Friday, December 18, 2015

Woodburned Parrot Gift

I made this parrot sign as a gift for a friend. She received it today and really liked it, which is great. I always worry that people won't like what I make them. Here are the steps for the little sign.

This is the template I used for the sign. Another one from Steve Good. He has lots of nice templates.

I used carbon paper and traced it onto the plywood. As you can see I can't draw straight even with something to follow.

I then woodburned the outline.

After that, I had to figure out which parts I wanted to woodburn dark and which to leave light. I just went with what looked good to me. I also used the heart tip on the parrots chest.

I then cut the sign out on the scroll saw. 

Next, I stained the whole thing. I used Danish oil in dark walnut. 

Finally, I added some flowers. I'll be honest here. I wanted something else on the piece and I wanted to cover up the really wonky cuts I I like how it turned out.

I didn't put anything on the back because I thought my friend might use the Command Strips to hang it, or she might just prop it up. I am so glad she liked it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We're Fixin' to Camp Sign

This is a sign I made for my friends, a couple who go camping in their RV a lot. They received it in the mail yesterday so I'm going ahead with the post. I think the sign turned out cute and I'm glad they felt the same.

First, I got a template from Steve Good's site again. I traced it onto poster board with carbon paper and then cut it out. I then used washi tape to cover it. I didn't get a photo of the next step,but my husband was nice enough to cut the windows out with an Xacto knife for me. I'm still not good with the knife. I plan to practice.

I then covered a piece of plywood with washi tape in colors I thought were nice. After that, I adhered the cut out pieces and some stickers to the board and covered them with Modpodge.

The top says "We're Fixin to Camp" which is the name of their youtube page. I put ribbon on the back so they could hang the sign.

Sorry the photos aren't better. I have to get something set up for taking better shots of my crafts. Please let me know what y'all think.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Kitty Cat Sign

Now that my friend, Juniper, has received the gift I can go ahead and do my blog post about it. I actually really like how this one turned out. It's not an earth-shattering craft or anything,but it is pretty cute, and she liked it, which is the most important thing.

This is the template I used for the kitty cat. It is from Steve Good's website. He does scrollsaw patterns, but I've found you can use them for other things as well.

I used carbon paper to trace the kitty onto a piece of paperboard and then covered it with washi tape in fun colors.

I measured everything and my husband helped me cut out a piece of plywood for the back. He showed me how to use the big

I then covered the plywood with more washi tape in colors I thought would set off the kitty cat. It's so bright and cheerful!

I then cut out a little piece of paper and put letters on it to form the name of my friend's cat rescue, and added some pearls for eyes and a collar. After that, I adhered everything together with Modpodge and then added ribbon to hang it with. I think it is such a cute project.

Please let me know what y'all think. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Cards 2015

Here are my Christmas cards for 2015. I didn't make anywhere near as many as last year. I ended up doing over 60 handmade cards in 2014. I just didn't have it in my this year. I did make a few for my card group and a couple friends and family.

I used a stamp I got from my mom and brother for these. I like both versions.

These are simple but I still like them.

Another couple simple ones but I like the colors.

These are two of my favorites. As you can tell, I don't have a Christmas tree punch. I drew and cut out my own trees. They are wonky but I kinda like them. I LOVE the gingerbread people stickers.

Another wonky tree. This one is really fat. 

This one has rounded edges. Not sure what kind of tree it is. 

I loved this Christmas tree sticker I found. 

So there you have it. One of these days I'll learn to make those really pretty cards people do on Pinterest, but I haven't figured it all out yet. I hope everyone enjoys the cards when they get them. It is the thought that counts after all.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

These are some Christmas ornaments I made tow years ago I think it was. I had fun making them and even sold a few, which was nice. It always amazes me when someone likes something I do well enough to pay for it. I use some of the ornaments on my tree now, which is cool cause they are handmade.

These are a couple of snowflakes I made with the scrollsaw. Snowflakes are the hardest thing to make. All the ins and outs are tricky, especially when my scrollsaw won't use the spiral blades. I only cut myself a couple times. ;)

This purple snowflake I sent to a friend of ours. She is a purple fanatic. She really liked it.

These ornaments were a special order from a friend. They are all the names of her family and her doggies. Some of them were easier done than others, but I made it.

I sold quite a few of these little trees. I got the pattern from Steve Good. I did change the pattern a little bit to make it more sturdy. Y'all should check his site out: Scrollsaw Workshop.

The next three ornaments are my original designs. Nothing special about them but I liked how they turned out. This icicle I made from leftovers of a cutting board we had put together. I love all the different colors of wood together.

This I just drew on the wood and then cut out. My husband helped me put the rope all the way through it. I love how it turned out, and canary wood, which it is made from is one of my favorite woods.

 This little snowman I just drew up as well. I did his had separately and then glued it on.

Lastly, is another pattern from Steve Good. It was my only 3D ornament. I love the two different colors of wood on it.

I hope y'all enjoyed the ornaments.