Friday, November 13, 2015

Q's Creative Cruise Classes 2015

All packed up and ready to go... on our Eastern Caribbean Card making Cruise!
It's hard to believe, despite the late nights and wee hours that I have time to post a little sneak peak of the classes I'll be teaching on board, but here they are!  TOO much crafty fun!  

I'll be releasing the Christmas classes when I get back so if you couldn't make the cruise, you can still make the kits!  See you in a week!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Toilet paper roll Poinsettia

This is a follow-up tutorial from my September Studio 5 segment on paper roll crafting.  

Sometimes the ideas keep flowing after I'm done preparing for Studio 5, so I end up with a prototype.

I still haven't had time to visit this project again (That may have to be a December project for me!), because I wanted to cut my petals a little wider and also make the base larger, so keep those things in mind while re-creating it.

I still love this flower though.  It's such an impact piece.  It's hard to believe it's made from toilet paper rolls.  It's been adorning my office since September and while I was preparing my October Studio 5 segment on Clothes Pin Crafts, I was able to use.  I was making a card holder wreath and it needed something decorative.  It called to me... "use me Sue!" 

You'll need 10 toilet paper rolls, hot glue gun and something to place in the center (I used some glitter foam balls I found at Hobby Lobby).

Start by cutting a toilet paper roll in half lengthwise. 

You can use a pencil to mark the roll, or just eyeball it. 
Cut 4 petals from each roll.  You'll need 2 tolls per layer, and I creative 3 layers.

Starting from the top of the petal, cut down to base, leaving at least 1/4".  Repeat until you have 4 petals.  You'll have large spaces between leaves.  Fold/scrunch these spaces together until your petal piece curves slightly and petals fan out into a semi circle.  Hot glue where you've folded the base together.

Repeat with 4 more rolls, with leaves the same size, or a bit smaller.
Repeat with last 2 rolls, but make these 2/3 smaller. 

Take these outside and lay on some newsprint.  Spray paint 2 large petals gold (I only did one side).  Spray paint remaining petals red, then spray again lightly with some Gold Paint, focusing on the center.  This adds a nice shimmery effect.

Create base with last 2 toilet paper roll.  Cut rolls in half.  Cut a 3" and 3 1/2" circle.  Scrunch up the sides of the larger circle and glue to flat circle.  Hot glue the crunched up sides in as well.  This piece help to stabalize the flower.  The first one I made was too small, but I think a 3" piece will be perfect and still hidden by the petals.

Hot glue 2 matching Gold petals in center of base, repeat with the rest of the Red petals, layer by layer ending with the smallest petals.  Hot glue glitter balls in center.  Check to ensure petals are secure and not drooping.  If they are, add additional hot glue until stiff.  You could make a fuller poinsettia by adding another layer.

I've been wanting to update my Christmas this year.  I have silk poinsettia flowers that I've had for years, but they've run their course.  I want to make about 12 of these (I have a tall tree!) to replace them.  Will be sure to post pictures if I manage to accomplish this goal! 


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Studio 5: Creative Clothes Pin Crafts

You know that feeling you get when you make something and you're super proud of it?  You smile, you stand back and admire, you wonder who in your family would appreciate your craftiness...and then you call your friend. :)

That's exactly how I felt making this clothes pin pine tree.  I really can't get enough of it.    It's very old-world to me, rustic, yet modern.  
Initially I planned on doing just wreaths for Studio 5 (see below) but found an example of a tree made with the clothes pins.  I liked the idea, but wanted to improve on the design.  The trees I had seen online all used a paper towel base.  I used a foam tree form available at any craft store.  This is a more sturdy base, plus when you apply the hot glue on the clothes pin, they melt into the base a bit, making it more secure.

