Friday, April 17, 2015

"Nothing Is Without Meaning" quote - Adult coloring page

I loved making my first adult coloring page with a quote so I made another one. This time I used my favorite image- scissors and combined it with The Wolverine movie quote, "Nothing is Without Meaning".
Nothing is without meaning, quote, adult coloring page, stefanie girard, scissors, art
I used the font Satanas Humanum Sal available for free. And the scissor clip art came from The Old Design Shop.
Feel free to download it and try it yourself. If you do, leave a comment with a link to your finished page or tag me on Instagram @StefanieLGirard
adult coloring page free download quote, stefanie girard, bic markers
 One of the things I did on this page is I started to mix colors of the markers and play with the filling in of space to make patterns. I like some of the effects.

If you like books filled with adult coloring pages I suggest the pretty Just add Color series:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1592539483/sweatsurge-20


Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to repaint a chandelier with Krylon Glitter Blast

I am in love with light blue and well, glitter, that just makes it even better! Krylon's light blue Glitter Blast spray paint is the perfect shade of light blue to give one of my old chandeliers this fabulous new look!
Krylon light blue glitter blast chandelier, stefanie girard
It looks just as pretty in the day light as well as at night when the chandelier is lit up.
Krylon light blue glitter blast chandelier, stefanie girard
 I wasn't sure if I wanted to go with the Glitter blast directly on the brass finish or it would need a coat of white Krylon White spray paint to lighten the background so the light blue glitter would really be light.
 So I did a test on top of one of the flower areas. (Note: I prepped my chandelier by wrapping paper and painter's tape around the electrical parts.)
On the left you can see the white area with the Glitter Blast and on the right the Glitter blast directly on the brass finish.

I really liked both! The light blue Glitter Blast looked deep and rich directly on the brass. It was a tough decision but I decided to go with the white undercoat.
 Here is the chandelier with a nice coat of white all over.
And here is a close-up of the first light coat of Krylon's light blue (Sparkling Waters) Glitter Blast. I did about 3 coats letting them dry in between. It took about 1 and 1/2 cans. I'm not sure what I'm going to paint with the remainder in the second can but I can't wait to have something else that will co-ordinate with my pretty "new" glitter-tastic chandelier.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Kill or become irrelevant" quote - Adult coloring page

I am addicted to fonts, quotes and adult coloring pages. There, I said it. So what is a girl to do? Why try making one herself. So here is my first one.
adult coloring page, quote, stefanie griard


It features the quote "Kill or become irrelevant" by Bruce Willis in the movie Perfect Stranger (2007) and the background art is from the site Zone Interior Design.

Feel free to download it and try it yourself. If you do, leave a comment with a link to your finished page or tag me on Instagram @StefanieLGirard

adult coloring page quote words stefanie girard
I started coloring my page with BIC fine tip markers and I like how it's going. I like this set of markers because they open up and you can see all the colors then it folds back up and easy to store. I haven't lost one yet!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Project Runway avant-garde / unusual material challenge Swarovski and chicken wire necklace

I know, who would think to combine Swarovski crystals and chicken wire except for me? Well I am always up for a challenge and that's what my New Year's resolution was- to really stretch my material combos.
swarovski crystals, chicken wire necklace, stefanie girard
And the back of my Project Runway avant-garde / unusual material challenge Swarovski and chicken wire necklace :
swarovski crystals, chicken wire necklace, stefanie girard
Hey and if you want to make one too or you were simply wondering how I did it- read on!

Materials:
Swarovski crystals 
a lot of what I used are from the collection in this box:

M-D Hobby & Craft Chicken Wire
Wrights satin blanket binding silver
wire
head pins
jump rings

Tools
needle nose pliers
round nose pliers
wire cutters
scrap paper
tape
protective gloves
So gather up lots of Swarovski crystals and beads of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Make a paper pattern to fit your neck and tape it to the chicken wire.
Be sure to wear safety gloves and rough cut out the chicken wire.
Then form tiny loops at all the ends of the chicken wire along the top, bottom and ends of the chicken wire.
Swarovski beads crystals chicken wire necklace
Then simply make lots of bead dangles either with a single bead or groups of crystals and add them to each end and space of the chicken wire.

I also wire wrapped a few crystals that didn't have holes. This took me a few attempts to get them just the way I liked them as I decided to add tiny beads to the wires that went from the focal element to the chicken wire. This shot shows the hand and the 4 four heart shaped crystal the way I liked it and the wire clipped on the carrot shaped crystal as I was about to re-do that one.

I pressed open the satin blanket binding and then looped it through an opening in the chicken wire on each side of the necklace and tied a big bow.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to make illuminated Easter eggs

I'm kind of in love with those little battery operated tea lights. I used them to make illuminated large crystal Easter eggs featured over at Craftside. I made this set with smaller plaster Easter eggs that have a glitter surface.
light up easter eggs
I decorated the base of the tea light with a strip of washi tape.
light up easter eggs, washi tape embellished battery lights, tea lights
 I tried several different ways to drill the hole in the bottom of the plastic egg. I cracked a few. The best way I found was to use a cone shaped sanding bit on my Dremel.
how to drill hole in plastic egg with Dremel stefanie girard
I used a bit of hot glue to attache the eggs to the tea lights so they would stand straight up.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to make a double loop bead bail for a side drilled hole bead

I have had these beautiful sick green colored beads for so long but couldn't figure out how to make a pair of earrings with them because the holes in them went sideways and I don't really like wire wrapping. Well, I finally figured out a way to hang them and I thought I'd share it with you.
how to make a double loop bead bail, stefanie Girard, earring wires, jewelry making
Here are some of my first attempts that I didn't like.

1. I tried to use a giant jump ring, I couldn't make it symmetrical and I chipped a bead doing it.
2. I tried the wire wrapping but just convinced myself I didn't like it.
3. I tried a loop on each end and thought maybe I would hang a chain but still thought that would be too big/fancy.
4. My success!
how to make a double loop bead bail, stefanie Girard, earring wires, jewelry making
Here is how I made what I am calling a double loop bead bail.

I threaded a piece of wire through the bead.
how to make a double loop bead bail, stefanie Girard, earring wires, jewelry making
Then I bent the wire around the top of the bead and bent the two ends up to run next to each other.
how to make a double loop bead bail, stefanie Girard, earring wires, jewelry making
 Then I slid a small white bead over both wires and bent them out in opposite directions.
I then formed loops with both wires so that they aligned next to each other.
how to make a double loop bead bail, stefanie Girard, earring wires, jewelry making
 I trimmed each wire loop so that it wrapped around twice.
All that was left to do was link them onto the earring wires.

For more great jewelry making inspiration check out one of my all time favorite inspiration books

1000 Jewelry Inspirations
by
Sandra Salamony

A visual catalog for jewelry, bead artists, and crafters for hundreds of ideas at their fingertips to inspire their own projects.

1,000 Jewelry Inspirations is a stunning showcase of contemporary jewelry pieces that will feed the creative appetites of crafters and jewelry makers everywhere. Become inspired by this feast of color, sparkle, texture, dimension, and clever, creative use of materials. From simple and elegant to beautiful and elaborate “bling”styles, over 1,000 full-color images will be at your fingertips to inspire your own creative projects. An exploration of jewelry-making techniques will help even inexperienced jewelry makers on their way to making beautiful jewelry.
What you’ll find:
Beads and Baubles
Paper and Mixed Media
Polymer and Precious Metal Clay
Vintage and Repurposed
Fibers and Fabric
Wire and Metal

Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to make a bunny bookmark with an Annie's Macaroni and cheese box

This is just a cute and simple fun way to make a recycled bunny bookmark with the tab from the box of Annie's Macaroni and cheese. These could be a cute Easter project to use in a bunny story book.
Simply cut the side tab out along the corners of the box. Then very carefully with an x-acto knife cut the perforated lines on the box. Yup, that simple. And as you can see the little bunny ears stick out above the top edge of the book and look so cute!
 I will be making some projects from this super cute The Paper Hat Book: Super Hats for Super Kids book that include a lot of recycled materials like food boxes and pother pretty packaging.


Hats are pure fun and the perfect item to cap off any costume or ensemble. The right headgear ensures complete transformation, especially on the head of an imaginative child.

The Paper Hat Book offers creative families 20 fantastic paper hats, all of which can be created quickly and easily from readily accessible papers: shopping bags, newspapers, comics, recycled story books, magazines, packaging scraps, and junk mail!

Artist and designer Alyn Carlson creates hats that are perfect for birthday parties, playdates, costumes, and everyday dress up. Each hat can be styled to perfectly suit the wearer by merely selecting the right paper and colors. The hat themes range from Floral Flappers to Viking Warriors, and from superheroes and pirates to beautiful butterfly hats.

Alyn Carlson is an artist, designer, stylist and part time chicken rancher living in a converted church who believes in setting the table for the muse. Always in search of the line, font, pattern, seed, flavor, musical note to be placed at the right time in the right place. As a paper artist, her extraordinary hats, suitable for children and adults for a garden party, whimsical wedding, a paper-lover's birthday party or just-because, have been featured in countless blogs and in the current issue of Uppercase Magazine. Alyn is also featured in the best selling Design Sponge book.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fancy Shamrock Crochet pattern from the book The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet 2nd Edition

I love crafting for holidays and it's never to soon to start making little embellishments like this fancy shamrock for the book The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd Edition for St. Patrick's Day.


F A N C Y  S H A M R O C K

Skill Level: Intermediate

Ch 6, join with a Sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Work 18 sc in ring, join with Sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1 (counts as first sc now and throughout), skip first
sc, 1 sc in each sc around, join with Sl st to beg ch-1.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, skip first ch, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, [ch 10,
1 sc in each of next 6] twice, ch 12, join with Sl st to beg ch-1.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, skip first ch, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, [22 sc
in next ch-10 space, 1 sc in each next 5 sc] twice, 24 sc next
ch-12 space, join with Sl st to beg ch-1.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, 1 sc in next 4 sc, *[ch 4, skip 2 sc, Sl st next
sc] 7 times, sc in next 5 sc, rep from * once, [ch 4, skip 2 sc,
Sl st next sc] 8 times, join with a Sl st to beg ch-1.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, skip next sc, 1 sc in next sc, [5 sc in next ch-4
space] 7 times, skip next 2 sc, Sl st in next sc, ch 18 for stem,
1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 15 ch, Sl st
in next sc on Main Motif, [5 sc in next ch-4 space] 7 times,
skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, [5 sc next ch 4

space] 8 times, join with a Sl st in first sc, end off.


More about the CPi book:
240x4009781589237988
By Margaret Hubert
This is a comprehensive reference book on all aspects of crochet.
This book provides a reference for all methods, including Tunisian, intermeshing, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, and freeform crochet.
Includes step-by-step instructions for all the basic stitches and swatches of 100s of stitch patterns with completeinstructions. Now with:
  • 15 all new projects
  • 20 new stitch patterns (220 in all)
  • Expanded basics
  • Hundreds of tips and ideas
Margaret Hubert designs for yarn companies and book and magazine publishers including Crochet, Interweave Press, Quick and Easy Crochet, Crochet Fantasy, and Belle Armoire. She teaches at yarn shops, retreats, and national gatherings and rarely misses a national conference in the needle arts field. Among her specialties, she is a master at freeform crochetand knitting. She is the author of many books and currently resides in Pawling, NY. Visit her online at http://www.margarethubertoriginals.com and http://margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to make a recycled wine crate footstool

