Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Ornament Exchange



Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

Here is the important information for the exchange and all the players - if you have a moment take a quick look and leave some happy love for all the crafty makers.

Happy holidays
2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things
Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K
Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify
Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den
Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey
Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog
Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Hey there - My partner for this exchange was the wonderful Debra over at Shoppe No 5 - shoppeno5.com - she is a crafty girl and does awesome upcycled furniture makeovers - I sent her the above snowman ornament and she sent me a cute handmade ornament made using a clay pot - wait till you see it...



This is my first year participating in this swap and boy are there a lot of us involved. It’s kind of a big deal!

We were  paired off with partners and were to make an ornament and share the tutorial on how to make the ornament we were  sending about partner. 

Wait till the end to see the finished ornament - pretty please!

So I started with paperclay and a styrofoam ball the size is up to you - these balls can come as big as 5 inches. I chose the 2 inch ball 


I use water and my palms to flatten out some clay and then spread it into the ball, the texture helps keep the clay in place, and keep  adding clay to cover the ball until it’s nice and even.

I added small balls of clay for cheeks and again use water to smooth out the lumps and make them look like they belong. I used more clay to add the nose and pulled on it to stretch it out some. Then I used a toothpick to make a crooked smile.

It takes around 24 hours to dry - i put my snowman head on a skewer so it dries all the way around. Once it dries use acrylic paint to add the face and details - as you can see from above I changed his smile and used dots instead —

Then decorate to your hearts content. I have made hats out of paper before or use a store bought snowman hat (Joanne’s carry them) I made mine out of felt. Seriously no sewing just cut out a circle for the bottom, a rectangle for the tube and glue closed and then a smaller circle for the top-easy peasy! 

Ha-isn’t he cute!!! Imagine the possibilities - the different hats the decorations or collars... here’s hoping my partner enjoyed her ornament. Let me know if you make one of these  and tag me in the photos on Instagram @onecraftymess


Here is the awesome cottage I received from Debra - isn't it the sweetest thing ever.




FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Craft Show signage - TUTORIAL

Nothing like waiting until the last minute for making things for my craft show.

So last year I wanted to make a magnet board that would fit on my table so we went shopping and  we bought all these pieces at Lowe’s.





The circular piece is in the building section - it’s used for making side tables - then one 2 x 4 and a hinge and a hook. The one thing we couldn’t find was the right sized metal sheeting to cover this circle. I tried buying that roll of stickable magnet but that wasn’t the right size either so it sat unused all year. 


So since it can stand up I thought I would make a sign for my craft show booth. I painted the circle with chalkboard paint - and then added some painted elements around the outer part - I did that so there would be permanent color on the piece. 




For rest of the sign I used chalk. Mostly because I wasn’t sure about my writing but once it was done I had wished I used paint...the main reason I wanted to use chalk was because I wanted to be able to add different Holiday emblems for each show I was participating in...all in all - I’m in love! 

Let me know what you think 

Happy Hump Day 
T

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NEW Photo Mailers

Most crafters can make something out of anything. Which is where this idea came from.

Awhile back I made this mini folded album out of a 6 x 12 sheet of paper...I had tried to make a fun velcro closure and used the stickie kind. Well it never really adhered - it was meant to easily open and close and when it kept sticking well I gave up. The paper was cute and the paper was fun but I hadn't figured out how to keep it closed.

That was last year. Fast forward to recently...like a month ago. I had sheets of 6 x 12 paper from other paper bag albums and wanted to try making one of those albums again - well guess what I figured it all out. 

Here are the NEW version of the old idea I had. 
I used left over papers from the Echo Park Bundle of Joy kit and made what I am now calling

PHOTO MAILERS



Here is the MAILER opened up once



Here is the mailer opened up twice.
I added more cardstock for the photo mats and used some die cuts & stickers from the kit to add the accents and embellish the inside photo mats.


Oh and how incredible easy was it to figure out this closure. Sometimes we crafters make things super hard - when the easiest way is usually the BEST way. 

Extra paper folded around the closed mailer to make a simple slip on and off belly band.

EASY!!!!!



