365 Days of Creativity – Days 57 & 58

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I’ve been trying to find things to do between all my sewing, not just to spice up the variety on my blog, but to spice up my creating.  I’ve said it before; I get bored doing one thing and need to throw some other things in the mix too.  When I got my business cards in the mail, I knew that I wanted to make a nice card holder for them so I can travel with them.  I had seen some neat duct tape ones online, and I have a few cute rolls of duct tape (well, I only had the rainbow on hand, the Hello Kitty and cupcakes duct tape were packed away).  Actually, since this holder is for my Paintball Tailor cards, technically I should have used camo tape, but I have no idea where ROb put that.  So, rainbow it is, at least until I find the camo tape!  I googled and found a tutorial  for a cute duct tape business card holder at a nifty crafty blog, a {day} with lil mama stewart.  I whipped them up with her easy-to-follow instructions in no time.  The only change I made was the final step, where she stapled the edges, I ran them through my sewing machine for a bit of a cleaner look.  What do you think?  Next time I think I’ll use a bit thinner cardstock, as they were a little hard to keep creased (I’ve got them under something heavy to squish them now), and since I had the machine out to stitch the edges, I’d probably just sew the ribbon on too, instead of waiting for the glue to dry.  Or, you could even run a band of little duct tape (it comes in little wee thin rolls now, like scotch tape width!) down the middle.

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For day 58, I have a bit of a cheat. I did create this, just not today.  Not even this decade. This century. This millennium.  Snap, I am old!  😉  I drew this when I was 9 years old. How funny is this?!?  I rememebr that one piece blue (the pic has faded) velour halter jumpsuit, and a pair of my Grandmother’s knit slippers.  My sweet Grandmother gave this to me recently, and she was all giggles about it.  I’m not sure where she had this tucked away, but it is a keeper.  Happy #TBT!  🙂  Oh! I just realized now, looking at the picture, that I drew red dots all over me.  This was the summer I had chickenpox.  HAHAHAHA

Eventually my arms and legs evened out, and became the same length as I grew.  I even developed elbows and grew eyebrows in my later years.  😉

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365 Days of Creativity – Days 52 Through 56

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I managed to squeeze in a little mail art this week too, between all the sewing and all the being sick.  For 5 days, I present 3 ATCs and 2 sets of Inchies!  Most of these were a private trade, a couple of the ATCs and both sets of inchies were second versions of art I made previously.  I always do things differently though, I don’t want to copy the first piece! 🙂

2 Balloons Cliffs  Rolling Hills 2Whimsical Trees 2Pink Abstract 2

365 Days of Creativity – Days 49 to 51

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Much fabric has been flying in the studio this week.  I’m selling my paint ball wares at a huge game in Ontario in a couple of weeks, so I’m making stock for that like mad, and getting the rest of my custom orders for Rob’s team done so they’ll have their items for that game.  I know I said I’d try to keep the paint ball posts to a minimum, but I’ve got a few neat things, and that’s mostly what I’ve been working on this week, so bear with me for this post.

First I have a few 10-round paint ball tube holders, in Vietman tiger stripe camo.  Team SMERF’s camo of choice, and these are for a member of their team.  Don’t mind the chalk marks, I forgot to wipe them off before taking a pic!

101_0092Next up is something another member of SMERF asked me to make.  It’s a wishbone harness, with paracord straps.  You use it to attach your gun to your vest, so you don’t have to hold it when it’s not in use.  I had never worked with braiding paracord before, and while I caught on to the braiding part pretty quickly, it was the finishing the ends to make them super secure that had me stuck.  I tried the usual burning the nylon and smooshing the melted ends into the braid.  That didn’t hold well enough in my opinion.  Then I tried every glue I could think of from glue gun to gorilla glue to epoxy.  Nothing.  I finally found a fantastic tutorial on youtube that gave instructions for weaving the ends back into the braid itself, and it makes it super secure.  I’m so happy with the final result, I’m making one for myself too.  🙂

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My craft studio audience.  They look impressed.  hah

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365 Days of Creativity – Days 45 Through 48

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I’ve been finishing up a whole lot of mail art the past few days.  Mostly ATCs, to get them out in time for the swap I’m in.  First though, I want to show you a set of moo cards I did!  Watercolor kitties.  🙂  What do you think?  My favourites are the two on the right.  These have all been traded.

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Now for some ATCs.  I’ve been feeling marker and gel pen lately, so here’s what I’ve done.  I’ve also been in a cute, whimsical mood, as you can see.  I was given all themes, to interpret them as I wished.

First, there’s a Fairy Pig.

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A Geisha.

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The 1960s

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The Peanuts Gang

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A zentangle Newfoundland Dog.

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365 Days of Creativity – Days 43 & 44

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We went to the wedding of a couple of good friends of ours this past weekend in Prince Edward Island.  What a great weekend it was, with friends, good food, and lots of fun.  My crafty things for these 2 days were both wedding related, of course.

First off, I made the cake.  The bride wanted it heart shaped, as the wedding was on Valentines Day.  We went with red velvet with cream cheese icing, topped with strawberries.  The cake turned out as planned, with the exception of the strawberry glaze.  I hold the lady at Sobey’s responsible; I had never used it before, but she assured me it wouldn’t run.  She lied.  *shakes fist*  At least it still tasted good. 🙂  Oh, I made chocolate cuppies also, just in case.

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I also ended up putting the bouquet together, easy-peasy.  The bride had a dozen red roses, I bunched them , wrapped the stems in the same red ribbon I used for the cake, and added a simple tulle bow at the top.

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Awww, such a cute photo!!

The photo for what was supposed to be my last post for this group of days seems to have disappeared off of my ipad.  It was an origami heart out of paper currency that I made for the Mr & Mrs, an idea I got from my sister, and it was so cute.  Booo. 😦

 

365 Days of Creativity – Day 42

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Continuing with my Photoshop kick this week (my graphic design diploma is something that I rarely put to use), I made some labels for my husband Rob’s beef jerky, Durdle Jerky.  He currently makes 3 flavors, mild, regular (or, medium), and hot.  We worked together to come up with some design ideas, I did some rough sketching, and then scanned the sketches into Photoshop and went from there.  What do you think?  😀  I love that Rob let me put little kawaii faces on the thermometers! *giggle*  I’ve also got a label done for his ghost pepper jerky, which he has yet to make, but I’ll share the pic anyways.  🙂

 

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See the little ghosts that are supposed to represent smoke, but are also ghosts because it’s ghost peppers?  Oh snap, I laughed at that idea for a while, I was pretty tickled with it. hehehehe  Rob had the fantastic idea to have the top of the thermometer looking like a burned match.  Brilliant.  We work so well together, especially when it comes to thinking up creative things. 🙂

365 Days of Creativity – Day 41

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I am very excited about today’s post!!  The UPS guy woke us up this morning banging on the door, and I was happy about being woken up, amazingly.  Last week I designed my business cards and banner for the Paintball branch of my craft business, and got them ordered.  They’re nothing elaborate, just text on a camo background, but I think they look awesome, if I do say so myself.  I ordered from Vistaprint; I’ve been using them for many years, and still can’t say enough good things about them.  The quality is great, they cards are cheap (even with me uploading my own design), and shipping is super fast.  *the background of the cards looks grainy/pixelated, but they’re not; my camera was being weird).

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