Wednesday, March 6, 2019

How to make HOP TO IT Easter lettering sign with die cut letters

die cut letter sign Easter, die cut letters, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, Hop to it
Today is the first day of lent so that means I can officially start crafting for Easter and I whipped up this HOP TO IT sign with 6 inch letter dies, a bit of scrapbook paper, and of all things binder clips!
die cut letter sign Easter, die cut letters, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, Hop to it
I picked out a variety of colors of scrapbook paper with different prints and then die cut them taking care to place the dies on the squares slightly off center as I will use the outside die cuts in future projects- you know how I love twofers!
die cut letter sign Easter, die cut letters, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, Hop to it
I also cut a set of these letters out in black and white print paper. The only letter that doesn't flip is the "P" so I had to make 2 letter P's. All the other letters when flipped are in the right direction.
I glued all the letters back to back and this made them stand up.
die cut letter sign Easter, die cut letters, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, Hop to it
For the stands I used binder clips embellished with organza ribbon and buttons. I arranged the letters on the shelf with pretty Easter eggs in front of the clips and a few bunnies.
Since "HOP TO IT" works as an inspirational quote I will flip the letters over and use the black and white side after Easter. I promise to share it so be sure to subscribe to our email and you won't miss it.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mixed-media junk journal collage with large die cut letter

die cut letter, stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles, junk journal, collage, mixed-media
Yesterday I posted the easiest Lucky St. Paterick's Day banner tutorial and I promised the first of the projects I plan to make with the outside or negative die cut leftover from the letters.

Along with the recycled die cut paper letter I used one of my watercolor pill paintings that are painted with metallic watercolors.
watercolor paintings of pills Stefanie Girard, metallic watercolor paintings
In addition to the pill painting and the negative outline of the die cut letter K leftover from my Lucky banner project I rubber stamped the quote "Think about it". I may add some washi tape or fabric scraps to this junk journal collage art page but for now I like it with just these elements.

How to die cut the easiest St. Patrick's Day Lucky Banner

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles, Die cut letters
Don't you feel "Lucky" when you are crafting and you get two items out of one action? I love it and that's just what you get when you die cut these letters out of rectangles of pretty green pattern papers to make a St. Patrick's Day banner.
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles, Die cut letters
Gather up your green printed papers.
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles, Die cut letters
Then lay out the Lucky 6 inch die cut letters in the order you want the prints to be.
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles, Die cut letters
I trimmed down each paper to a rectangle and then die cut each 6 inch banner letter centered in the rectangle. This is where you get the second bonus letter to use the negative die cut for another project. I will post the first of those designs tomorrow so be sure to come on back!
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles, Die cut letters
I use a bit of washi tape to secure the large alphabet die exactly where I want it cut out on the page.
Then I simply used tiny clothes pins on a length of green cotton yarn to hang the big die cut Lucky letters.

If you were wondering- that is my pet rock in a recycled turtleneck sweater I made. The pin says, "Rockin' it old school" (pun intended) I also added a fun shamrock button to the sweater to add a bit more St. Patrick's Day fun to my display.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Easy die cut MOM Mother's day card with giant die cut letters

MOM card, Mother's Day card, die cut letters, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
I am thinking ahead to Mother's Day and if you are too how about this for a fun big MOM card that can be made out of virtually any paper combo and I used 6 inch letter dies along with some flower embellishments and a button.
MOM card, Mother's Day card, die cut letters, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
The fun part of this gate fold card is that when it is closed the first and last M of MOM meet to make 1 big M.
MOM card, Mother's Day card, die cut letters, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
I die cut 2 M's out of different striped paper and 1 O out of paper that had all different words for Mother.
MOM card, Mother's Day card, die cut letters, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
I used some old cardstock from the office supply stash I had around for the base of the gate fold card.
MOM card, Mother's Day card, die cut letters, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
I glued each of the M's down to a piece of cardstock in the same mirrored position and folded it down the center of each M and then along the inside edge of the M.
Then I cut a piece of cardstock down to the size of the O and glued them all together.
The then trimmed up the top edge of the card when it was all folded closed.
MOM card, Mother's Day card, die cut letters, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
To add one fun little touch I glued a few layers of pressed flowers together along with a pretty flower button.
If you add a paper clip this can keep the card folded closed too.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

How to make a Super sized die cut letter book cover

alphabet letter die cut, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, junk journal, book page
If you like experimenting with colorants, adhesives and coatings in you art making and crafting I have a few fun tips and tutorials for you today. I was given a Smash Pocket Folio for Christmas and I thought I'd start altering it by working on the cover.
alphabet letter die cut, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, junk journal, book page
Being that my name starts with "S" that was going to be my giant 6 inch die cut letter to embellish the big cover.
alphabet letter die cut, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, junk journal, book page
I posted a while back a tutorial on how to make watercolor paint with eye shadow and I was wondering how it would be to use the eye shadow directly on paper.
alphabet letter die cut, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, junk journal, book page
I wanted to get a twofer out of this eye shadow edging technique so I placed the diecut on another piece of paper and held it still so that as I applied the eye shadow along the edge with a Q-tip I would get another letter S.
alphabet letter die cut, Liberty Sprinkles, Stefanie Girard, junk journal, book page
I chose the pink outline letter S with a recycled dictionary page featuring words that begin with the letter S behind it to embellish the junk journal cover.

I first spritzed a light coating of the new spray on Matt Mod Podge onto the cover and placed the recycled dictionary page on it.

Then I spritzed another coat over the page and placed the die cut window outline of the letter S.

