Friday, April 29, 2011

Wedding wishes

Did you get up at 3am and watch the royal wedding live?

Not me either.  I knew there would be tons of coverage after the fact.

I didn’t even think about it until a neighbor without cable called to ask if I was getting up to watch it live because if I was she wanted to come over and watch it.

In honor of the wedding and me getting some sleep I thought I’d share a few wedding cards I made yesterday.

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I used color core’dinations paper that can be sanded to reveal the color center.

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I sanded the edge of the small piece, added pearl accents and a spiral paper clip.

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I die cut some shapes and sanded to reveal the colored center of the cardstock.

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I used some homemade shimmer spray to add some glitter to the card.

I’m not sure that my cards are worthy of the royal wedding but they work for me. 

 

June

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

$3 Thursday–Pattern covered frame

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I’ve been absent a bit lately as I haven’t been feeling too creative.  I knew I wanted to post something so I took a few pictures of a couple frames I made a few weeks ago.
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I started with some simple wooden frames that I’ve had in my stash supply for a while.  I’m talking a few years at least.
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I think I paid $1 or $2 for each of them.  I’m sure I had grand plans for them but I like the vintage feel of these.
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I cut up old patterns that I picked up for free and used Mod Podge to glue it to the frame.
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I used multiple layers, probably 2-4 layers of the pattern on some parts of the frame.
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A great thing about these frames is the dowel that can stand the frame up in two ways.
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I tied on a bunch of seam binding that I crinkled up.
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I love the graphic nature that the multiple layers of the pattern gives.
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I decided that one of the frames would be a good addition to my hall cabinet that is decorated with vintage games.
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I think the vintage feel of the frame and the coloring helps it blend right in.
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The picture is actually packaging from some chipboard accents.
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Supplies:
Wood frame             $1-$2
Pattern                  free
Mod Podge          Craft Supply
Seam Binding           Craft Supply
Total Cost:       About $2 per frame
This was a fairly quick and easy craft.  I think it took less than an hour to make the two frames.  I kept setting it aside for 5-10 minutes and then took a fresh look at them to see if I where I wanted to add more layers to the frames. 
Once dry I used scissors to trim away the excess pattern from the back of the frames.

June
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wedding cards

I haven’t been too crafty lately but I did make a few cards that I though I’d share. 

I’ve had a few request for wedding cards and with summer and wedding season just around the corner I made a few wedding cards to add to my stock of cards.

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For this card I cut a 12” x 12” piece of double sided paper in half and scored to make a 6” x 4 1/2” card.  I used a border punch to detail the edge of the paper and folded it over to the front of the card.

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I used the other half of the paper for this card with the ribbon through the center of the flower.

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I trimmed the paper a bit for this card so more of the patterned paper was showing.  The couple is very light on the grey side of the paper and I added a bit of bling with some glittered flower accents.

The inside of all the cards has a wedding verse on the inside.

 

June

 

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Birthday cards

I always seem to need a few more birthday cards so I dug deep into my stash and made a few cards with some stamps that haven’t been used for a while.

I did some more coloring with chalk pencils on these pigs.

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The inside of the above card has the ‘Someone squealed, it’s your birthday’ stamp.  I bought that stamp to go with this pig set.  I just couldn’t resist it when I saw it.

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I wanted to make a few more kid friendly cards and recently thought of using some game cards on them.

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A small vellum envelope holds the cards perfectly.

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I included a variety of game and activity cards.

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The cards are from these pocket games.

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I know I’ve had them for many years.  I remember buying them with the thought of taking them with on car trips with my daughter.  I guess that never happened.  The store that I bought them at has been gone for many years too.

I was about to donate them when I thought that they would make a funny addition to  an adults get well card.  I think I might still make a get well card with them but I loved the child’s birthday card idea too.

So if you see some game cards think outside the box they came in and make a card or two and share the fun….. :) 

June

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Winters cruel joke…. and a few cards

The calendar may say spring for about a month now but it doesn’t mean that winter is over.  I can’t believe this was what I woke up to this morning, snow.

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I know it can snow in April but still it hurts.  You see, originally I heard a forecast of a couple inches of snow then yesterday it seemed to change and the evening news forecast seemed to say we wouldn’t get any snow it would mainly be south of where I live.  So, needless to say I was surprised to see 3” of snow on the ground.

At least it is melting and should be mostly gone today.

Snow means inside crafts so here is a few of my latest card creations.

These were fairly quick and easy with a couple sheets of cardstock and a sheet of patterned paper.  I used some punches, ribbon and a few rhinestones.100_7133

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I hope spring really has sprung in your area….

 

June

 

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Earth Week - {Eco Friendly Purse}

A thrift store in a neighboring town advertized a re-purpose contest for earth day.  I thought, hey, I’m re-purposing all the time, I can make something to enter.  Who knows, maybe I can win the $50 gift card they are giving away.  Can you imagine how much stuff you can get at a thrift store for $50?

I had to try to win it.

I had a few ideas on what I was going to make but the week before the item was due I got so sick and tired that I had a hard time making anything.

I had told one of my sisters about the contest and I knew what she was entering so if I wanted a chance at winning I knew I really needed to step and and enter something good.  I gave it my best shot and completed a purse that I cut out a month or more before.

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The whole purse is made from thrift and recycled materials.

I used a leather jacket, a shirt and a belt.

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I cut it out so I could use one of the front pockets from the jacket on the outside of the purse.

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I think I’m really going to like having a pocket on the outside of the purse.

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My daughter had this fun retro looking shirt with a mushroom pattern that was beyond repair. 

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I loved the pattern so kept the shirt knowing one day I’d use the material.

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The handle was a belt I picked up free at a garage sale for the D-rings. 

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I love the rustic look of this purse and the buttery soft leather it is made from. 100_6843

I think this will be one of a whole lot of bags I make from the ever growing collection of leather and suede jackets I have.

I’m not sure if I’ll win the earth day re-purpose contest but either way I win, I’ll have a new to me purse and feel good that is a completely eco friendly purse.  It’ll be nice however if I have a purse and $50.

June

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Before and afters

I thought I would share a few before and after wall plaques. 

Before:

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After:

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I love berry pink or honeysuckle pink.

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Before:

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After:

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To the the gold on the original was just so bold and in your face, I didn’t like that but knew it would be an easy fix.

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Paint and glaze does wonders.  Now your eye can see the lovely ladies and cherubs and not be distracted by the gold.100_7075 100_7076 100_7077 

These plaques and others are available in my Etsy store.

I’m excited that garage sales will soon be booming so hopefully I’ll have lots of new thrifty finds and makeovers to show you.

June

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