My computer is out of commission AGAIN!!!

My DS forgot to tell me that I needed to BUY a new virus protection program last time.  sigh.  Will do that FIRST THING when I get it back this time.  I can ‘post’ to my blog on this borrowed computer, but all my pictures are on MY computer.  So, how about a great FREEBIE I just happened upon?

FREE PRINTABLES  compliments of Astrid’s Artistic Efforts to get you started on some hand made Valentines?

Or perhaps you’d like to see what’s new in my etsy shop?   Will be adding LOTS more to etsy when I get my computer back next week.

Book pages wreaths ~ revisited

LOVE all the different stuff bloggers are doing with old book pages these days!  It saddens me a tad to rip old books apart, but the end results just make you love the written word on a whole new level! 

It seems to have started with the ones with pages rolled into cone shapes and attached to a backing in a circular shape.  I passed on making any of those.  While I LIKE them, they just weren’t quite ‘my thing’.  THEN I saw (STILL cannot remember where!!) someone who had cut leaf shapes out of old book pages to make a wreath like this:

And I KNEW I had to make one.

Quite simple really; quick and easy.  The most time consuming part was covering the foam wreath form with paper!

Michael thought it needed ‘more color’.  That it was too plain.  So, I didn’t make any more for a looooooooooooooooooong time.  Decided to ‘get back into it’ on Monday, while I was resting up from setting up at our new space.  Cutting out leaves while watching TV was sedate enough to get rested, but productive enough to not feel like I’d wasted a day.

I came across a batch of leaves that I had TORN instead of cutting; and inked the edges.   My old arthritic hands did not like tearing out all those little leaves very much!  But this batch was done, so I worked with it.

Glued strips of pages to my green foam wreath from Dollar Tree.

Then hot glued the leaves to the wreath, one by one.

It DOES have more color and texture than the plain cut leaves one, but it still was not quite right.  And I actually liked the PLAIN one better than this one!  Was wishing I had some really OLD yellowed pages to work with!  HEY!!!  I can MAKE them look old with my grubby stain!!!

So I cut out a bunch more leaves.  Lightly spritzed my cookie sheet with some water so the paper leaves would ‘stick in place’.  Then I sprayed the whole sheet with my grubby stain.  (this is my own special recipe and does NOT use coffee or tea.  Can be made unscented or lightly scented.)   Turn the oven on to it’s LOWEST setting.  As soon as it reaches temp, TURN IT OFF!!!  Put your pan of wet stained leaves into the warm oven.  Don’t turn the oven back on!!  There will be enough heat to dry up your ‘leaves’ in about 10-15 minutes.

Look how beautifully they dry up.  Various shades of brown, some with darker edges and some nicely curled; just like REAL leaves do when they dry up!

Then I just get out my trusty hot glue gun and glue them to my covered wreath form!!

Love, love, love how these turned out!!!

And I couldn’t stop making them!!!

I didn’t even have to add any kind of ‘hanger’ to them.  The wreath part sticks out enough on the back to plop onto a nail.

I’m going to ‘go out on a limb’ and predict here and now that tea stained book pages wreaths will be the next ‘big thing’!  I wonder if I’m really the first one to think of this???  I know I haven’t seen it anywhere else before and came up with the idea all on my own.  But that doesn’t mean lots of other creative folks haven’t come up with the very same idea! 

Will be interesting to see!

* The inked edges wreath has gone to Stars.  The stained ones will be going to Camas.

Cute Christmas pattern ~ FREEBIE!

How cute is this?!?!

santaclaus free pattern

You can download the free pattern HERE

Be sure to look at the other free patterns the site offers.  The PIG is my favorite!

Happy Crafting!

Freebie pattern

Well fellow crafters, summer is almost here and you KNOW what that means! Time to get started on your CHRISTMAS CRAFTS!

free pattern Winter Blessings Photo BLOG

Here is a cute (and FREE!) Christmas ornament pattern I found on another blog.  Be sure to click and get the pattern NOW ~ It’s only frtee for a short time.

click here for freebie

A FREEBIE e-book for you!!!

I just listed a FREE e-book for how to make these ‘cranberry’ hearts.  You can get it by visiting our Etsy shop via the link below.

(and yes, as a matter of fact this IS a shameless plug to get you to go look at what all we have in our Etsy store.  It’s worth the ‘trip’ for a FREEBIE!)

 OUR WEBSITE : www.cscrafts.com/aj.html

OUR BLUJAY STORE :  http://www.blujay.com/folk_art_originals

 TO PURCHASE OUR ONE OF A KIND HANDCRAFTED PRODUCTS, E-BOOKS AND CRAFT SUPPLIES; PLEASE VISIT OUR ETSY STORE : 

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5876981

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Free reindeer pattern

I wasn’t able to copy and paste a picture of the reindeer, but it is a very sweet, simple primitive style one.    You’ll have to scroll down the page a bit to see it.  Be sure to download and print it NOW if you want it.  The generous designers who post their patters for free, change them frequently; so if you wait, it may be gone!  These look simple enough that even “I” might try to make one!

http://www.moonchildsprimitives.com/pages/mainpg.php

 OUR WEBSITE : www.cscrafts.com/aj.html

OUR BLUJAY STORE :  http://www.blujay.com/folk_art_originals

 TO PURCHASE OUR ONE OF A KIND HANDCRAFTED PRODUCTS, E-BOOKS AND CRAFT SUPPLIES; PLEASE VISIT OUR ETSY STORE : 

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5876981

~ primitives ~ trash to treasure ~ shabby chic ~ cottage ~ Paris apartment ~ repurposed home goods ~ repaired ~ restyled home decor ~ reused ~ recycled art ~ handcrafted gifts ~ one of a kind ~ artist originals ~ second hand style ~ junk market style ~ flea market style ~ beautiful junk ~ beach cottage décor ~ unique home décor ~ vintage home décor ~ unique gifts ~ custom made gifts ~ custom made home décor ~ personalized signs ~ Sophie’s Cottage ~ grubby candles ~ how to craft books ~ Shabby Paris apartment ~ baby gifts ~ personalized gifts ~ AJ Finsand ~ upcycled ~ rebuilt ~ flea market chic ~ gift baskets ~ custom orders ~ vintage ~ collectibles ~

A freebie from Huckleberry Arts

 

What a beautiful tag!  And the designer is offering it FREE on her blog. (saving it from her blog will give you a bigger size image)  She makes LOTS of other images which she sells via her blog.  Great stuff for altered art projects and scrapbooking.  Here’s the link to her blog. 

http://huckleberryarts.blogspot.com/

I’m thinking this would make a neat Mother’s Day gift for a friend who is a mom!

Freebie tag image

 

Isn’t this a beautiful tag?!?!?  The artist is sharing a down-loadable and printable image on her blog.  Just follow this link:

http://huckleberryarts.blogspot.com/2008/04/freebie.html

LOTS of FREE images and patterns!

You MUST check out this site!  Here is the link to their FIVE pages of freebies:

http://senecapondcrafts.com/store/

Lots of great stuff to buy too!

PUR WEBSITE:  www.cscrafts.com/aj.html

FREE image sheet

Click on the link to download and print.

http://www.instantprintables.com/product/732/FREE+Vintage+Labels+n+more+Purple

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