a few valentines day crafts

My Christmas tree came down, quite literally, Christmas day and ever since I’ve been thinking about Valentines day.  Using scrapbook paper, the cricuit and some decorative punches, a few small canvases, ribbon, fabric, buttons and mod podge I made a few cute decorations.  The best thing is that I had most of these things on hand so these were all really cheap.  What do you think?

This is the first thing I made, using the cricut and a small piece of ribbon.  A frame always makes things look a little more polished, I think.

Next I made this; I think it is my favorite of all the things here.  I used the cricuit to cut out the phrase “birds of a feather” and used brads as a fun decorative touch.  The birds and the hearts are cut out of fabric I picked up after valentines day last year at a great discount.  I cut them out and attached them and added the ric rac.

I had another frame and decided to spell out the reason for valentines day in buttons: love.  

I had three small canvases (I think they’re 5×5) which were failed attempts to get a good handprint from the baby.  Instead of throwing them out I covered them with paper and decorated.

We ordered valentines day cards last year; I took an extra and mod podged it to another canvas I had around.  I may order cards again this year, if only the little man can avoid bumping or bruising himself long enough for a picture. 

I still have a few things I want to do…Last year I made a footprints heart that I thought was really cute; I’m planning on doing another one this year.  Cute, right?

And of course, I had to decorate with the favors I saved  from my bridal shower.

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family picture garland

Posted On October 11, 2010

Filed under buttons, Fabric, Projects, ribbon, sewing, Wall Art

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Last Christmas I hung a Merry Christmas garland on the window over the kitchen sink.  The garland had colorful mini clothespins to display cards.  I had this hanging up for an embarrassingly long time, well past New Years, Valentines Day, and St. Patrick’s Day.  Okay, you got me…I had it up until mid August.  I liked it there, especially because it held the picture cards sent by family and friends.  With my baby’s first birthday approaching, I knew it was time to find something new for that window.  Eventually I’ll probably make curtains, but with fabric as expensive as it is, I didn’t want to rush and pick something out when I’m not sure exactly what I want to do. 

I looked through my fabric stash and pulled out a few favorites, hopped on the computer and played around with fonts and sizes and printed out the word family, and got to work.  I used the letters I printed out as a template to cut out the word family from my fabric.  I made a sandwich of the fabric in front, stabilizer in the middle, and felt I had on hand in the back.  In retrospect, I probably should have used a stiffer fabric.  I sewed each letter together, then on to the ribbon.  On the front of the ribbons down the sides I hand stitched buttons and on the back I used small clothespins, which can hold pictures. 

Here’s the results:

 

Here’s a close up of one of the pictures: my husband and baby last halloween. 

yes, I’m still talking about my button wreath

Posted On October 7, 2010

Filed under buttons, halloween, Projects, Wall Art

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Anyone who knows me knows that when I’m working on something new I like to talk about it.  A lot.  A lot, a lot.  I like to talk about it before I start.  I like to talk about it while I’m working on it.  I like to talk about it after I finish.  So this just gives me another place to talk my projects to death. 

If you saw my post from a few days ago, you know that I just finished a Halloween button wreath.

Ta da!  After I finished it I knew I had to find a place to display it.  Looking around, I knew one place that was in serious need of some TLC…the mantle above the fire place.  Up until two nights ago, my fireplace looked like this:

Yes, we still had the birthday banner up from my baby’s first birthday party from over a month ago.  And I’ll admit, I cleaned up the mantle, which tends to become the place we put things to keep them away from the baby and the dogs (cell phones, remotes, glasses, and just about everything else they get into) just for this picture. 

Now it looks like this:

Much better for this time of year, but I think it’s missing something…hmm…maybe this?  What do you think?  I love it!

halloween button wreath

Posted On October 5, 2010

Filed under buttons, mod podge, Projects

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I recently came across this project on Mod Podge Rocks! and fell in love.  I have a thing about buttons lately so this was perfect.  I planned on making it exactly like the one posted, but as I was working I made some changes, like adding the lettering. 

First I gathered my supplies.  I had Martha Stewart brand decoupage glue and sealer as well as craft glue on hand.  I also had a bunch of black buttons but not many orange ones.  I bought a 12×12 canvas as well purple and black scrapbook paper.  I was going to buy a halloween cricuit cartridge but they were $89 so I passed and got the Martha Stewart bat punch below and used a cricuit cartridge I had on hand to cut out the letters.

                   

After I gathered my supplies, I painted my canvas with the Martha Stewart brand decoupage glue and sealer as a base coat.  As it was drying, I cut down my scrapbook paper to about 10×11.  I was able to salvage the pieces cut off to use the cricuit and cut out the words “happy halloween.”  I used my bat punch to cut out a few black bats.  By then my canvas was dry so I painted it again with another coat of the decoupage glue and applied the letters and the purple scrapbook paper.  Once that was dry I painted one last coat across the canvas.  In retrospect, I probably should have picked up mod podge specially designed for paper because  when I painted over my paper the purple color got a little streaky looking.  Its not too obvious from far away, but close up it doesn’t look great.  Here’s what it looked like at this point.

 I’m so impatient that I couldn’t wait for it to dry to start laying out my buttons…this was a bit of a waste of time.  Once the glue was dry I started laying out my buttons; this took a little longer than I thought it would because I spent some time swapping out buttons.  Once I had them where I wanted them, I glued them down, let it dry and it’s done. 

Here it is hanging on my wall and here is a close up.