love with out house". *I ripped the idea off of my cousin's wedding last fall, been sitting on the ideas until now. --Let me also say-- I've always wanted a fall themed or winter themed wedding. So-- this appeals to me highly.

I used a cream color vellum to lay over scrapbooking paper layers. I also Gold dry brushed the bottom layer as well as the vellum. I decided to rip the bottom edge and gold tip it as was well .

Usually I would tie it all together with raffia, but suddenly I got this great idea.. sewing machine!
I bought some fall leaves at the dollar store (150 for a buck) and I decided to sew them to the top. Cute huh?? This was my sample to show them before I started the printing. The one thing that I wanted to change: the thread color. It's now gold. I thought it needed to be a little less harsh.

I'm pretty happy with the finished product.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 12: Wanna Polka... dot?

Can I get a Woot Woot? Cooooome on! I sewed something-- and it's actually kinda cute!!
Ok-- so there a few flaws .. but I'm kinda proud how it came out!! I have some ideas to improve on this new lil iPhone cozy-- but it's a great start don't you think.

Don't ask me for instructions on this-- all done on the fly. Had to think hard about construction... but all in all this bad boy took me less than 2 hours. For those of you that know what you are doing around the fabric and machines-- it will take you FAR less than that!

All in all-- I'm kinda happy with it-- will master it later-- and probably find some batting that is a little less thick.. this one was kind of hard for me to work with ...


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 11: Christmas time.. already???

Today's project is all about getting ideas for Christmas! I know, summer just ended, but when the holidays come around, I am always searching for ideas for gifts and decor.

This is a really cute but simple idea to share your christmas cookies and treats!

Paper lunch sack
Rafia (you can use nice ribbon as well)
holiday stamps
scrapbooking paper
scalloped scissors or scallop punch by Stampin' Up! (my personal fav)
Your favorite stamp pad colors
(SU's Pear Pizzazz

This is pretty self explanitory. The only thing that makes this super different is that I used a crimper to give the sack a little extra pizzazz and I added a piece of scalloped paper between the fold to give it a punch of color. I also rubbed the paper on the stamp pad for a little extra deeper color!

And below are two of the cards that we made last night!

Happy crafting you guys!!

Day 10: Stamp Club!

These are a four of my favorite crafty friends (there is one more missing-- Hi Drady!!) heheh
This is Stamp Club.

One night a month, my friends and I gather at my house and make about 3 projects. I'm not just a super star blogger, I'm also a Stampin' Up Demo. Yep, that's right, I get to sell the best scrapbooking and paper crafting products out there!

This is the scrapbooking project. There are also two other cards. Will post them later :)

This what the table looks like when we are all working. Good stuff huh? hahah

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Stop by, say hi!

Hey readers... I can see my visit number on the rise. It's probably the same few-- but-- if you stop by, say hi! Add a comment will ya? Let me know what you want to see me make. Remember, I have to make this in a day-- so be easy on me.

If I don't know ya, and you are checking through blogs, PLEASE say hi! I'd love to read ya!

Day 9: FAIL, sort of

I'm a little psyched about making my house look all spooky for halloween. I wanted to see if I could do a few little decorations before the stamp club that I will be hosting tomorrow.
But-- I sort of failed. I tried a few different ways to make these bats, and it just didn't turn out like I had hoped. So, I'm calling this a FAIL. UGH.

I think if I make them from black denim and leave frayed edges, that would look a whole lot cooler. hmmm... may have to try that in a few weeks. Let me lick my craft wounds and try again.

Looking ahead....
Tomorrow night is stamp club. I will be posting pics up of the crafts that we will be making!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 8: Spooooooooooktacular, and EASY!

If you know me, you know that I looooove Halloween. Heck, I love everything about it. I like the costumes, the scary movie marathons that run all october long, I love the candy, I just love everything about it!! What's not to love.

I saw a really cute template for these lil crows. But- I got to thinking-- hmm-- I bet I could make some penguins for christmas-- I just need to do a little adjusting.. hmm. Stay tuned in december for more.

Scrabooking paper -
Wire :
Template for the crow :

How to:
Just cut the template out, puting the straightest part of the crows back on a fold of paper.
Then- take three strands of wire and wind them around each other, leaving just enough room to make his little feet. The hardest part is to make him stand. I taped the top to the inside of the paper-- and then just kept working with the legs and feet until he was able to stand alone.

Add these cute little guys to your mantle or another spooky setting, and you have a Halloween deco that you spent little to no money on at all! Can't beat that with a stick, can ya?!

Happy Haunting!!

Random image. hehehe

THE best Granny in the world sent a whole bunch of corks for crafting with! YESSSSSSSSS!

**As a side note-- I asked a friend of my who lives in Holland (Hi Mikey) to send me some cool Dutch stuff to craft with. He has collected 200-300 Beer bottle tops to craft with. COLOR ME EXCITED! can I get a WOOT WOOT!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 7: Sweet Dreams

I can't believe that I have been at this for a whole week.
Like I said yesterday, I haven't been feeling well- so the projects this weekend wern't overly elaborate.
I love the idea of ribbon on pillow cases for a punch of color, and I do love me some color! :)
So-- the idea is simple:

Pillow case
Strips of ribbon
Sewing machine

Just cut some different lengths of ribbon to fit your color scheme.
Sew on the the strips in random order -- think outside the box, BE RANDOM. Trust me on this, it will pay off in the end.

