Monday, May 28, 2012

House Update 5/28

Hi Crafters,

This post is not really craft related (unless you count looking at my soon to be craft loft).  My husband did lay most of the rock himself so I suppose you could call that crafty.
The wall color is Mousse Moose and Cabin Red (to the right of the sliding glass door) by Valspar.  The wood posts also went in this week as well.  They started laying the hardwood floor today and it's looking great.  Things are moving along! We should be in in a few weeks.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

How to make a Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Sash

Hi Crafters,

I made a similar sash a few months ago for a friend.  I thought for this round I would make a picture tutorial.
I gathered up the supplies.  I used freezer paper for the stencil and a wide satin ribbon.  I used tulip soft fabric paint for the letters.

Using a die cutter or an exacto blade (tracing over a computer print out) cut out your letters. If using a die cutter I would suggest putting the freezer paper shiny side up and reversing the letters.  The capital letters are from Martha Stewart Elegant Cake cart and the lower case letters are from Opposites Attract.  The settings I use on the cricut are typically 3 speed, 3 pressure,and 3 depth.

Remove the letters from the mat but be sure to leave the insides of the letters.  I find leaving the centers on the mat until I am ready to place each one helps me remember where they go. Position the negative of the image over the ribbon.  Iron that on a acrylic setting on the iron.  Carefully put the centers of the letters in the correct spot and iron those in place.

Using a foam brush dab the paint (DO NOT USE A "painting" motion or it will bleed).  Go back over any thin spots.  Freezer paper doesn't stick to the satin ribbon very well so I find you can really only get 1 good coat.  I did have a little bleeding on this one and wonder if I would have used the not as shiny side if that would have helped.  Let the paint dry then remove the freezer paper.

 I used the Jolee's heatafix tool to add some gems to the letters.
You have a few options for finishing the ends.  If you are not a sewer melt the ends with a match so it won't fray then tie together or tie with tulle.  I sewed the ends together on this one and added some tulle to make it adjustable.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bridal Shower Card with Purple Accents

Hi Crafters,
I am headed on a road trip today with my mom and younger sister.  We are headed to the American Girl store then I am going to my college roommate's bridal shower.

This is the card I made for her shower. I swear if I could make clothes with my cricut and cuttlebug I would be set!
I used the Sweethearts cricut cartridge for the dress and veil.  The patterned paper came from the DCWV Sweet Shop photo matt stack.
I cut the dress in the two layers and embossed the back layer with the d'vine swirls folder.  I cut a small piece of tulle and attached it between the two layers.  The top layer was also embossed with the cuttlebug.  I trimmed off the straps to make a sweetheart neckline.  I attached some bling with the Jolee's Heat affix tool.  I sewed the tulle to the veil and trimmed it to the correct size.  I then cut a piece of purple card stock and did a decorative stitch on the top and bottom with my sewing machine

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day Flower Pot Cards

Hi Crafters,

Happy Mother's Day weekend!  This is the first weekend that has been sunny pleasant in a few weeks!  I got to spend the day with my mom at a local craft fair.  I made these Mother's Day cards a few weeks ago.    I used a great tutorial from Inspiration Challenge for the cards.  It was a bit tricky because the measurements are in metric but with a ruler close by I was easily able to convert it to US Customary. I used the Flower Shoppe cartridge and cut the flowers using two different sizes.  I then used pop dots and the best glue ever to glue everything together.  I used buttons in the center of most of the flowers.

The tag is from Give a Hoot.  The leaves are from a Child's Year.  I used green maker on the leaves to give them a bit more definition. 

The edge of the pot I used a Martha Stewart punch for the scalloped edge.  I hand wrote, "Pull flowers up" to reveal the "card" portion of the card.  I think these cards came out great.  They didn't take long to put together following the tutorial.

Happy crafting,

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Wedding Invitation Christmas Ornament

Hi Crafters,

This is one of the first crafts I've made from pinterest. I created this for my friend that you have heard a lot about over the past year.

I cut small strips of her wedding invite and then used a brush to curl and wrap the strips.  I used tweezers to place them inside the glass ball.  I then took pieces of the bouquet ribbon and used a heat embossing gun to heat the pieces while they were wrapped on the end of the small brush to curl the ribbon.  I used the rest of the ribbon and some tulle to tie to the top.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day,