Part of the reason for making these small photo mailers is that I like to have small priced items at my craft show - for people or even kids who don't have much to spend but still love giving handmade gifts. I have found selling at craft shows over the years that you should always have lots of different but similar items at varied price ranges to accommodate all your buyers. Just  a TIP!


Thanks for stopping by. 
this is my busy craft prep season so forgive the in and out of posting here on the old blog.

Ciao Tina



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Junk journaling my Way

Not sure if you have seen any of the super cool junk journal makers on YouTube but you should check them out! I love the idea of them mostly because it'sANYTHING  GOES -  I like that you can use anything you want to make it look old, themed, and it's ok that they are super fat and filled up!!! 

I have made these in the past and painted pages and added a bunch of different things to them - I'll search one out and share it here when I do. 

So because I love new ideas and I especially like to make them my own I decided to try this with my traditional paper bag albums as the base.

Here is one version I made and it has an uplifting and personal inspirational theme to it. 

See the cover looks like any other paper bag album. 

But then when you open it - its  filled with so much more. Lots of extras 


I used small bags, envelopes and vintage papers to create inner booklets and holders to hold special secret notes to yourself or words and photos that are extra special to you and maybe for your eyes only. 


And I added a bunch of 3x5 journal cards with positive messages and lots of space for journaling in other spots. The smaller hand sewn booklets inside have little surprises all over,'it's quite fun to flip through these. 


These inner books are made of scrapbook paper, journal tags, and vintage paper and are held in the album with bakers twine!!

I just posted a video up on YouTube (@onecraftymess) on a journal I made for my trip to Tennessee before it was filled in and another video with ideas on what to collect on your trips to add to your junk journal when you get home!

Next will be the finished travel journal with all my goodies added and it's quite full and super fun for all to flip through!!! 

Happy Tuesday ya'll 

xo
T

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sale in the shop

Just wanted to take a minute and share that I have some albums on sale right now in the shop and if you mention that you are shopping by way of the blog - I will give you free shipping  on any purchase so if you have been wanting something - now is the time to load up and buy buy buy 

Check out the newly listed goods 



In time for Halloween


Cute right?

Check out the shop for all the photos of the inside of the albums. 


Hope your having a great week!!!

xo

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Birthday #47

Wednesday August 2nd I turned 47. It's a big number for me since I'm a few years I will be 50! I look at myself in the mirror and don't see a almost 50 year old girl.  Weird this time thing - it keeps On going even if you aren't ready for it.


I know I look a little less then happy here but if I'm being honest - I wasn't feeling super special on my birthday! I woke up restless like I hadn't slept! I had to get my kids ready for high school registration then went to have breakfast with the kids and then a movie then home and we'll it felt a little less then spectacular!! When my hubbs got home  he took us out to dinner and wouldn't you know I forgot my phone!! 

You might be saying well that sounds like a good day but i realized later that I was missing my mama - she was always the first to call me on my birthday, really early, and sing happy birthday in English and Spanish. For some reason this year (she past away in 2009) I missed her most or needed to hear her most! 


My birthday celebrating Saturday July 29th - with dinner with my dad and brother and we went out on Sunday to Venice beach and did the whole Los Angeles thing and we had the best day!! Really I had a fantastic birthday week!!! 

I am blessed and decided to make number 47 a fantastic year - I have blog goals, fitness goals and personal growth goals!!! I'll share those later! But I need to prepare mentally for 50 and I plan on staring this year!!! 

Stay tuned and I guess the moral of this post is --- if you are feeling crappy figure out the real reason because there is always an underlying reason to your sadness and if you do t figure it out it could affect your whole day and put a damper on it!!! For me I was just missing my mom- and it wasn't until nighttime that I realised it and let it go!!!! 


Have a great weekend friends!!! Here's to 47 🎂


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bible journals

I wanted to share this idea I came up with that can be altered for any subject - BIBLE JOURNALS 

All you need to make them is a blank notebook and some scraps of paper and some die cuts from paper kits 

I used papers and embellishments from illustrated faith 



Cute and simple and because it's a notebook and has lined paper inside you can do bullet journaling of your scriptures and or readings! 


These could be made for bible study groups or women's groups - next ill share the kids journals I made - same idea but with a  sweet images - 

I'll have these up in the shop on Monday!!! 

Happy Saturday ya'll!! 

xoT