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Easter DIY – Bunny Canvas

My cousin Steph was coming to visit with her girls last weekend so I hopped over to Pintrest to find an Easter DIY project we could do with all of the girls while they were here.  I found these wooden bunnies and knew we had to try and make them.  I didn’t have all of the supplies but I am the queen of improvising.  I also adapted a few of the things to suit little people.  Instead of a piece of wood I had canvases that we painted brown to start.

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We then slapped on some crackle paste but you could just as easily use modelling paste or even joint compound to create a textured white layer over the brown.  Make sure to let all layers dry thoroughly.

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Here are the girls hard at work.

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I took out my button and ribbon stash and we went to town accessorizing.

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I used a little burlap and ribbon bow topped with a wooden button.

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The ears were created with white muslin and pinking shears so there was no sewing necessary.  Hot glued them to the top and added buttons to cover the glue.

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We used felt for the nose and teeth.  Then google eyes (which were self adhesive) to finish them off.

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Pretty easy project for people of all ages.

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It even kept my crazy little ginger’s attention enough to finish the entire thing.

DIY Valentine Holders

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought I would give you different ways to deliver your love notes by showing you some DIY Valentine Holders.  All of which are made with felt of course (you know me and my love of felt).  Felt is so easy to recycle, work with and it doesn’t fray.

The first ones I made are little pockets cut out in animal shapes.  I cut the top and bottom at the same time so they were exactly the same size.  I then sewed all of the little hearts and  buttons on the front piece before putting them together.

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I then sewed on the back piece with some floss and a simple blanket stitch.  I left the top part open to make a pocket.

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Stick a chocolate and a love note in it and it’s ready for the munchkin in your life.  BTW, there are so many free Valentine printables available online but Miss Tina`s are some of the cutest and the ones I used.

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The next are just little heart pillows.  I used some recycled fabric and felt I made from old sweaters.  Just take an old sweater (must be 100% wool) and throw it in the wash in hot water and put it in the dryer.  I am sure many of you may have done this accidentally before, I know I have in my younger years. Now I am constantly scrounging in second hand stores for old sweaters with cool patterns to do this to.  For these, I put the pocket on the front.

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Then used the same blanket stitch, stuffed them with batting and sealed them up.

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The last one is a little cupid arrow made from scraps of felt and BBQ skewers.  Cut your top and bottom pieces at the same time and don’t forget to cut slits in the tail so it looks more like a feather.  Then I just used hot glue to sandwich the skewer in between the two pieces of felt.

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Tie a love note to it  with baker’s twine and it’s ready to go.

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I think creating a quick and easy Valentine holder is just a little way to make your love notes feel even more special.  Have a great love day!!

Giving Thanks & Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Tomorrow is our Canadian Thanksgiving.  Which got me thinking how much I have to be thankful for.  My amazing and supportive family (Chris and the girls), the opportunity to be living my dream (even if it is not exactly where it needs to be) and my friends (especially Jen who is making Thanksgiving dinner).  Which further got me thinking that I don’t have a Thanksgiving Hostess gift for her.

Since they just moved into their home I thought it would be cute to make them a fall themed embroidery hanging.  I cut out a piece of linen and put it into an embroidery hoop.  It, of course, had to have a pumpkin which I drew out in pencil first.  I used a couple different colours of orange to give it some depth.

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Once I had painted the whole pumpkin (the linen really soaks up the paint btw), I embroidered everything with a bit of a different toned floss then the original paint colour to give depth again.  I even used baker’s twine for the stem.

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I thought I would add an “H” for their last name Holmes.  I used an ombre effect black/grey floss which didn’t turn out as great as I liked but as the dinner is tomorrow, it shall have to do, haha.

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Once I was all done with the embroidery I hot glued the back linen to the frame and trimmed the excess.

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Then a hanging loop with some twine and a couple of floss pieces I had used.

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Hopefully Jen knows how much I appreciate not having to make Thanksgiving dinner.  I will also be bringing my cheesy leeks, wine and fresh bread.  That might help get the point across.  I trust my fellow Canadians are having an amazing long weekend.  The weather here has been amazing!!

Halloween Decor

Trick or Treat time is quickly approaching and is only about a month and a half away so I thought I would whip up some Halloween Decor on this rainy Saturday afternoon.  This could be a great project for kids if you are looking for something to keep them busy.

I started with some inexpensive 5×7 canvas panels I had picked up at Dollarama and painted both sides black.

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I then went snooping on the Graphics Fairy website for some vintage Halloween images and found plenty I liked.  I printed some out onto plain white paper then adhered them over top of some old encyclopedia pages with Mod Podge.

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I didn’t like any of the witch images so just printed a photo of a very stern looking lady and a witches hat then put them together.  Don’t be afraid to combine images, they tend to turn out better.  I highlighted the ribbon on her hat with some glitter glue.  Even witches need a touch of glam.  I added a bit of glitter to the other two pieces as well.

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I then punched a couple holes through the top and strung some rusty wire through, curling the ends so they wouldn’t slip out and voila!!

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Cheap and cheerful Halloween Decor!!

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You could make this much more fancy if you like and add more layers, maybe some ribbon or lace.  I might actually go ahead and do that now that I think about it.  I think tying a bit of trim to the wire would finish it off nicely!!

Love Mini Album

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The day of love is tomorrow :)  Just in case you were looking for something meaningful to throw together for a special person in your life, I thought I would share the love mini album I taught in class last night.

I picked my colour palette from an Echo Park paper pack called Sweet Day.  Then added a little craft and black throughout.

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The base of the album is all cardboard with a white wash over them.  I wanted to keep things simple as we only had about three hours to finish so the only paints I took out were my Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabbers in the colour palette.  I used them to make polka dots on one side and applied a tree trunk stencil in the same colour on the opposite side.  No brushes, no mess, it was great.

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 I didn’t want it to look too contrived so used different things for the numbers such as stamps, office stickers and Webster’s Pages Storytellers.  I also treated each layout as a separate piece.

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I used felt hearts, vintage buttons, blue graph paper to write on and black throughout to try and keep it a little more cohesive.

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I always have to use vintage papers in everything as well.

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Loving the little paper bags to use as pockets for the things that might not be for public consumption.

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 Hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day and are able to celebrate it with the people you love whether you are single or not.  After all, love is what makes your soul crawl out from it’s hiding place.

Crafty Chicks Valentine “Bee Mine”

Crafty ChicksWelcome to the Crafty Chicks Valentine Blog Hop!  I have just become part of the Crafty Chicks group and I am pretty exciting.   They are a group of creative gals who met on the web and decided to come together and share our passion for paper crafting with you.  Each month there is a different theme and this month it is Valentines.  If you are coming from Scrappin’ Madge’s blog, welcome!

I thought I would make some wee Valentine’s Day cards for my project.  I decided to use a Webster’s Pages gorgeous postcard set for the base of my cards.  Actually, all of the paper products for this project are from WP.

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I just took the postcards and folded them in half.  From front to back, they are so pretty.

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I used a cheapy bee stamp I got at Micheals with black ink on patterned paper and punched it out with a 1 3/4 inch circle punch.

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I then cut a small strip from the same paper and inked the word mine on it.  Both were applied with pop-up dots to a different patterned card stock (which I rounded the corners and inked first).

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I also tied a little baker’s twine before attaching it to the cards.

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I kept the inside simple, with just a little “For You” and the date.  So there is lots of room to write some sweetness.  I will have a few sets of these available in the boutique.

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I also quickly whipped up a normal card to give you an idea of what else you could do with the same idea.

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I am pleased to tell you our sponsor this month is me!!  You will get two packs of the lovely Valentine’s cards I just created and a package of vintage papers and ephemera.

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To be eligible to win our fabulous prize you need to leave a comment on each one of our blogs and indicate you have done so in the Rafflecopter below.  You will also need to visit my shop under “In the Studio” and tell us what workshop fellow crafty chick Krysthle Poitras will be teaching in the store in January.  You can leave the answer below.  You have until January 15th to enter.  Good luck!

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This is a full circle hop and I am the last, so to start from the beginning head to Krysthles blog.

Felt Bird Ornament

This week I had the pleasure of teaching an ornament workshop to a few lovely ladies.  It was nice to get a chance to sit down, create and get to know them a little better.

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Marie-Claude, our contest winner goofing around.

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This was Lissa’s first time doing any sort of art project and she confessed to me later that she really enjoyed herself and was able to turn everything else off which surprised her.  I absolutely loved that as I feel like art should do that for everyone and usually does :)

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The adorable Shannon took a little break from Littlest Bird Workshop and making soap to come and relax for a bit.

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Now that the workshop is done I thought I would share a little felt bird ornament tutorial with you.  The first thing is to pull out that pile of felt you have lying around (or make your own by accidentally throwing your hubbie’s ugly wool sweater in hot water to wash then into the dryer).  Cut two identical pieces into a bird shape. You should also cut out a wing, although for this one I chose not to as I wanted to add other goodies to it.  I also cut out a little heart from the felt to add as an accent.

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You can add ribbon, trim or buttons even but you need to remember to sew everything on before sewing the two pieces together.

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You also must not forget something to hang the ornament with.  I forgot to do that before putting it together last time and it was a bit of a pain to add it.

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I then used a blanket stitch to sew the little guy up but left a little gap in order to put the stuffing in.  I just used regular thread for this as it is a small piece but on bigger ones I love using embroidery floss.  I usually try to start sewing on the belly area which makes it an easier area to use a pencil to get the stuff into all the nooks and crannies

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Then finish stitching him up and hang on your tree (or give as a give) for a truly handmade Christmas ornament.  There are so many gorgeous colour combinations you could do and little accents like snowflakes.

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Hope the Christmas rush doesn’t have you stressed to the max, have a great weekend!!

