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Sticky Sweets for Your Lovies

Look what love can do!

Here’s a little story about a match made in heaven (okay, made in my basement art room, which feels like heaven to me . . . )

Last year I made these little Valentines for my family.  Determined to play my slobbery-granny-heart cool, I grabbed some textured cardstock and loaded up some sass:

  1. Duct Tape.  My grandkids adore it. I love saving the bits of duct tape scraps by sticking them onto very thin cardboard or thick paper.  (See my Stuck on Happy post.)
  2. Foil Candy Wrappers.  Perfect companion with the duct tape bits. Of course I couldn’t resist doing some super girlie cards too.  I just swapped the duct tape hearts with scrapbook paper.
  3. The Stapler.  She pierces fast and forever!

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Sticking it to You

I stuff the pieces of our past

inside my sticky soul.

Wrinkled ducts foil my obsession.

In eternal pain I staple them, sweetly smoothing

the shiny bits of our love.

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Leftover Art: Flowers Here & There

I love Leftover Art!  The messes we make while we’re trying so hard to be perfect can be immensely more satisfying than anything we plan.

Here is my latest Leftover Art project.  I started out with one idea and got a little surprise at the end:

How It Started

I had this great idea!  What happens when you use good old-fashioned Crayons to add more color to silk flowers?  Pretty cool, but needed something . . .

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Ooh la la yellow paint!  It dried quickly although it seemed to take forever.  I was so anxious to see how the pink wax would pop out.

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Yay!  The pink popped.  But still needed more . . .

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And yet a third coloring with a little purple added.  Look at that luscious color and texture!  This flower is goin’ places!

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I couldn’t stop myself.  One . . . more . . . thing . . . fuzzy yarn!

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What else to do with my groovy new flower but put it on a greeting card?  Notice I used a crayon to make the paper border stand out better.  Typically, I use a black or bronze marker but this card called for something a little more waxy and colorful.

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There! That was fun! I made a few more flowers with different colors.

Now time to clean up . . . Oops.  What do we have here?  Very interesting.  Now I can’t go to bed until I think of something clever for this cool souvenir of my Crayon work.

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About 3 minutes later (but still up past my bedtime).

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Don’t bury your treasures by stepping all over them as they fall at your feet.

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Stuck on Happy with Duct Dynasty

Hey!  Uncle Si and Phil’s grandkids would love the duct tape creativity at our house!  Clean and simple fun for the whole family . . .

Check out the cool binder my daughter and granddaughter made by simply recovering an old ugly one.  Wouldn’t this be a fun project for school/scout/church groups to do for back-to-school?  You could ask businesses to donate old binders, folders, etc.  Then simply set up tables in a large room loaded with donated duct tape, stickers, and Sharpie markers (along with skilled helpers, of course), and invite kids to come and make their own amazing looks.

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We have also found a fun way to use duct tape scraps. Simply stick them onto a piece of lightweight cardboard.  You can then cut into fun shapes.  Be sure to save the leftover silhouette for some other creative moment.

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You can also keep adding scraps until you end up with an interesting collage.  Just have fun with it and don’t worry about the wrinkles.   This is the collage I used to make some birthday cards for my grandsons.

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I couldn’t resist adding a little star-spangled glitz.

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Pretty cool,  huh?  Perfectly messy and funky.

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As an excuse for my laziness, I carried the theme through on the inside of the cards.  Cuz any granny could give cards with boring old typed-up messages.

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Here are a couple of sites you might like for more inspiration:

Would love to hear about your own duct tape creations!  In the meantime, I’ll be catching up on a little relaxing TV time with the Robertson’s.  And I’ll be wondering:

Will my creations inspire Jase to duct tape Willie’s office?

Will Korie and Missy use duct tape to brighten up Martin’s bachelor pad?

Will Uncle Si finally make a duct tape shoulder bag for his beloved Tupperware cup?

Hey!  If it quacks like duct tape you can bet your whistle it will make everybody happy happy happy.

Seriously though, wouldn’t all those beards get stuck in the tape?  Ouch.  Could The Robertson Men meet the challenge?

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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Staple Up These Blisters for Oozy Fun!

Here’s a shocker. I’ve actually made few cards lately. I had been saving some odds and ends of used packaging blister packs for a quite a while and finally found time to use them creatively.  Unfortunately, the photos don’t quite show off the shiny blister packs stapled to the cards, but I hope you get the idea.  I did cheat on the last one. There is no blister pack.  I simply wrapped yarn around the flower stems.  I am incredibly lazy.  You can be too.

Trashy Greetings

Not feeling too creative or clever lately.  Typically, this time of year is a bit blah in Wisconsin. Although this year we have been treated with greenery and blooms busting forth well before Easter, my mood is stubbornly sitting on the blah side.  I guess my internal clock really loves how gray afternoons and icy mud puddles seem to nod approval to laziness, quiet reflection, and even a bit of indulgent self-pity.

Okay I’m really not here to trash our beautiful spring.  But I am here to talk about trash. I love saving strange bits of garbage in hopes of discovering and sharing their fantastic artistic potential. Here are a few greeting cards I’ve made the last few weeks. Each one is just a bit trashy and a great big easy. (Notice some of the elements are simply stapled together. Because sometimes I’m too lazy to glue.)

This “black vase” is wrinkled-up paper from a bag of coffee. (Hint: Berres Brothers makes the yummiest coffee and the coolest waxy black packaging.)

This “silver vase” is a piece of cream cheese wrapping. A bit messy to wash but so worth it. And you guessed it. My beloved painted cardboard too.

This “silver vase” is a bit of shiny cardboard from a package of face lotion. I wrinkled it for a fun effect.

This blue background is from one of my favorite art trash resources: a Mentos candy wrapper.  This gorgeous material is always a hit with the kids. (The candy is a hit with the kids too.)

And this “brown vase”is from a Starbucks coffee cup wrapper.  It’s so nubby I’m gonna die!

Now go forth and have your own trashy fun!

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