Monday, March 15, 2021

Religious Easter Cards

After such a terrible year for us all in 2020-2021, I felt like sending religious Easter cards instead of the typical bunny and egg ones to my family.

I used a Sue Wilson Creative Expressions die for the background and the Spellbinder Crosses.

I hope you all have a safe and healthy Easter season.



Saturday, January 23, 2021

Paper Straw Heart


This is the project I was working on in yesterday's post where I wrote up a tutorial on making paper straws.  I intentionally wanted the straws to be at a diagonal, actually more of a diagonal than how it turned out.

I only used two different patterned papers and got quite a variety of designs on the straws;  it all depends on how you position the pattern when rolling your paper.

The overall size of the finished heart is about 9" x 9".  The red trim is from the tinsel hearts at The Dollar Tree.  I just unwound the trim from it's plastic shaped heart form.   Once the red trim is off the heart, you can remake the heart using twine or yarn  (do a search on Pinterest for Twine Hearts for ideas).

These are 2 twine hearts I made after removing the red tinsel trim from the above heart.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  I'd love to see the straws you make and what you make with them.

~~ Ann

Friday, January 22, 2021

Paper Straw Tutorial


I saw some cute Valentine craft ideas online using paper straws, but I didn't want to spend money on buying straws so I learned how to make my own out of a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper.   I was able to make 8 straws for just 25 cents.  I already had the other supplies on hand but this is what you will need:

12 x 12 sheet of thin scrapbook paper

A 1/4" dowel or chop stick

Glue or double sided tape

A paper trimmer to cut the paper


These straws are perfect for crafting (not for drinking unless you coat them with paraffin wax).  

Start by cutting your 12x12 paper in 1.5" widths (12 x 1.5" pieces).  If you have paper with a pattern of lines in it like mine does, you probably want the lines to go vertically on your paper trimmer.  You will get 8 strips out of one 12x12 paper.

Next you are going to apply either a line of glue or double sided tape to the back side of your 12x1.5" strip of paper.  Apply the adhesive to the top along the 12" side, about 1/4" down from the top edge.   Have the adhesive come over only to about the 11" mark.  Leave the last inch without any adhesive or your paper will stick to your dowel, and you won't be able to get it off easily.

If you have paper with a design or color that you want showing on the straw, have that part of the paper to the top edge.  In the example below, I wanted the white stripe to show so I applied my tape to the back upper side of the paper with the white edge at the top of the opposite side.

In the example below, I wanted the pink edge to show but not the white, so I applied the tape to the back side with the pink edge at the top of the opposite side.

Now you are ready to start rolling the paper around the dowel.  Place the right end of the dowel at a 45 degree angle to the lower corner of your paper.  Roll it slowly, making sure the corner of the paper is under the dowel and begin rolling.  Try to get that lower right corner rolled without having any adhesive touching the dowel.

Place both hands on the dowel, pushing down as you roll it to the left.

You may need to secure the very last left end of the paper to the straw using a tiny dot of glue.  Once that glue has dried, pull out your dowel.  If it doesn't come out easily, check to be sure the adhesive is not stuck to the dowel at the start of the straw.  If it is, simply peel the paper back a little away from the dowel.

These straws are super quick to make and addicting.  When you are done, you should have gotten 8 straws out of one 12x12 sheet of paper.  The length of your straw will depend on how tightly you wrapped the paper.

If you want to use these straws as drinking straws, there are videos online on how to use paraffin wax to seal them.  I will be using mine in crafts, ( my post to follow tomorrow showing what I made with the straws).

These are some of the papers I used to make my straws:

I hope to have my project done by tomorrow so I can show you what I made with the straws.  

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Ann


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Reversible Rosette Christmas Tree


I wanted to make an interactive tree for my 6 year old nephew.  He can take this tree apart and rearrange the rosettes any way he wants since it is held together with magnets.  It can be stacked like a wonky tree from a Dr. Seuss book or be perfectly straight for a mantle.

I cut the rosettes using double sided paper so each rosette has two different sides.   Then  I used magnets over the chipboard centers of the rosettes (see below).  By using magnets on the rosettes, it allows the tree to be put together and taken apart in whatever color scheme was desired (thus the interactive part I was looking for).    It can also be dismantled for easy shipping.  The rosettes can be mailed in an envelope instead of  permanently mounting the tree together with hot glue and trying to ship it in a large box.  

This shows both sides of the paper I used.

The magnets are cut from magnetic vent covers that you can buy at Lowes.

I cut the chipboard and magnetic sheets in my Cuttlebug using the Sizzix Bigz Original Circles die.  This die has 4 different circle sizes on it.  You want to try to use the size that fits the rosette the best without showing too much.  The circles are 1", 1.5", 2", and 2.5".  You can easily hand cut the magnetic sheets yourself and not use the die.

I found that the chipboard circles with the magnetic circles was too thick and created more space between the rosettes than I wanted.  If I make another tree, I will use cereal box cardboard covered with the magnetic circle and not actual chipboard.  I don't think the magnetic circles on their own will be sturdy enough to hold the rosettes together.

Here is a list of the sizes of the paper I used to cut the rosettes.  Each rosette was manually scored on a Martha Stewart Scoring board every 1/2" except for the smallest one*

3 strips cut at 3.5" wide x 12" long

3 strips cut at 3.25" wide x 12" long

3 strips cut at 3" wide x 12" long

(3) cut at 2.75" x 12"

(3) cut at 2.5" x 12"

(3) cut at 2.25" x 12"

2 strips cut at 2 x 12

2 strips cut at 1.75 x 12

2 strips cut at 1.5 x 12

2 strips cut at 1.25 x 12

2 strips cut at 1" x 12"

* 1 strip cut at 1/2" wide by 12" and scored every 1/4" (as opposed to scoring all the others at 1/2" intervals).

Or for the top rosette, you can use the Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Paper Rosettes die (2 sizes, use the smaller of the two).  This die made it a lot easier to make a rosette that is so small.  

To make the rosettes, adhere the strips together, making sure you glue a "mountain side" with a "valley side" in order to prevent adding bulk to the rosette.  When using 3 strips, the last scored 1/2" will have to be cut off in order to end up with a mountain matching a valley.

There are several YouTube videos that show you how to assemble the rosette.  Basically once you have the ends secured together so a loop forms, press the loop down and adhere a circle to both sides with hot glue.

Since the rosettes are so big (the biggest strip used is 3.5" wide x 12 (x3) which makes a 7" diameter rosette), I used cardboard to hold the rosette together.  Paper is too flimsy and the rosette wants to pop up.

When gluing on the center circle, push the rosette edges inward so the center circle is tight and as small as possible.

Cover the center circle with a magnetic circle if you want the tree to be able to be taken apart for mailing.  Otherwise, you can glue the rosettes together one at a time when stacking them and don't use the magnetic sheets.

If you want a skinnier tree, omit the largest rosettes that are at the bottom.  You can alter the size of the rosette just by changing the center size of the circle when gluing the rosette together.  Leaving a bigger center circle will make a larger rosette.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Ann

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

2nd Art Journal Under Construction

Just some pages from my second art journal I am working on during these Covid-19 times:

The tree was made using the collage technique.  I cut out various circles from  scrapbook papers.

I am just learning these techniques and using the supplies I have on hand, finding inspiration on Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Covid-19 Art Journal

I started working on an art journal to occupy my time during Covid-19:

Most of the pages have hearts on them; this is my h'art journal.

Sorry about the photos; I have 2 digital cameras that both decided to go on the fritz during this pandemic.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann