Monday, August 8, 2011

Make Your Cards 3-D! Yay!

I haven't tried this yet, but it looks pretty easy and if you pick the right type of card stock, these could be super awesome 3-D cards!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Getting Yr Craft Done While Vacationing....

I enjoyed this article on crafting while on vacation...

Personally, I think it's relaxing to work on projects while traveling/vacationing. I have included a few of this writer's tips on crafting while on vacation.  Click on the link at the bottom of this post for more of her article..By: Maria Nerius, Resident Craft Expert 

 "....As creative people, we don’t ever really turn off from "work mode" - the world is just too full of creativity and we can’t miss a bit of it. Plus, there is so much to learn during our travels. I’ve put together a few of my own tips that you might like to use on your next vacation:

1.  Always bring a way to keep notes, thoughts, ideas, dreams, goals and sketches. You might bring an art journal or a small electronic device that has an app to record notes, sketch ideas and take photos....

2. Take a craft! I make a small traveling craft kit for every vacation I go on. I don’t always complete the craft, but I craft in public areas like by the pool, in the lobby, in the food courts, and anywhere people gather and relax. By crafting, I open myself up to conversations. People will come up and ask what I’m doing! I’ve made some great business connections while sitting by the pool and needle punching! This should also include wearing anything you make!"

Here's her link if you want to

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A real camera made from sewing spools, eyeglass lens, rubber bands, toilet paper tubes and cardboard/glue

This was just so interesting I had to share.  I know it's not a tutorial like I usually post, but it's definately creative and very fascinating.  I sometimes wonder how we would re-create technology if it were all destroyed one day and we had to start from scratch?  This guy figured out how to re-create a real camera that works....with found objects:

MIROSLAV TICHY HAS BECOME FAMOUS in spite of his need for privacy. Born in 1926 in what is now the Czech Republic, Tichy studied painting at the Academy of Art in Prague until the Communist takeover in April 1945. Arrested for being “odd,” therefor subversive, Tichy spent many years in jails and prisons, until he was released in the 1970s.

Upon his release, he wandered his small town in rags, pursuing his occupation as an artist photographing the female form in the streets. He made his cameras from tin cans, childrens spectacle lens and other junk he found on the street. He would return home each day to make prints on equally primitive equipment, making only one print from the negative he selected. He stole intimate glimpses of his subjects through windows and the fences of swimming pools as well as in the streets, sometimes finding himself in trouble with the police.

Visit this guy's blog - he writes aobut Tichy and shows you some of Tichy's photographs:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Flowers! Out of recycled water bottles...who knew???

I will never look at the bottom of a plastic water bottle the same. Now I will see a potential flower everytime!

Click on this easy tutorial (BELOW THIS PHOTO) to view in a browser and zoom in to read. Or print it!

This crafter made a necklace from them...I'm making barrettes! ;-)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Paper Garlands - ahhhh, easy AND pretty!

I found this easy tut in a Better Homes Do It Yourself mag for Summer 2011.

They'd be cool for a party or home decor:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Farmgirl Stitches

This is from the book, "MaryJane's Stitching Room".

I liked the simplicity of the stitches for embroidery work. Note she uses the phrase, "gussy up". True farmgirl venacular. ;-) Anyway, the book has some cute stitching projects and tips in it like this one:

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