Friday, May 24, 2013
What are you seeing out your window today? It is Friday, sunny, hot, busy, exciting, relaxing...all mixed into one here and wouldn't expect anything else. Out our office window I have been peering into my garden which is soaking up the sun and growing, growing, growing. Snapped a photo the other day of one of my favorite trees.
This tree is such a mystery to me. Several times it has bloomed these bright pink flowers. There are other times it is a light pink or even white. No matter what is blooming on it...beautiful all the same. So, as you can see, it has become my happy project #14.
I have had this wood birdhouse sitting on my craft table for weeks now. Not sure why, but it was calling out to me say "cover me!". With a bit of paper, trim, buttons, paint and thread...this little house came to be. Added layers of stamped butterflies to represent the pink in the inspiration photo.
Wanted to add crepe paper for the grass, but couldn't find it so I used green thread. Think I like this a little better. Dug down deep in the scrap bin to find a handful of paper I haven't used in quite sometime like Crate Paper and My Mind's Eye. There is always a need to scraps that is why I keep them all.
Supplies: BIRDHOUSE - American Craft (paper), Crate Paper (paper), Pink Paislee (stamps), Papertrey Ink (stamps, ink, buttons), Therm O Web (iCraft tape, Zots, adhesive), May Arts (ribbon), Cosmo Cricket (paper), hole punch, thread, paint, wood birdhouse, safety pin, craft glue, adhesive pearl, sewing machine and pom-pom trim.
A card to match using similar elements from the colors, butterflies, ribbon and paper. I often check the clearance aisle of my local craft store for charms and beads to use on projects and happen to see this little pink flower charm on my desk today.
Supplies: CARD - American Craft (foam dots), Therm O Web (iCraft tape, adhesive), My Mind's Eye (paper), Martha Stewart (decorative tape), Pebbles (paper), Papertrey Ink (ink, buttons, dies), Spellbinders (die), BoBunny (paper), Pink Paislee (stamps), May Arts (ribbon), hole punch, stick pin, charm, craft glue, sewing machine and staples.
Any color standing out to inspire you today while gazing out the window?
Although I didn't capture it the other day on my camera, project #15 is being created as I type and can't wait to share. Stay tuned...
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Have you ever cleared your closet and thought...there must be another use for this? Well, that seemed to happen to me the other day. I have been working hard on this healthy journey of mine and shedding the extra weight. Every few weeks I take a trip through my closet to find items that are too big, unflattering and just plain "ick!". I have donated over half of my clothes thus far after only four months and I keep enjoying the task. I am not a clothes person anyway so my closet is a little bare, but I am determined to not fill it until I reach my goal. So as I began to toss this out, it led me to think re-purpose.
This aqua jersey t-shirt was going to be turned into something useful and pretty...and I knew just the way to do that. Have you ever seen these?
Check out the headband. Gotta give it up for Olivia Newton-John (thanks for the correction...I have Jane Fonda on my mind from a workout video) and her 80's look. Don't you love the legwarmers? With workouts day in and day out here I thought why not create my own.
I just ripped three strands (approximately 2.5" in width each) from the t-shirt. Stitched together one end and began to braid. When the length is right, stitch two ends together to create headband. Added the felt flower to cover the stitched ends. Here is a great DIY photo.
And, how about that card to match...
I hand cut strips of paper with similar color and adhered it to the card. Added stitching, Color Shine drops and number stickers. The label is from My Mind's Eye which I backed with white cardstock and cut out. Added ribbon and die cut shapes with a stick pin.
Supplies: CARD - American Crafts (paper, cardstock), Heidi Swapp (Color Shine), Pebbles (sticker), My Mind's Eye (paper, sticker), Papertrey Ink (button, die), Pink Paislee (paper), Prairie Bird Boutique (ribbon), Therm O Web (adhesive), stick pin, thread, needle. HEADBAND - t-shirt, felt, sewing machine, glue gun.
Do you have anything you would like to re-purpose? This project took minutes and I have to say there is something fun about tearing fabric!
Happy Thursday and see you back here tomorrow for something new I am sure...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There is something so amazing about picking up a pair of scissors and cutting away. The lines aren't perfect, the shapes kind of just evolve and when all is said and done...I LOVE it...most of the time! Today's happy project #12 is all about making it unique, simple and one of my favorite...layered!
I tried to layer as much pink as possible, but there is only so much time in my day for that so I did as much as I could. Following this, I have begun to work on a few of the party details, starting with the favor tags.
