Lucie photographed the private lives of her garden ornaments during last winter’s terrible New Jersey snowmageddon and posted the heartbreaking scenes on Facebook – to much commenting and acclaim. There is something very sad about a plastic pink flamingo with icicles dripping from his beak, gradually being consumed by snow drifts. But it gets worse in Lucie’s backyard drama; soon all the garden ornaments succumbed to the raging blizzard. Here is the Crappy Crafter Collage response to the latest adventures of Pinky, the Joisey Flamingo.
The Crappy Crafters brought all our card-making supplies – from fancy hole punches, washi tape and paper doily hearts to red, white and lavender card stock, dumped it all on the table after enjoying Susie’s delicious meal and got to work. Among the four of us, we had stamps, metallic ink pads, stickers, glitter glue and much, much, much more. ‘More is more’ could be our design motto. Funnily* enough, we had no glue other than two dried up glue sticks, but we soldiered on and the results were stunning.
*Funnily is not a word, I was told, but crapfters do not shy from creative wordplay, just as we embrace the glue-less or even clueless Valentine.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all and to all a crafty goodnight!
Our newest Crappy Crafter is the Duck Tape Diva, aka Janet, who taught us how to make a coin purse and a flower-bedecked pen with duck tape last month. Fun was had by all and no injuries or unwanted stickiness transpired. The results speak for themselves, I think. Rather than explain the process, here is a link to the Duct Tape page that shows how to make things our of Duck Tape.
The Crappy Crafters took a class at the ‘Paper Source’ store and learned how to line envelopes, make a watermark and use embossing powder with a heat gun that heats to 500 degrees. The instructor was great, got through all the material in an hour and did not flinch at the thought of women who call themselves ‘Crappy’ handling that blow torch thingy. We came out unscathed and went off to dinner afterwords with our trove of very Classy looking cards. Could we become the Classy Crafters?
One weekend recently, Devorah went to a country craft fair and seeing some tile coasters with wine label decorations had one of those ‘aha’ moments characterized by the clearly recognizable cry of the Crappy Crafter in the Wild:
‘I could do that!’
She could and she did and she got the Crappy Crafters involved. Here’s how:
1. Devorah buys tiles at a local big box hardware store, and then scores some crafting goop (the kind that rhymes with’ hodge podge’.) She also buys little felt circles for ‘feet’ at a big chain craft store
2. On the big night of the coasters, crafters bring their own clip art or soaked-off wine labels. A word about soaking wine labels off of wine bottles. If you soak wine bottles in water, every third or fourth label will come off intact and the others will peel off in icky shreds. After cursing several icky soaked wine labels, I ‘Googled’ the term ‘wine bottle labels’ and clicked ‘images’ and then printed out labels on my printer. Devorah’s husband R. advised us that beer labels come off bottles better than wine labels do, so we took his word for it and used some of his beer labels from exotic Hawaiian beers.
3. Take a tile. Spread goop on it and on back of label (or other paper image to be affixed to tile). Squish it down from center out. Wait. Spread 2 or 3 more layers of goop on top of tile after waiting for it to dry in between layers.
4. Affix little felt circles to the bottom of tile to protect your furniture.
5. Leave your tiles at Devorah’s house and she will finish them off by spraying with high gloss acrylic spray and give them to you next time you meet to craft.
6. There you have it! Thanks to Devorah and R. for their inspired idea and selfless drinking of exotic beer so we could use their beer labels.
Next we tried to get R’s sangria recipe out of him and it went something like this:
R’s Sangria for Crafters or Others –
Use white wine and cranberry vodka, not cranberry brandy, to flavor it…or was it the other way around? Oh well, just use your favorite sangria recipe and enjoy while crafting, but always remember, drink the beverage, but never so much that you start dipping your foam brush in the sangria and drinking the paint-brush water. And have a designated driver of course. All other passengers must hold craft supplies, and platters of food.
Last night the Crappy Crafters had an evening of fun planned at the local paint-your-own pottery place. Intrepid crafters all, we trudged through the freezing drizzle only to find that the store was closed on Wednesday nights! Who knew? Not us because we didn’t call first. So then we went to the pizza place next door where we had planned to order pizza to eat while painting pottery, only to discover that the pizza place had tables for four people only. What to do? There were 6 of us. After a quick discussion of only 20 minutes or so, we repaired to a local American burger place which sports actual full-size tables and, bonus points, has a liquor license. When in doubt, eat. When plans are foiled, eat. When crafting, eat. You get the idea. So the moral of the story might be ‘call ahead’ or it might be ‘go with the flow.’ Next month: tile coasters with wine labels decoupaged onto them will be the project ‘du soir.’ There is also much talk of a duct tape craft, but we promise we will plan ahead, have our supplies at the ready and glue guns holstered. We will report back with the results of our next C2 adventure.
I mean it, New Jersey, it’s spring… stop with the snow and the dreaded ‘wintry mix.’ We’ve had enough. I completely disagree with this morning’s Star Ledger article: