Creative Jumpstart 2021

Creative Jumpstart 2021
Join me for the 10th Anniversary of CJS2021

Saturday, October 31

Happy Halloween!!

Hope you have a safe, dry and Happy Halloween!

I also wanted to mention that my Mixed Media Jewelry and Holiday Stitching classes over at My Creative Classroom start next week. I'll be giving away one of the necklaces from lesson 1 of the Mixed Media Jewelry class to one lucky participant in the class, so SIGN up now while there's still room! Also, if you sign up for BOTH classes you'll get $5.00 off of each - that's a SAVINGS of $10.00! I'm sure I'll have a give away in the Holiday class, just not sure what it is just yet!

This is what we'll be making in the 3rd week of class!!

Be safe tonight, and don't eat to much candy :-)

Tuesday, October 20

Winter Wonderland....but the real thing can WAIT!

Sorry I fell off the face of the Earth for the last week or so....I've had a lot of things going on. Hoping to get the these things figured out soon and be back on my normal yoga, running, work create blog schedule. Soon, I hope.

In the meantime, I have been busy with work things and some fun play things. I signed up for my first Red Lead ATC swap, though had a ditz moment and made them using images that are NOT red lead not sure what they're gonna do about that. I may have some cool ATC's up for trade, we'll see. Hoping they let it slide this time.

Anyway, the theme is Winter Wonderland. My vision is that this looks like a window that was covered with frost and the frost was wiped away to see the children playing outside. Oh, how I love happy accidents!

I followed several steps to make these and thought I'd share them with you.

  1. First I did an image transfer on white Claudine Helmuth Sticky Back canvas using her Gel Medium.
  2. After letting image transfers dry overnight, I spritzed water on the center of the image and rubbed the paper away only from where the people were.
  3. I then applied a coating of glitter glue to the edges of the ATC, only to the paper that I had not rubbed off and sprinkled white frosty glitter on. I applied several coats of glue then glitter to build up a nice thick "frosty" layer.
  4. I also used colored pencils to color the people.
  5. Then I pealed the sticky back off of the paper and applied it to vintage book paper. The sticky back canvas is a bit smaller than 2.5" x 3.5"
  6. I stitched the sentiment strip with silver embroidery thread (oh my I really dislike embroidery floss......I originally planned on stitching a snowflake but quickly gave that endeavor up after only 2!)
  7. I attached the entire ATC so far to some pretty patterned paper and stitched around the edges using white thread.
  8. Then I decided that it needed some Vintage Glass Glitter and added a little here and there to the snowman on one and the little hand warming muff on the other.
  9. After adding my trading details to the back to all 11 of them they're done and ready to go out.
  10. Now, let's hope they're OK for the swap this time and I'll follow the rules next time!

Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear about your endeavors into image transfers! Ever since taking Claudine Helmuth's class I've been making them like crazy!

Monday, October 12

Catch-All Post!!

so, I apologize that the weekend got away from me and I didn't post the winner of the ATC's or the link to the tutorial for the cookie cutter. So, this will be a catch all post and I'll post all that info so you can catch up too...and I can cross things off my to-do list!


The winner of the ATC Blanks and 2 original ATC's is:

Jingle said... Those ATC's are fabulous! How neat that the pack comes with multiple paper types! I love that! Your pendants look great, too!

Congrats Jingle, email me your address and I'll get them sent out to you this week! Thanks to everyone that commented!


Free Cookie Cutter Ornament Instructions!

If you are interested in downloading the free .pdf instructions for the Cookie Cutter Ornament I posted here, you can get them here, in the Free Classroom at My Creative Classroom. I hope you enjoy them!


North Brookfield Apple Fair

Photos from the weekend. I took my Mom to visit her sister, about 3 hours away. It was a long drive there because we got hung up in traffic on 495 outside of Lowell, MA. but other than this it was smooth sailing.

We had a great visit, which as usual - involved LOTS of home made and delicious foods. Saturday we visited an Apple Fair in North Brookfield. It was, perhaps - one of the best craft fairs I've been to. So many cute things. I wish I had had more money to spend.

My boy had a great time with their weiner dogs, Spencer and Fenway. You can tell he was loving the attention he was getting from them.


Back to Business as usual!

and that's all I've got to say about that. Thanks for stopping by, now I've got to get back to work!

Thursday, October 8

Charms Have Been Painted!!

Don't forget, if you want a chance to win the 2 ATC's and Blank ATC papers, comment on the post from yesterday. I think I'll be sharing where you can get the free instructions for the cookie cutter that I posted Monday tomorrow.....or Monday - remember - busy weekend planned.

Since I'm not ready to share what I was working on today, I snapped some quick pictures of the few charms that managed to get some color added to them. I need to figure a better way of sealing them. What I've been doing is a PITA (pain in the but) and there must be a better way!!

Gotta run, there's a movie on and I've got invoices to type and instructions to figure out. Thanks for stopping by, till next time!

Wednesday, October 7

Art from the Heart Giveaway

I was in JoAnn's yesterday when I remembered I promised a give-away soon. Soon. What exactly, I thought, does soon mean. This week, tomorrow, in a couple days? Since I can't remember WHEN I said I'd be giving something away, I decided that soon must be now!

As I was looking around the store I saw this bin filled with pre-cut ATC blanks - watercolor paper, acrylic paper, textured paper....and more. Buy one get one...So I bought many - thinking that I would offer a give-away of a pack. But, when I took a picture of the pack, I realized it looked a little cheezy - so I've added to the paper pack - two original, hand made ATC's. Now it looks like a nice thing to win.

So, leave a comment on THIS POST, this exact post - and I'll pull a name from the hat on Monday. We've got big plans for the weekend so i'm not sure I'll get to it before Monday. And, spread the word if you want. The more the merrier! Good LUCK, you've got the whole weekend to comment and spread the word!

I've been working on some you like them? Actually, I made them a while ago and need to get them finished. I do love the way they look, so far anyhow. I have colored 2 or 3 of them, they are fun to make, that's for sure.

Well, gotta run. It's my friend Vic's birthday today....stop on by and wish her a Happy one.....she's only 38 or something like that! ;-) My boy and I made her a couple funny video's that tickled her fancy. Thinking people might want to hire us to make silly video's for them.....yeah, I didn't think so.

Well, thanks for stopping by, 'til next time!

Monday, October 5

Vintage Cookie Cutter and Graphic 45 for WCMD

The papers that I used for my World Card Making Day Demo on Saturday were from Graphic 45. I am in love with them, they are perfectly my style, I love the colors so much, and the cards practically made themselves....well not really, but you know - they just went together so easy. It was great.

I was also happy that they (Graphic 45) sent an entire paper pad to Ruth Ann, the owner of Scrap n' Stamp to give away for WCMD. The lady that won was very happy to have the entire pack, I wish I had won, LOL!

Speaking of things practically making themselves, I made a little thang today - it literally took me a half an hour to pick it out of my head and put it together. The star is from a little cookie cutter I picked up at a little spot I like to go to. I hope to get some more, and SOON because this was so much fun to make, and I used up some beads from leftover projects. I've got lots of ideas brewing in my head for this project.

If you like this project I'll let you know how you can get the instructions as a free download in a few days. Check back toward the middle of the week...and if I forget, please remind me. I've got a CRAZY week goin' on this week! Thanks for stopping by, see you later!

Friday, October 2

World Card Making Day

Just a quick note to remind you that I'll be in Gardiner at Scrap n' Stamp on Saturday doing a Sewing on Paper demo. Wednesday I showed on of the machine stitched cards (but I'll actually have three to show) so I thought I'd share the hand stitched cards as well.

I hope you'll stop by tomorrow.....I've made up two card kits to give may be the lucky winner!
Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!