Saturday, January 31, 2015

Our favorite craft tools - Designer Crafts Connection blog hop

how to make a paper tassel with fringe scissors

I have more favorite craft tools and supplies than I can count, so I just decided to close my eyes and pick one! Fringe scissors are popular in the craft stores now, but I got mine old-school style from a mail-order catalog. Shredding scissors have been around forever for destroying old checks and receipts. Now they are so fun for making paper tassels!

fringe scissors shredding scissors

A long time ago I nabbed this cool catalog (Japanese or Chinese?) from a free book pile at the library. It's printed on really pretty laid-finish paper. Each page was folded, so when I slice a page out, I get a nice 17" long sheet.

To make a paper tassel, just fold over the top 2" of a long, strip of paper that's about 6-8" wide. Make cuts with the fringe scissors along the unfolded side. Roll up the strip tightly and tape the folded edge to secure and boom, you have a tassel. Glue a ribbon loop to the top for hanging, then wrap a strip of contrasting paper around it. Embellish as desired...so easy and so cute! Use your tassel instead of a bow on a gift, hang it on your curtain tie-backs, dangle it from a lamp switch, towel rod or doorknob.

Click on the Designer Crafts Connection logo in my sidebar to hop to the next designer's blog to see what favorite craft tools and supplies they're working with - enjoy!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Smoothfoam beach sign

smoothfoam beach sign

It's super easy and fun to distress Smoothfoam with paint and a skewer to make it look like a weathered wood gate at the beach. This beach sign made with a 12" Smoothfoam disc is in my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects. It's just what you need to go with your shell collection!

Friday, January 02, 2015

20 Ways to Inspire - Weekly creative prompts on the Bella Crafts Quarterly blog

20 ways to inspire creative prompts

In my Creative Space column for the winter issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly (it's free to download...and check out their spiffy new website while you're there), I wrote about finding extraordinary inspiration in ordinary, everyday places. I listed 20 different ways to get yourself out of a creative rut or design block. Now we've turned those #20waystoinspire into a weekly creative prompt and design challenge on the Bella blog.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Modern stripes holiday greeting card

modern stripe holiday greeting card lisa fulmer

Today I'm leading a make-n-take at the Creekside Artists Guild's annual holiday potluck. We'll be making these striped greeting cards using recycled cardboard and paper scraps. I love saving every strip, scrip and scrap of paper I can for quick and easy projects like this. A randomly adhered array of stripes is the perfect backdrop for some trees accented with heat-embossed stamping.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Smoothfoam Holiday Ball

smoothfoam black white ball ornament

We're having fun with the Smoothfoam Holiday Ball - and you can too! 

If you love creating holiday ornaments and decorations with Smoothfoam balls, feel free to add your own project to our link-up. Even if you're using another brand or type of ball, you can still join the fun.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Fleur de lys bulletin board with Foamology

fleur de lys foam bulletin board lisa fulmer

A group of us from the Designer Crafts Connection are working with products from Foamology - our theme is quick and easy home décor. I've been wanting a small bulletin board in the hall next to my front door for the occasional little reminder before leaving the house, like "turn off the space heater" or "put the puppy gate up" or "don't forget your lunch in the fridge."

Monday, December 01, 2014

Holiday decorations - Designer Crafts Connection blog hop

felt embroidered ornaments lisa fulmer

It's the first Monday of the month - time for another blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection. Our theme is holiday decorations - so I stitched and stuffed a bunch of little wool felt ornaments to sell at a local craft show along with some handmade cards. But they're pretty darn cute and I kinda wish I could keep 'em!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Handmade Christmas cards

handmade christmas cards lisa fulmer

I dusted off the die-cutting machine, dug into my stash of holiday scrapbook papers and made a batch of Christmas cards to sell at the Art Cottage here in Concord. I also made some cute ornaments to sell too.