Topic: Printables

Paper Zodiac Astrology Doll :: Capricorn

This year I wanted to do a monthly project. I first had an idea or each month to do calendar dolls with tearaway tabs, kind of like a Lenten Counter. But that then morphed into Paper Zodiac Astrology Dolls.

I’m pretty happy with the way the first one turned out. I’m going to have a new doll for you each month and by the end of the year there will be a full set of Paper Zodiac Astrology Dolls. So here is the first of a series.

 

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Capricorn

(December 22nd- January 19th)

Element: Earth

Stone: Dark Sapphire

Famous Capricorn: Marilyn Monroe

(Click here to download the PDF printable of the Capricorn Paper Doll)

These Mountain Goat ladies are quite ambitious and determined to make it to “the top of the mountain”. However, sometimes they get a little too one track minded that they can forget to enjoy in the little pleasures and just have fun.  Check here to learn more about the Capricorn Zodiac Sign.

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(Click here to download the PDF printable of the Capricorn Paper Doll)

Homemade Craft Connection :: Gratitude Mobile

November is the month of Gratitude.

It’s a time to be reminded of all the good in your life. A time to remember your love ones and a chance to be introspective and reflect. What have you learned this past year? How have you grown? What challenges and obstacles did you face and over come? A lot can happen in a year and it’s sometimes too easy for us to keep going and not take the time to stop and remember.

This gratitude mobile is an easy way to pay homage to the past while also inviting thoughtfulness and generosity into the future.

Each printable strips has space to write down your thought and feeling of the year past. Ask each guest at your Thanksgiving table to help you add to your gratitude mobile. And if you have a message that’s a bit too personal to openly share just fold over your paper and seal it away in the wax. It’s the thought and action that hold the most meaning in this ritual.

And remember Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the only time these positive messages hang in your home.

You’ll Need
2 wire hangers
Wire cutters
Strips of scrap fabric
Glue gun
String, twine or ribbon
Bee’s wax
A double boiler or old crock pot
Basting brush
Tissue paper in assorted colors (I also used sewing pattern paper)
An iron
Printable Gratitude Prompts or scraps of paper
Scissors
Hole punch
Pens, pencils and markers
Decorative scissors and paper punches (optional)
Craft paper or newspaper (to protect your work surface)

PREP:

1.  Bend 1 hanger into a circle shape.

2. Cut a piece of wire out of the second hanger and shape it into a smaller circle.

3. Wrap your wire frames with strips of scrap fabric securing the ends with a dab of hot glue.

4. Tie a piece of twine to the top of the smaller circle and attach it to the larger circle.

(Click here to download the PDF printable gratitude prompts)

5. Cover your work surface with craft paper.

6. Print out and trim the Printable Gratitude Prompts.

7.  Cut or tear tissue paper into approximately 5 X 11” rectangles.

ADD THE GRATITUDE :

1. In a double boiler or old crock pot melt your bees wax.

2. Write down your gratitude messages.

3. Sandwich your message in between 1 to 2 sheets of tissue paper and brush on the wax.

4. Cover the message with a piece of craft paper and iron it smooth.

5. Peal off your message and let cool.

6. Trim the tissue paper edges. You can uses decorative scissors and punches. Think about cutting them into fun shapes like leaves, hearts and stars.

7.  Hole punch the top of your waxed message and thread a piece of twine or ribbon thought the hole.

8. Tie each message to your Gratitude Mobile and you are ready hang your mobile.

Homemade Craft Connection :: Autumn Leaves

November is for falling leaves. Autumn is the one season this East Coast transplant totally misses.We don’t get to see the turning leaves here in Northern California.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I miss bundling up in the clean crisp air to go out to see the fall foliage over the Delaware Water Gap. It’s totally a stunning site. (Can you tell I’m feeling a bit nostalgic :) We just don’t get that wonderful red and orange landscape here. So as a reminder to me of Autumns past and as a good way to brush up on your tree botany. Here’s a printable with a few of my favs.

(click here to download PDF)

And did you know that certain trees are thought to hold magical properties. Maple is associated with strength and wisdom. Oak is linked with success, strength, courage and longevity.  Beech is know for knowledge, understanding, balance and luck. And Aspen is often paired with intuition, communication and the power of vibrant speech. It’s good to know these things when you need a autumn pick me up:)

Homemade Craft Connection :: Day of the Dead Calaveras Mask

My daughter is studying the Day of the Dead in school, so I thought it was quite fitting for us to make our own Calaveras Masks. The Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertor is a celebrations that takes places annually on the 1st and 2nd of November.

