Creative Jumpstart 2021

Creative Jumpstart 2021
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Monday, November 25

Tiny Houses!!

I had a few requests from people to make these for them since last week so I made a few extra to share here. They are the cutest little things, about 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" and made of Maine pine. The sweetest thing is the wood was originally a tree that stood where my house is now. We cut a ton of huge pine trees down and hired a man to come in and mill the trees into lumber. Whenever I need a fun project like this my Dad cuts the shapes out for me and I know it really WAS MADE in the USA!

What's so great about these sweeties is they can be used as package toppers as shown in the image on the far left in the collage below, or as a table decoration as shown on the far right. You can also use them to decorate your tree or give in an ornament exchange.
Tiny Houses by Catherine Scanlon

I have very limited quantities (I took a lot of them to my consignment shop in NH over the weekend) so when these are gone, they are GONE as I don't know if I will have time to make more. If you are interested in purchasing one, click on the links below to go to PayPal where you can process the order.

If you are interested in purchasing the snowflake, I have 4 of them -- they are plain on the back and say "for joy" on the front.  
Snowflakes are $10.95
Tiny Houses -- Snowflake by Catherine Scanlon


If you are interested in the Keys, I have 4 of them and they say "for joy" on the front. 
Keys are $10.95
Tiny Houses -- Key by Catherine Scanlon


If you are interested in the Frozen Charlotte, I only have two of these. They say "peace" on the front of the ornament. 
Frozen Charlottes are $11.95

 Frozen Charlotte


Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, but be sure to leave your email for a prompt reply!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great day!

For the LOVE of Wool Felt!

Wooi Skates created by Catherine Scanlon for Sizzix

Check out these sweet wool skates I made over on the Sizzix blog today -- you'll also find a quick tutorial!

Wednesday, November 20

Mini-House Ornament How-To!

Well, hello Wednesday! I can't believe how it snuck up on me, and I certainly can't believe I've been neglecting my blog so much lately. Oh well, today is a new day and I've got a super cute, easy and fast Christmas Ornament you can make! And, you only need a few supplies, even better!

Mini 25 House Ornament by Catherine Scanlon

Here are the things I used: a small wood house cut for me by my Dad, some vintage text, some polka dot paper, a bell, a Tiny Frozen Charlotte, Block Talk Alphabet Die from Sizzix, gel medium, gesso, 2 screw eyes, bead chain, sanding block and a paint brush.

Mini 25 House Ornament by Catherine Scanlon
I started by priming the sides of the house with gesso and letting it dry.

Mini 25 House Ornament by Catherine Scanlon

Then I used gel medium to collage the papers on each side and sanded down the edges of the block on all sides to remove any paper that hung over.

Mini 25 House Ornament by Catherine Scanlon

I cut out 25 from black card stock and used gel medium to attach them to the patterned paper side of the house and added a screw eye at the top and at the bottom.


To finish them off I added the bell to the bottom screw eye, the bead chain to the top and the frozen charlotte to the other side. I also used keys, mini Christmas trees and snowflakes for a little variety. That's it, a super easy, super fast, and SUPER cute ornament, and yet another way I love that Sizzix Block Talk Bigz XL Die!

Thanks for joining me today, have a lovely Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 19

Sizzix Wool Felt Heirloom Ornament

Sizzix Wool Felt Ornament by Catherine Scanlon

Hello, jumping in on this fine Tuesday to share my latest creation for Sizzix -- a beautiful wool felt ornament. For complete instructions, click on over to the Sizzix blog!! THANKS for dropping by, have a great day!

Friday, November 15

They were Etched in her Brain!


It's that time of the month -- you know the one -- when we have new stories for our Whatevers! Take a minute and check out what everyone else is telling this month:

Here's my story for November .......


   the whatevers NOVEMBER by Catherine Scanlon

Cordelia will never forget the two pretty girls she saw in Calcutta on her way to Thebes save Winston.
the whatevers NOVEMBER by Catherine Scanlon
They wore such rich, beautiful, and colorful traditional clothing -- which surprised her since their feet and hands were filthy. She was glad she asked them to stand with her for a photo. But that was not why they were permanently etched in her brain.
the whatevers NOVEMBER by Catherine Scanlon
No. Not at all.

the whatevers NOVEMBER by Catherine Scanlon

It was hard to put her finger on why, really. Maybe it was because she was a mother -- but these two girls reminded her of how different her life, and the lives of her children were.
the whatevers NOVEMBER by Catherine Scanlon

Each day when she woke up they were on her mind and several times throughout the day her thoughts wandered and rested on them. When she went to bed at night her thoughts gently drifted back to them.
the whatevers NOVEMBER by Catherine Scanlon

It was a strange thing, those thoughts of hers.


November Whatevers

Here is how it works
  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There are no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
    There are no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page. Be sure to add your completed project to our inLinkz list here: