A lot of people worry about reaching milestone Birthdays as they sound so old. When I was a teenager I considered people in their 30’s to be ‘proper, grown-up adults’, those in their 40’s & 50’s ‘middle aged’ & 60’s & over, ‘old-age pensioners’, & ‘well past it’. Now, having passed a few of these milestones, I think differently. You are only as old as you feel, or in this case, as old as your scrabble tiles say.
I had bought a new tunic top for a retirement party but the neckline was a bit low for my liking. It needed a nice necklace to set it off. The top was mainly black with shades of brown, so a necklace in these colours would be perfect. I raided my plastics collection to see what I could find. The very dark brown was from coffee jar lids, the semi-transparent brown from a mouthwash bottle, the mustardy one from a tablet bottle, & the pale brown one from a ‘Coffee Mate’ lid. I knew I had a selection of black & coppery jewellery findings which would have been ideal, but they were obviously hiding somewhere out of sight. Unfortunately, as it was the night before the party I didn’t have time to search for them so I just tied the ‘beads’ together with waxed cotton, & did the same for the closure. This looked OK & worked well to join the ‘beads’ but I would need to find a more robust closure. Now where did I put those findings?
The theme for this months challenge was the colour blue & an umbrella. I originally wanted to use my Tim Holtz Umbrella Man, but as I am doing ATC-sized pictures the die-cut was too big. The stamp just fitted but there would have been no room for any words. Instead I opted for the Spellbinders In’spire umbrella die.
I cut a black ATC & randomly daubed it with blue acrylic paint. I then dabbed Salty Ocean & Brushed Pewter distress paints on & spritzed it with water. Once dry I mounted it on blue card. I cut the umbrella from silver card & printed the words using a dymo Letra tag label maker on silver tape. I used Deco Art liquid glass to simulate raindrops on the umbrella.
I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for a secretary who likes shopping. I have made a few cards for secretaries using the Tim Holtz alterations typewriter die, which I love. I recently bought this new, smaller typewriter die from In’spire by Spellbinders, & couldn’t wait to try it out. I also just bought some thin wood sheets from EK Success. They are thin enough to cut with punches so die-cutting was easy. They are a bit flimsy so I stuck the wood sheet to a double-sided adhesive sheet before die-cutting. This strengthened the wood & also made it easy to stick to the card. For the keys I cut the shape again from pearlised card & stuck the individual keys into the corresponding holes on the wooden typewriter. This was a bit fiddly but the result was worth it. The bags are from a selection of dies: Quickutz, Memory Box & Bosskut.
This month the Craft Barn calendar challenge must contain RABBITS & the colour YELLOW. Anyone that knows me knows that I am not at all into ‘cute’ & I don’t own any cute fluffy bunny embellishments. I was stumped for a bit as I have set myself a personal challenge to try & use what I’ve got in my stash for this challenge & not go & buy anything new, especially something I wouldn’t ever use again. Then I remembered a Playboy Bunny die I had & the challenge was on again.
I am continuing my theme of using ATC size pictures each month, which will eventually be mounted on a 12 x 12 board with a (detachable) calendar tab so it can be used again.
I make a lot of patchwork cards which are great for using up all those wee scraps of paper I can’t bear to throw away; so I used the same idea for my ATC. I cut the bunny head from black card & mounted it in the centre. The burlap flower was a late addition. I happened to buy a packet of burlap flowers from The Works today. They were very cheap & I could see potential there. They had a (not very well centred) gem for the middle, which I removed & attached the flower with a brad.
This month the Craft Barn Calendar Challenge must include ‘hearts’ & the colour ‘red’. For this months ATC I cut the base ATC from black card & dabbed red paint over it with a cotton bud. I then stamped & embossed Technique Tuesday’s ‘Love Makes The World Go Round’ steampunk-style heart. I printed the word February with Dymo tape & coloured the letters red. The actual quote which came with the stamp set was too small so I typed the words out on red paper, cut them out & matted them on black paper. I then attached a felt & fabric flower with a ‘screw’ brad which I coloured black. I then matted the whole ATC on red paper. Eventually all 12 colourful ATCs will be mounted on a black 12 x 12 canvas or board with a removable calendar tab on the bottom so it can be used for any year, or just mounted as a picture.
I didn’t want to make a spiral calendar as I like to use a lot of embellishments which would make the pages too bulky to lie flat.
I have always admired ATCs as, although they are small, they are very effective. So I decided to make my calendar as 12 separate ATCs to be mounted on a 12″ x 12″ board. A separate calendar tab can be hung on the bottom if desired. This makes it more a piece of artwork that is not just confined to one year.
January challenge is aqua & snowflakes
I raided my ‘blue / green’ scrap paper drawer for suitable paper. Since they are all scraps, I’m not sure where they came from. I do know that the butterfly paper at the bottom is from the DCWV Street Lace pad. I cut the snowflake from black glitter card using the Quickutz snowflake die. The stamped quote is part of a stamp from the Dylusions the Right Words set. The word January is cut from a newspaper. Small button, brads & ribbon from my stash. It might look a bit insignificant on its own but I am visualising the end result of 12 brightly coloured ATCs mounted on a black background.
Every year I say I’m going to start making my Christmas cards in July, to avoid the inevitable last minute panic & that ‘I never want to see another Christmas card again’ feeling, & every year I never do it. As usual I vow not to buy any more Christmas stash but I always do & most of it lies unopened & unused. Maybe if I make a card a week then I’ll be organised by December, & I’ll have plenty time to try out different ideas.
My first card is an idea I have wanted to do for a while. I cut snowman shapes from old book pages & mounted them on a kraft card which had been randomly dotted with blobs of white acrylic paint. Simple but effective. I’ll definitely make more of these.
The second card came about as I had a set of nesting holly leaf dies that I bought last Christmas & never used. I cut the leaves from tartan card, edged with gold, & sewed on a red button for the berry. The greeting is cut with my new Dreamweaver alphabet dies that I just had to try out. Again, simple but effective.
A few weeks ago I was excited to get hold of some 5 1/2 inch floppy disks to make notebooks. This week I am even more excited to get my hands on some big 8 inch floppies. Like their 5 1/2 inch relatives, they too are truly floppy so I covered a batch of 8 inch greyboards for the backs.
I cut 20cm pages, which were just slightly smaller than the 8 inch covers, & added an embellishment to the inside to show through the centre hole.
Now my floppy disk notebook family is complete.