Pet Crafts, Rescue Mama Art

Crafts for Pet Lovers

Pet themed coasters…a quick and simple to make gift idea.

MAIN6My husband and I recently finished up decorating some new vacation rental properties…one of which is a pet friendly unit.  I needed some coasters for the unit…when I attempted to shop for them I was surprised at what stores charge for coasters  these days…so I made some of my own.  After a little research on materials they were super easy and fast to make.

Your Supply list: Travetine tiles (Home Depot), Grout Sealer, Archival stamp pad, stamps, felt or cork backing

The best tiles for coasters are travertine…porous tiles.  Stamping on non-porous/glazed tiles is not going to work.  The only place I could find the TILEStravertine tiles (at a reasonable price) was Home Depot.  I purchased two different styles of these Premiere Decor tiles…both worked fine.   Be careful when you buy them…inspect the package as best you can to make sure none of the tiles are cracked, chipped or broken.    Your results will be best if you rinse the tiles well before you use them (let them dry over night).

STAMPSI used a variety of stamps I had in the house to decorate the tiles.  You will need to use an archival stamping ink.  I use the Ranger Archival Ink pads for most projects.  You can get these pads at Michaels or Hobby Lobby…they are usually about $12.00 and they last a really long time.    After you stamp your design on your coasters let the ink dry (I would let it set for at least a few hours).

I looked up all sorts of methods for waterproofing coasters before I did this project.  I saw ideas to use everything from Mod Podge to boat sealer.  I don’t know about boat sealer…didn’t try it.  But I am not a fan of using Mod Podge SEALERon coasters because it does not interact well with water.  I wanted a waterproof coaster…not smudged by or stained by a sweating glass.  Since my husband and I just finished remodeling several bathrooms we had a bottle of grout sealer on hand.  I gave it a try and it turned out to be a great solution for waterproofing these coasters.  I set my stamped (dry) coasters in a box..took them outside (grout sealer smells) and sprayed them (soaked them actually) with the grout sealer.  I let them dry and repeated the spray two more times.  The end result was washable, non-smudging coasters.

The last step was to back the coasters so they wouldn’t scratch my tables.  I used a metal die for my Big Shot to cut my backings…but you could easily just cut squares by hand.  I glued my backing (I used cork that I picked up at Michaels) with Beacon’s glue.  Beacons is my “go to”
20141015_22302920141015_222006glue for projects that need a really heavy duty glue.  Beacon’s has a wicked odor…so open a window and don’t get it on your fingers.   Once Beacons glue is completely dry the odor is gone.  I set my coasters upside down and let the glue dry overnight.

coastersI also tried this project with coasters that I hand painted with acrylic paint.  The grout sealer worked well to waterproof the hand painted coasters.

Have fun!

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Our sweet Luna!

Things here at Misfit Manor have been insanely busy…our vacation rentals have been busy and the dogs keep me endlessly (but joyously) occupied.   We are all happy to see spring…it is so lovely here in Kentucky.

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Pet Craft: Paw Print Ornaments

Paw Print Christmas Tree Ornaments

20141202_162807Our pets are a big part of the holiday festivities…they even have their own pet themed Christmas tree.  I made these sweet little burlap paw print ornaments this year to go with the Paw Print Christmas Tree Skirt I made a few weeks ago.  These ornaments were super easy to make and really inexpensive from a materials standpoint.

20141202_162914The supplies I used to make them:

  • burlap
  • felt
  • beacons glue
  • trim
  • jute
  • ribbons and bells

To get my basic shapes for the ornaments I used die cuts for my Big Shot.    I cut the front and back with the die cuts.  I used burlap for the front of the ornament and stiff felt for the back.   If you don’t have a Big Shot you could just as easily trace a jar or box on to your fabric and get the same result.  You could also make these ornaments with any fabric you like (thought you might want to stiffen it)…I have just been on a burlap kick this year.

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After I cut the front of the ornament out of the burlap I decorated it (painted it) before I glued it to the back.  I kept these simple and used paw print stamps and black craft paint.  I stamped the burlap with Archival Ink and then went over it with black craft paint.  Simply stamping on burlap will not get you a dark finished look.   I use Archival Ink pads because they are permanent.  Let your craft paint completely dry before moving on.  20141031_181416 20141031_183011

I stuffed a small amount of stuffing in between the front and back of the ornament (just a bit) and glued it shut with Beacon’s.  I prefer to use Beacon’s for projects because it has a good trade off between drying fast but not so fast that I don’t have time to re-position if necessary.  I  used ribbons and trims that I had in my stash to finish off the ornaments.  I glued the ribbon that is meant for hanging the ornament to the inside of the back fabric before I put the ornament together.20141031_183230 20141031_183150 I added bows and jingle bells to the finished project as well.  You could embellish with anything you want….holly, flowers, dog bones, etc.  You could just as easily glue all this together with a hot glue gun as well.  I was really pleased with how these turned out especially since they were so simple to make.  I made all of these start to finish in one evening.

20141202_162845 20141202_162633If you are a pet lover and crafter check out my Craft Page for links to more fun and easy ideas for pet themed crafts for you and your pets.  If you are a lover of all things pet consider following my blog via email; I post 1-2X per week on all things pet (craft ideas, dog training, pet rescue and more) and I post daily on my Facebook Page.

I leave you with a picture of one of our foster dogs…Buster…he is just lovin’ this whole holiday/family thing…my folks came for an early Christmas in Kentucky…Buster got presents and loved hanging out with his foster grammy and grampy!  If you have never fostered a dog…I highly recommend it…it is an amazing thing to see a dog who lost his original family begin to relax and feel at home and loved again.  We love you Buster!

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Nancy

 

Pet Crafts

Pet Craft: Holiday Dog Candles

Free Craft Tutorial: Vintage Holiday Dog Candles

20141202_064731I don’t know about you but by the time we get this close to the holiday season I am all done with the shopping and craziness …its time to nest and craft!  Christmas crafts are my very favorite to make!

If you are looking for a quick holiday gift for your favorite dog lover these candles and jars are simple and inexpensive to make.  I made several different versions using only a few supplies (listed below).  Nothing about this project in itself takes very long, however, you do have to let layers of the project dry overnight for the best results.

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To light up the smaller finished candle holders I dropped in an inexpensive votive so the candle will be re-usable.

Supply List:

  • mod podge
  • candles and jars
  • color tissue paper
  • vintage pet photos
  • snow flake or clear glitter
  • sponge brush
  • ribbon/various embellishments
  • Distress Ink Pad to age your images

jarsI used three different items to make my projects.  I used a canning jar to make a candy dish, a plain glass candle holder (purchased at the dollar store) and a tall votive candle (also purchased at the dollar store).

paper For my vintage dog pictures I used the Christmas Cavallini Dog paper that I ordered from the PaperSource for $3.95/sheet.  You could use any pictures you want though and old greeting cards work great too.  I like the Cavallini papers because they are a heavy duty paper that won’t tear when you are working on projects.  The images also don’t run or fade.

20140920_110737To get my project started I cut my images out from my Cavallini papers….for some candles I tore the images I have a rough edge on all sides of the image.  I like to stain this images with Distress Ink to make them look older.  I selected the tissue I was going to use with each candle and candle holder and cut it to the appropriate size for each project.  It is better to make your tissue cut larger than smaller.

20140920_110917Coat your candle (or candle holder) with a fair amount of Mod Podge and literally roll your paper on to the candle.  Don’t worry about wrinkles, they won’t show once we add the glitter…but do worry about tears…if the paper tears you will have light showing through and your finished project will looks sloppy…so work really carefully with your tissue.  Once you are done let this dry overnight (you can let it dry for a shorter period of time…my general rule with mod podge though is to let layers dry overnight so I don’t end up with a tacky finished product).

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Put a layer (generous) of mod podge on the back of your chosen picture and place it on the candle or candle holder.  Smooth out any puckers or wrinkles.  Because you are placing it on a round surface you will get some wrinkling.  Put a light layer of mod podge over the front of your image and let it dry overnight.

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Cover the entire candle – EXCEPT the image – with a light layer of mod podge…sprinkle with glitter and let dry overnight.  If you want a finsihed project that does not shed glitter than go back over the dry project with another layer of Mod Podge (dab with a sponge brush).  You will lose some sparkle but have considerably less mess.  Let dry overnight.

I embellished each candle with items I had in craft stash…ribbon, greens, ornaments, bells, etc.

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20141202_054457For the candy jar:  I used a mason jar and red tissue paper.  The tissue paper can be wrinkled and when you apply it to the jar there is no need to smooth out any wrinkles as the glitter will hide the wrinkles.  You do want to be sure there are no tears though.  If you have a tear in the tissue paper light will show through and your finished project will look sloppy.  I tore out the image I wanted to use as the focal point of my jar.  I used vintage photo distress ink to age the paper.  I did not want light shining through the jar so I added some paint to the Mod Podge before I applied it to the vase.

The steps to get the paper on the jar are 1) cut your paper in a strip that will wrap all the way around your jar.  2) Coat your jar with mod podge (not too much or your going to have a mess, too little and your paper will tear).  3)  Wrap your paper around the wet jar and cut off any excess paper.  4) Let the project dry (I usually let this dry overnight).  5) Coat the back of your vintage image with mod podge (generously) and place smoothly on your jar- do not put paint in your mod podge for this step.  Once it is securely placed where you want it put a light coat of mod podge over image.   Let dry overnight.  6) Coat your jar (with the exception of your image) with a layer of mod podge (no paint) and then sprinkle with glitter, let dry overnight.  Optional step: If you don’t want any glitter flaking off your project re-coat the glitter with a light layer of mod podge (use a sponge brush and lightly dab).  You will lose a little of the sparkle but in return will not have glitter flaking off the jar … which would be problematic if you are using it for a candy jar.

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candy jar 2candy jar 3Here are some more photos of the finished jars….

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Here are some other ideas for quick holiday gifts….there are free tutorials for all of these on my Craft Page!

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heart clipsDIY Dog Gatesbookmark imprint

Pet Crafts

Pet Crafts: Pet Themed Christmas Wreath

Paw Print Christmas Wreath for Pet Lovers!

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When we “deck the walls” at our house pretty much everything has a pet theme to it.  This wreath was super easy to make and fairly inexpensive as well.  Most of the embellishments on the wreath were made from supplies I had in my craft stash.  You could use just about anything for this, pet toys, chews, ribbons with paw prints, etc.

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20141101_193633I started with a plain wreath I purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I cut the red beads off of it but left the pine cones.  I also purchased a plain burlap bow at Hobby Lobby (on sale).  You could easily make your wreath bow out of any pet themed ribbon but I have been going with a lot of burlap crafts this year.   I used a paw print stamp, Archival Ink and black craft paint to decorate the bow.  After it was dry I tied it on to the wreath.

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The red wooden bone ornaments were plain wood dog bones that I purchased at JoAnne’s last year after Christmas on sale.  I painted them red with craft paint and tied large jingle bells to them.  20141101_203736I looked at the JoAnne’s website and I don’t yet see them on sale this year.  However, you could use a dog bone cookie cutter and trace them on to felt.  There are also really cute glass dog bone ornaments at Hobby Lobby that would work well too.

The paw print hearts I made from burlap and felt from my stash.  I used a heart heart shaped stencil to cut them out.  I used a stamp, Archival ink and black craft paint to put the paw print on the front of the heart.  I filled them with a little stuffing and glued them shut with Beacons (felt on the back).   I added a bow made from paw print ribbon.  I attached them to the wreath with thread.

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I finished the wreath off by gluing several small red and white raw hide dog bones around the wreath. I found these at Walmart for a few dollars (I do not feed these to my dogs).

