Monday, August 3

Make a Plan!

Well, hello Monday! Planners are all the rage these days. We’d love to see your crafty planner pages, but this challenge can be taken many more ways! You can share a project about plans you’ve made, you could get a jump on holiday crafting, art journal a dream or hope for the future, or make a crafty plan of some other kind, and show us what happens! Join us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

You have to plan for the weather, right? That's where my mind headed with this challenge. Of course, my many years of teaching earth science and weather just might have something to do with that!  So, off I went gathering up my weather themed items to work with.  I originally started off making a tag, painting and stenciling the background, adding a bit of washi tape...

Stamping my Tim Holtz umbrella man stamp, and since I just felt like adding something quirky, I also stamped the umbrella in magenta.

Layering the tag, adding some words, sequins, etc, I thought I was done, I like it just like this. 

But for some reason, my brain just kept could make this in to a weather journal, use it to keep track of the weather....or anything. So, I made a little book, repeated some of the stenciling and paint...

Used watercolor to create a layer of clouds across each page (used watercolor paper for the pages), but then, in that weird way of things, when I stitched the book together, I put the clouds at the bottom.   I thought about taking it apart and redoing it, but thought, what the heck, after the rainstorm, there are puddles, right?

Every day is a new adventure! Whether it is the weather, travel, or a place to take notes, this little journal is ready.

I am looking forward to seeing your plan this week. Do you love working in planners? Are you planning an event? Whatever it is, make it part of your plan to join us in this challenge!

Time to get crafty and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a  generous $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!



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Thursday, July 30

The Giving Plate

Hello! Quick share today before our "Christmas in July" season ends. My good friend Tiffany taught us this one in our Tuesday craft group.

Take an oven proof plate, clean it off with an alcohol pad and wipe down with a paper towel, then sketch on it with a Sharpie marker (I think this was fine or extra fine). Put it in a cold oven, turn it on to 350 and "cook" for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, and let sit overnight.

The plate is meant for putting goodies on and giving to someone, and then it is given away again. I don't think I would use it for eating, and would definitely hand wash it.

It is such a simple and fun gift to make, why not give it a try? Let me know if you do!

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Tuesday, July 28

My Artfully Inspired Life: June

I've gotten a little behind working in my art journal for my online class with Joanne Sharpe. But, I did just catch up with June, for which I am grateful, and wanted to share those pages with you. It is such a fun class and you can join in the fun anytime! Two things I have learned about myself, is I LOVE color, and I LOVE to doodle!!

I am so grateful to each of you who stop by to visit. If you haven't joined the blog yet, I would love to have you, and a big thank you to all who follow twocraftingsisters! 

There you have it! Now, on to July...will I finish before the month ends? That is the question!
Have a wonderful crafty day, my friends!

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Monday, July 27

Not Your Regular Paper!

Good morning Monday! Welcome to a new challenge from the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week it's all about paper, from specialty stamping paper to glitter, corrugated to extra heavy mixed media to tissue – special papers abound!  This week we challenge you to use something other than regular patterned paper or cardstock on your page – and inspire us with the world of papers available!

I'm going to take a wild guess and say we all LOVE paper! I know I do! How fun is this to dig deep and find some of those papers I seem to have stashed away for a special project - I really must use them more! So, let's make a birthday tag!

I started with a tag and tissue paper in a variety of hues.

Next I cut up the colors into little bits and glued them on to the tag. I also wanted some texture, so "squished" some longer strips and ran those down in a wavy shape. My original thought was to make this bright and colorful.

...but I changed my mind and whitewashed it with some watered down white acrylic paint - now that I can work with!

Next step some grungy stamping with my favorite black ink, Ranger's Archival...

Better, but still not what I was really looking for, so I found some forgotten lacy Mulberry paper...

Love the swirls in this, and rather than putting a piece over the tag, I cut out a few swirls to layer on it.

Next, time to stamp a birthday cupcake(Tim Holtz) and "happy birthday" (Simon Says Stamp) and color them in and pop them up on the tag. Add a bit of hand dyed ribbon, and now I have a birthday tag ready to use! 

I wonder what type of special paper you will choose to use on your project? Be sure to check out all of the great inspiration from the DT, and get started!