**And please do not poay attention to the unmade bed. That's just how I roll people. hahah
Happy Sunday.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 6: Hooot Hoooot

I'm not feeling very good today, so this is gonna be a simple (but still cute) one.
Check out this years cool new Stampin' Up Owl punch! one word:ADORABLE

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 5: Put a lid on it!

I'm stuck on the Green theme this week:
Today I've made a Jiffy Gift Jar!

  • Jiffy peanut butter jar (cleaned in dishwasher)
  • scrapbooking paper
  • ribbon
  • super tacky tape
  • scissors
  • circle cutter


Measure the flatest place around your jar to put the scrapbooking paper around. My jar was 3.5 inches wide. I cut two pieces of paper at 3.5 inches X12 inches. ** The reason I did two is because i wanted the pattern to show on the inside of the box as well. I wrapped that paper around the jar, put tape on both ends, one to secure to jar, one to secure to the paper. Now just add some cute ribbon and a tag if you want. I just happened to have a cool Paisley punch that went well with the paper I picked out. I figured this was good for both a boy or a girl. :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 4: iWarm and iCozy

Today's Craft is a iPhone cozy. I've seen these lil guys everywhere on Etsy. I just adore the monster themed ones. So--- This is my creation.

  • embroidery floss
  • felt
  • wiggly eyes
  • needle

I used my phone as a sizing guide and cut a length of felt that would fit all the way around the phone. I then took a bright green floss and blanket stitched a pocket in the felt. I left enough felt at the top to make a flap. You can use velcro to enclose it if you want.

I plan on making another iphone case this weekend, but it wil be a little more purse like, so stay tuned!! :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 3: Stick a cork in it!

Continuing on the Green theme: My aunt is a wine-o. Ya, I said it. Our whole family really loves wine-- so, she isn't the only one. She has been saving corks and sent me a bag full of em. I used them for decor for a while, but I really wanted to put them to good use.
I have a spot in my office where I need to be able to hang things. (just above my desk, but below my shelving) I don't want to put a huge cork board there, so I decided to make a strip.

Wine Corks - I used 68 corks.
Foam board (you can also use a piece of wood or anything to secure the corks to)
Felt (enough to cover the foam board or to put on the back of the wood so you dont scratch the wall)
Hot glue: I'm addicted to hot glue. I'm totally going to run out now, must replenish supply.

  • Cut the foam board to the desired size. I used a rotoray cutter.

  • Learn from my mistake: I did the felt as an after thought. If you are covering foam board- cover it first! You dont need to cover the front-- just the back and the sides, covering just enought so that you won't see the edges.

  • Glue on the corks in pairs, gluing both a strip on the side (to attach the corks together) then glue the bottoms on to the board and just keep going!

I'm still working on how i am going to get this thing to hang- pobably picture hangers- or wire screwed into the cork. Will figure that out later today and fill you in.

Happy Crafting!!

This is Wyatt, he is my lil crafting buddy, usually he is a pretty big pest, expecially if I am doing anything with string. UGH. He decided to get right in the middle of everything this time!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 2: Getting Green! Magazine bowl

I decided to go green today! I found a really clever craft using old magazines to make a bowl! How totally cool is this?!

To make this:
  • 2 magazines -I used old Martha Stewart magazines because they are a little bigger
  • Hot glue glun and PLENTY of glue sticks
  • Modge Podge-
  • Ribbon
Take apart each sheet, don't worry if the torn page isn't perfect. Fold longways into half inch strips, start winding in a circle to make the bottom of the bowl use the hot glue to secure the ends. I also dotted the paper as I went along the winding process. This will also help with stability of the bowl.
Once you have the base of the bow the size that you want-- start building up the sides of the bowl little by little, making sure that you continue to wind tightly for stability.

After you have the bowl shaped the way you want it, paint on heavy coats of modge. After Modge podge dries, add a ribbon on the lip of the bowl to secure the paper down, I used hot glue for this as well.

There you have it-- it's cute AND green! What a great gift this would make, dont you think??
Tell me what YOU think and let me know if you have tried it. I loved it so much, I think I will make another!!

Other ideas:
Trivets/Hot Pads: just make the base and dont build up the sides. DONT use modge podge on this, because it WILL melt it. :)
Vases: You can start with a glass vase so that it will be water tight

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Challenge: 1 year of Crafting - 1 craft per day:

Hi, I'm Melli, I'm a craft-a-holic. :)
I have been reading some awesome blogs lately, and they have inspired me to challenge myself to create a blog: 365 days, yes, that's one full year of crafting and blogging about it. That means- I have to create a craft a day for 1 year.

My goal: expand my creativity way past it's current limits. I want to try to push the envelope a little and experiment with new mediums. Having said that-- there will be some days where I have a craft FAIL. I will make sure and call it like I see it. Hopefully there will only be a few days of that! (Had one last week for sure!)

So-- to start out with a BANG:
This is what I came up with this weekend, while on a trip to see my Granny! I made a 60s inspired stained glass mushroom recipe holder: