Thursday, April 7, 2016

3 crewel embroidery motifs used on a check table cloth

I started this project a long, long time ago and finally put the finishing touches on it and now I can share my crewel embroidery done on this check fabric using the patterns form the book The New Crewel Embroidery.
60's embroidery motifs, crewel embroidery, stefanie girard

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How to make pom pom carrot Easter decorations

No matter what new materials come out I still seem to think of ideas to make with pm poms. Today's fun little pom pom creations are carrots that my amineko thinks are just too fun not to snuggle, I know she doesn't look happy but she is :)
pom pom carrots Easter Amineko, how to craft stefanie girard
All that you need for these little creations are a variety of sizes of orange pom poms, a bit of green yarn and a hot glue gun.  Simply glue the pom poms together from smallest to largest.
pom pom carrots Easter Amineko, how to craft stefanie girard
To make the carrot top I looped a few wraps of yarn around 3 fingers and tied a knot around them with another piece of yarn. Then I tied a piece of yarn around all the loops. Then I cut the loops open and glued the tied end into the large pom. I made a bunch because quite frankly they were so easy and cute.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Color Blocked Craft Table and Accessories

  I have entered this Color Block Craft Table and Accessories project in the Fave Crafts Craft Contest 2016- If you like it please pop on over to their site and VOTE for it! I could win $1000 bucks! Thanks in advance for your support :)
Color block craft table stefanie girard

Having a workspace that inspires creativity and keeps all your craft supplies organized can really make your crafting and art making time efficient and fun. 
How to make a color block craft table squares of fabric recycled books Stefanie Girard

I made this large worktable out of a piece of plywood and Plexiglass with squares of Fairfield Oly Fun Craft Material in between for a modern color block look. The layers are all held together with office supply binder clips. 



The center support of the worktable is a stack of recycled books! The coordinating desk accessories were embellished with all different types of paint and foil. 


The stemware glass balls were painted with Testors paint
The glasses were painted with  Design Master Tint It Transparent Dye Spray Paints
The jewelry box was given a new look with Plaid Ceramcoat Chalk paint
The little square plates were embellished with  Silver Therm-o-web Deco foil scissors. 
The little plastic animals were colored silver with the Testors Enamel paint marker

And since I plan on spending a lot of time at my new craft table coloring in books like Leisure Arts' Art of Coloring Mandalas I sewed a new cushion for the vintage stool and embellished it with a Simplicity applique.


I had a scrap of Plexiglass left over from my film industry days and it was a bit smaller than an 4x8 sheet of plywood so I had to trim the plywood down. If you are making this with new materials your plexi and plywood will likely be the same size so you can skip this step.

Fairfield Oly Fun Craft Material squares to make color block craft table stefanie Girard

I used Fairfield Oly Fun Craft Material to cover the plywood. This material comes in pre-cut squares in a great variety of colors as you can see so it was easy to lay them out and arrange them in a pretty pattern.

Then I laid the plexiglass over the squares and secured it with office supply binder clips.

One of the fun things about this color block craft table is that since it isn't permanently secured you can swap out the color blocks anytime!
To give a new look to these vintage glasses I used a variety of Design Master Tint It Transparent Dye Spray Paints.
I masked off the bases so they would stay clear. While painting them I placed them on top of some cardboard containers. This made it easy to rotate the glasses for nice even coverage

scissor transfer scissor art to plate stefanie Girard
To embellish the little plates I die cut a piece of Therm-o-web Easy-cut adhesive and applied Silver Therm-o-web Deco foil.
deco foil silver add scissors to plates Stefanie Girard
I am eager to try this technique on all sorts of recycled surfaces.
Testors paint glasware stem Stefanie Girard
The next color blocked item on my craft desk was this piece of stemware that features little ball shapes. I painted each one with a color of Testors paint.
Testors enamal marker paint toy animals Stefanie Girard
A project I see on Pinterest a lot is upcycling little toy animals by painting them with metallic paint. The Testors Enamel paint marker worked great for this!
chalk paint upcycle jewelry box drawers Stefanie Girard
In keeping with my color blocking theme I thought it would be fun to upcycle this jewelry box by painting each drawer a different color within the same color family.
how to paint drawers, chalk paint Plaid, Stefanie Girard

I used a variety of blues, greens and grays of the Plaid Ceramcoat Chalk paint. I used a bit of painter's tape to hold the drawer pulls out of the way while painting. I also took the glass out and scraped the floral image off with a razor blade.
easy slip on pillow cover with corner ties stefanie Girard
I love my vintage step stool but I thought it could use a bit more padding. The easiest way is to make a tie on cushion. I had a slipcover pillow that I could easily make a new coordinating slipcover for.

All I did was fold a piece of fabric over itself right sides facing with about a 4 inch overlap. Before stitching the sides I pined ribbons in each corner facing in.
how to sew an easy pillow cover with ribbon ties stefanie girard
 When turned right sides out I placed ta Simplicity applique on the new pillow cover. 
I am so excited about creating all sorts of things in my new creative space.
how to make a color block craft table with recycled books and fabric squares Stefanie Girard











How to make washi tape bunny ears planner clips

It's that time of year when everything should have bunny ears on it. In my world it's all the time but I know some people only bunny embellish around Easter. Want to dress up your planner pages with some bunny ears that are so easy to make with a bit of pink washi tape and a few paper clips? Read on.
planner clip washi tape bunny ears paper clip stefanie girard bookmarks
Fold a strip of washi tape through the small bend in the paper clip and adhere the tape back on itself.
Where the tape is around the paper clip it can gather up a bit.
planner clip washi tape bunny ears paper clip stefanie girard bookmarks
Trim the washi tape into a bunny ear shape. Repeat for the second ear. I made a bunch for my planner and for my travel journal.
planner clip washi tape bunny ears paper clip stefanie girard bookmarks
 I bet these would also make cute bookmarks to include in tiny Easter baskets.

Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, March 14, 2016

How to make a die cut Easter Bunny pedestal

Easter bunny pedestal, Sizzix die cut, Phoomph, stefanie girard
In my humble opinion you can never have too many bunnies. With Sizzix bunny die and Big Shot Die Cutter I can make as many as I want! I thought I combine the bunny die with their pink paper leather and some Phoomph to create a bunny pedestal for Easter.
Easter bunny pedestal, Sizzix die cut, Phoomph, stefanie girard
This project is super easy.
Simply peal off the paper backing from the Phoomph and apply the pink paper leather to each side.
Then die cut 4 bunnies.
Easter bunny pedestal, Sizzix die cut, Phoomph, stefanie girard
Hot glue two bunnies together nose to nose taking care to make sure the bottom edge of the bunnies are aligned.

Then glue the other two to the first pair on each side.

For a final touch I trimmed the tail off and replaced it with a little white pom pom.

Then I went to my little plate collection and found one that looked nice sitting on top of the four bunny's ears.

This little bunny pedestal decoration is perfect to feature a few of my Easter eggs.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Lucky stenciled March planner page celebrating St. Patrick's Day

I have a few planners going this year. I have so many ideas and wanted to experiment with lots of techniques so I need a few to work with. For this month of March planner page spread I thought I decorate with large letters across all the blocks. Then I started to add a few fun washi tape details.
Tools and materials
Planner
Alphabet dies
Sizzix Big Shot Plus.
recycled clear plastic
Tombow recycled colored pencils
green print washi tape
small heart punch
backing paper from address labels sheets
lucky stenciled planner page st patrick's day, stefanie girard, washi tape
The first step was to die cut the letters, L, U, C, K, and Y out of recycled clear plastic to make the letter stencils.
lucky stenciled planner page st patrick's day, stefanie girard, washi tape
Then trace the letters onto the planner pages as you like them. Then color in each letter. I did some color fades and some contrasting outlines. This was fun to "color" in different ways and maybe even experiment with prints and patterns.
I adhered a strip of washi tape to some scrap address label paper and punched a bunch of hearts. I used the hearts to make a 4 leaf clover on the 17th block and the remaining strip for a decoration up near the month title of the planner.

These techniques would work great for each month by using different words for each holiday that falls within that month.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hip Hop Easter Egg adult coloring page

I love designing quick little adult coloring pages for each holiday. Today's is an Easter page that features bunnies on an egg with the quote, "I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop" which just makes me giggle :)
free Adult coloring page, easter coloring, stefanie girard ,bunny
The bunnies were fun to color in a variety of pretty Easter colors with a variety of BIC markersChameleon Markers, Spectrum Noir and Tombow Markers.

Feel free to download and if you do, leave a comment with a link to your finished page or tag me on Instagram @StefanieLGirard
free Adult coloring page, easter coloring, stefanie girard ,bunny


Sunday, January 31, 2016

How to make your own page tabs for your planner pages

My friend Maria gave me a Happy Everything planner for Christmas and it is so pretty but it didn't have monthly tabs which I really like and tend to have to add to every planner I use. This is an easy fix with a McGill tab punch or a We R Memory Keepers punch.
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I punched the tabs out of a bunch of different pretty scrapbook papers.
planner, planner pages, file tab punch, day runner, stefanie girard, rubber stamp
Then I stamped each tab with a date stamp.
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 All that was left to do was glue the tabs onto the monthly planner pages. Now I can find upcoming months easy and fill in important dates and notes.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot Valentine Adult coloring page

I thought I'd make an adult coloring page for Valentine's Day. I am always a fan of the human heart image so I thought I'd start with that and then another thing I like to do is use the word "knot" instead of "not" so I did the quote, "He loves me, he loves me knot".
he loves me he loves me knot adult coloring page, valentine, colored pencils, stefanie girard
I used Tombow recycled colored pencils this time as I was working on an image that had shaded areas.

Feel free to download and if you do, leave a comment with a link to your finished page or tag me on Instagram @StefanieLGirard
he loves me he loves me knot adult coloring page, valentine, colored pencils, stefanie girard


Monday, December 28, 2015

365 New Days 365 New Choices quote adult coloring page

To kick off the new year of 2016 I thought I'd design an adult coloring page that will be an inspiration each new day as unique and full of possibilities. I found the quote, "365 New Days 365 Choices" that fits the bill. If the font looks familiar it's used in the Power Puff girl logo.
365 new days, 365 new choices adult coloring page, free, stafanie girard designs
I used a combination of BIC markersChameleon Markers, Spectrum Noir and Tombow Markers.

Feel free to download and if you do, leave a comment with a link to your finished page or tag me on Instagram @StefanieLGirard
365 new days, 365 new choices adult coloring page, free, stafanie girard designs
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