Just a quick post to share a set of four Autumn Leaves ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) that I made today..
Inspired by Shemi Dixon, in THIS VIDEO tutorial, these little works of art were quick and fun to make, and are absolutely beautiful set out for seasonal decorating. I plan on making little easels to better display my ATCs, and any other little masterpieces such as these... But you could just as easily scrapbook with them, or maybe just glue magnets on the back to hang on your refrigerator!
Just want to share this quick post today, of a birthday banner I made for my grandson's 1st birthday! Take me out to the ball game!.... As you can see, the theme for the big day was baseball!
To make this highchair birthday banner, I used red card stock for the pennants, white poster board for the baseballs, then some glue and/or double-sided tape to adhere the balls to the pennants, I used a red magic marker for the stitching on the baseballs, then I used stencils to paint the "O", the "N", and the "E", in blue acrylic paint, on each one. Once the paint dried, I then punched holes in the upper corners of each pennant. After running ribbon through the holes, we could then hang it in the front of the tray of highchair...
Finally, we were ready to begin the customary cake smash! Hard to believe he's turning a whole year old already!.. And he's taking his first steps too!
(Sigh)... Am I really here?.. And for my next question, "Is anyone else here?"
Life has had its twists and turns, and still it is ever changing and rearranging. Honestly I just hang on for dear life sometimes! Long story (or stories) short. I have moved, and I am presently working two jobs... (which should explain what little time I have to blog.) But I am most happy to say that I am now a very proud "Grammie"!! So-oooo, taking in all the good and the bad as I go along, no matter how crazy things may seem sometimes, I still do my best to always count my blessings! It's a wonderful life!.. I'm just sorry it all has directed me away from the world of "Blogland" the way that it has. Sadly, sometimes I have even considered taking the blog down, as I just cannot give it the attention I wish that I could anymore. I guess I can only ask for any followers still out there to just let me know if I'm worth the visit... I'd be happy to try to post what I can from there.
For now, while I'm sure many of you are already jumping ahead to share a multitude of inspiring Autumn crafts and decorations, I thought it would be nice to show you a wreath I recently made for my front door, still in the spirit of a wonderful Summer that's not over yet!
I enjoyed making this... Well...
Actually, I made two! One for me,
and one for my daughter.
Made with 99-cent pairs of flip-flops, you could probably catch them now on sale for 50 cents a pair! The base of the wreath is a metal wreath, purchased from my local Walmart.
(I cut approximately 50 or so fabric strips in each color)
I cut a good many scrap-fabric strips, roughly about 3/4" x 5" each, to tie onto the metal wreath, thus filling in the empty spaces in between the flip-flops.
(Once these were painted, I sprayed a protactive sealant on them,
and then added decorative centers,)
Finally, I made flowers out of cupcake papers, but quickly found that glue wouldn't hold them to the flip-flops, like I hoped... So, I ended up stapling the flowers onto them, carefully hiding the staples under the top layer of flower petals. (I don't know how someone else would go about this, but it worked for me!)
Well, here it hangs on my door, finally, before Autumn calls upon me to set out my pumpkins and scarecrows instead!... Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope I've inspired you to try making one yourself, be it for this year or next!
I just finished this pair of minion flip-flops, inspired by THIS VIDEO. I used wiggle eyes and bottle caps for the eyes; then, I used black ribbon to look like the straps of their little goggles... I've still got two more pairs to make now!
Those who know me best, know I love to art-journal, and I love keeping planners as well. (In fact, it's become a necessity. I'm not getting any younger, and I'm afraid my brain isn't getting any sharper!)
Allow me to re-introduce my little family of journals...
(all named, just for fun!)
From the left, clockwise...
I use the purple Day Runner, Amy, for craft planning;
the black Miquelrius, (as my fauxbonichi), Rowena;
the black Franklin Covey, Lily, is my home planner;
and my little pink Piazza Filofax, Sara,
is a planner for my purse.
I love picking up little "goodies" to use
with all my journals... like stickers and washi tapes.
I love trying out new pens or pencils..
Previously I've shared my art journals, and/or the various pages I've created; but I've found that time does not allow what it takes to do that kind of thing on a daily basis anymore. I don't have time to drag out the gesso, the tools, the stencils, the stamps, the inks, the ump-teen colors of paints, the ephemera, etc., etc., etc.... So I was discouraged. I found I couldn't do what I loved, until I was introduced to what's referred to as a "fauxbonichi". It's a journal of one's choice, be it a 99-cent notebook, or a more expensive journal, depending on one's preferences; but the idea is to journal, scrap, sketch, paint, color, etc., etc., all in one book... (in my own case, on a smaller, simpler scale) I create a page either everyday, or whenever time allows. It's my book, about 8" x 6" in size, and there are no rules!
I can use pencils, pens, crayons.. Nothing too complicated here! I even joined a group, Fauxbonichi Journalers, on Facebook. Here, members can share their work, their ideas, their suggestions, and artistic prompts... I really love this style, or method, of journaling!
It just fits my lifestyle best right now. Some pages are done very plain and simply, while other pages may be more elaborate and colorful; but I enjoy looking through the work I've put into it, from time to time, and I most love the memories I can look back on!
Here is a crafty paper project I recently did. These Jar-Shaped ATCs are inspired by THIS VIDEO.
I added my own homemade soda bottle cap embellishments, and then made the ATCs into refrigerator magnets for myself and a friend. Without the caps, I still think they would make cute bookmarks, recipe cards, journaling spots, or maybe as photo mats for scrapbooks or mini albums!...
Please remember and respect the thought and time I put into my own work. All personal photos of art, crafts, and otherwise, that you find on this blog, are mine, copyright (c) 2014, TLS @ Beansie Babbles, all rights reserved. Thank you.