Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rolled paper die cut flower party banner, tea light and straw covers

Stefanie Girard Crafter's COmpanion die cut paper flower decorations
If you like to make your own party decor with paper die cut flowers pop on over to Craft Gossip for my tutorial on how to make a tiny paper paprty banner and tea light flowers and straw flower covers.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You are my world Mother's Day card/ Earth Day card

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If you like my latest Mother's Day card / Earth Day pop up card head on over to Craft Gossip Recycling for the step by step tutorial.

Monday, April 3, 2017

How to make a die cut bird recycled wool felted sweater drink cozy

Crafter's Companion Gemini die cutting machine Mixed-media bird die, stefanie Girard, recycled wool felted sweater, drink cozy

Here at Sweater Surgery I have a new favorite tool- the Crafter's Companion Gemini Die Cutting machine and the Crafter's Companion Mixed Media dies today's- the bird mixed media die. 

These two tools will die cut recycled sweaters like a dream! 

Crafter's Companion Gemini die cutting machine Mixed-media bird die, stefanie Girard, recycled wool felted sweater, drink cozy
With the hot weather just around the corner cool drinks will be by my side and that means new cup cozies.
Crafter's Companion Gemini die cutting machine Mixed-media bird die, stefanie Girard, recycled wool felted sweater, drink cozy
 The cuff part of the sleeve of a wool felted sweater works great to keep a drink cool.

After I die cut the body of the bird and the wing I stitched a pearl bead onto the body of the bird.

I glued the bird body onto the cuff while it was on the cup along with the wing.

I am sure these will work for hot drinks as well. Be sure to come on back to see more recycled sweater die cutting creativity with all the mixed-media dies.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Die cut recycled shampoo tube planner charm

Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm
I love making planner charms and clips. It's like making jewelry for my planners, sketchbooks and mixed-media journals.

What do I like making my planner charms out of? Recycled materials of course and my new bird mixed-media dies and Gemini die cutting machine from Crafter's Companion are the tools I am in love with cutting all sorts of recycled materials with.

Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm
For this planner charm I die cut a shampoo tube in beautiful copper color.
Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm
I opened up the tube and washed it out. I taped the tiny mixed-media bird die in place and ran it through the machine.
Gemini die cutting machine Crafter's Companion stefanie Girard bird planner charm

As well as cutting the bird shape it also curved it slightly. This works out great as when I glued the bird to the round earring wire the glue pooled nicely on the back side.

I added a pearl bead onto the earring wire before closing the wire up.
The earring wire is linked to a clip with a jump ring along with a few bead dangles in a variety of colors and shapes.
I added a bit of glitter washi tape to the clip to dress it up further.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to make conversation heart planner charms with a candy mold

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I love conversation hearts and when I found a conversation heart candy mold I new I had to make some charms for my Happy planner.
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They are super easy to make.
First bend little pieces of wire into a "U" shape and then bend them so the ends extend into the heart half way.
Tape them to the plastic mold.
Mix up a batch of Durham's Water Putty. I like to use this stuff as it is a bit more sturdy than plaster and these charms will be jostled. You may want to cover the molds with your favorite release so they pop out easy.
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Once the hearts are dry pop them out of the mold and sand the rough edges if needed.

I had a bunch of real conversation hearts to use as my color guide. I gathered up a variety of Plaid paints that matched. If you don't have an exact match it's pretty easy to mix.

Paint the full heart and let dry. Then paint the letters with a pinky red color. I had to go back and fill in a few spaces with the background color in a few cases.

I tied my Valentine's Day conversation heart charms to the disks on the planner with a variety of colored organza ribbon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alternative Facts machine embroidery on unicorn fabric

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Today's quote is "Alternative Facts" by Kellyanne Conway machine embroidered on JoAnn's unicorn fabric with Coats and Clark pink embroidery thread.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Machine Embroidery - Whip It Good - Devo song lyric

Today's embroidery is "Whip it Good" the song lyric by Devo done with Sulky lavender thread on Free Spirit green polka dot fabric.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cry on the Inside Like a Winner movie quote machine embroidery

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Today's machine embroidery features a quote from the movie The Other Woman, "cry on the inside like a winner" on ballet dancer flannel fabric from JoAnns.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Easy way to organize and store your washi tape

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I recently splurged a bit and got some new Create 365 washi tape from Me & My Big Ideas. So pretty!

I keep my washi tape in recycled cigar boxes. The rolls tend to get all messy in them so I came up with a way to keep them all organized in the cigar box.

I cut the plastic tubes the washi tape comes in and placed the halves in the box.

Voila! All neat and tidy, not to mention recycling the packaging.
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