99 Cent Art

Last year when I was still permitting myself to buy art supplies, I ran across this little mixed media kit at Tuesday Morning. As you can see, the kit only cost me 99 cents.

I came across the kit again as I was tidying up my craft room and decided it was time to do something with it.

Here are the contents of the kit.

Because the pieces are so small, they lent themselves well to making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Here are the ATCs I made.

Besides the cardboard used for the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ bases, the only other items I used from my stash were rhinestones, brads, a few pieces of washi tape and of course, glitter glue! I hated the color of the bright green corrugated cardboard so I flipped it over and used the backside. 

Challenging myself to use up some of my stash is always so much fun. These little ATCs took me no time at all and I used most of the elements in the kit. Why don’t you pull out 15-20 pieces of bits and bobs from your own stash and make your own kits to use and give away to your artsy friends. It’s a good way to use up older supplies and is guaranteed to spark some creative genius!!!

 

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My Hand Of Friendship

I decided to enter another crafting challenge. This one is being held by Dee known as BetsyDoodle on YouTube. Her challenge involves two parts. 

The first part is to make a 60th birthday card for her husband Richard whose birthday is in May. She gave us a list of things he’s interested in. Fishing is something he loves to do. Here is the card I made for his birthday.

The cards are a surprise for him. He has no idea Dee has asked us to make them for him!

The second part of the challenge was to make her a hand of friendship for her birthday, which is also in May. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of my entry before I sent it to the UK. Fortunately, Dee is making videos of all the entries as she receives them. Here is the link to the video showing my hand of friendship.

It was a lot of fun making this hand of friendship. It’s amazing how different each entry has been. If you’ve never made one, give it a try. I know you will have fun with this project!

End Of An Era

Moss Cottage Vintage has just gone through a major change. Due to the sluggish economy these last years, I have felt that my profit margin at the Fredericksburg Antique Mall isn’t were it should be. I am doing well on Etsy, but that is because my overhead is so low.

I like having a space in the mall because I like to “play” at displaying my items. But the space I was in was just too big and too expensive to make it worth my while. 

So, out with the old…

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And in with the new!

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I love my new space! It’s surprising how much stuff I was able to fit in there and my sales have already increased!!! If you come to the Fredericksburg Antique Mall, my booth is the third one on the left on the ground floor, right before you go into the back section. Send me a message if you are coming and I’ll try to meet you there.

Now onto some arts and crafts. Here are two cards I made recently. One for my nieces 16th birthday (she loves anything Tudor) and one for a gentlemen who loves fishing.

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Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Moving the shop was quite a big ordeal and I’m also busy with some household renovation projects. I hope I’ll have a chance to “art” again soon.

Back To Mixed Media

During the months leading up to Christmas I am busy crafting for my shows. I don’t get any time to “play” with my paints, sprays, pens, etc… Now that the holidays are over, I’ve had some time to get back to mixed media. Here are a few of the projects I’ve finished.

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I had a lot of fun layering and layering. I hope you like these pieces. I’m finishing up a couple more and will share them when they’re done. 

Make some time during this “down time” and yucky weather to get out your paints and play!

After The Party Up-Cycle Tags

The  Christmas holiday season is over and all the goodies are gone, including the 3 batches of Chex mix I made. So it’s time to say goodbye to the empty cereal boxes.

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Some went the way of the recycling bin and others… well, they went the way of my craft room.

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I cut a box into tag shaped pieces.

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Then I covered one side with printed paper and the other side with plain white card stock.

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I layered on pieces of different papers and sandwiched trims, pieces of paper doilies and snippets of tulle between the layers.

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Here are the finished tags.

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I didn’t buy anything for this project. I only used supplies from my stash. I think they turned out pretty well considering they started as waste.

I hope this inspires you to look in your recycling bin, pull something out, and use items in your stash to create something pretty and new!

I’m Not Buying It!

I’m writing this post so that I will feel accountable for my next sentence. I am NOT going to BUY any new craft supplies in 2017 unless they fit the two specific criteria I have laid out here. First, I am ALLOWED to buy the NECESSITIES if I run out. By necessities, I mean things like paint, glue, artist pens and pencils, gesso, etc… Second, I CAN BUY art supplies if I find them ridiculously CHEAP at thrift shops, yard sales or flea markets. That’s it! I am not going to go to Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or any other store just to browse and see what they have. Browsing usually ends up costing me a lot of money!

