Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paper Accordian Business Card Holder

I got a nice email from an Etsy shopper about making some business card holders for her.  
Here's what I came up with, with the help of other crafters.  
Super cute and a lot of fun to make!

Thanks!  Monica

Friday, August 24, 2012

Owl Punch Art Bookmark Or Treat Topper Tutorial

I'm not sure what all the hype is with the owls lately but I was again wasting my time on Pinterest and came across these cute bookmarks.  I have my monthly stamp club swap coming up and our challenge this month was to create something other than a card.  So I thought I would make these and show you how easy they are too. 

But if you don't feel like making any you can purchase them in my Etsy store too!

We only had to make one thing per person in my stamp club and that totaled 7 of us. But since these can be used as treat toppers or bookmarks I made six for everyone. 

Let me break down the amount of things I had to punch out just because it's ALOT!  Oh and here's where the how-to comes in.  I used a Sizzix Top Note Die for the base and I needed 42 of them.  Thank goodness for my Big Shot on that part!  You can also just cut a piece of cardstock at 4 1/2 x 3 1/2.  

Then you need circles (2 of each) cut at 1/4 inch, 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches.  For me that amounted to 252 HAND PUNCHED CIRCLES!  Ok, got a little excited but if I didn't have carpal tunnel before, I have it now.  I also used a five petal flower punch and just used one petal for the beak.  See the picture below for everything you need then just assemble it together.  Easy peasy!  
Have fun!

Thanks!  Monica

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Upcycled Book Lights

Hi everyone! I know I did a post about some lights I was making using old books and maps. I promised to post the pictures with the light in them. So here you go! 
You can find these lights I make for sale in my Etsy store. Thanks!  Monica

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Upcycled Book Light

I spend way too much time on Etsy & Pinterest, I did however get this great idea from one of those places and was excited to try it for myself.  After gluing about 150 of the book page circles and knowing I had another 150 to go, well, let's just say all the excitement had left me.  I did manage to finish it but you know I'm missing one little thing.......the light!  I forgot to purchase it when I bought the lantern.  Since I am so exhausted excited from doing it, I thought I would share it without the light for now.  It measures about 12 inches around and has 300 3.5 inch circles glued on it. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My First Time Sewing......

So I've never sewn anything in my life......ok I did sew on a button once.  I bought this fancy $20.00 battery operated sewing machine because I wanted to start sewing on my scrapbook pages and cards.  I took it out of the box and thought, hey I could make something, to heck with the scrapbook pages, I want to sew!  Ummmm 3 hours later and this is what I made.

I was going to make this a sewing FAIL post but I have to say it didn't come out too shabby.  It's not "shabby" in a shabby chic kind of way but I didn't do too shabby.  Let's see if it holds up to much movement or if it will all come apart at the seams!  I'm giving it to my niece because I'm hoping she won't notice my bad sewing lines, thread showing and me not knowing how to sew an invisible stitch!  

Thanks to Purl Bee for the tutorial!  I would have posted a picture of what theirs look like but I didn't want to spoil mine with their wonderful sewing skills! 

Thanks Bunches!  Monica

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More Tear Bears

I made a few more tear bears holding some quilled flowers, I have them on eBay and you can see them by clicking here.  I had a few people ask how I make them.  I might do a tutorial soon but some flower tutorials are on the way first.  Keep an eye out!

Thanks!  Monica

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tear Bears

My new love of scrapbook or card embellishments are tear bears.  They are a lot of fun to make but a bit of work.  I've added quilled flowers to the flower cone they are holding.  I love how they come out, too cute!  You can see them on my eBay store too.  

Thanks!  Monica

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Digital Quilling

I was at my local Target store today and ran across the Mother's Day advertisement in greeting cards and wanted to share. The big sign was awesome but forgot to go back around and take a photo. Thought I would share their digital quilling.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

DIY Upcycle An Old Shutter

Again I was wasting time on Pintrest and found some great ideas for re purposing a shutter.  I thought they were really cute ideas but I didn't have a shutter laying around.  I was at my local thrift store when I came across.......you guessed it, a shutter!  I think there is a sneaky crafty fairy that knows what I want to make and finds things for me.  Ok ok, I purposely went to the thrift store to find a shutter, I'm just trying to justify my shopping habits.  But hey, it was only $1.00!  
It was easy and fun so here we go!

