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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yarn wreath

Posted On November 28, 2010

Filed under Fabric, Home Decor, ribbon, wreath, yarn

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After a day of playing in the leaves with my little baby guy, I had planned on relaxing tonight and not doing a thing. 

Of course, that was before I got on the computer and googled “yarn wreath.”  There are so many gorgeous ones out there that I decided that I had to give it a try.  I had a styrofoam wreath and yarn on hand so there was nothing holding me back.  I also had brown woven fabric that I used for the flowers as well as the ribbon.  So it was my lucky night.  Here’s how it came out:

It was so simple to make.  I tied the yarn on and wrapped it around the wreath twice.  I was surprised that I only used one small thing of yarn…by the way, what do you call one thing of yarn?  I’m sure I it has a name but I can’t for the life of me think what it is.  Hmmm…  Anyway, in case you’re interested, I used Premier Yarn’s Serenity; it was 3.5 oz, 109 yards and “chunky weight.”

I cut strips from a brown woven fabric and made the rosettes using the tutorial found here (this link will show you, in addition to how to make the rosettes, another great idea for a DIY wreath).  I like the three grouped together on the bottom right, but I’m not sure if I’m in love with the single on I put on the top left. 

I just feel like it doesn’t look right.  Maybe it will grow on me. 

The last thing I did was use the ribbon to make a bow and hang.  By the way, I hung it by the wreath and then used a little piece of painter’s tape to hold the ribbon up.  I thought it would hold up better that way. 

All together, a pretty easy project that I think looks nice. 

Update: if you like yarn wreaths, check out my holiday yarn wreath, if you haven’t already seen it!

crafting with mom

Sometimes I just can’t control myself.  Most of those times involve buying things.  That’s why subscribing to deal-of-the-day websites is just a bad idea.  I end up seeing things that I never knew existed but now that I know I have to have.  So the other day I opened my email from scrapbook steals.com and saw Boulder Innovations Custom Magnet Boards Kit.  Don’t know what that is?  Neither did I, but now I own it.  See below for a pic.

You decorate the wood,  the magnetic metal, and magnet (not pictured here) and then attach the metal to the wood and viola!  Custom magnet board!  I though I would be able to make a large message board for the kitchen or menu board.  But another part of the problem is when I buy things, I don’t often pay attention to the details.  Instead of this being really big, it’s actually quite small.  And instead of getting 1, I got 5.  But it turned out okay in the end.  My mom came to visit and we each decorated one.  I just got some new paper from Creative Memories and we used that. 

Here are our final products, with the magnets…



And without the magnets…

Here’s my mom’s…

And mine…

And another view…

Sinced this one is decorated for fall, I think I’m going to decorate the last three I have for the other three seasons of the year.  And now I have to wait until they come up again on scrapbooksteals.com to get more so my mom can have one for each season too.  My sister might want to do one and I’m sure my niece would love to decorate one as well.  Not exactly sure what I’ll use it for, but my mom is planning on using it while she cooks to hold her recipes.

the hardest part about blogging…

Posted On November 21, 2010

Filed under Home Decor, Projects, ribbon, wood

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…No, it’s actually not knowing that my two loyal readers are my mom and sister and that the only reason they check the blog is because the second I post things I immediately call them up and tell them to do it.  No, as I was saying, the hardest part about blogging is coming up with good titles for my projects.  I’m not too clever.  I’m sure I would be able to come up with some good ones if I waited a while and thought about it.  But I can’t help myself; once I finish something I rush to take pictures to add to the blog.  So here is my new, nameless project.

I was thinking of calling it a wreath-bow-plaque-thingy, but I didn’t think that was catchy enough. 

So a quick run down of what I did…I got a small plaque from Joann’s…I belive it is 7×5.  I also picked up that small wooded wreath and the ribbon (with all the ribbon I have, I never seem to have what I need).  I spray painted the plaque white, used sand paper to slightly distress the edges.  I then hot glued the ribbon and wreath on.  Made the bow and hot glued that on as well.  I like it!  It looks like a present.  Perfect for the holiday season!

And, as always, and extreme close up.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog…And I actually know the title already: Crafting with mom!

halloween paper garland

Posted On October 23, 2010

Filed under halloween, paper crafting, Projects, ribbon

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I’ve been getting in the spirit of halloween the past few weeks; making decorations always does that to me.  Most of the things I’ve made ended up on the mantle above the fireplace. 

While I liked the way it looked, I thought it needed something.  I pulled out my halloween scrapbook paper and some ribbon, used the cricut and xyron sticker maker and about 20 minutes later, it was done.

And now the mantle looks complete.

