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May 30, 2012 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Patriotic Dress Up

Thought I would show you a quick way to add a little Patriotic dressing and cheer to your office or home.

Here is what I used.  

3-spools of ribbon – Hobby Lobby 1/2 off

A ruffler – thanks Amber

Glue gun and a basket I had laying around.

 

I sent the ribbon through the ruffler and then starting at the bottom of the basket started hot gluing the ribbon.

Not to precise, once a plant is in it no one will notice if you are off a little.

 

 

 

 

We are having a decorating contest at the office where I work and I’m dressing up my closet plant and adding a little Red, White and Blue!

 

So simple yet so cute.

 

Apr 27, 2012 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Red White & Blue

I found this post on Skye’s blog and thought I would give it a try.  It is her Patriotic Wreath Project.

 She has step by step instructions and pictures to guide you along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

The hard part about this is cutting out all the 2″ squares.

You have 4 sheets of blue, 6 sheets of red and 6 sheets of white.  You will need a lot of straight pin and I will tell you from experience you just need to buy a box of cheap flat head pins.

My first wreath was a green Styrofoam wreath and the second wreath I bought was white….it doesn’t matter.

You need to separate the white and red out into 5 rows of white and 4 rows of red.  

 

I cut the stars out on my Silhouette Cameo about 1.75″ and used wire and wrapped that around a pencil to get the look that I wanted.

I folded the 2″ squares in half (diagonal corner to diagonal corner) then in half again.  Take the pin stick it in the point of the folded felt and push it in the Styrofoam.

 

Love the look and it is full.  I didn’t take the rings all the way around so it would have a flat back to sit against the door.

This was Daughter #1’s B-day gift.  Now, I’m going to make Daughter #2’s B-day gift and then I’ll make me one.  Whew, that is a lot of cutting.  The total cost is around $15.00.

This is a great wreath, you can hang it out in May for Memorial Day and carry it through July 4th for Independence Day.

 

 

 

 

Silhouette Vinyl – Picture Collage

I get to mark another project off my list.  I finally finished the vinyl.  Love the Silhouette for this, so simple so easy.

 

1.  Completed shadow box frame now sits in the middle of my family collage.

2.  I found the saying “families are forever” on the Silhouette website.  I reduced it down to 7″ x 7″.

3.-4. Lifted the tabs that hold the back of the frame.

5.  Pulled out the Silhouette and tried something new.  

6.  You can cut the vinyl right from the roll without using a mat.

7.  The saying is done in mirror image so I can put it inside the frame instead of on the outside.

8.  Looks like an ink blot but slowly I started pulling off the vinyl.

9.  Ready to put the transfer tape on the vinyl.

10.  Make sure the glass is clean.

11.  This is a pretty difficult part since it’s difficult to see if you have it on straight.

12.  Because this is a circular word you need to have patience to get the transfer tape off without ruining the word.

13.  Wanted to add a heart with a little twist and found the polka dot heart.

14.  Same process to put the heart in the center as the word vinyl

15.  Not perfect but I liked how it came out and it is another step to completing the wall.

Linking up to http://www.iheartnaptime.net/

Mar 5, 2012 - Craft Projects, Tutorials    No Comments

Spell Binders Organization

Remember back on Feb 26th I showed a small snippet of what I was thinking about doing to organize my Spell Binders.

I spent the afternoon finishing up the project.  I’ll show you in a collage so it doesn’t take up so much space and time.

 

 

 

Here is the process I went through to re-vamp the organization. 

1.  It was the 5th item on my list to complete but it was one of those that drive you crazy if you don’t get it done.

2. My Spell Binders were currently organized by using CD cases.

3. I kept the Spell Binder and what it was called in the case.

4. When you opened it up it had the Spell Binders on one side and the name of the set on the other.

5. Using sheet protectors to make pockets, I tried to cut them with my paper cutter but the plastic gave to much.

6. Pulled out my rotary scissors and a self healing mat.

7. First I cut off the end across the bottom.

8. I then cut the sheet protector in half giving me two 5.5″ sleeves.

9. So I didn’t have to keep lining up the ruler I used blue painters tape to indicate where I needed to line up each time.

10. Next I cut each 5.5″ sleeve 6″ long.  (Here is where I get a little OCD on stuff like this).  You don’t have to make the pocket this fancy.  I wanted to make sure the pocket opening was easy to open and slip the Spell Binders in and out.

11. Oops this picture is out of sync, it was showing you where I put the blue painters tape to help me line up easily.

12. Once I cut both sleeves I used my score board to run a crease for a little hem of 1/4″.  (I wanted something substantial for clip to hold on to).  Be careful here plastic stretches and slides easily so take it slow.

13. Use your finger (or your bone folder) to give the 1/4″ hem a good crease.

14. Sewed the top hems first then up each side to make a pocket that measures 5.5″ x 6″ (that is about the size of the CD case).

15. Look at the difference in how little space  these pockets  take up compared to the CD cases.

16. Clipped them up on a rod in my closet.

17.  Now I can easily see what I have and since they are on a rod they can be moved out of the way when I need to get behind them.

Now we marked that off my list and since I’m in and out of the closet all the time I don’t think I’ll forget them.

Ok, I’m linking up to Skip to my Lou Made By You Monday, I’m #587.

Feb 21, 2012 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Owl Cute is This!

I work with a lady that I discovered is into crafting as much or more than I am.  She offices in Ft Worth, TX and I office in Dallas.

Around the various holidays we receive through the interoffice mail, little goodies and this is the one she sent me and my co-workers for Valentines.

This is a large pillow box and then the outside was decorated to look like an owl and the inside was stuffed with goodies.

 

 

The shapes to make this pillow box look like an owl is so simple, various sizes of circles a heart and a couple of ovals.  However, when placed just right the cute little owl comes into existence.

 

 

 

 

 

I loved this as an adult can you imagine how a kid would feel to received something this cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This closure is so simple but so effective.  Unfortunately, the flap torn a little when I went after the chocolate inside.

One flat has a half circle cut out of it and then when you close the two flaps together it interlocks and holds the goodies in place.

 

 

 

 

Cute, cute, cute at any size! 

 

Tinsel? Just For Christmas?

I am always on the look at for “stuff” that I can use in my crafting projects.

So excited when we (BFF and I) found these two rolls of vintage looking tinsel @ 40% off at Michael’s.

These rolls were large so we did what any BFFs would do, we split them.

 

 

 

I don’t think tinsel is just for Christmas when you are a Crafter. This little batch is for my Mom, Crafters share!

I think I’m going to try my hand at a Valentine tag.  I know Valentine’s is over but I have until the end of the month to upload my creation on to Tim Holtz’s Blog…who knows maybe I’ll win something (LOL)!

Feb 5, 2012 - Craft Projects, Tutorials    1 Comment

Hymnal Pomander

First let me say this is not my original creation.  I got my inspiration from Ruche (click on the name and it will take you the post).  Shannon from Footprints did a guest post and shared the Vintage Pomader with Ruche.

It seemed simple enough to make but I wanted to put my own spin on it.

 

 

 

 

 

I used an old Hymnal Book and cut out about 60 medallions.  The medallions are a simple scallop measuring 3.75″.  I purchased the scallop off of the Silhouette website for $.99.  I was able to get 2 medallions from each page.

Shannon cut the medallions out by hand but I was a little lazy and decided the Sihouette would be great at this.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still getting use to the Sihouette Cameo but I’m loving it.  The pages from the Hymnal are light weight and my mats are pretty sticky.

Ugh!  This is a mess!

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration struck me and I placed a wet towel over the mat and let the paper soak up the water.

It worked and now I just needed to figure out how to condition and make these mats work.

I did discover you do not need to smooth the paper down on the mat.  I placed the paper on the mat and touched the 4 corners of the paper to make sure it stuck.  Worked great.

 

 

 

Once I got the medallions cut out the next thing I did was ink them up with Vintage Photo Distressed Ink.

I inked both sides since I knew sometimes the front would show and sometime the back of the medallions.

 

 

 

 

Next I wanted to add some shimmer so I used my Copper misting spray (this is homemade, some MS Copper acrylic paint, Modge Podge and water)….cheap to make and just as good as the designer stuff.  There is not really a recipe, I just squirted paint in the spray bottle, then took a dollop of Modge Podge (mat finish) and then added water…I then added more paint until I got the shimmer I wanted.  My Bff Phyllis told me how to make this “stuff”, thanks girl!  Found the little spray bottles at Container Store for $.99.

