Old Glory Wall Hanging

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle.

Old Glory Wall Hanging for July 4th

“Let freedom ring” for this Independence Day, and all summer long with this stars and stripes wall hanging inspired by “Old Glory” herself.  This shabby flag is a good project to use up all those fabric scraps, short lengths of trim, lace, and other bits and bobs you may have in your crafting stash.

My finished wall hanging is 12″x16″, and is hanging on a 20″ long stick.  You could size this project up or down, as desired, just keep in mind that to keep similar proportions to a real American flag, your red and white “stripes” of lace and trim need to hang down approximately twice as long as your blue rectangle.  You can always reference a real American flag if you want to make sure your proportions are correct, I just kind of eyeballed mine.

Here’s  what I used to make my wall hanging:

  • A stick, about 20″ long.  Mine came from my yard, or you could use a dowel.
  • A piece of blue fabric about 9″x6″, I used a piece of denim.
  • Lengths of red,  white and natural colored trim, lace, pom-pom ribbon, and 1″ strips of fabric that are about 16″ in length.  Variation is good though, so don’t worry if some are a bit longer or shorter, just make sure most are about 16″ long.
  • Small white crocheted doilies, white lace rosettes, white fabric flowers, buttons, etc., for the “stars” to go on the blue background.
  • Gold embroidery floss.
  • Buttons for embellishment. (Brass buttons, white buttons, star buttons.)
  • Natural jute, for hanging.
  • Hot glue gun, and glue sticks.
  • Tea bags for tea staining (optional).

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Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash

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By Guest Blogger Courteney from the blog Crafting With Court

Courteney’s blog is full of ideas inspired by Pinterest and brings her own versions to life. With step-by-step instructions for fun crafts, Crafting with Court is perfect for all kinds of crafters.

Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash with Guest Blogger Court from Crafting With Court

When we adopted this sweet baby a little more than 4 months ago, I knew this name was Padfoot. I mean, look at the similarities!

Dog Leash Picture

Padfoot needed a Gryffindor collar.  I searched around online, and I was shocked with how limited by options were.  As a crafty person, I set out to make my own collar.  I purchased a yard of the All Things Harry Potter fabric from Spoonflower and made a dog collar. My finished product turned out great!  If you want to make your own check out: Dog Collar: Fabric Wrapped.

dog leash pic 3

Over time, his plain store bought dog leash paled in comparison to his custom collar.  I set out to change that and made a Hogwarts dog leash.

Materials:

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Ask the Experts: Tips and Tools

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By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Zing Embossing Powder Q:  How do I get all of the embossing powder off?

     A:  There are several things that I’ve found to work best and use all of them on each project.   Keep in mind to try not to touch the paper with your fingers before using it.  The oils from your fingers will hold the powder.  Also, use an embossing pouch and rub it on the paper before stamping on it.   Turn the paper over and flick it with your finger and use a paint brush to wipe off all that can still be seen.

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Scrapping the Memories

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By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor

Peg Rounds

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Scrapping the Memories

May 3rd is National Scrapbooking Day and in honor of it CreateForLess is celebrating all month long with a layout contest.  This layout was created to inspire you with some simple ideas of things you can do to dress up your pictures and your journaling, too.  Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned scrapbooker there is plenty of fun and enjoyment in creating lasting memories.

The first thing you will need to do is choose the pictures you want to use and print them out.  Then, pull out some of the colors from those pictures and use them as your palette for choosing your papers, inks and paints.  The background paper that was used for this layout came from the Best of Paper Pad by K & Company.

Paint

Once your pictures have been trimmed to the size you would like, cut a piece of white card stock to fit behind them.  These pictures were trimmed 3 ¼” x 4 ¾” so the card stock was cut to measure 4” x 5 ½”.  Next, paint each piece using acrylic paint.  The paints with daubers on the bottles work really well for this step.  Allow each piece to dry.

Run each piece through a die cut machine to emboss it using an embossing folder.  The Swiss Dots embossing folder by Provo Craft was used on this project.

Emboss

Lightly sand the embossing using a sanding block.   Remove the dust using a soft cloth.

Sand

Add color to the embossed areas using an inking tool and water based ink pads such as Distress Inks.

Ink

Remove Color

Remove the color that gets onto the surface of the paper by wiping it with a damp cloth or paper towel.  Continue to add color until it is as dark as you want it, wiping it off after each addition.

Curling Paper

Since water has been added to the fibers of the paper, it may curl a bit.  You can lightly iron the back of it with a warm iron to straighten it out so it lays flat again.

Mount the pictures onto the backgrounds and then adhere them to the background paper using a tape runner.

Die Cut

Die cut 2 pieces of card stock for the journaling pieces.  One piece should be cut with a smaller sized die.  Paint the bigger piece using the paint dauber and allow it to dry.

Inking

Take the smaller die cut and use the inking tool and an ink pad to add color to it.  Start off the paper and rotate the tool in small circles as you move it onto the edge of the paper to give the edges a heavy inking and continuing towards the center to add a lighter color.  More color can be added using this same process and more inks in different colors.

Write your journaling onto the smaller piece and attach the two pieces together using the tape runner and then adhere them to the layout.  Add flowers and embellishments to finish off the layout.

Now, it’s your turn.  Create your most favorite layout and enter it for a chance to win some great prizes from Create for Less.  Once your layout is done, simply click this link: Layout Contest and upload the photo of your layout.  You don’t have everything you need for it?  That’s ok.  Head over to Create for Less and see all of the fabulous products they carry!

A Special Card for Mother’s Day

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

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A Special Card for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th so now is the time to be creating those special cards just for mom.  This gorgeous card with rolled flowers is one that every mom would love to receive.

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Clock Refresh

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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

Modern Clock Refresh - Brave New Home

Since moving into our new home, my overall design style has shifted to be more modern and bright.  We can’t always afford to throw out and replace all the items that no longer fit our design aesthetic (at least not right away) so I’ve been trying to refresh pieces whenever possible.

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Ask the Experts: Creative Craft Uses

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

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Avery Adhesive Wall Pocket

 Q:  What is a good way to store stickers and small chipboard pieces?

A:  The Avery Adhesive Pockets are a good way to keep smaller, easily lost items.  They attach easily to a wall, door or even a decorated piece of wood.

We R Memory Punch Boards

Q: Is there a way to make a liner for a handmade envelope?

A:  Yes, there is and it’s really easy.  Use the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers to make the envelope and then make a smaller size that will fit inside of it for the liner.

Le Plume Blender

Q: How do you get ink off an area of a stamp that you don’t want in that color?

A:  A blender pen is a good way to lift off ink from a stamp that has one color already on it.  After you have used the pen to remove the ink that you don’t want, you can use a marker to add the chosen color.

Darice Argyle Embossing Folder

Q: Are embossing folders only used for backgrounds?

A:  No, they can be used as a focal point to a card or layout simply by cutting out a section of it or use it with a die and give texture to the shape cut out by using the die.

Paper Accents Chipboard Tags  

Q: Are there any fun ways other than ribbon to attach a tag to things?

A:  Try using the small decorative clothes pins, thin tags can be adhered to things like card stock using brads and 3-d adhesives help them stand up off the project and adheres them to it at the same time.

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