Finally I spritzed a final coat of Spray on Mod Podge onto the eye shadow embellished letter S.
It worked great and didn't smudge the eye shadow at all!

How to make a no-sew XO Valentine pillow

die cut letters alphabet, no-sew, applique, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
I am so excited about these giant 6 inch alphabet letter dies. I have been lucky enough to get an advance set of the 26 letter dies.

Do they look like something you would like to add to your die collection and use to make all sorts of things like this no-sew XO Valentine's Day pillow and other things like party banners, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, altered book pages, art, and so much more? Well, leave a comment in today's post and I will let you know when they become available!
die cut letters alphabet, no-sew, applique, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
First up I ironed some Heat n Bond onto the back of some cute pink polka dot quilt fabric.
die cut letters alphabet, no-sew, applique, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
Then I die cut the giant 6 inch letter die X first.
die cut letters alphabet, no-sew, applique, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
Then I lined up the 6 inch letter die "O" and secured it with a bit of washi tape so it didn't shift out of alignment while die cutting.
die cut letters alphabet, no-sew, applique, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
Two perfect 6 inch die cut block letters ready to iron onto a pillow case to upcycle it for Valentine's Day.
die cut letters alphabet, no-sew, applique, Stefanie Girard, Liberty Sprinkles
I slipped the pillow case over the pillow and used a bit of washi tape again to place the iron-on die cut six inch letters.

Then I slipped the pillow case off, pealed the backing paper of off the die cut letters and ironed the die cut letters X and O onto the pink plaid pillow case.

I am looking forward to adding all sorts of words and letters onto everything using these new 6 inch letter dies.

You too? Leave a comment and I'll keep you posted when they become available!

XOXO

Friday, December 14, 2018

Postal art, altered cards and collage art

mail art, postal art, collage art, mixed media, vintage postage, stefanie girard
I wanted to share with you a few pieces of art I have been making. This first piece above is a Christmas card that I then added all sorts of other bits of art and washi tape. The envelope is embellished with washi tape and rubber stamped and I used a collection of vintage postage for mailing.
mail art, postal art, collage art, mixed media, vintage postage, stefanie girard
This art card I also used a bunny paper punch for some negative space.
mail art, postal art, collage art, mixed media, vintage postage, stefanie girard
This is another mail art envelope that I had so much fun collaging the vintage postage and rubber stamping. I highly recommend sending out paper mail and you just might get some back in your mailbox! Bring back the art pen pal in 2019!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Photo fun at Lucy Sparrow's Sparrow Mart in Los Angeles

Stefanie Girard Lucy Sparrow Sparrow Mart Brillo Cambell's Soup Felt art
I had a great time at Sparrow Mart and even got to take a pict with the artist Lucy Sparrow!
Stefanie Girard Lucy Sparrow Sparrow Mart Brillo Cambell's Soup Felt art
I even had to continue with a bit of photo fun based on the Absolut Vodka advertising- Absolut Sparrow.
Stefanie Girard Lucy Sparrow Sparrow Mart Brillo Cambell's Soup Felt art
And my favorite snack food- Goldfish!



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Movable modern minimalist art

modern art stripes movable painting stefanie girard
I love to rearrange things. That includes my art. This piece is made of lathing strips (thin strips of wood used when you plaster walls.

Here are a bunch of arrangements:
modern art stripes movable painting stefanie girard
I like looking at an arrangement for awhile and then I move the painted strips around.
modern art stripes movable painting stefanie girard
I plan on painting some more strips of wood. It really can be endless.
modern art stripes movable painting stefanie girard

To make the base I simply made a base with the strips and put tiny nails on the vertical pieces of wood.
I did this a bit loose so the strips could move.

The bottom piece is glued in place.
modern art stripes movable painting stefanie girard


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Movable Blocks -Embroidered Quotes Art Installation - By Stefanie Girard


Moving Blocks Art Installation Embroidered quotes Stefanie Girard

 Today I want to share with you an art installation piece that I recently exhibited. It's made up of over 150 fabric covered (recycled) wood blocks.

About half of them have embroidered quotes and words on them. They are mounted on coated galvanized metal and I move them around to create different arrangements. Here are 5 arrangements and some close-ups of a few of the blocks. If you want to see all the embroidery you can pop over to the hashtag #stefanieembroiders on my Instagram @stefanielgirard. I am constantly making more and creating new arrangements so feel free to follow them!
Moving Blocks Art Installation Embroidered quotes Stefanie Girard


In each photo I held my fingers indicating what number the arrangement was.
Moving Blocks Art Installation Embroidered quotes Stefanie Girard


Let me know which one is your favorite!
Moving Blocks Art Installation Embroidered quotes Stefanie Girard


Or if you have a good quote or word you think deserves to be embroidered.
Moving Blocks Art Installation Embroidered quotes Stefanie Girard


Close-ups:
Moving Blocks Art Installation Embroidered quotes Stefanie Girard


Moving Blocks Art Installation Embroidered quotes Stefanie Girard
More embroidered quote block close-ups:
machine embroidered quotes art, Stefanie Girard, instalation art, mixed-media art, word art
Lots of colors:
machine embroidered quotes art, Stefanie Girard, instalation art, mixed-media art, word art
Groups of colors:
machine embroidered quotes art, Stefanie Girard, instalation art, mixed-media art, word art
Greys:
machine embroidered quotes art, Stefanie Girard, instalation art, mixed-media art, word art

Medium shot:
machine embroidered quotes art, Stefanie Girard, instalation art, mixed-media art, word art

I even made the Glendale News Press and Burbank Leader!
Moveable embroidered quote blocks art Stefanie Girard


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