Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Do I Do With These Kids

About 10 years ago I attended a training either at a Pow Wow or a University of Scouting.  I've attended and taught at many of these over the years and have files of handouts.

I had one of my handouts out before the move to generate some ideas for a Roundtable meeting.  I never put the papers back in my file but they moved with my office.  All is good, right?  It was until we got a puppy.  My papers fell off a pile I needed to take to another room and it ended up wrecked by the puppy.  I saved it and just typed it up so I can still reference it in the future.  I am not the author of this document, nor do I recall who taught the class.  I have verified the links and omitted things that were applicable to the area I was living in at the time.  Still a lot of good information for you.

You can access the file HERE.

Good thing she is cute!
(The day we brought her home.)

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Thursday, October 2, 2014


In 1985 my Aunt Beth taught my mom how to make a witch like this.  We were talking recently and I mentioned how much I liked that witch.  She told me she still had the directions and would be willing to teach me.  I was excited but knew it may be a challenge to find the witch face needed.  Google to the rescue.  After many different searches, I was able to find the masks.  They are 2-1/2" wide and 3-1/2" long.  The back is open so it is more of a half mask.  The face itself is the same as what they used in 1985 but this one was a harder plastic.  The face they used before was more of a rubber than plastic.

You can see from the next picture a bit more of the mask and how we secured it.  We put 2 styrofoam balls in the back of the mask and taped them with masking tape to secure them.  A 14" (1/4") dowel went through the styrofoam to help support it while we shaped the dress.  

We made a cone shape that would fit over a 2 liter bottle (flush with the top of the bottle) and stapled it to hold its shape.  The dowel will go into the 2 liter bottle to help hold it up while the dress dries.  The dowel and bottle will not be needed once the dress is dried.

Then I cut the black burlap.  The directions say you need 1-1/2 yards for each witch.  I cut 2 - 7x10" pieces for the sleeves.  Then I cut a 15" square, which I cut in half to make 2 triangles.  These were used for the hat and to tie on the head (scarf).  We then trimmed the burlap to length we wanted her dress to be.  My aunt didn't want a flowing dress, you can see a few pictures down that my mom had a lot of material in the front and back.  I had mine shorter in the front and flowing in the back.  A small "+" cut in the material at the neck allowed for the dowel to go through.  (My aunt and mom cut theirs bigger to go over her head but I didn't want any neck showing.)
We dipped the material in fabric stiffener and shaped the dresses how we wanted them.  Super messy job.  Disposable gloves are better to work with because it is hard to clean off of the rubber gloves.

The hands were made by cutting the wire into 8 - 2" strips (fingers) and 2 - 3" strips (thumbs).  I didn't really know what to do with the thumb so I used it to form a palm.  We covered each piece of wire with masking tape, forming a point at one end.  Once we formed a hand and attached them to the arms, we painted the tips with red nail polish. (see next picture for arms)
We made the arms with the remaining wire.  My aunt wrapped her wire around the witches neck (2 pictures above on right side of picture).  I followed my mother and poked a hole in the material and had it a little lower.  Which you would choose would depend on how long you want the arms.  We wrapped the wire with masking tape, which you don't see once the sleeves are on.
Once the dress was done, we dipped the sleeves and placed them on the witch, having a point hang down in the back and fold in on the front.  We then dipped on of the triangles in fabric stiffener and tied it around her head.  This covers her neck so nothing is showing.

Then we cut thin gray yarn and placed it on top of her head.  You could dip it in the fabric stiffener or not.  I like my mom's hair 2 pictures down because she had varying lengths, which seems more witch-like than one that just had her hair cut.

Then we made another cone (10" tall) for the hat and stapled it to hold its cone shape.  We wrapped the black burlap triangle around that and trimmed it.  Once it seemed right, we dipped it in fabric stiffener.  It was much easier to work with at that point (the fabric stiffener kept it from sliding around).  Then we cut a circle out of black felt and cut a "+" in the center and pulled it down over the cone to form a brim.