I am always looking for fun ways to use my fabric stash and create pretty storage in my home. Today's recycled wine crate foot stool project does just that!
recycled wine crate foot stool, foamology 12 block, quilt fabric, buttons, stefanie girard
The cushion top is made with Foamology Twelve Piece Design Foam  and 12 of my favorite quilt fabric pieces along with some scrap wood, buttons and 4 wooden ball feet.
recycled wine crate foot stool, foamology 12 block, quilt fabric, buttons, stefanie girard
My wine crate wasn't the exact size of the Foamology Twelve square Foam  piece so I made the lid a bit bigger. I didn't know exactly how much extra puffy the foam would be with the fabric on it so I decided to cover it first before I made the frame lid.
recycled wine crate foot stool, foamology 12 block, quilt fabric, buttons, stefanie girard
I wanted to fussy cut some of the fabric to include images and text so I made a velum template.
recycled wine crate foot stool, foamology 12 block, quilt fabric, buttons, stefanie girard
Once my foam was covered I measured it and cut some strips of wood to make the frame and a piece for the lid base.
recycled wine crate foot stool, foamology 12 block, quilt fabric, buttons, stefanie girard
 I glued the frame together and made sure it was square with my quilt ruler and the lid base as a guide.
recycled wine crate foot stool, foamology 12 block, quilt fabric, buttons, stefanie girard

Then I put the cushion into the frame and glued it down to the lid base holding it secure with a c-clamp on each corner.
recycled wine crate foot stool, foamology 12 block, quilt fabric, buttons, stefanie girard
I glued dice on the underside of the lid in each corner so that the lid would not slide around.


how to cut shanks off of buttons
To embellish the cushion frame I cut the shanks off of a variety of buttons USING EYE PROTECTION!!!!!! as the shanks can go flying even if you are holding the button with the shank side down.
how to design button boarders, foot stool wine crate
 I made 4 rows of buttons to make sure I had a nice variety for each side. All that was left to do was glue the buttons around the frame border and the ball feet on the bottom of the wine crate.

 If you like making things with fabric the book

is a great resource for tons of ideas:
1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to make a knit and crochet heart purse with pom pom handle for Valentine's Day

I found this cute heart purse in my box of Valentine's Day decorations and for the life of me I can't find anywhere I posted the tutorial for it. So I thought I'd share it to the best of my recollection.
heart knit purse pompom handle eyelash yarn Valentine's day
I'm pretty sure I would have started from the bottom point and did increases on each knit side working in stockinette stitch until I was happy with the the width and height of the heart.

Then to create the top two curves, working each separately decreases to create curves as desired.

Repeat for the second heart.
heart knit purse pompom handle eyelash yarn Valentine's day, stefanie Girard

Seam the two knit hearts together with a chain crochet stitch using an eyelash yarn. Work the top inside "V" areas separately so you can put stuff in your heart purse.
heart knit purse pompom handle eyelash yarn Valentine's day, stefanie Girard
To make the handle thread pom poms onto pieces of coated wire. Link the ends of the wire to the top of the heart where you left the purse opening.

A great book I recomend for all sorts of knitting tutorials and patterns is:

The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting, 2nd Edition: *All You Need to Know to Knit *The Essential Reference for Novice and Expert Knitters *Packed with Hundreds of Crafty Tips and Ideas *Step-by-Step Instructions and Photos for 200 Stitch Patterns
by
Margaret Hubert 



Looking for the perfect book on knitting? It's right here in The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting, 2nd Edition. This stitch guide is the ultimate knitting reference! A comprehensive how-to book about all aspects of knitting, you'll be making scarves, hats, socks, mittens, sweaters, and other projects in no time! Inside this ultimate knitting guide you will find expanded basics for all knitting techniques, from cast-on to bind-off and every step in between. Learn to knit row by row and in the round; understand knitting jargon and how to follow a pattern; learn all the methods for increasing and decreasing stitches, seaming, and adding details like pockets and zippers. With twenty new stitch patterns, this section expands to 220 in all, arranged in style categories for easy reference. Projects at the end of each section give you opportunities to try some of the new techniques you've learned while making knitted items you can use or gift to others. Margaret Hubert will guide you through special knitting topics like cables, intarsia, entrelac, Fair Isle knitting, and lace knitting. With the updated information and all new projects, even if you have the first edition you are sure to want the second edition to complete your collection.
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