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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cabinet door board

I found this black cabinet door a while ago. I painted the front part of the cabinet with chalk board paint. 
 I cut some paper to use as the frame of the board, and mod podged them on.

 I had the cute black scroll wood stick I used to put between my magnet board and the chalk board

 It was fun to make and really cheap. I love finding garbage and making it into something usable!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Baby Shower

My friend had a book themed baby shower. I was in charge of the table center pieces. I wanted to be creative. So I made these box hat towers using a book with old children poems.

 I tour regular patterned paper and modge podged it to the hat boxes.
 Tearing up pictures and poems from the book I inked the edges, and modge podged them over my torn paper.
 I layer them on top of each other and used silky material scraps for the ribbon.
 I was also in charge of the take home treats. I made homemade oreos and wrote baby on them with melted mint chips. Then I bagged them and stapled on these adorable boy shoes I cut from my silhouette machine.
It was a fun shower, and everyone loved the decorations and the cookies!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another Any Occasion Card

Here's how to make this card:  

-First cut your black card stock in half and fold for the base. 
-Cut out the green card stock to be just smaller than the front of the card and then rip off 
      one of the edges.  Before you glue it to the card, finish everything else on the front of 
      the green.  
-Glue the black polka dotted piece on with the top edge ripped. 
-Wrap the black and pink ribbon around the bottom and secure with glue dots on the back
       of the green. 
-I crinkled up the white paper so it looked worn and then I inked the edges of it before I
       glued it on.   
-Put the small safety pin on and tie the pink ribbon through it with your charm attached.  
      I found these cute keys to use, but you could cut something out of paper or use a 
      flower or pretty much anything.
-Glue the green paper on to the black paper.
-Use a small hole punch to punch the holes for the eyelets and insert the four eyelets.
-Use thread, twine, string, or ribbon and insert through the holes and tie them on the inside 
       of the card and you're done!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Any Occasion Card

Here's a cute card for any occasion.  Choose a paper with a design on one side and plain on the other and fold it so that the design is on the inside of the card.  Don't fold it exactly in half though, leave about one inch of the design showing along the edge.  Then I just used some flowers held together by brads and some white crinkle paper that I stamped "Just for you" on to finish it off.  For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of white paper wide enough to also show from the front and I tore the edge off to give it a worn look. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Flowers for hair, crafts, etc.

I just learned how to make the cutest flowers to put in your hair, or on a hat, or a purse, or wherever you want.  Here's what you'll need:   
                                 Solid fabric (8"x 8" square is enough fabric for one flower and I like to 
                                                     use a  shimmery / satiny type fabric)
                                 Sheer fabric/netting that corresponds/matches the solid 
                                                     (5"x 5" square is enough sheer for one flower)
                                 beads or a button for the middle
                                 needle and thread
                                 1" by 2" rectangle of felt 
                                 hair barrette
                                 hot glue gun

Okay, first cut out of all your circles* according to the following measurements (you can make smaller flowers by leaving off the biggest circles):
4" circle - solid fabric            (you can cut out the layers however you want....more
3 1/2 " circle - solid fabric        or less sheer depending on how full you want the flower)
3" circle - solid and sheer fabric
2 1/2" circle - sheer fabric
2" circle - solid fabric
1 1/2" circle - solid and sheer fabric

*It's probably easiest to just get a piece of paper and draw your circles on it and then cut them out and use them as a pattern.  Then it's easy to see if you can fit the circles on to scraps of fabric that you already have. :)

Now comes the fun part.....burning the edges.  The type of fabric you have will determine how fast it burns, so I would practice on a scrap of fabric first. You can burn the edges of the sheer fabric like I did in the example above, but if you use netting instead of sheer, DO NOT BURN THE NETTING!  It will disintegrate and burn your fingers, because it burns so fast.  You don't have to hold the fabric directly in the flame, the heat about 1/4" to 1/2" above the flame is hot enough to curl the edge of your fabric.  Don't worry about getting it perfect, the different amounts that it curls is what adds to the character of the flower.  

After you've burned all of your pieces, layer them up in size order.  Sometimes I burned a piece so much that it turned out smaller than I thought it would so it fit in a different order than originally planned, but it doesn't really matter, you can layer as much or as little as you want.  You can have the sheer between every layer of solid, or only add two layers.  With the netting, since you don't burn the edges of it, it adds a different look that is cute, and it's kind of fun if you don't line it up exactly with the other layers, so that the netting sticks out here and there.

Take your needle and thread and do two or three stitches through all of the layers to hook your flower together and then sew your beads in the middle, going through all of the layers to further secure the layers.  If you're putting the flower on a bag or something, then you're done!  But if you want to make it into a barrett for your hair, or to clip on to a head band or a hat, then do this last step. 

Cut out the felt to be just slightly bigger than your barrette and sew the felt onto the barrette on each end as shown in the picture.  Then hot glue the felt to the back of your flower. These flowers may sound complicated, but they go together really fast and look adorable!  Have fun!