A Valentine pARTy

7 02 2012

Had a little fun at Jen’s this weekend making lovey dovey stuff. A paint chip garland inspired by this and a smattering of cards. You know who the green one is for, don’t you?


Needle Felting

13 08 2008

Warning – needle felting is incredibly addictive. I made these cards by needle felting wool roving onto rectangles of craft felt and then gluing to cover weight paper to make a set for Carolyne of Hmmmm Now Let’s See. Needle felting is just a process of stabbing a background a zillion times with a special needle that has a bit of wool roving on it. I really felt like I was just getting going by the time I was done. I can see with a little practice these could be quite nice. Using real wool felt for the backing would be fab as well.

Just in case you feel like poking something, here are my tips:

  • Don’t buy all the fancy gear. A $4 pack of needles and a thick synthetic sponge will do just fine.
  • Poke up and down, not at an angle.
  • Make sure to brush glue on, don’t put on in globs as it will soak through the fabric. I knew this before hand but I didn’t it anyway. Just call me lazy!
  • Practice makes perfect. After a while I felt like I was drawing with wool.

Must. Make. More. Soon.

Shadow Rocket Invitations

28 07 2008

So much to tell you. For now, I’m going to start with these relief print rocket ship invitations I’ve been wanting to post about for a couple weeks. The invites are for Seth’s 4th birthday party and were inspired by his own creativity. It all started with this shadow:

Seth was making shadows on the kitchen counter with an office binder clip. You should have seen his face when this rocket ship appeared. We just had to take a picture for posterity. A few weeks later I was searching for inspiration for making the invitations when hubby suggested I look at Seth’s shadow rocket. Perfect! I modified the size of the shadow, printed and cut it out. Tracing both this image and a bottle cap to serve as the basis for Saturn onto soft-kut I was able to get away with out much free hand work. The beauty is that I very minimal drawing capabilities, so this fit the bill nicely. I carved the image out to make a white line relief print, adding the stars at whim and washed it up. Nothing like Rouxhauser’s fabulous chickadee print but I thought it was going to look nice.

Of course, I had to mix up a good green color. I rolled on the ink for a nice smooth coat. Next came the ultimate test. I smoothed down the paper with the barren and crossed my fingers.

Peeling back the first sheet of paper with nerve racking.

In the end all went well. Green for the invites, yellow for the thank you notes. I preferred the print on the yellow card stock as it had a little more tooth to it. The green paper was a little slicker. The biggest problem? Finding time and space for the cards to dry without little hands getting to them.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

13 02 2008

Pile o' tissue paper hearts
Pile of tissue paper hearts

Despite all you naysayers, Valentine’s Day is what you make of it. Yes, it can be romantic, but it can simply be sweet as well. It’s a time to use pink and hearts to excess, which is so un-me. It is a time to let friends know you care. And it’s especially endearing to celebrate it with children.

As my oldest is now three I’m also creating future expectations with every holiday. My first goal is to avoid the commercial side of the spectrum and focus on simple homemade fun. My second is to not get carried away.

Last year we just put up hearts on the windows made out of construction paper decorated with crayon and glitter glue. This year I decided to go for home made Valentines. After several failed attempts we finally settled on our card design. I was inspired by this project noted by The Artful Parent, who in turn got it from the book Scribble Art by MaryAnn Kohls. We created faux stained glass out of wax paper, liquid starch and tissue paper hearts left over from one of the said failed projects. We then cut out sections and glued them onto cards I had precut & folded.

Painting with starch Drying
Making “stained glass”

Seth really enjoyed painting with the starch but didn’t have enough interest to create enough for both his cards and his baby sister’s so I finished up. Once dry I cut down the larger sheets to pieces a little smaller than our cards. Seth helped glue them to the cards; green for him, pink for Eleanor. He also colored, with green crayon of course, on the inside of each of his cards. I’m very happy with the results. So happy in fact, that I plan on doing the project again for actual window decorations similar to the one on The Artful Parent.

the end result