Monthly Archives: October 2013

BOO! Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween, my Fisk-a-friends!

I couldn’t resist using the holiday as an excuse to get a little crafty. But, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a hat worthy of a scarecrow costume here in Central Ohio? Or any idea how hard it was to find a straw hat for an adult’s head, period—-‘worthiness’ aside!?!

Darn near impossible! LOL.

The story goes a little like this: I went to 7 stores looking for a straw hat with no luck. I thought of all places that I’d strike it rich at places like Joann Fabrics, Michaels or even Hobby Lobby. In fact, after striking out at the first two, I practically skipped down the aisle all the way to the back of the store when the Hobby Lobby employee enthusiastically said we have straw hats! Follow me!

She lead me to the minature dollhouse aisle that had a small stack of straw hats for dolls and said will these work? Uh, no. All I could do was laugh at that point.

Finally, I went to a craft wholesaler and found this straw hat for $2.50, but it looked like the chiquita banana lady’s hat with the brim sticking straight up. So I flipped the entire brim down which then made it look like an Asian conical hat. So then I flipped half up and half down and finally settled on liking it that way except it would spontaneously flip back up. LOL.

I decided to get it anyway knowing I could do something to make it work. I first tried hot glue, but the weave was too strong and the glue wasn’t keeping it from flipping back. So, I settled on handstitching portions of the brim in place and it worked! After that, all that was needed was a black crow which I wired in place and a raffia bow and some silk sunflowers that I cut off the stems using my Mixed Media Amplify Shears.

I finished off the look with the face makeup which is just red lipstick and liquid eyeliner. I also made raffia bracelets and ankle bracelets by cutting up a hula skirt and slipknotting the raffia pieces onto twine that I then tied onto my ankles and wrist. The sleeve cuffs of my flannel and the cuffs of my ripped jeans covered the twine, so I truly looked like a stuffed scarecrow.

It was super fun to put together, but even more fun that the girls went to a costume party with me and they were dressed as Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. I couldn’t convince my husband to go as the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion, so instead he went as Smartie Pants. He hot glued rolls of Smarties to his jeans and wore a dress shirt, with suspenders, glasses, and slicked his hair over. It was hilarious!

Leftover Stickers Turned Into A Focal Point

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Over the summer I shared a way to use a random assortment of leftover stickers to create a background in a mixed media project. Today, I have another idea for leftover stickers, but this time they are all from the same sticker sheet.

These particular stickers were much smaller than I normally use, so I didn’t see myself using them all that often, plus they weren’t incredibly sticky. You know the type….the ones you stick down and before you’re even done with your layout they are all lifting up. So frustrating, isn’t it!? For some reason or another they have low-tack adhesive on them and I’m not a fan of having to put more adhesive on the back of something that should already be sticky, so instead I try to be resourceful and make the most of it.

That’s exactly what I’ve done here.

I took all those leftover, low-tack stickers that I didn’t plan on using again and instead of throwing them in File 13 I chose to turn them into a tree. But, but, but……they aren’t sticky? Why would you do that? I hear you, loud and clear. :)

Here’s how I solved that little issue. After arranging them into the outline of a tree with branches, I took it over to my sewing machine to add random stitching all over the design with brown thread. This not only helped hold them down, it also gave the design much more definition and dimension. Then, I used brads and the centers of the alphabets (you know, the centers of the a, b, d, g, o, p, q letters) from another set of stickers to add fall-colored leaves to the my custom tree.

Cute, eh?

I hope to have you looking at your alphabet stickers that may have low-tack to them, or just the ones that have been collecting dust in a whole new way.

If you have plenty of those stickers around, but they aren’t the right color, consider changing up the color. You can mist them, paint a few thin coats of craft paint over top, or even spray paint them. Once they dry you’ll be ready to use them and turn them into a one-of-a-kind embellishment!

Are you up for the challenge of using up some of your leftover stickers this week? I’d love to see your attempts flood the gallery.

Lantern edged with Antique Lace

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You may have heard that there has been a recent release of 4 new cartridges for the AdvantEdge Interchangeable Punch System, and today I’m sharing a glimpse at the Antique Lace design. Last week I shared a use for the Garden Lattice design.

Here I used it along the edge of two pieces of cardstock – one cream and one orange. I offset the two colors slightly to create the illusion of a little more depth (it’s a bit like looking at a 3D picture without your 3D glasses on!)

I wrapped the cardstock around a glass candle holder, and the punched edge sits just above the edge of the glass to give it a lantern effect. I then added a little decoration (cardstock and Feather Rub-Ons by Jenni Bowlin) and some baker’s twine.

Though it goes without saying, I’m going to say it anyway. If you’re thinking of doing something similar, please be careful when using candles and flames. It’s always a good idea to play it safe, and use an electric flame such as a battery operated tea light.

Costume Inspiration

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Isn’t this little princess absolutely adorable?!? You can find out how to recreate this costume in time for next week by reading ‘Sewing a Simple Princess Dress’ by Fiskars’ designer Smitha Katti. And you want to know something? Smitha didn’t even use a pattern to make this dress! What a talented lady! Lucky for you, she has shared her process so that you can learn to do the same.

Hop on over to the link above are check it out.

I’m actually dressing up this Halloween (my first time ever since I was a child!) My costume isn’t handmade but I’ve been putting it together myself with a selection of items all bought from the thrift store. I’m not quite ready for a grand reveal yet…that will have to wait until the 31st, but I will be sure to share! Anyone else dressing up? Care to share the costume details with the rest of us!?!?