A reflection on 365 days of crafts

Gigi New Years Eve Headband

Yes! We made it.  As the owner of 365 days of crafts.com I am so appreciative of the contributors to this site.  We started out last year with no clue what this site would turn into.  I think it has turned into something fabulous.  In 2011 we made a craft project every single day.   Never missed a one post.  We cut it close a few times.  We gained and lost a few contributors along the way and are thankful for all of the contributions that were made no matter how small.  For a good portion of the year we introduced you to a “New friend on Fridays” and hope they inspired you.  We ventured into new mediums and revisited old ones.  All in all it has been a great year.

2012 will bring some exciting changes to the site.  We will be down for a few days while we make changes.  We will continue to bring you great inspiration only in a slightly different format.  Yes, we will still be stamping, paper crafting, beading and Scrapbooking.  The contributors want to add another dimension or two to the site.  Home Decor, Repurposing, Upcycling and Mixed Media and everyday crafts are going to be more of the focus.  These types of projects take more time and require so much more effort that we will be going to one Tutorial on Tuesdays, highlighting other crafters throughout the week and posting new projects as we create them.  2012 will be our year of quality.  We want to bring you projects that will inspire you not on just one day of the year but on 365 days of the year.

Your input is invaluable and if you ever have anything you would like to see more of let us know, if there is something you want less of, tell us.  Comments, especially of acknowledgement are always welcome.  Who doesn’t like a pat on the back every once in a while.

Now if you have made it through my mushy moment I am impressed.  The last project of the year is a headband.  My daughter’s hair is finally getting long and we need to keep it out of her eyes.  A headband was in order since she will not keep the ponytail holder in her hair.

The material list is really simple.

Ribbon in color and width of your choice, fabric glue and a headband.  Having a mini iron is handy to press the wrinkles out of the ribbon. Cover the head band with ribbon.  Tie the bow around the headband and adhere with glue.  Iron if needed.  Simple as that.

Gigi New Years Eve Headband
Gigi New Years Eve Headband

Girly Gift set

Pile of Potential

Sounds much better than “leftover stuff” doesn’t it?  Those bits of ribbon, papers with chunks cut out of them, spare brads and charms…  All pieces with potential.    I can’t bear to throw them out.

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This set of projects was made almost entirely of pieces from my “pile of potential” and is featured at the Helmar USA blog .    Check it out to see individual photos of each project.   Products used include Stampendous stamps, Clearsnap Chalk Ink, Dream Street papers, and Helmar Adhesives.

Make a Bracelet with Repurpose Earrings

Upcycle earrings to make a cool dangle bracelet

Here’s a quick little jewelry makeover. I found some earrings at Kohls a while back on the clearance rack. They were marked down because some of the metal dangle beads were missing on one earring. No biggie! Dangle bracelets are so much coolers, so I tore the earrings apart and made a whole new piece of jewelry. The coolest part was I made it while sitting in the car on a road trip… yeah, I carry pliers in my purse, are you gonna make fun?

Upcycled bangle earings to a bangle braceleteUpcycled dangle earings to a bangle bracelete

I added different beads I already had on hand using small jump rings. I made the bass of the bracelet as well as the twisting look with simple metal jewelry wire. You could go crazy and get yourself some genuine silver metal wire for this, but I’m a thrifty gal and prefer not to spend all my cash on my accessories (have you seen me regularly? I’m lucky is I brush my hair!)

clearance item earrings that need some loveclearance item earrings that need some love

See that price tag? 80% off… crazy what you can find on the clearance rack when you don’t have the kids asking for toys! I’m not really a fan of the earrings, are you? The diamond/crystals are a bit much for my low frill taste.

Making a a bracelete with recycled jewelry pieces and partsMaking a bracelet with recycled jewelry pieces and parts

You can add some neat accents to pieces just by twisting wire and adding some pretty beads. if you want to learn how to make jewelry, or even fix your own jewelry, I suggest you play with wire. Get yourself 2 pairs of smooth jewelry pliers and read up on making eye hooks… that will head you in a good direction to start.