(All of the white on the dresses is the fabric stiffener.  We let it dry overnight and ended up putting them on a table in the sun the next day so they could finish drying.)
The next day we tied a ribbon and put it through the front of her dress.  Added a felt orange moon to the hat and put in some flowers.  My mom's witch from 1985 had some small wheat-like branch but they didn't have anything like that at the store.  My mom mentioned this looks like fire.  It works.  Flowers just don't seem fitting for a witch.
We got a branch from outside and secured raffia to it to for the broom.
We spent about 7-8 hours total on this.  So worth it!

My aunt's directions:
1-1/2 yards black burlap
Fabric Stiffener
Black construction paper
3 - 1-1/2" styrofoam balls (we used 1.8")
1 8" square of black felt (for hat)
orange felt (moon on hat)
3 - 18" wires (may need a 4th)
masking tape
witch's face
yarn or kite string (for hair)
yarn or ribbon (for dress)
flowers (for hat)
red nail polish

From construction paper or cardboard, form body to shape of cone.  Staple.  Styrofoam ball for neck.  Secure with masking tape.  Cut material to drape body.  Dip material in  fabric stiffener.  Wring well and drape and form over body.  Fold 2 18" wires in half for the arms.  Wrap the two arms from bend to 1/3 up with masking tape.  Cut 2 pieces of 7" x 10" material for arms and 1 triangle for shawl.  Dip all three pieces in fabric stiffener.  Drape and form arms and tie shawl. Let all the burlap dry.  Put orange yarn through waist and tie.  Cut 8 2" pieces of wire for fingers and cut 2 3" pieces of wire for thumbs.  Wrap all in masking tape.  With masking tape, connect fingers and thumbs to hand and form.  Polish "nails" with red nail polish.  Cut triangle from material and cut the same size from construction paper for hat and glue together.  Form cone to make hat and staple or glue together.  Cut circle from black felt and make "4 witch's points" for brim of hat.  Glue on flowers, etc.  Put styrofoam ball behind face and wire through face and body to secure.  Cut and glue "hair" on and glue hat on head.  Make broom with stick and raffia.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

VC Rocks Bookmark Swap

I hosted a swap called "Save That Page" a couple of months ago for VC Rocks.  I took pictures of all of the bookmarks are received thinking I would get the pictures posted while I was in a hotel room with nothing to do at night.  It was quite late by the time I we were settled in hotel rooms and getting on my laptop was not on my list of things to do.  We spent a week with my mom and by the time we got to where we were moving, we explored the area we would be living in, cleaned and painted the house waiting for our things to arrive.  It was a busy time.  I still need to finish my sewing/stamping area.  I'm missing a couple of boxes, one being my cardstock.  I need to go through our storage area to be sure it didn't get put there with the Christmas boxes.

This first bookmark is by Brenda Hugar.  I took a picture of it closed and opened.

Catie Palmer made a bookmark that has magnets on the other side of the circle.  I love that type of bookmark because you don't have to worry about the bookmark falling out if you drop the book.
This next one is by Debbie Peterson.  I never would have thought to use that sentiment for a bookmark.  Happy colors too.
I like this one by Elizabeth Kratzer with the layers of the flower and the ribbon at the bottom.
Ellen Boyle caught my attention with the red glitter paper she used for the heart on the owl.
Jamie Adcock made this ribbon butterfly.  Super cute!
Jane Starr made this one.  The colors are calm and relaxing.  Nicely done!
I like this one by Karen Gibson because it opens up.  I envision using it to write what books I read and who the author was.  You could always use it to list books you'd like to read too, or perhaps a favorite quote from a book.  So many possibilities . . .
Laura McGee made a corner bookmark.  The shiny piece in the corner is washi tape.  Starfish to remind me of the Florida I left.
Shirley Northey made several bookmarks for the corner page or a paperclip.
As a side note, I just finished "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" by Gayle Lemmon.  I found the Kamila to be a person to admire for her perseverance and love of family and community.  The book is simply written but worth reading.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Papillon Potpourri

Time is a little short for stamping.  There are so many details I still need to take care of for this move but this couldn't be overlooked.  My daughter celebrated her 16th birthday last month and I didn't have enough thank you cards for her.  Rather than a thank you, I made general note cards.  I saw a thank you card on Pinterest that used other supplies than Stampin' Up!  Have no fear, I could recreate it with what I had.  While I could have made the banner for the 'thank you' sentiment, I liked it without it.

To make the scalloped square, I cut the CS to a 2-7/8" square. I went through a whole sheet of CS to figure out the dimensions to punch it easily.  The banner is 2-1/8" wide, I think 2" would be better.  To cut the bottom, I used my paper trimmer and cut in 1/2" into the center and then used my scissors to cut from one corner to the center and then did the other side.

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri
Ink:  Jet Black
CS:  VV, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Misc.:  Scallop Trim & Border punches, Woodgrain EF
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Friday, June 27, 2014

VC Rock Blog Hop

The challenge for this blog hop was to rock our creativity using Stampin' Up! punches or Sizzix dies.  I actually used both on this card!  I've had both the Circle Card Thinlit and the Label Card Thinlit since they came out but I haven't used them.  Today I opened the packaging for the Circle Card Thinlit and this is what I came up with.

In the next picture, you can see I did a gate fold for it.  I measured the Tangerine Tango CS at 5-3/8 x 8-1/4.  I tucked the end away from the circle through the thinlit so it wouldn't cut, but fold it when I ran it through the Big Shot.  A little of the Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape to jazz it up a little for a note.
I ended up using the 1-3/4" circle punch as a stencil for the stamped image after it was colored.  I put the circle on top of the image, traced around it, jumping over where the leaf and flowers extended and then cut it with paper snips and mounted it with Dimensionals.  You can see in the picture I ran a strip of the washi tape down the left side of the card too.
Stamps:  I Like You
CS:  Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, VV, Retro Fresh DP
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron
Thinlit:  Circle Card 
Punches:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle
Misc.:  Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape, Dimensionals

Head to VC Rocks to visit other blogs for the hop on Saturday and Sunday.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Arrow of Light

I'm really pleased with how these awards turned out and the boys were jazzed to receive them.  Some knew I had name plates engraved but I didn't tell them much other than there was an arrow, which there always is at an Arrow of Light ceremony.
The blue on the arrows above are post-it notes with the boys names on them.  Just in case they got separated when transporting, it would be quick to identify who it belonged to.

My husband went to the store to buy the wood to save me limping (I'm on the mend).  He bought wood that had knots in it.  I have to say I wasn't jazzed at the time because I thought he went cheap and I wanted these to be nice but I have to say once they are stained, it adds character and looks good.  Down side to knots in the wood is if they are on the edge when you are routing, there is a good chance you are going to need to fill the area with wood putty.

These boards are 24 inches long from the center.  I used a cereal bowl as my guide to round the ends and cut them with my scroll saw.  A friend has a router and took care of the edges for  me.  You could get away with not doing that, but it does look snazzier with the routed border.  My husband drilled holes for me and cut my 3/4" dowel into 2-3/4" pegs.  I sanded the pegs, rounding one end and I used my dremel to make groove about a 1/2" in from the end on each peg to hold the arrow.  I glued the pegs into the board in the morning and stained them that night.  I sealed them the next day and attached the name plates which have their name, Arrow of Light, date & Cub Scout Pack #.

The arrows I bought.  I've bought arrows online before, I've made them with a dowel and hunted down materials to make them.  This time around I went to the Scout shop and bought arrow making kits, stained the wood and assembled them.  I then painted on each arrow what they have earned (aka career arrow).

Yellow - 1" - Arrow of Light
Purple - 1" - Religious Knot
Black - 1/2" - Activity Badges
Darker Blue - 1" - Webelos Badge
Silver - 1/2" - Silver Arrow Points
Gold - 1/2" - Gold Arrow Points
Green - 1" - Bear rank
Red - 1" - Wolf Rank
Lighter Blue - 1" - Bobcat 

I matched the paint to the badges with acrylic paints I had on hand.  I had to mix colors for a couple but they turned out well.  
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

Sketch 193 was my inspiration for this card.  I went with the sentiment "When my mind wanders, I usually find it somewhere thinking of you."  Perfect if you are deployed or the person at home missing them.
Stamps:  Blooming with Hope
Ink:  Tuxedo Black 
DP:  WW, Night of Navy, DP paper pack, watercolor paper
Misc.:  Blendabilities - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Linen Thread

Happy Memorial Day!

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