I hope you are having fun getting ready for the holidays this year!  We moved this summer to a new house in Kentucky (from Minnesota) and while it is a super cool house (built in 1875) it is a bit of a project so we are decorating for the holidays around our remodeling projects.

We are excited this year for the holidays in our new home…and thrilled that our pets are going to have a warmer winter to enjoy than what we used to have in Minnesota.  We are grateful that our Sam is doing so well (he is our dog that had the stem cell procedure) and we are also grateful for the two foster dogs living in our home.  We can’t wait to have a great holiday season with them.  One of our foster dogs, Turnip (Jack Russell mix) lived a life of hell chained to a post for four years; sick, skinny and cold.  This will be his first winter inside a warm home and we are THRILLED that he is spending it here.  Our other foster dog, Buster (lab mix), was dumped by his family recently and is working hard to try to fit in here…we are thrilled to have him in our home.  I firmly believe that some of life’s greatest blessings come wrapped in fur….Buster and Turnip are great blessings.

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Nancy

 

Pet Crafts

Pet Crafts: Pet Yard Safety Sign

Keeping Pets Safe Behind Your Fence

20141103_160108Having trouble getting people to keep your gates closed in your yard?  Our property at our new home in Kentucky is not a typical set up.  When visitors, deliveries or service people come to our house they arrive at our back yard gate (our driveway winds to the back of our house).  Our backyard is where are dogs go out to play so it is really important that our gates remain securely closed at all times.  We have foster dogs at the house who don’t yet have a sense of where they are and two of our own dogs are deaf.  If any of them were ever to wander from the yard it would be …well I don’t even want to think of what could happen.  I decided I needed to make it as obvious as possible to visitors that it is important to always shut the gates to our yard.  This sign is what I came up with… it is big enough and bright enough that I think it should do the trick and keep the dogs safe.

It was super easy to make.  I actually purchased the frame with a chalkboard base already in it at a flea market.  It would be easy enough to do this on your own with wood and chalkboard paint. I repainted the frame with Valspar Latex paint.  I printed the lettering out on my computer, cut it up and traced (with carbon paper) the letters on to the board.  I painted the lettering white.  I put several coats of polyurethane on the finished project.

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Nancy

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Pet Crafts: Pet Themed Christmas Tree Skirt

20141101_181212Paw Print Christmas Tree Skirt

In our house the Christmas season starts the day after Halloween and for us the season is an awesome time to focus on spoiling our pets.  Christmas is a time to celebrate to all that good and joyful in creation and that most certainly includes the pets!   I put up a pet themed Christmas tree every year. My pets love their Christmas tree because I hide treats in it throughout the holiday season.   We moved from MN to KY this summer so I sold or donated many of my Christmas decorations before we moved (at 50 cents a pound to move things I figured it was time to cleanse and refresh some of my Christmas supplies).  My pet themed Christmas tree come with us though and I decided it was time for a new skirt!  I made this new skirt in one evening for less than $30.

20141026_152438I started with a plain burlap pre-made tree skirt at Hobby Lobby for 50% off (net $20).  Usually I sew my own tree skirts but when I took in to consideration the cost of the burlap, the lining and my time to sew the project it just made sense to buy the skirt already finished.  At $20 this was a great deal and time saver.   This skirt is well made and has a tan silk lining on its backside.   I ironed the tree skirt before I started working on it.

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To get the paw prints on the skirt I used a paw print stamp, Archival Ink and glossy black craft paint.  Simply stamping the paws prints on the fabric will not make a dark enough image for burlap.  I stamped the paw prints first and then painted over them with the glossy black paint.  Your are either going to have to do this in a workspace large enough to lay out your entire skirt or work on sections at a time and let the paint dry so you don’t smudge paint all over the skirt.

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I had some large jingle bells that I had purchased on clearance after Christmas last year so I sewed them randomly around the skirt.  I used large bells in red, green, gold and white.  You could use any size or color of bell or even sew on some holly, felt cut outs, pom poms or whatever Christmas craft items you have on hand.   Because I have cats (who love all things that jingle) I sewed these bells on really tight.20141030_194516

I completed the whole project in one evening (while watching the newest Good Witch movie on Hallmark :)).  I just love the skirt and as it turns out apparently Taco loved it too…as soon as it was around the tree she was rolling around on it and playing with the jingle bells.  I never tire of taking pics of my pets…but it is especially fun during the holiday season.20141031_16564320141101_180522

 

I wasn’t kidding when I said my pets love their Christmas tree.  Below is a picture of Sparky with his head shoved in tree looking for holiday treats within minutes of me finishing the tree!20141101_185449

 

 

Pet Crafts

Pet Crafts – Black Cat Halloween Vases

main picMason Jar Black Cat Halloween Jars…

I love fall and everything that comes with it…the pretty trees, Halloween candy, fall walks with the dogs and black cats!  I have been doing a ton of dog walking and enjoying the cooler weather, the changing trees and the calm before the holiday storm.   I made these fun jars to go on one of the seven fireplace mantles in our new home in Kentucky.  This was a quick and easy project that cost me less than $10 to finish (excluding the candy in the jars).

Here is my supply list:  Mason Jars, Black Cat Craft Paper (see pic and link), Mod Podge, black tissues paper, sponge brush, glitter, burlap ribbon, black tule

20140921_135303I found the black cat craft paper at Archivers (when it was still open). I just love these vintage looking cat pictures and the card stock is a weight that is perfect for craft projects.  Unfortunately this particular paper is no longer available. I did a quick search on ebay though and found a variety of black cat vintage card stock that would work just as well.

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 The first step is to cut a piece of black tissue paper roughly the size of your jar.  It is easiest to set your jar on the paper and roll the paper around it.  It is ok for the paper you cut to be bigger than the jar but not smaller.

Using Mod Podge and your sponge brush completely cover your jar with Mod Podge.  Don’t over do it with the Mod Podge or your paper will tear.

20140920_171358 20140921_135807 20140920_171934Wrap your tissue paper around your jar.  Do this carefully so that your paper will not tear.  It is ok for your paper to look wrinkled but a tear will make for a poor finished look.  If you paper does tear try to position it back in place such that you can no longer see the tear.  Don’t try to patch a tear.  Let your jar dry (I would let it dry for a few hours).

20140921_132629 Add your vintage pictures by applying Mod Podge to the back of the picture and carefully smoothing it out.  The heavier card stock will take some effort to smooth out when applying it to a rounded jar.  I would go over the front of your picture (once its positioned and smoothed out) with a light layer of Mod Podge.  Let the project dry for at least a few hours.

Finally go over your jar (with the exception of the vintage picture with another layer of Mod Podge.  Hold your wet jar over a paper plate and sprinkle it with glitter.  Set upside down and let dry for several hours.

20140921_143422 When your glittered jar is dry you can either leave it very sparkly (but you will always have some glitter flaking off) or you can go back over it with another layer of Mod Podge to secure your glitter but it will not be as sparkly.  For this project, because it was going to remain in my home I left it sparkly.  If I were giving it as a gift I would have gone over the glitter with Mod Podge so I wasn’t giving a messy gift.  close up jars

I embellished the rims of my jars with some burlap ribbon and black tule that were in my scrap baskets but you could use any kind of ribbon you wanted.  I filled my jars with candy and some flowers I had in my supplies.  If you are looking for more Pet Crafts check out my Craft Page.

 Below is a picture of Turnip’s first bath.  Turnip is our foster dog who is as sweet as he is cute.  He is afraid of pretty much everything and this bath was not his idea of a good time but he was a trooper.  Turnip continues to adjust to life in a comfy home with a big family.  He has been working on his leash manners (he is doing great) and is growing more comfortable with us everyday.  He continues to get more rambunctious each day too which can only mean his Hyptoplasmosis is continuing to heal.  This week he has finally started to bark!   Turnip was rescued from his chain of horror in January…no one has heard him bark since he was rescued.  This week he barked and howled in the backyard a couple of times…we clapped and cheered for him.  There really isn’t anything more lovely than watching this dog heal socially and emotionally from the years of abuse and neglect.