Crib Rail Guard

Posted On October 13, 2010

Filed under baby, Fabric, polka dots, Projects, ribbon, sewing
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A couple of months ago I thought my baby might have been half human, half termite.  If your baby is anything like mine, you know what I’m talking about.  He’d crawl over to the end table, side table and just about anything else, pull himself up, and start chewing.  My husband and I were always there to redirect him during the day, but we were not in the room with him when he was in his crib during naps and at night.  And it wasn’t long before we noticed teeth marks on the crib rail.  I believe I mentioned my obsession with craft blogs.  I love Craft Gossip and knew that I could find the solution to my problem there, mainly because you can find almost anything there.  I typed “crib rail guard” into their search box and found it…a homemade crib rail guard.  Click on the link for detailed instructions. 

Here’s my take…polka dotted, of course.

 

First I knotted the ribbons together then I tied them into a bow.  This way, when my baby learned to untie the bows, the guards stayed on.  I also took a lighter and held it close to the ends of the ribbons one by one to melt them slightly and prevent them from fraying.

Opps…I forgot to point out the crib skirt I made with the left over fabric, though you don’t really get a good view of it from these pictures.  I had another crib skirt and I used the middle part of that as my base.  I then added panels of the polka dotted fabric.

Family name wall art

I’m working on a project right now that I’m so excited about…but it’s not done yet.  We lost power for a few hours tonight and though I was tempted to work by candle light, I didn’t think that would yield the best results.  So new project will have to wait until tomorrow and I’ll show you another thing I made this past summer today.  Since this was in my pre-blogging days, there are no progress pictures, just the finish product.

Here’s the finished product and a few close ups.  Below you’ll see that my scrapbook paper was just a touch too short, so I used ribbon to hide the end.  I then layered ric rac on top of the plain white ribbon.  I like the effect that only letting half the ric rac show made; it reminds me of clouds.

Above you’ll see the bottom ribbon.  It was thick so it helped hide the fact that the paper was too short to fully fit the frame.  I have tons of the green ribbon.  When I got married, the department store where we registered prewrapped all the gifts bought there and used this ribbon to tie the bow.  Being the pack rat that I am, of course I saved it all.  I knew it would some day come in handy!  Now if I could only find a use for the rest of it!  I also layered a thin piece of brown ric rac on top.

Did I mention I love my cricuit?  Here it is along with the cartridge that I used to make this.

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. 

halloween ribbon wreath

Posted On October 10, 2010

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Move over buttons, I have a new love…ribbons!  especially ric rac.  Love it.  So when I came across a halloween boo wreath, I fell in love.  I had to make my own.  Here’s a peek at my attempt. 

First I gathered all my supplies:  round styrofoam wreath

and lots of different ribbons.

At the top of the wreath was a pretty deep seam, which worried me.  I found out later that you don’t even see it under the ribbon, so don’t fret if you’re making one.  Ignore it and if you can see it, put another layer of ribbon on top of it at the end. 

Same thing comes when you are wrapping your ribbons; if they aren’t perfect, that’s ok.  You can easily hide mistakes with another ribbon.

I started out with the orange ribbon and wrapped it around.  It didn’t make it all the way around, so I had to either go to the store to pick up more or come up with a plan.  Laziness won out and I came up with a new plan. 

I pulled off all the orange and cut it into four equal pieces.  I then spaced them around the wreath.

I filled in the empty spaces with purple.  Right about now I also chose a front and back side.

Then I added black.

The next part took the most time.  I played around with my decorative ribbons and slowly glued them down. 

Finally it looked like this:

But it needed more.  I didn’t want to make the “boo” found on my inspiration because my sewing machine hasn’t been too cooperative lately, so I just decided to make the bow.  Bows are not my specialty…if only I had thought of asking my mom to make it for me when she was here.  But I didn’t, so I was left to attempt it myself. 

I figured out how long to cut my ribbons (I used three here), cut them and put them face down on a flat surface. 

I folded over one side at a time, then used one of those wire ties that comes with garbage bags to fasten the middle.

I hot glued the end of another piece of ribbon to the back and wrapped it around twice, then hot glued it again to fasten it. 

Opps…I almost forgot to mention that I snipped the ends at an angle and then used a lighter to singe the ends so they didn’t fray.

I wasn’t in love with the way the bow looked so I didn’t want to glue it directly onto my wreath, so I glued it on the wreath holder.  The paint is scratched up in a few places, so I wasn’t worry about ruining it. 

I played around with the bow and probably will continue to mess around with it.  I might even make a new one.  But here’s what it looks like for now on my front door.

Here are a few close ups: