IGUANAS & CHIPBOARD

I bet you are thinking that iguanas and chipboard have something in common.  Nope, it’s just the topic of today’s long overdue post.
IGUANA-This is the reason I have not posted in so long.  I’ve been painting Van Gogh’s Starry Night on a GIANT wood cut-out in the shape of an iguana.  Long story short-there is a chain of Mexican restuarants in my area called the Salty Iguana and a new one is opening in a few weeks.   The owner is fabulous and asks the public to participate in helping with each restuarant’s decor which is decorated with about a hundred uniquely hand painted or embellished iguana’s in several sizes.  My craft group has volunteered to participate. I agreed to paint a large one-about 5′ x 3′ and so I have been busy working on that.  Of course I am having regrets about picking such a difficult composition. . .I thought it would be a breeze-all those crazy, rapid brush strokes would make it quick and easy. . .no way! I decided to use a mix of acrylic paint and plaster paste to give it a thick oil paint appearance-without the cost of oils.  After applying the paste and initial base coat in the basic colors and general compostition of the painting. . .I’ve had to resort to a very small liner brush for much of the details and additional brush strokes on top, so it has been slow going.  I hope to have it done in the next few days.
CHIPBOARD CARDS-I love making cards and I love chipboard, so a few years ago I came up with some designs for cards that were almost entirely made out of chipboard-the card itself is made from the thin board inserts that come on the back of most paper packs (love to recycle too!) and most of the embellishments are punched or cut from chipboard.  I taught a class for these cards at a local scrapbook store when we lived in Las Vegas, NV back in 2007 and then when we moved here I redesigned them and taught them at a store in the Kansas City area, that unfortunately has now gone out of business.  I love these because they are more or less my own idea and I have not seen anything like them at the local scrapbooking stores or anywhere else.

Check back this week (I Promise I will be POSTING more this week) for more chipboard cards. . .a photo of my finished Iguana, and some projects that I have been working on for gift ideas for a baby shower I am hosting in a few weeks! 
Jill

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DIY TRENDY GARLAND

CHEVRON, ARROW & TRIBAL GARLANDS DIY

Tribal designs and motifs are so popular in fashion right now. . . so why not make your own trendy garland or streamer to make a stylish statement at your next event?  Repeated chevrons, arrows, and triangles are so easy to cut and sew together to make your own garland.

Tribal Garland

Make a whole bunch of streamers and hang them vertically to create a wall curtain for a table backdrop at  your next party or event!  Today I am sharing the HOW TO on making these very simple streamers! Triangle Garland

These are great for parties but also ideal for decorating a new dorm room or apartment! Students want to be trendy, but you don’t exactly have the budget for it.   Right now, geometric shapes are everywhere – and they’re easy to DIY into your space. You can use this curtain as a window treatment, an accent on a wall, to divide your space from your roommate’s, or as a photo booth backdrop at a fundraiser, or just hang up a few as garland at your next soiree!  They would be so fab in gold for a bridal shower. How about gold feathers-

 Check out the DIY instructions below.  But first, if you need a garland quick for Halloween and just don’t have the time to DIY  –

 Stop by THE PARTY FETTI SHOP for all your Halloween BANNERS, garlands, and other SPOOKY DECOR!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Baker’s Twine (or sewing thread/clear sting/or other thin string)
  • Cardstock paper in prints or solid colors
  • Double sided sticky tape/sticky tape runner/liquid craft glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or Craft Knife (or use a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine)
  • Shower curtain rod (If hanging your streamers vertically as a curtain wall)

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Cut solid or pattern cardstock  into desired shapes, using a ruler to make sure they are equal in size. (Tip: You can use a cutting machine, such as a Silhouette or Cricut or even a die cutting or punches to make the cutting of geometric shapes, arrows, and chevrons go much faster).
  2. Cut a length of string that is 8″ longer than the length you want your curtain to be.
  3. Leaving an 8″ tail (for hanging), create the garland by either using your sewing machine to stitch two identical shapes together in one continuous running stitch. If you prefer not to sew your garland, apply either liquid glue or double sided sticky tape to each of your identical shapes and sandwich them together with the string between the two shapes and repeat for as many shapes you want on your garland or the full length of your garland!
  4. To create a curtain wall to hang behind a table or as a photo background, tie each garland to the shower curtain rod and turn it horizontal to create the vertical rows of  garland.

Thanks for stopping by The Party Fetti Blog today.  Be sure to visit all our Etsy shops soon – we’re adding more and more holiday decor daily!  Click the links below to see for yourself –

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

READY SET CRAFT KITS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

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Paper Straws 101

History & Party Ideas for Paper Straws

Did you know. . . 

Marvin Chester Stone is best known as the inventor of the modern drinking straw.  However, in 1888, he invented a machine to wind paper straws, which were popularly used for drinking cold beverages. 
Prior to this, people used natural rye grass straws, which were undesirable because they imparted a grassy flavor in beverages. In response to this, Marvin C. Stone made the first drinking straw prototypes by spiraling a strip of paper around a pencil and gluing it at the ends. Next he experimented with paraffin wax-coated manila paper, so that it would not get soggy when used. This first model was 8 1/2 inches long and had a diameter just wide enough to prevent things like lemon seeds from getting lodged in the tube. Marvin Stone patented his invention on January 3rd, 1888. 
By 1890, his factory was producing more drinking straws than cigarette holders. In 1906 a machine was invented by Stone’s “Stone Straw Corporation” to automatically wind the straws. 

The trendy resurgence of paper straws at events, weddings, and parties has gone beyond using them for drinking only.  Paper straws can also be used for all kinds of other party decor. Don’t believe me, check out this links provided from the craftiest people in the blogosphere: 
  1. cupcake topper 
  2. cakepop holder, see here also. 
  3. wreath, a great how-to here
  4. garland, I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true! 
  5. napkin ring and table centerpiece.  

Get your striped, polka dot, and chevron paper straws in The Party Fetti Shop!

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