So why am I making this bold statement? When I was crafting for Christmas, I found I had so many Christmas items in my stash that I didn’t need to go out any buy anything. I made lots of December Dailies, cards, tags and embellishments without purchasing a thing. The amazing thing is, I still don’t need to buy anything for next year either. I have so many supplies I’m drowning in them. Ditto for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer, Fall and you get the idea.

Now here’s where it hurts. I’m going to expose my shame and show you all the stuff I have to craft and make mixed media with. Ready?

Shelf full of card stock, stencils, journals, and books and files of ephemera.

Shelf full of card stock, stencils, journals, and books and files of ephemera.

Storage cubby filled with everything imaginable under the sun!

Storage cubby filled with everything imaginable under the sun!

Rolling cart filled with punches, oil pastels and TWO drawers of stickers.

Rolling cart filled with punches, oil pastels and TWO drawers of stickers.

The surface of my desk. There is so much stuff on it I only have about two square feet to work on!

The surface of my desk. There is so much stuff on it I only have about two square feet to work on!

Under my desk are paper collections, paper pads and suitcases full of embellishments.

Under my desk are paper collections, paper pads and suitcases full of embellishments.

A Rascog cart from Ikea filled with paints, markers and more embellishments.

A Raskog cart from Ikea filled with paints, markers and more embellishments.

A metal shelf from Ikea filled with stamps, scrap paper, beads, lace and other "stuff".

A metal shelf from Ikea filled with stamps, scrap paper, beads, lace and other “stuff”.

A vintage cabinet stuffed to the gills with items for making Junk Journals and Christmas projects.

A vintage cabinet stuffed to the gills with items for making Junk Journals and Christmas projects.

More books for ephemera.

More books for ephemera.

Another Raskog cart filled with Junk Journal fodder and a plastic drawer unit filled with jewelry making supplies.

Another Raskog cart filled with Junk Journal fodder and a plastic drawer unit filled with jewelry making supplies.

Sadly, this is not all. There are some drawers in my studio and other places all over the house that have craft supplies in them. Now you can see why I don’t need to go shopping anytime soon. Everything I have I liked enough to purchase or save, so now it’s time to use it all up. I’m excited about the thought of actually having room to breathe in my studio.

Okay, so it’s confession time. I already did buy something this year. This is what I bought.

Two old reference books.

Two old reference books.

My justification is that they were cheap (only $1.00 each) and….

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They are filled with pages and pages of these beautiful nature graphics! I can use these for so many projects. 

So there you have it. I feel better after this photographic confession and goal for 2017. Hopefully you will be seeing a lot of posts showing the stuff I have been making.

If you feel like you’re suffocating in your supplies, or you want to save some money, craft from your stash and have fun with the supplies you already have on hand. Good Luck!

Easy Tags From Scraps

Okay, here is the last project I have  for now  that deals with using up your scraps of paper. This project is great for using long thin pieces of scrap paper, not tiny fragments. But the best part of this project is that you can use up some of your ugly papers!

My inspiration for this project came from this video:

First I selected my paper scraps, some ugly and some nice. The only requirement is that they be of the same thickness. You’ll want to cut your ugly papers into strips about 2 or 2 1/2 inches wide.

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Here are my ugly strips.

Then you want to cut your nice strips into widths of varying widths also.

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Here are my nice strips.

Now you will add any cheap glue to an ugly strip, making sure you’ve got  good coverage.

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Next, start laying your nice strips at a slight angle over the ugly strip.

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Be sure your nice strips are covering the ugly strip and that they are lined up tightly against each other without any gaps.

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Keep going until you have finish covering the entire length of your ugly strip.

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This is what the back looks like.

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Now trim off all the excess paper around the ugly strip. Most of these trimmed pieces will still be long enough to use again.

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Cut the strips into lengths you like. I pretty much just cut each one in half, although I did to a little extra trimming off the top or bottom to achieve the look I wanted.

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Cut the top corners off, punch a hole and insert cord or baker’s twine. Now you have unique tags!

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They can even be topped off with the scrap embellishments you made from the directions in my last blog post.

I think these tags are such a great idea and each one will turn out differently. Again, you can make these crafts with any paper and any theme based on what scraps you want to use up.

I hope you will try these scrap projects I have posted lately. Not only are they using up scrap papers and saving you money, but they are so much fun.

When I come across other ingenious ways of using up scrap papers, I promise to share them with you!