DIY Easter Eggs – Just in time for Easter

I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the amazingly long weekend ahead (for those that get both Friday and Monday off).  No getting up early or making lunches, woooo!!  These DIY Easter eggs are a great little holiday project to do with your kids or by yourself.  I picked up some foam eggs from the dollar store. All they had were the small ones but I wasn’t fussy.

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I grabbed some tissue paper that I had in my stash and ripped it into smaller pieces…

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I then applied a layer of acrylic medium (you can use Modge Podge or Decoupage, whatever you have) then put the tissue paper over the eggs and another layer of medium over top to seal it in.  I wasn’t super careful applying it or anything as I love all the wrinkles and texture it makes.  This is a bit of a messy job and you can’t over handle them because the tissue will start to stick to your fingers.

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Once they were thoroughly dry, I applied Titan Buff (which is an off white colour) with a bit of water (to make it more translucent) to all of the eggs.  For this guy I had started with an old dress pattern, then the paint, then blue ink and finished it off with a stamp from Tim Holtz’s line Stamper’s Anonymous.  I used this Little Labels set for all the eggs because the print size was appropriate for these little eggs.

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This one already had plenty of colour so I just added a bit of paint and some black text.  Don’t you just love polka dots??

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This one started with the cream swirly paper which was a bit dull so I added some yellow India Ink to it and the pointing finger from Tim’s line.  The circle stamp was from my basket of background stamps so I’m not sure where I got it.

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This one just had plain pink paper so I added a bit more paint to it then the others to tone it down a little and the black text.

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Here they are together in a vase with some raffia.  I will put a couple of these on my Easter dinner table on Sunday to spruce it up a bit.

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An easy and fairly quick (except for the drying time in between stages) project you can get done in time for Easter and they won’t stink up the house if one accidentally rolls under the couch and is forgotten.  Plus, you can keep them for next year!!  I would love to see pics if you try them yourself.

Scrappy Sunday – Wedding Mini Album

This week I decided to do a little wedding mini album tutorial.  So, I pulled out my Webster’s Pages 12″ die cuts.

I folded them in half and used double sided tape to stick the backsides to each other.  For the outside cover I took a simple file folder and traced around the die cut.  I then folded it back on itself to cut both sides at once (much more efficient that way:).

I applied ink straight from the pad to the edges of all the pages to make them all a little cohesive and to cover up any extra space there may have been between die cuts.

I also applied some green acrylic paint using a Ranger Paint Dabber.  Here is the finished cover.  The file folder works really well for this.  I only glued the back part of the album to the back part of the folder as there are already built in creases to accommodate for thickness.

Before gluing down by title, I flipped them upside down and sprayed them with the graphite Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to add some interest.

All the of products used were from Webster’s Pages.  Aren’t the cameos just gorgeous!!!

The round flower looking ones are called princess petals, such an appropriate name.

I just love how all of their papers and accessories just flow.  Kind of takes all the guesswork out for you.  I literally had an idea, sat down and finished this within a couple hours.  Even with the constant interruption of children flowing in and out and climbing on my lap, haha.

I tried to keep things simple as I will add more details once I get some pictures in and figure out my layouts a little more.

A wedding mini album would be a great gift idea for that special couple getting married in your life.  Pretty simple but yet so meaningful.  There is nothing better then a gift made with love.

 

Scrappy Sunday – DIY Washi Tape

This week I went ultra creative and made my own DIY Washi Tape.

I wanted to scrapbook Amelia’s pictures in her little knit hat she came home from the hospital in.  It is purple with a little grey felt flower.  I was struggling with finding supplies to match.  So, off I went to CaFabrik in Aylmer to see if anything jumped out at me.  I found some beautiful full page size die cuts from Making Memories.  I also picked up some beautiful sculpture peonies in a few different purples from Donna Downey’s line with Prima.  What I really wanted was washi tape but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.  Not even in the same colour scheme.  So, I thought, why not try and make some myself.

I gathered my supplies, masking tape, silver and purple ink and a couple stamps I thought would go well with the paper….

I took a length of masking tape and stuck it to my paper cutter as I knew it could be easily peeled off.  I then took my round stamp into the silver ink and applied it evenly spaced across the tape.  I wiped off the stamp overage with a baby wipe. (Always handy to keep those nearby)

I then took a smaller stamp in my purple ink and applied it in between the circles.  It is kind of hard to see as the lighting wasn’t great and the colours were pretty subtle.  I just wanted a little something to cut up the circles and provide a background to my trim.

I then removed it from my paper trimmer and applied it directly to the paper, voila, DIY Washi Tape.

I matted the pictures in silver card stock.

Even in the close-ups it is hard to see.  Next time I experiment with it I will try brighter colours.

I love the wood grain purple tag.  I can’t even remember where I got it.  Just found it in my stash.

Next week I might try and get a layout done from our camping trip this weekend.  We had such a great time and even saw a deer pretty close-up.  Very cool.