Here's what it looked like when I purchased it.  I removed the hardware (I'm saving that for another project) and then I threw a bunch of soap and water on it and scrubbed and scrubbed.  I think the dirt had been on there since the 70's.  Then I let it dry.  Quick note....wood expands when wet and cheap shutter wood doesn't un-expand (I know un-expand isn't a word and there's a word for un-expand but I just can't think of it so please make un-expand your word of the day!).  
After it was dry I couldn't open or close it easily anymore.  I think it was in shock at being so clean.  Ok maybe I just shouldn't have practically soaked it in soap and water.  In hindsight it's a good thing it doesn't open easily now.  I'll go into that later.

After it was clean I painted it.  I love getting packages in the mail but I really love reusing the boxes for future crafts.  Again I'm trying to justify my shopping habits.  I didn't have a color of paint that I liked so I made my own color.  I used acrylic paint in white, some green color and I threw in some gold and silver.  Quick note....throwing in metallics to regular acrylic doesn't make it sparkle.  Who knew?  I'm not a painter.  Anyway here's what it looked like when I was done painting.  I applied 2 coats of paint.  Oh another quick note...if you are mixing your own "custom" color (lol) and plan on doing more than one coat, make enough for all of the coats.  I loved the first coat of paint color but do you think the second came out the same, nope.

I let the paint dry overnight.  Remember how I mentioned that the shutter wouldn't open or close easily after I cleaned it?  Well after the paint dried it doesn't open or close at all.  I had this all planned out, really!  I'm kind of happy that it doesn't open or close because my reason for using it doesn't require it (nor do I want it to) open or close.  I'm just lucky that there was enough spaces between the stuck shutters.  I finished it off with some of my quilled flowers that I attached ribbon to as the stems.  I'm using it to hold my favorite cards but you can use it to hold new mail that comes in or photos would be cute in it too.  

Happy crafting!  Monica

Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Crayon Art

Last week while I was wasting my time on Pintrest I came across quite a few pins on crayon art.  The first thing I thought of was....can I steal all of the neighbors kids crayons and possibly their science project.  I guess that's why I don't have kids.  Well since I don't have any kids I had to buy my own stuff.  My sister has kids so this would be a great project for her and the kids.  Hey I could've stolen their stuff!  I wanted to try my own.  I saw a lot of rainbow art and a few like the one I created.

So here's what you need to steal get:

A artist canvas, you can buy one for practically nothing (or at least 40% off with a coupon at Hobby Lobby or Michael's) or you can "re purpose" your kids old art project.  Again why I don't have kids.  

A glue gun and glue sticks

A hair dryer or a heat embossing tool.  

Crayons, go ahead, the kids won't miss 12 of the 13 greens they give you in a box of Crayons.

Something to protect the floor and also a back drop to protect your walls.  That's where the science project comes in.  Those 3 fold things that the kids write all their baking soda volcano info on is what I used.

It's really easy, let's get started:

Glue your crayons onto your canvas with a glue gun.  I used a high temperature glue gun.  Don't worry, it won't melt the crayons. 

Set up your backdrop and protection on the floor.

Now here's the fun part.  I started out using a blow dryer but it took too long to get the crayons melted and it also moved around the wax too much.  The heat embossing tool melted them much faster and you had more control over the wax and where it was going.  Be careful with the heat tool as I set a few of the crayon tops on fire.  The thing in the middle holding the canvas upright so it won't slide is just some cardboard I taped together and then taped to the protective sheet on the floor.
Here's what you'll get when your done.  It took about 10 minutes to do it all.  Don't worry that your crayon paper gets discolored during melting, only worry when it starts smoking like mine did.

 Wait for it to dry.  I gave it about a half hour.  That's only because I had to take a shower, it could be less time though, who knows.  I flipped it over, gave the white canvas that was showing a quick spritz of light blue shimmering mist and glued some of my quilled flowers I made to the canvas.  Ta Da!  

Go grab your kids or their stuff and make some art!  Have fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Repurpose A Magazine

I had such a great time making the paper book wreaths that I thought I would try it with a magazine too.  It's about 15 inches around and I made some scallop flowers for the center.  
Here's how it came out:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Paper Book Wreath

Wow it's been 2 months since I posted something........anything.  
I wanted to share a project I just completed.  I loved making it and it was a cinch!  
It's about 15 x 15, has approximately 60 old dictionary pages and 7 quilled roses for the center. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

More Quilled Jewelry

All the jewelry I am selling at a local boutique sold out! 

I have created more which includes hair accessories, rings and pendants.  

I'm so excited to be making more!

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