Time to get crafty and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a generous $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!





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Wednesday, July 22

Christmas in July

I love the idea of Christmas in July! It reminds me to start planning ahead for the big season, and the more I get done now, the less stress there is around December. How many of you celebrate this? I know the folks over at Patience Brewster love to get an early start on the holiday season. Which is why I'm  collaborating with them in celebration of Christmas in July! Looking for some fun ornaments this year? Patience Brewster is an artist who makes these delightfully whimsical collector's ornaments. Be sure to check her out! 

I use this time to get started on my Christmas crafting, gift making and creating my Christmas cards. Maybe this year I will even get them addressed and written early. One stressful year, I didn't even get them mailed until July!

A tradition my sister and I have had for a number of years is to make a December Daily. It is a mini album that we prepare ahead of December that we use to document each day of the holiday season. Having it ready for the season makes it simple to take a photo or two, and journal a bit about that day, stress free.


inside pages with pockets and tags

inside pages with windows

I love to add lots of fun elements to mine like pockets and tags and peek a boo areas.  Projects are so easy when you use coordinating products or kits.

Making a list and checking it twice?  There are pockets inside to keep receipts or a pencil. Heading out to do some holiday shopping and you need a way to keep track of it all?  Going online to shop? That's where this notepad will come in handy, all decked out in finery.

Here's an idea for gift giving...a boxed book. Decorate the outside of the box, and each of the pages to coordinate. It folds out like an accordian, so once the photos are added, it can be opened up and left on display if you like.

And of course, an Advent calendar is a must to celebrate the season. This was easy to make by using a large sheet of patterned paper, cutting little flaps and adding numbers. Under each flap is a little surprise.

I am still working on my cards, but on Saturday, I head out to an all day Christmas in July scrapbook crop. Even if it's ninety degrees out, we will celebrate with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Oh, I am looking forward to this outing!

Are any of you celebrating Christmas in July? Please share with us what you are working on. 

Jingle Bells, Rudolph, White Christmas...anyone else have their Christmas songs playing?

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Monday, July 20

I Scream for...

Hello Monday! I must say, Mondays are starting to become my favorite day of the week, because it's time for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  Ice cream to indigo blue stamps, and ink to ice resin – this week the letter " i" is our inspiration! How will you be inspired this week? 

I was inspired to upcycle my iPhone box into a treasure box with a Steampunk twist! I had this from my old phone and it was such a sturdy box, I saved it. I just removed the "guts" and it was ready to use.

I wanted a metallic look for the box, and played with a number of colors to create the look I wanted. I  added texture with my fingers...yes, a messy proposition, but it worked great! I will share that it took a couple of days of washing to get it all off! This was definitely a project to teach me patience. It took a long time for the paint to dry.

I knew I wanted a few gears on the inside of the box for interest...and they also covered up an uneven spot.

With that lovely metallic sheen to the box, it just called out steampunk to me! Time to dig through my  metal embellishments...a rusty key, gears, clock, pen nib, on the placement, and done!

What a fun little treasure box. This will make a great gift for someone! I am really glad I held on to that box. I was inspired this week to transform my iPhone box, and I am curious to see how you will look at the letter "i" for your inspiration. 

Time to get painty, inky, or?... and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!




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Friday, July 17

Exploring a New Medium: Ken Oliver Color Bursts

I LOVE these dry pigment ink powders!! They are micro fine powders, so don't use them around a fan! The colors are so vibrant and they are just so much fun to work with :) I had ordered a few colors and did a little experimenting at home on watercolor paper and canvas board. Here are those results...

Then...I got to go to class! I headed over to the Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut last weekend, and had the privilege of taking two classes with Ken Oliver. Oh, I am a lucky girl! In my first class, we focused on different techniques, so here are my results...

Well, of course, I had to have my picture taken with Ken!!

In my second class we worked on some finished projects and turned one into a home decor piece. Here are some of my samplings...

My finished canvas. I may still go in and play with this one a bit.

So...if you LOVE color like I do, you will want to get some of these little lovelies and get real inky! I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of these in my work!  

You can learn more about Ken Oliver Crafts here, and Color Bursts can be found here.
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