Saturday, November 24, 2018

Coffee Filter Rose

For Thanksgiving this year, my son set an empty place in honor of a soldier he lost from his unit and he asked me for a rose to include in the place setting.  There is quite a bit of symbolism to each item at the table and he didn't have all of them this year but he plans to make this a tradition every year.
Not knowing about the tradition beforehand, I did not realize the rose was supposed to be red, so it was white this year. I made it from a large coffee filter and I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt.  Several people asked me for a tutorial, so here it is.

The coffee filter I used is enormous, but you could use any size filter. Why do I have such enormous filters? A friend of a friend ordered the wrong size and rather than send them back, gave them to me. I've been trying to figure out what to do with them ever since.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas Card With Spirelli Ornaments

Christmas is just over a month away and I am behind on making my Christmas cards!  Here is a beautiful card that takes less time than you may think.  I find Spirelli, the technique of wrapping the thread around the scalloped circles, relaxing.  I love watching as the geometric forms take shape. It kind of reminds me of Spirograph.

When I make the ornaments, I don't count the notches. I like having a variety.  Just remember that the fewer notches you skip, the larger the center aperture.

If  you're new to Spirelli, here's a video explaining how to do it as well as instructions for completing this card.  Even if you're not new to Spirelli, you might find a useful tip for keeping your thread from unraveling. ;)

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I have so much to be thankful for and love getting together with friends and family.

Here's a quick Thanksgiving card I made this evening using the Bountiful Thanks* stamp set and an acrylic background I made several months ago.

I stamped the cornucopia onto Haystack cardstock* with Pumpkin Bread Ink*, colored it with Color Burst Colored Pencils* and fussy cut around it. Next, I stamped Bountiful Thanks onto Haystack cardstock and fussy cut around it as well.  I cut the acrylic background to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and mounted it onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Pumpkin Bread* card blank. Next, I cut a scallop from Green Olive cardstock* and adhered, slightly below center and about 1/2" in from the right side of the background.  I popped the cornucopia and Bountiful Thanks up on Medium or Small Foam Squares and adhered them to the front of the card.

Here's a visual index of the products I used.