IMG-20141007-00724 Taking care of our first foster has been a great experience.  He is reminding us how important the simple things in life are…like the taking the time to appreciate the loved one’s around us who make life so good.  For more about Turnip’s story read his first post.

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Nancy

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Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

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I recently moved in to a new home in KY.  Our new house has seven fireplaces, two of which are in my art studio.  I decided that I needed some cute pet themed banners to hang over my fireplaces.  I made all three of these with supplies I had laying around my studio.  Here is how I made them:

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Supplies: burlap (any color will work), Stiff felt (any color you like), craft paint, mod podge, stencil brushes or sponges, hot glue/gun, ribbon, Archival Stamp pad, paw print stamps, twine

I made my white WOOF banner first. woof banner

The first step is make a pattern shape for your banner.  I make my patterns on my computer (in powerpoint), cut them out and pin them to my banner fabric and cut each one.  Here is a pdf file of the template for this banner : WOOF Banner.  Particularly when you are cutting burlap you are going to want to pin your pattern securely to the burlap. 20140914_160333 Line the top edge of the pattern up with a strand of the burlap when you pin.  Once you cut your burlap piece, iron it and be gentle with it as you work so it will not fray (we will address stopping the fray shortly).

To create my letter stencils I printed out WOOF in the size and font I wanted in Microsoft Word and carefully cut out my letters. 20140914_185532

When I put the stencils down I tape them in place, and use a flat brush or sponge to dab the paint on (I use a minimal amount of paint and dab lightly).  Let the stencil sit for a few minutes to dry.  After I pull the stencil off I touch up the letter with a pointed brush to make it a darker and cleaner paint job.  If you use too much paint or press to hard with the initial stenciling you risk bleeding under the stencil.  I used a large paw print stamp to make my end banners. I stamped the paw prints with archival ink and then went back over the stamped image with paint.

20140916_183805When my banners were dry I flipped them upside down on my craft mat (important to use a craft mat underneath).  I ran my twine across the back and covered the crevice behind the twine with hot glue, folded the burlap over the twine and held it down until the glue was cooled.

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To address the fraying of the burlap and make this a lasting project I used Mod Podge.20140916_184819  For this project I used Matte but you could use Gloss if you want.  I set my banner on my craft mat (important to reduce the mess).  20140916_185336  I used a very generous amount of mod podge applied with sponge to each banner and then I hung it to dry over night.  It is only necessary to apply the mod podge to one side with burlap.  The flags of the banner may curl a bit after the mod podge dries.   To reflatten the banners I set them on my ironing board, put a piece of card stock over them (important) and gave them a quick iron.

To finish off this banner I added some paw print bows; I tied them first and then hot glued them on.

love banner 2  My second banner was my love banner.  Here is the template I used to make the pattern: LOVE Banner Template.20140916_160115  The banners are made from stiff felt that I purchased at JoAnne’s, it comes in a variety of tie die color themes.  I just love this pink and orange…so girly!  I did the same process with letter stenciling on these banners.20140917_142134  I used a smaller paw print stamp but followed the same process as the WOOF banner; stamp with archival ink and then paint over it with craft paint.  I added some pink gem stones to the banner and some orange bows to finish it off.

got rescue 2  My last banner is my Got Rescue Banner.  Here are the templates I used to cut the banners: Got Rescue Banner.  The back piece of the banner is made from stiff black felt and the front from brown burlap.20140917_151730  I cut both my banner shapes and then hot glued my burlap to the felt right away (I did each one as I cut) to keep my burlap from fraying.  Before I glued each piece of burlap down I ran an iron over it to make it nice and flat.  I used a paw print stamp and archival stamp pad to make my paw prints (again going over them with paint) 20140917_152327.  To make my “Got Rescue” letters I used some wood letters that I purchased at Walmart and painted them with red glossy craft paint.  20140917_151456.  To make the question mark I flipped an “S” backward and cut part of it off.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful.  For more tutorials check out my Craft Page and/or sign up to follow my blog.  Here is a picture of what my sweet labs were doing while I was working on this tutorial:

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Nancy

 

 


Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts

Gift tags for the pet lover

Hand made gift tags for the pet lover!

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I love making packages pretty and personal, don’t you?

What do you think of these gift tags?

I made a set for myself and put three sets up for sale on my shop.  I am charging $6.99 for four – does that seem like a fair price?

Rescue On,

Nancy

Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap

Sparky says…a new line of cards

Snarky Cards

black bike imprintThis month I am launching a new line of cards.   I am really excited about these because the sketches for them have been in the works for a long time.  The line is called “Sparky says…”  Sparky is my 16 year old lab, he is a very expressive and terribly funny dog.  I have wanted to capture some of his personality in a creative way for awhile…these designs came about over time.  All of the cards are my own pencil drawings of Sparky’s expressiveness.  The line is going to be snarky…cards meant to make people laugh because Sparky has been making us laugh and smile for years.  I will be posting new designs all month…I would love feedback (even if you think some of them are a bit too snarky). The first two cards are below.

Rescue on!

Nancy

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The inside of this card reads; “The question is not whether or not our ideas are crazy…but are they crazy enough.”

The inside of this card reads:  “Life is too short to act normal”

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Pet Crafts

Pet Craft – Bookmarks

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Pet Craft – Bookmarks!

Here is a tutorial for some really easy to make bookmarks for the pet lover.  These make a great last minute gift idea or stocking stuffer.

I used a variety of pet fabric to embellish them because I am a bit of cute pet fabric hoarder but you could use anything you have laying around in your craft room to make them cute, even cute photos from pet magazines (just put a little mod podge on them.).

Anyway; here you go – Bookmark Tutorial

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Hope after loss, Pet Crafts, Pet Sympathy

Handmade prayer candle for pet sympathy

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Prayer Candle

Pet Sympathy

One of the product lines that I design is called “Anima”.  “Anima” is the Latin word for soul; all of my products in this line are meant to bring comfort to those who are mourning the loss of a beloved pet and to celebrate the joy that our sweet pets have brought to our lives.

I recently finished this candle; it is the end result of about five designs landing in the garbage can in my studio.  I designed these to match my favorite sympathy cards.  These are really not too hard to make they just take some time as it is several layers of work that needs to completely dry in between applications.

I started with a basic prayer candle; you can find these in Catholic stores, Dollar stores, etc.  I used 8 inch pillar candles.  You could use any size candle or candle holder to make this project just remember to stick with tempered glass.

The first thing I did was print out the poem on white card stock with my laser printer.  When I print lettering from my laser printer that I want to use for crafts I spray the printed paper with Fixative so that it will not smudge.  You could use a multitude of things on the front of one of these candles; a photo or a card for example.  I loosely tore the edges of the poem, stained the paper with black Distressed Ink and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls.

feb 10 182I put a thin layer of mod podge on the candle and then rolled it over a pre-cut piece of tissue paper.  Here I used a tissue with paw prints on it but you could use any kind of tissue or even plain tissue that you stamp your own images on with Archival Ink.  I let this first layer dry overnight.  When I work with mod podge I use the general rule that less is more.  I always apply it fairly sparingly so I don’t tear the paper I am working with, cause bubbles or make a big ‘ol mess.  For the second application I put mod podge on the back of my poem and pressed the poem down on the candle – again I let it dry overnight.  The third layer; I put a layer of mod podge over the candle (not on the poem) and sprinkled glitter generously (I used a clear large flake glitter here).  Again, I let this dry overnight.  The final layer was a layer of mod podge over the glitter (applied with a paint sponge).

The reason for the last layer of mod podge was to avoid having a situation where the candle flaked glitter every time someone touched it.  When I was finished I did spray the candle with a glaze (if you do this step make sure you cover the inside of the candle as glazes are flammable so you don’t want any residue in the candle).

The reason I let my projects dry for at least 24 hours between steps is to avoid having a finished project that feels tacky.  If you have ever done a mod podge project that felt tacky when you were done (which really makes it useless) it is either because of the humidity where you are working or the project didn’t dry long enough between coats.

feb 10 107To finish this project off I attached a small black ribbon at the top of the candle.  I am fairly happy with how these candles turned out and the project has inspired several other ideas for me.

How do you like these candles?

I hope this was a helpful tutorial on how I made these.  If you are not a crafty person I do have several of these for sale at my ETSY store (use coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off).

Rescue On!

Nancy

Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts, Pet Rescue

Handmade Cat Adoption Card

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I just finished this card and I am really excited about how it turned out.  Adopting a cat from a shelter is a life saving event, why not celebrate it ?!

I used plain recycled card stock to get this card started.  I stained the base card stock with an Antique Bronze Distress Stain and then painted it (dry brushed) with a blue acrylic paint.  It gives the paper the look of something completely unique and handmade (you can see it in the last picture below that shows the inside of the card).  I used some sweet paper I had in my studio with “Happily Ever After” all over it that I stained and distressed on the edge.

I drew a simple cat sillouhette and painted it with a super heavy gesso to get the textured look (let this dry overnight) and then painted it with bronze acyrilic paint and dry brushed with blue acrylic.

I added some simple embellishments (that I painted to match my color theme); ribbon, flower and heart.

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The inside of the card is a cream card stock that I distressed and slightly stained (on the edges).  It reads; “Some of the world’s greatest LOVE stories began at the local shelter”.

The card was inspired by my own rescue cats who I couldn’t love more; Taco, Jasmine and Catzilla.

If you don’t like making cards I do have some of these available on my ETSY shop:  http://www.ETSY.com/shop/TheRescueMama

Rescue On!

Nancy

Pet Crafts

Fun Valentine Craft for the Pet Lover!

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Quick and easy gift for a pet loving friend.

I wanted to make some quick handmade items for all the sweet people in my life for Valentines Day. This is one of the item I decided to make.  I use regular old clothes pins to make these.

february 6th 001  The basic items you need are clothes pins, ribbon, magnets and acrylic paint.   I painted all the clothes pins first.  I typically use a slightly better paint than craft paint when I make a project as I find it covers faster and looks nicer longer but craft paint will work fine too.  I had several spools of paw print ribbon in my studio – you can use any ribbon, just make sure its the width of the clothes pin.  When the paint was dry I glued the ribbon to the pins with tacky glue.  I applied ribbon on both side of the pin but just doing the front would be fine too.

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I wanted small hearts on the front of my clothes pins.  I buy bulk bags of small wooden hearts.  I painted them red, stamped them with paw prints and then sprayed them with ModPodge pearlized glaze.  You could use any type of sealer but I like the shimmer of this glaze.  I glued the hearts on to the pins with Beacon’s 3 in 1 – it is a wicked smelly glue but it is a very strong hold.

I finished them off with a large magnet on the back so these clips can be used as refrigerator magnets but they have functionality without magnets too.

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I made a few different styles of these.  The skulls were for me …why not?  The snowflakes for my mom.

Enjoy!

Pet Crafts

Paws on the Wall – easy pet craft!

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This was a really fun project, especially since the dogs contributed the paw art.

Here is a free tutorial for this project: Paws on the Wall

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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts

Handmade Gift Bags

Handmade Gift Bags & Card

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I make this cute and inexpenisve gift bags from plain brown bags and cards and left over fabrics.  I have included a full tutorial (pdf format) free to make these – Cute gift bags

Here are some pictures of other bags I have recently made;

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