Flashback Friday – Father’s Day Card Craft

Flashback Friday – Father’s Day Card Craft

It’s true that not all flashbacks crafts are created equal, in fact most of my flashback crafts make me cringe… However, every once in a while I get lucky and I find a long lost craft that is not only cute but also laughably over-engineered. Can you believe I created and demonstrated this mechanical Father’s Day card on Craft-tastic LIVE over 2 years ago!? I think it’s the best example of how I was a little obsessed with designing unique mechanical cards using nonsensical templates…. A phase which I do not apologize for ;) Here it is in action 2 whole years later! Unfortunately I don’t have a nice short video demonstration of this craft (mostly because it’s far too complicated to explain in a short amount of time) so instead I’ll double dare you to try and make this card just from the template alone. fathersdaycardANDREACURRIE If you accept my dare and subsequently find yourself frustrated and cursing my name then I suggest you watch the full length Father’s Day Super Hero Craft-Tastic LIVE 2010 episode here (Fast Forward to minute 7 for the Father’s day card)! Now this biggest question is do you think my dad will notice if I send him this card again? I mean it has been two years! :)  ...
St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Mini Top Hat With Free Template

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Mini Top Hat With Free Template

I’m quite surprised that Andrea has made a bazillion of these mini top hats but hasn’t ever crafted a green one for St. Patty’s Day. Maybe she is mini top hatted out? Either way, I took this as my queue to whip up a little St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Mini Top Hat for the Gracie girl (yes we’re those type of pet owners). Guess what? I’m actually less embarrassed about the fact that I dress up my dog than I am to admit that I had never actually used Andrea’s ever popular mini top hat template! Luckily I found it quite easy to understand– As in Andrea didn’t have to hover over me while I created it…. The hardest part about this craft was photographing a black dog in direct sunlight! If you want to create a little leprechaun hat for yourself, kids, dogs ect. I suggest you start by downloading the template from scribd and then wander over to Andrea’s mini-top hat blog post from New Years. It has nice instructions as well as a better picture of Gracie in a pink mini top...
Button Pet Silhouettes

Button Pet Silhouettes

Last year I was inspired by my late but great gold fish Pedro to craft up some pet silhouettes, but not just any ole’ pet silhouettes. Button silhouettes! This is probably because I was smack dab in the middle of a button frenzy (where I was getting boxes and boxes of buttons) and I thought it would be a nice way to show off how much love I have for both buttons and my fishy pal Pedro. Now let’s get into what Pedro looks like in buttons compared to the real life Pedro, shall we? Striking resemblance huh? It’s pretty easy to craft up your own button silhouette, and it doesn’t even have to be for a pet! How about children’s portraits? That could be really cute! Materials Deepish frame. Mine was The Ribba frame from Ikea and was about 1 inch deep. Decorative or colored card stock or scrapbook paper. Must fit your frame. I used Die Cuts With A View. Regular card stock or scrapbook paper. Can be color coordinated with decorative piece of paper since it might show through the buttons. Must be sturdy. Craft knife Hot glue or sturdy glue like Aileens’s Tacky Glue. Lot’s-O-Buttons. I used about 40 on my fishy. Most of them were from Blumenthal Landsing and some friends personal stashes. How To: 1) Print out large photo of your pet. Large enough to fit in the frame but small enough to still have a nice border in the frame. 2) Cut decorative and regular card stock to size of frame (insert size). 3) Cut out pet photo and trace onto decorative...
Handmade Legends – A Tour of The Taylor Guitar Factory

Handmade Legends – A Tour of The Taylor Guitar Factory

Andrea and I moved to San Diego in 2007, it’s been a wonderful experience living “America’s Finest City”. One of the most pleasant surprises I have had was to discover that a legend in the music world lived right in my own backyard, Taylor Guitars. If you do play the guitar or are learning to play the guitar, then you most likely know what I am talking about, if you don’t, then you still may care to know that these guitars are among some of the best in the industry and Taylor prides their brand on hand making some of the finest quality instruments in the business. I was beyond excited to learn that they offer daily tours, except on weekends and some holidays. The tour is about an hour long and involves some serious walking. The tour starts from the gift shop and snakes through the entire production line, where at the end, you can take home the cut outs from the sound holes.. in fact, that’s where I got the materials for my Taylor Guitar DIY Drink Coaster Project. So I packed up some excitement and headed to 1980 Gillespie Way in El Cajon for an experience that will last a handmade lifetime. When you arrive at Taylor Guitars, the factory is in a seemingly normal corporate business park. If you aren’t looking for Taylor Guitars, you will drive right by it. After parking, you’ll approach the gift shop. The people that work at Taylor love their jobs and have been there a long time. In fact, in the two times that I have been there, it’s...
Flashback Friday: Cupcake Flower Brooch

Flashback Friday: Cupcake Flower Brooch

Last year on Craft-Tastic LIVE I demo’d how to create flowers from cupcake liners which I used in my Birthday centerpieces. I really loved how they looked like a ball of carnations but after flashing back and watching how I first made these cupcake flowers I realized that it can be done in a much easier way. Luckily my new technique uses less materials and zero hot glue! It’s so simple and the perfect party craft since they are economical (dollar store), not time consuming and can be customized to your liking. What you’ll need Different colors and sizes of cupcake liners. The sky is the limit here. If you want to use the ink pad technique you should buy plain paper liners in lighter colors. Glossy or foil liners won’t work with ink pads. Staplers Medium or large sized safety pins Green pipe cleaners Ink pads in various colors. Alcohol based seemed to dry the fastest but can get hands a wee bit messy. Optional Rhinestones Sequins Spray glitter (just note drying times) Go crazy! How to Decorate at least 4 cupcake liners by running each along ink pad or spraying with glitter mist on both sides. Stack cupcake liners and flatten with your hands. Lay green pipe cleaner along the bottom and staple to liners in the middle Fold pipe cleaner in half and wrap one side of pipe cleaner around safety pin. Wrap other pipe cleaner half  around and twist a little leaf. Fluff your liners to create flower shape. Add more flowers for a fuller look. Make sure everything is dry before you pin on....
Flashback Friday: Drinking Straw Pendants

Flashback Friday: Drinking Straw Pendants

  The only time I like to use the iron is when I’m melting something for a craft project. That’s probably why it came as no surprise last Spring when Cliff found me hovering over the ironing board not ironing clothing but ironing drinking straws screaming “It’s perfect.” Yeah, that’s the kinda stuff that makes my day…. The funny thing is when I look back at my project photos even I ask myself “What the heck was I thinking?” I mean who is really going to wear those silly little pendants? Well, I did and somehow people liked them. Although I must say that these accessories like most that I make and wear are probably best suited for Tweens and/or adventurous adults that don’t mind getting odd looks at the grocery store. It wouldn’t be a flashback post if you didn’t get to see me awkwardly demoing this plastic mess on Cool2Craft. You’ll also get to witness how well I demo under pressure when my stupid craft cam decides to freak out. Must have been the smell of burning plastic that made it mad. Ahh the good ole days :) Craft...