I sprayed both sides of the medallions.

 

 

 

Once I got the Copper misting on I took my heat gun and dried them a little until they were damp.  I dried both sides.

 

The I scrunched them up into little wads of paper to add some dimension.  Gently open them up and stack them by twos.

 

 

 

I’m using 2.5″ Styrofoam balls,  I got them at HL for about $4 for 6 of them. 

I found these I think @ Walmart a few years ago.  Any pin will do, because you really do not see the heads.  However, having a head on the pin helps when you are hot gluing them and pushing them into the Stryrofoam ball.

 

 

 

 

With 2 medallions layered together, take a pin and push it through the center of both medallions with a little hot glue to stick it in place.

 

 

 

 

 

Now pull both layers of the medallions up and scrunch together, placing another dollop of hot glue at the base of the medallions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take the medallions while the hot glue is still hot and place the pin straight down into the Styrofoam ball.

Notice the pin is placed all the way in the ball to the base of the medallions.

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat with the rest of the medallions.  The important thing here is to place the medallions straight down in the Styrofoam, do not slant the pins in to the Styrofoam ball.  Once the ball is covered you will go back and fill in the areas that feel or look sparse.

If you slant the pins in trying to fill the gaps as you go the papers will become uneven looking and cause you to need to trim it to even it up.

 

 

 

Once you are done fluff out the papers and then when you discover a place that feels thin or needs an additional medallion fill it in at that point.  Remember pin should go straight down in the ball.

 

 

 

 

 

Love the way this turned out and I think it makes an nice addition to my Dining Room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe I need to make a lot of these and fill the tray that is sitting on my dining room table!

We’ll see, we’ll see.

 

 

 

Dressing Candles

I thought I would show you how I altered some garland to decorate a candle.  This candle is one of those that is wax but it has a flicker candle in it.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a look from the top.  I like these candles because I don’t have to worry about drips and candle wax on my furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I started out by finding a piece of paper that I wanted to use to compliment the decor of the room. 

I measured around the candle then torn the paper and distressed it.  Oops! I put the paper on the candle upside down. 

 

Easy enough I pulled it apart and flipped it over.

 

 

Now, I found this tinsel at HL and decided to us some Copics to give it some various colors.

 

I randomly colored various pearls to add some dimension and various looks.

 

 

 

As you can see I added some black and various shades of brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With that done I hot glued the piece of garland on to the candle in the middle over the paper I distressed.

 

Ok, the paper on right side up now I’ll glue this on the paper.

 

 

 

Looks like a lot right now but wait until you see it with the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here they all on the Mercury Glass candle holders.  I love the way they look.  I did have trouble keeping this one up on the small candle holder.

I solved this by cutting a circle the same size,  distressing the circle, and hot glued it to the Mercury Glass.

 

I love these candles all spruced up.  They add texture and whimsy to the room.

 

Diva?

Today I spent the day with my BFF and just tried different techniques and made a non-Christmas tag.

Phyllis made the Kraft resist tag, and then we used picket fence stain, along with various distressed inks.

Used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the awesome crown for $.99 and then embossed it with some “old age” aka gold from Stampendous.

 

 

From there we just started trying different things to include on the tag, from tinsel, to the distressed banner, a little doily and glitter covered “DIVA”.

The border at the bottom is a TH border where we covered it with foil and used Eggplant alcohol inks to color…super cool technique.

 

 

 

The little holder holding the Diva is from my birthday cake, so I wanted to be sure and keep it as a reminder of the great time with all my friends I had on Saturday.

 

The colors of this tag are so rich, but the best part is spending time with a friend and both of you creating something beautiful.

 

 

 

Nov 28, 2011 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Tim Holtz’s Pumpkin – Look alike?

Pumpkin

This picture is Tim Holtz’s altered pumpkin that he designed using Ranger’s Foil Tape Sheets and some alcohol inks.  You can find Tim’s creation here along with the how to’s, what to use and how to finish.  Tim’s work is always so outstanding!

 

So here is what me and my BFF (Phyllis) found at HL @ 80% off.  We paid $5.00 for each one of them.  Not exactly like the round pumpkin but it will work.  The initial will be covered up so that won’t matter.

 

This is just a teaser, I’ll be back to show you our steps, what we discovered and the finish product.

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