Supplies: TAG - American Crafts (paper), My Mind's Eye (paper), Pebbles (paper), Papretrey Ink (stamp, ink, cardstock, die), Therm O Web (adhesive).
Found a few pieces of scrap paper in the bin and went to cutting the leaves and flower layers by hand. The tags were created from Papertrey Ink's die and stamped with a Papertrey Ink sentiment as well. I have been trying to think of a favor and like the idea of a felt flower brooch.
Supplies: CARD - Cosmo Cricket (paper), DCWV (paper), October Afternoon (paper), Pink Paislee (tag), Martha Stewart (decorative tape), Papertrey Ink (stamp, sentiment), May Arts (ribbon), Making Memories (staples, paperclip, safety pin), American Crafts (foam adhesive, stamp), Epiphany Crafts (circle punch small/large), Therm O Web (adhesive), kraft pocket, felt, yarn.
Although this one ended up on the card, think it may be the winner for the favor. Well, time to get project #13 underway and complete. It keeps changing, but think I may have found a direction...think recycle.
What do you enjoy making with just your scissors as your guide?
Monday, May 20, 2013
Are you hopping along with Therm O Web today? A little combination of DCWV and TOW to start our week!
Erin – http://dcwvinc.blogspot.ca/
Sarah – http://www.sarawandrews.com/
Debbie - http://www.debbie-lovescrappin.blogspot.ca/
Thomisia – http://thomisia.blogspot.com/
Andrea - http://andreascreativepapertrail.blogspot.ca/ - you are here
Amanda – http://oldenough2beakid.blogspot.ca/
Patti - http://pattimilazzo.blogspot.ca/
Rita – http://letsembellish.blogspot.com/
Rebecca - http://www.myclutteredcorner.com
Dayna Sabrina – http://sabrioletdesigns.blogspot.com/
Jennifer C - http://stitchcutcreate.blogspot.com/
Hilde – http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.nl/
Audrey - http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/
Britt – http://pinkpapercrowns.blogspot.com/
Daniela - http://www.danieladobson.blogspot.ca/
Jan – http://scrapnsurprise.blogspot.com/
Erin - http://erinyamabe.com/
Tessa – http://precociouspaper.blogspot.com/
Karen – http://scrappycanuck.wordpress.com/
Alice - http://www.alicegolden.typepad.com/
Karla – http://madebykarla10.blogspot.com/
Emily – http://www.createserendipity.net/
Julia Sandvoss – www.buzybunny.blogspot.com
Enjoy and make sure to enter the giveaway!
Ok, so I am slightly behind on my happy projects, but still workin' in the background to catch up. This little gal has been sitting patiently in my craft room waiting for her moment in the spotlight...which came early this morning and she is helping brighten my day. If you can recall, several weeks ago I started sifting through a memory box of mine from my high school and college years. My little men standing right by my side to claim almost every thing that looked like a toy. In the mix we stumbled across this troll.
Do you remember these? Did you ever have one...or maybe you still do? I just knew that I would have to dress her up and cover that little bum of hers.
Used tiny pieces of Pat Sloan's new fabric, felt, buttons, ribbon adhesive (to keep the dress together) and created a necklace from glass pearl beads and thread. Cut a wood skewer for the pennant flag and add Zots to keep it in her hand. An what is completes the project...a matching card of course.
Supplies: CARD - Pebbles (paper), American Crafts (paper), Heidi Swapp (color shine), My Mind's Eye (paper), Simple Stories (paper), Spellbinders (die cut), Studio Calico (wood frame), Papertrey Ink (die cut, stamp, button, twine), staple, sewing machine. DOLL - Pat Sloan (fabric), Glue Arts (ribbon adhesive), Papertrey Ink (stamp, ink, button, twine), Heidi Swapp (color shine), American Crafts (cardstock), Quickutz (die), felt, glass beads, thread.
Completed day #12 and #13 and will share here tomorrow! Here is a little peek at one of them that I have been working on inspired by this invitation and a baby shower that I am currently working on.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Do you remember these? There was that time when all I wanted to create were these flowers. Recently I was asked if I could write up a little "how-to". I went to work the other day, step by step, and came up with a new tutorial to share...yeah!
This was once part of a video tutorial, but now captured in photos for you to follow along. You can find the rest of my tutorials on the tab above. Miss making these and thinking they may have to make a comeback.
Have had a little time to work on my day #11 happy project and I'll give you a little hint as I put the finishing touches on it...