I stained the clothes pins with Antique Walnut, which gives it a nice warmth.  You could paint the pins, but what I really love about this is the decorative lines at the end of each pin, which really pops with the stain.  Use a stray stain though, it goes much, much quicker.  I just placed all my pin halves in a box.  Took it outside to spray.   Keep shaking the box to expose more unstained areas until completed.  It dried pretty quickly, but give it about 30 minutes.

I picked up Happy Holiday Lazer cut wood piece at Michaels Crafts.  LOVE IT!  I use a different design a little farther down.

I had the berry garland on hand and really debated on using it, as I truly love it bare, but in the end, liked the pop of red.
You'll need the following supplies to make this tree.
  1. Foam Tree Base 12" high (but you could do any size)
  2. 100 Clothes pins (3 1/4")
  3. Antique Walnut Spray Stain
  4. Hot Glue
  5. Toilet paper roll
  6. Tree topper and/or decorations

Spray Foam Tree form until covered and dark.
Pull apart all the clothes pins, place some in a box and spray stain until everything is covered.  Repeat until all the pins are stained.

Apply Hot glue to back of (on top only) to four pins at a time.  This will save time, plus give the glue a chance to cool off a bit.

Start with just four pins in each corner of form, about 1" from bottom at about 45 degree angle.  Continue to fill in until pins are tight together, but not overlapping.

Continue to build layer upon layer, overlapping and placing pins so the fall in between pins below.  This will work for the first few layers, but as the form becomes narrower, you will start to use less pins per row, so you'll have some pins that will fall right on top of the pin below.  No worry, just make sure on tne next row, you place pins on either side of that doubled up pin.

As you get higher it becomes more challenging, but don't stress about it too much, as after the tree is done you can go back and fill in some blanks with extra pins.

The hardest part is the top, as it's very narrow.

Cut a piece of toilet paper roll 1 1/2" wide and form a cone, hold in place with hot glue.  Glue this to the top of the cone to create an extension of the form and something for the pins to adhere to.  Use 8 pins for the top.  Leave a bit of space between opposing pins so you can place the star ornament in it (if you are using it).  

Enjoy, this was SO much fun to make!

Photo Clothes Pin Wreath

It was something like this that inspired the whole clothes pin crafty time!  But of course, clothes pins are practical as well, they do, afterall, pin things, so why not photos!  This a wreath I made for my son and his new bride.  VERY quick and fun to make.

You'll need a 12" craft ring, 60 clothes pins (I used two different sizes; 3 1/4" and 2 3/4"), decorative scrapbooking paper, hot glue and various decorations.

Cut all your paper to the size of the clothes pins you're using.  Glue them on top of the clothes pins.  For a finished look, lightly sand off the edges.  Position all the clothes pins so they are evenly spaced.  Remove one at a time and glue in place.  I positioned every other clothes pin pin-side out and every other pin-side in.
Clothes Pin Necklace

Clothes pins come in all sizes.  I glued these tiny gold ones on a key ring and then glued a decorative button in the center.  I actually wore this on Studio 5 but we completely forgot to mention it.  But if you want to see what it looks like watch the video.

Funny thing...the morning I taped Studio 5 I was watching Good Morning America.  They showed a picture of Chloe Kardashian and guess what she was wearing?  A very similar sunburst design as earrings.  Hey!  I'm trendy!

Clothes Pin Votive

This is BY FAR the easiest project using clothes pins.

You need a tuna can and 17 clothes pins.

Spray the tuna can some neutral color and let dry thoroughly.

Pin along edge.  You really don't need to glue.  I think took it outside, held the base in my hand sprayed just the tops of the pins with a oak spray stain.  It was simple and pretty just like that, but you could add a simple jute and flower (below) or be more decorative as wish.

A row of these will be pretty as a centerpiece on my Thanksgiving table.

More to come!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Q's Creative Cards: CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS; Cards, Tags & Box

80 days until Christmas!

Yup, I said it...the most wonderful time of the year will be upon us in a blink!  

I love getting an early start, put on some Christmas music and get in the spirit.  I do this so I can really feel the spirit in December, because...I'm prepared!

This class is going to help me accomplish just that.  Each kit includes everything you need to create 3 cards, 10 tags and 1 slider box.  

The tags all fit into the box, however, you could use this box for all sorts of creative gift giving.  Easy fold up, measuring 6" x 2 1/2" x 2".

The tags make quick & cute gift giving, just add to a gift bag, box or even add to a card base.

Kits will ship by October 31st.  Please add shipping from the dropdown menu, unless you are attending a local class here in Utah, in which case I will bring the kit to class.

Celebrate Christmas Cards, Tags & Box

Class Schedule

Mon., Nov. 2nd      Sandy Hobby Lobby              2 - 4 pm
Tues., Nov. 3rd      South Jordan Hobby Lobby    5:30 - 7:30pm
Wed., Nov. 4th       South Jordan Hobby Lobby    10am - noon
Wed., Nov. 4th       West Valley Hires                  6 - 8 pm
Thurs., Nov. 5th     American Fork Senior Center  6 - 8 pm
Fri., Nov. 6th         Layton Hobby Lobby               10am - noon
Fri., Nov. 6th         Layton Hobby Lobby               2 - 4pm
Fri., Nov. 6th         Layton Hobby Lobby               5:30 - 7:30 pm

What you'll need:

Adhesives: Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together
Foam squares and Glue dots (Mini & Medium)
1/8" foam strips (for pockets)

Scissors (fine tipped for fussy cutting)
1/8" hole punch
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink Pad & Sponge
Lid (to keep small pieces in)
Paper Piercer & Craft Mat

If you have any questions, please email me.
Feel free to post these pictures to Pinterest!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Studio 5: Upcycle Toilet Paper Rolls

I've toyed around with the idea of avoiding the word "toilet", calling them something benign like "paper rolls"...but in the end I just decided to call a spade a spade.  We all use them.  We throw them away ALL the time!  Is there anything more satisfying then turning a throw away item into a treasure? 

Please join me in my creative journey and maybe create your own.

I've been collecting toilet paper rolls for years.  HUGE drawer full.  I had my head.  But last year, in the middle of a renovation, I decided to throw them all away.  So BIG thanks to my neighbors and friends who donated their rolls via my facebook plea once I decided to actually take the ideas out of my head to do them for Studio 5. 
This ubiquitous throw-away household item is a crafter's dream.  Made of chipboard; a sturdy paper product that is easy to cut, yet durable and easy to paint, and it's already in the shape of a roll!  A few creative cuts and you have endless possibilities!

What I didn't realize, until I looked, was how many other crafters have a mind and drawer full of rolls too!  There are some clever, beautiful toilet paper roll projects on the internet and Pinterest.

Here is my take on an already popular paper roll technique (Cross section) and my contribution (Molding) to the world of toilet paper rolls!

You'll need the following supplies:

Toilet Paper Rolls (as well as paper towel, wrapping paper etc...)
Sharp Scissors with a fine tip for detailed cuts
Ruler & Pencil
Variety of spray paints
Hot Glue Gun (not low temp glue gun)
Variety of Brads or other charms/buttons/nail heads.

Cross Section Technique
Flatten out a paper roll.  Mark one length every 5/8" with a ruler and a pencil.  Repeat this on the other length.  Use these marks as a guide to cut the roll into cross sections.  These are the base for so many creative possibilities.   

You'll get seven strips from a toilet paper roll, or twice that much from a paper towel roll.  You'll need 81 strips or 12 toilet paper rolls.

 I created some different shapes by folding a strip in half, adding a bead of glue to create a double leaf piece.  I also pushed one end in a bit, adding a bead of glue to create a heart shape.

You can create your own design or copy mine.  In which case I made 9 heart shapes and 8 double leaves.

I used a 10" mirror I bought at Michaels Crafts.  I owe my woodworking friend, Brent, BIG time for cutting a 10" circle from 5/8" thick wood.  The rest was just design and glue, then spray paint.

I did end up glueing large brad heads into design where the pieces intersects.  It emphasized the metal look I was trying to achieve.

I glued the mirror on with hot glue.

Lastly, I hammered in a saw tooth hanger on both ends and hung on a nail. 

Fun piece that is hanging in my family room right now!

I think this would make a cool clock or some word art in the center.

The same technique can be made to create endless designs.  Here's one I found that is HUGE and quite beautiful.  

Or you can create smaller pieces like these pretty snowflakes.  Perfect for decorating or gift toppers.  I added additional hot glue to the top of each snowflake and sprinkled quickly with chunky glitter and some pretty brads.

Molded Technique

This was my attempt at creating something original and it was fun!  This technique is more artsy and creative, so don't attempt perfection, it's really not necessary.  Hey, they're toilet paper rolls, there's more where those came from!

I wanted to create something for the Fall, so decided to create a sunflower.  The basket is my prototype.  It's more of a roadside sunflower, which I still love, but for the wreath I doubled the center for a truer ratio.

These flowers have real impact so you don't really need much more.  Just some simple Burlap ribbon and a dark background to make the flowers pop.

I haven't used a grapevine wreath in a long time, but it really works with these flowers.  Hanging on my door! (because I sprayed them with waterproof paint they can be outdoors).

This is a 2 part flower.  You'll make the center first from 2 paper towel rolls, then the petals are made with 8 toilet paper rolls.  Here are some pictorials that should help.  Let me know if you have any questions.


and then...well I could just go on and on and will one day, but I did decide to make a poinsettia flower.  For no other reason that I wanted to use the Red and Glitter Spray paint I bought.  Pictures for tutorial coming on Saturday...have to start teaching my classes now! :)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Q's Creative Cards: FOLD'n FLIP

Oh, I had fun with these cards...and you will too!  

I know there are a lot of clever ways to make flip cards, but they always seemed time consuming to me.

So, I'm excited to share these quick and easy flip cards with you.  Everything is ready for you to score and fold...then watch it flip!

Of course, I'm a detail person.  They just make a card special.  Beautiful sentiments, unique charms, yet still clean and simple.

Add shipping if you want the kit delivered to your door.  Otherwise, come to one of 8 classes here in Utah.  Kit comes with a helpful step-by-step photo slideshow to walk you through each project.  Kits also include the printables (all the sentiments) so you can make more cards!  

Fold 'n Flip Cards

I have a second kit (no class, just kit) available for October!  No additional shipping required.

Halloween Hello Kit

Class Schedule

Thurs., Oct. 1           American Fork Senior Center     6 - 8 pm
Friday, Oct. 2            Layton Hobby Lobby                 10am - noon
Oct. 2            Layton Hobby Lobby                 2 - 4pm
Oct. 2            Layton Hobby Lobby                 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Monday, Oct. 5         Sandy Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4 pm
Monday, Oct. 5         West Valley Hires Big H             6 - 8 pm
Oct. 6            South Jordan Hobby Lobby        5:30 - 7:30 pm
Oct. 7             South Jordan Hobby Lobby       10am - noon

What you'll need:

Adhesives:  Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  

Dotto or liquid glue for delicate die-cuts.
Foam squares, THIN Foam Squares (I will have some in class) and glue dots (mini and medium).

Bone Folder & something to score with (Trimmer, score pal etc...)

Scissors (long & fine-tipped)

Exacto Knife and seal healing mat

Misc: Distress ink pad: Frayed Burlap and Sponge
Lid (to keep small pieces in), pencil.
Paper piercer & Craft Mat.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  
Feel free to post these pictures to Pinterest


Studio 5: upcycle paper rolls

Studio 5: Italian Comfort Food

Q's Creative Cruise - Caribbean

Studio 5: Canning Utah's Wild Fruit

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