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nailed it

twisterfishcrafts nailed it (6)

My ten year old wanted to make his big sister a special Christmas gift. A few weeks before the holiday they were both saying “nailed it” over and over and over to each other. Together we decided to get a piece of wood at the craft store, spray paint it, then hammer nails to form the words ‘nailed it’. He chose the font, and I did the nailing, because it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to nail those little things into the wood and he just couldn’t manage the hammer. This project took a few days and many sore fingers, but it was well worth it! His sister loved the present and it’s now displayed in her college apartment for all to see.

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painted canvas — song lyrics

twisterfish crafts song lyrics canvas (16)

I love painting canvases and I love words, so painting words on canvas is a favorite of mine. My daughter has been playing Ingrid Michaelson’s music while home on spring break, and I have fallen in love with the song, You and I. My daughter and I went to the craft store, purchased a black canvas (yahoo! that way we didn’t need to paint it black before putting the stickers on!), and some lower case stickers that not only had lots of each letter, but were on clearance. Then we went home and started the process.

Note to self: Never purchase stickers on clearance. There might just be a good reason why they are being sold cheaply.

Here are the photos of the process. Overall, we’re happy with how it turned out!

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homemade cards — house

twisterfishcrafts welcome home card (5)

I received a “we’ve moved” notice and I wanted to send them a “welcome to your new home” card. This is what I came up with.

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homemade cards — flowers

More homemade cards! This one was done using only petals made from the Shakespeare play. A small piece of colored card stock was cut out and glued to the center.

twisterfish crafts paper flower

I must say, this was so much fun to do! I did quite a few cards with this weaving technique. Some used only pages from a Shakespeare play (purchased an old, faded copy at the thrift store for less than a dollar). A few had pages from that book along with colored card stock. Some used strips cut from a small book of maps (also from the thrift store). And one included a photo cut into strips as well.

Once the weaving was complete, I sewed it onto the blank card using my sewing machine. On the reverse (inside front cover) I glued a solid piece of card stock to cover the stitching.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of each of the cards I made. Here are two I did remember to take pictures of before sending them out.

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Here’s another card that uses Washi tape to make flowers. I made small flowers, and used a piece of card stock paper for the center of each flower.

twisterfish crafts washi flowers (2)

I’ve been having so much fun making homemade cards lately. Here is one I made today.

I started with a white card I purchased as a pack of 8 at the craft store. Using an old thesaurus I purchased for 25 cents at a thrift store, and a roll of washi tape from my huge washi tape collection (oh how I love washi tape!), I cut out petal shapes. The washi tape helped to hold down the larger paper petals in the back, and then the center (a different washi tape) held down the smaller petals in front. Then I used my sewing machine to sew them on, to give it more depth and interest. I love that it’s not perfect (notice the center — the thread didn’t stay in some of the stitches for some reason)…. Flowers aren’t perfect!

twisterfish crafts card

On the inside of the card I covered up the stitching by making another flower, but this time without the paper. And I reversed the washi tape that was used for the front flower. I like that the stitches give it texture.

twisterfish crafts card inside

Couldn’t finish this off without adding another flower to the envelope. This one was also made using washi tape — one with the same color but a different pattern.

twisterfish crafts card and envelope

another snail mail package

Here’s another snail mail package I put together and sent.

snail mail sent to GLENICE (1)


This recipient said that she likes to quilt, so I took fabric scraps, cut them into 1-inch squares, and sewed them onto a notecard in a quilt pattern. Top stitched it with a zigzag stitch. Also in the main envelope was another spring picture I took of the trees on my street, a square garland (sewn on the sewing machine with an inch of string between each piece), and two smaller envelopes I made with goodies inside. One envelope was made out of scrapbook paper and the other was a page from an old paperback book I purchased at a thrift store.


snail mail sent to GLENICE (2)


The envelope was again made out of a sturdy 12×12 scrapbook paper and held together with mini-duct tape (I love that stuff!). Also decorated with a bit of washi tape.


snail mail sent to GLENICE (3)

snail mail project

I recently signed up to participate in a snail mail project orchestrated by Sarah over at a nice little life.  So far I’ve sent out four envelopes to people across the country and across the ocean! I’ve been having a ton of fun being creative and crafting and am very thankful Sarah got this whole thing started!

At the beginning of the process I gathered my bits and pieces of paper, fabrics, washi tape, and my sewing machine. Then I purchased a few more rolls of washi tape, some larger sheets of scrapbook paper, colorful twine, and at a thrift store I spent less than a dollar on a few old books. I’m using the pages from those books to make small envelopes, as well as using them for other crafts (I’ll post pictures of those soon).

Here’s the first mailing I sent out.

snail mail to kathy (1) cover


Using my sewing machine I sewed “hi” on the cover page, finishing the edges with washi tape to make sure the stitches didn’t pull out.

(P.S. I was surprised to find that sewing onto paper looked so cool, and that it was also much harder than I thought it would be!)

Each page is connected by a long piece of twine which I decorated with washi flags.

snail mail to kathy (2) haiku


This recipient stated that she enjoys poetry, so I created a spring haiku for her.

snail mail to kathy (3) washi flowers


A few washi tape flowers!

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I printed out wallet size photos I took of the trees on my street, which bloom so beautifully each spring.

snail mail to kathy (5) final page


The last page holds a simple message written in multiple sharpies.

snail mail to kathy (7) note on back


And the back cover ties up the twine that runs through the pages.

snail mail to kathy (9) mailing envelope


I made the mailing envelope out of a 12×12 sheet of heavy scrapbook paper, and sealed the edges and folds with bold duct tape.

I also sewed a border around the mailing label. Found that the label didn’t stick as well near the stitches, so I had to use a bit of glue to keep it in place. Not sure I’ll attempt sewing onto a sticky mailing label again!

snail mail to kathy (10) back of envelope

abc canvas

After making word art canvases with advice and quotes and one for my anniversary (it has our names and our wedding date along with a line from our favorite song that we danced to), I had planned to make one with the ABCs and finally finished it this week.

What I love about this one is that I used a few different fonts as well as a mix of upper-case and lower-case letters. The final piece is so cute and will be perfect for a baby’s nursery.


First I placed raised (3D) stickers onto a canvas. I used what I had leftover from other projects.

abc canvas 1

Then I applied a few coats of Mod Podge (allowing each coat to dry completely before adding the next one). I made sure to get the Mod Podge into every nook and cranny of each letter. Below is what it looked like after applying a generous coat of Mod Podge.

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As seen below, the piece was nice and shiny after all the Mod Podge had been applied and had dried.

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I used spray paint to cover the canvas. It took at least three coats of paint (again, I allowed each coat to dry before spraying on the next coat).  I also made sure to paint the edges of the canvas.

I attached it to a wooden frame and put on a clip for hanging.

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And the finished piece!

abc canvas