It’s a festivity that honors the lives of family and friends that have passed. The belief is that the souls of dead family member’s come back and visit for the first two days of November. And traditionally they are welcomed with alter’s full of their favorite foods, marigolds flowers and candles.

Dia di Muertor is laden with rituals and symbolism from skulls and butterflies right down to the chosen colors of the decorations.

The skull is an iconic symbol of the Day of the Dead, and while this may initially seem morbid it is actually done quite beautifully with a playfulness that signals an uplifting sense of positivity.

Today it is common to find public procession or parades hosted in cities with large Latin communities. Folks often wear skull masks and dance to honor their deceased relatives.

Wearing a mask on this day is a powerful symbol of overcoming your fear of death. It give people a change to become a different version of themselves, a braver more fearless self. A self that is in touch with their darker side if only for a day.

Butterflies are also a very important symbol of the day. They are often thought to represent transition and resurrection. And in a small Michoacan town in Mexico where the Monarch butterflies migrate every fall they are believed to be the returning souls of the deceased.

(Click here to download the PDF printable template)

To Make your Calaveras Mask You’ll Need:

THE BASICS:
Calaveras Mask Template (download here)
Acrylic Paint
Chipboard
Scissors or Craft Knife
Glue Stick

EXTRAS:
3D Paint
Black Glitter
White Glue & Paint Brush (to adhere glitter)
Fake Eyelashes

FLOWERS:
Tissue Paper
Crepe Paper
Chenille Stems
Floral Wire
Floral Tape
Thread

INNER LINING AND TIES:
Ribbon
Felt
Glue Gun

1.  Print your mask pattern.
2. Cut out your pattern and back it with chipboard.
3. Paint in your mask. Use the color guide as a reference.

4. Add details

  • Use 3D paint to outline the boarders and add dot accents.
  • Apply white glue to the “eye circles” and then sprinkle with black glitter.
  • Glue on the Fake Eyelashes to the edges of the eye holes and let dry.

5. Make Your Flowers:

Flowers are also an important part of the Dia di Muertor celebration and more specifically the marigolds which are known to be the flower of the dead.  They are a symbol of life and love and it is believed that the strong sent of the  flowers helps guide the souls back to earth. Petals are often sprinkled on the ground leading up to the altar.

Paper Marigold Flower

  • Cut 8 sheets of tissue paper into squares.
  • Accordion fold the group of tissue paper.
  • Twist the chenille stem around the middle of the tissue paper.
  • Trim the ends to points.
  • Make 2 slits on each side.
  • Fan out and spread out the layers.

Paper Rose Flower

  • Cut your flower petals.
  • Roll each petal around a pencil and form the petal.
  • Make the stigma with the floral wire.
  • Secure the petals to the wire by wrapping it around with thread.
  • Continue adding petals and wrapping them with the thread.
  • Finish off your rose by wrapping the stem with Floral Tape.

6. Arrange your flowers and hot-glue them to the back side of your mask.

7. Finish your mask with the Inner Lining & Ties. Sandwich the ribbon between the inner liner and the outside of the mask gluing it into place with the glue gun .

Enjoy!

Homemade Craft Connection :: Hang-up Halloween Cat

The Black Cat is one of the most commonly recognizable icons of Halloween. Legends of black cats have been shrouded in mystery and superstition since the Dark Ages.

Cats have been both loved and feared though out history and the connect between black cats and Halloween is so complex and confusing that it’s hard to know the true historical source.

Since the days of early witchcraft cats were believed to be the familiars that were know to assistants witches. And some even believed that witches, themselves could transform into a cat as a way to covertly spy as well as to make a quick getaway in the face of danger.

To this day a large population of people are still very superstitious about black cats and go to great lengths to avoid crossing paths with one.

You’ll Need:

  • Crepe Paper (black & orange)
  • Tissue Paper (black)
  • Cat Print Outs
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors & Craft Knife
  • Ruler

Gather your supplies and cut out your pieces. You will need a front and back for each piece.

Fold The Arms and Legs

  1. Measure and cut approximately  25” of each color streamer. (2 pieces for each arm or leg).
  2. Fold the streamers in half.
  3. Using two streamers glue the ends together (laying in opposite directions).
  4. Fold over and over again alternating streamers to make a square.
  5. Keep folding until you reach the desired arm length.
  6. Glue the ends together and add the paws.

Fold The Torso

  1. Fold 2 to 4 sheets of black tissue paper together to the width of the cat torso’s body.
  2. Lightly glue the final folded seam together.
  3. Accordion fold the body folding the paper back and forth.

Assemble Your Cat

  1. Glue the arms and torso to the cat’s shoulders.
  2. Attach the legs to the bottom of the torso.

If you would like to add a little extra sparkle to your cat like I did you will need:

  • White Glue
  • Paint Brush to apply white glue
  • Glitter ( black, orange & white)
  • Embroidery Floss and Needle for hanging your cat
  • Floral Wire

  1. Apply white glue with a paint brush to the areas that you would like to glitter. I did the hat, eyes, cheeks and teeth.
  2. Use the Floral Wire to create some whiskers and glue them into place.

To hang your Cat use the embroidery floss and needle to puncture a hole thought the cat and create a hanging loop.

(Click here to download the PDF printable)

Homemade Craft Connection :: Personal Coat-of-Arms (part 2)

How incredibly serendipitous that last week after posting my coat-of-arms I found out that the Prince William and the Dutchess Kate had just announced their conjugal coat of arms!! What timing :)

So this week I wanted to share with you some of the personal meaning behind the three coat of arms that I showed you last week.

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Usually a traditionally a code of arms consists of a shield, helmet and mantle, charges, a crest and a motto, but I think you should include what feels right to you.

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What story do you want to tell? What symbols best represent you? Think about your color choices and what power animal embody your spirit? Every element in a coat of arms should have deep personal meaning to you.

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Here are a few questions and prompts to help you think about what elements you want to include on your Coat of Arms.

  • What are your favorite color? Do they hold any meaning to you?
  • Do you have any totem or power animals that you feel a strong affinity to?
  • What are your favorite flowers? Your birth flowers? Do some research and find out the meaning behind your favorite bloom.
  • What are your favorite hobbies?  Your favorite foods?  Why are they your favorites?
  • Do you have any hidden talents? What are the things you do well?  The things you love?
  • What are your strengths, skill and interests?
  • What are your Hopes and dreams? The key values in your life?

(download printable shield shapes)

Now that you have a list chock-full of ideas it’s time to start drawing. Don’t feel obligated to include everything on your list. Only those items that carry the most importance and meaning to you so you don’t dilute your story.

Below is a free printable for you to start designing your own personal coat-of-arms.

I will also be offering commissions to create a person coat-of-arms for you or someone you love. They make wonderful wedding and baby shower gifts. So if you’d like for me to design a personal crest for you just send me an email at cindyann@blupenny.com or visit my etsy shop. I will be having them up there shortly.

(download printable shield)

you can see part 1 here!

Homemade Craft Connection :: Lip Balm Locket (part 2)

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Every locket tells a story. Personalized and monogram your locket with words of inspiration, your initials or words of undying affection.

To do this easy image transfer You’ll Need:

  • a design (use mine or make your own)
  • a scanner
  • a printer and printer paper
  • scissors
  • acrylic gel medium
  • paint brush
  • towel rag

(download this template)

1. Decide what you want the front of your locket to say. Trace your locket so you have a template.

2. Draw your design or use one of mine.

3. Scan your design and reverse the image.

4. Prep your locket by using sandpaper to scratch the front surface of your locket.

5.  Cut out your design.

6. Apply a coat of gel medium to the top of your print-out and the front of the locket keeping the brush strokes even and in the same direction.

7. Allow the first coat to dry.

8. Apply a second coat of gel medium to both the locket and your print-out.

9. Using your fingers press your design face down onto place on your locket making sure there are no bubbles.

10. Let fully dry overnight.

11. With a wet rag moisten your image transfer until it is completely soaked through.

12. Gently rub off the paper fibers with your fingers to reveal the image below then let dry.

13. Apply a coat of gloss gel medium on top of your image and let dry.

14. String your locket on a chain and it is ready to wear.

ENJOY!

been making some ornaments

I’ve been super busy making ornaments over here…well that and figuring out how to also document it on video! I love learning new things :)

I can’t believe that there are only 2 more weeks left to register for the Ornament Exchange!! I think it’s gonna be a good one. We have some serious Savvy Crafters already signed up this year.

I’m so excited that I’ve already started playing the holiday music and I decided to get an early head start on making some ornaments!!

Do you wan to take a look and see how I made this cute fairy ornament. 4 hours worth of crafting goodness sped up to make this sweet little 3 minute video :) Ah…the magic of making movies. HA! This was my first time video documenting my process. I’m a total iMovie novice, but you can bet I’ll be doing more of this again soon!

If you want to have a go at making this ornament too I’ve made available a FREE printable pdf to download!!

And oh my gosh!! Don’t forget to register for the exchange!! It’s a ton of FUN and a fab reason to break out all those crafting supplies you have stashed away!!! 

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