9 fun snowflake crafts for kids

 

make snowflakes

Christmas is over and the kids still need entertaining.  What better to do than a craft project?  It is still winter so why not make some snowflakes?  Snowflakes inspire fantastic craft and art projects. You can make a snowflake out of just about anything with enough imagination. Create snowflakes from paper, glitter or paint a picture. You can make some beautiful winter art projects featuring snowflakes as well. Here are some great project ideas you can try with your preschooler to make all kinds of snowflakes:

snowflake craftSnowflake craft from PreschoolRock.com
crystall snowflakesCrystal snowflakes from Craftown
noodle snowflakeNoodle snowflake from About.com
homemade snowflake ornamentSnowflake ornament from EmbraceThePenny.com
Sparkle snowflakeSparkle snowflake from crayola
SnowflakeprintsSnowflake prints from EverydayTeaching.com
Make a snowflakeSnowflake from Crafts for all seasons
Bead snowflakeBead snowflake from ToddlerCraft.net
Cut a snowflakeCut snowflakes from Science Project Ideas for kids


Kids Crafts with Marshmallows

Make a marshmallow snowman

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Marshmallow snowmen

Make a cute marshmallow snowman with your preschooler. This is an easy to make winter craft using just a few supplies but a whole lot of fun. You can add your own extras, glue on added embellishments or even paint with watercolors  or color with markers. This craft is not ment to be eaten.

You will need:
  • large marshmallows
  • toothpicks
  • cupcake sprinkles
  • paintbrush
  • small cup of water
How to make marshmallow snowmen:
  1. Carefully push a toothpick into one marshmallow, do not push through the bottom of the marshmallow. This is your bottom piece of the snowman.
  2. Stack additional marshmallows on top, again pushing on to the toothpick.
  3. To add eyes, mouth and other accents, apply a small amount of water to the marshmallows using the paintbrush. The press cupcake sprinkles to wet area. Let dry.
  4. Add arms by breaking toothpicks and pushing through the marshmallows.
  5. If you’d like to add more color, leave the snowmen on the counter to harden over night and then paint with watercolors or color with markers.
  6. You can glue on additional accents easily once the marshmallows are slightly hard.

Snowman Shadow box

Making a snowman shadow box

Happy snowmen by Jen Goode

Here’s a cute project that is perfect for after the holidays.  This is a fun project to make while the kids are out of school and need a little entertaining.  With snowy weather all around and the holiday’s almost over, I thought it would be a good idea to bring some happiness to the crazy cold.. warm things up a big with a grin or two and get ready for the festivities of New Years Eve.  I’ve been loving the light blue and deep red color trend I’ve seen floating around so I wanted to incorporate that look as well.

snowman love design by Jen Goode
snowman love design by Jen Goode

This week I’m using Eileen Hull’s Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro Die – Frame & Frame Back w/Stand. There are a ton of different pieces with this particular die, however I chose to use only a few for this project. The inspiration for the scene is my own snowman illustration which I recreated using various paper shapes tinted with craft chalk.

Other supplies: Hot glue, Mod Podge, snowflake stamp, mini alpha-stamps, a crop-a-dile, yarn, ribbon, MARVY paint markers, DecoArt twinkles glitter paint and iridescent deco flakes.

You can also buy some cute snowmen gifts, t-shirts and more featuring the original snowmen design.

Hand Painted Christmas Sign

Merry Christmas from the Artists here at 365 Days of crafts.

We hope you have enjoyed this art pieces we have shared with you this year.  We look forward to finishing out this year and bringing you and even better format for next year.  We have some wonderful behind the scene changes.  If you have liked what you have seen this year you are going to LOVE 2012!   Again MERRY CHRISTMAS and a JOYOUS NEW YEAR!!!

I was shopping in the craft store …

and I found some fun holiday signs that were already painted, glittered, and strung with hangers – but they were blank.
Hmm.  I love blank!!  So, at 50% off I paid $1.50 – $2.00for a few of these painted, glittered, hangered (ha!)
blanks.

This one came with a beautiful glittery silver bow tied on as a hanger, but it had to go.  I can’t get all “paint-y” knowing I’m trying not to mess up the bow.  So the bow had to go. (I actually tried to untie the knots first to salvage it and use it again afterI painted, but that didn’t work out).  I must have left my bow un-tying finger elsewhere today.  I wanted to make a glittery “BELIEVE” sign.

So I made a pattern by writing the word  “BELIEVE” on tracing paper.  I centered it onto the front of the sign and used transfer paper and a stylus to outline the letters.

I outlined each letter with red paint loose and quick – not trying to get perfect coverage … just a starting point for the shading I did next.
To shade, wet a flat brush and blot it on a paper towel. Dip one corner of the brush into a puddle of paint, and brush back and forth on a palette (or waxed paper) until the paint becomes distributed along the bristles. It will be stronger on one side and fade
towards the other side.
You want the part of the brush with the most paint against the letter, and the faded side away from the letter. Think “LEFT” and “LOWER” when shading; meaning you’ll be putting paint on the left and lower sides of whatever you’re shading – in this case, letters.
Once dry, go over each letter again with the red paint, this time you’re trying to achieve good coverage and an overall “even” look to the letters.
Then go over the bottom third of each letter with a darker shade of red.
Use a liner brush to outline each of the letters with thinned black paint.
I decided to add some holly leaves, so I made a pattern and transferred them onto my sign board.
I painted the leaves a medium green, and outlined them with the liner brush and thinned black paint.  Then I dipped a paintbrush handle into red paint and added some berries.
I LOVE GLITTER!
So I added some of Plaid’s Extreme Glitter … green to the leaves … red to the letters and berries. Then for good measure, I coated the whole thing with Plaid Extreme Glitter – Hologram.

It looks great smooshed into the Christmas tree … here’s the one I made last year:

Handmade Ornaments

Two pretty Christmas ornaments made from a little paper, a lot of color layers and really versatile Sizzix die designed by Brenda Pinnick. The die itself can be used in so many different ways, and since I’m continuing on in my holiday spirit mode, I thought ornaments would make a great addition to our Christmas tree.

When I was little, making Christmas ornaments was always a favorite thing to do. Now, things seem to get so busy we don’t stop to make much of anything just because anymore. Today I wanted to change that… we need a Christmas ornament making day!

I started out with a completely different vision, but let the project dictate where it wanted to go. I combined marker coloring, DecoArt metallic paint and embossing powder in various layers to create an aged, vintage feel to these paper ornaments.I finished off the ornament concept by using some Beadalon ColourCraft wire to twist into decorative hooks and hangers attached to the top of each ornament.

Christmas ornamentChristmas ornament by Jen Goode

This design is layered using a painted packing foam and then covered in a gold satin ribbon. The star on the tree is covered in gold glitter paint I found at the Dollar tree. The decorative edging was created with a paper punch and the little red dots on the tree are red seed beads glued into place. I finished off the look with a brown raffia bow.  To get the aged look with the metallic paints, simply apply with a dry brush.

Christmas ornament

Christmas ornament with buttonsChristmas ornament with buttons by Jen Goode

This piece is made with two interlocking pieces of cardstock which I painted with a bronze metallic paint. ( I LOVE these DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint!). I have a whole jar of the fun brown buttons, and I keep seeing ornaments made with buttons so I thought now would be a good time to try the look. They are simply glued in place. I think it would be nice to add a hint of thread every now and then if I were to make this design again. The red ribbon in the center is raffia.

Button Christmas ornament

Make your own fabulous creation with one of the many terrific products from Sizzix!

Great Gift box idea

 

I am jumping on board with another blog hop with Sizzix and some amazing designers. This week’s project uses the Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro 3-D house die by Eileen Hull. It’s an adorable little house that comes complete with a wide array of accessories and add-ons. I decided to make a candy box, and since the holidays are so close, a Christmas theme is surely in order.Plus, no one hands out peppermints for Halloween, so this was a good excuse to go buy some.

3-d sizzix house die by eileen hull

I have to say, my favorite part about this die are the tiny window frames. Ever since I was little and had a set of LEGOS with the little windows with shutters… I’ve been hooked on tiny windows.

I chose to modify the mat board pieces and parts and replace the main house body with a clear plastic so you can see the candy inside the box. The plastic tends to bow a bit when the box is filled so I also added trim to the front and back of the roof to create a lid, holding the plastic box in place.

3D house die from Eileen Hull and Sizzix, decor by Jen Goode

Interesting tid-bit: I couldn’t find card stock thick sheets of plastic so I ended up purchasing a clear plastic Halloween paint can and took it apart for this project.  My original idea was to use enamel and hand paint some decor around the bottom of the box, however the paint can had Halloween decor printed on it, so I had to use the noggin to come up with design that covered the pre-printed plastic.

 

Supplies I used for this project:

 

Hand painted Balsa Wood Santa

Balsa Board Santa
(not to be confused with “Bored” Santa)

This guy is really not hard to make at all,
and he looks equally smashing
hanging on the wall, adorning a wreath,
or my own personal favorite –
smooshed into the tree.

I love to hang over-sized ornaments!
This Santa is made from balsa wood so he
is practically weightless.  Seriously.

I started with a Midwest Products
balsa wood board, and used my Midwest
Products Easy Cutter Ultimate
to cut the board in half.

Base coat the 18″ board with
white acrylic paint.

I made a pattern for the mustache
by tracing around my board
on a piece of tracing paper, and then
adding a hat brim and a mustache.Please ignore the hat brim pattern!
Initially I planned to make the hat brim and
the mustache out of paper clay,
but then I had a better idea … the No-Sew Hat!

I honestly don’t know what happened here.

Why don’t I have how-to photos of the mustache?

Maybe my hands were covered in clay,
maybe I was focused on the outcome,
maybe I just “forgot” to take pics.
So sad.

I can tell you how I did this,
and you can take my word for it.
Next time I work with paper clay,
I’ll make sure my photographer is handy
for the step-by-step shots.
(sorry!)

I put down waxed paper to work on.

I pinched off a piece of paper clay,
wet my fingers, and patted it nice and flat.

Then I placed my tracing paper mustache pattern
over the flattened clay, and outlined the
mustache with a paintbrush handle;
this left the indentation of the mustache in the clay.

I cut the mustache out with a palette knife,
smoothed up the edges with wet fingers,
and pressed a swirly-design rubber stamp
into the wet clay.

Allow the mustache to dry thoroughly.

(Note: it will have to dry about one day
before you can glue it on)

Next, attach a 1/2″ wood button plug
to the top center of the board.

Paint the top 4″ or so of the board flesh.
Use pink powder blush and your finger to swirl
rosy cheeks and a pink accent to his nose.

Dip a brush handle into white paint
for the eyes.

I made a quick pattern of some holly leaves
and added swirls to the beard
with a liner brush and medium green paint.

I shaded the holly leaves with
dark green paint and added highlights
and more curly-cue swirls with gold paint.I also added gold dip dots along the swirls.
Dip a larger paint brush handle into
red paint and add holly berries.
Allow paint to dry thoroughly.

I used a sanding block to lightly
sand the entire beard, and to heavily
sand the edges of the board.

Next, attach the dried mustache to the
board with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Add smaller dots of black to the eyes.

I decided to make a simple,
no-sew hat for Santa.

Starting with a 9″x12″ piece of wool felt,
I cut it in half diagonally.
Then I folded the larger portion into a
long thin triangle.

Cut off the lower “extraneous” portion
of the triangle hat.

Starting at the pointy tip,
use a hot glue gun to glue the triangle
into a cone-hat shape.

Once the seams are glued together,
shift the hat around until the seam is in the back.
Then roll up the edge of the hat
for a brim, and secure with the glue gun.

Attach the hat to Santa’s head.

At this point I decided to add some contrasting
ribbon trim to the hat brim.

This cotton ribbon is fun, and I love the
red and white, but I didn’t like it on the hat.

I love the homespun look, but this look
isn’t right for this particular Santa hat.

I love this ribbon!
I reach for it all the time, but I haven’t
found the perfect project for it yet.

Now we’re talking!
As soon as I held this ribbon up to the hat,
I knew it was the right look for this Santa.

A little sparkle on the edges,
and a green holly print that helps pull
in the holly I’ve painted on the beard.

Attach the ribbon trim to the hat with glue.
I love this pointy hat!  But I decided
to turn it into a floppy hat …

… so I pulled the hat down in the back
and glued it to the back.

Then I attached a glittery jingle bell
to the pointy tip of the hat.

Thoroughly coat the mustache and beard
with Plaid’s Extreme Glitter in Hologram …
and seal the face with the Multi-Purpose sealer.

All finished!
Here’s a pic of the one I painted
last year …

I cut the corners of the board with the
Easy Cutter Ultimate
(top and bottom)
painted a glittery red hat and
used the paper clay for the hat brim
as well as the mustache.

It needed “something” more, so I used
my Crop-o-Dile to punch a hole
in the top right corner of the hat,
and I put a Christmas poke through the
hole, bending the back of the pick and glueing
it in place.