As a blogger, it’s fun to participate in most anything HP is promoting, but especially something as fun as easy-to-order photo creations such as custom wall and art canvases, mounted photos, custom cover photo books, posters, banners, and so much more.To help promote the HP Summer Photo Fun Giveaway, I’ve been given a gift card to Walmart Photo Center allowing me to create something exciting for my home or studio. Photo creations can also be ordered from Meijer Photo Centers. Custom orders can be done online or in-store. Many options are same or next day pick-up! The challenge for me is deciding which images to choose! Photos from our summer trip to Hawaii? Should I design something digitally to create custom art for my studio, such as large vintage typography prints? I could actually order canvases printed with beautiful background images of my choice and embellish into an altered art/mixed media piece using things from my craft supply stash! Or, maybe I’ll create a portfolio photo book of some of my work. The sky is the limit, seriously! What would YOU create? Get thinking because very soon I will come back here to show you what I came up with for the Photo Fun Giveaway promotion and gift THREE lucky JSIM readers a $50 gift card courtesy of HP Summer Photo Fun Program to create their own special photo creation! Don’t want to miss it? Then be sure you’re on my newsletter list by signing up HERE.
It all started with a Sizzix machine. Today I finished a cute display of stuffed dolls for my barn studio. I worked on the project here and there over several days never really knowing where it was going. I guess I sort of let it lead me, do you ever do that? It all came together nicely and I am pretty tickled with the final results that represent how much fun it is when not only craft, but craft together. That’s exactly the whole premise behind the upcoming workshop feature of my new barn studio. Every day is one step closer to a grand opening. Currently, we are working on the ever necessary ladies room. Please be sure you are on my newsletter mailing list and follow JSIM on Facebook to be the first to know when the workshops launch!
Recently my nice friends at Sizzix sent me a Big Shot Machine to try my hand at die cutting. Would you believe before this I’d never so much as cranked the handle on a die cutting machine before?
Being a newbie, I thought I would start with something simple, like cutting out letters. Everything Brenda Walton designs is spectacular, so I chose to work with her beautiful alphabet, Antiqua.
I spent an afternoon getting to know my new Big Shot by cutting lots and lots of letters and numbers from my stash of scrapbook paper. I found a shadow box at the craft store that works perfect for organizing all of them for future craft use.Once I had cutting paper figured out, I wanted to give fabric a try. I used a darling print from the Lauren+Jessi Jung Hideaway collection and ironed it to Pellon Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under transfer webbing, which turns your fabric into iron on material.I ran fused fabric sections through the Big Shot to cut out letters.I then ironed those letters onto five 7-inch stuffed fabric doll blanks I picked up a few years ago at Michaels for a very ambitious project I never got around to. I guess the dolls were waiting for Sizzix to arrive.I used red embroidery floss to stitch some whimsy around each letter.My dolls needed hair, so I referred to this nice how-to illustration from a vintage craft book I have, Marionettes by Edith Flack Ackley (1929).I gave each doll different hair color and styling.I stitched little mouths of red and french knot eyes onto each.I joined each doll together with needle and thread at the shoulders and elbows.This helped keep those long, lanky arms under control.To support the dolls and keep them sitting upright, I joined two pieces of scrap balsa wood with hot glue. The long piece to support them and the short one to keep them from tipping backwards.I hot-glued their little hineys to the long piece. I also added a touch of hot glue to the backsides of their bent knees, this allowed the feet to dangle nicely downward over a ledge when the dolls are sitting up.The dolls needed craft projects to hold, so I made some little ones: jewelry, floral, Christmas, sewing, and collage. I hot glued or pinned those to the dolls’ hands.Here are the final Craft Together dolls. (Click to enlarge.) They’re going to be lots of fun to place about the studio. Here they are atop my vintage hardware cabinet.And here among my buttons and scrap ribbon jars.Thanks Sizzix!
It’s always nice to have extra gift wrapping supplies on hand. So, I’ve designed a vintage-style floral pattern background, stripe pattern, and floral and alphabet rounds to print onto full sheet and one-inch label stock to keep on hand for just that. And the best thing is that the color combination coordinates nicely with any inexpensive kraft paper or bags you may already have. Stock up on full-sheet label stock and one-inch circle label stock and read about all the things you can do with them over on my WorldLabel.com blog post! From there, you can download the four different PDF files for printing up your own stickers and embellishments.
Hi, I’m Cathe (pronounced the same as Cathy). I’m a graphic designer, crafter, creative blogger, & flea market enthusiast. I live just north of San Francisco in lovely Petaluma, California with my husband, Mr. Wonderful & our 3 awesome teenagers.
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