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Be Joyful Always Hand-Stamped Sterling Silver Necklace by Natasha Vaughn @ Frostings
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The crafting world is full of projects that have been remixed, remade and inspired by all kinds of people. So when I see something that I made pop somewhere else, I get excited that a project I came up with inspired another crafter. I mean, why else would I post tutorials and info about how to make the things I make?
Anyhoo...here are a few places I've seen my work inspire others lately:
Thanks to these ladies for showing off their inspired pieces! Have YOU made anything inspired by my posts? I'd love to see it!
Recently, a friend of mine asked me to make her some wooden alphabet blocks for her new baby girl (arriving in July). She gave me some color guidelines, a link to a style of block she liked, and some swatches from the nursery bedding:
And off I went to create this:
Here's a tip if you ever decide to make something like these: You won't find the blocks at a craft store. After visiting Michaels, JoAnns & Hobby Lobby, I finally headed to the hardware store, where I should have gone in the first place. These blocks were made from a piece of scrap 2" x 4" wood found in the scrap bin (at the back of the lumber section) at Home Depot. And the lovely lady working in lumber even cut them for me. Sweet.
measurements: 7" tall large blocks & 5" tall short blocks
Let me tell you...creating a project for a room you've never seen, using colors you've only seen on a computer screen is a little nervewrecking. There was about a 50% chance my colors would be WAY off from the room. Thankfully, it appears to have all worked out just fine. Here they are, living in their new home on a shelf in the nursery...just waiting for Baby Tate:
My sister-in-law Rachel asked me if I would mind making my niece & nephew a birthday banner for their 1st birthday party. Did she even need to ask??? Of course I would!
First step: Choose papers that match the color scheme. I used their invitation as inspiration and chose 5 different papers - solid blue, polka dot blue, solid pink, polka dot pink, and white.
Second step: Cut a stencil for the pennant and cut each of the triangles and lay them out in order. The pattern I used was WHITE - SOLID BLUE - PINK POLKA DOT - WHITE - BLUE POLKA DOT - SOLID PINK - WHITE. There were so many letters in "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" that I decided to make a double-decker banner, so I used 7 triangles for the "HAPPY" banner and 10 for the "BIRTHDAY" banner so that I could have a blank white triangle on each side of the letters. The pattern happened to work out perfectly that way.
Fourth step: Outline each banner with brown penwork -- just for a little bit of added detail and definition.
Fifth step: Figure out how to hang it and attach the triangles together! I ended up using a heart-shaped punch to make a large hole on either corner of the triangle, and then weaving wide grosgrain ribbon through the holes. It worked perfectly!
It's a pretty simple banner, and it turned out to be a really cute backdrop for the pink & blue polka dot twins 1st birthday party. Unfortunately the banner was rather hard to photograph "in action" since it was displayed against a window...but in person it looked great!
(Thank you J & R for a better photo of the banner!)
Guess now I'll need to make one for Ayla's birthday party that's coming up in a few weeks...plans and decorations for that shindig coming soon! ;)
Not long ago, I saw this fabulous tutorial for how to make fabric flowers and knew they'd make great little-girl barettes.
With a little girl birthday party coming up for a little girl with ADORABLE pig tails, it seemed like a good time to try it out.
I raided my stash of random fabric scraps and pulled out this turquoise fabric that I used in both kids' bedrooms. I'm a sucker for turquoise. I bought lots of extra...
Here's how it's done (remember, not my original idea...I followed this great tutorial):
Cut a flower template from scrap paper and trace it onto the fabric and cut them out. You'll need 6-8 flowers per bloom.
Cut a circle from the fabric to use as the base for the bloom. Then fold each bloom into half, then again into thirds. It helps to trim the point with scissors before then using hot glue to attach it to the circle. Keep adding flowers around the circle with hot-glue until you have a full bloom.
Use hot glue to attach the bloom to a ribbon-covered hair clip. I actually bought these at Target, and they were already covered with ribbon - score!
To present it as a gift, I just cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper and made slits in it to add the clips:
Love it! I will definitely be making more of these...in fact, I made a larger version for Ayla:
Looks like maybe I should branch out to some different colors & materials though. :)
This week is Teacher Appreciation week, so we sent little gifts to all of Ayla's teachers at school. One of the projects I made was a very simple paper pocket for a small tube of chap stick. Take a look:
First I cut several pillow boxes with my Silhouette from some pretty patterned paper:
Then I inserted the chapstick and closed up the sides:
Made some quick labels with this postage stamp QuicKutz die cut and some alphabet stickers:
Then tied ribbon around each box and labeled it:
Easy peasy. And cute. :)
I know my dad would have no trouble agreeing with this "Dad is always right." sign. And darn it, it's usually true, too. He *is* always right!
Wouldn't this make a great gift for your Dad's office, man-cave or hanging right next to his "throne" in the house? You know the one -- that big ol' recliner in the den that everyone wants to sit in, but jumps out as soon as he walks into the room because it's "his" chair. Then again, I could totally see my dad carrying this baby around with him so he could whip it out as "proof" at a moment's notice!
Dads are hard to shop for at Father's Day, but I guarantee this will make him smile!
$20 Father's Day Sign Design
1ft x 6in. Available in black or brown background with or without beveled edges.
Place your Father's Day sign order by Friday, June 10th to ensure delivery by the big day.
To order: Choose the 1ft Monogram sign option and add "Father's Day Sign" in the comments section of your order. Shipping is only $5 for this special design!
I finally learned how to use vinyl and transfer paper in my Silhouette die-cutting machine this weekend. Though I use my machine all the time to cut stencils for my signs, it took me 6 months to try what most people BUY the thing for - vinyl!
For my first practice cut, I made this little phrase for a clipboard that hangs in my office.
And now, I'm sure I'm hooked. :) No surface is safe.